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The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, healthy, prosperous, independent First Nations within BC.

What makes a Nation?

Is it a people of common geography, culture, history, ethnicity and language? Is a Nation defined by its sovereignty - the right to self-rule? These are ways the modern world describes the concept of a Nation. As First Peoples of this land, our ancient wisdom tells us that our Nations include all of these qualities, and more.

We do not define our Nations, they define us. They are who we are as a people — whether we are Coast Salish, Haida, Nisga’a, Kaska, Secwepemc — or any other great First Nation in BC. Our Nationhood is deeply rooted in our past — thousands of years of heritage, tradition, ancestral law, language and culture. It is grounded in a place — the lands, waters,

mountains, animals and other natural features of our territory. It is manifest in the present — the way we are adapting and transforming within a modern context. And it is how we see our futures — our collective values, goals and aspirations. Most of all, Nations are made up of people — communities, clans and families — and we must reconnect within

our Nations in order to prosper. Increased capacity, access to education for all Aboriginal peoples, revived languages and cultures, engagement of our youth and elders, and thriving economies — these are tools that can help strengthen our Nations and ensure they flourish well into the future.

Building Strong First Nations Annual Report 2007–2008

Strategic Plan 2008–2011

About the Artist Andrew Drexel (Enpaauk) is a young artist from the Nlakapamux Nation. His painting style mixes graffiti style with Coast Salish design creating figurative and abstract images that speak to resistance and renewal. His beginnings as a graffiti artist is central to his style and since his switch from walls to canvas three years ago he has brought this energy from the streets into his paintings. His work was featured in Kamloops Art Gallery’s exhibition Shazam earlier this year. His work is also featured at the Native Winds Gallery in Honolulu and has been published in Blood Lines Magazine. “My work relates my spiritual path; my journey. I express the inspiration lovingly given to me through teachings and stories from my elders and mentors. My work embodies the powerful visions that I have been given through these teachings. I am grateful. My work is a modern expression embodying the symbolic abstract inspired by my home: Coast Salish Territory.”


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About the Artist Chris Paul is a Native Artist, born on the west coast of Canada. He is a member of the Tsartlip First Nations whose home lands are near Victoria, British Columbia. His is a culture rich in stories and traditions. Chris’ prints have been featured in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” and the movie “The Last Mimsy”. Recently Chris has produced large-scale glass installations for the Pier and Gulf Islands buildings. Chris has always been involved with art. He formalized his interest by taking a course in Native art at ‘Ksan Art School. Subsequently he apprenticed with Roy Henry Vickers, a world-famous Native artist following the tradition of northwest coast heritage. Chris derives his inspiration from two main sources; an in-depth understanding of the heritage and traditions of his people, and events in his daily life, such as the births of his children. This combination gives his work traditional style yet also makes it relevant to today’s audience. His use of strong, modern colours gives his prints global appeal. His bold designs and clean lines have lent themselves well to expression in wood and, more recently, glass. In his words, “I already have more ideas than I can ever realize in a lifetime."


NRT Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012

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Building Strong First Nations

Education $2.85 million went to education support in 2008/09. NRT Education initiatives support scholastic opportunities for First Nation students at all levels, from Kindergarten through to post-graduate work. In addition, we help post-secondary students acquire work skills and experience in their chosen fields of study through employment subsidy initiatives with First Nation communities. Scholarship: NRT scholarships, introduced in 2007, provide funding support for First Nation students pursuing degrees at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate levels. Last year, $643,000 helped more than 80 post-secondary students pursue their educational goals. new!

Bursaries: Last year, we added Bursary Awards for students pursuing trades. In 2008/09, 60 students were awarded a $2,000 bursary. New Paths for Education: We partnered with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to support learning opportunities in math, science and reading for K-12 students. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of First Nation students graduating high school.

NRT’s contribution of over $700,000 was used to purchase books, science equipment and other learning materials, and to support tutoring, teacher training, science fairs, and related activities. Employment Subsidies: This funding initiative builds capacity in two ways: it assists First Nation communities and organizations in hiring a student for the summer, and it helps First Nation students gain experience in their field of study. Last year, we approved in excess of $460,000 in grants so that 75 students could get summer jobs with a BC First Nation community.


Language Teacher Certification: The Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program aims to increase the number of certified Aboriginal language teachers within First Nations communities. We partnered with FNESC on this initiative again in 2008/09, contributing more than $550,000 in funding to support DSTC work in 10 First Nation communities.

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More than a set of words, phrases and grammatical rules, even more than a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, each language is a tangible thread to a culture. Embedded in a language are the core values, history, beliefs and unique ways of being of the people who speak it. Without the words, phrases, and gestures of our languages, how will we pass on our stories to our children? How will we teach them our ancestral laws?


Strengthening BC First Nations Annual Report 2008 – 2009

NRT Annual Reports 2009/ 10

Governance Capacity

In mid October of 2009, we hit the road – literally – visiting million went to capacity initiatives in 2009/10 First Nation people in their territories in a series$1.7 of Regional FirstRupert; Nation communities need tools, resources, Policy Development: We supported First Nation Engagement Meetings. From Prince George to Prince and knowledge for self-governance and prosperity. organizations with a provincial mandate in their Cranbrook to Campbell River, NRT visited 10 regionsNRT’s governance capacity support helps build efforts to develop policies that will benefit all BC First Nations. Here, we supported eight capacity at the community, regional and provincial organizations for a total of $233,500 in funds. levels. throughout the Province. In total, more than 240 people attended a meeting and more than 400 completed surveys. Web Portal: In partnership with the First Nations Direct Support: We provided $1,028,150 in direct Technology Council (FNTC), we developed the First support to communities for their unique capacityWe heard from First Nation people from all regions of the Nations in BC Web Portal. The portal houses building needs. Support was available in two capacity-related tools and resources for BC First streams: grants of up to $25,000 were available for province. Nations under one umbrella. We contributed individual community projects, and grants of up to $50,000 were available for collaborating groups of three communities. A total of 40 projects were supported.

$237,990 toward development of the web portal, which was launched in February 2010.


NRT Annual Report 2009–2010

Five weeks. 10 cities. 240+ attendees. 400+ surveys


NRT Annual Report 2009–2010

The purpose of the meetings was twofold: first, we wanted to share our progress over the past three years – what we have done since NRT’s inception and the first series of Engagement Meetings in 2006. NRT CEO Cliff Fregin gave a comprehensive presentation about the activities of NRT and General Manager Chanze Gamble followed up with an overview of the five Best Practice studies commissioned by NRT in 2009. Second, we wanted to hear from you – First Nation leaders and community members – about where we should go next. We asked about your capacitybuilding priorities, and how NRT should spend and manage the fund. The morning presentations were followed by an open discussion with

NRT Annual Report 2009–2010

Strengthening BC First Nations Annual Report 2009 – 2010

participants, and then time was given for all to complete a survey. The results of the surveys and feedback from the meetings was compiled in a final report, which was sent to all communities in early 2010 and is now available on the NRT website. Overall feedback was very positive. First Nation leaders and citizens who participated expressed a high level of support for NRT’s existing direction, including our five strategic priorities and the current strategy for managing the Fund. We thank all who participated, and we encourage you to continue to share your feedback and keep us informed of your priorities so we can meet your capacity building needs in the coming years.


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in 2009, nrt partnered with the All Nations

energy initiatives, Barr Creek was a great fit, and

Trust Company and the Nuu-chah-nulth Econom-

became BCFNEF’s first funded project in April 2010.

ic Development Corporation to create the BC First

With five years under its belt, the project has

Nations’ Equity Fund (BCFNEF). Each partner contributed $1.667 million, creating a seed fund of $5 million with plans to eventually grow the fund to $50 million. The BCFNEF helps fill a financing gap by making affordable equity – in the form of low interest loans – available to First



$1.5 MILLION ALLOCATED TO INVESTING IN FIRST NATIONS INviable BC |economic Nations looking toWAS participate in LANGUAGE & CULTURE INITIATIVES development opportunities.

When the fund became available in early 2010, the community of Ehattesaht on Northern Vancouver

nrt continues to partner with the First Peoples Heritage, Language and Culture Council (the First Peoples’ Council) for the delivery of initiatives designed to revive and protect First Nation languages and cultural traditions. In 2010-2011, we supported eight distinct initiatives.

“The whole focus of this energy project is to produce sustainable power. It’s got zero emissions and it’s good for the environment — while creating energy. That’s something that Aboriginal people support fully.” Ron Arcos – Business Development Officer, NEDC 10

Island was poised and ready to take advantage

already been through a number of regulatory and environmental approvals as well as consultations. A year of construction is now underway and the plant is expected to begin operations in November 2011. Once complete, the project will sell electricity to BC Hydro, flowing directly into their powerlines from the plant. It is expected to produce enough electricity to feed about 3,000 – 4,000 homes.


Ehattesaht Tribe, who will be 20% owners, will realize a number of economic benefits. The

pre-school language nests: This initiative

plant will of course create revenue from the sale

Last year, NRT funds totaling $200,000 reached

provides pre-school age children with a full

of power, and a number of jobs will be created in

nine projects in 31 communities; two resources

immersion experience for at least 15 hours per

the community. And with the first project success-

were also developed.

of it. For about five years, the Ehattesaht Tribe

had been working with Vancouver-based Synex

International to develop the Barr Creek Project,

fully underway, the BCFNEF will be looking for in a school environment. NRT supported six a 4.5 week megawatt hydro electric plant located on other viable initiatives from First Nations language with aand totalZeballos. of $100,000 Barr Creek, midnest wayinitiatives between Tahsis around the province. With in thefunding. BCFNEF’s initial focus on alternative

arts administrator and cultural manager internships: This initiative builds communities’ capacity to manage arts and culture by supporting

language and culture camps: This program

firstvoices: FirstVoices is a suite of web-based

the professional development of arts administra-

supports communities so they can offer language

tools and services designed to support First

tors through mentorships or internships. We con-

and cultural immersion camps for participants of

Nation people to archive and learn about their

tributed $75,000 to five internships in five different

all ages. NRT contributed $100,000 in funding

languages and cultures. We provided $150,000

communities. Additional projects were supported

supporting six camps and impacting

in support to FirstVoices, allowing 13 communi-

through a contribution from the BC Arts Council.

25 communities.

ties to develop online language lessons for the FirstVoices Language Tutor.

sharing traditional arts across generations:

language authorities and language plans: This initiative supports collaboration among

bc language initiative: The BC Language

transmission of the broad range of knowledge

communities that share the same language

Initiative supports First Nation communities and

and skills based in traditional art practices. We pro-

so they can build tools, create plans and work

organizations in their efforts to revitalize languag-

vided $75,000 in support of seven projects in seven

together on language revitalization. NRT provided

es through documentation, language classes,

different communities. Additional projects were

$150,000 funding five projects and impacting

immersion programs, material and curriculum

85 communities.

development and promotion.


This program supports the inter-generational

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supported through a contribution from the BC Arts Council. language teacher certification: The Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program aims to increase the number of certified Aboriginal language teachers within First Nation communities. We continued to partner with FNESC on this initiative, contributing $500,000 in funding to support 13 DSTC projects.

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Entrepreneur Equity Matching Initiative NEW IN 2010

in november of 2010, nrt co-hosted the Young

urged delegates to keep learning and make the

Entrepreneurs Symposium with the Dreamcatcher

most of every experience. Mr. Wong’s message

Foundation. The event brought 120 young

was certainly taken to heart by the YES attendees.

Aboriginal entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-

Speakers and delegates alike had a great time,

be together for three exciting days of challenges,

and everyone walked away with new and valuable

networking, inspiration and fun, all intended to

connections and knowledge. NRT is currently

help them develop critical business skills they will

working on a BC YES event scheduled for

need for the future.

November 30, 2011.

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2010 Young Entrepreneurs Symposium ( YES )

At YES, the 120 delegates were organized into


teams and over three days competed on a APRIL 1, 2010 - MARCH 31, 2011

number of challenges, including creating a



the entrepreneur equity matching initiative

Businesses supported included everything from

(eemi) supports new or expanding First Nation

hair salons to construction contractors; tech-

mercial for Tim Hortons. Teams were judged by

businesses in BC by providing equity-matching

nology consulting firms to trucking fleets. The

of In addition to the at a closing gala CFDC ceremony.

company name and logo, and producing a coma panel of ‘experts,’ and awards were presented


funds of up to $5,000. NRT partnered with five

common denominator is that they must pursue

BC Aboriginal Capital Corporations (ACCs) and

a viable business opportunity, with confirmed

one Community Futures Development Corpora-

equity and collateral and a sound business plan.

and make valuable connections.

tion (CFDC) to roll out the fund. The ACC’s and

They must also be First Nation owned but not

The 18 panel speakers included successful execu-

CFDC, who have existing processes and infra-

necessarily located on reserve. In 2010, support

tives, young leaders, women in business and

structure to manage equity loans, administer

went to 61 on and 41 off reserve businesses.

celebrities. Keynote speakers were Rick Hansen,

NRT funds on our behalf; this means that all of

Building on the success of 2010, in 2011 —

the support allocated under this initiative goes

about the obstacles he has overcome in his life,

2012 the EEMI will be expanded to include First

Sean Wise of Dragon’s Den, who gave advice on

directly to the businesses being supported.

Nation communities so they may apply for

pitching business ideas, and Milton Wong, who

In its first year, the response to the EEMI was

matching equity for viable, community-

extremely positive and the results are impressive.

owned business opportunities.

challenges, the program included presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities to network 15

the ‘Man In Motion,’ who spoke passionately

Three exciting days of challenges, networking, inspiration and fun, all intended to help them develop critical business skills they will need for the future.

Rick Hansen, CEO, Rick Hansen Leadership Group

With just over $485,000 in equity, NRT supported 36 new and 66 existing First Nation businesses. The Equity Matching Initiative assisted First Nation businesses to leverage funds to the tune


of almost $6.7 million.


Strategic Initiatives


In 2010-2011, NRT continued to focus program support in five key areas: Education, Language & Culture, Elders & Youth, Governance Capacity, and Economic Development. $6.2 million was spent on strategic initiatives.



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first nation communities need tools,

all First Nations in BC. Here, we supported six

resources, and knowledge for self-governance and

organizations with a total of $277,000 in funds.

prosperity. NRT’s governance capacity support helps build capacity at the community, regional

web portal: In 2009-2010, we partnered with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) to

nrt education initiatives support first

post-secondary employment incentive: This

and provincial levels.

nation students from Kindergarten through

funding initiative builds capacity in two ways: it

post-graduate levels. We also help post-secondary

assists First Nation communities and organiza-

direct support: Direct support funding assists

portal houses capacity-related tools and resourc-

students acquire work skills and experience in

tions in hiring a post-secondary student for the

communities to meet their unique capacity-build-

es for BC First Nations under one umbrella. In

their chosen fields of study through employment

summer, and it helps First Nation students gain

ing needs. Support is available in two streams:

2010-2011, we contributed an additional $151,480

incentive funding.

experience in their field of study. We provided

grants of up to $25,000 for individual community

to continue to develop and populate the portal.

scholarship and bursaries: NRT scholarships

$445,000 in grants so that 70 students could get

create the First Nations in BC Web Portal. The

projects, and grants of up to $50,000 for collaborating groups of three communities. We provided

provide funding support for First Nation students

summer employment.

pursuing degrees at the Undergraduate, Masters,

new paths for education: We continued to partner

37 projects.

and Doctorate levels. Bursaries help students

with the First Nations Education Steering Com-

pursuing trades. Last year, a total of $718,000 in

mittee (FNESC) to deliver the New Paths initia-

policy development: This initiative supports

grants helped 136 post-secondary students work

tive, supporting learning opportunities in math,

towards a degree, diploma or certificate.

science and reading for K-12 students. The goal

chief joe mathias scholarship: In addition to NRT

of this initiative is to increase the number of First

scholarships and bursaries, we partnered once

$973,760 in Direct Support funding for a total of

grant writer support: This program provides funding for grant writer positions employed by First Nations governments and organization within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region. We provided $261,500 in funds.

First Nation organizations with a provincial mandate to develop policies that will benefit

Nation students graduating high school. NRT

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As well, VIU’s new Aboriginal Construction Program will produce highly skilled graduates to aid the provincial labour shortage.

)HYGEXMRK&'«W PEVKIWXKVS[MRKWIGXSV One in eight children under the age of four in Western Canada is Aboriginal. While more Aboriginals than ever are finishing high school, their rate of graduation and entry into post-secondary institutions is not keeping pace with this growth. With the Gathering Place VIU can offer Aboriginal students not only a first-class education but also a place to celebrate their heritage with support from their peers and elders.


Currently, B.C. imports workers from other provinces and countries to fill our skilled labour void. VIU’s unique Aboriginal Construction Program associated with the Gathering Place will train Aboriginal students and enable them to successfully join the work force as skilled workers.

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In March 2008, the BC Assembly of First Nations (BC AFN) hosted an Economic Development Forum, in which they presented a draft Economic Development Action Plan to First Nations leaders and people from the Economic Development community. The BC AFN plans to use the input gained from the conference to create a more comprehensive and over-arching action plan.

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Section 1. Introduction It is well known that we are eating far differently than how our people were eating in the past. For many of us, our current diet and activity patterns are not only putting our health at risk but also the health of those whom we model choices for - our children.

Foreword “Food Sovereignty” is the Right of peoples, communities, and countries to define their own agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies, which are ecologically, socially, spiritually, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances.

For many, there is enough food in our houses to keep our stomachs full but not always enough of the foods we need to keep our bodies and minds strong. Our communities are facing many health challenges that have a relation to our eating and activity including obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer and heart disease. Our communities have the natural strength, and resilience that comes from our relationship to the natural land and all that it provides for us.

Meals and Snacks

Portion Size Guidelines

“Indigenous Food Sovereignty” also includes the elements of sacredness and self-determination. As Indigenous Children’s appetite will vary day to day. These amounts should act as a guide to determine how much food to prepare and what People we understand that food is a gift and that we have a sacred responsibility to nurture healthy, interdependent Healthy eating can be promoted by offer foods from all four food groups at a meal time and at least two food groups at a snack We know from community participation in a number of studies that to offer at meals and snack times. Children and youth may choose to eat more or less than what is suggested here. Younger relationships with the land, water, plants, and animals that provide us with our food. This also means, having the ability time AND offering appropriate portion sizes and healthy food choices. active participation in hunting, gathering and using traditional foods children will eat towards the lower range of the serving size suggested while older children, youth and adults will eat towards to respond to our own needs for safe, healthy, culturally relevant indigenous foods with the ability to make decisions helps prevent chronic disease. Traditional food activities keep us the larger range. Youth and adults may also have more than one serving from the Vegetables and Fruits or Grain products at a over the amount and quality of food we hunt, fish, gather, grow and eat. These rights are asserted on a daily basis for the meal time. physically active, spiritually grounded, and the nutrients offered by the benefit of present and future generations. plants and animals that we eat from our territory keep us strong. Many of us are faced with barriers in carrying out our traditional activities Our traditional foods have nourished us well since the time of our creation and have been of fundamental importance to FOOD GROUPS Serving Size including: lack of access to good hunting/harvesting areas, high costs our culture. We developed sophisticated techniques to preserve a variety of foods year round to keep our bodies strong for fuel and equipment, time, and concerns about contaminants. Today, healthy eating involves making choices fromVegetables the foodsand Fruit ½ cup and this knowledge has carried us well into our current place. Many challenges now exist for First Nations who wish to And Fruit Juice available from many sources, including the natural land, water, farm, grocery store, and restaurant. access traditional foods. The land and water have experienced changes that now limit the ability to access adequate amounts of our traditional foods. At the same time, our lives have been widely influenced by an abundance of processed, commercially influenced food sources and lack of access to nutritious whole foods. It is our hope that that the First Nation Healthy Food Guidelines will provide our communities with the information and tools to assist in serving healthy foods at conferences, community gatherings, meetings, programs, special events, school/ daycare meal programs and even fundraising.

While we cannot address in these guidelines the steps to change our traditional harvesting environment, we can address some Pasta, rice, Bread ,Cereal steps we can take to change the nutrition environment within our communities. We can suggest ways to make modern choices that reflect traditional values such as giving, sharing, humility, wholeness, and land stewardship.

How to use these guidelines



½ cup ½ to 1 slice ¾ cup

Milk and Alternates Milk or fortified soy beverage Nutrition studies suggests that we can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease by eating plenty of vegetables and fruit Yogurt daily, limiting our consumption of foods that are high in calories but offer little nutritional value, and maintaining a healthy Cheese

These guidelines are intended to support community members in educating each other about better food and drink choices to offer in schools, meetings, homes, cultural and recreational events, and in restaurants.

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Meat and Alternates Meat, fish, poultry Eggs Beans-cooked Peanut butter, 100% natural

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Tips for Food Safety-Serving Traditional Food at Community Events and

Foodborne Bacteria and Game

If you are using traditional foods for community events

Salmonella and Escherichia coli, can be found on raw or undercooked game. They live in the intestinalPreventing tracts of game, livestock, Young Children from Choking on Food poultry, dogs, cats, and other warm-blooded animals, and must be eaten to cause illness. Foodborne bacteria cannot enter the body through a skin cut. Bacteria multiply rapidly in the “Danger Zone”— temperatures between 40 and 140 °F.your Cross-contamiTo prevent child from choking, use care when selecting and preparing food. Experts suggest that round, firm foods should not be nation can occur if raw meat or its juices come in contact with cooked foods or foods that will be eaten raw,tosuch as salad. given children younger than age 4 unless the food is chopped completely Foods that can be choking hazards include:

There is information Meetings presented for various types of community members, from general background information on the issues facing communities to specific handouts that can assist individuals in choosing better snacks for lunches.

Use proper food-handling techniques. Provide harvesters and cooks with the opportunity to receive FoodSafe training. Environmental health officers provide training

Freezing does not kill bacteria. Cooking to 160 °F kills bacteria.

Know your source of food (who handled it and how)

Handling Game Safely

Restrict this to food sources that you know are safe (keep it limited because of spoilage, handling, processing)


Seeds (for example, sunflower or watermelon)


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Chunks of meat or cheese


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All animal protein foods including game, fish, birds and seafood provide some level of risk with respectt toChunks food borne disease. of peanut butter. t Raisins. This makes proper food handling practices extremely important. Traditional methods of hunting and gathering were generally t Raw vegetables. t Bones in fish (remove) quite strict to ensure that the food remained healthy. As some aspects of hunting or gathering may have changed with modfoods small so that it is no larger than the tip of your smallest finger starting at the base of the fingernail. ernization, the following are some general food safety guidelines to ensure that the risk of food borne diseaseCut is minimized.

Advise parents (so they are aware of what their child is eating) Prepare the food on-site in an inspected kitchen Use common sense (make sure the food is in good condition, doesn’t have a rancid or fermented smell, is a good colour. Decide if you think it is safe to eat it yourself or to serve to your own child. If you don’t know—don’t serve it).

Dressing: Eviscerate the animal within an hour of harvesting.


Storage while transporting:

in in disposable plastic bag (iftray available) to contain leakage and Carrots: Remove tops, peel, chop, blanch for 3 minutes. Cool. Put Place single layer on cookie and freeze beforeany transferring prevent cross-contamination into freezer bags

Tips for preparing a community feast

Celery: Wash and cut into 1 inch pieces. Blanch for 2 minutes, chill and let freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet before transLong Term Storage-Refrigeration and Freezing ferring to a freezer bag.

Include dark green vegetables or orange vegetables on the table Keep fried foods off the table

-Refrigerate Parsnips: Remove tops, wash, peel and cut into ½ inch slices. Blanch, cool,within drain a few hours of harvesting. In fridge, Place on lower part of fridge. and transfer to freezer bags

Use smaller size plates, bowls, cups and glasses Select foods that are produced and gathered locally more often

The Nutrition Facts table provides help to people who want to control the amount of calories, sodium, sugars and fat in their diet to manage or prevent chronic disease. The Nutrition Facts table contains information on: the amount of calories and 13 nutrients for a specific amount of a prepackaged food.

-Refrigerate game immediately at 40 °F or below. Peas: Shell, blanch for 1 minute. Lay single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Transfer into freezer bags. -Cook or freeze (0 °F) game birds and ground game within 1 or 2 days; game animals, within 3 to 5 days. If kept frozen continuwithin 1 year for optimal nutritional value, 6 months for fish). Tomatoes: Wash and remove stems. Cut into smaller pieces orously, leave use whole. Pack The amount of food is into freezer bags and freeze. provided in a common unit (cups, slices, Turnips: Wash, peel and cut into ½ inch cubes. Blanch for 3 minutes, cool and tablespoon) and in grams. drain. The amount of nutrients are provided in grams or mg and expressed as a% Daily Value.

Offer some dishes with beans, lentils or other legumes

Appendix 5. Label Reading



Check the Nutrition Facts Table

The Daily Value for each nutrient is based on a set of recommended nutrient intakes for Canadians The % Daily Value tells you if there is a little (5-10%) or if there is a lot (15% or more) of a nutrient in a serving.


This item is high in fibre.

Check the Ingredient List Ingredients are listed from most to least. The first 2 ingredients should be whole foods like milk, whole grains, fruit, and vegetable. Look for sugar in foods. If sugar is the first or second ingredient, leave it on the shelf. There are many words for sugar including: Honeycomb syrup, high fructose-corn syrup, molasses, sucrose, glucose-fructose. Watch out for unhealthy fats. Look for the words: hydrogenated, shortening, lard, trans fats.

Look For: Higher % Daily Value next to nutrients you are trying to increase in your diet, such as fibre, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. o Fibre- Choose products more often that are ‘high’ in fibre (4 grams or more per serving) Lower % Daily Value for nutrients you are trying to decrease, such as fat, saturated and trans fats, sodium, sugar. o Choose foods with less than 5% DV (“low”) of fat (less than 3 grams per serving) or sodium (less than 140 mg). o Choose foods with less than 10% DV (“low”) for Saturated Fat and Trans fat as these fats increase blood cholesterol and the risk for heart disease. People living with diabetes need to control their intake of carbohydrates and sugar to keep blood sugar levels stable. Every 4.5 grams of sugars= a teaspoon of sugar. Choose foods more often that contain low amounts of sugars.



I love singing. My mother taught both my sister and I. We keep that as our cherished memory of our mom.

Wetsuweten Heartbeat Drummers Moricetown Band Submitted by Helen Nikal

Our drum group, the Wetsuweten Heartbeat Drummers started back in 1987 with young children. We taught them how to drum and sing and we had the parents make them blankets. We were teaching the kids about which clan they each belonged to. The drum group started out with five women and one man back then. We have been performing together for over 20 years and some of my favourite memories are getting together with other nations in New Aiyansh, Prince Rupert and Terrace. When the kids are in school so we don't have much time with them to practice. The drummers keep busy by going to various functions in the community, such as feasts, gatherings, conferences and Culture Week. When the kids are out of school, we usually practice on Tuesdays. We've got a different building ready for when they are done school, so we will probably start practicing twice a week. During the summer, it gets harder to get everyone together because some of the kids are in baseball or other sports. We have kids as young as Grades 3 and 4 that travel with the drummers to the out of town events. One of our language teachers came with us, so we had 7 people in our group, which was quite a few people travelling and performing together. When the Torch Relay came through our community, we had the older dancers participating in our performance, and all the high Chiefs had their blankets and participated well. I love singing. My mother taught both my sister and I. We keep that as our cherished memory of our mom. I'd like for the dancers in our group to get together and start doing more travelling and go to places that our kids have never seen before. We get invited to places such as Vancouver, and Prince George, so it would be nice to show the young kids some of those things. My sister and I also do a lot of traditional medicine. She works with the medicine and I talk about our blankets and our culture. It is important to teach the young kids about our culture and our songs and dances because a lot of our young people don't speak our language in the schools. We are trying to teach it in our own language through the drumming and singing.



Streetfront Running Program Vancouver, BC Submitted by Trevor Stokes

Streetfront was founded in 1977 by two outdoor enthusiasts and educators who reinvented the idea of school, focusing 60% of time on core academic work and 40% on active pursuits. They hoped struggling students could gain confidence and selfesteem through fitness, and that it would transfer into other aspects of their lives. The program would serve marginalized kids who were unsuccessful in a traditional high school. Their removal from high school would be the result of high truancy, socio/emotional issues, addiction or abuse cases and extreme poverty. Thirty-three years later, the fundamentals haven't changed one bit, maybe intensified. A normal day at Streetfront has always started with an intensive physical education class. The goal is to get the kids' hearts and lungs pumping and welcome the day with vigour and intensity. An academic class will follow and three days a week we finish the morning with our mandatory long-distance running program. Streetfront has always had a core running component. Students would run a 5 km route, three times a week. For more advanced students, a 10 km route was also established. Staff always participate on these runs, one at the front, one in the middle and one at the back as a sweep. Over the years, thousands of kilometres have been travelled by Streetfront students, some in work boots, some in skateboard shoes; we've even had kids run the route in flip flops and on crutches. We started thinking about entering running races, and we had to decide if we wanted an easily-achievable goal or did we want to raise our expectations and do something that no other high school program was doing? We opted for the latter and decided on Marathons. Our first marathon was in 2002 in Seattle, Washington. Since then we've had 42 full marathons finished and 8 half marathons finished, all from students who most PE teachers would have never thought capable of such an incredible feat. Many of our accomplished runners have been First Nations! They have used the marathons as a catalyst for true and positive change in their lives. Most have found that as they dedicate themselves to a life of structure, discipline and commitment, the rest of their life starts to have more meaning and the daily hurdles and stresses are much easier to clear.

A number of our students have graduated high school and are either attending college/university or preparing to do so. Thousands of dollars have been awarded to our marathoners in academic and physical scholarships. Our marathoners have won many Most Outstanding Grade 12 athletes and one of our students won the City of Vancouver Youth Award (highest honour given out by the City of Vancouver to youth). The accomplishments are fantastic but the kids themselves are the true prizes. The mental toughness needed to run marathons is incredible. The pain one has to go through to cross that line is immense but these kids don't give up. They estimate it takes 42,000 strides to finish a marathon. Each one of these kids could have stopped running 42,000 times, but they all found it more important to fight and struggle to achieve their goal than to give up. To me that's what makes a champion. Someone who knows what they are up against but are not intimidated. They set their course and are not satisfied till the ribbon is broke and their objective completed. Then they can rest.



Dave Robinson

Timiskaming First Nation Submitted by Carrie Robinson When I was younger, I used to hear Dave's pucks slamming against our garage door at the same time every morning and I would know that I could sleep in for another half hour. The beats would remind me of his heart because they were so reliable. His heart beats with fortitude whether he's playing hockey, boxing, running marathons, coaching or interacting with his community and family. I used to pretend that my brother's slap shots were powerful enough to have called the sun to visit me. I'd climb the cold morning stairs on my tipped toes to peek through the back door and always find the morning sun touching me. Together the sun and I would watch Dave's pucks hit each corner of the hockey net over and over again until breakfast. I'm older now and my brother's heart is still strongly intact. He is still my hero; I don't admit it out loud anymore, but I'm sure you can see it in my eyes. Dave has been playing hockey since he was 6 years old. He played hockey right up to the junior level. Dave also boxed competitively to win provincial championships. Now, in his twenties, he lives to box, Crossfit train, coach and run marathons. With every 42 kms completed, and every boxing match won, he calls the sun up again and it shines on him in my eyes. When he boxes, he shifts back and forth in his boxing shoes as the crowd cheers him on. He is focused and determined as he follows the path to the ring. I watch him with pride because he makes sure to bow in four directions to channel his strength before the fight. During the match, he never gets tired, he never gets scared, and he focuses on winning. At the end of every fight he gives thanks to everyone and I see that his heart loves like his body fights: tirelessly. Every Sunday he piles my family into his truck and drives us to a mountain trail for a morning run. When I can't run for myself, I try to run for Dave. It means something to him that he doesn't express in words. I hear it in his steps and in his breath as he doubles back to check on everyone. Even now, he still has the power to make the sun rise every Sunday morning.



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GLT Brand, Website & Materials

New Aiyans h was built on this side River due to of the Nass floods in Git laxt’aamiks and Old

March 17, 2011 4:00-9:00 pm Community Hall Proposed Agenda Opening Prayer Introductions Open House (30 min) Come ask your questions and get answers in a relaxing and safe environment. St át imc leaders will be on hand along with negotiators from BC Hydro and the province. Come ask questions and be entered for a door prize! Chief Presentation

Darrel Bob

Opening comments from

- (SCC Chair) Mike Leech (5 min)

Manager - (BCProject HYDRO)Tom Molloy (5 min) Presentation A short powerpoint presentation will cover the basics and will be followed by a facilitated group discussion.

toll-free: Meal 1.877.247.0473 Please join us for a meal. Q&A

Chief wrap up presentation Hand out surveys (may be filled in and handed back same day) Closing prayer

St’át’imc Nation

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N’Quatqua - 2nd Info Session

Participating Communities (PC) Trust - How It Will Work


The 10 St’át’imc (PC) Communities will together create a Trust for the purposes of receiving, investing and administering all of the payments into the Trust. Each Community will appoint a Trustee to govern the Trust who is not a chief or councillor. An Administrative Trustee will also be appointed to assist and oversee the management and distribution of trust funds. The Administrative Trustee will be an expert in trust management. All Trustees will be responsible for acting in the best interest of the beneficiaries (the 10 participating communities). Trust monies can be used for a wide variety of trust purposes.

Nation Funds

Community Funds

may 10, 1911 — may 10, 2011 For example: The Upper St'át'imc Language, Culture and Education Society (USLCES), wants to expand their programming to include a mentorship program for elders to share their traditional knowledge with youth.

For example: A community holds a community meeting to decide how they want to spend their share of the trust funds. As a community, they decide they want to build a gas station and store to create jobs in the community.

USLCES presents their proposal to the Trustees to access the nation portion of the trust funds.

The community brings the idea to Chief and Council, who then present it to the trustee at the community level.

The Trustee determines that the idea does follow the trust purposes and approves the proposal!

“A M E A S U R E O F J U S T I C E ” signing of the s t ’ á t ’ i m c - bc hydro agreements may 1 0, 2 0 1 1 at t s a l’ a l h st’át’imc territory “a s mall meas u re o f j u s t i ce”

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St’át’imc Nation

A Shared Vision

Voices and Images from the First Round of Meetings We value our families, children, and future generations We respect ourselves and all living things Our language and culture is who we are We value healthy mind, body, spirit, and whole self

Create Happier, Healthier Future St’át’imc. Visit

What We Heard From You The words above come from the second survey. This is called a “Wordle” - Bigger words were mentioned more often. Visit to read all the comments from over 1,000 surveys we’ve received so far.

Create Happier, Healthier Future St’át’imc. Visit

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