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A LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY The staff here in the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Band Office are proud of the work we have been doing, especially the huge positive steps forward in the last couple of years that you can read about inside this newsletter. We love our jobs, our team, and this community. Lately, however, we have all been feeling pain and frustration as rumours go around the community about some of us here in the office. This is all part of Lateral violence which means "a form of bullying that includes gossip, shaming and blaming others, backstabbing and attempts to socially isolate others" also "organised, harmful behaviours that we do to each other…” Today we had a meeting with our elected and hereditary chiefs to express our concerns and thoughts and share ideas about how to move forward in a positive way. We want to express to you, community members, that we are all behind Les Taylor 100%, we all respect him greatly and feel that he is doing a great job and we couldn’t have come so far without his leadership. Also, we want to let you know that our doors are open. If you hear rumours or have questions, we would be happy to sit and talk with you in a respectful way to answer your questions. Sincerely, The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Staff:

AUG 8 2012

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SUCCESS STORIES In this issue of the Yo! News we wanted to bring you stories of our successes. The Gwa'sala'Nakwaxda'xw Staff work hard to bring positive change to our community, and we need to take a moment to appreciate their work and recognize the benefit to our community. Inside you will read about some of the following good-news stories: • • •

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SA + TREATY OFFICE SOCIAL DEV + ED / TROPHY SPONSORING PATIENT TRAVEL + BIRTHDAY WISHES EC DEV HOME + COMMUNITY CARE MARINE SERVICES EDUCATION CHILD + FAMILY SERVICES GOOD BYE! + BIRTHDAY WISH SCHOOL CALENDAR + SUPPLY LIST LOCAL JOB POSTINGS COLOURING MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Adult Basic Education coming to Tsulquate Nakwakto Rapids Tours are a hit! Another audit gives the finance department rave reviews

And much more! Read on to get inspired…

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STAFF

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

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office

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

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 Janine Sheard, Elders’ Coordinator (250) 949-7406 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Health & Family Services

David Charlie: (250) 230-4445 Fisheries and Recreation Portfolios Eddie Charlie: (250) 671-9201 Housing Portfolio Sandra Charlie: (250) 671-9202 Housing Portfolio Darryl Coon: (250) 230-0360 Housing Portfolio

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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SOCIAL ASSISTANCE Social Assistance: I really need copies of your BCFB Child Tax for 2012/13 to date I only have 4 in. Bring in your BC Hydro as soon as you receive in the mail. Fill out the Monthly Submission forms by mid month to avoid your cheque delay. No mid month Submission, NO Cheque!

PAT DAWSON-HUNT

TREATY OFFICE UPDATE Hello All!! My position is "Treaty Office Assistant". I have been busy with filing, check requests etc. I have been involved with preparations for the TAC meetings; Treaty-chief & council strategic planning session; AFN meetings; Treaty Team travel arrangements etc. I am currently assisting the Treaty Team with their I-Pads; a fun learning experience for myself.

It has been an exciting & enjoyable but very busy year. I will be going to a workshop on August 20-22, 2012 & will be back in my office on August 23, 2012. On August 29, 30 & 31st I will be on holidays.

PRIZE DRAW Our draw for our Fundraiser was extended to August 24, 2012. Draw will take place @ Wakas hall on evening of 24th. 1st prize: 32" color flatscreen T.V. 2nd prize: 3c' fridge 3rd & 4th prize: video mp3 player Sandra Charlie, Darryl Coon, Christy @ health & family services & I will be selling tickets.

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Birthday wishes to MOM & WAWATL (Sebastian Midnight) on August 19, 2012. Mom will be 78 & Seabass will be 8. Also Birthday wish to TLATLBI (Elijah Anton) who'll be 15 on August 28, 2012; To the TWINS - Annabelle & Collin on the 31st. God Bless you all & Pray you all have an awesome birthday

LINDA PAUL

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SUCCESS STORIES FROM THE SOCIAL DEV. AND EDUCATION DEPTS Grace & I have successfully got North Island College to start Adult Basic Education at our G&N Adult Ed Center on the reserve. They will start in September. It is not too late for students to sign up. They will also help guide them to reach their goals with regards to their Education. Members have been training in various opportunities and successfully completed their courses through North Island College, when completed some have gone on to finding work. Congratulations members! We are so proud of your accomplishments throughout the year. Some members have and continue to receive training for Boat Safety, Bear Aware, First Aid, Marine First Aid, and are working for the Band throughout the summer months.

We will continue to have the Breakfast Club come September for all students who are going to school. Along with that our children at the Gwa'sala-’Nakwaxda’xw School will continue to have a healthy breakfast as well. We have Anthony & Donna Hunt come & teach Cedar Weaving once a month. They also took students out to pick cedar. They come on regular basis. It is well received by those who are wanting to learn and continue to work with cedar. Baskets, bracelets, head bands & head pieces. Grace & I work very closely to create programs for the members of the community.

PAT DAWSON-HUNT GRACE SMITH Anyone Interested in

SPONSORING A TROPHY For Men’s and Women’s (14 years +) floor hockey tourney commemorating Gil Walkus Jr. & Tom Joseph? Tourney dates are Oct. 5-7/12 @ Wakas Hall. The Kwa’kwala, Bakwamkala students will be graduating this December 2012, with their Diploma In Language Revitalization through the University of Victoria. This September 2012 they will be continuing on with their Bachelor of Education. Good Luck to each & everyone of you! We wish you all the best in your studies! This is one that we worked very hard at getting and continue to work to make it successful for the students. Many thanks to our elders who come to teach our language!

50% of trophy payment required by Aug. 31/12 & balance by Sept. 15/12 Trophies available for men and women are: 3rd place, Most Smiley Player, Top Scorer, Top Defence, Top Goalie, M.V.P., Diamond in the Rough, Most Inspirational, Unsung Hero, and Most Sportsmanlike Player. Trophy costs are to be determined soon. Contact Lano at (250) 230-4758

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PATIENT TRAVEL AND BIRTHDAY WISHES Hello to everyone, hope you are all done well as can be. Just got a few reminders here. All Patient Travel is to be picked up at Band Office, I only do all the paper work from my office. I have been very happy with everyone who has brought in their Dr's notes that need to be signed by your doctor, Thank You very much, plus it really helps me to know if you have other appointments. Just ask them to fax it directly to my office at 949-8413. Just to let you know AGAIN I cannot do any travel for you at all unless i have that Dr's note for your travel plus I cannot do any travel for you and escort unless it says on your Dr's note. So please don't not get upset with me if you don't have an escort on your travel. Especially for when our Community members get send out somewhere, I CAN NOT do anyone's travel unless I have that Dr's note. Again I have been getting a lot of phone calls and a lot of texts. I do care and have a lot of respect for you all especially when someone has to be send away. It would have been so nice if there was an Emergency setup for Patient Travel it would make matters easier for me. And I do care for you all.

Special Happy (belated) Birthday wishes to our cuz Shireen for Aug.4th,Love her so much. And also would like to say a big Thank You to our wonderful Elder Kathy Walkus. Who is very, very Special to our family for been there for us who made it over to our Mother's grave on her birthday also on Aug.4th. We all had a nice time with her. She is such a Nice, Caring Loving lady who we all have a lot of respect for. Also would like to wish our handsome nephew Davis a very Special happy Birthday for Aug.6th,Love you so much weez. You are my Pride and Joy weez. We would like to wish our handsome Granson Austin a Very Special Happy Birthday for Aug.9th,and hope he has a wonderful awesome day. Would also like to wish two very Special Sisters who we all Love and Respect Sister Ethel Marie and Sister Charlotte. They celebrate their Birthdays on Aug.10th,

I do all the travel and it all goes to Sandra for approval then to the Band Office. If she doesn't sign it, there is a reason behind that.

May God Bless you all who are having a Birthdays in Aug.

Talking to Wendy from A.B. dentist she will not re book you if you miss your appointment/s. You will have to talk to her and explain why you couldn't make it for your appointment.

May God Bless You All. Lots & lots of Love from

I will be away end of this month for medical appointments for myself, so if you know you have Specialist appointments please let me know asap so I can get it done. dates I will be away. Aug.27 Aug.31/2012. Back to work on Sept.4th, Andrea will be doing Travel while I'm away. PAGE 5

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BUNNY & BJ & DANNY & REST OF OUR FAMILY.

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EC. DEV. UPDATE

we worked specifically at bringing the information of the CCP back to the community to have it confirmed as well as to re-engage in the work of the next steps forward. Some of these next steps were to begin the development of a 5 year economic development strategy that would feed into the creation of an Economic development corporation. It is important to remember that all of this work was done with community input and direction.

Hello from the ecdev office. We have been very busy this late winter early spring getting all of the different pieces together to let us start up some of our new businesses. We have worked very closely with Gary and the Culture committee to provide items that individual artists can work on and receive payment for. We have put these items as well as other items that our local artists chose to place in the “Art Shack” to sell. The “art shack” is also the launching spot for our new Nakwakto Rapids Tours business. We have a boat that has been specially designed to transport customers out to the rapids in comfort as well as safety. We worked closely with Wi’woma Sally Bruce as well as Hetlamas Tom Henderson to ask permission and receive their wisdom on things that we should and shouldn’t speak about to our visiting guests. These two businesses are in the very beginning stages and there is a lot of excitement from the North Island community about the GNN making positive steps forward.

2010 Ec. Dev. meeting

Our funders who are supporting this work all rely heavily on detailed work plans with deliverables and timelines. The 5 year ecdev strategic plan was one of the major pieces that our funders are waiting on; it is in front of Chief and Council awaiting their endorsement. Once we have this work supported then we will move forward with the creation of the Economic Development Corporation. Here are a number of projects that we have worked on;

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• Working at finishing off the approx. 110,000m3 that is left on our NRFL. Lots of planning and meetings with government about this licence • Tourism 4 phase plan- also working with a number of groups; ATBC (Aboriginal Tourism BC), NVITAC (North Vancouver Island Tourism Advisory Committee), BC Tourism • Shellfish aquaculture project 08/08/2012


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• Economic opportunity to offset travel costs for patient and First Nations travel down island • Worked with 12? Band members to provide advice and first steps in starting their own businesses • Investigated potential land purchases on the North Island • Signed large contracts for water taxi services to Marine Harvest as well as companies operating within the Traditional Territories • Monitor the agreement with Marine Harvest for royalties • Created relationships with our First Nations on the North Island as well as the Central Coast

First of all, on a personal note, I wanted to acknowledge and thank everyone for making me feel accepted within the community- it's a wonderful place to work. I am really excited to work with some great colleagues and community members on a variety of projects that I believe will only make the community stronger and an even better place to work/live.

It has been an honor to work with the community and specifically with the team here in the Band administration. This team consists of all of the Band employees, Chief and Council, the Elders for their support as well as our funders of projects. It is very exciting to have the GNN the recipient of one of the best audits not only for a First Nation but for any kind of large business that these auditors have seen.

Eke Me-xi Students doing ec. dev. Planning in 2010

It is a testament to the hard work and determination that it takes from everyone involved to turn what was not very long ago a Band administration that was on the verge of going into 3rd party control into something that is beginning to have some measurable success.

With regards to the Home and Community Care program I'm excited to pass along news of some positive changes which Sandra has initiated and the whole team is supportive of and working towards. First of all we're really excited to have Selina Child on board as a new Home Care Nurse. She has really brought a lot of passion to the job, has brought a lot of great ideas to the table, and we are all quickly growing to appreciate the work she does. Aside from that, Selina, Bunny, Andrea, Arlene and myself will be working a bit more closely together in a number of different areas and I believe the result will be more efficient and improved services for the community. The proof, of course, will be in the pudding... but the pudding is in the fridge setting up and I am confident the end result will be some chocolaty goodness (or vanillay goodness if that is what you prefer... or strawberry-y goodness...).

MATT MARTIN

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MARINE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT REPORT Overview:

In the first 2 months of commercial operation GNN Marine Services have achieved several significant measures of success. The GNN Practical Marine Training Program was established in spring 2012 and has been identified as a crucial component of securing contracts with businesses in the community and traditional territories. This in-house training program trains employees in safe marine practices, establishes continuity of service and sets a baseline level for band services. Feedback of commercial service to date indicates GNN Marine Services has exceeded our clients expectations and the company continues its drive for further business and consistent, stable, growth.

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Staff recruitment and employment within the G&N Nations Operator training of safe boating practices Community outreach and marketing to support the new Nakwakto Rapids tours Contract securing and use agreements with companies engaged in business in the traditional territories Care and maintenance of the band assets Continued development of marine protocol and procedure.

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This program is designed to augment the SVOP program developed by transport Canada and gives GNN operators the practical, hands on experience needed for safe work practices on the water. It is designed to protect passengers, crew and the band from marine incidents and potential liability lawsuits through increased education and set commercial practices.

Community Outreach/Marketing, Nakwakto Rapids Tours The Nakwakto Rapids Tours began in the first week of July, 2012 and departs from the Seagate dock in Port Hardy daily.

The primary areas of development and focus during the 2012 commissioning phase of GNNMS include but are not limited to: §

house 6-week training course has been developed to ensure all GNN Marine Services operators are trained to professional standards and capable of providing safe, consistent, cost effect marine services. Candidates are required to sign a strict vessel operating policy, and are trained extensively on many topics.

Elders from the Band and local tourism operators have participated in the initial tours and we have solicited feedback from those individuals on topics such as cultural relevance, comfort, safety, passenger enjoyment, and more. We are working hard to meet and exceed every expectation as a passenger carrier. The initial days of the program had some difficulties, including employee tardiness and no-shows, but in the past weeks we have hit our stride and are consistently offering a world-class cultural tour to a renowned spectacle of nature. A website has been launched, and a Facebook page has been drawing in customers for several weeks. Band members

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are encouraged to contact Conrad Browne to book a space on the 4 hours Nakwakto Rapids and Cultural tour and experience the richness of the traditional territories.*

the primary planner in the G&N Nations territories was so impressed with the Bands initiatives to date he requested more information to recommend a similar program be implemented for his crew boat operators and has subsequently hired our water taxi services for crew transport to Mereworth Sound. If we are able to continue providing safe and reliable service, Interfor has committed to making GNN Marine Services the preferred choice of International Forest Products in and beyond the traditional territories.

*note: if a complimentary space is booked on the cultural tour and that passenger is a noshow, they will forfeit their turn and be bumped to the bottom of the Rapids & Cultural tours waiting list. Contracts and Vessel Use Agreements

MARINE HARVEST A major program success: A significant contract with Marine Harvest has been secured for 2012. Marine Harvest has set exemplary standards for marine safety and reliability. The GNN Practical Marine Training Program was instrumental in securing a year round contract for crew boat services. Marine Harvest employees have been very supportive and understanding of the ongoing training program, and GNN Marine Services has received extraordinarily good reviews of service to date. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with this major marine company and value the longevity, employment, and financial security they bring to GNN Marine Services. For more information on Marine Harvest and the GNN Marine/Marine Harvest relationship, please see Conrad Browne.

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EPCOR We have an expression of interest from EPCOR for service to Hope Island. GNN Marine Services are fielding calls of expressions of interest and requests for service on a daily basis.

Development of Marine Protocol and Procedure One of the primary goals of the Practical Marine Training Program is the ongoing development and betterment of marine services for the GNN band. Our staff has been working tirelessly to ensure that commercial safety standards are met and exceeded. In addition to developing our contract Marine Services policies, we have been developing procedure that allows the safe transport of band passengers into traditional territories. Every trip on the boat is recorded into a logbook and incidents and recommendations are recorded and documented for action on future trips. For example, on recent trips to

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Takush and Blunden Harbour, GNN Marine identified safety issues in communication, trip planning and transportation to shore. Recommendations have been recorded, and for safety’s sake these recommendations will come to action before the next organized outings, to ensure the safety of elders, all band members and the community at large. Further information on the Community Safe Boating Initiative will be revealed in the fall of 2012 and for further information on marine safety, please contact Conrad Browne.

Vessel Care and Maintenance The Practical Marine Training Program teaches operators how to service and maintain the boat for normal operation and teaches troubleshooting in the event of breakdown. It is our objective to mitigate losses and prevent mechanical breakdowns using advanced knowledge of engine care. Such initiatives enable the GNN’s marine team to provide uninterrupted service to our clients and band members and avoid excessive expenses.

Vessels & Machinery GEORDIE’S GIRL III • • • • • •

26’ Welded Aluminum Argo Boat. 12 Passengers Powered by twin 2012 Volvo D6 engines. Painted June 2012 to match GNN Marine’s sister ship, Hooktender Marine Head Fit with a state of the art sound and audio system for the launch of the Nakwakto Rapids Tidal Tours

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HOOKTENDER • • •

26’ Welded Aluminum Argo Boat 12 Passengers Powered by a KAM Volvo 43

Safety & Community Outreach Marine Safety is a primary focus of GNN Marine Services. To date, several marine incidents have occurred which highlight the importance of marine safety in our community. GNNMS recently conducted incident command when several band vessels lost communication with shore parties on a recent trip to Takush. With the help of the Coast Guard, the 2 missing vessels were contacted by radio and found safe at anchor in the northern part of the traditional territory. This incident highlighted the importance of planning during marine journeys. If any mariners in the community would like to file sail plans and have professional backup on their voyages, please contact Conrad Browne at the band office for more information. During a recent band trip to Blunden harbour, the Hooktender spent an hour on a community service job and towed a small vessel in distress back to Port Hardy. Helping fellow people illustrates how our importance in the Marine community is growing and we are proud to represent a long line of mariners and rich cultural community on the water, while upholding the strictest safety policy, operator competencies and legal responsibilities set forth by Transport Canada.

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REPORT FROM THE CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

5. We have renegotiated the Child Welfare Protocol with MCFD. We will likely have a public signing in the Fall. A public signing is also a way of holding all of us more accountable to the Protocol.

Hello everyone! Director of Child & Family Services Dean Wilson here and my staff and I would like to provide the following information about what work the our department has been doing between April and June:

6. We have established a managers meeting with MCFD to resolve the problems around community issues and MCFD practice. We have identified and found solutions to some issues, such as babysitters, and are discussing many other issues, such as visitation, community standards, and much more.

1. Initially I began a review of all the present services provided through this department. The review is now complete, and the 37 recommendations to improve services has been passed by Chief & Council. The review will be posted on the community website for anyone to look at. I will update more on the Review and the Implementation Plan for the 37 recommendations in the future. 2. While the review was being completed we developed some temporary policies to respond to Child Protection reports with MCFD, and Suicide Concerns. This includes a short, daily meeting to develop responses to emergencies, and new ways to track our intervention & follow up. The policies were temporary until the review of services was complete and recommendations for improving them could be made. Between April and June, we successfully responded to 10 attempts of suicide and 32 situations where people were concerned someone may be talking/thinking about suicide. 3. All staff took part in a training on the legalities of Confidentiality and we developed new policies to ensure client information is protected in a legal and ethical manner. 4. We have met with the Minister and Deputy Minister of MCFD and outlined community concerns about Child Welfare Practice, and MCFD has agreed to engage with us to improve the situation:

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7. We have developed a meeting structure that allows us to develop a Band Position for child welfare cases, as well as better engage in planning with families and MCFD. This has resulted in several removals NOT happening, returns with supervision orders rather than keeping children in foster care away from their families, community and culture. This work has just begun and will be a long road. 8. We had a presentation on the Touchstones Reconciliation Process to our staff, and those of MCFD and Sacred Wolf. MCFD is offering to engage in a Reconciliation process to allow the community to voice concerns and mutually seek solutions. 9. Our temporary policies for Child Protection follow up also allowed us to provide supports to various families and come up with interim plans to avoid removals. 10. We have also notified MCFD that this Band will seek to take over its' own Child Welfare by establishing a Delegated Aboriginal Agency! This is very exciting, but also a long process. I will provide more information on this later as well. 11. We developed a way to record the stats to finally get an ACCURATE picture of the amount and type of work being done. 12. Between May & June we provided services repeatedly to many community members:

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Age Groups

0-6 years 7-12 years 13-18 years 19-59 years 60+ years

GOOD BYE!

# of contacts (may be more than one contact/client over 3 month period) 84 361 220 730 37

This will be the last Yo! News I’m working on for a while. I’ve requested a leave of absence starting in two weeks until January 2013.

Most services were to Drop in Clients, Counseling services, Supporting families through child protection investigations, court proceedings and meetings with MCFD. In addition, the Cultural Group, Men's Circle and Youth groups were well attended. My next report will focus on the 37 Recommendations and the plan to Implement all of them. The biggest revelation that arose was the enormous amount of work that needs to constantly be attended to. We discovered that just to address the needs of the families with children in MCFD care we would need at least 5 Family Support Workers and a supervisor for them - our contracts with MCFD provide us with a supervisor (Case Manager Eleanor Wilson), and 1.5 Family Support Workers (Maggie Jack and 1/2 of Laura Burns position)! This highlighted for us the need to develop some ways to do the work more efficiently to better serve community members with what we have, while we advocate for new services. I need to end this report, but at this point I hope it is becoming obvious just how much work we are doing to make changes and better serve the community.

DEAN WILSON

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It has been a joy working in my home community. I am so proud of the work we did together on the Comprehensive Community Plan, the Human Resources Survey, the Recreation Development Project, the website, Facebook page, Yo! News and also all the work here in the office on policies, committees, meetings, etc. I am proud to have helped bring in the funds to do the housing plan and also to get a human resources coordinator and I hope someone else is able to take up those projects and run with them. I am taking this leave to focus on other projects and to regain some balance in my life, and partially because of all of the lateral violence that has been going on lately. Thank-you to everyone who has been kind and supportive, and to all my colleagues who are awesome. I am not leaving Port Hardy, so I will see you around!

JESSIE HEMPHILL Read more about lateral violence: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/ people/bullyingand-lateral-violence.html#ixzz22tzHqNlv

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUGUST 30 TO MY BOY TROY. HAVE A GOOD DAY SON. LOVE DADDY, SAYA, BABY LEE AND ANNIE-LEE 08/08/2012


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LOCAL JOB POSTINGS JOB TITLE :

SHINGLE SAWYER/PACKER

Company Name : Goldband Shake and Shingle Date Posted : 8/3/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Require CSA approved boots. Contact : Scott (message) Apply via F: 250-949-2689; P: 250-902-1009; in person to 6225 Jensen Cove Road, Port Hardy

JOB TITLE :

DRILLER/BLASTER

Company Name : Nitro Industries Ltd Date Posted : 8/3/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $32/HR + Benefits Details : Driller/Blaster need for Cape Scott windfarm project on North Vancouver Island. Must have experience operating hydraulic hoe drills and valid WorSafeBC blasting ticket. Must have valid driver's license. Contact : Send email to craig.nitro@gmail.com

JOB TITLE :

FRONT DESK - DAY SHIFT

Company Name : Pioneer Inn Date Posted : 8/2/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Day to day operation of a motel. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE ICS2000 operating system. Start ASAP. Contact : Janice or Steven 8405 Byng Road Port Hardy Phone: 250-949-7271 Fax: 250949-7334

JOB TITLE :

BREAKFAST SERVER

Company Name : Date Posted : Full/Part-Time :

Quarterdeck Pub 8/1/12 Part-time

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Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Year round position of permanent part time breakfast server available immediately. Early morning shift. Must be dependable and able to work independantly. Contact : Apply in person to Joe RichardQuarterdeck Pub

JOB TITLE :

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN

Company Name : EJ Klassen GM Date Posted : 7/27/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Competitive Wage Details : Busy North Island GM Dealer looking for a full time technician. Full time, benefits package, competitive wage with bonus plan. Additional Info : Port Hardy is a great place to bring up a family! Contact : Email resume to: admin@klassengm.com

JOB TITLE :

WELDER

Company Name : Marshall Welding Date Posted : 7/27/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Port Hardy Details : Level C ticket, 1st year fabrication, stainless steel, aluminum, steel welding. Must have forklift cert, read/write English, independent worker, basic tool/mech knowledge & aptitude, steel toe boots. Additional Info : Alum/stainless tig weld an asset. Start ASAP. Must have positive attitude. Require basic math skills (add, subtract, multiply and divide). Contact : Attention Blair Marshall Email resume to springbreak@telus.net Fax: 250.949.9171

JOB TITLE :

JANITOR

Company Name : B&B Cleaners Date Posted : 7/27/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $10.25/ hr Details : Duties include cleaning and buffing floors. Must have DL. Start immediately. Please call Balwinder at 250.902.2226 08/08/2012


JOB TITLE :

BOTTLE CLERK

Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Competitive w/OT Details : Class 1 or 3 driver with air endorsement required with clean drivers abstract. Off-road and/or petroleum handling experience and asset. Benefits package included. Required immediately. Contact : Please send resume to jdwork@ketacable.net

Company Name : Kinsmen Return It Bottle Depot Date Posted : 7/27/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBN Details : Thursday to Sunday, 8 hours/day. Must be physically fit for duties and bondable. This is a non-smoking facility. Work includes all duties related to recycling. Contact : Apply in person with resume to Rod at 9300 Trustee Road, Port Hardy BC

JOB TITLE :

JOB TITLE :

CLERK/CASHIER

Company Name : Old Schoolhouse Store Date Posted : 7/27/12 Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Min to start Details : Must be available for day, afternoon and weekend shifts between 6am & 10pm. Duties include run till, sell lottery tickets, clean and stock shelves. Must be physically fit for duties. Contact : Apply in person with resume to 4950 Beaver Harbour Road, Port Hardy

SUPPORT WORKERS

Company Name : NI Crisis & Counselling Centre Date Posted : 7/18/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Industry : Social Services Location : Port Hardy Salary : TBD Details : Supported Child Development Program is looking for Support Workers for Daycare Support/Preschool Support/Community Support in Daycares/Preschools. Various hours and pay rates. Additional Info : Closing Date August 10th, 2012. Contact : Please forward a resume to sheilaw@nicccs.org or FAX to 250-949-8344.

JOB TITLE : INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVE Company Name : Coastal Community Ins. Services Date Posted : 7/26/12 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : Terrific Wage & Benefits Details : Now is a great time to join one of Canada’s Top 50 Employers as an Insurance Representative. Individuals with Level II licenses are preferred, but those individuals with their Level I licenses will also be considered. Additional Info : To be considered for these roles, candidates must have applicable licensing and excellent communication skills. Only those to be interviewed will be contacted. Contact : Send resume to Human Resources by Fax:250.716.2330 or Email: careers@cccu.ca

JOB TITLE :

DRIVER

Company Name : Date Posted :

Agency Posting 7/24/12

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR AUGUST AUGUST 18: AUGUST 24-26:

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. Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Emergency Management Committee meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

ZUMBA CLASSES: TWICE A WEEK! Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

First Choice Fitness | First 2 classes are free. Bring a towel cause you’re gonna work out but it will be fun!!

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Yo! News - Aug. 8/12  

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Yo! News - Aug. 8/12  

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