Can you help make movies? Name a boat? Read on! We are gearing up for a new project this summer- The Nakwakto Rapids Cultural Tour. This tour is a trip from Port Hardy out to the Rapids and back using the Hook Tender (we still need a much better name for the Band’s boat!!) This tour will use the rapids as its environmental focus but while customers are on board they’ll learn about the culture and history as well.
Y O! NEWS
Feb 6 2012
3 Irene Sheard Update + Misc. Notices 4
Natural Resources + Elders Update
Employment training + from cathy
6 public works + suicide prevention
Customers will have the option of downloading information onto their mobile device (smartphones, iPads etc.) to watch and listen on their own. We will also have a flat screen TV and headphones to watch 4 ten-minute movies. The movies are to help us represent what we want to share. One movie is complete that was sponsored by the Treaty department. It shows the homelands and some of the Band members going there.
patient travel + ministerial guarantees
invitation: EA signing
9-10 VIU ICR fellows program 11
U’mista doug cranmer exhibit notice
12-13 sasamans update 14-15 digital jam invite + reg 16-17
maze + word search
local job postings + money smart kids
20 mark your calendar I am asking for the community’s help to make the other three movies that we require. There are band members with experience making films so I encourage you to ask around and team up to create some- important piece of the Bands equipment. The contest thing that you would like to share with the world!! will end on Feb. 24th. The winning name will receive a full day’s use of the boat with its certified skipper The boat will be taken out of the water in the next few which will include a trip out to see the rapids. It will weeks for some upgrades; Washroom installation, flat also include a $250 donation to a charity or special screen TV, wiring for sound, as well as a fresh coat of interest group (sports teams, cultural groups, Elders paint. This would be a good time to rename the ETC.) on your behalf. Please have fun with this, interact boat so…. with each other and have a conversation about it, you never know where the best name will come from!! Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off to me at the Band office.
We had a CCP meeting to talk about Economic Development last Thursday evening. Thanks to Dorey, Betty, Mary and Bird for coming out, and Jessie Hemphill for organizing it. I shared information about the Nakwakto Rapids Tours, and other plans for future ec dev activities.
Let’s have a contest!!!!
We are looking for a name for our boat. The name must be in Kwa’kwala/Bakwam’kala. It should represent both of the Nations, Gwa’sala and ‘Nakwaxda’xw, and it should be a strong, powerful name. Please work with your Elders and other members of your family and community to come up with a fantastic name for this
There will be more economic development news to come in the weeks ahead.
Conrad Browne Economic Development Officer
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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 email@example.com. 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com / (250) 902-2307 Margaret Bernard, Finance firstname.lastname@example.org / (250) 902-2308 Conrad Browne, Economic Development email@example.com / (250) 902-2301 Pat Dawson-Hunt, Social Development firstname.lastname@example.org / (250) 902-2309 Colleen Hemphill, Treaty email@example.com / (250) 949-8424 Linda Paul, Treaty Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org / (250) 902-2311 Jessie Hemphill, Communications & Exec. Assistant email@example.com / Cell: (250) 902-8221 Lorna Henderson, Housing firstname.lastname@example.org / (250) 902-2304 Nicole McLelland, Natural Resources Manager email@example.com / (250) 902-2310 Fax: (888) 345-5063 Grace Smith, Education firstname.lastname@example.org / (250) 902-2320 Bob Swain, Public Works Cell: (250) 230-0087 Native Courtworker Office (250) 902-2223 Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant email@example.com / (250) 902-2305 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Elders Centre Silena George, Elders’ Coordinator (250) 949-7406 / firstname.lastname@example.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
Update on healing Irene Sheard “Hello all. I want to thank all for prayers for aunty Irene. She is strong through our prayers & knowing we all care & love her. Thanks to those people that helped mom, dad & aunty Hazel with travel arrangement to go see aunty Irene. It is so heartwarming knowing there are caring hearts out there. Sis Sandra thank you so much for being there when aunty got to Nanaimo & for keeping us updated on her condition. I know mom & Hazel were so worried. Thanks to the family members that went to visit her in Nanaimo hospital; Cousins Florence, Jeannie, Florence children, Neff Tommy, Ashley her husband John K. Sr. With the visits it made aunty so much more stronger. Thank you to all the sisters for your support and brother Ernie for his help with travel for mom & aunty Hazel. THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING AUNTY IRENE STRENGTH. Love you all.”
Linda Paul Henderson
feast Scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at the Wakas Hall Call Gary Walkus for more info, 230-2479
Weaving & Jewelry
Cedar Weaving this Friday starting at 10am @ the Elders Building from 10 to 9 pm, with lunch and supper break, Sat. from 10 to 4, Sun. 10 to 4, with Anthony Hunt. Silver Jewelry starting Monday 13 Feb. 10: all week at the Adult Ed. Building. For anyone who interested! Call 949 8343 and sign up at the front desk with Bernadine.
- Pat Dawson Hunt Social Development
FLEA MARKET HARVEY MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER Feb. 20TH 10am-3pm Wakas Hall “I just received a msg fr my sister. Aunty Irene is on her way home by ambulance to port hardy hospital. Such great news. Words can’t express how happy we all are. Thank again to every1 for all yur support. Our parents, Linda and aunty hazel are traveling home as well. Just not sure w/Johnny hvnt heard fr him. Luv u all. ;)”
$5 a table or $2 for additional tables. Drop-in bingo, maybe a poker table depending on interest. Bake sale, toonie sale, raffles, 50/50. There will be a concession available. Lunch for sale for those of you working come check it out on your lunch break :) Contact Gary Walkus for more info or to book your table: 250-230-3852
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Gwabalis Fisheries Group is a new organization created to provide more commercial fishing opportunities for the five nations that are members of the group: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw, Da’naxda’xw, Mamalilikula, Quatsino, and Tlatlasikwala.
I hope your weekend was splendid! There is not a whole lot happening besides the job interviews, which will be taking place tomorrow.
There are training opportunities coming up for members of the five nations, here is the list of courses that will be offered: • • • • • • • •
Small Vessel Operator proficiency training: March 4-8 and 19-22 (in-class training) MED A1: March 13-14 and 27-29 (in-class training) Driver’s Education: Three-day course, dates TBA Radio Operator Marine Commercial: March 9 & 29 Marine basic First Aid: Two-day course, dates TBA Occupational Driver’s Certification: Six-week course, only accepting two applicants. Dates TBA Marine Commercial Fisheries Mentor: March 13-16 Commercial Dive Training
All interested people should submit a Letter of Interest along with your resume to me at the Band Office. For more information you can call me at (250) 949-8343 or nmclelland@ cablercoket.com
I will be also having a family fun night for you Elders and your family at the Elder’s Center this Saturday starting at 5pm. We will play games, eat some food and have fun. My last day of work it Friday February 17th. I will return March of 2013. :) Gilakasla
- Silena George
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EMPLOYMENT From Cathy
North Island College in Port Hardy is now recruiting students for tuition-free employment programs. They have three programs starting in February, March, and April designed to help unemployed people get back into the workforce and under-employed individuals requiring skills upgrading improve their job prospects. A Woodland Harvest Certificate Program will be offered Feb. and is designed for individuals with limited experience, who have a desire to work in the field and gain the fundamental skills to pursue entry level forestry positions. It includes classroom and practical training as well as job readiness and work experience. A Shellfish Aquaculture Technician Program will be offered Mar.12th-Apr.18th and is designed for those interested in entering this aspect of the aquaculture industry. Leadership & Capacity Building for First Nations is an 18-day program starting Apr.2nd-May 30th, and is based on developing essential skills in leadership, communications and relationship building. This program will develop skills important in any workplace and is being instructed by a First Nations individual. Each program is limited to 14 seats which are available on a first come first served basis, so it is important not to wait till the last minute to apply. Tuition and material costs are being funded through the provincial Employment Skills Access (ESA) initiative. Transportation and living allowance remain the participants’ responsibility. lf participants are receiving income assistance, they may continue to do so while receiving training. Yau are eligible for these programs if: • You are unemployed and not currently receiving employment insurance (EI) benefits, and have not received EI in the past 3 years or the past 5 years for a maternity/parental claim. • You are employed with less than 21 hours per week and have not completed high school; • or if you have completed high school, you have no post-secondary education towards a degree/diploma or trade • certificate. For more information please give Barb Groening at North Island College a call at 250-949-7912 ext. 2849 or email Barb.Groening@nic.bc.ca
I would like to acknowledge all our ice hockey players, there are more and more players getting involved and it really does the heart proud to go and watch them play! They’re going into the playoff time of the year now. What really inspires me is seeing how they keep trying, no matter what! They never ever give up! Way to go!
This past weekend, Bob, Justin and I had the honor to watch the Atom Eagles’ Rep hockey team play in a tournament hosted by Campbell River. Braden Walkus and Tianna Walkus play on this team. When we got to the arena in Campbell River they were down 4-1 by the end of the 2nd period. Then, while short-handed, Tianna took it from one end to the other and scored! That was the inspiration for the team! They caught up and, with just 9 seconds left in the 3rd, Tianna scored the winning goal! Their next game they won, which placed them in the Finals. They lost that in shootouts! 2nd place is nice, especially over of how many teams? We then watched the Bantam Eagles play their 1st playoff game. It was an incredible game to watch. Why? The refs were beyond belief, issuing so many penalties, some of which were for 4 minutes even, and many times the Eagles played with just three on the ice. Despite that they retained their lead and won that game! Darryl Coon Jr., Ernest Paul, Harry Paul and George Walkus play on this team. Many more of our fans were there because we were also down to watch the indoor soccer tournament as well. So it was soccer, soccer, hockey, soccer, hockey, hockey, soccer, hockey, soccer all weekend! Congrats to the Sockeye United on their 1st place win! Corey Swain, Darryl Coon Sr. and Rolando King all play for that team. GN United also had a team in, that included Roger Fox, Quinten Coon, Johnny Henderson, Eddie Walkus, Wayne Walkus and Randy Walkus (what Bob and I remember). Eleanor Wilson, Silena George and Crystal Walkus also played but we didn’t get to see any of their games.
- Cathy Swain
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Public Works BY Update BOB SWAIN
WATER RESULTS: The chlorine reading for this week is 0.94, taken at 207 Tsulquate.
Action Group Members Wanted Okay, it’s time, actually, it’s past time, to do something about working together to make change. We don’t want to lose any more loved ones to suicide! I am looking for concerned community members who want to work together and take action against suicide. Essential Suicide Facts:
POTHOLES: A new order has been placed for more pothole mix.
GARBAGE BINS: The Conservation Officer has informed the Band Manager that he won’t come onto the reserve for any wildlife issues (bear/cougar) due to the amount of garbage bins left open.The Band could receive a fine for not making sure that the bins are closed, which we have no funding for. Fox Disposal has installed clips on almost all the bins, the remaining clips should be installed later this week. The purpose of the clips is to keep the lids closed and latched so no wildlife can get into the garbage cans. The Conservation Officer does some random checking of the bins to see if we are keeping them closed. Since the community members don’t make sure that the lids are closed and latched, the Public Works Department goes throughout the community in the morning and late afternoon to close and latch all the bins. The Conservation Officer will also fine anybody they catch dumping garbage by the old school site.
Open & unclipped Bin # Location By out of 25 times 1 Old school site 8 2 New house 11 3 Betty & Dorey 13 4 Bunny Jackson 13 5 Harriet Henderson 11 6 Maggie Jack 12 7 Herb Lancaster 15 8 Ernie & Mary 19 9 Crystal Walkus 7 10 Crystal Walkus 13 11 Lloyd & Shannon 7 12 Chris & Andrea 15
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Suicide is about stopping the pain, it is not about dying. People who talk about suicide mean what they say A non-lethal attempt is serious. Always take a potentially suicidal person seriously Talking to a person about suicide will NOT make them try it. Ignoring painful feelings will not make them go away. A person’s youth does not protect them from suicide.
Let’s work together to show our loved ones that we care. I cannot do this alone, I need YOUR help. We will meet on Wednesday, February 8th at the Health and Family Service Big room at 1:00. Call me at 902-2274 or text me at 230-8191, or of course, Facebook message me if you have questions, etc. Thank you.
-Cathy Swain Mental Health Worker
Bin # 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Location By Chris & Andrea Reno College Band Office Dennis Walkus Wakas Hall Wakas Hall Wakas Hall HFS Gloria Robertson Angela Walkus James Walkus
Open & unclipped out of 25 times 3 13 18 4 10 2 3 2 3 3 11 0
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patient travel I would just like to say I’m off work on Feb.7th & Feb.10th, using some more of my overtime.I also would like to Thank you all who have been keeping in touch with me thru texting, I also am away on March 8th & 9th for Medical. I also want to say that I am very, very happy that Irene is back and same with sis. Jessie. I did tell Irene of all The texts I was getting for her while she was in Nan. God is good and he does answer our Prayers. I’m still waiting to hear from Gerty as she is still in Nan. With Joe. Have been keeping him in prayers also. Like I said I will be off 7th & 10th so if you have travel that needs to be done please bring it up to me today. And also I would like to Personally like to Thank Rob, Ernie & Victor for your help when it is needed for Emergency when our people have to go down and be with family down Island. When our members are sick down Island Family members are good medicine. We all need to be Thankful to the ones who can help out when I can’t help you. As always I follow my travel guidelines. And can only cover for 1 person when someone gets send down, I hope you all understand I’m not doing this to be mean it’s the guidelines I follow. Have a great day to you all. This is our fax number 949-6811 attention Bunny if its travel. And my direct line is 902-2278 if you need to talk to me. Some Birthday Wishes I would like to send out to for Feb. My handsome nephew Daniel for today, and to Tyler. Both have a great day. For tomorrow I would like to wish my cuz Gloria and my little friend Janella a very Special Happy Birthday. On Feb.8th Special Birthday wishes going out to my niece Ravena Coon. Love you all very much. May God richly Bless u on your Special Day. I know I have missed a lot of birthdays but I don’t have my person book with me right now.
Ministerial Guarantees A way for on-reserve band members to get funding for housing... A Ministerial Guarantee (MLG) provides collateral for a loan. It provides security for the lender that, in the case of default, the lender will not lose any money. It can be difficult for community members to get financing for housing construction or mortgages because reserve land is owned by the federal government. Ministerial Loan Guarantees are a requirement to secure most on-reserve housing loans. Programs exist to assist Band Councils or Aboriginal people living on-reserve get financing for the construction, purchase and/or renovation of single-family homes or multiple residential rental properties. Processing a MLG requires the involvement of the First Nation, Financial Institution, CMHC and AANDC.
Feb.15th,Happy Birthday to my friend Mary Have a wonderful Blessed day my friend. Happy Birthday to All the Feb.’s babies. Have a great day!
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GILAKASLA, YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ABORIGINAL EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 FORT RUPERT BIGHOUSE & U’GWAMALIS COMMUNITY HALL 9:30am 9:30am— —1:00pm Please join us for the official signing of the 2nd Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement for School District No. 85. Representatives from Kwakwaka’wakw Nations represented on the First Nations Education Council, the Honourable George Abbott, Minister of Education, and School District representatives will be in attendance. The signing ceremony and celebration will be held from 9:30am – 1:00pm with lunch provided at 12:00 pm in the Bighouse. School groups and general public welcome to attend. *PLEASE BRING YOUR REGALIA* Please RSVP to: email@example.com For more information, please call: Kaleb (250) 949-6618 ext. 2233, cell (250) 230-7750, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR Teresa (250) 949-6618 ext. 2232 or email at email@example.com
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Institute for Coastal Research Fellows Program The VIU Institute for Coastal Research (ICR) has an interdisciplinary research mandate focusing on coastal communities of British Columbia, the Pacific North, and beyond. The ICR works towards synthesizing the bonds between local and academic communities and industry through discussion and research. The aim is to foster interdisciplinary research involving the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities as they relate to coastal study, research and dialogue. The focus is on understanding and promoting the resilience of our coastal social-ecological systems. The ICR mandate includes a range of research, scholarly activities and facilitating functions related to the coast. The ICR recognizes that knowledge, leadership and benefits of collaboration for good coastal resource management exist in academic institutions, the private sector, government, amongst coastal and especially First Nations communities whose traditional connections with the coast provide essential perspectives, and within the not-for-profit sector. Therefore we are pleased to announce a new Vancouver Island University ICR Fellows Program open to any applicant with expertise and/or interest in BC coastal resource management issues. Applications will be received twice each year, March 1 and October 1. Each fellowship opportunity is for up to one year in length. Up to $2500 is available per fellowship. (Successful candidates who are external to VIU will receive Visiting Scholar designation, which includes library access and other privileges). As an interdisciplinary program we encourage submissions from collaborators from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities disciplines. (In the humanities, this could include, for example: creative writing or the visual arts).
The Opportunity - ICR Aquatic Foods Initiative (AFI): We are initially seeking an individual who is interested in research or other activity that will help further the objectives of the ICR Aquatic Foods Initiative. The Aquatic Foods Initiative is a new ICR program whose mandate is to: “develop strategies that increase the economic, cultural, social and ecological values of BC’s aquatic food resources. Approaches to be taken by the Aquatic Foods Initiative will feature: 1) applied and interdisciplinary research; 2) engagement with First Nations and coastal communities, stakeholder groups, industry, government, researchers and others; and 3) a strong emphasis on the relationship between aquatic food resources and the well‐being and resilience of coastal social‐ecological systems Seafood has sustained BC First Nations for millennia, and more recently, the modern seafood industry (both capture and farming) has played key roles in the evolution of both BC coastal and First Nations communities and economies. Today, demand for marine protein is growing at an unprecedented rate, but there are complex social, ecological, economic, and governance issues challenging the development of this resource in BC.
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A recent two-day ICR 2011 Symposium (November 2011) drew 150 delegates from industry, government, NGO, First Nations and academic sectors to discuss opportunities in BC’s seafood economy across five cross-cutting themes: markets and trade, environment and sustainability, culture and society and food security and health. An AFI strategic plan is now being developed to guide activity over the next few years. The AFI Fellow will play a contributing role in helping deliver results within this new program.
ICR Fellowship Benefits This is a competitive fellowship and the successful applicant will receive the following benefits: Designation as a Visiting Scholar Up to $2500 to cover time and expenses
ICR Fellowship Expectations: As project team members, the ICR Fellows will be expected to: Undertake directed research or other activity within the mandate of specific programs as described Communicate and, where appropriate, collaborate with ICR team members Participate in and support ICR events where possible Produce a final report on your involvement as an ICR Fellow Include ICR acknowledgement in all products related to ICR projects Deliver one public presentation about the Fellow’s research or activity during a VIU campus ‘lunch and learn’ event
To apply: Please send CV, cover letter, names and contact information for 3 references and a maximum 2-page concept paper to: Michele Patterson, AFI Program Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org, by March 1, 2012. The concept letter should address the expectations outlined above and contain: Description of your interest and involvement in BC’s Aquatic Foods sector Proposed project objectives, approach and methodology Clear explanation of activity, deliverables and timelines for the project Funding amount requested and budget justification Explanation of how the proposed contributions will contribute to the development of the AFI program For more information on the AFI program, please see: www.viu.ca/icr or contact Michele Patterson at 250-740-6296 or by email at: email@example.com
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Sasamans Society News January 2012
Moving forward in 2012 - What's new this month It`s been a busy January for the Sasamans Society, with visits to both the Quatsino First Nation and the Whe-la-la-U Area Council in Alert Bay. Two facilitators from the Sasamans Society spent several days in Quatsino, meeting with parents and youth. They then traveled to Alert Bay to have dialogues with elders and parents. Meeting with the public and hearing the questions, stories and concerns from the constituents is a vital part of what the Sasamans Society does, as it works towards the goal of collaborating with communities to identify needs and create plans to keep aboriginal children out of government care. The Sasamans team is currently hard at work on draft reports about the team`s findings in three communities: The Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet, the Wachiay Friendship Centre and the Laichwiltach Family Life Society. The first report, about Kingcome Inlet, will form the basis of how future reports are completed.
Once the draft reports are complete, representatives of the Sasamans Society will go into the communities to do a presentation on the findings, and to seek people, including youth, parents, elders and frontline workers, to participate in a community committee. That committee will go through the draft report, and with the support of the Sasamans Society, will identify needs in the community and gaps in service, in order to work together to keep children out of care. The Society is aiming to have the draft reports and community visits done for the Wachiay Friendship Centre, the We Wai Kai First Nation, the Laichwiltach Family Life Society and the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation done by the end of March. It`s going to be a busy last quarter for the Sasamans Society.
Visit planned to Dzawada'enuxw First Nation Feb. 8 - 10 Two Sasamans Society representatives are planning to visit the community of Kingcome Inlet, home of the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation, from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 to have a dialogue with community members to discuss how they, as a community, keep children out of care. Because of the remote location of Kingcome Inlet, the visit will only take place if weather permits. Community members will hear details about planned meetings and events via CB radio once they become available. The Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet is an isolated community with travel in and out by seaplane or by boat. 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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Reaching out to young people and adults who have been in care
The Sasamans Society is hoping to hear from young people and adults who have previously been in government care. The Society wants to hear what these community members think children currently in care could most benefit from. To get in contact with the Society, please call Terry at 250-914-2212. Privacy will be respected and honoured.
A look at what the term 'non-delegated services means for the Sasamans Society
The Sasamans Society's long-term aim is to provide Aboriginal services currently provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development in aboriginal communities in the North Island area. Referred to as "Indigenous Approaches,' aboriginal communities are taking the lead in developing and delivering services for their children and families, and ensuring that those services are rooted in traditions and customs. There are 15 contracts in B.C. with First Nations and Societies, so the movement towards child and family wellness plans conceived by First Nations for First Nations is happening throughout the province. The Sasamans Society's mandate is to plan for and govern a North Island Aboriginal Child and Family Service system that will service both communities as well as urban aboriginal organizations. However, the services that Sasamans Society will provide will not include 'delegated' services currently provided by the Ministry. Delegated services refer to guardian ship, resources development and child protection. Watch for February’s newsletter for more information on delegated agency roles. The Sasamans Society's goal is to provide the non-delegated piece of the puzzle. The level of service in aboriginal communities varies widely, so gaps in service need to be first identified, and then addressed. However, non-delegated services include everything from mental health services for youth, youth probation, family support counselling, and trauma counselling and family violence workers. Working with individual communities to determine which services are needed and required is the important first step the Sasamans Society is taking. Communities will be served in a manner that respects cultural traditions and community members will be the ones who work with the Sasamans Society to create the service model that best suits the needs of their own community.
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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Job Title : Barista
J o b P o s t i ngs
Company Name : North Coast Backpackers Date Posted : 2/2/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Details : PT or could be FT position if desired. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Duties include make special teas/ coffees, serve customers, cashier and closing. Must have “FOODSAFE’ certificate & experience. To start ASAP. Contact : Apply in person with resume, Rob or Savannah, 101-8636 Granville Street
Job Title : Server
Company Name : Sporty Bar & Grill Date Posted : 1/31/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Details : Duties related to serving customers. Experience an asset but not necessary. Available immediately. Contact : Apply to Walter by Fax: 250-949-8894 or in person 7800 Market Street
Job Title : Boomman/ Deckhand
Company Name : DH Timber Towing Ltd Date Posted : 2/1/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Coal Harbour Salary : $30.41/ hr + benefits Details : Operate dozer boats and winders. Deckhand on tugboat. Must have experience on all plus MED, ROCM and Marine First Aid courses. Require caulk boots, vehicle and DL. Contact : Apply to DH Timber by fax 250-949-9886 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Title : Maintenance Worker
Company Name : Town Park Apartments Date Posted : 2/1/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Salary : $15/ hr Details : Repair & upkeep of 71-unit complex; minor electrical & plumbing repairs. Must be team player; have good working knowledge of general home repairs & maintenance; You are reliable & honest. Apply with references. Phone for interview appt. Contact : Marg - Phone: 250.902.0677
Job Title : Kitchen Prep & Delivery
Company Name : Sporty Bar & Grill Date Posted : 1/31/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Details : Kitchen prep and delivery driver needed. Experience is an asset but not necessary. Must have valid DL, but vehicle is provided. Position available immediately. Contact : Apply to Walter by Fax: 250-949-8894 or in person 7800 Market Street
Job Title : Admin Assistant
Company Name : Pacificus Biological Services Ltd Date Posted : 1/30/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Details : Applicants must have strong customer service, communication and computer skills and have operating knowledge of office technologies. Multi-tasking and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team are essential. Contact : Submit resume, cover letter & references to email@example.com by Fri. Feb.17, 2012 (Attn: Jen Russell)
Job Title : Fisheries Technologist
Company Name : Pacificus Biological Services Ltd Date Posted : 1/30/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Details : Applicants must have a technical diploma or bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences. This person will work with senior staff to assist with field projects and office activities. Valid BC driver’s licence are required. Contact : Submit resume, cover letter & references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Fri. Feb.17, 2012 (Attn: Jen Russell)
Job Title : Fisheries Biologist
Company Name : Pacificus Biological Services Ltd Date Posted : 1/30/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Details : Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences and previous field experience in coastal BC. This person will design and undertake fish and fish habitat field evaluations, manage projects, supervise field crews, and Contact : Submit resume, cover letter & references to email@example.com by Fri. Feb.17, 2012 (Attn: Jen Russell)
Job Title : Relief Housekeeper/ Chef
Company Name : Great Bear Nature Tours Date Posted : 1/24/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Details : As Relief Housekeeper/Chef, you will work as the Chef when the FT Chef has days off, and the Housekeeper when the FT Housekeeper has days off. Please email a cover letter and resume with 3 references. Complete details at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact : Email materials to Marg Leehane or Adele de Wit at email@example.com.
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Job Title : Front Office
Company Name : Great Bear Nature Tours Date Posted : 1/24/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Details : You will have responsibility for operating the office 5 days per week with some weekend work required from April to mid October. Please email a cover letter and resume with 3 references. Complete details at firstname.lastname@example.org Contact : Email materials to Marg Leehane or Adele de Wit at email@example.com.
Job Title : Adult Resource Worker
Company Name : North Island Community Services Date Posted : 1/23/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Details : This position will be part-time Monday-Friday. A valid driver’s licence and reliable vehicle are required. A Criminal Record Check. Applicants must have Community Support Cert. or equivalent education and experience. Contact : North Island Community Services Box 1028 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 or phone 250.956.3134
Job Title : Marine Mechanic
Company Name : Triport Marine Date Posted : 1/23/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Up to $30/ hr DOE Details : Repair & rebuild inboard & outboard engines and drives. Must be certified in Mercury or Evinrude. You have knowledge in all aspects of boat repair and are physically fit. Require steel toe boots. Contact : Please Fax resume to 250.949.6251 with attention Jim
All postings from www.niefs.net North Island Employment Foundations Society
Money-Smart Kids Want to give your kids some money sense? This great book, “Money-Smart Kid$” by Gail Vaz-Oxlade (published by Collins, 2011) has some great advice about how to make sure your kids grow up with good money habits. Some of the tips in the book are: •
You should give your kids a regular allowance, instead of just giving them money whenever they ask for it. That way they are forced to save up for things they want.
If you do give allowance, set some expectations for how your kids will spend it. Ideally they should divide it in three, one part to save, one part to share/donate, and one part to spend.
Take the time to talk about money with your children. Show them how you save up for big-ticket items, and value even the small change around your house.
Set up bank accounts with your kids, and talk to them about the importance of keeping track of their expenses (and their bank card!)
When your child is old enough, it’s good to start building their credit by getting a credit card with a very small limit, and helping them stay on top of payments.
Make sure you teach your kids the importance of savings. Even a small amount, like $5 a week, will go a HUGE way to having a healthy savings account when they get older. If your child has a hard time saving his or her money, you could offer to match whatever they save, 50%/50%. This could be a good way to save money for school clothes, or a new computer.
Talk to your kids about the difference between “needs” and “wants” and help them prioritize their needs.
Gail talks about some rules to remember, including: Remember your children are always watching you • It’s just as easy to learn bad habits as good ones • Explain everything you’re doing • What goes around comes around • Keep it simple • Routine is your friend • Know when to let go! What are some of your money-smart habits? Let us know on the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Facebook page!
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR FEBRUARY February 6: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm February 7 : Emergency Management Committee meeting, 10-11am Wakas Hall February 8: Claire Trevena’s Community Office Open-House, 2pm @ Robert Scott February 10-12: Cedar weaving @ Elders’ Centre (10am-9pm Fri, 10-4 Sat & Sun) February 11: Family Fun Night @ Elders’ Centre February 13: Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Council Meeting, 3pm. Week of jewelry classes starts. February 14: Valentine’s Day February 16: CCP Dinner @ Elders’ Centre, 5pm February 17: Digital Jam @ Alert Bay
February 20: Flea Market, Wakas Hall 10am-3pm, 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, Sarah Walkus’ 90th Birthday! march 16: UBC Museum of Anthropology Opening Reception for Doug Cranmer exhibit
Every Thursday: Fitness classes with Andrea, 6pm
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