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Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13 2010

Band Office

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

Contents   Pg2   Pg3  

Late Cheques

Staff Contact  Information   From  the  Band  Manager’s   Desk  

Staff Updates: Pg4 Pg5 Pg6   Pg7    

Council Update Economic Development   Public  Works  &  Website   CCP  

Special Features: Pg8 Pg9 Pg10 Pg11 Pg12

Elders’ Building Policy Study Hall Notice Job Posting: Roots Worker NIEFS Job Postings Nuyambalees Fundraising Gala

Miscellaneous: Pg13 Pg14

Colouring Calendar

Community Members, Please make sure that your healthrelated cheque requests (especially patient travel) are given to health & family services staff one week before the cheque is needed. There is no guarantee that cheques will be done in less than one week, so be prepared and be patient!


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION Margaret Bernard, 902-2308

Finance Manager finance@gwanak.info

Conrad Browne, 902-2301

Economic Development Manager ecdev@gwanak.info

Silena George, 949-7406

Elders’ Coordinator silenag@gntreaty.org

Colleen Hemphill, 949-8424

Chief Treaty Negotiator colleenh@gntreaty.org

Jessie Hemphill, 902-2306

Admin. Assistant / Communications jessieh@gwanakplan.org

Linda Henderson, 949-8424

Treaty Office Assistant

Lorna Henderson, 902-2304

Housing Manager housing@gwanak.info

Pat Dawson, 902-2309

Social Development Manager patriciad@gwanak.info

Grace Smith, 902-2320

Education Manager graces@gwanak.info

Ted Stevens, 949-8393

Forestry Manager forestry@gwanak.info

Bob Swain, 230-0087

Public Works Manager bswain4@telus.net

Elisha Taylor-Child, Native Courtworker etaylor-child@nccabc.com

Les Taylor, 902-2307

Band Manager manager@gwanak.info

Crystal Walkus,

Treaty Resource Assistant crystalw@gntreaty.org

Jessie Walkus, 949-8343

Receptionist (fax) 949-7402

Natasha Walkus,

Treaty Resource Assistant natashaw@gntreaty.org

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

From the Band Manager’s Desk Our school is up and running and all our staff and students are excited to be back in school. I gave a short presentation at our young adult education center. I expressed the importance of an education the young adults attending school and gave an overview of the kinds of jobs and careers that one might be able to consider for the band. I advised that if they stay in school and complete their studies, I would do whatever I can to ensure they have a job upon successful completion of their education. It has been brought to my attention that some people may have been charged a fee for the carnival bracelets recently. In the last newsletter I had advised that the bracelets were provided at no charge. If you were charged any money for the bracelets please let me know how much you were charged and who you gave the money to.

I will ensure that you get your money back. Our Coastal Guardian Watchmen Program (a.k.a. Stewardship) is back up and running again. I am advised that our trip schedules have provided for Elders to go to the Homelands. On a recent trip no elders showed up for a scheduled trip. Please contact Conrad Browne for more info, 902-2301. We are presently in discussions with the tri-bands regarding the policing of our reserves by the RCMP. We all concurred that the service we are provided is clearly not adequate. We will be writing a letter to senior officials conveying our concerns. The Tri=Bands will also be looking at jointly hiring a By-Law / Animal Control Officer to work on the three reserves. I am excited about this initiative. Our discussions also revolved around the possibility of establishing a Tribal Police /Peace Keeper Program. I will keep you posted.

Les Taylor, Band Manager


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

Council Update There was a Council meeting held on September 2, with Paddy, Crystal, Victor, Terry, and Gary present from the Council. The next Council meeting was held during the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Trust meeting on September 7, so that Council could make a motion and sign a Band Council Resolution relating to Trust matters. The Councilors attending that meeting were Paddy, Crystal, Terry, Ernie, Gary, and Victor. The next Council meeting was scheduled for September 8, but there were not enough Councilors for quorum, so it was not an official Council meeting. The Councilors that were there (Crystal, Ernie, Victor and Terry) received a presentation from Pauline Janyst and Terry Assu of the Sasamans Society (formerly known as the North Island Wellness Society.) The next Council meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 10:00 a.m. Portfolios: Finance Health & Social Development Housing Forestry Fisheries Education Economic Development Treaty Personnel & Policies Recreation

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Ernie Ernie, Gary, Victor Ernie, Terry, Victor, John Eddie, Victor Ernie, John, Terry Crystal, Ernie, Terry Crystal, Victor, Ernie, Eddie Ernie, Crystal Crystal Crystal, Terry, Victor

Chief Paddy Walkus sits on all committees  


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

Economic Development I’ve been working on developing some guiding documents and policies for the Economic Development program. Please take a look at the Mission Statement and focus areas. If you have any questions, give me a call at 902-2301.

Mission Statement: “To create, operate and support businesses that will be profitable, environmentally sustainable and culturally significant, while respecting the unique cultural values of the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw people.”

Focus Areas: 1. Fisheries/ Aquaculture

2. Tourism

3. Forestry

4. Lands

5. Small Business

Conrad Browne, Economic Development Coordinator


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

Website Update Community members, you are invited to submit the following for the G-N website: • Photographs & Artwork • Sound & Video Files • Your Questions (for the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section) • Events for the Calendar • Write-ups for the Blog Please bring copies to the band office for Jessie Hemphill, or e-mail them to jessieh@gwanakplan.org

Public Works Chlorine reading for this week is 0.21. I will be taking some holiday time from September 16 to September 22. Any maintenance issues can be directed to our band manager during this time. Bob Swain, Public Works


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

CCP Update There is a CCP Meeting TONIGHT (Sept. 13, Monday) at the Elders’ Centre, at 5pm. There are a few things on the agenda for this meeting:

used by community members to take pictures of our community so that I can do the final report on that grant.

1. Our community needs to review the final CCP draft (complete with photographs, though it still needs some staff feedback) so that we can begin to use it as a guiding document.

4. We also still have grant funding to build a smoke house, buy a small boat, and do some culture classes. I need some guidance from the community about how to get those things done within the next month or so.

2. Johanna Mazur, one of the UBC students that was helping with the CCP, needs community approval of the project that she worked on, so that she can graduate.

Plus, it would be nice to see some familiar faces and just have a good visit! I hope you have lots of questions for me and I hope that we can have a fun meeting and get a lot done.

3. There are still disposable cameras belonging to the CCP that need to be

So, I hope to see many of you tonight. As always, if you have any questions about the CCP, this newsletter, or any of my work, email jessieh@gwanakplan.org or call 949-8343.

Jessie Hemphill, past Community Planning Coordinator


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

Elders’ Building Policy This is just a friendly reminder about the current Elder’s Center use and policy when it comes to renting it for your personal need or workshops. This has been passed through at an Elder’s meeting and was agreed upon through voting. You MUST book the building DURING office hours with Silena @ 250 949 7406. The payment MUST be paid in full up front as well as your clean up fee, otherwise the building will not be opened for your function by anyone. There will be a clean up fee added to all rentals as our Elders clean their building themselves, as they chose to do so themselves. This building is for the elders to take pride in what they have for their meetings and what not. So please treat this building with the upmost respect as you would an elder’s house. Rates are as follows: ½ day => $ 50.00 Full day => $100.00 Or $20/hr Clean up fee => $40.00 NO TABLES OR CHAIRS WILL GO OUT OF THE BUILDING! Office space per month => $200.00 (Renters responsible for own cleaning of offices) Catering: $15/plate + receipts! Please contact if you have any questions or concerns with this updated policy. We are looking at the concerns of the Elder’s when we reinforce these matters. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation. This policy is in effect immediately! Sincerely, The G&N Elders & Silena, Elder’s Coordinator

Signed by: Mary Rufus, Alfred Rufus, Mary McDougall, Irene Sheard, Mary Henderson, Kathy Walkus, Lillian Johnny, Mary Johnson & Doug Johnny


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

STUDY HALL with Charles Willie Sundays to Thursdays 6 pm to 8 pm Eke Me Xi Come for extra help with homework or just a quiet place to do your homework.


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

ROOTS WORKER JOB POSTING THE SACRED WOLF FRIENDSHIP CENTRE IN IS SEEKING A ROOTS WORKER TO FULFULL THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE "A CHILD'S ROOTS ARE FOREVER" PROGRAM. THIS IS A FULL TIME POSITION The Roots Worker will assist in: • Ensuring that all Aboriginal children in care are connected to their Aboriginal families and communities, culture and heritage • Encouraging and assisting Aboriginal communities in reconnecting and reclaiming their children and youth who are in the care of MCFD • Nurturing a sense of belonging for Aboriginal children in care, a sense that they are part of and connected to; their birth and extended family, Aboriginal community, culture and heritage • Reviewing child's file • Providing cultural guidance, positive role models for the project team working with children, families and community members • Guiding team members to build on the capacity of aboriginal children, families and communities to assist in the planning of safe care options for children when necessary. Qualifications: (In your Resume and Covering Letter, please address how you meet these) • Minimum Grade 12 diploma; preference for diploma/degree in health, education or social service • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with Business Use insurance of $300,000 (reimbursable by SWFC) • Basic knowledge of word processing, excel and general office skills. • Good written communication skills and the ability to do oral presentations are necessary • The ability to work collaboratively with the Ministry of Children & Family Development • Experience or knowledge of social work, family support, first nation’s communities and aboriginal heritage would be an asset • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural sensitivities when working with Aboriginal families and communities • Ability to work independently and as a team to complete tasks in a timely manner • Child welfare screening and criminal record check are required. • Preference may be given to those who self-identify as Aboriginal status/ancestry. • Knowledge of Kwakwaka’wakw family & cultural systems would be preferential Salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience Please return application with cover letter by 4:00 pm Sep 16th, 2010 Anticipated start date of Oct. 4th, 2010 Mail or fax to:

Dean Wilson Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre Box 2041, Port Hardy, BC, V0N 2P0 Fax (250) 949-7907 10

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010

NIEFS Job postings Job Title : Early Childhood Education Full/Part-Time : Casual Location : Port Hardy Salary : $13-16/hr DOE Details : A qualified ECE is required who is willing to work as substitutes for half day preschool or full day care. Please send resume and references to Kate Pinsonneault by means described in the contact information. Contact : NIECDS, Box 42 Pt.Hardy BC V0N 2P0 Fax: 250-949-3038 email niecds@telus.net Company Name : NI Early Child Development Society

Job Title : Bookkeeper Full/Part-Time : Part-time Location : Port Hardy Salary : DOE Details : This part time position may lead to fulltime. Must have previous office experience, good organization/accuracy skills, proficient in Simply Accounting, MS Excel, Word, accounts payable, payroll and other office duties. Additional Info : Applicant will have a 3 month trial period. Contact : Make an appointment to drop off resume in person to Anita on 7890 Goodspeed Road by phoning 250-949-6548 Company Name : Port Hardy Bulldozing

Job Title : Packager (also Fish Filleter and Shippers’ Assistant) Full/Part-Time : Full-Time Location : Port Hardy Salary : $12 /hr Details : Immediate job position entails packaging a ready to eat product in a quick and orderly fashion, in a fast paced plant. Must be on time, follow directions, and be willing to work overtime as needed. Require steel toed rubber boots. Contact : Apply to Lucille Beck: 9300 Trustee Rd. Box 401 Pt. Hardy BC V0N 2P0 Ph: 250-949-8781 Fax: 250-949-8761 Company Name : Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish


Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

September 13, 2010



at the   Nuyumbalees  Cultural  Centre   Gala  Fund  Raiser   Sunday  October  10,  2010    



Artists will  be  showcased  along  with  their  artwork  at  the  Event  and  during  the  Live  Auction.     Please  provide  an  Artist  Biography  along  with  a  Photograph  for  our  catalogue.    


Artists will  be  showcased  along  with  their  artwork  during  the  Silent  Auction.    

Artists will  receive  a  FREE  ticket  to  attend  the  event  for  donations  valued  at  $500  or  more.    

Artists that  donate  for  the  Live  Auction  will  be  entered  into  a  draw  for  2  FREE  Vancouver   Canuck  tickets.    

Artists will  be  listed  and  promoted  at  the  Nuyumbalees  Cultural  Centre  where  we  will  keep   biographies  and  contact  info  on  hand.  We  will  feature  contributing  Artist’s  each  week  next   season,  with  no  commission!    

Artists are  encouraged  to  sign  their  artwork  personally  for  the  buyers  attending  the  event.    

Deadline: October  1st,  2010.    


SARAH MCCOY                                                            SHAWN  O’CONNOR   250-­285-­3733                                                              250-­285-­3436  

Contact Sarah  McCoy,  Executive  Assistant  or  Shawn  O’Connor  for  more  information,  to  make  a   donation  of  artwork  or  to  discuss  how  the  Nuyumbalees  Cultural  Centre  can  best  work  with   you  to  promote  your  artwork.    

Tax Receipts  Available:   The  Nuyumbalees  Society  is  a  Non-­‐Profit  Registered  Charity.    Tax  Receipts  are  available  for  the   value  of  the  artwork  donated  and  for  all  cash  donations.    



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Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

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GN Newsletter Sept 13/10  

Miscellaneous : Special Features: Community Members, Please make sure that your health- related cheque requests (especially patient travel)...

GN Newsletter Sept 13/10  

Miscellaneous : Special Features: Community Members, Please make sure that your health- related cheque requests (especially patient travel)...

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