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Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw First Nation

AUGUST 4 2010

Band OFFICE News Find out what’s happening in the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office and community!

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Staff Changes/Contact Info GN Website What To Do With Your Garbage Stewardship Program Treaty Update Forestry Update Elders’ Update Job Posting

COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS Elections were held on July 2 to elect four new councilors. Crystal Walkus, John Walkus and Victor Walkus were elected to council. There was a tie between Gary Walkus and Mildred Dubitski for the fourth council position, and a run-off election for them was held on July 23. Gary Walkus was re-elected. The outgoing councilors are Sandra Charlie, Sheldon Powell, and Mary (Dodie) Rufus.

Election Questions? Please contact Band Manager Les Taylor at the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Band Office if you have any questions about the election. (250) 902-2307 or manager@gwanak.info


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BAND OFFICE STAFF CHANGES Les Taylor  was  hired  last  summer  as  the  Gwa'sala-­‐'Nakwaxda'xw  Band   Manager.  Before  that  he  was  the  Native  Courtworker.     902-­‐2307  


Conrad Browne  is  the  new  Economic  Development   Manager.  He  is  from  Port  McNeil.   902-­‐2301  


Jessie Hemphill  is  the  new  Executive  Administrative   Assistant  and  Communications  Officer.  Before  that  she  was   the  Comprehensive  Community  Planning  Coordinator.   902-­‐2306  


Elisha Taylor-­‐Child  was  hired  as  the  Native  Courtworker   last  August.     Etaylor-­‐child@nccabc.com   David  Scott  is  the  new  GIS  (mapping)  Manager.  He  is   from  Nanaimo.     Silena  George  is  the  new  Elders’  Coordinator.   Silena  was  the  CCP  Assistant  and  Recreation   Coordinator  before.   949-­‐7406  


Natasha Walkus  is  a  new  Treaty  Resource  Assistant.   She  was  a  CCP  Research  Assistant  before.   natashaw@gntreaty.org   Crystal  Walkus  is  a  new  Treaty  Resource   Assistant.     crystalw@gntreaty.org   Linda  Henderson  is  the  new  Treaty  Office  Assistant.   949-­‐8424  



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Thank You  and  Farewell…   Willie  Walkus  (Elders’  Coordinator)   Tanya  Wright  (GIS  Mapping  Manager)   Shannon  Lindall  (Human  Resources  Manager)  

Good luck  in  your  future  jobs!  

Some things change, but others stay the same. Here are the staff members who continue to work hard for our community…

Margaret Bernard,  Finance  Manager   902-­‐2308   finance@gwanak.info     Lorna  Henderson,  Housing  Manager   902-­‐2304   housing@gwanak.info     Pat  Dawson,  Social  Development  Manager   902-­‐2309   patriciad@gwanak.info     Grace  Smith,  Education  Manager   902-­‐2320   education@gwanak.info     Colleen  Hemphill,  Chief  Treaty  Negotiator   949-­‐8424  colleenh@gntreaty.org     Ted  Stevens,  Forestry  Manager   949-­‐8393  forestry@gwanak.info     Bob  Swain,  Public  Works  Manager   230-­‐0087   bswain4@telus.net     Jessie  Walkus,  Receptionist   949-­‐8343  (fax)  949-­‐7402      



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WEBSITE New computer kiosks and a website will help connect the GN community and staff You may have noticed a new addition in the Band Office lobby: One new computer, free for GN community members to use! The Treaty department provided these computers and so far, people have been using them to check email, Facebook, and other websites. Soon, though, we will have our own website! Copper Moon is a communications company working with GN staff to build a website for our band that will have information about our history, our culture,

staff and departments, community activities, photos, plus many other interesting things.

+ This website will help community members stay better informed about what’s going on in our community.

will be able to get forms, policies and other information from the website without having to make an appointment to see a staff member or come into the Band Office.

If you have ideas for the website, pictures that you want to share, or just have a question, give me a shout at jessieh@gwanakplan.org

or 902-2306‌

The site will also take some of the work load off of staff, since community members



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GARBAGE There is a lot of big garbage being left around the community, like mattresses, couches, and old TVs. If you want this garbage removed from your home, you can contact Les Taylor or Bob Swain at the Band Office (949-8343) to help you get rid of it. There is a small charge for some large garbage items and pick-up, and you will be required to help with loading the garbage, if you’re able. No Fee For: • Cardboard • Plastic with the • Paper • TVs • Computers • Old Paint • Used Oil • Used Batteries • Scrap Metal


Garbage Fees: • Mattresses/Couches • Propane Bottles • Large Appliances

$5 each $2 each $10-$15

e  K Bob Swain,  Public  Works  Manager  



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We’re getting a pilot Stewardship Program… but what does that mean? “Stewardship” means looking after the earth, plants, animals, the oceans, lakes, rivers, and all of the other important things in nature.

Our people have been “stewards” of our homelands for as long as we can remember, but nowadays we can’t always be in our homelands to protect them. That might change soon, with the pilot Stewardship Program that is happening. This program, also called the “Gwa’sala - ‘Nakwaxda’xw

Nation Coastal Guardian Watchmen And Stewardship Pilot Program” will include the bands purchase of the 28’ vessel “Hook Tender” which will allow the stewardship and economic development programs access to the homelands. This vessel will only be operated by fully certified, insured and authorized personnel.

The program has hired two individuals and their training in safety as well as the guardian watchmen program has started. Our first trips out are planned for August 11th. The two watchmen will travel to our homelands and check in on village sites,

keep an eye on boats, hunters, and others travelling in our territories. If they see people doing illegal things, like poaching, the Watchmen will report them. The Watchmen will also report on wildlife they see, traps, and other things of interest to our community. The program will run for 16 weeks, since it is a pilot project. If everything works out, it could become a yearly or even year long program. (Continued…)



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STEWARDSHIP CONTINUED… If you have any questions contact the program manager, Conrad Browne, at 902-2301 or ecdev@gwanak.info. Also, go to

www.coastalguardianwatchmen.ca for more info about the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network (CGWN)

BOAT BLESSING On August 9 at 10am there will be a blessing ceremony for the Stewardship boat. The ceremony will be at the Seagate Wharf, everyone is welcome to come out and join in the celebration! Also, there will be a contest to rename the boat. If you have ideas please submit them to Conrad at the band office, or call 902-2301. The contest will run until midautumn.

Conrad Browne,  Stewardship  Program  Manager  



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Treaty Update Over this past while, since the large

Silena George, the Elders and Rose King

community meeting held in March, we

helped with food preparations. The Elders

have held several meetings with the Treaty

let us rent their office and meeting spaces.

Advisory Committee (TAC) members.

Tom Henderson and Paddy Walkus always

They learned about the treaty process

advise and support. Willie Walkus gave his

including: an overview from when treaties

time to the negotiations over the past years.

were first signed (1800’s), where we are in negotiations today, what a final Gwa’sala-

TAC (Treaty Advisory Committee)

‘Nakwaxda’xw Treaty could look like, pros

members gather information and provide

and cons of doing a treaty and how treaty

input toward our negotiations, they are:

lands could be decided on.

Michael George, Lucy Scow, Donna Williams, Bob Swain, Kathy Walkus,

There is much to learn as we work together

Sandra Charlie and Blanch Walkus.

to prepare for another Community – wide

Colleen Walkus helped with child

treaty meeting in September or October.

minding. David Scott prepares and

These sessions are crucial to the success of

facilitates discussions on maps and Nicole

our treaty negotiations as we move to

McLelland helps to organize negotiations.

finalize this Agreement in Principal stage of

Thank you all.

negotiations toward the next stage – Treaty.

As well as the meetings, I welcome this newsletter

Many people helped with actual

as a way to keep you

negotiations and community meetings.

informed and involved.

The staff members are Linda Henderson, Natasha Walkus-Puglas and Crystal


Walkus, who set up, prepared materials, took notes and cooked for the meetings.

Colleen Hemphill,  Chief  Treaty  Negotiator  



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Forestry Update Mahpahkum Floats In 2009 we applied for funding from the Coast Opportunity Fund. It was approved in January 2010 and work began on building floats for Mahpahkum (Deserters Island). The floats are needed so that boats can tie up at Mahpahkum and people can get ashore. The logs used are culvert sill logs from a deactivated logging road at Strachan Bay, Seymour Inlet, contributed by the Ministry of Forests and Range. They were bundled and placed in Strachan Bay for towing by Cougar Inlet Logging Ltd., contractor for Mill & Timber Products Ltd. then towed to Port Hardy by John Houghton Towing of Mereworth Sound, Seymour Inlet.

In March John Houghton and Jonathon Walkus built the floats in Hardy Bay, in front of Mill & Timber dry land sort. Then the floats were towed to, and installed at, Mahpahkum on March 31, 2010, by John Houghton and Jonathan Walkus The floats have been positioned but need a walkway built between them and the shore so that it is accessible when the tide changes. The project manager is Hetlamas, ‘Nakwaxda’xw Hereditary Chief Thomas K. Henderson, Sr. The project supervisor is Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Forestry Coordinator Ted Stevens Gwa’Nak Resources Ltd. also supplied some of the funding.

The logs were then dewatered and placed in storage at Mill & Timber Products Ltd. dry land sort on the east side of Hardy Bay

Ted Stevens,  Forestry  Manager  



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Elders’ Trip Silena reports on her adventures with the elders! Hi Everyone! As you all know I have been given the opportunity of becoming the Elders’ Coordinator for our community. I started in February, working with Willie.

I sure have learned a lot with my new position. The elders and I have been fundraising like crazy since I started and even before, for the annual Elders’ Conference.

The conference took place in Salmon Arm, BC. There was a total of 20 elders from our community, myself, and four other escorts. The elders would really like to thank those helpers once again for doing such a great job and making the trip that much better. Thank you again Carol, Billy, Dodie, and grandson (Dwayne).

We departed at 6:00am on Monday morning, July 12 by chartered bus. The conference started on Tuesday, July 13 to the 15. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed everyone’s company. We headed as far as Vancouver on Thursday, and arrived home Friday evening safely.



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I really enjoyed spending the entire week with each and every one of you, and I look forward to many more adventures with all of you!

Elders’ Building Policy As most of you know, the elders went over the old Elder’s Building Policy and it was also updated. The final policy was agreed upon and sent out to the community. If you would like another copy please don’t hesitate to call or stop by. Gilakasla

Silena George,  Elders’  Coordinator  


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Job Posting: Lands, Resources, & Treaty Manager The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation is seeking an energetic individual with strong management skills to work full-time in the position of Land, Resource and Treaty Manager. This new position will provide overall coordination of land and resource activities and treaty negotiations. The position will report to the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Chief Negotiator and Band Manager. The successful applicant should be able to work in the community and travel as required, starting September 1, 2010. Salary is negotiable. Qualifications: • Completed post-secondary degree in related field • Minimum of 5 years experience in First Nation Land and Resource Management and Treaty Negotiations • Demonstrated ability in project management and strong financial management skills • Thorough understanding of the BCTC Process, including current approaches and issues relating to aboriginal rights and treaty negotiations • Strong understanding of provincial, federal and regional programs, approaches and issues relating to First Nations land and resource management • Familiarity with Gwa’sala & ‘Nakwaxda’xw territories, history and culture • Negotiation experience would be an asset Duties and Responsibilities: • Work collaboratively with Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Fisheries, Forestry and Treaty managers and departments to harmonize land, resource and treaty activities • Manage and/or monitor projects relating to lands, resources and treaty negotiations • Participate as a member of the -‘Nakwaxda’xw negotiation team and provide technical and negotiation support as required • Coordinate treaty negotiations and treaty-related activities and provide a primary point of contact for negotiations with Canada and British Columbia • Coordinate land, resource and treaty committees as required Application Procedures: Please submit a cover letter, resume and two references by August 25, 2010 to: Les Taylor, Band Manager Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Council PO Box 110, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 manager@gwanak.info 12

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A note about this newsletter… The band office is going to start sending out regular newsletters to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening. If you have ideas or submissions for the newsletter, come talk to Jessie Hemphill in the band office, e-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org or drop off your suggestions in writing at the front desk.

From The Desk of Les  Please remember not to feed wild eagles in our community. It’s bad for their health.  There have been lots of issues with dogs lately. If your dog is running around and gets picked up, it will cost you $50 to get the dog out of the impound. Any dogs that aren’t claimed will be destroyed. Dogs that attack people could also be destroyed. Feel free to come talk to me about questions concerning our community, staff, or council that you might have! -Les

Les Taylor,  Band  Manager  

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