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Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 11/24/10

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

Deadline for next newsletter: December 3 E-mail submissions to jessieh@gwanakplan.org


Staff Contact Information From the Band Manager’s Desk

STAFF UPDATES p4-5 p6 p7 p8

Treaty Update Elders’ Update Economic Dev. Update Introducing: Tony Wong Social Dev. Update

MISCELLANEOUS p9 Winter’s Here! (photos) p10 Elders’ Conference Notice p11 Bus Schedule p12-13 Job Postings p14 Social Assistance Form p15 Colouring p16 Calendar

COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS The bye election was held on Nov. 19th from 8am to 8pm at the old Eke Me-Xi building. Donna Gault was the electoral officer. Here are the results: Robert Walkus Jr. Darryl Coon Tom Rufus Robert Swain Mary Rufus Dennis Walkus Dorey Brotchie Mildred Walkus Dorothy Walkus Harriet Henderson

54 votes 21 votes 14 votes 12 votes 11 votes 11 votes 3 votes 2 votes 0 votes 0 votes

There is a 30-day window to appeal the results. After that the ballots will be destroyed. Thanks to everyone who ran, and all who came out and voted! 1 Do you have pictures you’d like to see in the newsletter? E-mail them to jessieh@gwanakplan.org

STAFF CONTACT INFO The Band Office News is prepared by Jessie Hemphill, Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator. This newsletter is delivered to all houses on the Tsulquate Reserve every second Week. If you have questions or comments about this newsletter, contact Jessie at 949-8343 or e-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org.

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Band Office Front Desk: (250) 949-8343 Fax: (250) 949-7402 Les Taylor, Band Manager manager@gwanak.info / 902-2307 Margaret Bernard, Finance finance@gwanak.info / 902-2308 Conrad Browne, Economic Development ecdev@gwanak.info / 902-2301 Pat Dawson, Social Development patriciad@gwanak.info / 902-2309 Colleen Hemphill, Treaty colleenh@gntreaty.org / 949-8424 Jessie Hemphill, Communications & Exec. Assistant jessieh@gwanakplan.org / 949-8343 Lorna Henderson, Housing housing@gwanak.info / 902-2303 Grace Smith, Education education@gwanak.info / 902-2320 Ted Stevens, Forestry forestry@gwanak.info / 949-8393 Elisha Taylor-Child, Native Courtworker etaylor-child@nccabc.ca / 902-2223 Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Elders Centre Front Desk: (250) 949-7406 Silena George, Elders’ Coordinator silenag@gntreaty.org Crystal Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant crystalw@gntreaty.org Natasha Walkus, Treaty Resource Assistant natashaw@gntreaty.org

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Health & Family Services Front Desk: (250) 949-8131 Sandra Charlie, Health Director scharlie@gwanakhealth.info / 902-2286 2

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

FROM THE BAND MANAGER’S DESK There was a Band Council Resolution passed on February 11, 2004 stating: Therefore be it Resolved that from the time a lot has been awarded to a community member that community member must start construction of their house within two years and that the house must be completed within three years And Be it further resolved that if the housing construction does not begin within two years the lot will revert to the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation and may be awarded to another community member And be it further resolved that all community members who have been awarded a housing lot shall have two years from this date to begin construction of their home and three years to complete construction of their home. This BCR was tabled at a recent Band Council meeting for discussion and the outcome of the discussion was a motion reaffirming this Band Council Resolution. There was a Council meeting on November 17, 2010 at 10:00am. It was called to order at 10:35 am. It was adjourned at 12:45pm. John Henderson gave a presentation. Maggie Sedgemore gave a presentation as well. The council members present were: Paddy Walkus, Ernie Henderson, Terry Walkus, Crystal Walkus, Victor Walkus , and Gary Walkus. Our recent bye election is over and the results of the election are Robert Walkus is elected. There has been no official appeal submitted and there is 30 days allowed after election to file an appeal. Congratulations to Robert Walkus. There was a Council meeting with the Kwakiutl District Council yesterday to get an update on their audit and things that they’re involved in. The council members present were Paddy Walkus, Eddie Charlie, Robert Walkus, Victor Walkus, Ernie Henderson, Gary Walkus, and Crystal Walkus. The meeting was from 1:20pm to 3:10pm. Be careful outside and make sure you are properly dressed for the conditions and wear good footwear for the icy roads.

Les Taylor, Band Manager 3

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GWA’SALA-’NAKWAXDA’XW CONSTITUTION The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Constitution will be created and approved by the Gwa’sala’Nakwaxda’xw people WHAT IS A CONSTITUTION? • A constitution is “a group of rules about how a Nation or organization is governed”. Many governments and First Nations have a constitution stating how they will be run. • The Constitution is the highest law of the land. WHY DO WE NEED A CONSTITUTION? • The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Constitution will clearly set out the rules and relationships between G-N members and our leaders. This will be much clearer than without a Constitution. • Developing and voting on a Constitution is part of taking back control over G-N governance. G-N members did not get to vote on the Indian Act or any federal laws. The Constitution is the beginning of making decisions by G-N members for members. • A Constitution is required to complete a Treaty. The governments want to make sure that the members have a chance to vote on the Treaty and also to vote on a Constitution that sets out the rules for the post-Treaty government. SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF • What is the difference between principles, laws or policies and Protocol and which ones might belong in a Constitution? • What are different ways of making sure leaders are accountable to members?

reaty Adviicheal at a T M & y th a ov.17 Donna, K e Meeting, N te it m om C sory

Mur ray Brown, a lawyer helping wi th our treaty negotiations , presenting at the meeting

Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


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Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

ELDERS’ UPDATE Get your winter coat & boots out everyone! Winter is here :) Thank you to all of those who were able to make it to the meeting this past Wednesday (Nov. 17) We were able to discuss a lot of important topics. The catering for the Trust meeting (Nov. 18) went wonderfully, thanks to Betty and Natasha Walkus for cooking. The elders all agreed at the meeting that it would be best to join in on the Community Christmas Dinner. They do not want their own celebration. Therefore I will be getting everyone’s gifts to them at the community dinner. Santa sure was on top of his elves for you elders this year! Kitchen renovations will begin Monday, Nov. 22 by Geisler Construction. Therefore nobody will be able to use the building for family dinners or other personal reasons until the renovations are finished. I will be out of the office on November 26th for a dentist’s appointment. PLEASE: Any elders out there that would like me to come and do home visits with you... PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE to call me during office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30. Enjoy the snow everyone! Gila’kasla, ~ Silena George

Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT UPDATE We had our first community economic development meeting on Nov. 15 2010. A big thank you to all who came and gave of their time and participation. I would like to apologize for not providing more advanced notice about the meeting and I promise to have better communication about the meetings in the future. We were able to cover a lot of ground with Jessie Hemphill leading our discussion for us. The individuals provided lots of insight and a base direction of what they would like to see moving forward. I will provide a more in-depth report in our next newsletter. Please keep an eye out for the yellow notices on the telephone poles as well as posters in all the usual places for notice of when the next meeting is. - Conrad, Economic Development Coordinator MEETING SUMMARY We used the symbol of a tree to guide the discussion. First we talked about the ‘roots’ of the tree as being our community’s values and core beliefs. Some of the values that people identified were unity, friendship, respect, and conflict. Then we talked about the ‘fruits’ of the tree being the things that we want to see in our community’s future. Some of the visions were a foodbank, restoring our beaches, investing our money, having independence, and strengthening culture and language. After that we discussed the ‘birds’, which are things that are beyond our control that come and ‘destroy our fruits’. We also talked about ‘bugs’, or things from within our community that could get in the way of our vision. Some of the ‘bugs’ we identified were drugs and alcohol, people not getting involved, pessimism, and mistrust. It was a great meeting, thanks to everyone who joined us! ~ Jessie Hemphill 7

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT UPDATE The Social Assistance cheques for Jan. 2011 will be out on the 15th of Dec. 2010. The cut-offdate for getting your form in is December 10. Remember the stub needs to be filled out first! Please keep in mind that you won’t get another cheque until January 26th, so please spend wisely. The Christmas Bonus cheques will be available on January 4th for those on social assistance only, excluding GFA. The stubs are now left at the Front Desk for you to fill out monthly. They will not be put in the envelopes anymore as we were wasting too much paper with clients not returning them. Christmas Hampers will be delivered on December 18th between 9am and 3pm. If nobody is home, the hamper will not be delivered! There is a limit of one hamper per household. If you have hamper-related questions, call Teresa Bird at the Gazette office, 949-6225. sincerely, Patricia Dawson Hunt

INTRODUCING: TONY WONG Hi, my name is Tony Wong. I grew up in ‘Yalis/Alert Bay and now live in Burnaby. You may have seen me around Tsulquate. For the past 7 years I’ve been working in the background with community members and staff on community and land use planning. Some of the projects include the Land Use Plan, Stewardship Project, CCP, Economic Development, and Treaty Negotiations. My role has been in coordinating research projects, finding funding , and helping the office with new technology and skills. On rare occasions, I’m lucky enough to visit the Gwa’sala and ‘Nakwaxda’xw homelands. I enjoy coming to Tsulquate and am inspired by the support and caring in the community.

DID YOU KNOW... A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound... The average human eye can distinguish about 500 different shades of gray... The hardness of ice is similar to that of concrete... A bowl of lime Jell-O, when hooked up to an EEG machine, exhibited movement which is virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult man or woman... Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10


Clockwise, from top left: The Hooktender, our Stewardship boat, covered in ice down at the Fisherman’s Wharf. Braden Walkus, dressed for the snow. A poster from National Addictions Awareness Week. Natasha Walkus, looking good on her way to work :)


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10


December 2, 2010


Need a ride? RSVP


Seven Hills Golf Club


E-MAIL: reena.preece@viha.ca 250-902-6071


10:30a.m to 3:30p.m


Book by November 26.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANGELA SEALY is with the University of Victoria, Self Management Programs and involved in a project called “Active Choices”. After her keynote address Angela will be on hand to engage with interested participants in discussions around active living. BOOK ONE-ON-ONE DISCUSSIONS WITH HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:  PAUL FLETCHER – PHARMACIST: Bring your prescription medications and over the counter non-prescription medications and vitamins. Paul will evaluate what you are taking and alert you to any possible interactions that could occur.  WATA – NATIVE MEDICINE SPECIALIST: Wata will discuss with you natural, holistic alternative medicines that could help you manage your ailments.  ERIN HARRISON – DIETICIAN: Will advise you on healthy diet choices.  HEATHER GJERTSEN – FITNESS COUNSELLOR: Will provide you with some low-impact exercises specifically designed for seniors or those with mobility issues.  BRENDA BERNAL – COMMUNITY OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: Will work with you on balance and falls prevention.  TWO COMMUNITY NURSES: Will present you with wellness strategies around chronic disease.


Door Prize

Conference sponsored by the Elder’s Better Living Advisory Committee to the Mount Waddington Health Network

Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10 Local Travel (within one community) : $1.25 Zone 2 : $2.50 - Port Hardy to Coal Harbour - Port Hardy-Fort Rupert


Zone 3 : $3.75 - Port Hardy-Port McNeill - Port McNeill-Woss Child under 4 and under ride free when accompanied by adult. Additional children pay fare. Sheet of 10 Tickets Local $10.00 Zone 2 $20.00 Zone 3 $30.00


Port Hardy: Thunderbird Mall

Tsulquate Reserve

8:10 9:17

8:19 9:26

3:49 4:30

3:58 4:39

Trustee Rd. @ Port Hardy North Island Hospital College MONDAY TO FRIDAY - MORNING

Port Hardy: Thunderbird Mall

8:24 9:31

8:26 9:33

8:29 9:36

4:03 4:44

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4:08 4:49



Port Hardy: Thunderbird Mall 7:11 9:51

7:16 9:56

1:17 4:10 5:25

1:22 4:15 5:30

9:25 am 1:20 pm 11

Coal Fort Rupert Port Alice Port McNeill Port McNeill Harbour Park & Ride Junction Ferry Pioneer Mall Junction Terminal MONDAY TO FRIDAY - MORNING 7:21 10:01

7:31 10:11

7:51 10:31

7:54 10:34

1:27 4:20 5:35

1:37 4:30 5:45

1:57 4:50 6:05

2:00 4:53 6:08



9:36 am 1:31 pm




10:09 am 2:04 pm

Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

JOB POSTINGS FROM SERVICE CANADA & NIEFS Job Title : Customer Service Employer : Providence Place Inn Date Posted : 11/22/10 Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : Person needed for reception, customer service, phone duties and night audit reports for 20-30 hrs/wk. Must have basic bookkeeping, business, writing, cashier, and computer skills. Must be able to multi-task & willing to work weekends. Duties also include housekeeping and maintaining restaurant stock. Contact : Send Resume to Tracey Sutton - Email: admin@providenceplace.ca or Post: Box 220, Port Hardy BC V0N 2P0

Job Title : Labourers Employer : Community Fisheries Dev. Centre Date Posted : 11/22/10 Full/Part-Time : Contract Location : Port Hardy Details : Dock construction project will provide work exp. In construction and float installation / repairs Dec 6 to Mar 31, 2011. Applicants must be EI eligible to apply. Must be willing to work in all weather, able to do heavy physical work. Work will involve using power & hand tools. Position will offer a 1 Day Emergency First Aid course and 2 day WCB Chainsaw Safety course. Contact : Call Port Hardy NIEFS 250-949-5736 or drop in to book appt. 1298950 Granville St.

Job Title : Employer: Date Posted : Full/Part-Time : Location : Details :

Early Childhood Education Kwigwis Daycare 11/15/10 Full-time Fort Rupert Qualifications: Current registration and in good standing with www.niefs.net/jobbank Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org


Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10

JOB POSTINGS FROM SERVICE CANADA & NIEFS CRNBC; Nursing Degree; Current CDC and CPR certifications required;+/-5 years practicing CHN/HCN experience (community setting asset). Job closes Nov.26/10. Computer experience including EMR/ electronic charting is preferred.Possession of a valid B.C. driver’s license and reliable vehicle.Vulnerable criminal records check and driver’s abstract.Previous experience working in a First Nations Community preferred Contact : Send resume, cover letter & salary expectation to KDC Health: Email: team@coreelements.com;Fax: 604-484-2231

Job Title : Office Manager Employer : Kwakiutl District Council Date Posted : 11/15/10 Full/Part-Time : Full-time Location : Fort Rupert Details : Requires advanced reception, organizational & service delivery skills, agendas, minutes, project management and relationship building. Team leader duties may be required. Word Suite, Excel, health databases, video conference. Certificate in office management or health admin. 4 years’ admin experience in health office may substitute. 6 years direct experience as health site admin officer or manager is preferred. Criminal records check and driver’s abstract. Job closes Nov. 24. Contact : Send resume, cover letter, salary expectation to:Tracy Gordon,Email: team@coreelements.com; Fax: 604-484-2231

Job Title : Truck Driver / Forklift Employer : Keltic Seafoods Ltd. Date Posted : 11/15/10 Full/Part-Time : Seasonal Location : Port Hardy Details : Driving 7 Ton cube truck delivering and picking up 1000 lb fish tote. Immediate opening for an end of season temporary truck driver. Must be an experienced and certified fork lift operator. Contact : E-mail resume to gord@kelticseafoods.com 13

Declaration Cut-Off Dates:

December 10 (for January 2011) January 21 (for February 2011) Declarations received after this date will result in delayed cheque issue!

If you do not get this form in EVERY MONTH by the cut-off date, you might not get your cheque! Please remember to bring in your BC Hydro bills as well. 14

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Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations Band Office News - 12/08/10








Nov. 22 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 Nov. 25 Nov. 26 Nov. 27 1-4pm Drop-in 10-12 free swim 10-12 Elders’ Coffee 10-12 free swim GN Time Sheets Due Exercise @ House @ Elders’ Elders’ Centre 1pm Council Centre 1pm Emergency Planning Meeting Meeting @ GN Youth Centre 1-4pm Drop-in Exercise @ Elders’ Centre

Nov. 28

Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 1-4pm Drop-in 10-12 free swim 10am Council 10-12 free swim Band Office News Deadline Exercise @ Meeting Elders’ Centre 1pm Emergency Planning 10-12 Elders’ Coffee Meeting @ GN Youth House @ Elders’ Centre Centre 1-4pm Drop-in Exercise @ Elders’ Centre

Dec. 5

Dec. 6

Dec. 7

Dec. 8

1-4pm Drop-in 10-12 free swim Exercise @ Elders’ Centre

Dec. 12

Dec. 13

Dec. 14

1-4pm Drop-in 10-12 free swim Exercise @ Elders’ Centre

Dec. 9 10am Council Meeting

10-12 Elders’ Coffee House @ Elders’ Centre

Dec. 10 10-12 free swim

10-12 Elders’ Coffee House @ Elders’ Centre Pick up SA Cheques

GN Time Sheets Due

1pm Emergency Planning Cut-off date for S.A. forms Meeting @ GN Youth Centre

1-4pm Drop-in Exercise @ Elders’ Centre Dec. 15 Dec 16

10am Council Meeting

Dec. 11

10-12 free swim 1pm Emergency Planning Meeting @ GN Youth Centre 1-4pm Drop-in Exercise @ Elders’ Centre

Questions or comments? E-mail jessieh@gwanakplan.org

Dec. 17

Dec. 18

Last day of work before Christmas Holidays Band Office and Health & Family Services reopen on January 4


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