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INTERVIEW: What Do Treaty Advisory Committee (TAC) members

think about TAC?

QUESTION 1: What was your reason for joining TAC? Bob Swain: To learn more about the treaty and to pass on to my children and grandchildren. Donna Williams: To find out more about the treaty, and what the treaty was all about, and where we are at. And to see if it is all worth it. QUESTION 2: What would you like to see come out of TAC? Bob: Would like to see TAC knowledgeable and well versed so they are able to help the Chief Negotiator. Donna: The community would get more involved. There is a lot of people that think the treaty is wrong. As a TAC member I could go out and help our community members be more knowledgeable. And be more beneficial to our community, Because we would be gaining our homelands back and what is rightfully ours QUESTION 3: Is there anything you would like to share with the community? Bob: Would like for the community to learn more about the Negotiations so they could gain a better understanding on it. Because then it could help them make a choice and make up their own mind. Donna: Would like the community to get more involved . Our future depends on it. Its not like we are going back to the way we were. We are gaining our homelands back. Don’t want to depend on the government to much cause we are where we are ‘cause of the government. (Interviews done on November 2 & 8, 2010 by Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant)



p2 Staff Contact Information p3 From the Band Manager p4&5 Elders’ Update & Policy p6 Ec Dev Mtng Notice p7 Fitness & Health Info p8 Ec Dev Update p9 FN Support Worker Posting p10-13 Museum Trip with Photos! p14-15 INAC Conference Report p16-17 Job Postings p18 Sasamans Job Posting p19 SA Form p20-21 Dot-to-dot & Valentines! p22 Calendar

Deadline for next newsletter: January 27 E-mail submissions to jessieh@gwanakplan.org



Fundraiser: French Fries and Poutine!!

Call 949-9040 to place an order or just come by house # 247 (*Betty and Dorey’s House) Plate of Fries $4.00 Poutine $5.00 We are Fundraising for the Canoe Journey to Swinomish, USA REMINDER: Before you call Bob Swain for housing maintenance issues, call the Housing Office (902-2304) to sort it out with Lorna first!

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STAFF CONTACT INFO Yo! News is prepared by Jessie Hemphill, Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator. This newsletter is delivered to all houses on the Tsulquate Reserve every second week and posted to the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw website. If you have questions or comments about this newsletter, contact Jessie at (250) 949-8343 or e-mail jessieh@ gwanakplan.org. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw community members informed about what is happening in the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office and the surrounding community. Anybody is welcome to make submissions to the newsletter, including announcements, lost-and-found, photographs, bakwam’kwala words, stories, legends, drawings, etc. etc. etc. Other ways to stay connected to the Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw community are: Website (www.gwanak.info) Facebook (User: Gwasala Nakwaxdaxw) Twitter (User: Gwasnakw)

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office PO Box 998 154 Tsulquate Reserve Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0 Front Desk Phone: (250) 949-8343 Fax: (250) 949-7402

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office Les Taylor, Band Manager manager@gwanak.info / 902-2307 Margaret Bernard, Finance finance@gwanak.info / 902-2308 Conrad Browne, Economic Development ecdev@gwanak.info / 902-2301 Pat Dawson-Hunt, Social Development patriciad@gwanak.info / 902-2309 Colleen Hemphill, Treaty colleenh@gntreaty.org / 949-8424 Jessie Hemphill, Communications & Exec. Assistant jessieh@gwanakplan.org / 949-8343 Lorna Henderson, Housing housing@gwanak.info / 902-2303 Grace Smith, Education graces@gwanak.info / 902-2320 Ted Stevens, Forestry forestry@gwanak.info / 949-8393 Bob Swain, Public Works 230-0087 Elisha Taylor-Child, Native Courtworker etaylor-child@nccabc.ca / 902-2223

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Elders Centre Front Desk: (250) 949-7406 Silena George, Elders’ Coordinator silenag@gntreaty.org Crystal Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant crystalw@gntreaty.org Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant tashtreaty@gwanak.info

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Health & Family Services Front Desk: (250) 949-8131 Sandra Charlie, Health Director scharlie@gwanakhealth.info / 902-2286


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 01/31/11

From the Band Manager’s Desk: I would like to welcome you to the new website at www.gwanak.info!! We’ve been up and running for over a couple of months. I hope that you enjoy the site and we will be seeking your advice to ensure the site is what you want. We have had a lot of meetings since the Christmas break: We had a meeting with the KDC and RCMP regarding policing services for our band. We will be evaluating the policing services over the next year to ensure the RCMP deliver on what they committed themselves to. We had the BladeRunner Program come in and give a presentation to Council and a motion was passed to engage their services. This program will be for youth between the ages of 18 – 30 and be geared towards placing them in the work force with some real skills. We are very excited about this program because of the success rate that has been maintained by the program in the past (82% of the youth who’ve gone through it got jobs afterwards) Housing is a big concern for Chief and Council. Our arrears are going up every year and we do not have any funds available for repairs. Council will be meeting over the next 2-3 weeks to try and implement some corrective measures to ensure arrears get paid. I will keep you posted. The Sasamans Society gave a presentation to Chief and Council and we are now a member of that society . They will be working with our Family Services Department to create protocols with the Ministry of Children and Families. We will be hiring a temporary worker for this band to assist in the deliver of services [See the job posting for Community Based Collaborator] We are trying to develop our Economic Development Program and there have been numerous meetings. I’ve attended a few and I sincerely hope you can attend to ensure we gather all the necessary data required to properly set up our Economic Development Corporation. There have been numerous complaints regarding dogs on the reserve. I must advise you that if your dogs are not under your care and control they will be picked up and you will incur costs if you want your dog back. We are signing a contract with the District of Port Hardy and they will service our reserve and impound dogs. This will be the last warning!!! We also receive a lot of complaints about dogs barking all night and keeping people awake and disturbing their enjoyment of a peaceful rest. These dogs will be impounded too. 3

- Les Taylor


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i everyone. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I am very proud to announce the Elder’s newly renovated kitchen is now finished. We are just awaiting funding for some brand new appliances & then we will have kind of like an open house for it. The kitchen rentals have now been added to the Policy. Last Friday Mike Willie & I did a few home visits with the Elders to see what they would like & are interested in for the Bakwamgala teas. We attempted to have them every Friday in October & November last year. But we have come to realize that those days don’t work for everyone. So, Mike has made a survey to see what each & everyone of you would like to see happen. If you are an elder and have not received one yet, please contact Silena @ 949 7406 :) The two catering jobs went very well on Jan. 26 & 27th. Thank you so much Richard & Dodie for helping. As well as John King Sr. & Mary Henderson. I could not have done it with out your help! The events stay the same from the schedule I handed out at the meeting @ Tom’s Kitchen. What a great turn out for the first meet of the year! Thank you all for becoming involved with the activities created. It is so nice to see everyone coming together for happy occasions. We have another catering job on Feb.9/11 for the Trust Committee. We will start @ 9am down at the Elder’s Centre. There will also be a Valentine’s Day celebration for all our G&N Elders on Feb.10/11 starting @ 12pm. This is coordinated by myself, Richard & Dodie, who are now working with the diabetes program up @ the HFS. Please do not hesitate to call or come by the Elder’s Centre with any questions or concerns with upcoming events. Gilakasla, Silena



Jan. 27, 2011

This is just a friendly reminder about the current Elder’s Center use and policy when it comes to renting it for your personal need or workshops. This has been passed through at an Elder’s meeting and was agreed upon through voting. You MUST book the building DURING office hours with Silena @ 250 949 7406. The payment MUST be paid in full up front as well as your clean up fee, otherwise the building will not be opened for your function by anyone. There will be a clean up fee added to all rentals as our Elders clean their building themselves, as they chose to do so themselves. Also the kitchen will remain locked unless you are paying to use it as well. This building is for the elders to take pride in what they have for their meetings and events. So please treat this building with the upmost respect as you would an elder’s house. Rates are as follows: ½ day => $ 50.00 Full day => $100.00 Or $20/hr Clean up fee => $40.00

Kitchen rental: Work/meetings=> $20 : Personal Dinners/Birthdays=> $30

NO TABLES OR CHAIRS WILL GO OUT OF THE BUILDING! Office space per month => $200.00 (Renters responsible for own cleaning of offices) Catering: $15/person + receipts! Please contact if you have any questions or concerns with this updated policy. We are looking at the concerns of the Elder’s when we reinforce these matters. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. This policy is in effect immediately! Sincerely, The G&N Elder’s & Silena, Elder’s Coordinator 5

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MEETING MEETING Do you care about what kinds of business ventures our band gets inMEETING volved with? you have questions about ecoMEETING Do nomic development? MEETING MEETING MEETING MEETING Do you have ideas for the future of our community?

Then please come out to t heEc Dev meeting!

It starts at 5:30 THURSDAY, FEB. 3 and dinner will be served. It will be at the Elders’ Centre. Honoraria for Elders. Hope to see you there! Economic Development: Improving the well-being of a community by getting involved in economic activities such as partnerships or independent businesses.


Finance (Ernie) / Health & Social Development (Ernie, Gary, Victor) / Housing (Ernie, Terry, Victor) / Forestry (Eddie, Victor) / Fisheries (Ernie, Terry) / Education (Crystal, Ernie, Terry) / Economic Development (Crystal, Victor, Ernie, Eddie) / Treaty (Ernie, Crystal) / Personnel & Policies (Crystal) / Recreation (Crystal, Terry, Victor) Ernie Henderson 230-2155 / Victor Walkus 230-3723 / Crystal Walkus 230-4445 Terry Walkus 230-2459 / Robert Walkus 230-1525 / Gary Walkus 230-7770 / Paddy Walkus 949- 1486 6

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ABORIGINAL RUNWALK AND URBAN POLE TRAINING Time: 4 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m. every Thursday February 10 to April 2011 – about 13 weeks Place: Port Hardy Secondary School – meet at front entrance Ages: 13 and above All you need is a commitment to better your health for 13 weeks. If you have medical conditions, please seek medical approval prior to participating. What to wear: running shoes and comfortable exercise clothes. Bring a jacket as we will be outside most of the time. This activity is for anyone who wants to get off the couch and challenge themselves to learn how to walk faster, pole walking or run. Every week will be different - week one will be walking and different ways you can make it exciting and so on…

If you need any information on this activity please call Colleen Martin at 250-949-7443 ext 3227 or email cmartin@sd85.bc.ca. IN YOUR WORDS: Cathy Swain posted the following on the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Facebook Page: “Reminder that there’s exercising at First Choice Fitness every Tuesday AND Thursday from 2:00 - 3:00. More and more people are attending and there is now a “challenge” against ourselves to lose weight, which is what many of us want to do. I for one need to do that, but I also need to build more stamina AND muscles! Many of us go on the treadmills, stationary bicycles and rowers, etc. then do steps. Thursday we did weights along with the step work! Drinking MORE water really works! I barely ever drank a bottle of water a week, let alone in one day. I hardly ever drank a full bottle of water. Now with the healthier choices I am making I am now drinking pretty close to two litres of water a day if not more! There is also Aquafit at the pool every Friday morning from 11:00 - 12:00. I have been a couple times now and have really enjoyed doing the class! Just need to wear a one piece swimsuit though (I wore a two piece the first time I went and it kept going up!). There we do a really good workout to the point that I have drank nearly a full litre of water just in that hour! From Cathy Swain.” 7

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Economic Development


Hello again from the economic develop- The work that we are undertaking right ment department. now is vital, as we move forward with the process the steps will begin to cost money, We have been having a number of meetings if you have any questions or concerns now since we started again after the Christmas is the time to get involved! break. At these meetings we have gone over all of the work that we have done so far It would be a shame to see all of the work (expectations, community visioning, and and money spent be potentially wasted by potential economic development corporate members coming at the last minute with structures) and we have begun to work to- concerns or statements of them not knowwards the actual setting up of the Econom- ing what is going on. All of the work that ic Development Corporation. is being done is to help move the Nations forward in a positive and economically viaWe will be having a couple of “experts” ble way, while protecting all Band members coming to discuss the “how’s” and the from potential legal and tax problems. “why’s” of economic development structures. They will be here on Feb. 3 to talk We will continue to inform all Band memwith Chief and Council and then we will be bers of the work that we are doing. Please having a community meeting at 5:30 that continue to read this newsletter and you can same evening. At this meeting they will be also get updates on our website www.gwaexplaining the importance of separating nak.info or on Facebook. politics (Chief and Council) from business (Economic Development Corporation). It is an exciting time to get involved with the This is a vital step and one that all members Economic Development of the Gwa’salashould understand. ‘Nakwaxda’xw people!


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Gilakas’la Conrad


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If you are newly-eligible for Indian Status under the new Bill C-3 (thanks to the MacIvor court case), applications for registration will be accepted starting today! To register or find out more, go to www.inac-ainc.gc.ca


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) wants applications for commemmorations. The deadline is March 18, 2011. For more info go to www.trc.ca


INAC is going through a shortage of blank Certificates of Indian Status (CISs) because they are working on a report that they have to submit before they can get more blank CISs. They request your patience when applying for a new Status Card.


There will be an Emergency Management Awareness Session on February 24th at the U’Gwamalis Hall, Fort Rupert. It will be from 8:30am to 4:30 pm, with lunch provided. Please RSVP to Marc D’Aquino at mdaquino@fness. bc.ca or phone (604) 802-0345 if you are interested in attending this free session! 9



“Canada’s Residential School system lasted 150 years. Aboriginal families continue to feel its negative impacts today. As part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision’s mandate to educate Canadians about Residential Schools and their legacy, a National Research Centre will be established.”

If you want to attend a forum to talk about this research centre, it will be at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre from March 1-3 2011. Visit www.trc-nrc. ca for more info.


To honour Ruby May Joseph, Kenneth (Butch) Henderson, Annie Brotchie, Sarah Lysne, and Lucy Smith

The feast will take place on Saturday, March 26 at the Kwanwatsi Bighouse in Campbell River, starting at 10:00am

Bob Swain (Public Works) will be coming around in the next few weeks to check on your fire extinguishers & smoke alarms.

Canadian Museum of Civilization

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By Jessie Hemphill

DID YOU KNOW that in Ottawa there is a museum called the “Canadian Museum of Civilization” that has a ton of Kwakwaka’wakw stuff in it, as well as items from other Aboriginal people across Canada? On January 19th I went there for a visit and took some pictures to share with you! This is a picture of the “Grand Hall” which holds replicas of several First Nations big houses. The white one, with the entry through the big bird’s beak at the bottom of the pole (above), is from Alert Bay. It belonged to Chief Wakas. Is this the same Chief Wakas that many of our Gwa’sala people are related to? Please let me know if you have information about this big house. Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


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Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 01/31/11

Inside Chief Wakas’ house are displays that tell people about our culture. The house is set up to look like they are getting ready for a potlatch, with barrels, crates, and piles of blankets, food, and other items seen on this page. There are also regalia items displayed, including a button blanket and several dance aprons hanging from the ceiling. Masks are also displayed.

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Besides the big house displays and other Aboriginal displays, including the canoe (left) there are many other displays of Canadian culture and history. For example, there are displays showing different industries such as logging, boat building, whaling, and fishing (above).


If you ever get a chance to go the Ottawa, make sure you stop by the National Museum of Civilizations!




wice a year the Executive Committee of Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (composed partially of Regional Directors and Assistant Deputy Ministers) meets for an Executive Committee Conference. They choose a theme for their conferences, and have different presentations & discussions on that theme. This committee scheduled a conference for January 2011, with the theme of Aboriginal Leaders of Tomorrow. The conference organizers asked the INAC Regional Offices (including the BC office in Vancouver) to nominate youth to go speak at this conference. The BC office nominated me, and I was one of three youth in Canada (the other two being Sharon Agnakak who is Inuit, and Jaime Koebel, who is Metis) asked to speak at this conference. On January 18th I flew to Ottawa. I had a meeting with Blair Carlson, the Regional Director for BC. He asked me what our community’s highest priorities are. I said that housing is a big issue for us, but getting a Big House is also one of our priorities, since it would help us in the areas of culture, health, addictions, governance, and communications. I also said that we could use more crisis and trauma counselling, 24-hours so that when people are going through suicide, abuse, depression, substance abuse, etc. there would be someone on-call to help them through it. He offered to come visit our community if we invite him to Tsulquate. The next morning was the big presentation. There were 30-40 INAC staff members there from across the country. I was the first out of the three youth to speak. I said that the two biggest challenges that I see facing youth today are the legacy of intergenerational trauma that we have inherited, and the loss of culture and identity. I said the biggest opportunities that we

A report from a presentation on January 19th, 2011 by Jessie Hemphill

have are that young people have grown up in a more tolerant time than our parents and grandparents, so while we may have experienced trauma in our communities, we haven’t gone through residential school or relocation ourselves. Also, we have an opportunity to learn our culture and apply our core values in the modern world, and keep our cultures alive. For example, community connectedness is an important value to the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw, and Facebook is helping people to feel connected nowadays, so it is an important part of our modern culture that reflects the values of our traditional culture. I also spoke about how I see youth that are very confident and optimistic. There are youth in our own community that are proud and outspoken, and work hard to achieve their goals and help others. At the same time, we need more role models in leadership. Stephen Harper, Gordon Campbell, George Bush, Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton – These are leaders that we have grown up with, but they are not very inspiring, nor do we relate to them. Youth everywhere, not just in aboriginal communities, have become apathetic regarding the government and turned away from the political process. We were asked what we thought about the treaty process. I said having our land, culture, and self-government are necessary for our survival, and in that sense, if the treaty process gets us there, it’s good. But I believe that by participating in the treaty process we acknowledge Canada’s ownership of our lands and their dominion over us, since we are agreeing to barter to get it back, and this is difficult to accept. Later on we had small group discussions, where each youth was assigned about 14 staff to discuss some questions with. I said the following things:

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more harm than good in our communities, and how we should be trying to get people off of it. We talked about the importance of education, and how INAC policy makes it difficult for community members to take programs, especially programs that are under a year in length, that will help them get the train• I think the government ing they need to get jobs. We of Canada is too large and unwieldy, and I see a talked about how each community is unique, and it is future where there is more power in the local gov- difficult for INAC to meet all of our diverse needs, ernments, more attachment to land, and people in and how they need to build more flexibility into their all communities (not just aboriginal ones) who live policies to give communities more control over our within the sustainable limits of the land they in- own programs. habit. One of the final thoughts that I shared was paraphrased • I am more concerned with what happens in my from a quote I read from Martin Luther King Jr. community than what happens in the rest of Canada, and believe in a stronger focus on the ‘local’. The dictionary interprets the word “token” in the following manner: “A symbol. Indication, evidence, as a token • I said that I think aboriginal identity doesn’t just of friendship, a keepsake. A piece of metal used in place come from your blood line, but from connection of a coin, as for paying carfare on conveyances operated by and mutual recognition between individual and those who sell the tokens. A sign, mark, emblem, memocommunity. rial, omen.” When the Supreme Court modified its decision on I said that two things that I would like to see happenschool desegregation by approving the Pupil Placement ing are: Law, it permitted tokenism to corrupt its intent. It meant that Negroes could be handed the glitter of metal symbol1. On-going community meetings and communicaizing the true coin, and authorizing a short-term trip totions in each community, not just when there’s a wards democracy. But he who sells you the token instead of funded project happening. That way people will the coin always retains the power to revoke its worth, and to get used to dealing with community issues togethcommand you to get off the bus before you have reached your er all the time, and won’t get frustrated by many destination. Tokenism is a promise to pay. Democracy, in different kinds of meetings happening at the same its finest sense, is payment.1 time, or none at all for long periods of time. I said that First Nations are tired of tokenism, of advi2. Better communication from INAC, with more sory committees, reserved seats, and special programs, graphics, plainer language, and more creativity and without meaningful grassroots community change interactivity (through websites, for example) and participation. We are tired of the tokenism, and we want payment, in the form of self-government, comOther people spoke about the importance of having a munity well-being, and a bright future. strong cultural identity to give you strength as a young leader. Others talked about how Social Assistance does • The strengthening of our culture, as it relates to our traditional territories, is the most important thing that our communities can do. Without our culture and land, we will not exist for much longer as unique nations.


1 King Jr., Martin Luther. Why We Can’t Wait. First Signet Classics Printing. First published in 1963. Version used, printed in 2000. Page 22.


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Employer: Hakai Beach Mgmt. Date Posted : 1/28/11 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Calvert Island, BC. Salary : $250.00 Per Day Details : Hakai Beach Institute is a research, teaching, conference, outdoor recreation/cultural centre. Applicant must be hardworking, flexible and want to be part of our extended Central Coast community Contact : Email resume to Christina@hakai.org

Employer: Olympic Forest Products Date Posted : 1/28/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Union Rate Details : Operate and maintain hydraulic and line loaders for coastal logging camp. This position requires shiftwork in logging camp. Must have hard hat, steel toe safety boots,raingear and tools. Apply by Feb 14. Contact : Patrick Davidson Phone: 604685-6164 / Fax: 604-681-8906

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Employer : Olympic Forest Products Date Posted : 1/28/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Union Rate Details : Bucking & stamping and duties required as second loader/landing man. This position requires shift work in a coastal Vancouver Island logging camp. Require hard hat, steel toe safety boots and raingear. Start Feb 14. Contact : Patrick Davidson Phone: 604685-6164 / Fax: 604-685-8906

Employer : Great Bear Nature Tours Date Posted : 1/27/11 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Central Coast, BC Details : As the Relief Housekeeper/ Chef, you will work as the Lodge Chef when the fulltime chef has their days off, and the Lodge Housekeeper when the fulltime housekeeper has their days off. Contact : Email resume and references to Adele de Wit / Marg Leehane at info@greatbeartours.com

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Employer : Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort Date Posted : 1/25/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Details : Must be able to Manage people effectively to get the job done, have excellent cleaning skills, and pay attention to details. Contact : Contact Pam at 902-0455

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Employer: Morgans Landing Wilderness Retreat Date Posted : 1/21/11 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Stuart Islanad Details : Fishing ecotourism camp cook needed for July & August. Responsible for lunches and dinners for up to 12 people, set rotating menu, baking and barbecue skills required, cleaning up the kitchen, dishes, doing up to 5 rooms, bathrooms. References required with application. Contact : Apply by post: Attn: Cooks Position Morgan’s Landing Lot 2526 Stuart Island, BC V0P 1V0

Employer : Great Bear Nature Tours Date Posted : 1/20/11 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Smith Inlet Details : Preparing and serving lunches, snacks and dinners for up to 10 guests. Preparing nutritious lunches and dinners for 5-8 staff. Kitchen clean-up and management of food storage areas. Ordering food, maintaining inventory. Contact : E-mail a cover letter and resume with 3 references to info@greatbeartours.com.











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JOB POSTING: Community-Based Collaborator (CBC)


asamans Society, in partnership with the Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw Nation, is seeking an individual from our community to fill the Community-Based Collaborator (CBC) Position. The position will require travel for training. The primary objective of the Community-Based Collaborator to gather information via community engagement sessions and/or individual interviews in our community with community members, frontline workers, youth and Elders to identify the children & family wellness needs. Please feel free to call Pauline Janyst at 1-888597-2810 for further information or email pauline_manager@shaw.ca Qualifications and Experience: • Familiar with non-profit society sector and/or Aboriginal non-profit agency • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of local First Nations history and issues • Group facilitation skills asset but not mandatory (we will train) • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Demonstrated team player • Excellent organizational & time management skills • Computer literate in a variety of programs • Current Criminal record check mandatory • Preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry Expected start date to be determined Time-frame: Fee for service contract from present to March 31st 2011 and April 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2012 Salary: $20/hour with no benefits (up to 80 hrs per month, will vary on the workload and time is flexible. Please send in a cover letter and resume by February 14th 2011 to: Les Taylor, Band Manager Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations PO Box 998 Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0


Declaration Cut-Off Dates:

February 18 (for March 2011) March 25 (for April 2011) Declarations received after this date will result in delayed cheque issue!

If you do not get this form in EVERY MONTH by the cut-off date, you might not get your cheque! Please remember to bring in your BC Hydro bills as well. 19





Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 01/31/11

FEBRUARY CALENDAR For more events, be sure to check out the calendar at www.gwanak.info !








Jan. 30

Jan. 31

Feb. 1

Feb. 2

Feb. 3

Feb. 4

Feb. 5

12-4pm Drama @ R. Scott

5:30 pm Ec. Dev. Planning Meeting & Dinner

2pm Diabetes Prevention @ First Choice Fitness

10am Council Meeting

1-3pm Loss & Grief Support Group @ Elders’ Centre

GN Time Sheets Due

5-8pm Floor Hockey @ R. Scott

5-7pm Floor Hockey 5-7pm & 7-9pm Badminton Basketball & @ R. Scott 7-9pm Indoor Soccer @ R. Scott

5-7pm Boxing & 7-9pm Indoor Soccer @ R. Scott

FN Support Worker Job Posting Closes!

Feb. 6 12-4pm Drama @ R. Scott 5-8pm Floor Hockey @ R. Scott

Feb. 7 5-7pm Basketball & 7-9pm Indoor Soccer @ R. Scott

Feb. 8 2pm Diabetes Prevention @ First Choice Fitness 5-7pm Floor Hockey & 7-9pm Badminton @ R. Scott

Feb. 9 10am Council Meeting


9am-12 Boxing & 12-4pm 11am Free Swim Open Gym @ R. Scott 1-3pm Life Skills Support Group @ Elders’ Centre

5-7 pm Floor Hockey & 7-9pm Badminton @ R. Scott

5-7pm Volleyball & 8-12 midnight Dry Dance @ R. Scott

Feb. 10 1-3pm Loss & Grief Support Group @ Elders’ Centre

Feb. 11 11am Free Swim

5-7pm Boxing & 7-9pm Indoor Soccer @ R. Scott 5-7 pm Floor Hockey & 7-9pm Badminton @ R. Scott

Feb. 12 9am-12 Boxing & 1-3pm Life Skills 12-4pm Support Group @ Open Gym Elders’ Centre @ R. Scott 5-7pm Volleyball & 8-12 midnight Dry Dance @ R. Scott







12-4pm Drama @ R. Scott

Valentine’s Day!

2pm Diabetes Prevention @ First Choice Fitness

10am Council Meeting

1-3pm Loss & Grief Support Group @ Elders’ Centre

11am Free Swim

5-8pm Floor Hockey @ R. Scott

5-7pm Basketball & 7-9pm Indoor Soccer 5-7pm Floor Hockey @ R. Scott & 7-9pm Badminton @ R. Scott

5-7pm Boxing & 7-9pm Indoor Soccer @ R. Scott 5-7 pm Floor Hockey & 7-9pm Badminton @ R. Scott


9am-12 Boxing & 1-3pm Life Skills 12-4pm Support Group @ Open Gym Elders’ Centre @ R. Scott 5-7pm Volleyball & 8-12 midnight Dry Dance @ R. Scott


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GN Newsletter - Jan. 31, 2011  

Another issue of the biweekly newsletter that goes out to all houses on the Tsulquate Reserve!

GN Newsletter - Jan. 31, 2011  

Another issue of the biweekly newsletter that goes out to all houses on the Tsulquate Reserve!

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