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July 25: Election Day 8am - 8pm Adult Education Centre

We will be electing 1 Chief and 3 Councillors. Those with expired terms are:

July 21 2011


FROM the band manager / public

Paddy Walkus (Chief)

works / workshop announcement


elders’ update

Eddie Charlie (Councillor)

5 guardian Watchmen update

Terry Walkus (Councillor)


economic development update


council nominee interviews


social development


charles peters potlatch notice


job interview: dress for success


local job postings



Ernie Henderson (Councillor)

The Adult Education Centre is between the Elders’ Centre and Eke Me-Xi. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Election Policy, please call Les Taylor at 902-2307 or e-mail manager@gwanak.info Please check out pages 7-15 to get a better sense of each candidate based on their answers to a survey done by Angela Walkus and Micheal George last weekend. We asked them the following questions: • What qualifies you to be a leader in our community? • How are you a role model to others? • What would you like to accomplish in the next three years? • How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? • What portfolios are you most interested in? • How much time can you devote?

GAMES DAY at the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Field next Monday, July 25 at 4pm. For kids & youth of any age to come meet the recreation coordinator, Leslie Taylor-Child

Cathy Swain along with three other ladies are doing the census in Tsulquate. It’s real-

ly important to take the census, it helps our band get funding.


“huge thank you to James and his crew, rain soaked Jessie and all those that helped with the salmon... very appreciated!” - Karla Broadfoot Editor’s Note: I will be away on holidays for the first half of August, so there will be

We want leaders who are wise, fair, open-minded and logical as well as devoted to our people. Please use your vote wisely!

no Yo! News until late August. The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Facebook page and website will not be updated during that time as well. I hope everyone has a great holiday and that we eventually get some sunshine! I want to send a big shout-out to all the folks who have helped out with communications in the last year since I started the Yo! News, those of you that send birthday announcements, for sale announcements, and all the other interesting stuff you give me to publish. -

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Jessie Hemphill

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: (250) 230-0940 Forestry and Economic Development Portfolio

Ernie Henderson: (250) 230-4198 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) 230-2155 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 / Cell: (250) 902-8221 Lorna Henderson, Housing ldhenderson@live.ca / (250) 902-2304 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 Cell: (250) 230-0087 Native Courtworker Office (250) 902-2223 Crystal Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant criystreaty@gwanak.info 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 I hope everyone is having a great summer holiday so far, even if the weather has not been cooperating. COUNCIL: We had a meeting this past Wednesday, but unfortunately we did not have quorum (enough Councillors to make Council decisions) so it was an informational meeting only. We met our new auditor, Michi Lewis, who will be taking over for Irene. We also met with Marie Mauze, a french researcher who is writing a paper on the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw relocation. VANDALISM: Someone has ripped out all of the blackberry bushes by Kathy Walkus’ house, down by the bridge. If you have information about who that was, please let me know. Vandalism hurts our whole community, please try and stop people from vandalizing if you see them. The more money we spend on fixing things, the less we have to spend on positive things. FISH: The food fish distribution went pretty well this year. We had a new tracking system which we will continue to use if we get more fish this summer, which is likely. We are aware of a few people who were doubledipping, please don’t take more fish than you are allowed until they have all been distributed. For those that didn’t get your rightful share last time, you will have first priority for any more fish that comes in as long as you are there to collect it. We are really excited about all of the fish going through Docee Fence this year in Smith Inlet. They are up to 80,000 sockeye so far, with many more to come. There was a commercial fishery opened in Smith Inlet, and I’m happy to report that we had our Guardian Watchmen out there observing. Way to go! Gila’kasla, Les Taylor Band Manager

Public Works Update WATER RESULTS: The chlorine reading at the BOB Band Office this week is 0.27. SWAIN   BEAR PROBLEM:   The bears have been looking for food in our community. To help stop them, Fox Disposal have been installing clips on the garbage bins so the bears can’t get into them. When we throw garbage out, it is up to us to use the clips provided. The 24 hour number for the Conservation officer is 250-949-2800.   Bears don’t like loud noises so maybe some community members could buy some air horns and blow them whenever a bear comes near their home. It’s just a suggestion that we as a community could use to help get rid of the bears to protect our children.   EMERGENCY PLANNING UPDATE:   I would like to thank Irene, Karla, Jessie, Pastor Don, Chris (Scooter) and Les for always making it to the meetings. Without them and the other committee members our community plan won’t work. The committee members and some of the staff are reading up on Emergency Management and Emergency Operations Centre, they will be writing an exam in August. On June 25, I went to Oyster River an took a 7 hour course in Emergency Evacuations.   Thanks,


Bob SWAIN 250-230-0087 for more info on the above.

Residential School Workshop

August 2, 3, & 4th, 2011 Alert Bay, BC. Support team from Tsow Tun Le Lum will be coming. For residential school survivors/intergenerational



WELCOME. Chief Robert Joseph will be with the support team coming in August; he will be a translator for those who need one. - From Lily Bruce

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Elders’ Update Hello everyone!

pen while we were down on the mainland attending our conference. Lorraine, Danny, Marion & Spruce had Lorraine’s van break down in Burnaby on their way to visit family there. Their transmission was fried & costs a lot of money to fix. The Elders did not have that kind of

Wow! What a wonderful Elder’s Conference in Abbotsford! We had 30 elders & 4 helpers! I would like to give great thanks to Billy Walkus, Conrad Anderson, Grandson (Dwayne Daly), Malong Dawson (Grandpa). Without you guys, our trip would not have been as wonderful as it was! I have a few bags that were left behind on Friday when we arrived home. If you are missing one, please come take a look here at the Elder’s Centre.

money to fix this. But thankfully there were others able to find a lower cost auto shop. From my understanding, they are just waiting for the van to be fixed and will return home very soon. Just to make that clear! We did not just leave them down there and strand them :) They did not want to keep us there waiting for them. They were given a bunch of options to come home Friday with us, but did not want to leave their vehicle down there. This was their choice. I will post pictures of the trip in the next

A big round of applause to the ones who helped set aside the fish for the Elders. It was very well organized & convenient for the Elders to get as they arrived back home that night. Les, Jessie H & whoever else helped with that, THANK YOU from the Elders!

We have had an unfortunate event hap-

newsletter :) Thank you to all the elders for such a fun, exciting, wonderful experience this trip! I look forward to next year! ~ Gilakasla Silena George Elders’ Coordinator

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Guardian Watchmen


Well our Guardian Watchmen season was a little late starting up this year but we are making up for it now!!! The crew this year consists of 2 regular Watchmen Doug Johnny SR, and Tom Henderson JR as well as an “on Call” crew member, Leslie Walkus. These individuals were 3 of the 5 applicants for these positions and after the interview process were the successful candidates. Congratulations! The crew spent the first few days this season training on the new documentation methods that we are using to keep track of who and what is happening in the traditional territories. We also did a full safety review and boat check to ensure that everyone is safe out on the water. Our vessel the “Hook Tender” has had some mechanical upgrades that will ensure that the boat and crew will be able to travel to and from the areas it needs to in a safe and timely manner. One side effect of the work on the boat has been a fairly dramatic decrease in fuel consumption over the same trips from last year, an early review of the fuel use is showing a 10-15% reduction in fuel use and in this time of stupidly expensive fuel, that is a welcome bonus!

to the documentation process as well as safety and we look forward to their contributions to our program. We would like to acknowledge NVIATS (North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society) who have contributed some training money that helped to offset the cost of our Junior Watchmen Program. To our newest Watchmenplease take this opportunity to experience and learn about the traditional territory and listen closely to what your Elders will be sharing with you, this is an amazing opportunity! Our program has hit the water flying this year!! In our first few days on the water we have done a number of boat approaches (mostly recreational boaters visiting the territories), wild life sightings (sea otters, dolphins, porpoises, whales, as well as a Grizzly Bear), visits to the Docee counting fence (they are having an amazingly busy year this year!) as well as approaching First Nation Fishers that were doing food fish activities. This was all in the first 4 days on the water... In future editions we will have members of our crew explain some of the specific things that we do out on the water to help you have a clear understanding of what we are doing on behalf of our community. Until then think happy and safe thoughts for our crew out on the water.

We also have started our new Junior Watchmen program this year where a couple of younger individuals will be working closely with the regular Watchmen to learn what they do and also to help on a number of specific projects. We had 3 individuals apply for the 2 positions and after the interview process we have hired Ethan Shaw and Janella Johnny, Congratulations!! These 2 young people have also done some training with regards Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 07/21/11 Page 5

Gilakas’la Conrad Browne Guardian Watchmen Program manager

Economic Development


We will be having community economic development meetings for the next 5 Wednesdays at our usual time of 5:00- 7:00 with a meal to follow. I am hoping to work with the community on building a 5 year strategic plan for our economic development program to move forward into the future. I am putting forward a Band Council Resolution to get permission to work with Morris Neyers Penny to help us implement the Economic Development Corporation work that our last set of community meetings produced. MNP is the company that has provided us with the most detailed examples and past history with regards to the work that we need done. The other 3 companies that I asked to participate in the bidding process either did not have the same skills that MNP are bringing to the table or they were much more expensive. I assure you that a lot of time and energy was spent researching the decision to advance MNP to Chief and Council for approval. I would like to comment on a situation that has come up a couple of times since I have started working for you in my position as economic development officer. These comments are not intended to cause hurt or anger but to ask the community for help in trying to overcome some obstacles that keep arising. I can assure you that if these obstacles keep arising that the opportunities for the Nation to grow and prosper will be greatly diminished. It has come to my attention that there are a number of individuals in our community who have some concerns over the work that I am doing as well as the work that the administration has done. I find it very interesting that these individuals have never come to me with their concerns or shown any respect to the community who have come and worked with the economic development program to build it for all of the community members. It is always very easy to sit on the outside of processes and “throw rocks” but where the real issue lies is whether these individuals can actually participate in the processes to make them better for everyone. I assure you that all that I do, I do for every member of this community, not specific

family members, nor for personal benefit, but for everyone- can these individuals say the same?

As for what this administration has accomplished over the last 2 years I would strongly advise all the community and not just the few individuals who are complaining to look at and ask questions around the audits and where we are now as compared to just a couple of years ago. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised by what you will learn. In every community there are going to be people with differing opinions, that is what makes us a diverse and special community, the secret to being a healthy, diverse and truly special community is how we interact with each other and the respect that needs to be shown. If you have an issue with someone or something calmly ask yourself how you are going to interact with these people to achieve what is best for everyone and then reach out to others for help. From an economic development point of view if we are not strong in our collective understanding of what the community wants to move forward than we will continue to flounder. I have heard amazing stories of how the great people of the Gwa’sala and Nakwaxda’xw Nations used to literally pull together as a unified force to propel themselves at any obstacle that stood in the way, I am hoping that the community can commit to each other to grab on and pull together in a modern way to bring our vision statement for economic development to reality:

Vision Statement “To create, operate and support businesses that will be profitable, environmentally sustainable and culturally significant, while respecting our unique cultural values, and upholding the pride and well-being of the Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw people.”

Respectfully yours,


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Council Elections Last weekend Angela Walkus and Micheal George interviewed as many Council nominees as possible. We asked them six questions: 1. What qualifies you to be a leader in our community? 2. How are you a role model to others? 3. What would you like to accomplish in the next three years? 4. How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? 5. What portfolios are you most interested in? 6. How much time can you devote? Here are their answers, in alphabetical order by last name. We hope that these interviews will help you choose a Chief and three Councillors who will do a great job for our community and be devoted to the hard work of being on Council. Happy voting everyone! - Jessie Hemphill

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for Chief & Councillor Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I don’t have a criminal record and I work off-


Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I’m a parent of two kids that finished school. I’ve worked at my job and never been fired. Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? A: See that original Band Members get what belongs to them, not transfers first. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? Be dealt with on council table, not by favouritism but by original band member first not transfers first. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: Our budget management in every department. Q: How much time can you devote? A: I would quit my job off-reserve and be devoted. I would be devoted to those terms.


Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: You always hear people say, “The children are our future.” My mom died when I was 13. I didn’t really have a future… Why? Because there was no one left to teach me after my mom died. I had to find my own way in life, and for many years of my life I walked a path that wasn’t good, for me, for my marriage and, most importantly, for my children.

I now know that our Elders are hungry to share their wisdom, let’s learn together. I can’t say that I’ve now found the right path but at least I can say that I’m now working toward a better future for my children and grandchildren. I would like the chance to work for all our children.   So many people have been put in my path to teach me how to be more understanding, to always be supportive of others no matter who it is. Whether a person likes me or not, if they need help I’ll give it. Of course I make mistakes, we all do, but I found that the best thing to do is to learn from them. I’m always trying to learn each and every day. I’ve been lucky to have been taught to do this from the examples of so many others. Thank you.   Being on council we need to put the people first but we also need to help them find their own way too. That means enabling them to work on finding their right path to take, making up their own mind and deciding to do something to empower themselves. We as leaders can’t always be there to do it, so if a person decides to do things for themselves then they’re that much stronger for it! Back in the old days, we always did for ourselves and when we couldn’t there was always someone there to help us. We need to get back to that way of living once again. No more tearing one another down! Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I am an alcoholic, a recovering one, so I can understand the problems that come from it. I have chosen to stop drinking and, because I had a hard time dealing with problems I feel that I am able to help others deal with the same kind of problems. I have always been a champion for those who can’t speak for themselves. Why? Because for so many years I couldn’t speak for myself so I know how it feels.   I have had some education so this would help me to be able to go out and speak for and fight for our rights as a people at the government level. Fight for our rights to be a proud people once again. I am most certainly not afraid to do what has to be done. Even if I am shaking in my shoes, and scared, I will still fight.   Everyone needs to know that their views are important and it’s time that we start working together to do just that. Everyone needs to feel that their views are important, everyone needs to know that someone is listening. Once

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we get back to that PRIDE again, we won’t have so many suicide attempts (or worse). Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? A: It’s time for change and it’s time that each one of us, who are elected by YOU, become the proud persons that we can be. It’s time to unify the leadership, to work together, to no longer work separately. To work together to strengthen each and every band member. Yes, the government made us join with another nation, we can’t get away from that, no matter how hard some band members may want to. The government won’t allow us to do that, so we have to join hands and face the negatives together and learn how to be strong once again. I remember how everyone was friends with each other/ and with other nations, we can be friends once again, be friends and help each other succeed. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? A: Having regularly scheduled general meetings WITH an agenda would be nice, but would it work? Probably not right away. Suggestion boxes? Facebook discussions? Anything is possible. I do think that it’s time that we, as Council start having OPEN Council meetings at least once a month where community members are invited to listen, and to see how difficult it can be to be on council. To learn as well, so that they too can consider running for council. It’s time for change. It’s time to head into a new direction.   There has to be respect in the meetings, respect and honor for all that we as a people are. We are all related in some form or another! We can’t be fighting one another, we can’t be putting one another down, telling stories about each other to others who listen, this is what the government wants, for us to be bickering with one another. This has to stop. Let’s work together to show that anything’s possible. We can!   We also need to continue what the GN School began with our children. We NEED a Youth Council! We need an elected Youth Council who would connect with Council at least once a month. The Elders could possibly have an elected council as well, who would have the chance to sit with Council at least once a month even if only at dinner, such as a potluck. Council needs to hear what the community is hungry to share! What better way than to break bread together

and learn together? Or we can have Advisory Councils? From all ages. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: I am interested in all the portfolios and, when I was on Council before I would have liked to be a part of it all! If I were to be elected as your new chief I would naturally be a part of all the portfolios! And, even if I were only running for council and got in, I would still be interested in being on all of them! Every aspect of life in our community is important! I know that I wouldn’t be able to know everything about all the portfolios so I would ask that all councillors do, at least a monthly report to the community as to what it is they are doing, this is something that I worked on doing. Q: How much time can you devote? A: When I was on council before I attended almost all the meetings! The only time I didn’t attend was when I was away. Even if I am away/ nowadays we can do teleconference calling. There is a thing in the election policy that states that if we miss a certain amount of duly convened meetings then we can no longer be on council, this may be something the membership would like to have enforced. It would be so nice to have meetings begin on time and end on time! I am working for the band right now, at 30 hours per week. There are many first nation communities who don’t allow council members to have a job, but this is life, and we can’t always work elsewhere/off reserve. Sometimes we can’t get the time off if we did work elsewhere, I know that a few councillors quit because they could not attend the meetings as scheduled!   I would like to see the personel policy revised so that there can be flexibility in order to be able to attend meetings without fear of being stressed out. Possibly have it written in the policy so that we could attend meetings. Whenever I attended meetings while on council I could not attend and still get paid at work for hours I didn’t work.   For sure, all of our policies need work and need to be revised. And, in some cases, like with the election policy, some may need to be ratified. Sure, we could do it all, at the band office, but it would be better to have community input. It’s time that the community be given the chance to share their advice with the leaders. I would like us to be proud people once again. It’s time to change back to that! Let’s do this together!

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Norman Charlie

Paddy Walkus

for Councillor

for Chief

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I worked for over 30 years as chief. I’m currently sitting with child welfare, 7 years with Nanwakolas Council, 12 years with Kwakiutl District Council. Vice president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, 4 years on the Council of Indigenous people, and 1 year as a Councillor. Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I lead by example. Kid will do what we do. We have to watch what we do and do the best we can.. Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? A: Start putting our history in books. The work we do right now. We have to really fight the government. Housing, have to keep plugging away. It’s a critical stage, we have to keep on top of logging, fishing and mining. We have a lot more to say.. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? A: I like to listen to people more. I feel for people and make them feel comfortable. I find out what people’s concerns are. They can feel comfortable at the Band Office. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: Human Relations. The people involved in child welfare have to be open to all things. Righting some wrongs that the government has done to us. On the third stage of the claim, have all the documents. There is strife with fighting with government. Pray that people will keep pressuring them. Q: How much time can you devote? A: Spent my lifetime on this, committed myself. I commit myself to family and the community.

Gila’kasla! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Norman V. Charlie and I am thirty years old. I lived in the Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw community for over 20 years before leaving for post secondary school in 2001. I remember leaving with various questions as to why certain things were the way they were in the community. Things that non-community members or non-First Nations would view as worrying were very normal to me. Throughout my schooling it became evident how massive the impact of residential school, colonization, assimilation and acculturation played in the lives of all First Nations across Canada. For the Gwa’sala and ‘Nakwaxda’xw people, another barrier was created by way of relocation. I have witnessed tremendous hardships in this community that have all stemmed from the above and as a result, trauma has prevailed. However, I have also witnessed the resilience and determination of our people to overcome such tribulations. Our community has come a long way from what it was in such a short period of time. Without a doubt this speaks volumes as to who we are as a nation and what can be accomplished when we work together. I have recently returned home and am currently working as an elementary school teacher at the band school. It has always been a goal of mine to return home and work in the community as someone who desires to help people for the better. As an educator and role model, I want nothing more than positive change for our people and community and I look forward to helping achieve this.

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David w charlie

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community?

for Councillor

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: Living on-reserve, being around family, get involved in community events and volunteer a lot of my time. With the youth, interact and communicate with a lot of the kids and youth whether it’s sports, hockey or soccer. Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I am a family man, walking and talking to community members everyday. I volunteer a lot of my time for school events and reserve events. I live an alcohol and drug free life.

A: First of all I am a good honest lady and can be trusted by almost everyone. I get along with everyone young and middle age and all our Elders. Whom I have a lot of respect for. I have worked in my job for many years and I know quite a lot of things. I do not drink or I don’t do drugs. I am a very out going person and in my job I love to help people out. However I can. Whenever I can, I go out of my way to help as much as I can. Q: How are you a role model to others?

A: I am a very good caring mother and grandmother who has a lot of Love for my family, all of my family. Like I have mentioned I think it is very very important if we are going to be Chief Q: What would you like to accomplish in the or Band Council that we don’t use alcohol or drugs. (This is my own thinking) I don’t want to next two years? put anyone down by any means. I am very good A: I would really like to see a lot of more positive at what I do in my job. I have a lot of trust from things happening for our youth. Help community people out there. I Love to work for our people on reserve and also off reserve. I am a very honest/ problems like help people off reserve and help those suffering with drug and alcohol issues. Get trusting/loving person. Enough love for everyone. involved with more of our home town’s resources for summer activities. Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? Q: How would you make sure you knew the A: First of all I would like to get more travel concerns of the community members? dollars for our people who have to travel down island for appointments. Meet with medical A: Go door to door, take notes regarding our services and explain to them just how important community needs, getting together with Chief it is to make all specialist appointments. Would and Council.. like to do my best to help our members who do not have homes and be honest not to push them Q: What portfolios are you interested in? down on the list. Get our housing committee back A: Child/youth/community members . on. We need a housing committee to be fair to everyone and not just help out some not all all. Q: How much time can you devote? I really believe in fairness and to be equal to all and explain to them why they are unable to get A: As much time as needed. a home right now. My main concern is our offreservemembers. Especially the ones who have big families. We also need to help our youth out, the ones who have grad and to help them go farther in their education. I believe this is very, very important. Would be so, so nice if we can set up work for our Youth so that they don’t have to rely on Social Assistance. Can’t buy anything

Annie Jackson for Councillor

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with that, and it doesn’t help because of it being so low. Talk and listen to our Elders and see what their needs are and do my best to get help for them in their needs. They are the ones we need to listen to. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members?

women’s shelter, a recovery home for those that come out from treatment. I would like to see our community’s needs being met. I will make sure our elders are getting the care they need and would like to see more communication with our community. Meals on wheels for our elders. A Recreation centre for our youth, a gym. Single parent bachelor units.

A: Like I said fairness is very important and we need to get a list of everyone’s concerns and address it to the best of our abilities. And I truly believe everyone has to be heard. Also need to have more Council Meetings and report back to Community members.

Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members?

Q: What portfolios are you interested in?

Q: What portfolios are you interested in?

A: I am interested in Health/Housing/Education for our children.

A: Education & Health

Q: How much time can you devote?

Q: How much time can you devote? A: I can devote all I can for meetings, community events, and whatever’s needed.

A: For whenever I am needed, I will be there.

Other Comments: I would like to see our graduates expore careers, reach goals, encourage our youth to seek training in fire fighting, early childhood education, police, anything to bring more options to our reserve. I will see that our education department has more to offer our people. I will fight and push education into our community.

Mary Johnson for Councillor

Bob Swain

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I know about our reserve’s history and am going to share. I will make sure other people’s needs are even, I’m willing to sit and listen, learn, share knowledge of our homeland’s history. Q: How are you a role model to others? A: A good Mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Friends, takes good care of health and community members. I’m humble, caring, respectful, patient with my community. I know a lot about discipline and will help my community. Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? A: I would like to see our community explore their options whether it’s a small business, daycare to help out young parents that work, a

A: I will sit one on one and listen. I will make home visits if welcomed. I will call people and I will accept phone calls.

for Councillor

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: Have an understanding of how the governments operate from being on band council before. Able to speak in public on issues and concerns for the band members. Know of the community’s history and work towards their healing. Good listener for band members with concerns and issues. Also involved in community meetings and events. Take initiative and to get things moving like the emergency plan for the community. Q: How are you a role model to others? A: Lead by example by not drinking and making healthy choices. Good work habits. Think positive at all times and have equal fairness for everyone.

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Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years?

Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years?

A: Get policies updated and working. Have policies available to band members. Jobs for band members. A new place for the youth to use anytime with their own rules. More land so off reserve members can move back to the reserve. Get more culture and language for band members. Let band members know what I am doing.

A: I would like to get the community’s garbage problem dealt with. Get help for the drinking problems. More youth activities.

Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members?

Q: What portfolios are you interested in?

A: Facebook, general meetings and ask in person. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: Economic Development - Currently attend ec/ dev community meetings. Help create work for band members. Education - So band members can get more education and training for work. Health - To help band members deal with their issues that they face in life. Treaty - I am also a Treaty Advisory Committee member and would like to help band members understand about how the treaty works. Q: How much time can you devote? A: I would devote whatever time is needed to be there for the band members and would work out a schedule with the Band Manager regarding my job.sign cheques, plus staff meetings to stay upto-date.

Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? A: Keep in touch with the Band office. Members come to see me.

A: Health & Education Q: How much time can you devote? A: My work hours are flexible and I can devote any time I can and needed.

Mildred Walkus for Councillor Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: Ability to speak out for my community that can’t speak for themselves, strong leadership skills. Q: How are you a role model to others?

Lloyd C. Walkus for Councillor

A: I’m alcohol free and help out others.

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community?

Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years?

A: I feel that the community looks up to me. I have a special bond with the Elders and young kids through sports.

Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I graduated, I have a job. I play sports, I don’t do drugs. I set a good example for younger siblings and others.

A: Make sure there’s change for my community, helping community members, addressing other people’s needs and seeing they’re needs are taken care of, whether it’s for housing or any other problems. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? A: A lot of people know me and address me with anything that they have concerns about. Text, call and letters. I’m not even a Councillor and

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I can’t do anything to help because I’m not a Councillor yet. Q: What portfolios are you interested in?

to be member. In order to be a good leader you need to be a follower. I’ve done that. I have volunteered for many things such as Education Committee, cooking, and child welfare.

A: Housing & Education

Q: How are you a role model to others?

Q: How much time can you devote?

A: I have encountered many obstacles in life. While I am not perfect (who is) I feel that I can be an effective bridge, or voice for our people. Because of all our people face, I feel that I can fully understand what our members face and help in any way I can.

A: I can devote all of my time.

Natasha Walkus

Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years?

for Councillor

A: To bridge the gap between the members, council and administration. / To be able to see unemployment rates decrease. Long term employment for members. / Viable resources such as eco tourism, band owned business ventures, such as grocery stores, gas stations.

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I listen very well and lead by listening. Q: How are you a role model to others?

Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members?

A: I treat people the way I want to be treated.

Q: What would you like to accomplish in the A: To listen rather than assume I know. / To be always available to membership. / Visit next two years? community members. / To realize that we have a very valuable voice from our Elders. We need A: I would like to accomplish an open our Elders and our youth to make a powerful link relationship with my community. between our past and our future. Q: How would you make sure you knew the Q: What portfolios are you interested in? concerns of the community members?

Q: How much time can you devote?

A: Education (as it is a powerful tool to be considered in making positive steps in our future and to be recognized by other communities.) Housing (housing is a big concern for all our members. We are entitled to good housing.) Social and Economic Development (Also a very big concern would be working towards fair and equal treatment for all our people.)

A: As much as I’m needed.

Q: How much time can you devote?

rita Walkus

A: I can and will make myself available as much as necessary. I feel that current leadership is doing a great job and would consider it an honour and privilege to serve our members in an even bigger way. It is important to continually move forward, hand in hand with our people. What we do now is in reflection of our ancestors and to build a strong foundation for our future leaders. I always am in the community.

A: There are a lot of concerns in the band office, I hear about concerns on a day to day basis. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: Mental health.

for Councillor

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I have been a help to many community members whether it be residential claims, any law issues, income tax, letters to council, child tax, etc. I fully understand what struggles our people face. I love our community and am proud

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in your words:

Terry Walkus for Councillor

Q: What qualifies you to be a leader in a community? A: I’ve been a community leader for 4 years. Q: How are you a role model to others? A: I believe in what the people say. I do stuff they ask me to do.


Q: What would you like to accomplish in the next two years? A: I’d like to see the band take control of everything on-reserve and their employees. Q: How would you make sure you knew the concerns of the community members? A: They come talk to me all the time. Q: What portfolios are you interested in? A: Housing / Child welfare Q: How much time can you devote? A: All my time.

Nominees who were unavailable or declined to do the interview

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or release it for the Yo! News: • Dorey Brotchie • Wade Charlie • Ernie Henderson • Lucy Scow • Donna Williams

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I need a copy of your BCFB as soon as you get them in the mail. You should be receiving them at some point this month. Thank you, Pat dawson

Declaration Cut-Off Dates:

August 26 (for September 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, Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations News - 07/21/11 Page 17 not be paid for! or Yo! else your Hydro will

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JOB INTERVIEWS: Dress for success A simple visual guide to dressing properly for every job interview!

WEAR THIS NOT THAT Track suits, hoodies, hats, baggy clothes, faded jeans, running shoes, t-shirts, tank tops, cleavage, and tons of makeup are all major mistakes when you’re looking for a job

Collared, button-up shirts, suits, blazers, dark pants or khakis (no cargo pockets), dress shoes, knee-length or longer skirts, tidy hair and makeup: These are the things that show that you care, whether you’re applying for an office job or a construction job.

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Lo c a l

Job Title :

Fish Cutter

Jo b P o s t i ng s

Company Name : Agency Posting Date Posted : 7/19/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $12/ hr Details : Trim value added fish. Must be able to work in a cold place cutting fish. Must be on time for work. Require steel toe boots. Start ASAP. Contact : Drop resume in person to NIEFS Port Hardy, Thunderbird Mall or Fax: 250-9495797 or email phinfo@niefs.net

Job Title : Dental Assistant

Company Name : Port Hardy Dental Clinic Date Posted : 7/19/11 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. Contact : Dr.Wong at 7185 Market St, Box 5065, Pt Hardy BC V0N 2P0 Fax: 250-949-7775 Email: porthardydental@yahoo.ca

Job Title : Cashier

Date Posted : 7/19/11 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Looking for a dependable mature person for approximately 2 shifts per week in the Beer and Wine store. Must have serving it right certificate. Perfect job for student, senior, retired person or someone just looking for part time work. Additional Info : n/a Contact : Please bring in your resume to Front Desk at Quarterdeck Hotel. Company: Quarterdeck Marine Industries Ltd

Job Title : Cuberman

Company Name : Gold Band Shake and Shingle Date Posted : 7/13/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $5/sq-$200/day guarantee Details : Cube & grade cedar blocks and shakes. Must be experienced, fit, with a strong back. Requires steel toe safety boots. Start ASAP. Contact : To apply contact Scott by Phone: 250-902-1009 or Fax: 250-949-2689

Job: Facilitator/ Proposal Writer

Company Name : Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre Date Posted : 7/18/11 Full/Part-Time : Contract Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Facilitator/proposal writer needed to plan a project of helping vulnerable youth transition into adulthood, community based, collaborative, culturally safe approach that promotes mental health and prevents harmful use of substances. Duties include: Work in collaboration with the CAI committee to facilitate community focus groups in a number of different communities in the Mount Waddington Regional District. Analyze the data collected and write a grant proposal. Contact : Submit letter of interest/ resume to edswfs@telus.net For more info www.communityactioninitiative.ca

Job Title : House Parents

Company: North Island Crisis & Counselling Date Posted : 7/15/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Caring, responsible individuals interested in working w/adults in residential setting. Include providing supportive home environment for people w/mental health/addiction concerns. For more information please call Sandy at 250-949-8333 Contact : Admin Mgr. Box 2446, Port Hardy BC V0N 2P0; fax: 250.949.8344 ;or reception@ nicccs.org

Job: Experienced Shingle Packer

Company Name : Gold Band Shake & Shingle Date Posted : 7/13/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Salary : $16 per 5.5 sq ft Details : Must be experienced and have CSA safety boots. Contact : Contact Scott Sparling Phone: 250-949-2689 or cell 902-1009 Fax: 250-949-2688

Job Title : Sawyer/Trimmer

Company Name : Gold Band Shake & Shingle Date Posted : 7/13/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Salary : $18.75/ hr plus Details : Must be experienced sawyer/ trimmer and have CSA safety boots. Bonus of $7-$12 per square above minimum production level. Contact : Scott Sparling: Fax: 250-9492689 Phone 250-949-2688 or cell 250-902-1009

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Job Title : Barista

Company Name : Koffee’s Date Posted : 7/4/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Full time position: Tuesday to Saturday. Experience preferred but employer is willing to train. FoodSafe is an asset but certification can be arranged. Contact : Resumes can be dropped off at Koffee’s. Phone: 250-914-8313

Job Title : Band Manager

Company Name : Kwakiutl Band Council Date Posted : 7/12/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Must have solid, professional administration background. Work under direction of council. Lead, supervise, good interpersonal financial management skills. Criminal record check required. Complete info at www.kwakiutl.ca Submit letter of application, resume, complete with salary expectations, and 3 references. Apply by 4 PM July 22. Contact : Hiring Committee-KBC, Box 1440 Port Hardy BC V0N 2P0 email manager@kwakiutl.bc.ca or Fax: 250-949-6066

Job Title : Cashier

Company Name : Old School House Store Date Posted : 7/7/11 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Industry : Retail & Wholesale Location : Port Hardy Salary : Minimum to start Details : Clerk/cashier duties. Must be flexible & available to work any shift-days, afternoons & weekends. Must have reliable transportation. Start immediately. Willing to train Contact : Must apply in person with resume. No phone calls please.Pat: 4950 Beaver Harbour Road, Port Hardy, BC

Job Interview TIPS From “Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?” by Ellen Gordon Reeves

What you are saying when you present yourself at a job interview is “This is as good as it gets. This is the best me you will ever see. I can’t look or sound more professional than this.” Think first date. The little details count... A missing button, unironed shirt, or drooping hem might indicate sloppiness, laziness, or inattention to detail. Is this what you want someone to think about you before you’ve even started talking? If you are alone with many interviewers, try not to be intimidated... Try to think of it as hav- if

ing five perspectives on the job you get it, you will already have met five people! Shake each person’s hand when you enter the room. If people are entering a room you’re already in, stand and shake their hands.

ALL POSTINGS FROM www.niefs.net North Island Employment Foundations Society

Everything you say and do must project a positive vibe. The only attitude you should reveal is “can do”.

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Yo! News - July 18/11  

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Another issue of the biweekly newsletter that goes out to all houses in Tsulquate, home of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations

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