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GWA’SALA-‘NAKWAXDA’XW CALL OUT LIST: Another reminder about the call out list, I have been getting some jobs in and haven’t been able to get a hold of some of the people that are on the list.


If you have found a job, changed your number or do not wish to be on the list please call me at the band office or come in and see me. If you would like to be put on the list I would be more than happy to add you.


The way that the call out list works is like any other list, once I have called or text and you declined or didn’t answer I move to the next person on the list, and I will only contact those of you who are qualified for the job or have put interested in that field of work. I only call out when I have been contacted by an employer who is looking for someone, he/she will tell me what it is they are looking for, from there I will go through the list and pin point the list and find the right person for them. If you require more information please do not hesitate to call me at the band office. I do hold records of who I call and if they had gone out for work, I will go to the next person and not to the same every time. Lucy Scow Executive assistant/communications officer Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw nation 250-902-2300, 250-949-8343 (Work) 250-902-8724 (Cell) lucyscow@gmail.com (email)



Jan. 10 / 14

PLEASE BE AWARE!!!! Wolf sightings!!!! There has been a sighting of a wolf in our community several times and several locations, we ask that you please keep your kids close and remind them of the danger of wild animals. If you see the wolf please call the conservation officers giving location and time of the spotting.

10/ 01 /2014


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office

Phone: (250) 949-8343 / Fax: (250) 949-7402 Les Taylor, Band Manager

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 Bernadine at (250) 949-8343 or e-mail bandreception@gwanak.info

manager@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2307 Margaret Bernard, Finance

finance@gwanak.info / (250) 902-2308 Conrad Browne, Economic Development

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) Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office

PO Box 998, 154 Tsulquate Reserve Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0


To get on the agenda please contact Les Taylor

Chief Paddy Walkus: (250) 949-1486

Sits on all committees / paddywalkus@gmail.com

Ernie Henderson: (250) 230-3404

Health & Social Development, Housing, Fisheries, Education, Ec. Dev., Treaty, Personnel and Finance Portfolios

Gary Walkus: (250) 230-3852

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

Lucy Scow, Communications & Exec. Assistant

lucyscow@gmail.com /: (250) 902-2300 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

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Elders Centre Silena George Elders’ Coordinator

Silena1314@gmail.com / (250) 949-7406

Health & Social Development & Ec. Dev. Portfolios

Victor Walkus: (250) 230-3855

Health & Social Development, Housing, Forestry, Ec. Dev., and Recreation Portfolios

Eddie Charlie: (250) 230-9251

Housing Portfolio

Sandra Charlie: (250) 230-4677

Housing Portfolio

Darryl Coon: (250) 230-0360

Housing Portfolio

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) 949-8334

Terry Walkus: (250) 230-2459



10/ 01 /2014

BIRTHDAY WISHES Happy Birthday to Uncle Johnny Charlie on January 19th . We love you Uncle. From Priscilla, Luis, Diana, Luis Jr and baby Rj. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Happy Birthday Uncle Russ love Tyren, Cole and Kailey Happy birthday bro from Lloyd and Megan January 22nd ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy Birthday to my mama Loraine Wilson on January 27th we sure do love you, from Florence Tonos and Baby Girl. __________________________________ Happy Birthday to our dad John King Sr On January 26th Love From Peggy, Andrew &

Grandkids We Love You Dad  ********************************** Happy Birthday Kendric Skyler! Love always from Auntie, Art and boys ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy 9th Birthday Bryce on January 17th love mom Brandon, Bray and Tyler. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Happy Birthday "Side Kick" Have A Good One! Jan. 22/14 *********************************** Happy Birthday Ellen Betty from sis jo, bro Rolly & kids Jan 15th & to Elizabeth George Jan 13th ___________________________________ Happy Birthday to my Auntie Catherine and to my uncle Johnny We Love You Both Love Becky and family ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



A very Happy Birthday going out to Thlia Baker Jan 16th. And wishes going. To...Blanche ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Happy Birthday to the Bestest mother in the world, I wish you all the best on your Birthday and Always! Libby Walkus We love you momma! Love Adrianne, Malong Seryna Victor, Brianna Aaliyah and Ethan ************************************ Feast Jan 25th in fort Rupert maybe ask Davina Hunt the details Ty George hunt sr ____________________________________ Happy Birthday to my Beautiful wife Libby Walkus, Love Ollie and all 9 kids and Grandchildren  ************************************ January 11/14 Special birthday wishes to a very special little girl. Queen~Cahramia Clementine. Happy 7th birthday baby. Have a real KOOL, awesome day! Baba and Ahda love you to infinity and beyond ❤ January 10/14 Birthday wishes sent to a very special neff~William G. Jr. Have an awesome day neff. Uncle and I love you lots. ❤ Tom & Linda Henderson Happy new year everyone. Make it a special and happy year 2014. Tom & Linda Henderson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello Everyone, Carrol is accepting and looking for donations of empties for the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw School. I am willing to pick up your recycables on behalf of the school. I would like to help cut costs for the children for their field trips during the school year. Your donations would greatly be appreciated. You can phone me or text me at 250-230-4311 or call and leave a message at the school. Thank You, Carrol Ellingson

10/ 01 /2014

Tla’amin is developing forms of ownership, home owner grants, senior citizen grants that reduce property tax burdens, and provide land title to its citizens.

TREATY UPDATE Tla’amin (Sliammon) First Nation –Shares Information of Experiences & Best Practices

Other ways Tla’amin addressed concerns:

Last month YO News reported on the three day Council-GN Treaty Workshop that was held in Parksville in November. Topics for discussion included G-N’s comprehensive community plan (CCP); governance; Constitution, and natural resource management. A special guest speaker was Chief Negotiator for the Tla’amin First Nation, Roy Francis. Tla’amin Nation is located just outside of the Town of Powell River. Like G-N, Tla’amin is similar in size with about 1100 members. Roy spoke about the experiences his community went through as they negotiated a Final Agreement (treaty).

Concerns arising about the management of funds; Tla’amin created a Financial Management Law. This Law provides procedures, such as a procedure for Council to approve budgets and which Managers have to follow. The Financial Management Law is approved by a Financial Management Board. The “certification” provides Tla’amin access to pooled borrowing to support community infrastructure improvements (e.g., roads, buildings).

Concerns that members won’t benefit from treaty – Tla’amin created Tla’amin laws. Their laws captured their own ways, values, and rules so that they apply to everybody. Tla’amin promoted the message ‘we are all one team’. Tla’amin created the game plan together, and then asked for commitment to help see it through.

Where Tla’amin First Nation is now: 

They have initialed a Final Agreement. The Province has ratified it; they are waiting for ratification from the federal government. Tla’amin is now looking at how to merge the staff and functions of the treaty office with the band office. They are also preparing to implement the treaty.

Other benefits of Tla’amin Treaty: 

Tla’amin’ s $20 million, invested, will grow to $190 million over a thirty year period.

Roy talked about how it’s not so much about HOW MUCH you have, but What YOU DO with it. Funds could be invested to buy additional lands in the future; the plan is to acquire additional lands and effectively grow the land base.

Funding for programs and services continues. 6.1 million year pre-treaty - $8 million year post-treaty.

Indian act election system replaced by Tla’amin government act; advisory bodies will be formed to accommodate community access, and input, to elected leadership.

Post-treaty individuals will gain title to the land. First Nations can use that to leverage business loans.


Concerns raised by Tla’amin Members about Treaty: 

As with other First Nations in BC, members were concerned about loss. For example there were concerns about losing aboriginal rights, like hunting and fishing; tax exemptions; health benefits/funding and individual Status cards.

How Tla’amin Dealt with Concerns: 

Roy emphasized that it is important to openly talk with one another and to let people express their concerns. One way they did this was to ask the community to list all of the aboriginal rights that they were concerned with losing. Each of these concerns was then discussed and there was an explanation about how the rights were set out in the treaty. Tla’amin created a set of ‘Fact Sheets’ to deal with misinformation about treaty. Examples were things like (i) funding for programs and services would continue (ii) funding for health services would not be lost (iii) hunting and fishing rights would continue (iv) community members would not lose their status.

Time was spent focusing on the tax exemption issue. Some members were concerned that people with low income would not be able to pay property taxes. PAGE 4


Roy stressed the importance of communication and consultation with one another. He felt it is a great benefit to have face-to-face meetings, smaller family meetings and more discussion on matters of concern in order to address issues and to move forward. Hopefully there will be an opportunity for Roy to come to talk to the G-N community in the New Year. Also, the Treaty Team is looking at possibilities of inviting other guests to share their wisdom and experiences in negotiating, and putting into practice, a treaty. Stay tuned! 10/ 01 /2014

ELDERS UPDATE YO! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL. Here is a weekly schedule I am looking at starting up not next week, but the week after, except Elder's Day will resume Monday Jan. 13. Monday~ Elder's Day Program Tuesday~ Walking club Wednesday~ Cooking class with Eximeki students Thursday~ Baking bread with Natasha There will be a special lunch on Monday's Elder's Day program (Jan13) Please join us. We have catering to do Jan. 23 for Trust. Please let me know if you are going to help. We need someone to barbeque some fish and make bannock. Homemade pies would be great as well. For those of you that don't already know, the age limit has been changed to 60 yrs of age. I have the Elder's Building policies on hand for those of you that didn't get one before the Holidays. Gertie & family would like to thank each and every one of you that helped in any way & went to be with her in their difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one so near and dear. RISP Joe Pielle <3 Gilakasla! Silena George, Elder's Coordinator

Phone: 250 949 7406 Fax: 250 949 7402 Email: silena1314@gmail.com Mail: Box 574



10/ 01 /2014

Happy 2014, Let’s Get Healthy  Many people have New Year Resolutions, and often times it’s to get healthier. If you’re interested in losing weight, or just eating healthier in general, the best thing to do is to eat more whole foods (fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, fish, etc.) and less processed foods (Kraft Dinner, Mr. Noodles, hot dogs, chips, pop, candy, pastries, white bread etc.) Cutting down on these highly processed, low-nutrient foods is an important step in eating healthier. Of course, this is easier said than done, because making the switch to eating whole foods requires that we know what to buy in the grocery store. It also requires knowledge of how to prepare these foods and often it takes longer to make healthy meals. All this seems a bit daunting. But when you think about it, living a healthy lifestyle adds more years to your life, so it actually increases the amount of time you have in the long run . Anyway, I know it’s daunting, I thought the same thing 7 years ago when I decided to embark on the journey of healthy living. Now I’m thankful my 7-years-ago-self decided to be healthy. The good news is I’m here to help. Every two weeks I run the Good Food Box Program at the Elders Centre. You pay $10 by the Friday before the Good Food Box pickup Friday (payment can be given to Bernadine at the Band Office, or deducted from your SA if you request it). What you get is a bag packed with fresh fruits and vegetables plus healthy recipes and health tips, you also get a bag with the ingredients for the recipes. When available produce from the community garden and traditional foods will also be included. In the past there has been jarred salmon and garlic from the garden. Over the next couple months I will be teaching healthy cooking classes on the Reserve, so stay tuned on the G&N Facebook Page, and in the Newsletter for more information on those. I will also do healthy cooking classes with the Eke Me Xi School on Wednesdays. Remember, the healthiest foods you can eat are Traditional Foods, so it’s important to incorporate them into your diet. If you don’t know how to harvest and prepare traditional foods, it’s a good idea to make time to learn how from The Elders. If you want to know how (or when or where) to harvest clams, seaweed or cockles, then have tea with your granny or grandpa and ask them. Our Elders are some of the smartest people I know, and their knowledge is more valuable than gold.



Harvesting traditional food isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your soul too because it connects you to your food source. Dieting is never a good idea. It can cause dietary imbalances and often leads to more weight-gain in the end. Instead you should focus on lifestyle changes. Eat more fruits, vegetables and traditional foods and eat less processed foods. You don’t have to completely stop eating the treats you love, but moderation is key. If you like pizza, have it one night and balance it out by eating healthy the next day, or instead of having a whole chocolate bar, have a piece and save the rest for another day. Consider pop a treat, or cut it out of your diet all together. Instead try water with a slice of lemon; sparkling water with a little bit of no-sugar-added fruit juice or herbal teas. Do not consume diet foods containing aspartame, this artificial sweetener is dangerous to your health, and for those with Diabetes, it can make it hard to control bloodsugar levels. Common foods that contain aspartame are diet pop, diet juice and sugar-free gum. Read labels and avoid anything with aspartame.

Exercise is very important. At the very least you should be getting 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week, but more is better. Exercise boosts your immune system, beats depression and helps shed unwanted weight. Actually there are hundreds of benefits of exercise. Try walking, running, bike riding, hockey, soccer, or sign up for the gym. Slow down and get outside. We live in a fast paced world. It’s easy to lose ourselves in a sea of internet, video games, tv, shopping, work, etc. I know, because I do it all the time. But the best thing we can do for our physical, mental and spiritual health is to slow down and appreciate the fact that we live in the most beautiful place in the world. If you have any questions about how live a healthy lifestyle, or you want healthy recipes, or if you just have questions about the Food Security & Nutrition Program please e-mail me, call me, or stop me the next time you see me around. Happy Healthy New Year

Lucy hemphill, Food Security & Nutrition Coordinator 250-230-2707 lucyhemphill7@gmail.com

10/ 01 /2014

Happy to announce We have a new Nurse Practitioner Coming to the Health & Family Services One day a week starting Wednesday Jan. 15, 2014 Her name is Lisa Greer And will be in the office on Wednesdays You can reach Maureen @ (250) 902-2290 To schedule an appointment



10/ 01 /2014

Eke Me-Xi Futsol Tourney ____________________________________

Jan 18th-19th _________________________________________

 Wakas Hall  12 player max, @ least 2 girls  $150 Entrance Fee  Looking to pay a few refs  Facebook message Ekemexi Tsulquate with your team roster  Great grub in the kitchen!



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Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations Sports and Recreation January, 2014 January Sun











11 Swim 3:45-5:15 Van will start at 3:35 18 Swim 3:455:15 Van will start at 3:35


6 Service

7 Hall 3-5

8 Attending Aboriginal Coaching Module

9 Attending Aboriginal Coaching Module

10 Off


13 AwayScheduled Time-off

14 AwayScheduled Time-off

15 Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17

16 Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17








Skate 1:453:15 Van will start at 1:35

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17





Skate 1:45-3:15 Van will start at 1:35

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17

Hall 3-5 Ages 14-17


25 Swim 3:455:15 (I am away at Family Feast)


**Subject to change without Notice due to community event, emergency, nature** Daryl has been utilizing the school gym for younger age groups and I would like to use the time to allow youth 14-17 time and space to enjoy the hall. I encourage all community members to come and use the time and space to share with their families, I just respectfully remind all that this is for youth. Also as most are aware 18+ are able to book the hall and the hall is booked solidly for January. It’s great to see so many community members coming out and getting active. If you have an idea or need help with organizing or seeking assistance in the Sports and Recreation field please feel free to chat with me through social media, call (250) 949-8343 or text (250) 230-4131. I am always free and open to anyone in Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations drop by, message or text.

Ross E Hunt Jr Sports and Recreation rossh@gwanak.info W: (250) 949-8343 C: (250) 230-4131 PAGE 10


10/ 01 /2014

Skating and Swimming Schedule Swimming Dates

Skating Dates

15 total

10 Total

November 16, 4:00-5:30 pm

November 17, 1:45-3:15 pm

December 1, 3:45-5:15 pm

December 8, 1:45-3:15 pm

December 7, 3:45-5:15 pm

January 5, 1:45-3:15 pm

December 21, 3:45-5:15 pm

January 19, 1:45-3:15 pm

December 29, 3:45-5:15 pm

January 26, 1:45-3:15 pm

January 4, 3:45-5:15 pm

February 9, 1:45-3:15 pm

January 11, 3:45-5:15 pm

February 16, 1:45-3:15 pm

January 18, 3:45-5:15 pm

March 2, 1:45-3:15 pm

January 25, 3:45-5:15 pm

March 9, 1:45-3:15 pm

February 1, 3:45-5:15 pm

March 16, 1:45-3:15 pm (last day of ice)

February 9, 3:45-5:15 pm February 15, 3:45-5:15 pm February 23, 3:45-5:15 pm March 1, 3:45-5:15 pm March 8, 3:45-5:15 pm March 15, 3:45-5:15 pm Transportation will be departing from Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Band Office 10 minutes prior to every skate and/or swim and drop-off after each skate and/or swim. Would like to extend our gratitude to Trust Committee for making these events available to the youth, children and community of Tsulquate.Please be advised that schedule is subject to change without notice in case of community events, celebrations, etc. Thank-you and have fun! Ross E Hunt Jr Sports and Recreation rossh@gwanak.info C: (250) 230-4131 W: (250) 949-8343 PAGE 11


10/ 01 /2014

How Negative Energy Affects Your Life and How to clear it: You know that like attracts like, right? So here's the deal: Positive people are drawn to positive energy; negative people are drawn to negative energy. We tend to perceive negative energy as something other people have. Sure, sometimes we feel negative – as in, “go away and leave me alone, world!” but did you know that negativity can be so ingrained in you that it goes unnoticed? That's because negativity sometimes wears a disguise called ‘reality'. It's easy to rationalize that you're ‘just being realistic' in not daring to act on a dream – and believe it! You may assume that positive people are not being realistic – that they're being naive, that they are in denial with their heads stuck in the sand, that they put on fake smiles in the face of difficulty and so forth. But are they really happy idiots or is there something to their positivity? Consider this: since when does ‘being realistic' necessarily mean that things will go wrong and that you have to accept that as the truth? That doesn't mean that being realistic is automatically negative. When you view the world from a ‘realistic' standpoint, you can't help but be negative IF your version of reality is negative. If your version of reality is negative, you are conditioned to believe that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong and whatever can go right, will probably go wrong too. Your unconsciously held beliefs make you into a negative person without your being aware of it! So – if this negativity is so ingrained in you that you don't notice it, how do you determine whether you're stuck in a cloud of negative energy that is attracting the wrong people, wrong situations and wrong feelings? And how can you be sure you're not perpetuating that negativity?

Here's a quick quiz to gauge the level of negative energy within you: -Do you complain? All the time or just sometimes? -Do you often discuss what's wrong in the world more than what's right? This includes the ‘terrible' weather, ‘horrible' traffic, ‘idiotic' government, ‘lousy' economy, ‘stupid' in-laws, etc. -Do you criticize? All the time or just certain people? - Are you attracted to drama and disaster (can you unglue yourself from the TV when there's a news story of a disaster and can you avoid getting involved in the lives of dysfunctional celebrities?) -Do you blame? All the time or just certain situations? -Do you believe that you have no control over most of your results? -Do you feel like a victim? -Do you talk about people doing things to you? - Are you grateful for what is or will you be grateful -when things finally start going right for you? -Do you feel like things are happening to you? Or do you feel that they are happening through you? These last two points are important: If you're not grateful except when things go right, you are negative. Gratitude is positive. If you are grateful for what is (including the unpleasant school of life lessons, then you can invite more and more positive energy into your life.



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Believing that things happen to you puts you in the role of victim; then it's easy to be negative because it's convenient to give up that power. So consider this alternative: who or what is to blame when GOOD things happen to you? Do you acknowledge that you are responsible for the good things – as in, you worked hard, you earned it, etc… but blame external events or other people for your failures? So how come, when good things happen, they are a result of what you do, but when bad things happen, they are not your fault? Nobody likes to hear that. It takes courage to accept that you create your life experience! If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are holding on to negative energy to some degree! To clear your negative energy and raise your vibration, you will need to retrain yourself to choose a positive attitude. Here's another interesting idea to consider: have you noticed that positive people seem to get what they want out of life, and even if things don't go their way, they still enjoy their lives… while negative people whine and moan about their misfortunes and even the good things in their lives? To clear negative energy, try this 3 -step process: 1. Take ownership: “When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.” – the Dalai Lama 2. Cancel negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. This takes practice, dedication and making a decision to see the world through the eyes of “what can go right” instead of “what can go wrong.” You'll have to catch yourself anytime you are acting out or speaking out your negativity, and immediately change your tune. 3. Use the Love or Above Spiritual Toolkit to clear your energy and bring more light and love into your life; visualize the positive instead of getting sucked into negativity; overcome past conditioning; think intuitively from the soul instead from ‘reality'; create a new, desired reality in your imagination and manifest it in the outer world. Nobody wants negative energy to permeate their lives, yet many of us allow it. But we allow it unconsciously, based on past conditioning that suggests an inevitable outcome to certain situations. When you overcome that conditioning and realize that the future is NOT cast in stone but that you have more control over your circumstances than you believe – then you can begin to consciously design your life. What's going to happen then? Your positive energy will magnetically attract what you consider to be good and right for you: people, situations, things… and you'll notice a huge, huge increase in your happiness and inner peace. Why not choose positive energy? Make some changes within, and you'll quickly see positive changes in your life. Enjoy the good feelings and abundance!



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