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COUNCIL NOMINEE INTERVIEWS Starting on page 5

JUNE 11 2012

NEWS Once again the Yo! News brings you interviews with this term’s council nominees! Silena George went around during the weekend to ask the following questions: 1. What qualifies you to be a leader? 2. How are you a role model to others? 3. What would you like to accomplish in the next few years? 4. How would you make sure to know the concerns of the community members? 5. What portfolios are you most interested in? 6. How much time can you devote? 7. What are some of the positive things you’ve done for our community? 8. What is your personal motto? 9. Any additional comments you would like to add? Here are the answers of (in alphabetical order): • Eddie Charlie • Sandra Charlie • Ricky Coon • Grace Smith • Cathy Swain • Bob Swain • Gary Walkus • Terry Walkus

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PUBLIC WORKS & MISC. NOTICES FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT REPORT COUNCIL NOMINEE INTERVIEWS GN SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY PICS TRUST MEETING AGENDA + PROCESS NOTICE OF ELECTIONS MCH UPDATE BULLYING NAIL HEALTH BYLAW 1994.08 DOG CONTROL LOCAL JOB POSTINGS VOTING WORD SEARCH MARK YOUR CALENDAR

TRUST ALL-BAND MEETING

POSTPONED TO JULY 18 See inside for more details… PRAYERS FOR OUR AUNTY IRENE!!! ALSO FOR OUR MOM & AUNTY HAZEL. WE LOVE YOU ALL! THANKS TO THOSE WHO WERE @ THE SERVICE AT THE HOSPITAL ON SUNDAY. AUNTY IRENE APPRECIATES THE CARE & LOVE YOU SHOWED HER. I AM SORRY AUNTY I DIDN'T MAKE IT. I WAS TRYING TO GET BACK TO HARDY ON TIME.

We were unable to interview: Norman Charlie Sr., Rebecca Charlie, Wade Charlie, Darryl Coon, Dodie Rufus, Alvin Walkus Jr., Blanche Walkus, Buddy Walkus, Darlene Walkus, Betty Walkus, Mildred Walkus and Victor Walkus Sr. Please note that responses are not edited for spelling or other mistakes.

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TOM & LINDA HENDERSON Apologies to Mary Giesbrecht for an error in the last Yo! News – Mary is NOT retiring this year! (thank goodness J )

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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 email 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 / paddywalkus@gmail.com Ernie Henderson: (250) 230-4198 Health & Social Development, Housing, Fisheries, Education, Ec. Dev., Treaty, Personnel and Finance Portfolios Crystal Walkus: (250) 230-4649 Ec. Dev., Personnel & Policies, 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) 902-0550 Fax: (888) 345-5063 Grace Smith, Education grace.smith176@gmail.com / (250) 902-2320 Bob Swain, Public Works bswain4@telus.net / 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

Gary Walkus: (250) 230-3852 Health & Social Development & Ec. Dev. Portfolios Robert Walkus: (250) 230-2155 Education Portfolio Victor Walkus: (250) 230-2335 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

Janine Sheard, Elders’ Coordinator (250) 949-7406 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 www.gwanak.bc.ca Eke Me-Xi School (250) 949-8332

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THE FIRST NATIONS SUMMIT MEETING:

considered to improve the Loan Policy for those tables that are actively negotiating (such as ours) also seek to improve the loan policy to bring inactive negotiation tables back “up to speed”.

A Focus On Treaty Negotiations

Your negotiation team just returned from a First Nations Summit Meeting held at Vancouver from June 6 to June 8. First Nations from across BC gathered to address their common issues of concern, learn about programs and initiatives available as well as what will affect us all in the future. Today, I would like to give a brief summary of the portion of the meeting that focused on Treaty. The meeting lasted three days and focused entirely on Treaty discussions the first day. After reports from Summit Task Group representatives a main topic arose: The Jim Lornie Report. This report comes from more than a year of 63 interviews with First Nations involved with Treaty Negotiations across the Province; the aim of the Federally appointed initiative was to determine barriers in treaty Negotiations. “Why are there only 3 Final Agreements completed during 20 years of Treaty Negotiations in BC ?”. The report addresses this concern and recommends changes that the Federal Government should undertake to see positive changes and speed up the process. There is a need for a change in the Federal approach to “recognition and certainty”. We First Nations will not accept extinguishment of our rights and title in our territories. Lornie states that the government must address and change their/this position if they hope to do “business with First Nations”. The “loan policy” portion of BCTC funds used to negotiate a treaty must change. “ Why should we have to repay a loan to negotiate for land that is ours?” This issue has been at the forefront of negotiation agenda’s since negotiations began. The Lornie Report sought to address the matter through recommending that “incentives” be PAGE 3

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The concern of lack of fish negotiations at the Tables due to the Cohen Commission of Enquiry was highlighted. The question, “… why should Fish negotiations go completely on “hold” while an enquiry is done on one species, (sockeye), in one area, the Fraser River?” Lornie recommends that stocks outside the sockeye and areas outside of the Fraser R., be at the negotiation table…. there are many other species beside sockeye that need to be discussed as well as training and capacity building to help communities return back to a fishery oriented way of life. The above are three main recommendations, the Lornie Report has several more that must be addressed to revitalize treaty negotiations in BC including: Status of Land, Fiscal matters, Incremental Treaty Agreements, Cost Sharing agreements between Canada and BC. Our Chiefs at the Summit reflected on the Lornie Report and recommended that three of the topics listed above serve as a focus for treaty tables and that a Common Table, (the joint organization made up of representative treaty tables from across BC) develop a plan to meet directly with the Federal Government to implement the recommendations made. The Chiefs agreed that the time is now to have a united front if we are to protect our lands, “ We gotta think like owners, if we are to protect and do business in our lands!” said Rod Naknakin of the Hamatla Treaty Society. The above represents a small portion of the Meeting which is held three times yearly on the territories of the Squamish. I will give more info on topics of concern to all of us in future editions of Yo News. Gila kasla!

COLLEEN HEMPHILL, CHIEF NEGOTIATOR

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PUBLIC WORKS

TICKETS FOR SALE:

WATER RESULTS: The chlorine reading in our water system this week is 0.72 which was collected at our College.

Still have tickets:

SKILLS FOR SUCCESS PROGRAM: This year the Band has applied to work with NIEFS on the Skills for Success Program. It was posted on our Facebook page for community members to see. There was one community member who had applied for training and is currently in the program. Jackson Walkus is the successful applicant and will start working with me on June 18, in the Public Works Department.

1st prize: 32 INCH FLAT SCREEN T.V. 2nd prize: 3.2 CUBIC FT. FRIDGE 3rd priize: VIDEO MP3 PLAYER 4th prize: VIDEO MP3 PLAYER DRAW DATE CHANGED TO AUGUST 4th, 2012. FUNDRAISING FOR A FEAST ON AUGUST 30, 2012 LINDA PAUL HENDERSON 250-527-0073 ELIJAH CHARLIE 250-949-6530 HEALTH & FAMILY SERVICES 250-9498131 (CHRISTIE)

STREET LIGHTS: If you notice any street lights that are burnt out, PLEASE let me know so I can contact BC Hydro to have it replaced.

Happy father’s day to “Norman C.” Sr. I hope you’ll have a blessed day

BOB SWAIN

Happy Birthday to “Baby Bears” ~ Ashley Love Auntie Jeanie + Kids

With lots of love from Clarence, Thlia, Jr, Adadz’, Judy Leanne.

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EDDIE CHARLIE

HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? Being careful in what we say and do. always careful in day to day choices.

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? To help others in time of need

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? Careful with wht is said and how I present myself to others

Housing, learn more on treaty process, educate myself more on governance roles & responsibilities

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS?

I would like to see housing issues addressed&touch up more on treaty

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? Present myself more to the community&Elders and to help out the ones in need

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? Housing/Health/Forestry/Treaty

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? 100%of my time and to try do the best I can

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? ive met alot goals on housing issues and also earned alot of trust from our people

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I believe we could go along ways in making changes if we ALL work together as ONE

SANDRA CHARLIE WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? What qualifies me as a leader is, i do have good organizational skills. whether its, community events, compassionate, good leadership is my interest.

Make myself more available to our ppl. find resolutions to things that can be resolved.

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? I would love to go back to housing, treaty, education, forestry

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? The last time we gave it all our best. everything we had we done our best to help out.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? Community events. i think just being there the best we can for our ppl is the most anyone can offer.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO? Wanting to see changes, some changes i beleive it can happen but working together at same level to make it work in the best interest for our community.

WADE CHARLIE

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? My Past experiences (work wise, as well as social), My strong Cultural Background ,My Passion to LISTEN and do what is right for” OUR PEOPLE” as well as My Vision to lead our people into a better and healthier way of living.

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RICKY COON

projects I also guide and teach community members about our rich culture and traditions.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

RICKY DECLINED TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS AND WROTE THIS STATEMENT INSTEAD:

I would like to do an in depth Social/ moral/ practical inventory of what our people need, So that we can be a strong, educated, healthy and independent community.

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? I will pay respects and take direction from our Ninogaad and community members. I will take time out of my personal life to actually PAY ATTENTION AND ADDRESS WHAT OUR PEOPLES NEEDS ARE.

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? I would be most interested in EDUCATION, HEALTH, CULTURAL, NATURAL RESOURCES,

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? Whatever is necessary to address what needs to be addressed?

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? In the past I have run summer day camps (some kids that are in their late teens and early 20 s still approach me to this day and say:” do you remember when you took us to Victoria for the year end trip?, I was part of the Hall Committee who helped save the hall from being closed, I reestablished the right to play bingo in our community after our license was taken away .I created a language Nest .Every year I hunt and gather food for our Elders.

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If I were elected to council, my contribute to a better community would be communication with our community, and staying on the same page, working together with our team as a whole(C & C, band employees and first and foremost our community).I would address housing and push for General meetings to let the community know what directions we are heading. Our Housing Committee I had established has come a long way and is stronger than ever thanks to the communities support and believing that we can get the job done, we had received or will be receiving funds from the Government, from my understanding we have to come up with a Strategic Housing Plan, our housing committee would dedicate our time to putting forward a secure five year plan with the assist of our band employees. Housing is always a sensitive subject but I truly feel we have made progress this year and much more progress coming up in the very near future. Forestry peeks an interest being that we have no commitment to my understanding. Our fisheries department I would have great interest as well because of the fact that we have had progress this year with such opportunity for community members to actually fish 1 of our 8 licenses. This year was the first year a community member was granted our halibut license with three of our own working it. I feel with the backing and opportunity that Aero trading gave us this year is far none better then we have received from any other company bidding for our license. I think we set the bar with our Halibut license this year. I feel we have much job opportunity in many different aspects ranging from our Trust to economic development, as I’ve seen on our Yo news much job creation from many departments, but what concerns me is hiring of others without it being tendered out to the community. I know we have qualified

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community members with degrees who can play very important roles in our community. I know this because I keep in contact with many off reserve community members, and have a number of their resumes. Education I have noticed lacks support for many of our members who are off trying to better their lives to receive education and perhaps our community can benefit from their education if they so choose to come back and work for our community. When I was a child growing up here we had the hall to go to for sports, it almost seems like our children are put in the back burner for recreation, it would be nice to put our thinking caps on to perhaps revive our old hall which I’m aware is underway. Our net loft has a lot of empty space that could be of good use. I say this because we have young inspiring carvers who could use a place they could call their own, after all it was the birthplace of our 2 beautifully designed totem poles. There are so many precious memories that these building have with our community, I realize not one person can fix this community, but I feel there are probable solution too many of these situations we find our self’s in. I am certain with the intelligence that sits within our community and band employees there are many solutions that could be corrected within our community. There is something I have noticed over the years with some new council that get elected, this is just my opinion but they have a change of demeanour, there is this false sense of power they walk with. I would like to keep my feet on the ground and remember who put me there. I believe we can truly make a difference in this community if we work together, and I’m not just talking about our chief and council. Only way we can truly make a difference is if we do it together as a community. Thank you for your support Ricky Coon

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110% in everything that I do, whether it be work, play, or having fun. I am friendly, caring, honest, reliable, fair and compassionate. I come from a strong leadership setting as Sally Bruce (nee: Nolie) is my mother and Johnny Nolie is my grandfather who is from Blunden Harbour and was known for his leadership qualities and rich cultural knowledge. Mom has taught me to be a strong and proud individual in her teachings and stories of where our people come from and how strong we were and continue to be.

HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? I treat everyone exactly the way that I want to be treated, with respect and integrity. I lead an active life, hunting, fishing, spending good quality time with family, especially outdoors. I teach my children to be respectful and to also respect themselves, as well as to do nice things for people, without reward.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? I first have to learn about what has been happening on council and become more familiarized with the council setting, seeking advise from current council members. One of the things that I would like to see happen is that we have our own high school here on reserve, to continue to foster our students through their secondary years. I’d like to see more students and members going off to colleges and universities, whether it be distant education or on-campus. I’d like to see a more positive environment in our community.

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? I’d attend various community/family meetings that are held, especially with our Elders as our Elders are our true leaders.

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be one that I am most interested in as this is my background.

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? As much time as required, I will have a lot to learn! I would have to juggle my time a bit though, having a full-time job.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? It’s minute compared to what my community has done for me. I bake for various community events and fundraisers. When my family and I hunt or fish, we share our “catch”.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO? Give it your 110% percent. Always treat people with respect and kindness. Get both sides of the story before forming an opinion.

CATHY SWAIN

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? My whole life experience, I’ve been down and out, and addicted to alcohol and marijuana which I‘ve been able to overcome, thanks to the support of family and friends.. I’ve experienced negative treatment but have been able to get out of it, how? By listening to what others cared to share and taking what was given to help me become a strong and healthy person. I’ve gone down the road to suicidal thoughts, and been able to recover from that, with the help of the people that God sent to help me. I’ve experienced a great loss that I was able to handle due to the love and support of family, church family, and community members. The grief I still feel makes me strong enough to go on, to do whatever I can to carry on the memory of loved ones we’ve lost. That grief for loved ones lost has made it easier for me to understand others and what heartache and pain they’re experiencing. Parents, children, friends, we’ve lost so much, but, together we’ve all been able to go on! Together we can do this! PAGE 8

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HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? Ever since I realized that I am reaching the age of becoming an Elder I have really begun to work toward being everything that I see in our Elders….generous, kind, caring, compassionate, loving, helpful - just to name a few. I also go back to how I see our very young children are - they are generous, kind, caring, compassionate, loving, helpful too. What happened in between? In my life, tragic losses happened, effects of residential school affected my life, and that of my children. Racism occurred, and life can suck, but you know? But, we go on, together we can do this! Together we work to achieve whatever is desired, to be a proud people once again!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? I would like to see our community become more outspoken, to let us all know what it is they want to work together and to work toward doing whatever it takes to be happy and healthy. Working together toward becoming more content, to work together at being at peace within ourselves. Our people need to be heard, and the biggest thing that I see holding us back is that we don’t have enough General meetings. Wouldn’t it be nice to have so many General meetings and handle all our problems and get to the point where we are just getting together to visit? Where everyone feels comfortable to attend meetings?

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? At times people are hesitant to speak out for themselves, maybe they can speak for someone else at first. I’m not afraid to sit down and chat with anyone. For myself, I get that way because I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings….but if we get together on a regular basis and talk then maybe more of their concerns can come out. General meetings are one way, Facebook is another great place to stay in touch with our community members and I have a pretty good connection with many of our community members through it. I am also available through texting and have never hesitated to put my cell phone number out there.

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I am most interested in supporting our children, whether it be in health or in education. Health is emotional, physical, mental and spiritual and our families need all the support they can get in this, especially in fighting for our children. Education is something I know that I need to honor more, and encourage more of our youth to get into it. In this day and age, the more education we get the better. When I was in school at Vancouver, they cautioned us to not come home and start telling everyone how to do things, that, just because we’ve learnt things doesn’t mean we know more. We need to be respectful. Our Elders are the ones we need to listen to. They need to be able to share their wisdom with us, I would like to push for that to happen.

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I have always tried to be respectful, of course there are times when I slip, we are all only human. Thank you for your understanding on this. I truly do care for our community and where it’s going and would love to be your representative at Council level. Please get out and vote.

BOB SWAIN WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? I know of the community’s struggles and would strive to make it a better place to live in.

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? When I was on Council before I attended pretty much all the meetings as requested (I also know that they‘re scheduled for Mondays at 3:30). I normally work until 3:30 anyway, so being available at that time would be no problem. I strongly believe that it is important to recognize AND honor the rest of Council’s time so I have always tried to be there on time and I do give my FULL attention to the meeting. A band councillor should be available at any time, and that is what I pledge. There are times when I would be out of town, but I am always available through texting.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU'VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? Supported any and all our people whenever they’re in need. I am thankful that Bob has allowed me to (when I didn’t have a job he supported me in having soup nights, or bringing food to events such as feasts, gatherings, funerals, church events). We attend pretty much all events that are hosted by our offices, taking part and encouraging others to attend. By living an alcohol and drug-free life, I know that people can and do feel confident enough to talk with me about their problems and we work together to find a way to solve their problems. I use texting and Facebook as a way to support and encourage others who are having struggles in their lives.

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HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? I don’t drink or do drugs, I work toward being an understanding person.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? To work toward getting all our policies updated and out of being just in Draft Form. And to get community members educated and working.

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? I would be available to hear about their concerns and issues by continuing to attend community functions that would open the door for them to speak with me. I would give out my phone number for texting, as well as going on Facebook to see if there are concerns mentioned there.

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? Education, economic development, treaty and be available for any other portfolios as requested.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU'VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? I finished putting the roof on the Big House which was near Tsulquate park in the mid 1980s. The funding ended but the materials were still there to finish the roof so I began working on finishing it on a voluntary basis and late Fred Hanuse decided to help. We worked together and then more community members began to help. After we finished it, the band found some monies to pay us! We’ve had soup nights in our home to help feed community members who may have been having hard times. Currently, I am working on a community Emergency Plan to help the community in the event of a natural disaster. I am also active in our current Housing Committee. I’ve also been involved in Treaty meetings, Comprehensive Community Planning and Economic Development meetings.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO? Do your best in everything that you do!

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I would consider it an honor to represent the community at the Council level. I would like to see more general meetings on a regular basis, to be able to hear and address some of concerns that may come up.

BETTY WALKUS

What qualifies me as a leader? I have 61 years of my life to get to where I am today, Trials and Tribulations made me strong and taught me to redirect my thinking and heart to a better direction. The yearning of knowledge in the way of our ancestors life allowed me to have the knowledge of our culture. I am able to study the past so it help me with how to move forward in the future, not to stay stuck in one stop. I am a mover and love to see my vision and dreams come true. I worked in education for 26 years in different areas, Teachers Aid, Home School Coordinator and Culture, I've also participated in many Committees, Child Care, Housing, Language, Ninogad Committee, First Nation to the Board, Foster Parent, I worked with youths in all areas, self esteem workshops, acting, also PAGE 10

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worked with education staffs and health to put young parents class together. I always stayed in those commtiees until they were desolved for what ever reasons. My personal motto to is to continue to encourage Strength, Courage, Pride, Respect, Empowerment, Eaqualiy, and continuing encouraging Education in our community and all our people outside our reserves,

GARY WALKUS

WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER? Within the last 4 years I have learned alot, and know that this position as an elected member by the community, is and has been by alot of trust and respect from those who put us in our positions, the leader part comes in as i understand is to work with our WHOLE community and not picking and choosing who we work with on all situations not just certain portfolios, i hold two in the last couple years but have been involved with others in alot of situations

HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? This is something important to me i grew up with alot of role models and in my life i am trying hard to live life on the straight road, and getting alot of projects going for our community with cultural projects and seen a huge improvement and involvement, i cant really say i am a role model but do try so hard to be respectful and work in a positive direction with all i do for our community

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? In the next years to come is to continue working with our parents fighting to get their kids back and to continue working with our community

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with all their concerns i know not all i can help fix but i do try my hardest to help

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? Speaking to the community directly with their concerns has worked the best to fully understand their concerns and take all conversations to heart and take this to all levels needed

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?

everyone has the voice, but some are shy to do so, i take that in echo of their words to be brought out where needed

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? My thoughts of being in this position is that i thrive and work at doing whats needed for our community from our youngest needs to our oldest thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts Gilakasla

I do hope and pray if i do get back in to keep the child and welfare portfolio, along with ec dev and recreation, also stated i do get involved in pretty well others as well

TERRY WALKUS WHAT QUALIFIES YOU TO BE A LEADER?

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? I know that this is a very open position and stated to alot of people in need that my time is there at any time and have always tried to keep open minded even early hours to late at night i don’t turn my phone off and i also know i have been busy with work but have worked out alot of time to deal with my position as council

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? There has been bit of projects i have helped with in our culture committee it has been who we are of a rich cultural back round in all our families in all of the gwasala nakwaxdaxw nations. And to help bring the heritage and background and also learning myself. Also have been part of some planning to help get kids back into our community that have been taking away by the ministry which everyone knows is such a great feeling working with them and seeing the smiles as they have their children in their arms again

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I have been in Council for a long time and I know what our people need

HOW ARE YOU A ROLE MODEL TO OTHERS? I feel that I support our youth and fight for stuff they need such as hockey or soccer

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS? I would like to see our housing situation get better and also the return of our kids in care

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE SURE TO KNOW THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS? In the years before I have always listened to the community members and brought their concerns to the table

WHAT PORTFOLIOS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN? Housing and child welfare because I believe these 2 are the most we have trouble in

HOW MUCH TIME CAN YOU DEVOTE? I have devoted most of my time in the past i won’t change that

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE THINGS YOU’VE DONE FOR OUR COMMUNITY? Well i had a hand in most sporting activities being paid for, for our kids providing they attended school and also spoke up for our people in housing

POLE RAISING Monday, June 4, 2012

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO? Listen to all community members concerns and bring it up to the table when asked to

ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? I would just like to say that I wish all candidates good luck and if i don’t make it in as councilor, that the new council listen to the people and thank you.

YOUR LAST CHANCE TO VOTE IS TOMORROW, JUNE 12, FROM 8AM TO 8PM AT THE GWA'SALA'NAKWAXDA'XW ELDERS’ CENTRE!

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EKE ME-XI UPDATE

picture of Stu Goldsbury and his wife working on the floor:

Recently the Eke Me-xi School had Ross Hunt Sr. visit to share his knowledge about traditional art and culture with the students. Ross, along with Thomas Wamiss Jr. and Walter Brown, are helping the students come up with a mural for the school that will reflect the First Nations identity of the school and make it more recognizable in the community. Here is a picture of Ross and the students: And here’s a picture of Clifford Roper with one of the soon-to-be badminton uprights:

We are excited to be able to bring elders into our classroom to visit and inspire the students. Here’s Di Bell with Keisha Jonson, making cinnamon buns:

We’re almost finished the school year and we want to say a huge thank-you to all the students this year, it’s been a lot of fun, all the best over the summer and in the future! Also, thanks to all the community members who have taken part in our activities, your support means a lot. We look forward to another great year starting next September. Gila’kasla,

There has also been some great progress on the Wakas Hall floor and sports equipment. Thank you all very much for your patience with the hall floor, the results will be well worth it! Here is a PAGE 13

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GWA·SALA -­ ¶NAKWAXDA·XW NATIONS BOX 998 ŏ 154 TSULQUATE RESERVE ŏPORT HARDY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA ŏV0N 2P0 PHONE: (250) 949-­8343 ŏFAX: (250) 949-­7402 ŏWEB: WWW.GWANAK.INFO

  NOTICE OF ELECTIONS: BAND COUNCIL

Dear Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Band Members, Please note that the following candidates have been nominated for Band Council. Written confirmations need to be done, the ballot may not include all of these names: • Charlie, Eddie • Charlie, Norman Sr • Charlie, Rebecca (Becky) • Charlie, Sandra • Charlie, Wade • Coon, Darryl • Coon, Rick • Rufus, Mary Dodie • Smith, Grace • Swain, Cathy • Swain, Robert • Walkus, Alvin Jr • Walkus, Blanche • Walkus, Buddy • Walkus, Darlene • Walkus, Gary • Walkus, Gloria (Betty) • Walkus, Mildred • Walkus, Terry Sr • Walkus, Victor Sr Declined To Run: • Walkus, Robert Jr. • Henderson, Tina You will be voting on 5 Council seats, 4 two-year Band Council positions and 1 oneyear Band Council position. To be eligible to vote, you must: • Be 18 years of age or older on the date of election • Be a registered member of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Band • Live on the Tsulquate Reserve permanently Eligible voters may vote in the Advanced Poll on June 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. or on Election Day, June 12, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Adult Education Centre.

Les Taylor, Band Manager

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AGENDA Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Trust Committee All Band Meeting on July 18, 2012

WHEN AND WHERE:

July 18, 2012 at the Wakas Hall, Tsulquate Reserve 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Snacks & Refreshments served – Door prizes drawn throughout ACTIVITY Registration

WHO Electoral Officer

WHEN 3:00 – 4:00

Meeting to commence when quorum is present (25% of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Band members eligible to vote)

Overview voting process

Trust Chair

4:00 – 4:10

Present items to be put to Band vote – Questions

Trust Chair

4:10– 4:30

& Answers:

Youth Sports &

Youth Sports & Recreation Proposal

Recreation

Culture Proposal

Committee

Vote

All eligible Band

4:30 – 5:30

Members Door Prize Draws

All eligible Band

Random draws

Door prize winners must be in attendance to win.

Members

throughout

Count Vote

Trustees & Electoral

5:30 – 6:00

Officer Announce Results

Trust Chair

6:00

For more information about the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Trust please call Robert Walkus, Trust Chair at (250) 230-2155 or visit www.gwanak.info/for-members/gn-trust Posted on June 11, 2012

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VOTING PROCESS Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Trust Committee All Band Meeting on July 18, 2012

BEFORE THE MEETING: 1. Check the Band Membership List (posted at the Band Office) to see if you are registered to vote. Contact Sandra Charlie, Membership Clerk, at (250) 949-8131 with questions about band membership. WHEN YOU ARRIVE: 1. Go to the registration desk and sign-in with your ID (If you don’t have ID, there will be people at the Registration Desk to vouch for your identity) 2. You will receive a numbered orange card which represents your vote 3. Once 25% of voting Band Members arrive (and this is doublechecked) the Electoral Officer will start the meeting DURING THE VOTE: 1. You will get a chance to hear about proposals and ask questions before the Electoral Officer calls the vote 2. Then you go back to the registration desk with your orange card 3. At the registration desk you will sign-in again and trade your orange card for your ballot 4. You will write !or " to vote yes or no for the proposal in a secret ballot (any other marks besides !or "will void your ballot) AFTER YOU VOTE: 1. You will bring your ballot back to the Electoral Officer, who will count all the votes with the help of 5 Trustees 2. The Electoral Officer will do a second count for accuracy 3. If 50% plus 1 of the votes are in favour, the proposal is approved. If 50% or less votes are in favour, the proposal is rejected 4. The Electoral Officer will write a report to the Trust Committee with the result 5. The Trust Committee will report the result to the community For more information about the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Trust please call Robert Walkus, Trust Chair at (250) 230-2155 or visit www.gwanak.info/for-members/gn-trust Posted on June 11, 2012

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LOCAL JOB POSTINGS JOB TITLE: CHAMBERMAIDS Company Name : Duval Point Lodge Date Posted : 6/8/12 Full/Part-Time : Casual Location : Port Hardy Salary : $10.25/hr Details : Looking for hard fast paced workers. Casual/On call work. Early Monday and Friday mornings. Must have transportation to pick up location. Four positions available. Contact : Email resumes to duvalpoint@hotmail.com or contact Chelsey at 250.230.0322

JOB: SITE ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR Company Name : Kwakiutl District Council Date Posted : 6/8/12 Full/Part-Time : Casual Location : Fort Rupert Details : On Call Casual Site Administrative Coordinator with Kwakiutl District Council (“KDC”) Health. Qualifications: Certificate from a recognized college specializing in office management or administration. 2 years related experience. B.C. driver’s license and reliable vehicle. Word, Excel, health databases, video conference, office equipment. Criminal records check and driver’s abstract. Exp. working in a First Nations Community preferred. Contact : Resume, cover letter & salary expect. to: Tracy Gordon, Email: team@coreelements.com / F: 604.484.2231

JOB TITLE: HOUSEKEEPING Company Name : North Shore Inn Date Posted : 6/8/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Details : Full and part time positions available. General cleaning of hotel and rooms. Dusting, making beds, vaccuming, cleaning bathrooms etc. Also keeping other public areas of hotel clean. Willing to train. Contact : Please apply in person with resume to North Shore Inn, 7370 Market St., Port Hardy

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JOB: COMMUNITY SERVICES MANAGER Company Name : BC Public Service Date Posted : 6/7/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Details : Report to the Executive Director of Service and responsible for managing the day to day delivery of a continuum of integrated services to children, youth and their families within a community context. Travel will be involved. A strong background in child welfare or child special needs or child mental health would be an asset. In addition, Applicants should have demonstrated strong leadership abilities. Contact : For more information and to apply online go to: http://employment.gov.bc.ca/CommunityServicesM anager11516

JOB TITLE : BARISTA Company Name : Cafe Guido Date Posted : 6/6/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Cafe Guido is seeking enthusiastic, energetic, & outgoing part-time staff to be part of our fun team. Skills we are seeking: Coffee/Tea Lover; Great Customer Service; Fun & Friendly Smile. Contact : Apply by email to cafeguido@yahoo.com or by dropping of your resume at Cafe Guido, Attention: Kris

JOB TITLE : DECKHAND Company Name : Shearwater Marine Group Date Posted : 6/6/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Standard tugboat Deckhand duties apply; Must be proficient driving a forklift; willing to learn; marine certification/tickets definitely an asset. Contact : Email Resume: vida@shearwater.ca Fax Resume: 250-9493020 No phone calls please.

JOB TITLE : HAIR STYLIST Company Name : Creative Edge Salon&Spa Date Posted : 6/5/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Commision Details : Being part of a team of a busy downtown salon & spa. Need to have Hair Dressing Diploma; to start ASAP. Contact : Apply in person with resume to 7035 Market St., Port Hardy or call 250-949-5905. 11/06/2012


JOB TITLE : ADULT RESOURCE WORKER

JOB TITLE : SERVERS

Company Name : North Island Community Services Date Posted : 5/29/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Position will be part time Mon-Fri. Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle are required, criminal record check. Community Support Worker Cert. and/or the equivalent education and experience. Contact : North Island Community Services Box 1028 Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 nicsbc@telus.net

Company Name : Quarterdeck Pub Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Experienced bartender and servers required for busy Pubstyle Restaurant. Must have Food Safe and Serving it Right certification to be considered. Bartender position is a year round position. Contact : Apply to Pam Shea - Quarterdeck Pub, Hotel Lobby, Port Hardy

JOB TITLE : AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN JOB TITLE : BARTENDER

Company Name : EJ Klassen GM Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Competitive Wage Details : Busy North Island G.M. dealer looking for a technician. Full time, benefits package, competitive wage with bonus plan. Great place to bring up a family. Contact : E-mail resume to: admin@klassengm.com

Company Name : Quarterdeck Pub Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Experienced bartender and servers required for busy Pubstyle Restaurant. Must have Food Safe and Serving it Right certification to be considered. Bartender position is a year round position. Contact : Apply to Pam Shea - Quarterdeck Pub, Hotel Lobby

JOB TITLE : PRAWN BOAT UNLOADER Company Name : Wayne Beckett Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBD Details : Work is located in Port Hardy/Port McNeil. Looking for prawn boat unloaders-must be willing to work in freezer and ramp. Need to have rain gear and boots. Have ample warm clothing to work in freezer. Work is in May to June. Contact : To apply call Wayne Beckett: Phone: 250-956-2524

JOB TITLE : COOKS Company Name : Glen Lyon Inn & Suites Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Prep & cook breakfast, lunch, dinner for 40+ seat restaurant & pub. All related kitchen duties including cleaning stove and deep fryer. Shift 2pm-9pm Must have Serving It Right & Food Safe and be willing to work dependable. Additional Info : Apply in person with resume. Contact : Please bring resume to Ann Gray at front desk of Glen Lyon Inn.

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JOB TITLE : DOCK ATTENDANT Company Name : Duval Point Lodge Date Posted : 5/28/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBD Details : Must have pleasure craft license. Looking for a hard working individual that is physically fit that can lift heavy things. Greet guests with a smile and friendly personality. Some fishing knowledge on local waters. Willing to train. Contact : P: 250.230.0322 or email resume duvalpoint@hotmail.com

JOB: SUMMER CAMP COORDINATOR Company Name : Stepping Stones Centre Date Posted : 5/17/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Salary : $14/Hr Details : Must have high school completion. Good understanding of child development, love working with kids, able to take responsibility for the day to day running of the summer camps. Perfect job for students interested in Early Childhood Ed. 11/06/2012


Additional Info : Planning & providing a variety of fun, keep the environment safe & clean, ordering & purchasing supplies & food, organizing field trips. Email: phinfo@niefs.netfor complete details-include details of posting in your request for info. Contact : Resume + 3 ref. letters: Kate Pinsonneault, Box 42, Port Hardy V0N 2P0; niecds@telus.net /fax 250-949-3031

JOB TITLE : SUMMER CAMP COUNSELLOR Company Name : Stepping Stones Centre Date Posted : 5/17/12 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Salary : $11/Hr Details : Must be 15 or older, good with kids, reliable, responsible. Perfect job for students interested in early childhood education. Help plan & provide a variety of theme-based activities. Keep environment clean & safe. Prepare & serve snack. Additional Info : Taking children on field trips, help children participate in activities & guiding children's behaviours. To start July 2nd. You can email: phinfo@niefs.net for further details - note job details in your request. Apply by June 22. Contact : Resume + 3 ref. letters: Kate Pinsonneault, Box 42, Port Hardy V0N 2P0; niecds@telus.net /fax 250-949-3031

MARK YOUR CALENDAR JUNE JUNE 12: GN Council Elections – Election Day (8am – 8pm) JUNE 17: Father’s Day JUNE 18: New Council Swearing-in JUNE 19: SD#85 Last day of classes JUNE 21: National Aboriginal Day

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Yo! News - June 10/12  

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