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August 2016


Second Chances

It was a great time for everyone at the Second Chances walk/run event, held on July 23, an event designed for health and wellness.

Look inside...

Leach life lessons / page 5 2

Elders went to Kamloopa / page 9

Checking those car seats / page 9

Fisheries keeping busy / page 12

Getting together with FLNRO

Working together in forest management On July 27, 2016 the Haisla Lands and Resources Department hosted the Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Management Team from Smithers and Terrace.

We gave a historical perspective as to where our relationship was 18 years ago and how it has evolved over the years through various agreements and protocols.

FLNRO explained how they were organized and This meeting was evidence that we have made a how information flows down and up their organiza- great deal of progress in co-managing the forest tional chart. lands in Haisla Traditional Territory. The intent of the meeting was to find ways that we could work collaboratively in forest management, which was unheard of 10 years ago.

We were offered a contract to assess the status of the forest lands for multiple values. - Whitney Lukuku, Lands and Resources Manager



George Leach and Arthur Renwick Photos by Trish Grant People were up and dancing to a great show with Arthur Renwick and George Leach at the Rec Centre.


Life lessons

Leach shares the secrets of his success George Leach joined a circle of Haisla youth as he role of a rock star but his teacher, performing with shared his life lessons about success and happiness. him, didn’t want to look ‘stupid.’ The accomplished musician, coming off from a He went ahead with wearing his sunglasses and hat show in Kitamaat Village the night before, encour- and Leach earned a standing ovation for his work, aged kids to always be mindful of having a positive and praise from the teacher. attitude and putting in effort. “There was adversity and I rose above that,” he “I don’t have to be the best, just have to do my said. best,” he said. Ultimately it’s a choice to buy in to people’s negativLeach picked up a guitar for the first time when he ity, he said. It’s also a choice to believe in your own was 15 years old, and said he’s had times he’s had value and understand your worth. to stay positive and focused to follow his dreams. Leach also praised programs by the Canada World He speaks in particular of one instance being dis- Youth organization which provides lots of opportucouraged by a teacher as he prepared to perform in nities for youth, including Aboriginal youth. Their a school Christmas play—he wanted to look the website is 5

Gathering Strength


Gathering Strength Journey of canoes concludes in Kitamaat Village A canoe journey which began in Greenville concluded in Kitamaat Village on August 15.

This is the second time the Gathering Strength Canoe Journey concluded their adventure in Kitamaat Village.

The three canoes arrived shortly after 3 p.m. to a throng of eager onlookers, hollering and applauding to the group’s amazing journey.

“In the world that we live in today our lives are so busy with work, new technology, family and travel. We within the group of friends of Gathering Strength have been taking the canoes out on the water, connecting the coastal communities, we share our live on the journey, we sing each other's songs, we perform together as one nation, we paddle with one heart and at the end of the journey we share one soul because we see each other as equals,” writes Gerry Robinson about this project on the Gathering Strength’s Facebook page.

The Spirit of the Kitlope were also on hand to sing welcome songs and host a dinner. Chief Jassee provided the welcome to the group onto Haisla land.

“Throughout the beginning of the Gathering Strength Canoe journey, we have made awesome connections with people who we today consider part of the family,” he continued, specifically noting as well the Department of Fisheries and the RCMP. “The Department of Fisheries have stepped forward in so many ways to show how they are not the bad guys, they are humans just like each of us, they have come forward with so many things to assist with all the safety aspects to traveling on the waters...The involvement of the RCMP on the canoe journey is another benefit that has been very helpful.”


Health and fitness

Diabetes workshops coming up On September 7 and 14, for all those newly diagnosed with diabetes in the last year or who have been unable to attend the invited education sessions in KGH will receive a personal invitation to these


sessions. Space is limited so RSVP will be required. If you want to ensure an invitation please do not hesitate to contact me: Laurel at 250 639-9361 ext. 305.


Haisla Elders gather on a bus bound for Kamloops for the 37th annual Kamloopa Pow Wow. The event is built around traditional dancing and activities, involving thousands of people and the Elders were all very excited for the trip, seen above hollering in excitement. Constable Brad Walsh along with Stefanie Walker, Laura Olsson, and Angie Maitland, conducted checks of child car seats August 19 just outside Kitamaat Village. Learn more about car seats on the next page. 9

Car seat safety

/ Const. Brad Walsh

Prevent child injury Receiving a violation ticket from a police officer is not the worst thing that can happen when having a child inappropriately seated in your vehicle. In British Columbia, an average of 1,400 children under age nine are injured and four are killed in motor vehicle collisions each year. Seat belts and child car seats – when used correctly – are the most effective tools in preventing injuries and deaths in vehicle collisions. General tips: Know which car seat to use for your child’s stage of development. The four stages are: rear-facing for infants, forward-facing for small children, booster seats and seat belts Look for the National Safety Mark when purchasing a car seat and ensure it meets Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Check the expiry date before purchasing a car seat, as an expired seat means the plastic could be compromised Replace any car seat that has been in a collision as its structure may be compromised and avoid second hand car seats as their history is unknown Check Transport Canada’s website to see if there are any recalls or public notices relating to your child car seat: every one commits mischief who willfully destroys or road/child-car-seat-safety.html damages property, renders property dangerous or For more details on which child car seat you should useless, obstructs, interrupts or interferes with the be using and how to install it please visit: https:// enjoyment or operation of property. This means someone will be charged under the CrimYou can also stop by the Kitimat RCMP Detachment inal Code of Canada if caught damaging property. at 888 S Lahakas Blvd for more information. Please respect the community you live in as you’re Mischief Information the one that lives there and report any signs of MisUnder Section 430 of the Criminal Code of Canada chief to the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. 10

Booking the Rec Centre

Step by step to booking Rec Centre

Choose rental plan

Gymnasium Floor & Kitchen half day Up to 6 hours $200, plus $100 damage deposit Gymnasium Floor & Kitchen full day Seven or more hours $450, plus $225 damage deposit Upper Youth Room half day Up to 6 hours $100, plus $50 damage deposit Upper Youth Room full day Seven or more hours $200, plus $100 damage deposit Chairs & Tables Renting chairs and tables for outside use $7.35 per table, $1.25 per chair

Rental agreement must be filled out and signed upon payment (Payment in cash, debit or cheque only—void cheques will not be accepted) A receipt for paid rental will be written and a photocopy will be made. The renter will receive the original copy and the photocopy will be sent to Rec Centre Coordinator Daniel Young-Mercer to confirm the booking on the community calendar. Damage deposits will be repaid upon approval by the Rec Centre attendant.

Booking inquiries at the Haisla Nation administration office, or call 250-639-9361, extension 0 11


/ Brenda Bouzane

Keeping busy at fisheries Welcome Aboard The Haisla Fisheries Department would like to welcome Everett Smith to our team as a seasonal field technician. Everett comes to us with many years fishing experience, forestry experience and carpentry skills. This week, Everett took the swift water training in Terrace. A huge part of a fisheries technician’s job is doing stream counts, swift water training is a must in this sort of work. Everett is currently being trained by Mike Jacobs and Stan Hutchins on how to do stream assessments and counting fish. He is also working on the many fish habitat restoration projects in Haisla territory. When time and weather permits, Everett goes out with Trevor Amos to work on cabins.

permits to Haisla membership and community members that directly support Haisla families. If you need a new fishing licence please drop by the Haisla Fisheries office located in the Haisla Resource Building during regular office hours or call to make an appointment. 250-639-9361 ext. 207 Wouldn’t you know it, my camera wasn’t working when Chief Councillor Ellis Ross came in to get his fishing licence. The problem is now resolved Ellis, please come back in to renew your license.

The Haisla Fisheries Commission (HFC) only issues transport permits to Haisla Band members who are transporting fish from Haisla Territory to outside of We would also like to welcome Haisla Territory. If you are transback our post-secondary student, porting fish from another territoRachael Franz. Rachael will con- ry to Kitamaat Village you would tinue her work under the direchave to get the permit from the tion of Paul Weidman where she territory that you are getting fish will pick up where they left off from. last year with field sampling and The Haisla Fisheries Department water quality analysis. Rachael and are not trained nor are we Paul set up their water quality equipped to do marine rescues. sensors, and will continue meas- Our training consists of boat opuring stream discharge, and col- erations, swift water training and lecting water chemistry samples. basic first aid for our day to day Fishing Licenses


HFC issues food-fish and hunting Please call the numbers listed 12

below for immediate assistance in a marine emergency. Prince Rupert Coast Guard: 1-250627-3081 Marine Emergency 1-800-567-5111 Spill Response 1-500-889-8852 Halibut Distribution Thank you to Haisla Nation Council, the Haisla Fisheries along with the help of the Haisla Health Centre, we were able to distribute halibut in the middle of July and the first week of August. Thank you Dan Paul and his crew for getting the halibut for us. A lot of other helping hands went into making


this possible – Rosanna Stewart, Laura Olsson, Tracey Ross, Stefanie Walker, Angie Maitland, Anne Grant and Marilyn Furlan – thank you ladies for all your help!

beelah. HFC also replaced a culvert in Wedeene and two spawning platforms were put in at Wahtl Creek. We are happy to report that the chum are spawning at both weirs that were placed in the creek.

There was a commercial chum opening within area 6. This was supposed to be a targeted hatchery chum opening. The Haisla Fisheries Commission had Stan Hutchings collect over 100 samples to be sent away for DNA analysis. We are hoping to find out if in fact the majority of fish were hatchery chum.

A reminder to please be careful when swimming down at the harbour. Swimmers are not allowed to swim amongst the boats or swim off of any boats at the harbour. Absolutely no swimming between the breakwater sections. As you can see there are safety ladders throughout our new harbour. They were put to the test this year when one fisherman lost his footing and was falling in the water, his partner went to help him and both men fell in. These elderly men were lucky there are ladders close by.

Stream assessments have begun. The HFC crew is out counting fish stocks within the Haisla Territory. An early spring and resulting high-elevation snow melt has kept Haisla streams at extremely low follows. Stream surveys by HFC staff noted an earlier than usual run of chum to the area streams. Pin salmon are confined to pools in many systems awaiting rain. Sockeye and Coho returns appear to be below normal to date. However, high stream temperatures may contribute to fish holding outside of these systems.

Boat owners are beginning to moor at the breakwater and commercial fishermen used the breakwater dock to unload his net. If anyone is setting crab pots close to the breakwater please note that there are around 50 anchor lines attached to the breakwater. The hiab [lift] is fixed and ready for use, if you need to the hiab during office hours please contact Trevor Amos at Cabin work is continuing throughout the year as time extension 107. and water conditions permit. The Sue cabin just had a Mike Jacobs attended a Small Craft Harbour meeting new wood stove placed this week. More work needs in Vancouver (Photo upper left). He had a chance to to be done to complete the refurbishing of this cabin. showcase our new harbour and breakwater and the hard work that went into getting the job done thus The fish habitat restoration work is ongoing with far. Thank you to Small Craft Harbours, Broadwater work in the estuary, and a log jam removal in Nalaand the Haisla Fisheries Crew for your hard work! 13


Indian Registry

Useful information on status cards STATUS CARDS: I take appointments for Wednesday – Friday. Please have two pieces of valid ID (one being a valid picture ID) before making appointments. I CANNOT issue a status card without ID as I have to submit these to Aboriginal Affairs. I can use your old/current status card as picture ID as long it has not been expired for more than six months. BABY REGISTRATIONS: ***Registering your child is not mandatory, but is the SOLE responsibility of the parent/s to do so*** First you must apply for the long form Birth Certificate, the one that lists parent/s name on it. Then you can request registration papers from me. If both parents are listed in the Birth Certificate then both parents need to sign the registration forms. The original Birth Certificate does get sent away but will be sent back once Aboriginal Affairs makes their copy. I can make a copy for you before I send it away. The registrations do take a long time, usually 6+ months, SO IT IS UP TO YOU TO HAVE YOUR CHILD REGISTERED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Your child is only covered by your medical for up to 1 year. TRANSFERS: If you have married and your spouse wishes to transfer from their band to the Haisla Nation you will first need to report your marriage to Aboriginal Affairs. You will need to bring in your Marriage Certificate to me to do the paperwork required. Once your marriage has been reported you can then request transfer papers from me. For Births and Transfers: If you are not the parent for any minor child/ren you wish to register or transfer, you will need to submit legal documents stating that you are legally responsible or the child/ren. MARRIAGE/DIVORCE: If you wish to report your marriage and/or change your family name you must bring in your Marriage Certificate. Aboriginal Affairs cannot change anything on the Registry list without proper documents. If your marriage has ended and you wish to revert back to your maiden name, your Certificate of Divorce will need to be submitted along with a form stating that you wish to revert back to your maiden name. DEATH: If a Haisla Band Member passes on a family member can contact me to request a Bereavement Assistance Cheque. Once again Aboriginal Affairs cannot make changes to the Registry List without proper documents, so please hand in a copy of the Death Certificate to me for submitting. ** If you are calling for your status number (for example) I can only give this information to YOU as you will need to verify some questions. I can only give status information to the parents if the child is under 18 years of age. Elaine Maitland, Indian Registry Administrator (250) 639-9361 ext 101. 15

Tips to make the community even safer If you witness individuals committing mischief call the police immediately (ex. throwing rocks at a building in an attempt to break windows or spray painting graffiti on a building.) Under the Criminal Code Sec. 430 (1) Mischief – Everyone commits mischief who willfully (a) destroys or damages property. When calling to report an incident please be prepared to give the following information in the first instance: 1) 2) 3) 4)

Your name Your phone number Your address Your date of birth

1) Was the individual male or female 2) Aboriginal, Caucasian, etc 3) A description of the individual (ex. tall, skinny, short brown hair) 4) A description of what the individual was wearing (ex. blue shirt, black pants, white hat) 5) Time and location of incident 6) If getting into a vehicle: what was the colour, make, and if possible, the licence plate. A licence plate is a great piece of information to provide as the registered owner is linked to the plate number. This may seem like a lot but when you witness something it is a good practice to observe the above noted details. This information is helpful when the police attend to investigate the matter as they will then have your description when conducting their patrols.

Providing the above noted details is important because should the police need additional information Please encourage others to report mischief, or any they can follow up directly with you. other crime, as soon as they witness it happening around our community. Together we can work toAlso, when reporting an incident, like mischief, ward a safer community. helpful information to provide is:

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Dootilh - August 2016  

The August 2016 edition of the Haisla Dootilh newsletter.

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