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O Alert Y ! NEWS Va n d a l i s m

MAY 9 2011

Over the weekend un-

knowns vandalised a machine up on Hen-


From the band manager

derson Street (near the


elders update



treaty Update


Public WOrks Update

School)! This machine is

9 Social Assistance Form

leased by the person using

12 Car wash ad

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it and he has filed a report with the RCMP.

Job Postings GN School Play announcement

14-15 Colouring & dot-to-dot 16 Community Events

At this time whoever has done this has cost our band a repair bill for the vandalisim! If anyone knows anything with regard to this incident please contact the RCMP immediately at (250) 949-6335. Please keep your children away from the contruction sites for their own safety as well as your own. We don’t want any children getting hurt or destroying property which will result in charges against the parents with the RCMP. Thank you,

F ROM FACEBOOK: “I wanted to put a birthday wish out to my daughter Alisha Walkus for May 30th & Also to Leroy for May 24th & Donna on May 31st That is coming from Margaret


Luke , & Kids :)”

Lorna Henderson, Housing Administrator Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 1

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

COUNCIL Chief Paddy Walkus: (250) 949-1486 Sits on all committees / chief@gwanak.info

Eddie Charlie Forestry and Economic Development Portfolio

Ernie Henderson: (250) 230-8198 Health & Social Development, Housing, Fisheries, Education, Ec. Dev., Treaty and Finance Portfolios

Crystal Walkus: (250) 230-4445 Ec. Dev., Personnel & Policies, and Recreation Portfolios

Gary Walkus: (250) 230-7770 Health & Social Development Portfolio

Robert Walkus: (250) 230-1525 Education Portfolio

Terry Walkus: (250) 230-2459 Housing, Fisheries, Education, and Recreation Portfolios

Victor Walkus: (250) 230-3723 Health & Social Development, Housing, Forestry, Ec. Dev., and Recreation Portfolios

Staff Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office Phone: (250) 949-8343 / Fax: (250) 949-7402 Les Taylor, Band Manager manager@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2307 Margaret Bernard, Finance finance@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2308 Conrad Browne, Economic Development ecdev@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2301 Pat Dawson-Hunt, Social Development patriciad@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2309 Colleen Hemphill, Treaty chemphil@telus.net / (250) 949-8424 Jessie Hemphill, Communications & Exec. Assistant jessieh@gwanakplan.org / (250) 949-8343 Lorna Henderson, Housing lornah@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2303 Nicole McLelland, Natural Resources Manager nmclelland@cablerocket.com / (250) 974-8424 Fax: (888) 345-5063 Grace Smith, Education grace.smith176@gmail.com / (250) 902-2320 Bob Swain, Public Works (250) 230-0087 Elisha Taylor-Child, Native Courtworker etaylor-child@nccabc.ca / (250) 902-2223 Crystal Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant crystalw@gntreaty.org Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant natashaw@gntreaty.org Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Elders Centre Silena George, Elders’ Coordinator (250) 949-7406 / silenag@gntreaty.org Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Health & Family Services Front Desk: (250) 949-8131 / Fax: (250) 949-6811 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw School Front Desk: (250) 949-7743 / Fax: (250) 949-7422 Eke Me-Xi School (250) 949-8332

From the Band Manager

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the hard-working mothers out there. I hope you had a good weekend. To those of you that agreed to help clean up the village in return for donations, please honour your commitment and the fact that you received money which could have gone to other things. We are now in the 2011/2012 fiscal year, which means new funding for some projects, the end of funding for other projects, and our annual audit. We hire Irene Paterson and her staff to do our audit, which means carefully going over all of our financial records for the year and making sure everything balances out at the end. They have hundreds of pages to go through, and it also means that our finance staff, Margaret and Lucy, have a lot of preparation to do to help the auditors. So, if you are speaking with either of them, please have patience with the fact that they are so busy. Some of you may remember that we are taking part in a fisheries program called PICFI (Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative). We are working with several other local First Nations to form a fisheries business together, receiving licenses, get crews and boats going, and do commercial fishing. Right now we are having issues deciding on the formation of the business. It is a lot of work, and some things might happen very quickly in the next couple of years. There is a potential for employment for community members, but probably not for a while yet. If you have questions please come talk to me or Nicole McLelland, our Natural Resources Manager. I am very proud of those who graduated from the BladeRunners program and I was happy to take part in the graduation dinner. Next week and next month we will be doing more training in both carpentry and plumbing, including some neat hands-on training. We will have more details soon, so stay posted if you are interested in carpentry or plumbing training. Gila’kasla, Les Taylor

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ELDERS ’ Up d a t e Hello everyone! A very Happy belated Mother’s Day to all you moms & grandmas out there! I hope your day was exactly what you deserved :) Here is a bit of what will be going on in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, May 9th @ 1pm ~ Elder’s exercise class @ Elder’s Centre Tuesday, May 10th @ 12pm ~ Elder’s IMPORTANT lunch mtng Wednesday, May 11th @ 12pm ~ Community Mother’s day luncheon @ Wakas Hall Thursday, May 12th @ 11am ~ Elder’s swimming @ PH pool & 11am SHARP ~ G&N school Primary play @ G&N school gym! Monday, May 16th @ 1pm ~ Drop in work out session @ Elder’s Centre (treadmills, bikes, ab machine) Thursday, May 19th @ 9am ~ Catering job for Trust Please be advised I am taking attendance for the meeting & who will be helping with our catering job coming up. We will indeed be voting on our escorts at our next meeting! So if you don’t show, you won’t be able to vote who you would like to come.

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To those that I have contacted regards to your nomination of being in the running of being an escort: here are a few things I would like to remind you of. THIS IS NOT A HOLIDAY FOR YOU! •

You are to be in good health in order to assist with all 35 Elders going on the trip

You are to work under my supervision as well as work well with the other escorts as a team

You are not there only to help with one or a couple of Elders. You are there to help with all of them.

You are to help with upcoming fundraisers after you have been notified you have been voted on.

You are not to drink nor do any drugs while we are on the trip

You must be able to work well under stress

You must be physically fit (incase someone collapses & to help transport elders luggage)

You cannot bring your children along with you

You MUST have knowledge about diabetes

You MUST have first aid of any level

You must perform positive & helpful roles

Respect others as they will respect you :)

If anyone has any questions, please come to the meeting on Wednesday or come and see me in my office. ~Gilakasla, Silena George

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We had two Treaty Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings on April 19 & 20th, many members came to get answers to the question of what is happening with Treaty. Community members expressed their concern for more information. People fear that Treaty will happen without enough input from the people most affected. The purpose of the TAC meetings is to help the Treaty Negotiation team to more effectively understand community issues and questions. Another role is for community members represented by TAC members to provide input to the Treaty Team as negotiations take place and as we find improved ways to meet community information and input needs. The TAC groups were formed during the General Treaty Open House that was held at the Elders Center on March 21. More than 20 people representing all ages signed up to attend. Also at that time, several TAC members from the previous year agreed continued on. It is so good to see such a strong interest from the people. At the Open House, community members expressed concerns about communication, it was suggested that we have various types of meetings, including family meetings, youth meetings and meetings with off-reserve members. In the previous years, most Treaty meetings have been either General Treaty meetings, meetings with Elders and Strategic Planning meetings with Council members. In addition to these types of meetings, members suggested that we do our best to present information in our own mother tongue. We will endeavor to do this to help clarify what is happening with treaty, especially for the Elders. Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 6




People said that we needed more focused written material available to community members on an on-going basis. At this time a Treaty Newsletter, with a focus on treaty topics is being produced and will be distributed at the next TAC meetings on May 25 and 26th and to the entire community after that date. The Treaty Newsletters have been produced previously, it is hoped that the future ones will help to clarify many questions you as community members wish to express and get answers to. The questions and comments below will be covered in the next Treaty Newsletter: •

‘What will happen to hereditary leadership? Will it disappear with Treaty?’

‘Governance – there needs to be transparency, it needs to be an open book.’

‘The government will eventually take everything away, how did they get the power to do that?’

‘How can governement come and say, “You can only have this much of your land?’

‘Will our status be lost?’

Please forward any questions you may have to me and I will include them in our Treaty Newsletter also. Thank you for your concerns and for the support we have received for the ‘Treaty’ work being done. Gila Kasla! Colleen Hemphill Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 7

Public Works




The chlorine reading for this week is 0.35.


The emergency plan is starting to take shape. I’m getting a good turn out at the monthly meetings, which are the first Tuesday of every month, 10 -11 am at Wakas Hall. (The Youth Centre needed space for other programs). The meetings are open to whoever is interested in being a part of the emergency plan.


There are a couple groups of people who had said that they would clean up our community but are still unable to come forward and do it yet. That is why we still have a lot of garbage left in our community. I will remove any old appliances that you have, just help me throw it on the truck. You can reach me at 250-230-0087 to arrange pick up.



The hotwater tank that Cathy and I fundraised for is here. The Band Office has agreed to pay for the installation since the funds we raised weren’t enough to pay for both. Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 8


Band Owned unit tenants:    For your information, the band is no longer receiving funds through the Social Development department for maintenance of Band owned units. INAC stopped this process as of October 2010. As of this year they will only allow Pat to pay the Band for the Insurance, Water & Sewer, and Garbage removal for each Band unit with a tenant on social assistance. So, with that being said, the band can only help tenants who are contributing their own funds to the band for maintenance of the band owned unit. We are sorry for the inconvenience but, there is already a housing deficit with the band.   BC Housing:  BC Housing is offering training for Plumbing and Electrical for the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Band! Each module is 3 days of training and a Maximum of 8 participants. The dates are as follows:   •

June 7, 8 & 9 for Plumbing module

June 13, 14 & 15 for Electrical module

Time: to be determined.

Place: Wakas Hall

If you are interested in either of these training modules please sign up at the Band Office as soon as possible. First 8 to sign up will be considered for both, and if you sign up and are unable to commit please come in to see me or call to have your name removed so the next in line can participate.   New Housing: New housing construction is underway!  We have 3 new units coming up and they are different from our normal stick built units. These units are pilot projects and depending on how they fair throughout the year will determine if we use them again.   Renovations:  We still need bids for Rita Walkus unit in order to complete last years renovations.  Anyone interested in applying for RRAP can do so by coming to see me and filling out the appropriate application. Lorna Henderson lornah@gwanak.info Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 9

Declaration Cut-Off Dates:

May 20 (for June 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, or else your Hydro will not be paid for!Yo! News - 05/09/11 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations

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Job Title : Detailer

J o b P o s t i ng s

Company: EJ Klassen Motorcade Date Posted : 5/6/11 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Applicant will be required to wash and vacuum customer vehicles. Undercoating, rustproofing, polishing, delivering vehicles and picking up parts are also part of duties. Applicant must have a clean drivers license. Position starts immediately. Contact : Apply in person to Ernie or Cory Klassen.

Job Title : Chambermaid

Job Title : Delivery Driver

Company: Road Ranger Freight Date Posted : 5/5/11 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $3 per waybill Details : Deliver freight between Pt. McNeill and Pt. Hardy . Must have Class 5 DL with clean drivers abstract, and steel toe safety boots. Must be capable of lifting and be able to drive 3 ton van. Start ASAP. Semi-retired persons welcome to apply. Contact : Send resume to Dorothy Morton Fax: 250-923-1247 or mail 329-1434 Ironwood St.

Company: Pioneer Inn Date Posted : 5/6/11 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : This job includes all aspects of housekeeping. Must have own transportation, be flexible and reliable. Start in June. Contact : Apply in person with resume and ask for Jack at 8405 Byng Road, Port Hardy BC

Job Title :

Job Title : Dental Assistant

Job Title : Relief Cook

Job Title :

Contact : Marne Smith 8870 Central St. Box 170 Pt.Hardy Fax: 250949-6720 Ph: 250-949-6021, rainbowdaycare@telus.net

Company: PH Dental Clinic Date Posted : 5/4/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Dental Clinic needs a new dental assistant team member. Willing to train the right person. Dr.Wong 7185 Market St, Box 5065, Pt Hardy BC V0N 2P0 Fax: 250-949-7775 email porthardydental@yahoo.ca

Fish Processer

Company: Keltic Seafoods Ltd Date Posted : 5/3/11 Details : Process line sorters, packers, and general labourers working with a variety of different fish and fish products. Forward resume to: Gord@kelticseafoods.com Fax: 250-949-8825

Fish Processor

Company Name :Agency Posting Date Posted : 5/2/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $12/hr Details : FT & PT position. Trim, cut, fillet and brine, skin fish. Apply by May 10.

Submit resumes to NIEFS, Thunderbird Mall,129-8950 Granville St. Pt. Hardy BC or Fax: 250-949-5797

Company: Rainbow Country Daycare Date Posted : 5/2/11 Full/Part-Time : Casual Location : Port Hardy Salary : $13/hr Details : Shop, prepare and serve snacks and lunches, clean up for 5 days a month. Must follow menu, work independently. Require DL and vehicle, “FoodSafe” certificate and Criminal Record check. Apply in person with resume or by ph/fax or email

Job Title : Shingle / Board Packer Company: Gold Band Shake & Shingle Date Posted : 5/2/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time

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Location : Port Hardy Details : Grade and pack shingles and boards. Must be fit with strong back and good hand eye coordination. Must have steel toe safety boots. Start ASAP by phone or fax. Apply to Bruce Evans: Phone: 250-902-1009; Fax: 250-949-2689.

Job Title : ECE

Company: Rainbow Country Daycare Date Posted : 5/2/11 Full/Part-Time : Contract Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : This is a 6 month temporary position working in Infant Toddler & 3-5 year old’s programs. Must have ECE CertifiJob Title : Community Dev. Analyst cate, First Aid, criminal record check, Dr. note Company: District of Port Hardy of health. Start ASAP. Date Posted : 5/3/11 Contact : Marne Smith 8870 CenFull/Part-Time : Contract tral St. Pt.Hardy BC PH: 250-949-6021 Fax: Salary : $18-$22/HR DOE 250-949-6720 rainbowdaycare@telus.net Details : Under the Economic & Community Development Coordinator (ECDC), the student will profile an “asset map” & “tool kit” for the District of Port Hardy (including Job: Construction Contractor area’s primary resource/tourism sectors. De- Company: Quatsino Museum/Archives Date tails at PH NIEFS: phinfo@niefs.net Must be Posted : 5/2/11 eligible student; have initiative, strong com- Full/Part-Time : Contract puter, organizational, research, communica- Location : Quatsino tion skills; experience/interest in First Nations Salary : TBD treaty process. Submit targeted resume & Details : Accepting bids from concover letter by May 13, 2011 to Patti Smedley, tractors for construction of a new museum ECDC. building. Bid is subject to grant funding. Bids 7360 Columbia St, Box 68 Pt. Hardy BC must include all costs incl. transport of materiV0N2P0; Fax: 250-949-7433; general@ als to site-with no additional expense. Apply porthardy.ca ASAP. Spec sheet available on request-see contact below. Deadline Sept 1 but apply ASAP-may award contract early depending on bids-prefer to start early for weather window. Title: Employment/Training Coord. Contact: Dianne/Perrie McGhee Phone: 250Company: Kwakiutl Band Council 902-0735 Fax: 250-902-0833 Date Posted : 5/3/11 Full/Part-Time : Contract Industry : Education Location : Port Hardy Job Title : Health Care Aide Details : Coordinate training pro- Company: We Care Home Health Services gram for 3 First Nations to facilitate commun- Date Posted : 5/2/11 ity employment in a wind farm project. Related Full/Part-Time : Casual PS education, exp. with First Nations, WCB & Location : Port Hardy health and safety. Full details available at PH Salary : $14.25/HR NIEFS phinfo@niefs.net. Must have valid BC Details : We are looking to hire DL and own transportation. You are flexible, people that can cover all aspects of care. * Perwilling to work some evenings or weekends. sonal Care: helping clients with their showers, This is a 6 month contract with potential for baths and dressing; * Housekeeping: duties an extension. may include vacuuming, washing floors and Randy Black, EDM: Box 1440 Pt. Hardy BC laundry; * Meal Preparation. Looking for V0N 2P0 Ph:250-949-6012 Ext.225 Fax: 250- Health Care Aides to service our clients in the 949-6066 Port Hardy area; * Health Care Aide Certificate required for these positions; * Must have good availability for shifts; * Responsible for ALL POSTINGS FROM: www.niefs.net own transportation to and from clients home. North Island Employment Contact : To apply: e-mail: shelley_ Foundation Society trimblett@wecare.ca or Fax: 250-334-8571 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 05/09/11 Page 12

Car Wash Wash $5 Wash & Vacuum $10 Wash, Wax & Vacuum $15 Interior & Windows $20

Cash only in advance Contact Herb Lancaster

Cell: 230-7350 or drop by house #226

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Regular EVENTS Monday





8am Hot





breakfast @

Life Skills

Council Mtng.

Free Elders’ Swim

Free Swim

W. Hall

@ Youth Cntr.

@ PH Pool 3pm Age 7-12

2pm Diabetes Prevention Exercise

1pm Free

2pm Diabetes

Movie Night

Elders’ Exer-


@ Youth Cntr.

cise Class @

Exercise Class

5pm Age 13+ Movie

Elders’ Centre

@ F.C. Fitness

Night @ Youth Cntr.

Class @ F.C. Fitness Support Group @ Youth Cntr. 6pm Life Skills @ Youth Cntr.


1pm Youth


7pm Aquafit @ PH Pool Bingo

Special EVENTS YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Every week there is either free bowling on Thursday @ 3:30pm (NI Lanes) OR free swimming on Tuesday at 3:15pm (PH Pool). Contact Laura (laura_burns@telus.net) for details.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES: May 10, Elders’ Lunch Meeting | May 11, Community Mother’s Day Lunch @ Wakas Hall | May 12, GN School Primary Play, 11:00 am | May 13, School District #85 Pro-D Day | May 16-18, Residential School Survivor’s Workshop @ Wakas Hall | May 19, Elders’ Catering Job, 9:00 am | May 23, Victoria Day (Statutory Holiday)

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