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CCP Dinner report


On Jan. 19th about a dozen community members attended the Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) dinner at the Elders’ Centre.


Misc. Notices


Housing update + elders update


PHSS Update & Exam schedule


Walkus Memorial + soc dev +

public works 7 patient travel + birthday wishes 8

Thanks to those of you that did come out, including Mary & Bird, Colleen Walkus, Carrol Ellingson, Gloria A. Walkus, Donna Williams, Alexis Williams, Bob & Cathy Swain, Stephanie Walkus, Charlotte Dubitski and Laura Joe.

addictions service plan mtng invite

9 poster re: fishermen 10-12 BC Aboriginal swim camp 13-16 conference application form

Aftab Erfan made the posters for the meeting, and recorded the conversation in the banner at the bottom of this page. At the dinner everyone got a handout with updates from each of the departments. Jessie Hemphill, who organized the meeting, asked people what issues concerned them, and the topics people mentioned were: recreation for the youth, the Trust emergency fund, our culture and plans to build a big house, and economic development.

Jan 23 2012


sasamans society update


sa form


local job postings

21 colouring 22 mark your calendar

held regularly on Thursday evenings, unless there’s a Canucks game on at 5 :) The next two meetings will be on Feb. 2 and 16, starting at 5pm at the Elders’ Centre.

These meetings will be a chance to answer your questions about the different departments and programs our Nation runs, and come up with ideas about how to make People seemed interested in the idea of having CCP things work better. Contact Jessie Hemphilol with any meetings again, so starting next week meetings will be questions, 902-2300. See you there!

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Yo! News is prepared by Jessie Hemphill, Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Executive Assistant and Communications Officer. 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

Ernie Henderson: (250) 230-4198 Health & Social Development, Housing, Fisheries, Education, Ec. Dev., Treaty and Finance Portfolios

Crystal Walkus: (250) 230-4649 Ec. Dev., Personnel & Policies, and Recreation Portfolios

Gary Walkus: (250) 230-2479 Health & Social Development & Ec. Dev. Portfolios

Robert Walkus: (250) 230-2155 Education Portfolio

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

Norman Charlie: (250) 902-8492 Ec. Dev., Recreation & Education Portfolio,

David Charlie: (250) 949-9413 Fisheries 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 Linda Paul, Treaty Administrative Assistant kasalas4859@hotmail.com / (250) 902-2311 Jessie Hemphill, Communications & Exec. Assistant jessieh@gwanakplan.org / Cell: (250) 902-8221 Lorna Henderson, Housing l.d.henderson7@live.ca / (250) 902-2304 Nicole McLelland, Natural Resources Manager nmclelland@cablerocket.com / (250) 902-2310 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 Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant natashaw@gntreaty.org / (250) 902-2305 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

Resolve to get fit

co mm u n i t y

Aboriginal RunWalk and Urban Pole Training Starts January 19th, goes for 13 weeks


and lose weight!

Sign up at PHSS

Time: 4 p.m. to about 5:30 p.m. every Thursday End Date: April 2011 – about 13 weeks Place: Port Hardy Secondary School – meet in the Gym Ages: 13 and above All you need is a commitment to better your health for 13 weeks. If you have any 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.

healing Scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at the Wakas Hall See page 4, Trust Update, for more information.

Seeking Missing Bags

If you need any information on this activity please call Colleen Martin at 250-949-7443 ext 3227 or email cmartin@sd85.bc.ca.

On October 10th I hitchhiked a ride with you and another woman around Port McNeill, and I think it was in a band owned car. You were on your way to Nanaimo for a dental appointment for your son Robert. I put two of my bags in the trunk, one was red and the other black and both have wheels. I was supposed to meet with you back at the hotel in Nanaimo the following morning but was admitted to hospital that day and have recently been discharged. I am hoping to reclaim my bags. Please contact John at 250 949 7705 or Shane at 250 230 0884.


call for proposals:

This activity is for anyone who wants to get off the couch. We will be having weekly challenges on healthy living- I will be sharing healthy living tips. On-line support from sportsmedbc.com – registration is required. Challenge yourself to attend the Vancouver Sun Run in April. You can do it!

Sponsors Needed

If anyone would like to sponsor Trophies for the Harvey Walkus Floor Hockey Tournament 2012 please contact Tiffany Charlie. Call or text (250)230-9413. Email: mrs_tiffany_charlie@hotmail.com Various trophies left, 1st all-stars are $32 each and 2nd all-stars are $28.

whale mask

The School is seeking proposals from community members to carve a quality mask for the cultural program. We would like have a whale mask carved that would represent the ancestor of the Gwa’sala. Please submit your proposal, sketch, and a sample of your previous work to Mike Willie at the school. Closing date for proposals will be January 24, 2012. Call (250) 949-7743 for details

- Gilakas’la, T’ɬalis (Mike Willie)

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Housing update elders update Fires – There have been a number of fires in our community which has effected our premiums significantly in the last five years! Our deductible has gone up and it is very costly for our band! If this continues we will not be able to renew our fire insurance again, which will mean no coverage on any of the band units at all.

Hello everyone!

I sure hope you all have had a good weekend. Here are a couple of very important events we will be doing this week. Tomorrow we will have lunch @ I.V.’s Quarterdeck restaurant @ 11:30am! I was out of town last Wednesday so this is why I had to postpone this lunch until tomorrow. Thursday, the 26th, we will be catering

It is very important to keep your chimney pipes clean, no cooking while under the influence of alcohol or anything that makes you sleepy while cooking, unplugging electrical appliance when they are not in use, and contacting the appropriate department in the office if you have any problems with regard to anything mentioned above.

for roughly 120 people for dinner. I am going to need all the help I can get. This is for the Treaty dinner that will take place up at the hall and here is the menu: Elk Stew; Elk shephard’s pie; Elk meat-

If you do not have a fire extinguisher or smoke de- loaf; baked fish; potato salad; cole slaw tector in your unit please contact the housing office or Bob Swain or Les Taylor A.S.A.P. If your smoke and we need desserts made as well. detector is disconnected and cannot be reconnected please contact either of the above mentioned A.S.A.P.

PLEASE come to the lunch meeting to-

DO NOT disconnect your smoke detectors! If these go off when you shower, turn on your bathroom fan morrow and we will all figure the plans and leave it on for at least 15 minutess after your out for Thursday! shower, or when you’re cooking, use your stove top fan while your cooking and open a window about an inch! Fans are designed to suck up the steam.


- Lorna Henderson


Housing Administrator Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News -23/01/2012 Page 4

Room 615 Happy New Years everyone!

phss exam schedule

This semester promises to be action packed and exciting to for all of that are involved in planning.

23 Monday

(First Nations Program)

Next month, we will be presenting a workshop to grade eights and if our presenters have time, we will present to the grade nines on sexual health, healthy relationships and building self-esteem. The workshop would be set up in the same manner as a healing circle; each presenter will sit randomly throughout the circle of girls. Presenters will speak from their individual perspectives, for examples an elder would speak on the personal responsibilities of young women, a nurse would speak on sexual health … and so on. I believe we will be screening National Geographic’s video “in the WOMB” will add dramatic visuals, assisting in teaching girls about pregnancy. Each girl would have a bag placed on her chair with items like a journal, pen, water, pamphlets and possible other self-care products. The diversity group is working on a project for AntiBullying Day, which is on February 29. We are having problems meeting after school, so we are planning a sleep over. I don’t have any details at this time, however their ideas which are being discussed are creative and exciting. These youth have talents, energy and leadership skills.

9:00 – Block C in-class exams 1:00 – Block B in-class exams

24 Tuesday

9:00 – Block D1 in-class exams (All D and math 9:00—11:00 – Provincial Exam – FMP 10 1:00 – Block D2 in-class exams (English 1:00—3:00 – Provincial Exam – AWM 10

25 Wednesday

9:00 – Block A1 in-class exams (All A and math 9, Eng) 9:00—11:00 Provincial Exam – FNS 12 – English 10 1:00 – 3:15 – Promotional Meetings in Staff Room 1:00 – Block A2 in-class exams (English 9 and math 1:00—3:00 Provincial Exam – Socials Studies 11

26 Thursday

9:00 – 11:00 – Provincial Exam – English 12 1:00 – 3:15 – Promotional Meetings in Staff Room 1:00 – 3:00 – Provincial Exam – Science 10, Com 12

27 Friday

9:00—11:00 – Provincial Exam – EFP 12 1:00—3:00 – Provincial Exam – EFP 10 Last day of Semester One

Thank you for your time and I hope everyone has a wonderful year.

- Brigette Avoine First Nations Youth Worker Port Hardy Secondary School

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Public works Annual Memorial BY update Ball Hockey Robert & Violet Walkus





Wakas Hall, Jan. 27-29 First game at 4 p.m., Jan. 27

The chlorine level in our water system at the College is 0.82.

Men’s Entrance Fee: $250 with first prize guaranteed at $1,000 with 10 teams Ladies’ Entrance Fee: $200

I would like to take this time to thank everyone for their love and support during the loss of one of my brothers. Without your financial support we wouldn’t have been able to attend the funeral in Manitoba. There are too many names to mention at this time, once again Thank - You all.

50% deposit required ASAP, with other 50% to be paid by first game. For more information contact Millie (250-230-7784) or Trudy (250-230-0933)

If you are on pat’s program and have changed numbers please call her asap to tell her your new number!


My family from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. are also very thankful for your support.

Bob Swain public works


- Priscilla Charlie-Iraheta “I would like to wish my mother Blanche Walkus a happy 53rd B-day on Jan. 26, we love you lots!”

From Cindy, Tony & Kids “I would like to wish my granddaughter Hilary Scow a happy 4th B-day on Jan. 16 and also to my son Clarke on the 25th.”

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patient travel Many Thanks again to all for bringing in your Dr’s notes. The fax number is 949-6811. My direct line is 902-2278. Again remember if it does not say escort on that note you will not be covered for an escort. And all travel is to be picked up down at Band Office. If you decide to make appt with dentist on your own and this is down Island you will not be covered for the appt. It has to be the closest place and that is in Alert Bay. I am still in need of reliable escorts for our Elder’s appts. I f you are interested please call me to my direct line 902-2278 or leave message with Christy. You also will need to have a good running vehicle. We do have a van but it is still not in order as of yet. We still waiting on a reliable driver for it. I still have been getting a lot of texts and a lot of calls at home. And that is alright, because I do not mind us texting each other. All I wanted to say is if you are very ill you must call ambulance or ask someone to take you to the hospital right away, because I cannot help you. Also I have been getting a lot of calls for me to drive you to the hospital or to Doctor’s office I am not insured for driving clients to and from, in case there is an accident in my car, that’s one of the reasons I have been refusing people. I am not doing this to be mean by any means it’s just I’m not insured in my vehicle to take you from here to there. I still have lots of overtime hours I still need to use but I will let you know when I’m off. I have been very, very busy doing travel. Once I have done it I cannot keep changing it. Once you have told me how you are going down I do it bring to Band Office. So sorry I just don’t have the time to keep changes the travel once it is done. Sorry again I cannot do travel for our people who live off reserve. At all. I have talked to Health Canada about this so many times and they keep tell me I can’t. Just writing this again, like always I try to do my best in all that I do to try and help everyone out. We have had so many of our community members who are very ill, and this weather doesn’t help either. Please let me know as soon as possible how you are travelling down to your appointment/s. I’m trying to suggest to everyone to please take the bus, I know it takes forever to get to where you are going but you will get there safely. For almost all travels I do I put to pick up day before your appt. If you are going on bus it usally 2 days before your appt. so you can bring PO to bus depot before your appt. Again it is your responsibility to cancel hotel reservations if you are not going to your appts. Most of the hotels are toll free so there is no charge to you.

Some Birthday Wishes. To our niece Ellen & Pastor Don & Joye for Jan.15th, Belated Birthday out to my nephew Quinten on Jan.18th. To our niece Philena & cuz John Jr. on Jan.19th, To our great niece Sierra for Jan.22nd,also to my beautiful niece Kanissa. To Paige for Jan.24th, Sister Cathy K. for Jan.25th, To Brother John K.on Jan.26th, and cuz Blanche for same day. To sis. Loraine for Jan.27th, On Jan.30th to my wonderful Special Brother Daniel and to our sis.Sandra. Feb,1st to my bro. Bob and nephew Rolando. To my nephew Daniel & Cuz Simon D.on Feb.6th, Happy Birthday to my little friend Janella and to my cuz Gloria for Feb.7th, Happy Birthday to my niece Ravena & Kim for Feb.8th, May God richly Bless you all on your Special day.

bunny jackson community health representative

more birthdays ETC. “Congrats to my son mark & babi-girl for our new baby willie!! all our love and prayers!!!”

♥♥♥ love grandma abby ♥♥♥ “Jan. 18: Happy belated birthday Quinten, we love you, hope you had a good one. Jan. 22: Happy 6th Birthday to my niece Sierra. We love you and hope you have a wonderful day.

Love fr sis Andi-Rae & Aunty Glor “Jan. 25: Happy 6th Birthday to my daughter Andi-Rae. I love you Babe and hope you have a terrific day.”

Love Mom “Jan. 25: Happy anniversary to Aunty Clara & Al, pray you both have a blessed day. “

Love andi-rae & glor

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Mt. Waddington Addictions  Planning Committee Meeting  Wednesday, January 25, 2012 5:30-8:30pm (dinner provided) Community Hall, 1473 Broughton Blvd*, Port McNeill  

Purpose of the meeting is to discuss and prioritize the draft recommendations from the Mt. Waddington Addictions and Recovery Services Plan. Agenda will be circulated closer to the meeting date.  Please RSVP to Reena Preece by email reena.preece@viha.ca or call 250-902-6071 *Directions to the meeting: Turn left onto Broughton Blvd off of Campbell Way. Community Hall is the building on the left by the ball field.  

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BC Aboriginal Swim Camp Hosted by Wachiay Friendship Centre at the COMOX VALLEY AQUATIC CENTRE, Courtenay, BC 

January 28 & 29, 2012

For Aboriginal youth (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) - co-ed, ages 10-19 Two different levels of development provided: 1) SATURDAY, Jan. 28 - “ACTIVE START” (3:30 to 6:30pm) This session is for individuals

interested in the Sport of Swimming and want to learn more on what it’s all about. Suggested minimum level: able to swim

Comox Valley Aquatic Centre

25m unassisted

2) SUNDAY, Jan. 29 - “TRAINING TO COMPETE” (9am to 3pm) This session is for individuals who are

377 Lerwick Road Courtenay, BC

currently / or have recently been involved with the organized Sport of Swimming.

To register or for more info contact: Sean Colclough at Ph: 250-338-7793 Email: sean@wachiay.com

or Leanne Sirup at Ph: 250-710-3278

Email: leanne@duncanstingrays.com

Gain quality coaching and instruction in a positive, fun and professional atmosphere! The camp will be led by Leanne Sirup, trained NCCP Level III Coach and Canada’s 2006 Aboriginal Coach of the Year Incredible value – Only $5 registration fee! All participants will receive a pair of goggles, a Nike N7 camp t-shirt and a Swim BC swim cap! Spaces are limited. Register by Wed, Jan. 25th.

Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council www.bcaafc.com/initiatives/asrpa-partners-council or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

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Courtenay, BC

The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) of BC is pleased to announce the BC Aboriginal Provincial SWIM Camps to be hosted January 28th & 29th in Courtenay, BC at the Comox Valley Aquatic Centre. Thank you to the Wachiay Friendship Centre who is serving as the official host organization of this Swim BC supported camp! We are inviting Aboriginal youth (First Nations, Métis, Inuit), ages 10 to 19, who want to further develop their swimming skills and gain quality coaching and instruction in a safe, positive, fun and professional atmosphere to sign up and come on out and join us!

Two different levels of camp will be provided: SATURDAY, January 28 “ACTIVE START” 3:30 to 6:30 pm (Snack included).

SUNDAY, January 29 “TRAINING TO COMPETE” 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lunch included)

This session is for individuals interested in the Sport of Swimming and want to learn more on what it’s all about. Suggested minimum level: able to swim 25m unassisted

This session is for individuals who are currently / or have recently been involved with the organized Sport of Swimming. Suggested minimum level: Swim BC 11yrs Provincial A times.

Arrive to check-in by 3:15pm.

Arrive to check-in by 8:45am.

With the support of our partners, including the Province of BC and Nike Inc., the camp fee is only $5.00! Participants also receive a pair of goggles, a Nike N7 BC Aboriginal Camp T-shirt and a Swim BC swim cap! Who:

Male and female Aboriginal youth (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) ages 10 to 19.


Comox Valley Aquatic Centre, 377 Lerwick Road, Courtenay, BC


$5.00 to participate. The camp offers a tremendous value, but you must register in advance! This camp includes pool access, quality instruction from trained NCCP Level III coach, a pair of goggles, a Nike N7 Provincial Aboriginal Camp t-shirt, SwimBC swim cap and a snack (or lunch if Sunday)!

Register By:

You must pre-register to participate in this camp. Register by 4pm, Wednesday, January 25. Space is limited so sign up ASAP!


You’ll need to bring your swim suit and towel.

Contact Info:

Sean Colclough Wachiay Friendship Centre sean@wachiay.com 250-338-7793

Leanne Sirup NCCP Level III Swim Coach leanne@duncanstingrays.com 250-710-3278

Lara Mussell Savage ASRPA Partners Council teambc@bcaafc.com 604-799-1456

For more information on the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council and the BC Aboriginal Provincial Championships & Development Camps, visit www.bcaafc.com/initiatives/asrpa-partners-council or find us on Facebook: facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil.

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Gender Date of Birth

Mailing Address City/Town Postal Code

Home Phone Mobile Phone Email

T-shirt size Ancestry

Youth XL First Nations


Adult SM Inuit

Adult M


Adult LG


Adult XL


CAMP - Please indicate the camp for which you are registering: “ACTIVE START” “TRAIN TO COMPETE” Saturday, January 28, 2012 Sunday, January 29,2012 3:30 to 6:30 pm (Snack included)

This session is for individuals interested in the Sport of Swimming who want to find out what it’s all about. Suggested minimum level: able to swim 25m unassisted.

9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Lunch included)

This session is for individuals who are currently / or have recently been involved with the organized Sport of Swimming. Suggested minimum level: SwimBC 11yrs Provincial A times.

EXPERIENCE – Please indicate or describe your level of swimming experience ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you currently a member of Swim BC? Y N WAIVER & RELEASE OF LIABILITY

In the consideration of the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) accepting my registration and allowing me to participate in the BC Aboriginal Provincial Development Camp (Camp), I myself, my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns hereby agree to: 1. RELEASE the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (as the host organization of the Partners Council), the Event Host Community/Organization, Swim BC, its partners, volunteers, servants, agents, employees and other participants of the Event (all of whom are hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Releasees”), from any and all claims, actions, costs, demands and expenses arising out of or in consequence of any loss, injury or damage to my person or personal property incurred while attending at or participating in the Camp, notwithstanding that any such loss, injury or damage may result from the negligence of the Releasees. In addition, permission is granted to administer any medical treatment that may be required. 2. WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS that I, my heirs, executors, administrators, insurers, successors and assigns have or may have in the future against the Releasees. 3. GRANT to the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (as the host organization of the Partners Council) and its partners, the right to use, without payment of any fee, charge or compensation of any kind, including royalties, and all written information, and/or any and all photographs, video tape or other visual media of myself taken during the Camp for non-commercial, promotional purposes, educational programs and I also agree to waive any right to approve such use. I understand the rules and regulations are designed for the safety and protection of participants and hereby agree to abide by the rules, regulations set by the Partners Council and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. I have read this release of liability and assumption of risk agreement, and fully understand its terms. I understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing it, and sign freely voluntarily, without any inducement.

Participant y Signature

Witness Signature

PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN - For participants under the age of 19 the following must be completed by his/her parent or guardian:

I, as the parent/legal guardian of the participant named above and herein, agree to assume the full responsibility to instruct my child of the risks involved, and to inform him/her of the importance of abiding by the rules and regulations of the Camp. I, as the parent/legal guardian of the participant named herein, hereby declare that I have read, understood and agree to the contents of this Waiver and Release of Liability in its entirety.

Parent/Legal Guardian Name Phone

Signature Email

This information is being collected in accordance with the Municipal Government Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act (R.S.A 2000 c, F-25). If you have any questions about the collection and use of information, please contact the Director of the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners at (250) 710-4604

Please submit completed form to: ATTN: Sean Colclough $5 REGISTRATION FEE Wachiay Frienship Centre You must submit your completed form 1625B Mcphee Avenue Courtenay, BC V9N 5N4 before 4pm, Wednesday, January 25th Email: sean@wachiay.com FAX: 1-250-338-7287

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Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

2012 sport & Active Living Leadership for Aboriginal Youth Participant Application Form

The Aboriginal Sports Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council (Partners Council) of BC is accepting applications from Aboriginal youth ages 14-24 (as of March 20, 2012) to participate in the 2012 Sport & Active Living Leadership for Aboriginal Youth (SALL) program that will be launched as part of Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference, March 2023, 2012 in Nanaimo, BC. A total of 18 Aboriginal Youth (residing in BC) will be selected to participate in this year’s program, with 3 youth selected from each of the 6 Partners Council Regions (North West, North East, Vancouver Coastal, Fraser, Interior, Vancouver Island). Two youth alternates per Region will also be identified. The year-long program will begin with a series of SALL specific workshops presented during Gathering Our Voices. Participants will also be able to take part in some of the general workshops being delivered by Gathering Our Voices and encouraged to attend the Career Fair, Cultural afternoon, Youth Dance, and Youth Talent Showcase. successful applicants will have registration, travel, accommodation, and meals paid for by the Partners Council through the generous support of 2010 Legacies Now with the following notations:  

Departure location and mode of travel will be determined by the Partners Council (Bus and/or ferry, airplane) Some travel related costs will be the responsibility of the participant (eg. travel from home to and from departure location and meals during travel)

Chaperones will be provided for those applicants age 14-17 years of age. Note: Successful applicants will be required to participate in other SALL related activities (inclusive of a community project, teleconferences, email communications, and other opportunities) conducted throughout the year and must commit to serving as a youth representative on their corresponding Partners Council Regional Committee for a minimum of 1 year ending March 31, 2013.

Application Deadline: 5 pm, Monday, February 13, 2012 *Note: all applications must be received by this date

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Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council

Please complete all sections below: A. Participant information Full Name:

Birth Date:


Current Address (Include Postal Code and Town/City): Email #1:

Email #2:

Phone #1:

Phone #2:

Medical # (Care Card):

Gender: Female __

Male __

Known Medical Conditions: Aboriginal Ancestry:

__First Nations __Non-Status __Inuit __Métis

First Nation/ Métis Chartered Community/ Friendship Centre Affiliation:

Please circle 1 of the 6 Partners Council Regions you live or spend most of your time in:

North West

North East

Vancouver Coastal


Interior Vancouver Island

* Maps can be found on our website: http://www.bcaafc.com/initiatives/asrpa-partners-council

B. Parent/Guardian/ emergency Contact information: Relationship to Applicant:

Name: Current Address: (Include Postal Code and Town/City) Email Address(es): Home Phone:

Mobile or Alternate Phone:

C. Please tell us more about yourself: (You may attach a separate page if more space is needed) 1.

Describe your involvement and personal commitment to sport, recreation and physical activity:


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Tell us about how you are involved in your community or Friendship Centre:


Please list your academic and/or career goals :


a) What new sport, recreation, or physical activity opportunities would you like to see in your community?

b) How do you see yourself involved in making this happen?


a) Will you commit to be an active participant on your Partners Council Regional Committee for 1 year ending March 31, 2013? And to helping out your community in some way (including up to 6 teleconference meetings, email communication, and other opportunities)? __ YES __ NO b) Will you commit to develop and lead a community based project that will promote sport, recreation, or physical activity in your community or Friendship Centre? __ YES __ NO

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Why do you want to be a part of SALL 2012?


Please attach 2 reference letters from an elder, leader, teacher, coach, etc.

D. Declaration - Please reAD: By completing this registration form the applicant is agreeing to the following:    

Availability and commitment to attending the Sport & Active Living Leadership (SALL) initiative as part of G.O.V. 2012 in Nanaimo BC March 20-23, 2012. Applicants between the ages of 14-17 must have parent/guardian permission to attend. Applicant agrees to pay any additional costs that may arise during their time at the conference and while travelling to and during G.O.V. 2012. Applicant agrees to respect all participants and hosts of G.O.V. 2012 and adhere to regulations and standards set by the organizing body and host community. Failure to adhere to regulations and standards will result in participant being removed from the conference and participant will be required to arrange their own travel home, under their own expense.

e. Application Package Checklist __ __ __

Completed Registration Form 2 signed reference letters Attached resume (optional)

F. How to submit Applications and/or Make inquiries: 

Deadline for applications is February 13, 2012 by 5pm

Note: All applications must be received in office by above date (email submissions are recommended)

All applications will be reviewed and selected by the Partners Council Regional Selection Committee.

Applications should be sent to the attention of Joe Akerman via: email to: jakerman@bcaafc.com Fax: 250 388-5502 or Mail: BCAAFC #200 -506 Fort St. Victoria BC V8W 1E6  

Further information on G.O.V. 2012 Conference can be found at: http://www.bcaafc.com/newsandevents/gathering-our-voices

For further inquiries, please call or email:

Joe Akerman, Manager Regional Engagement, ASRPA Partners Council Phone: 250.388.5522 ext. 213| 1.800.990.2432 Fax: 250.388.5502 | Email: jakerman@bcaafc.com Website: www.bcaafc.com/initiatives/asrpa-partners-council Facebook: www.facebook.com/ASRPAPartnersCouncil

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Sasamans Society News November/December, 2011

A wonderful response at KDC Annual Assembly


he Sasamans Society wrapped up 2011 with a positive response from the Kwakiutl District Council Annual Assembly on Dec. 8. Members of the Tribal Council were in favour of having the Sasamans Society take over management of services and two more bands are aiming to join the society. Representatives from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Wedlidi Speck, Chuck Eamer and Deborah Foxcroft

presented information to the Assembly about the Ministry's work and introduced a draft proposal for working with aboriginal organizations. They also publicly shared their support for the work the Sasamans Society is doing. "This acknowledgement of our work appears to have strengthened both our presentation and community support," said Sasamans Society Executive Director Pauline Janyst.

Website Launched!

Community Engagement continues

Extensive information gathering was completed in four communities - the We Wai Kai First Nation, Laichwiltach Family Life Society, Wachiay Friendship Centre and Dzawada'enuxw First Nation - during the last quarter of 2011. The completion of information gathering in the Quatsino First Nation was delayed due to weather and road closures, and is now scheduled to be complete in January. And Whelalau was scheduled for January. Conversations with young people, parents and Elders took place during information sessions, luncheons, family nights and pizza nights for youth. The use of surveys was introduced for people who were not interested or able to participate in dialogues or focus groups. Community-based collaborators and facilitators worked hard to meet the Nov. 30 deadline of gathering information in these first communities. All information collected will be used to help the team at the Sasamans Society in supporting the communities in creating their child and family wellness plan/model that supports the development of healthy families and keeps children out of government care.

The Sasamans Society is thrilled to announce our new website, www.sasamans.ca, was launched Dec. 5. The website will be regularly updated and features everything from our Vision Statement to member profiles. Why not check it out and learn more about the Sasamans Society?

Data analysis now under way

Analysis of the information collected during visits to communities began in November. The analysis will include coding the transcripts from interviews, focus groups and dialogues, as well as a team review of the information, a draft report, a presentation to each community for their input, and much more. The Sasamans Society is hoping to complete reports for the Dzawada’enuwx First Nation, the Laichwiltach Family Life Society, the Wachiay Friendship Centre , and the We Wai Kai First Nation by the end of January.

Sasamans (Our Children) Society Office: 680 Head Start Crescent, Campbell River, BC, V9H 1P0 Phone: 250-914-2212 Fax: 250-914-2215 Toll-Free: 1-888-597-2189

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November/December, 2011

Community approach change to gathering information


ommunity-based collaborators were an essential element for community engagement. The collaborators liaised within the communities, they arranged events, made contact with individuals to arrange for focus groups and individual dialogues and kept the Sasamans Society informed about life within the community and the challenges First Nations families are facing. However due to funding issues and changes to staffing, the Sasamans Society changed its

approach to incorporate the communities' frontline workers in the community engagement process. That means some individuals who were once CBCs have become part of a facilitation team that goes into communities to collect information, with the assistance of a community frontline worker. There are many challenges to face due to unpredictability in weather and community scheduling, but the Sasamans Society is committed to finding solutions to operational challenges.

Sasamans Society values opinions of people formerly in government care The Sasamans Society is engaging young people and adults previously in government care in dialogue services are most needed for children presently in care. As well, they are seeking advice from these members of our communities in order to find out what kinds of things need to be in place in order to keep children out of care in the future. This conversation is also taking place with parents and Elders in our communities. The Sasamans

Society understands the importance of ensuring confidentiality and privacy for those participating in the dialogues, so a poster has been developed to draw the attention of those previously in care. As well, agencies working with youth in care, and their parents, will help the Society get in touch. If anyone is interested please call our toll free # 1888-597-2189 and ask for Terry.

Importance of training as the Sasamans Society continues to reach out to communities Recently, two community-based collaborators, the Sasamans Society`s initiatives coordinator, the policy analyst and the program coordinator participated in the last segment of a three-part training important to the Society`s goal of increasing capacity to consult communities and develop initiatives. The training included: community outreach and recruitment, ethical guidelines and procedures, culturallygrounded facilitation and data collection methods, individual and group interviewing techniques, field and observation notes and analysis and evaluation of findings. Individuals who have been fully trained will be able to mentor other community members in these skills!

The Sasamans Society - Who We Are Sasamans is derived from the Kwak'wala language. It translates to “our children”, which reflects the society`s intention to honour and listen to our children`s voices, consequently the voices of our communities. The Sasamans Society has two roles in aboriginal communities: to focus on supporting our communities in identifying a service plan that meets their needs through an information gathering process, and to develop a strategic plan to introduce the concept of the management of aboriginal services to our communities and what it could look like. Over time this plan would phase out the Ministry of Child and Family Development`s role in the management of aboriginal services (NOT including delegated services, i.e. children in care) The Sasamans Society is charting new waters to provide First Nations and urban aboriginal organizations with the support necessary to shape their vision of a child and family wellness plan and to develop their respective cultural and traditional approaches to keep children out of care.

Sasamans (Our Children) Society Office: 680 Head Start Crescent, Campbell River, BC, V9H 1P0 Phone: 250-914-2212 Fax: 250-914-2215 Toll-Free: 1-888-597-2189

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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! Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Yo! News - 23/01/2012 Page 19


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR JANUARY January 23: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm January 24: TAC (Treaty Advisory Committee) Meeting January 25: Mt. Waddington Health Network: Addictions Service Plan Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at the Port McNeil Community Centre (everyone welcome!) January 27-29: Robert Walkus Memorial Hockey Tournament January 30: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm

FEBRUARY February 2: CCP Dinner @ Elders’ Centre, 5pm February 6: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm February 13: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm February 14: Valentine’s Day February 16: CCP Dinner @ Elders’ Centre, 5pm February 20: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm February 23-26: Harvey Walkus Memorial Tournament February 27-28: Truth & Reconciliation Commission hearings, Port Hardy

MARCH MARCH 3: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Community Healing Feast march 5: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm march 12: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm

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Yo! News - Jan. 23/12  

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

Yo! News - Jan. 23/12  

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

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