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NAKWAKTO RAPIDS TOURS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED! This past weekend marked the first two Nakwakto Rapids Tours, the latest Economic Development venture from the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations.

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Skipper Angela Smith (who is training Gwa'sala'Nakwaxda'xw members to be skippers) took out boatloads of guests from the local tourism businesses, and local communities. Thanks to the great weather and some of the fastest tides of the year, the trips were a huge success, and the abundance of wildlife was the cherry on top! (check out Angela’s pics from the trip) From now until the end of September tours are available every day. Departure times depend on the tides, and some of the tours are sunset dinner cruises or sunrise cruises! The trips are 4-5 hours long and cost $100 per person. There is a washroom on board the boat, and snacks and beverages are provided to guests. It is important these tours reflect the history and culture of the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations. Dorothy Henderson and Elisha Taylor-Child have been hired as this year’s tour guides, serving guests and sharing stories about the our Nations and home lands. There are also videos shown on board the boat, including a welcome from Sally Bruce, descendant of Chief Johnny Nolie. PAGE 1

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MISC. NOTICES & PICS FROM NAKWAKTO RAPIDS TOURS SLIAMMON TREATY PARENTING WORKSHOP REPORT JULY 18 TRUST MEETING NOTICES SUMMER DAY CAMP REG. FORM BINGO NOTICE COLOURING JOB POSTINGS MARK YOUR CALENDAR

There is also a floating gift shop, “Gwa'sala'Nakwaxda'xw Art & Gifts” at the Seagate Wharf, where guests get on and off the boat for the tours. Silena George is managing this shop, and they really need Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw art pieces to sell. Please get in touch with Silena if you have some traditional art to sell. Many people have been working very hard to see these businesses get off the ground. While it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, it is great to see the efforts of Conrad and others pay off, and it will be exciting to see what the future holds! For more information check out www.nakwaktorapidstours.com

JESSIE HEMPHILL COMMUNICATIONS 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 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 Council meets every Monday at 6:00 p.m. To get on the agenda please contact Les Taylor, Band Manager.

Chief Paddy Walkus: (250) 949-1486 Sits on all committees / paddywalkus@gmail.com Ernie Henderson: (250) 902-0482 Health & Social Development, Housing, Fisheries, Education, Ec. Dev., Treaty, Personnel and Finance Portfolios Gary Walkus: (250) 230-3852 Health & Social Development & Ec. Dev. 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

Victor Walkus: (250) 230-2335 Health & Social Development, Housing, Forestry, Ec. Dev., and Recreation Portfolios David Charlie: (250) 230-4445 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

Eddie Charlie: (250) 671-9201 Housing Portfolio Sandra Charlie: (250) 671-9202 Housing Portfolio Darryl Coon: (250) 230-0360 Housing Portfolio [Full portfolio assignments yet to be determined]

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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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NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE (ASSESSMENT TESTING) Thinking of going back to school? North Island College Info Session at the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw College July 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 am Call Colleen at 250-949-7912 ext 2863 for more information and to register

CHEQUES Please note that the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Finance Department processes cheques in the morning. If your cheque request comes in in the morning, cheques will be ready that afternoon. If it comes in in the afternoon, they will be ready the next day. Sometimes, if staff are very busy, they may take an extra day. Thanks for your understanding.

PICS FROM NAKWAKTO RAPIDS TOURS Taken by Angela Smith

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THE TLA’AMIN (SLIAMMON) NATION CITIZENS GO TO THE POLLS TO VOTE ON THEIR TREATY TODAY

Treaty negotiations with the governments of Canada and BC were concluded on June 9, 2010 when the Sliammon completed the final stage of the six stages of negotiations. On October 21, 2011, the three parties initialed the Final Agreement. Today, the Final Agreement is to be voted on, or ratified by the citizens.

Today, members of the Sliammon Nation are going to the polls to decide whether or not they should have a treaty. The Sliammon Treaty Society has been working for 20 years to negotiate and to bring to the people something that they believe in. The following are statements from Chief Clint Williams and Vern Pielle, President of Sliammon Treaty Society.

Grace Adams, Negotiations Manager & Roy Francis, Chief Negotiator

“We are at a cross-road in our history. Our choice is whether we will continue to struggle for our rights and survival under the colonial system of the Indian Act that has suppressed and oppressed us for more than 150 years – or if we take advantage of the immediate opportunities available to us under treaty. The treaty will allow us to once again access and have a say throughout our territories and to have full and direct control over our treaty lands and resources. It would provide us with significant additional financial and natural resources with which to dismantle that colonial system and allow us to rebuild our Nation based on our vision of being healthy, self-governing stewards of our lands and resources. It will enable us to work towards continuing to improve the quality of our lives for present and future generations.” PAGE 4

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“After close to two decades, we have reached an agreement that we think can provide us with the tools to change our world, and the time has come for the ultimate authority, the Sliammon people, to make our decision. The treaty is not the end, it is a new beginning for us and we trust in the youth of today and of future generations to continue to strengthen our nation and our economy using a variety of tools, including the treaty if that is what we decide.” News release written by Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations Treaty Office, July 9, 2012. For more information on the Sliammon Final Agreement or our negotiations please contact our office at 250-949-8424 or email chemphil@telus.net

COLLEEN HEMPHILL, CHIEF NEGOTIATOR

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PARENTING WORKSHOP REPORT

being raised as children, and their ideas about how children can grow up to be happy and healthy. Collectively, we generated a list of good parenting practices under four headings: 1. Nurture a sense of self-worth in children

Why is parenting a key issue for GN?

2. Discipline to teach right from wrong 3. Care for yourself so you can care for your children

GN has a young and rapidly growing population. More than 50% of community members are under the age of 20 and there are over 70 babies and small children (under 5) on the reserve alone. Children and those who raise children are valued, and GN wishes to be “a community that raises happy, healthy children and passes good parenting skills to future generations” (CCP). Many grandparents and other family members are involved in raising children. However, parenting remains a challenging and sometimes isolating task, particularly for single parents, teen parents and those with several children. Many children are in foster homes and parents often struggle to regain and keep their kids in their own care.

4. Stay connected to your culture To capture and celebrate these good practices, I then created a large drawing that incorporates the above four statements. The drawing was displayed in the back of the Hall at the Healing Feast in March, and many GN children added to the drawing and helped to paint it. The painting has now been completed and will hopefully be displayed at the Trust All-Band Meeting on July 18th. Please come and check it out!

What more can be done to help GN parents with their parenting?

What did we learn from the parenting workshops last fall? I was lucky to be able to convene a series of workshops on the topic of parenting on Tsulquate last Oct/Nov. We had two sessions for grandparents and three sessions for parents held at the Elders Centre, as well as two sessions with the youth at Eke Me Xi. In total, 25 community members took part. The workshops had an open format and often functioned as sharing circles. The elders spoke about growing up in the old times, and shared their knowledge of good parenting practices. Young parents reflected on these lessons, then built on them with their own stories of parenting struggles and successes, exchanging tips and ideas. The youth talked about their experiences PAGE 5

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Following the workshops I interview participants and relevant GN staff to identify what would be the best next steps. What I found was that GN parents are looking for opportunities to support each other (parenting circles) and to learn about parenting (skill development classes). However, staff are hesitant to organize such programs because in the past attendance has been so low. One idea put forward was to create a Parents Committee that can work with families, staff, and band council to make sure parenting programs are customized to the parents’ needs, and address barriers to participation. This idea needs volunteer champions. Are you one?

AFTAB ERFAN UBC STUDENT

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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 :

JOB TITLE : CLERK/ CASHIER Company name : Old Schoolhouse store Date posted : 7/9/12 Full/part-time : full-time Location : port hardy Salary : minimum to start Details : must be available for day or afternoon shifts and weekends between 6 am & 10 pm. Duties include run till, sell lottery tickets, clean and stock shelves. Must be physically fit for duties. Start asap Contact : apply in person with resume to 4950 beaver harbour road, port hardy.

JOB TITLE :

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN

Company name : EJ Klassen GM Date posted : 7/9/12 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

JOB TITLE :

ADMIN ASSISTANT

Company: Pacificus Biological Services Ltd Date posted : 7/9/12 Full/part-time : full-time Location : port hardy Details : applicants must have strong customer service, communication and computer skills and operating knowledge of office technologies. Basic bookkeeping skills are preferred. The administrative assistant will perform front-end receptionist & executive assistant duties. Please submit resume, cover letter, and references by friday july 20, 2012 (attn: Jennifer Esau). Position is to start as soon as possible / www.pacificus.ca Contact : t: 250-949-9450; f: 250-949-7656; po box 2760 port hardy, bc v0n 2p0 / info@pacificus.ca PAGE 12

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OH&S FIELD ASSISTANT

Company name : Amec Date posted : 7/6/12 Full/part-time : full-time Location : port hardy Salary : doe Details : occupational health & safety field asst. Must have ofa level 3 & valid dl. Prefer background in constr. Safety/confined space and fall protection. Basic computer skills. Flexible for shifts. Require safety boots. Other gear provided. Additional info : must not be afraid of heights--will do inspection of installations at height. Transportation provided from pt. Hardy. Start asap. Apply by email: steve.kynoch@amec.com

JOB TITLE :

SERVER/BUSSER

Company name : Glen Lyon Inn & Suites Date posted : 7/6/12 Full/part-time : part-time Location : port hardy Salary : tbd Details : serve clients, clear tables, able to use computer. Must be presentable, punctual; willing to work. Knowledge of squirrel system an asset. Start immediately. Contact : apply in person to ann gray at the front desk, glen lyon inn, 6435 hardy bay road, port hardy.

JOB TITLE : SPECIAL SERVICES WORKER Company: North Island Community Services Date posted : 7/5/12 Full/part-time : part-time Location : port hardy Salary : doe Details : special services worker will work and support children & families to increase living,parenting skills,service takes place in the client's home. Additional info : preference will be given to applicants with post-secondary credentials/or related experience. Apply with cl & resume by july 13. Contact : north island community services, box 1028, port mcneill, bc v0n 2r0 / nicsbc@telus.net

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JOB TITLE :

OFFICE CLEANER

Company: North Island Crisis & Counselling Date posted : 7/5/12 Full/part-time : part-time Location : port hardy Salary : tbd Details : looking for an individual to provide cleaning services to the crisis centre on a weekly basis. Contact : admin. Manager: phone 250949-8333 or email reception@nicccs.org

Complete details at www.getyouthworking.ca or call 1.877.866.3100 Additional info : you are unemployed between 15-29, not currently receiving ei and have not had a claim in the past 36 months, and are not a full time student. Other restrictions apply. Contact : complete details at www.getyouthworking.ca or call 1.877.866.3100

JOB TITLE: LONG-LINE/ TUNA DECKHAND

Company name : Monk Office Date posted : 7/4/12 Full/part-time : part-time Location : port hardy Salary : $10.50/hr / 20hrs a week Details : Must be mature, responsible, reliable, independent, able to work well with others/coworkers, computer literate, handle cash, deposits, inventory. It background is an asset. must be able to work Saturdays. Start asap. Contact : apply in person: monk office, angie clance: 7160 rupert street, port hardy

Company name : agency posting Date posted : 6/27/12 Full/part-time : seasonal Location : port hardy Salary : full share Details : proven highline skipper looking for an experienced longline deckhand. Prefer if you have some marine safety training, m.e.d. a's or b's, roc-mc. Additional info : the boat will be doing one black cod trip and then heading out on tuna. The boat will most likely go back on black cod after tuna in september. Contact : please send resume to gm.griffin@live.com

JOB TITLE :

JOB TITLE :

JOB TITLE :

RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE

SALES PERSON

Company name : Shoprite Date posted : 6/28/12 Full/part-time : full-time Location : port hardy Salary : doe plus benefits Details : must be able to work saturdays. Duties: excellent customer service, sales and assemble furniture. Good communication skills, self-motivated, familiar with computers. Willing to train right person. Start asap. Apply w/resume Contact : kathy hewlett: shoprite, f: 250.949.8911 / email: srsph@telus.net or in person 8775 granville st. Pt.hardy

JOB TITLE :

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Company name : B & B Cleaners Date posted : 6/26/12 Full/part-time : part-time Location : port hardy Salary : $10.25/ hr Details : duties include cleaning and buffing floors. Must have dl. Start immediately. Contact : please call balwinder at 250.902.2226

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YOUTH WORKERS

Company name : Get Youth Working Date posted : 6/27/12 Full/part-time : contract Location : all over BC Salary : tbd Details : get youth working program can help you get employed and gain valuable on the job skills and experience. You can receive training and certification to move you forward. GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW NATIONS YO! NEWS

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR JULY JULY 18: JULY 21-22: JULY 27-30:

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Trust All-Band Meeting FILOMI Days (Port Hardy) Seafest (Alert Bay)

AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST

1: 4: 4-5: 6: 18: 24-26:

Statutory Holiday Cluxewe Music Festival Eco Paddle (Alert Bay) Civic Holiday OrcaFest (Port McNeill) Sointula Salmon Days

Fitness @ Robert Scott School (age 19+) 5:30 pm Tuesday, 1pm Wednesday, and 5:30 pm Thursday Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Council meetings every Monday at 6:00 p.m. Yo! News every other Tuesday

Happy 19th Birthday to Allison. Love Mom, Dad, sisters Lynn and Mel, Nieces and Nephews. Have a good one, we love you!

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