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Secwepemc NEWS



SEXQÉL’QELTEMC Summer of 2011

A monthly publication serving the people and communities of the Shuswap Nation


Neskonlith Education Centre Graduation 2011



Back Row: Dustin Eberle (graduate UCEP TRU); Jevon Trautman (graduate UCEP TRU); Councillor Gina Johnny (ALIB); Councillor Brian Finlay (LSIB); Cody Bennewith (NEC High School Instructor); Councillor Randy Narcisse (NIB); Chief Judy Wilson (NIB); Chief Felix Arnouse (LSIB); Lisa Sorensen (Instructor NEC-UCEP TRU); Tammy Thomas (NEC Director of Education); & Linda Wood (Daycare Assistant). Middle Row: Yvonne August (Daycare Manager); Joan Arnouse (LSIB Home School Coordinator); Iris Jules (NEC Home School Coordinator); Denise King (ALBAA TRU); James Gjaltima (NEC Sub Bus Driver); Tyrone Saul (NIB Computer Technician); Jessie Wilson (NEC Tutor); Ken Saul (NEC Bus Driver); Jocelyn Thompsett (Education Assistant); Dalla Powder (NEC Education Administrative Assistant); Iris Jules (NEC Home School Coordinator); & Shane Camille (Drummer). Front Row: Elder JD Billy (ALIB); Elder Molly Tomma (LSIB); Elder Lawrence Michel (ALIB); Latisha Wood (Baby Graduate – NIB Daycare); Elder Cecilia Tomma (LSIB); Elder Jane Thomas (NIB); Elder Ethel Billy (ALIB); Elder Virginia Woolridge (LSIB); Elder Sarah Deneault (NIB). Missing in Photo: Councillor Rock Deneault (Photographer); & Jean Biron (graduate UCEP TRU). Submitted by Dalla Powder

Neskonlith Education Centre (Neskonlith Indian Band) celebrated their 2nd Annual Graduation Ceremony at the Quaaout Lodge Conference Centre, Little Shuswap Indian Band on June 17, 2011. The NEC graduates, from the UCEP (Thompson Rivers University), receiving their Adult Diploma are: Jean Biron, Jevon Trautman and Dustin Eberle. Latisha Wood, four year old daycare baby, received a ceremonial graduation departure to Kindergarten from Yvonne August, Daycare Manager. The grand march was lead by the drummers; Iris Jules, Dalla Powder, and Shane Camille followed by NEC Staff and Daycare; Tammy Thomas, Jocelyn Thompsett, Cody Bennewith, Lisa Sorensen, Yvonne August, Ken Saul, James

Gjaltima, Jessie Wilson and Charmayne Jules; 3-Band Elders Representatives; Honorary Education Staff and Graduates. The graduates were well-represented by the three local bands; Chief Judy Wilson, Councillors Rock Deneault and Tammy Thomas (Neskonlith Indian Band); Chief Felix Arnouse and Councillor Brian Finlay (Little Shuswap Indian Band); and Councillor Gina Johnny (Adams Lake Indian Band). Honorary Education Staff and Elders: Charles Webber, TRU Professor and Dean faculty of Human Social and Educational Development; Denise King, TRU/ALBAA Project Partner; Joan Arnouse, Education Coordinator (Little Shuswap Indian Band). 3-Band Elders Council: Elder Sarah Deneault (Neskonlith Indian Band); Elder Jane Thomas (Neskonlith Indian

Band); Elder JD Billy (Adams Lake Indian Band); Elder Ethel Billy (Adams Lake Indian Band); Elder Lawrence Michel (Adams Lake Indian Band); Elder Virginia Woolridge (Little Shuswap Indian Band); Elder Molly Tomma (Little Shuswap Indian Band); and Elder Cecilia Tomma (Little Shuswap Indian Band). A great Kukstemc to the Elder’s for supporting our grads this year. The celebration was a tremendous success with devotion and inspiration that came from the NEC team that organized this special event for the grads, a special thank you to all the staff and volunteers. Also, a big thank you to Dayna Andrew, Banquet Captain and Nadine Meyer, Catering Manager from Quaaout Lodge Resort for all their help. The turkey dinner with all the trimmings was delicious and we thank the cooks of Quaaout Lodge Resort. Last but not least a big thank you to our MC’s Lynn Kenoras and Craig Duck Chief, and photographer Rock Deneault. Neskonlith Education Centre Box 318, Chase, BC V0E 1M0 Phone: (250) 679-2963 Fax: (250) 679-2968 Email:








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NEWS The voice of the Shuswap Nation Circulation 4,000 Secwepemc News is published monthly

Editor Louise Alphonse

OUR MISSION is to provide a forum for members of the 17 Shuswap Bands to discuss and learn more about the issues, news and events taking place in the Shuswap Nation; to promote awareness of Secwepemc language, culture and history; to recognize the individual accomplishments of community members; and to provide a vehicle for the outside community to learn more about the history, current affairs and future goals of the Secwepemc people.

Language Page Kathy Manuel

You can reach our Editorial Office by phone: (778) 471-5789 by fax: (778) 471-5792 by e-mail:; or by mail: c/o Secwepemc Cultural Education Society 274A Halston Connector Road, Kamloops, BC V2H 1J9

Contributors Fred Robbins Liz Twan Bonaparte Band Qwemtsin Health Haley Bowe Ken Jensen Neil Kane Leona McKay Dalla Powder Judy Wilson Frank Antoine

Secwepemctsín Wel me7 yews “Preserving Our

We appreciate and rely on the Shuswap communities for their stories and activity reports. Kukwstep-kucw


Secwepemc Cultural Education Society Shuswap Declaration To Work In Unity On Shuswap Language, History and Culture

Press Release

We are pleased to announce the following directors were elected by acclamation to the Board Executive Committee of the SCES Board of Directors: President: Councillor Rita Matthew, Simpcw First Nation Vice President : Chief Michael LeBourdais, Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band Treasurer: Councillor Jean Brown, Splatsin First Nation Secretary: Councillor Gina Johnny, Adams Lake Indian Band Director-at-Large: Richard Billy, Secwepemc Elders Council (Shared) Councillor Brian Finlay, Little Shuswap Indian Band Councillor Matilda Morgan, Bonaparte Indian Band SCES OFFICE IS LOCATED: 274A HALSTON CONNECTOR ROAD KAMLOOPS, BC V2H 1J9 PHONE: 1-778-471-5789 FAX: 1-778-471-5792

Calendar of Community EVENTS

All are welcome to list any upcoming meetings and events in this space. Please give us a call at (778) 471-5789 or fax us at (778) 471-5792 or E-mail us at Deadline: Last WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Secwepemc Child and Family Services will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 1 pm to 3 pm at 300 Chilcotin Road, Kamloops, BC. For more information, contact 250-314-9669. 10th Annual Summer Sizzle Ballhockey Tournament September 9,10,11, 2011 starting Friday, September 9 6:00pm to 9:00pm Location: Skeetchestn gymnasium Mens division entery fee $275, Ladies division entery $250. Roster limit 16-players, modified knock-out. To enter your team call Janet Deneault at home 250373-0179. Win an all star jacket! 50-50, concession, Big Sky gas, restaurant and store on the rez and much more. Dream Catchers Shuswap 3rd Annual Aboriginal Youth Conference on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 12:00pm - October 2 at 3:00 pm contact ALIB Education Dept. at 250-679-8841 or email Diane Anthony at for Complete Registration Package. Restorative Justice Week is November 13th – 20th, 2011. The National Restorative Justice Symposium (N.R.J.S.) is an annual event supported by Correctional Services Canada in partnership with other federal and provincial departments and community stakeholders. This year, the Secwepemc Community Justice Program, administered by the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band, is hosting the event in Kamloops, BC at the Kamloops Convention Centre from November 13th – 15th, 2011. The theme of this year’s event is “Re-visioning Justice” which calls us to envision how restorative practices could be applied and implemented within a broader social justice context. For more information about the symposium, please visit our website at www.nationalrjsymposium2011. com or or contact <> Please forward information to others that may be interested. If you have any questions, please contact either Edith Fortier at 250-571-1021 or Cpl. Jim Cooley at 250-314-1800. Memorial for Ken Dennis & Robert (Bebop) Dennis October 22, 2011 at the Adams Lake Gymnasium, Adams Lake, in Chase, BC. Hosted by families of the late Ken Dennis and Robert (BeBop) Dennis. Bring drums, there may be people coming from long ways so the Gym will be open all day, Donations are more than welcome. Contact Hayley M, leave message at Kelmuc Circle of Friendship Centre in Chase, BC @ 250 679 4443 or email: Re: KIRS Monument Placement Date: Tuesday, September 6th Time: 12:00 pm (with feast to follow) Location: KIRS Building, at Tkemlups Indian Band For further information, please contact: Ken Jensen at (250) 679-8583 or Colleen Mosterd-McLean at (250) 828-9707 The Skelep School of Excellence is accepting students for September 2011. Office hours for registration will be August 22nd to August 26th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and August 29th to September 2nd from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information go to See last page for poster.

2nd Annual “Working Together Society” Traditional Pow Wow 2012 June 22, 23 24, 2011 Neskonltih Arbor, 7 miles West of Chase, Drum Group & Hand Drumming Contest Lahal Tournament $100 entry fee Boy’s & Men’s Grass Special Jingle Dress Special, Pageant and more. Free Admission, Free Camping Everyone Welcome for more information contact Lucille Martin 250-679-8098 Jessie 250-376-4810, Sara 679-8311 Canim Lake Pow Wow Committee would like to mention the pow wow was another success. To was well-attended by many people. There were six drums: Moccasin Burner, Sweet Water, Eagle Creek, Red Thunder Rock, Whispering Nation and Signal Point. 2011/12 new Canim Lake Princess is “Sienna Peters” from Kamloops, BC. She is nine years old, her parents are Mike and Ruth Peters. The grass dance special was a show stopper. Atlan Anthony took 1st place while Benoit Abraham came in 2nd and 3rd place was taken by Arthur Paul Jr. We also had a non-native special, which everyone loved. The pow wow committee couldn’t have done it without our Master of Ceremonies Buck Sheena, Arena Director Brent Johnson, and Whipman Adrian Retasket. The Canim Lake Pow Wow Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, helpers, security, and our cooks who served up some delicious meals from visiting guests. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Aboriginal Youth Leadership Workshops at TRU on the first Wednesday of every month. Starting September 2011 to March 2012 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. September 7th October 5th November 2nd December 7th January 4th February 8th March 7th These sessions are FREE to all Aboriginal Youth (15 to 30 years of age) First Nations, Inuit, Metis, bus passes, dinner, drinks, and snacks will be provided. For more information call (250) 554554-4556 or register on line www. on the ASETS website.

Please be mindful of the School Zones during the Back To School Rushes.... Speed Limit in School Zones is 30 kms


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Re Sk̓lep ell re Sqlélten

Le q̓7éses ta7 ri7 k st̕éxelcs re swewll A long time ago the fish didn’t̕ swim upstream M-yews re stitéyt.s re sk̓lép ell re k̓wseltktens. So Skl̕ep and his family were starving M-tsútes-ekwe, “kénmes-enke re ta7s k st̕éxelcs re swewll?” He said “why don’t the fish swim upstream?” M-néses te setétkwe es xpqenwén̓s k skénems. He went to the river to see what happened. M-cllgwelcétkus-ekwe, He jumped in the river, Ell re m-nek̓entsútes, And changed himself, Wel re m-xenwéllens es kwewt.s. So he was able to float. K̕wíncwes-enke te sitq̓t re skwest.s He didn’t̕ know how many days he floated wel re m-xléqes-enke nek swétes-enke ctsʼelmíns. before he got stuck in (someone’s) fish fence. Nerí7 re sxléqes. (There) He was stuck. Sten-ekwe nerí7 wel m-kitsc yi7éne te tek̓sele te tekt̕kwílces píqwens re ctsʼelmins. He was there until two medicine men came to check their (fish) fence. Wilt.s-ekwe yi7éne te sextsʼéy, m-tsutes, They saw a piece of wood, they said, “me7 kwéntem yi7éne te stektsúsem.” “we will take this for firewood.” M-kwenses-ekwe, m-tsq̓wmnúsenses, They took it, (threw it into the fire) m-cwelpílcwes te s7elkst.s. they returned to their work. M-nek̓entsútes-ekwe re sk̓lep te k̓woyí7se te tuwíwt. Sk̓lep turned himself into a little boy. M-tsʼ7umes, ell m-qnímentmes te nuxwnúxwenxw. He cried, and the women heard him. M-tskwentémes te t7ikw es ta7ews ks q̓wlleps. They took him from the fire before he burned. M-tsútes, “t̕hénes-enke k st̕7ékwes yi7éne te sk̓wimémelt.”



“many salmon month”

M-yews re swéwlems te sqlélten ell m-yews re scwík̓ems te swewll. Then they fished for the salmon and they dried the fish.

They said, “where did this baby come from?” Mesésq̓t-ekwe nerí7 re sw7ecs re Sk̓lep. After four days he turned himself back into Sk̓lep.(Coyote was around for four days) M-xpqenwén̓s-ekwe stém̓i k tsúwet.s yi7éne te tekt̕kwílc. He wanted to find out what the medicine men were doing. Cwen̓wen7úw̓i meséq̓t, m-qílltes-ekwe. He got up very early on the fourth day M-néses ne setétkwe, He went to the river, m-kellkíllenses re nuxwnúxwenxw re ctsʼelmíns, he took apart the womens fence, m-q̓ re xexetén̓s, he stole their power, es tá7ews-ekwe cútsem es tcistés re sqlélten es text̕éxelcs. Never again will the salmon be blocked from swimming up stream. Pyin te sitq̓t e qwelmíntmes es kwemtúses k st̕éxelcs re sqelqlélten, Today, we talk of the salmon always swimming up stream es ta7ews k stem cú7tsem es tcistém, and nothing can ever again block them, yéwske ri7 k sxwtsʼilc-kt es yucwmenstwécw-kt That is why we all take care of one another ell es knucwentwécw-kt. And we all help each other. Pyin te sitq̓t yirí7 re stxexetén-kt Today that is our power, E tá7ews ks xenwéllen-kt es xylem-kt, me7 qwenqwentwílc-kt ell me7 k̓wiyúsem-kt. If we can’t do that, we will become poor and we will suffer.


Celebration of Secwepemc Songs and Dances September 20, 2011 Tk’emlúps Arbor 5:00 pm An evening of sharing

song, dance,

food, family and friends! Salmon & Bannock You bring a potluck

TRADITIONAL FOOD A FOCUS For more info contact: Rosanne Casimir (250) 828-9760 or e-mail: Kathy Manuel at (778)-471-5789 or email:

Secwepemc Songs and Dances Class sponsored by Secwepemc Cultural Education Society held August 15-20, 2011 at the KIB Arbor Full story in next edition Left to Right: Flo Sampson, Chief Wayne Christian (guest), Garry Gottfriedson, Justin Prairiechicken, Charli Fortier, Rosanne Casimir, Therease Ritchie, Christine Casimir (guest), Kathy Manuel, and Janice Michel Billy (guest). Bottom Left to Right: Kyle Leonard, Sage Thomas (& baby), and Wendy Leonard. (missing from photo: Julianne Peters)


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SUMMER OF 2011 Bonarparte Princess for the 2011/12 Season was crowned Jewel Jenson

18th Annual Bonaparte Pow Wow Dance Results - August 5, 6 & 7, 2011 Men’s Chicken Dance: 1st - Shawnrae Gabriel 2nd - Louie Quilt 3rd - Bernard Chantyman Men’s Grass Dance: 1st - Jerry Mis’ken’ack 2nd - Redhawk Michelle 3rd - Matthew Sellars Men’s Fancy Dance: 1st - Byron Blackrider 2nd - Arnold Akachuk 3rd - Lenny Supernault Women’s Fancy Dance: 1st - Janelle Alphonse 2nd - Wynona Edwards 3rd - Lani Mackenzie Women’s Jingle Dance: 1st - Michaela Dennis 2nd - Sophie White 3rd - Mandy Rae Spike Women’s Trad. Dance: 1st - Sophie White 2nd - Janet Terbasket 3rd - Chanea Gabriel Teen Boy’s Grass Dance: 1st - Theo Napoleon 2nd - Rain Bob 3rd - Kenneth Narcisse

Teen Boy’s Grass Dance: 1st - Theo Napoleon 2nd - Rain Bob 3rd - Kenneth Narcisse Teen Boy’s Traditional: 1st - C. Boyce 2nd - Garrett Mike Teen Girl’s Traditional: 1st - Yetko Bearshirt 2nd - Jessica McArthur 3rd - Nikita Billy Teen Girls Jingle Dance: 1st - Yetko Bearshirt 2nd - Danica Jensen 3rd - Ashley Tomma Teen Gils Fancy Dance: 1st - Delray NcDonald 2nd - Nikki Frank 3rd - Taylor Edwards Junior Combined All Around Girls: 1st - Nizhoni White 2nd - Shanny Bearshirt 3rd - Omarah Pual Boys: 1st - Ethan Patri 2nd - A. West 3rd - Stuart Abraham

All Around Contest: Women’s 1st - Sophie White Men’s 1st - Shawn Rae Gabriel Chicken Dance Special 1st - Shawn Rae Gabriel Hand Drum Contest: 1st - Tinesha Begay 2nd - Leonard Bearshirt 3rd - Coffe Potts Drum Contest: 1st - Hamburger Hill 2nd - High Water 3rd - 379 Golden Age Men’s: 1st - Frank Robbins 2nd - Arnie Narcisse 3rd - John Pierro Golden Age Women’s: 1st - Joan Gentles 2nd - Jean William 3rd - Sharon Sellars photos are available to view and download on SecwepemcNews facebook page

We would also like to thank Bonaparte Indian Band, Chief and Council for their considerable donations and continued support to keep in our culture and traditions alive. Please join us next year August, 10, 11, & 12, 2012 for our 19th Annual Stuxwtews Pow Wow. JULY 20, 2011 NESKONLITH INDIAN BAND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thank you to the following organizations for helping sponsor our event: * Belkorp · Zagreb Construction Ltd. · Junction Shell (Cache Creek) * Historic Hat Creek Ranch · G N’ C Electrical (Ashcroft) · Samgung Korean Church * David Nairne & Associates * Bonaparte Chief and Council & Social Development & Health Department


NESKONLITH ANNOUNCES LEGAL ACTION TO CHALLENGE PERMIT FOR SMART CENTRES DEVELOPMENT On July 11, 2011, the City of Salmon Arm approved the hazardous area development permit application for the proposed SmartCentres shopping centre development in the Salmon River Delta and Floodplain. Despite repeated requests by the Neskonlith Indian Band to establish a proper consultation process regarding their concerns and interests in respect of the proposed development, no process was undertaken. The Neskonlith Indian Band, deeply concerned about the impacts to the environment and to the community who depend on the precious resources of this fragile ecosystem, has decided to pursue legal action to seek relief from the Courts. Neskonlith Indian Band Chief Judy Wilson announced:

Submitted by Pow Wow Committee

The 18th Annual Stuxwtews Pow Wow 2011 turned out great! We had three times the amount of people attend that we have ever had for the annual event. A lot of hard work and dedication was needed to make this event a success. This is our second year of transition from the Traditional Pow Wow to a Competition Pow Wow and have had an overwhelming amount of support and positive feedback from dancers/drummers and spectators. This year developed a new pow wow committee and asked that all families have a representative attend the committee meetings to have the community support and equal input.

Stuxwtews Pow Wow Committee: Coordinator-Sylvia Raymond Committee Membership: Mary Porter, Roger Porter, Terry Porter, Dave Antoine, Dayna Gaspard, Daniel & Arlene Gaspard, Savannah Pierro, John Pierro, Nina Minnabarriet, Tonya BillyYouth representative, Adrian Retasket, DJ Zabotel, Reni-Historic Hat Creek Ranch Representative. We would also like to make an honorable mention to Don and Sandra at Historic Hat Creek Ranch for their continued support and sponsorship. Joined in partnership for the site and facility usage.

“As Secwepemc people, we hold Aboriginal Title and Rights over our territory, which includes the Salmon River Delta and Floodplain. This critically important decision regarding our territory, which we are told by independent experts could have a tremendously negative impact on an area of extraordinary value to our people, was taken without any meaningful consultation with us. We will not sit idly by and allow this to occur. The City of Salmon Arm refuses to acknowledge the constitutional obligations which passed to them when the Province delegated the responsibility for flooding risk assessment and we now unfortunately have to look to the Courts to ensure that the City lives up to those obligations. We have therefore instructed our legal counsel to prepare the documents to file a challenge to the approval of the hazardous area development permit for the proposed SmartCentres shopping centre.“ Chief Wilson went on to note that the Band has retained leading experts to advise them on the development, and whether the risks posed by it have been adequately assessed: “Professor Michael Church, a pre-eminent fluvial geomorphologist, and Professor Nancy Turner, British Columbia’s foremost ethnobotanist, have both confirmed the need for further studies to properly understand the potential impacts of this development on our reserve lands, and the cultural and ecological values of the Delta in general. Professor Church is of the view that the development will flood in the near future, and there is a pressing need to study the potential impacts of resulting flood mitigation measures. We cannot allow such careless planning about an area of such importance to go unchallenged. It is imperative that we have a proper understanding of the risks posed by the development, not only to our people, but also to the tenants of the development and other neighbours. MEDIA CONTACTS: Chief Judy Wilson: (250) 320-7738 Councillor Tammy Thomas: (250) 679 3295, Board Member Switzmalph Cultural Society

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2011 BC Aboriginal Provincial Golf Championships

U16 Female Low Gross Gold - Kylie Jack (Penticton, Westbank) Silver - Rachelle Nielson (Kispiox, Summerland)


Working with First Nations Since 1982

U16 Female Low Net Gold - Kylie Jack Silver - Rachelle Nielson U13 Male Low Gross Gold - Trenton Louie (Westbank, Kelowna) Silver - Austin Jack (Penticton, Westbank) Bronze - Seth Lafond (Musk Lake Cree, Kelowna)

Back Row: Jerome Thorne Jr., Sten Sundin, Trenton Louie, Mitchell Pukacz, Sheldon Mitchell, Woolode Gorup Edwards, Easton Jones Front Row: Lucas Baxter, Seth Lafond, Kylie Jack, Austin Jack, Tex Ostrander, Rachelle Nielson Submitted by Frank Antoine

Weyt-kp, The tournament was held on Aug 8-10, 2011 at the beautiful Talking Rock Golf Course owned and operated by the Little Shuswap Indian Band. There were thirteen athletes who participated in the two day event. They travelled from all over the province. Here are the final results along with their native ancestry and where they travelled from. U19 Male Low Gross Gold - Sten Sundin - Metis, Prince Rupert Silver - Jerome Thorne Jr. - Nimpkish, Kamloops Bronze - Lucas Baxter (Gitxsan, Nanaimo) Sheldon Mitchell (Wet’suwet’en, Smithers) Mitchell Pukacs (Squamish, Williams Lake)

U19 Male Low Net Gold - Lucas Baxter Silver - Sten Sundin Bronze - Jerome Thorne Jr. U19 Female Low Gross Gold - Woolode Gorup Edwards (Snaw’Naw’As, Victoria) U19 Female Low Net Gold - Woolode Gorup Edwards U16 Male Low Gross Gold - Tex Ostrander (T’it’q’et, F.N. Lillooet) Easton Jones (Splatsin, Endery) U16 Male Low Net Gold - Tex Ostrander Silver - Easton Jones


U13 Male Low Net Gold - Trenton Louie Silver - Austin Jack Bronze - Seth Lafond This event was played by all levels of golfers. There were some who play in regular junior tournaments and some players who played in their first tournament. I encourage and challenge the youth to come enter this tournament next year. You don’t know what will happen until you try. I would like to thank Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council for supporting and helping host this annual event. Please find a complete album of photos on their facebook – (www. Here is my contact information if you have any questions or comments about this tournament. Frank Antoine – Golf Professional at Talking Rock Golf Course Cell: 1-250-318-0742 E-mail:

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Held at the

Held at the

Skeetchestn Band Office Gymnasium

Full Circle Youth Centre Park

330 Main Drive

On Kamloopa Way

Thursday, September 08 , 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 15th, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm FUN FOR ALL AGES! FREE




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Secwepemc Gathering Esketemc Chief Fred Robbins speaking at Closing Ceremony Photo by Liz Twan

Nathan Matthews, Councillor Fred Fortier has accepted the Staff, and will hand it to Chief Nathan, Fred also mentioned to move the Gathering to August 2012. Thank You Simpcw. And congratulations on winning the Battle of the Bands Lehal… beating Esk’et in the final. I take this opportunity to invite the Secwepemc Nation to attend “Le7 te Tmicw” ceremony held this year at Black dome once again. All those involved last year were from TNG, Okanagan, Secwepemc, Carrier and on such a short notice, we had over 70 people attend and 7 pipes, Kukstemc. Thank You for attending and making the gathering a successful one… I wish everyone a great year. Kukpi7 Kenmemelt (Chief Fred Robbins) Esketemc.

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Dreamcatcher Shuswap 3rd Annual Youth Conference “Protecting Mother Earth” September 30th to October 2, 2011 Location: Adams Lake Band, Chase, BC Registration and detail information email: or call 250-679-8841 ext 209 & or 239

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Hello From Esk’et, first of all ‘Thank You’ to our Respected Elders, visitors and volunteers that attended the Secwepemc Gathering held July 2224. The opening ceremony was a huge success, the Secwepemc, and Visitors enjoyed the Secwepemc Gathering from the opening to the closing. Yeah there were a few problems along the way, as all big gatherings do have them, but overall, I believe the people of the White Earth presented themselves respectable in many ways. I would like to thank the organizers and volunteers of every event, they worked so very hard and diligently to provide the visitors with meals, drinks and common courtesy which is valuable. From the Fire Keeper to the Cleanup crew, all those we never saw, but were a huge part of what made this a good place to be for the 3 days of visiting and laughter. I would like to thank the Chiefs that made the time and effort to be part of the Opening and Closing Ceremony, Thank You for all those that stayed for the Duration, and participated in the Paintball, Yeah Chief Hank and I represented you all… I could still hear the sound of ‘I’m hit’ ringing through the hills of the paintball arena… OUCH! The Closing was an emotional one with a lot of discussion about Unity, what it means and how we the Secwepemc can become the great Nation we once were, and can be again… We the Secwepemc have so many great leaders, respected at every level of Government, BCAFN,AFN, UBCIC, Summit… as well as other nations who we support. The Simpcw will be hosting the next gathering, 2012, congratulations to Chief

Above: Councillor Fred Fortier, Chief Fred Robbins, Princess Cassandra Robbins Below: Henry Johnson, standing in the smoke of the Sacred Fire just prior to the Closing Ceremony at the 2011 Esketemc Sepwepemc Gathering on Sunday July 25th. Henry was the overall Co-ordinator of the gathering at Esk’et, putting in many long hours away from home, his wife and family to get everything organized and arranged for the three-day event. Photo by Liz Twan


Esketemc Secwepemc Gathering damp but successful

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By Liz Twan – Williams Lake Tribune

Chief Fred Robbins of the Esketemc First Nation had nothing but praise for the people of Esk’et who took on the immense challenge of being the host-community for the 2011 Secwepemc Gathering. “I would like to thanks the organizers and the volunteers of every event, who worked so very hard and diligently to provide the visitors with meals, drinks and common courtesy, which is invaluable,” Chief Robbins said. “From the fire keeper to the cleanup crew, a lot of those we never saw but who were a huge part of what made this such a good place to be for three days of visiting and laughter. “I would also like to thank those Secwepemc Chiefs who made the effort and took time to be a part of the opening and closing ceremonies, and those who stayed for the whole weekend. Those who participated in the Last Chief Standing Paintball Contest – yeah, Chief Hank and I represented ya’ll there; I can still hear the words ‘I’m hit’ ringing through the air in the hills around the paintball venue – ouch.” Edna Robbins, who worked the main registration desk all weekend long (with her sister Robyn) estimates they had more than 400 guests officially register (many more attendees did not bother to register) during the weekend. Edna noted that manning the register meant she and Robyn were not

Three generations of happy smiles are displayed by this trio right after Cassandra Robbins (center) of Esk’et was crowned the - 2011 Esketemc Sepwepemc Gathering Princess. She is flanked by her Kye7e, Cathy Belleau (left) and her mother, Karen Robbins on the right (her father is Chief Fred Robbins - Esk’et).

able to go to any other venues (except opening and closing ceremonies) but they enjoyed meeting everyone who came to the register. Edna who is a regular employee (receptionist/secretary) of the Esketemc First Nation said, “staffing the registration desk for the gathering actually gave me the opportunity to put faces together with names from people I have only spoken to over the phone for many years. That was fun, and we met a lot Alana Dick - Canim Lake, BC of people from all over.” The weather was a bit challenging at times with several cloudbursts dampening some events. The NiteHawks (formerly Creeshu) played at one of the dances in the pouring rain for the first half hour. A slightly humorous observation from Chief Robbins was part of his closing speech, in which he encouraged future hosts of the Secwepemc Gathering to hold the event on the land (out in the countryside, as opposed to in a town centre). “You’ll have noticed that no one here was interrupted by the riding (or Kayla Eugene - Invermere, BC vibration) of any wireless devices during the gathering; it wasn’t that you all had them turned off: it was because they simply don’t work here at Esk’et.”

Gerald Charley - Canim Lake, BC

Wenona Edwards - Kamloops, BC

The 2012 Secwepemc Gathering will be in Simpcw. Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band holds her community staff as she shares at the Secwepemc Gathering Opening Ceremonies Photo by Liz Twan

Esket community members that were a big part of the Secwepemc Gathering. Edna Robbins (Executive Assistant), Robyn Robbins (Admin Assistant) and Lynn Chelsea Treaty Admin. Assistant). Photo by Louise Alphonse


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Canim Valley 4-H Show and Sale Submitted and written by Carl Archie

The Canim Valley 4-H Club celebrates their 25th year of operation this year at the 53rd annual Williams Lake Show and Sale. The shows were held on August 20-23 with the Sale on August 24. As always, the members have proven to be worthy competition with a number of new titles which are: Grand Champion Ewe Lamb Ainsley Dewsbury Grand Champion Market Lamb Mercedez Boyce Runner-up Champion Market Lamb Catriona Henderson Reserve Champion Market Steer Myron Theodore Reserve Champion Market Swine Stephen Theodore For the first time this year the club is showing several two-year breeding projects: Lucille Paul showed the clubs first Heifer; Ainsley Dewsbury showed the clubs first Ewe with Lamb at Foot; and Katleen Archie showed the clubs first gilt. In addition to livestock projects, members also showed Photography and had Cloverbud participants. Canim Valley 4-H Club is the only First Nations 4-H club in Canada. The club has participated in two national exchanges to Richmond, Quebec and Brampton, Ontario. Over the years, four generations of Canim Lake Band members have accomplished some notable achievements which include: Grand Champion Market Lamb Reserve Champion Market Lamb Runner-Up Market Lamb Best Groomed Lamb Grand Champion Ewe Lamb Best Groomed Swine Runner-Up Market Steer Top Beef Carcass in the District Highest Participation in Judging Rally’s Top Pen of Four Steers. The 4-H program provides young people with an opportunity to learn how to become productive, self-assured adults who can make their community and country a good place in which to live. This is fostered through project and program work,

experiences with their 4-H club members and leaders and their participation in district, regional, provincial and national programs. The goal of the 4-H program is youth development. The objectives of 4-H clubs are knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development. The Show and Sale is a chance for members to show off their project work and accomplishments from the 4-H year to their family, friends and community. The Show and Sale is traditionally a time to also evaluate member project work, give recognition to members and leaders for their achievements, demonstrate to the public what 4-H is all about and give recognition to sponsors and others who have helped out the club in a special way. The Canim Valley 4-H Club would like to thank their sponsor, Canim Lake Band, as well as the many volunteers, supporters and buyers.

Stephen Theodore – Grand Champion Market Swine Photo courtesy of Amber Christopher

Mercedez Boyce – Grand Champion Market Lamb

Photo courtesy of Megan Dixon

Congratulations 4H Members of Canim Lake Myron Theodore (Left) – Reserve Champion Market Steer Photo courtesy of Megan Dixon

September 9 is International FASD Day! Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause some serious permanent disabilities and health complications in the growing baby. Alcohol can pass from the mother to the baby through the placenta. The alcohol is delivered directly to the baby’s bloodstream. The baby’s tiny body is unable to filter the alcohol causing it to have an effect on the development of the baby. A baby born with the disabilities caused by alcohol can be diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Children with FASD often have problems with their brain development, causing difficulty with their learning, memory and coordination. These children can have behavioral problems. They can also have health problems associated with their major organs. They can have facial malformations. These challenges can make it very difficult for that person as an adult to manage even simple daily life tasks. FASD lasts a lifetime. So...If you are going to drink alcohol, then plan to use contraceptives, such as the birth control pill or condoms. If you need to talk to someone about your options for contraceptives, please call Q’wemtsin Health Society and speak to a community health nurse. If you are planning a pregnancy, then stop drinking alcohol. No amount of alcohol is considered safe. And there is no safe time during pregnancy to consume alcohol. If you need some assistance with stopping drinking there are several resources available. A community health nurse from Q’wemtsin Health Society can also assist you with this. Q’wemtsin Health Society 130 Chilcotin Rd. Kamloops, BC

SUMMER OF 2011 TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS: It is with great appreciation that I write this thank you note. To all the friends and relatives who held ceremonies, who prayed for me, who came to visit me at the hospital, and to those who really wanted to come and see me; thank you so very much. It was the most humbling experience of my life to realize how many people cared and shared their honour and respect to me and my family. I would like to thank all of my sons and daughters, and the kids who are an extended part of my family. Those that came with gifts of food (Leona Hamerton); and I wish to express my thanks to the people who helped my family out during this crisis. I am grateful to the Adams Lake Indian Band for providing my wife (Sharon Sellers) with a hotel room as she couldn’t travel back and forth from Chase. It also means a lot to me that so many of you were there ready and willing to help not just for me but Sharon too. I want to thank Jeanette Jules and Coreen and Louis for taking Sharon out for something to eat. If you didn’t, she probably wouldn’t have eaten anything until I was better. I wish to express an eternal gratitude to those relatives and friends from Alberta and Washington State, who conducted ceremonies on my behalf. This gratitude also includes those friends and relatives in BC who held ceremonies to pray for me and my family. Thank you Sally and Karen Sellers from coming from Vancouver to see me at the hospital, it means a lot and I will always remember you in my prayers. I would also like to thank my father in-law Herman Sellers for his prayers, love and support. It means a lot to me and I feel if it wasn’t for the expression of love and compassion that I would not have come back from where I was. Thanks to the nurses and doctors of the Trauma Unit, Intensive Care Unit and the Staff of the 7 N at RIH, in Kamloops, BC. I would like to express my most sincerest gratitude and love for my sisters: Jeanette and Freda Jules, who came to the ICU; who brought laughter and fun, and lightened the mood for everyone. Thanks to Darin Michel, Randy Sam, Debbie Sampson, and Coreen Williams whose love helped me also to come back from where I was. I also want to thank those who gave monetary donations to Sharon to help her out. The Administration, Chief and Council, Health and Education Department of the Adams Lake Indian Band thank you for your generosity and support. Thank you Sara Deneault, Dalla Powder, Lucille Martin, Vi Manuel, Bev Tomma, Patsy Tomma, Ivy and Lightning Rose Tomma for their love and support. I want to extend my gratitude to Everette White (son in-law), and Lorne Sampson Jr., Gerald Yukon, Kathy Arnouse, and Rose

Peters; they helped me during the course of the ceremony we were conducting and I fault none of them for what happened. There are so many people I want to thank, and if I miss you in this list of people, it is not intentional, I thank all of you; and I appreciate all of your efforts and all your respect. It was the most humbling feeling to realize how many people really care about what happened to me. I will be thankful and I will remember you as I continue in my ceremonies. Without you I may not have been able to continue living. There are so many people that we don’t know about who made prayers on my behalf and I want to thank you too; like Charlie Letendre of Alexis Band, who held ceremonies on my behalf. Peter and Rita Anthony and family, and any other person who may have been turned away by the hospital staff, I would like to express my sincerest apologies, but it was the hospital staff who would not let you visit it wasn’t the family denying you. THE LIST was the ICU staffs request not the family; and it was only meant for the first night I was admitted to the hospital, because some of my children and sister were travelling from out of town to see me. So, the nursing station asked who might be coming into the hospital that night only. If you were turned away, I apologize on behalf of my family. Your concern for me is greatly appreciated. Thank you. I thank the St. Johns ambulance staff for your diligence in keeping me alive. I thank Rod Tomma and Spook for their ceremonies and prayers. I would like to thank the communities of Alkali; the women of the Little Shuswap Indian Band (Joan Arnouse) in particular; and the numerous communities that pulled together to hold ceremonies and pray. This really shows how the power of prayer, love, respect and honor and belief in our ceremonies. All of my life I have never doubted our ceremonies and way of prayer. So, thank you all from myself and all of my family. To my sons: Arthur Kenoras, Jason Kenoras, John Kenoras Jr., Johnson Deunstan-Kenoras, Derek Antoine, Lorne Sampson Jr., Matthew Sellars, DJ Zabotel, My grandson – Jadis Kenoras, Leon Eustache, Everette White, Darin Michel, Jason Sampson, To all my daughters: Jonnine Kenoras, Raylene Sellars, Sara-Lynn Johnson, Tanys Letendre, Jeanne Kenoras, Sophie Bob-White. Thelma Duncan, Sweat Water Peters, Ellery Burgland, Megan Williams, Kizzy Draney, Lacey Scarff And all you other beautiful daughters I love you too. I sincerely express my love for Sharon Sellars (my little mugwamp), for standing by me during this trying ordeal. I can’t imagine what she must have gone through, but her strength and love was my anchor. ~ Remember, life is short – enjoy every minute if everyday ~ John (Yorgi) Kenoras & Sharon Sellars and Family Ph: (250) 679-3748

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Skeetchestn Indian Band Congratulates the Grads of 2011 Highschool Graduates Colleen Williams Jacob Deneault Lizzy Ignace

Reva Hewitt

Post Secondary Grads: Carly Nelmes; Early Childhood Education, Vancouver College Shawna Deneault, Dogwood, Thompson Rivers University

Skeetchestn Indian Band Chief, Council, Family, Friends & Community Members I am a member of the First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) and our main purpose is to promote technology and technician professions and education to Aboriginals. FNCC was launched in Kamloops in 2009, in partnership with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC). Visit the FNCC at: The FNCC Vision: “First Nations people confidently navigate their way through the education system both scholastically and financially leading to rewarding careers in applied science technology.” The FNCC Mission: “To empower First Nations people to achieve rewarding careers in applied science technology.” Have a great day, Atoine Archie

Atoine Archie received a $1,000 Foundation for Education and Advancement in Technology (FEAT)/First Nations Careers Council (FNCC) Bursary recently, at a special ASTTBC breakfast at the BIG Little Science Centre. Presenting the check are John Leech, AScT, Executive Director of ASTTBC and Larry Dyck, AScT, Transitions Manager, School of Trades and Technology, TRU. Atoine is studying Architectural and Engineering Technology at Thompson Rivers University. FEAT is the registered charitable organization of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, a professional association of 9.500 technologists, technicians and technical specialists. For information on ASTTBC and technology careers go to

CONGRATULATIONS To All Graduates of 2011

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First Annual “Working Together Society” Traditional Powwow was a community success Submitted by Lucille Martin/Jessica Arnouse

On behalf of the powwow committee, we would like to thank everyone who supported and participated in the 2011 Working Together Powwow. We hope you enjoyed yourselves. It was a lot of hard work but the result was amazing. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank the volunteers for all their hard work. Thank you to the following sponsors for their donations and the people/families for their help in making this event possible: John Kenoras (MC) - Shawn Billy (Arena Director) Whispering Nations (Host Drum) Cody and Carol Denault (eagle staff) Dorothy Grant (banner), Bishop Monroe and the Nuns Louise Alphonse (crowns and sashes) Neskonlith Arbour Groundskeepers Cooks (Neskonlith/Adams Lake communities) Asian Church - Sharon Sellars (pageant) Gwen & Eaan Matthenson Martin Family - Matt Sellars Clint Tomma- Neskonlith Band Adams Lake Band - Costco Chase Lions Club Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Al and Sons Septic Ltd. The Horse Barn – Kamloops, BC True Value – Chase, BC Home Hardware – Chase, BC Peoples Drug Mart – Chase, BC Lindsay & Carters – Vancouver, BC Country Inn – Chase, BC 98.3 CIFM Kamloops Village of Chase Rogers Rentals Fields – Chase, BC Wally Churchill We would also like to thank our Elders, friends and family for their support. The Committee looks forward to seeing everyone come out to the “Working Together Society Powwow” in 2012. We plan to host more specials and events next year! Neskonlith Education Centre Kukwstép-kucw, WTS Powwow Committee Members: Lucille Martin, Sarah Njootli, Livia Sampolio, Carol Deneault (Cody), Security - New Relationship Trust Stan Deneault, Christine Andrew, Jason Byron, and Jess Arnouse BC Hydro - Drummers and Dancers In Loving Memory of my Sister Mabel Casper (Gaspard) July 15, 1940 to September 7, 2010

To my Sister Mabel; it has been a long and lonely year since you have left me. If roses grow in heaven, Creator please pick a bunch for me, place them in my sisters arms and tell her they are from me, Nancy. Tell her that I love her and miss her and when she turns to smile place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile. Remembering her is easy, I do it every day, but there is an ache within my heart that will never go away. Thank you for giving me everything I love today. Love your Sister Nancy Gaspard.

Nitehawks Retirement by Les Johnson

All good things come to an end? Or all good things start somewhere? The end of an era is upon us. Hilly Johnson, the drummer and Tom Sampson, the bass player, are set to retire this month. Hilly’s already planning a trip to the PNE with the kids. Bookings with the band have kept him from spending more time with the kids, so retiring from the band will be a good start. Any other year he would be driving miles to somewhere and back on the Labor Day weekend. Thomas went as long as he could. I’m very surprised he had not retired years ago. I believe he was waiting on William Johnson, the roadie. The band kept going in case William just might get proposed to, then he would want a band for the big occasion. Not just any band. William hasn’t made his mind up yet, so the boys are going to retire. I believe there are three gigs left for the Nitehawks: one on August 19 at Canoe Creek, August 20 at the Redstone rodeo

dance, and last but not least, August 27 at Tsq’escen. I’m not sure if they will re-schedule the Sampson Gathering that was supposed to be on July 16. The Esketemc are planning a celebration for the Nitehawks retirement on September 10. I would like to thank Tom and Hilly for the opportunity of playing music with them. It was a one of a kind band and they

could follow any type of music. That’s what I liked about them, the versatility. The fun times, the funny things the band went through and the icy road up towards Dog Creek after the Canoe Creek dance incident one winter. Chris Johnson will tell you about that one. There are many more things that happened and will be included in a book.


Canada’s Undermining of the Specific Claims Process This summary and analysis of recent developments affecting First Nations’ specific claims has been prepared by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council and the Alliance of Tribal Nations. It is intended to inform First Nations in British Columbia about the actions of Canada to deny First Nations a process to settle specific claims through fair, transparent and timely negotiations. It has been prepared, as well, for the attention of the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. It is hoped that First Nations in BC, with over half of all specific claims in Canada, will recognize the urgency of the situation and take appropriate action quickly to protect their rights and advance their claims.

Canada’s “Justice At Last” action plan overview. In August 2007, Canada announced it was going to embark on a new action plan to fairly, honourably and quickly resolve Canada’s lawful obligations to First Nations with respect to specific claims. It was called, “Justice At Last.” Canada stated that “Justice at Last” was to be a reform of the specific claims process to ensure that First Nations’ specific claims would be resolved based on the following principles: • impartiality and fairness; • greater transparency; • faster processing of claims; and • better access to mediation Most importantly, “Justice at Last” renewed and strengthened Canada’s commitment to pursue settlement of specific claims through negotiation instead of the courts or other adjudicative bodies. The Specific Claims Tribunal – overview. To support First Nations and Canada in achieving the goals of “Justice At Last,” a Specific Claims Tribunal was established. The Specific Claims Tribunal Act (SCTA) came into effect on October 16, 2008. The SCTA imposed a three year timeline for Canada to respond to First Nations’ specific claims and created an independent tribunal to hold hearings and make final and binding decisions on specific claims that had either been rejected by the Minister or not settled through negotiation. On November 27, 2009, over a year after the SCTA came into force, Canada appointed three full time judges as the first members of the Specific Claims Tribunal: 1. Mr. Justice Harry Slade of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (Tribunal Chair) 2. Mr. Justice Patrick Smith of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario 3. Madam Justice Johanne Mainville of the Superior Court of Quebec

An additional six judges have been placed on a roster of Judges who may be called upon to sit on the Tribunal to make decisions on specific claims. The delay in appointing judges to the Tribunal greatly concerned First Nations, since start up of Tribunal operations could not begin in earnest until the Tribunal members were in place. The judges began developing rules and procedural guidelines. On June 8, 2010, draft rules and procedures for the Specific Claims Tribunal were issued and First Nations were invited to submit comments and suggestions. After considerable input from First Nations and Canada, the Tribunal’s rules and procedures were revised. They were finalized at the end of May, 2011 and the Specific Claims Tribunal opened for business on June 1, 2011, nearly 3 years after the SCTA came into effect. A First Nation may file a claim with the Tribunal if the claim has been previously filed with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (Canada) and: • if the claim was rejected after October 16, 2008; • if three years have passed since filing the claim without a decision by Canada to negotiate; • if Canada consents during negotiation of a claim to the First Nation filing the claim with the Tribunal; or • if three years have passed after the day on which Canada notified a First Nation of its decision to negotiate a claim and the claim has not been resolved by a final settlement agreement. If three years have passed and a claim is still in active negotiations, the SCTA does not require that the First Nation take the claim to the Tribunal; talks with Canada to resolve the claim can continue. However, at some negotiation tables, Canada has taken the position that the three year timeline is a deadline for negotiations, and is insisting that negotiations be substantially completed within three years, after which Canada will cease negotiating. Canada’s Subversion of “Justice At Last” – the key issues. Since the SCTA came into force, the UBCIC, NNTC and ATN have grown increasingly concerned that the principles and goals of “Justice at Last” are being subverted by Canada and, as a result, will not be achieved. At a recent national meeting, it was clear that our concerns in British Columbia are shared by specific claims researchers across the country. The fundamental issues that have surfaced are:

1. Canada has adopted a highly adversarial, technical and legalistic approach to specific claims rather than a collaborative one. This has resulted in unnecessary delays and arbitrary rejection of specific claims. 2. Canada has abandoned all pretence toward working to achieve negotiated settlements for many specific claims. It is, in short, negotiating in “bad faith.” UBCIC, NNTC, ATN: Undermining 3. Canada has accelerated its “resolution” of specific claims by simply removing claims from its Specific Claims Inventory by rejecting them, closing files and by other means – creating the illusion that it has made substantive progress in resolving claims and clearing up its claims backlog. (The Specific Claims Inventory is an online listing created by the Specific Claims Branch to both track and publicly report on the progress of specific claims.) 4. Further to the above, Canada’s strategy appears to be aimed at transferring the large backlog of unresolved specific claims away from Indian Affairs and the Department of Justice and onto the back of the new Specific Claims Tribunal. Unilateral imposition by Canada of “minimum standards” and a longer, extra legal timeline On February 26, 2009, Canada released The Specific Claims Policy and Process Guide to replace the long standing specific claims policy set out in the booklet, Outstanding Business (1982). This new policy document provides detailed guidelines for the submission of specific claims, including “minimum standards” by which Canada will decide whether a claim submission is complete enough to be considered officially “filed”. Under these new guidelines, Canada has given itself an additional six months to decide if a claim submission meets its new “minimum standards.” This extra six months is in addition to the three year time period for Canada to accept or reject a specific claim legislated by the SCTA. In effect, Canada unilaterally added an six months onto the Three year timeline established by law – contrary to the spirit, if not the letter, of the SCTA. Nevertheless, specific claims filed before October 16, 2008 will be eligible to be filed with the Specific Claims Tribunal on October 17, 2011, unless Canada accepts the claim for negotiation or a settlement agreement is reached.

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Using “minimum standards” to delay and defer consideration of specific claims The "minimum standards" are technical guidelines created and imposed by the Specific Claims Branch, dictating what each First Nation’s specific claim submission must include in order to be considered by the SCB for review. If a specific claim submission meets the “minimum standards,” the claim will be considered officially "filed" by Canada. If it does not, the SCB will return the claim to the First Nation The First Nation can revise the claim so that it meets the minimum standards and resubmit it to the SCB, at which time Canada can take an additional six months to review the claim again. In practice the application of the “minimum standards” should be reasonable and in general reflect best practices in research. However, recently the SCB has been applying the “minimum standards” unreasonably, returning specific claims to First Nations that should easily have met the “minimum standards.” For example, claim submissions are now being turned back because transcriptions of historical materials have not been created for commonly referenced, multi-page documents if even one small portion or edge of the document copy is slightly blurry. The unreasonableness of this demand by the SCB that First Nations create new transcriptions of such documents is hard to overstate. It imposes considerable extra costs on First Nations and creates lengthy delays in filing claims but produces no improvement whatsoever in the substantive quality of specific claim submissions. First Nations from across Canada have expressed increasing concern that Canada is now unreasonably applying the “minimum standards” as a way to keep new specific claims off of its inventory ahead of an impending internal SCB review that is intended to show the “success” rate of Canada’s new policy. De facto rejection of specific claims through letters of “partial acceptance” In the past few months, many First Nations have received letters from Canada saying that their claim has been accepted for negotiation. However, typically, only one (and usually a smaller) aspect of the claim is accepted. In some of these cases, Canada does not offer to negotiate, but sets out a pre-calculated figure or formula which is offered as part of an “expedited settlement.” There is no offer to negotiate or even talk. It is important to note that if the First Nation accepts the expedited settlement offer or agrees to negotiate the settlement, Canada will require that they sign a release continued on page 12


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on all the other aspects and allegations of the claim that Canada has rejected, meaning that the First Nation must extinguish its right to pursue a srttlement of the rejected parts of the claim with the Specific Claims Trivunal or in court. Shifting the Backlog to the Tribunal Since the SCTA came into effect, Canada has been rejecting or simply “closing the files” on specific claims at an unprecedented rate. In the period 20082010, at least 116 claims were rejected by Canada and many more were “addressed” (rather than resolved) by means of “file closure.” These claims qualify for access to the Tribunal. In addition, on October 16, 2011, when the first three year timeline expires, as many as 87 other claims could be eligible if settlements are not reached. It is quite possible that these additional claims will be filed with the Tribunal, given that federal negotiators have indicated that they may walk away from any active negotiations that are not finalized by October 16 2011. At many of these active negotiating tables, Canada is not even negotiating but simply tabling final “takeit- or- leave- it” offers and waiting for the clock to run out. Tribunal resourcing At this point in time, it is clear that the Specific Claims Tribunal does not itself have the resources necessary to fulfill its responsibilities if even a portion of the First Nations whose claims are rejected or are not settled move their claims to the Tribunal. It is not known whether Canada will provide the resources required to enable the Tribunal to meet its responsibilities. If it does not, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for First Nations to achieve fair and timely settlements of specific claims, as promised by Canada under the ”Justice At Last” action plan. Mediation role in specific claims restricted by Canada Canada’s Justice at Last action plan stated: “negotiations will continue to be Canada’s first choice for resolving specific claims” 1 and that mediation would be a key focus of the new specific claims resolution process. The AFN and Canada worked jointly on a framework for a new Alternate Dispute Resolution Centre. However, Canada subsequently closed off discussions with the AFN on this matter


and unilaterally announced mediation services will be housed in Department of Indian Affairs offices, administered by INAC staff and will only be available while negotiations on a specific claim are active. Mediators will be chosen by INAC. In a letter dated November 15, 2010, Canada indicated it will not participate in any mediation it deems inappropriate. In effect, mediation will be available only when Canada wants it and Canada controls it. The practice of independent mediation does not exist in the current specific claims process.

Maison Supernault at the Bonaparte Competition Pow wow

CONCLUSIONS 1. Many of the conflicts of interest that existed under the old policy continue to exist under the new policy. 2. Opportunities for mediation that existed under the old policy have been severely limited by Canada under the new policy. 3. Canada continues to negotiate in bad faith. 4. Whether the Specific Claims Tribunal is able to do the job it was set up to do will depend on whether it gets the funding it needs and Canada alone will decide this. 5. By “partially accepting” only small parts of larger specific claims, Canada will claim that it has, in fact, offered to “accept” the claim – and if a First Nation refuses to accept the little that is offered, Canada will say it is the First Nation who is at fault and is standing in the way of reaching a fair and timely settlement.

Children enjoy’n their popsicle in the HOT weather during the Kamloopa Pow wow

6. If Canada succeeds in “clearing up” its specific claims backlog by October 16, 2011 – by whatever means – it will claim that it has met its responsibilities under the SCTA and next steps are all up to First Nations. First Nations in British Columbia have over half of all specific claims in Canada. Rejected claims impact BC disproportionately. While it is important to explore opportunities for working together with First Nations nationally, this should not divert or delay First Nations in BC from doing what has to be done to challenge

“The October 16, 2011 deadline is quickly approaching and Canada is accelerating its efforts to minimize its commitments, obligations and liabilities under the new specific claims process. First Nations can expect that many more specific claims will be rejected by Canada in the next three months and they will face decisions on how to deal with the tidal wave of bad news.”


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Reviewing the Newest Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetics This is the twenty fifth article in a series of articles discussing diabetes. With the incidence of diabetes being on the rise in our population, at Manshadi Pharmacy we have taken a great interest in diabetes care and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the disease and its related complications. Recently there have been two novel medications released that work by a completely different mechanism than any of the current available medication therapies available in Canada for type 2 diabetics. In this article I have chosen to review these newer agents to see if they may be a good treatment option for you to discuss with your physician. Don’t forget that with all medication therapy, diet and exercise are still the basis upon which medication should be added. Januvia (sitagliptin) and Victoza (liraglutide) are both approved for use in Canada in type 2 diabetics who have not maintained adequate control with diet and exercise alone and with metformin or

metformin and a sulfonylurea (e.g. glyburide). They both work by enhancing a normal hormonal response in the body to improve blood sugars. When we eat, our body produces hormones called incretins, which tell our pancreas to secrete insulin and delays gastric emptying, signaling to our brains that we are full. Normally, these effects of incretins are short lived, as we have enzymes in our bodies which quickly break them down. This is where these new medications are able to help. Victoza is a modified version of a natural human incretin that is specifically designed to last longer in our bodies, thereby enhancing our pancreatic reaction to food and decreasing the appetite. Victoza is given once daily through subcutaneous injection. As its action in the body is dependent on food being present, it does not cause low blood sugar. It has been shown to lower A1C by 1-1.5% and also helps with weight loss (~3.8 kg). The advantages of Victoza are that it is dosed once daily and it has relatively low side effects. The most common side effect is mild

Archaeological work advances Monte Creek-Pritchard project KAMLOOPS - Archaeological work required to advance the Highway 1 improvement project between Monte Creek and Pritchard is proceeding under the stewardship of Sexqéltkemc Te Secwepemc (Lakes Division), in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The ministry has been working closely with the Sexqéltkemc Te Secwepemc and engaging the local community to ensure the cultural and historical significance of the area is respected as highway improvements proceed. The improvements are critical to increasing safety and mobility along the Trans-Canada corridor. This Trans-Canada Highway improvement project will be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 between Monte Creek interchange and east of Bostock Road will be tendered this week, while archaeological work continues on the site of Phase 2. The Highway 1 Monte Creek to Pritchard project will expand Highway 1 from two lanes to four lanes between the Monte Creek Interchange and just east of Pritchard. It will enhance highway safety and capacity, and improve travel times for residents, tourists and commercial vehicles along this vital corridor. The $42.8-million project is being jointly funded by British Columbia and Canada under the Building Canada Fund. The federal government is contributing up to $16.7M,with the province providing the remainder of the funding.

Quotes: Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom - “This project is a major and much-anticipated improvement to the Trans-Canada Highway east of Kamloops. By widening this stretch of Highway 1, we’ll make travel safer for families who live in the region, as well as for those who use Highway 1 as a commercial route.” Sexqéltkemc Te Secwepemc Chief Judy Wilson - “We believe the governmentto-government process we are constructing with the Crown will be a step forward in addressing the long-term concerns of our communities for public safety, protection of environmental and cultural heritage values, and sustainable community development on our territory.” Quick Facts: * A cultural heritage study has just been completed for the corridor and archaeological work will begin in July 2011. * Sexqéltkemc Environmental Services Inc. will be undertaking archaeological work necessary to advance Phase 2. * The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) will be four lanes from Monte Creek interchange to just east of Pritchard, a distance of 10.52 km. * Phase 1 of the project will widen Highway 1 to four lanes from Monte Creek interchange to east of Bostock Rd. (3.16 km) * Road construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in the fall 2011 and will be completed over two years.

to moderate transient nausea during the first few weeks of therapy. This side effect is often overcome by starting with a low dose and increasing it gradually. The disadvantages of Victoza are that it is administered by injection and that it is expensive (~$5/ day). Januvia works by preventing the breakdown of the natural incretins in our bodies. It is given orally once daily. It is generally well tolerated with its most common side effect being irritation of the nasal passages. When used alone or with metformin, it has a relatively low incidence of low blood sugar, but can increase the risk if used with a sulfonylurea (e.g. glyburide). It has been shown to have similar A1C lowering effects to a sulfonylurea when added to metformin. Its benefit over a sulfonylurea is that it does not cause weight gain. The disadvantage of Januvia is that it is also expensive (~$3/ day). I hope that this review has made you familiar with these new treatment options available. Unfortunately, both of these medications are not covered through BC Pharmacare, but most third party plans do cover them. As this is just a quick review, if you have any questions about the appropriateness of either of these medications


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Become a Residential Building Maintenance Worker Apprentice The program covers:

Safety Trades Math Troubleshoot building problems Drywall Flooring repairs & maintenance Electrical repairs & maintenance Painting General contractor duties and responsibilities

Care, maintenance & use of tools Identifying/selecting building materials Roofing repairs & maintenance Plumbing repairs & maintenance repairs Heating systems repairs & maintenance Appliance repairs & maintenance Project Management/Estimating


Start: September 12-November 4, 2011

Cost: $1,300.00

Level 2

Start: January 16-March 9, 2012

Cost: $1,300.00

Level 3

Start: April 16-June 8, 2012

Cost: $1,300.00

Please note: the course dates and fees are subject to change These classes will be held in Kamloops, B.C. Completion of three 8-week levels combined with 4500 workplace hours is required. (if you already have work experience in this field, you may apply to have your previous work hours credited). It is the responsibility of the apprentice to find his/her own work placement. Each apprentice must keep a record of their own hours worked and whom they worked for. This information must be reported to the Industry Training Authority on a regular basis. After successfully completing all three levels of in-class courses, completion and reporting of work hours to the ITA, the apprentice will be issued a Residential Building Maintenance Worker Certificate of Qualification for the Province of BC. Keep in mind, this program is transferable through the ITA.

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Rhoda is working her way up Rhoda Pete is from the Simpcw First Nation. Rhoda grew up off reserve and has lived in Kamloops, Kelowna, and Toronto. She raised one girl and two boys as a single parent. With a big smile, Rhoda says “I’m waiting for grandchildren”. Rhoda graduated from the “Ready to Work Program” being in the February group and was quickly hired up by L & J Diamond Maintenance Inc. Rhoda started as a cleaning person working at the residence building at TRU. “I was hired because of my past experience working as a cleaning person”. L & J Diamond Maintenance Inc. have a contract for cleaning services at TRU. “We look after the residence and conference centre during the summer months. Recently I got the good news that I have been granted the option to continue on with the company in the fall. This is full time year around work now”. When Rhoda started her job she was originally tested out in a number of different jobs, roles and responsibilities with her new employer. Her good work ethics have really paid off for Rhoda. Good news continues to follow, with word of another promotion to a supervisor. She is responsible for a crew of five to seven people now. “Our crews generally work during the day seven days a week. As a supervisor I have to be more flexible with work hours and days. And of course my responsibility has been increased” Good news! the added responsibility came with a pay raise. Hard work really paid off for her. She is now the proud owner of a new notebook computer and rents a lot of movies. “I really enjoy buying new clothes too, and I also bought two bottles of nail polish, boy that stuff is expensive”. Rhoda went on to say “Thanks to steady paycheques, I no longer live in survival mode”. The skills she uses most are, numeracy, document use, communication, writing, time management, problem solving and conflict resolution. She gives credit to the “Ready to Work” program. The Life Skills segment was very helpful, “my confidence has been boosted and I stay focused on being positive”. Life Skills has been a great addition to her personal tool box. “Today, I don’t revert to old and bad habits. I make healthy life choices while maintaining a good work life balance”, said Rhoda. She is very happy and thinks the future will continue to be good. She intends to continue to practice good work ethics and build on her skills. “I want to increase my work responsibilities and continue to grow personally”.



RE: Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc takes another step towards self-sufficiency Kamloops B.C. August 19th 2011 – The Tk’emlúps Indian Band (Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc) has taken another step towards building a self-sufficient housing program. By allowing community members to take part in lending opportunities for home constructions and renovations, the Band is hoping to increase the number of members living on-reserve. By fulfilling requirements, additional provisions will be made so that band members are able to purchase homes on-reserve or refinance their existing homes. On December 15th, 2009, the TIB approved an application to the First Nations Market Housing Fund. The TIB has worked for nearly two years to become an operating and functioning member of the fund in order to leverage housing loans for its membership from the private sector. One year later the announcement was made that they had been officially granted membership to the First Nations Market Housing Fund. Since then, the TIB has been negotiating with four separate lending institutions to attain the best lending rates for its membership: the Bank of Montreal; Peace Hills Trust; VanCity Credit Union; and Valley First Credit Union. Currently, to qualify for a loan under the Tk’emlúps First Nations Market Housing Fund program, you must be a Tk’emlúps band member 19 years of age or older, have access to a serviceable lot on the Tk’emlúps Indian Band reserve, meet one of the approved lenders minimum credit requirements, have no arrears in default with the Band longer than 30 days, and maintain life insurance sufficient to cover the loan amount. In addition, the TIB will require an executed will to ensure that any potential land disputes are resolved in accordance with the wishes of the original homeowners. Moreover, all new home constructions and modular homes must meet the standards generally accepted under the B.C. Building Code or Canadian Standards Act. Chief Shane Gottfriedson commented: “We are ensuring that our people have options for providing homes for their families by offering multiple avenues of entry into the housing plan”. He goes on saying; “We anticipate being able to provide our first loan guarantee through the First Nations Market Housing Fund in September 2011 as we finalize some minor details with the lending institutions, including lending requirements.” Please note * last month we had a YOUTH GROUP that went on a trip, that was “funded” by STEP and highlighted as one of the project they provide funding for.

BIRTHDAY WISHES...... August 3rd, 2011 Happy Birthday to our Sister, Cecile Harry from your bro’s, Rolland, Greg, Jack Sr., Alfred, Alexis, Charlie, Arnold and sister Eileen. August 22nd, 2011. Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rolland and Tracy Harry, all the best to you both from Mom Celina Harry and Uncle Tommy Harry and the rest of the Harry family. August 23rd, 2011 Happy Birthday to our wonderful Mother Celina Harry of Esket, BC We love u mom from your Sons: Rolland, Greg, Jack Sr., Alfred,Alexis, Charlie, Arnold, and your Daughters, Cecile and Eileen Harry. August 23rd, 2011 Happy birthday to my kye7e Celina, Love u, from Brad Ballantyne. August 3rd, 2011 Happy Birthday to my sis-in-law Cecile Harry, from Tracy Harry Happy B-day to my aunty Cecile Harry from Brad Ballantyne Happy Birthday to my wife Dancing Water Lulua, from your Ol’ man Wayne Lulua. Your more beautiful everyday! Happy 11th Anniversary Jason & Jeanne Kenoras, September 23 from all your Kenoras & Rain Families in AB & BC! Happy 15th b-day to AJ Kenoras on Sept 20 from your entire Kenoras family, Parents & Siblings Happy birthday to my grand-daughter Lena, Congratulations to my Sister Miss, she is now Mrs. Green: Wishing her and her Husband all the best now and always. They were married Aug 20/11 Love Jennifer Camille

Greetings........... Sept 12...Happy Birthday to the man that makes every day beautiful William Mansell Love N&F Barb E Crystal Evans on Sept 22 Happy Birthday! You’re always in my heart Missy Love MOM Happy Birthday to our Beautiful and One of a Kind “Mother” Helen Eustache, for September 22, 1930 Mom this is sent with loads of love & wishes for a beautiful day. There is no other mom than can ever take your place for you are a one of a kind MOM, GRANDMOM, GREAT GRAND MOM, and the best friend a daughter can ever have. There were so many rough roads in your life that you beat like a true Warrior Woman. I am so proud to have you as our Mother an I am sure that my siters and brother would agree with me. Love from Susie, Darlene, Marlene, Christine, Sharon and Lawerence. Numerous Grand children and Great grand children. If I could give you diamonds For each tear you cried for me If I could give you sapphires For each truth you’ve helped me see If I could give you rubies For the Heartache that you’ve known If I could give you pearls For the wisdom that you’ve shown Then you’ll have a treasure, mother That would mount up t the skies That would almost match The sparkle in your kind and loving eyes But I have no pearls, no diamonds, As I’m sure you’re well aware So I’ll give you gifts more precious My devotion, love and care. With all our Love On your Birthday Mother

Happy Birthday Furious Guy Vedan for Aug 21 from Dad, Sundance Waterbird William and Mindy and Grandma Happy Birthday to Joseph Sandy for Sept. 7th and Dancing-Water Sandy for August 31st. Happy Birthday to Trent Abraham and Dorian Christopher for Sept 16. Happy Birthday to Papa Jesse on September 19th. From Stephanie Archie-Abraham and the boys.

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In Memory Joan Sellars ( B.A. ) July 01, 1948 - August 08, 2008 Williams Lake Indian Band Councillor We love You and miss you. Arnie (Colleen), Caitlin, Jamie, Courtney, Jordan, Kirsten Danielle, Erika, & Destiny

Happy Birthday Roberta Jane Gilbert T'exelc, Williams Lake for September 3, 2011. Love from friends and family.

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Stsmémelt means “children.” Our logo shows that the child is at the heart of everything that we do. Stsmémelt is pronounced Ssh-chah-mah-melt. You can also see that the family is together in the circle. The circle itself is made up of seventeen campfires representing the seventeen Secwepemc communities. The campfires are connected by a blue line to represent unity. However, people also see it as two rivers coming together. For some it’s the North and South Thompson rivers, for others the Fraser and Thompson. It could be the confluence of any two rivers in the territory that you wish. One thing we kept from our original logo is the distinctive orange colour as it has become something that people readily recognize. For photos, video interviews and articles about the Stsmémelt project and related topics, visit us on Facebook


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Accepting Students for September 2011




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The Sk'elep School of Excellence will provide educational opportunities for all children that balance high academic standards and traditional Secwepemc Culture in a healthy, safe environment for now and the next seven generations, in one house–our house.

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