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Dootilh February 2017


Haisla Health Fair a blast / pages 3-5


Strong finish at All Native by Haisla Women

The Kitamaat Womens basketball team, above, worked extremely hard at the All Native tournament and their effort paid off with a second-place finish in the finals against Hazelton. Of distinction on the team, Deanna and Kailee earned team All-Stars, Kierra was named Most Inspirational, Kolynn got Sixth Man, and Marlayna received Most Outstanding Player.

A community presentation on child protection services Northwest Inter-Nation Family & Community Services (NIFCS) is embarking on a process to receive their C6 Delegation. That means the organization would be able to offer full child protection services. At the moment that is service offered through the Ministry of Children and Family Development. To inform the community about this change, NIFCS will provide a community presentation on February 22, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Recreation Centre which will cover the current services from

NIFCS, and what will be available once they receive a C6 Delegation status. They'll also be looking for input and will ask four questions to participants at the end. This, they say, will ensure they take everyone's feedback into consideration in the delivery and practice of their services in the community. There will be door prizes (including an iPad for first prize) and a dinner to coincide with the presentation, which is expected to last approximately two hours.

Submit documents early for Patient Travel For people who require the use of Patient Travel, please be aware of the requirements. First, all of your identification documents must be current and valid. Also, you must submit the patient travel request with doctor's note two weeks ahead of the travel dates. 2

Following these rules will ensure your patient travel claim will be processed smoothly and on time. You can reach Patient Travel by e-mail at, or by calling the Patient Travel Clerk at 250-639-9361 extension 307, or calling extension 315.

Promoting community health at the fair Health is so much more than just the physical aspects of prevention, disease and illness, so we wanted to make the Health Fair more holistic to reflect this. We wanted to encompass the spiritual, the mental, the emotional and the physical aspects of wellbeing. In hopes of achieving this we had Melva Hall teaching cedar weaving, Angie Maitland teaching drum making and Crystal Ross made some posters that were around the room showcasing the Haisla language. As well, the four year olds class from c'imo'ca, Mamma O Vera and Mamma O Donna allowed us to record them teaching and learning the Haisla language, songs and drumming. Connecting to culture is such an important aspect to one's holistic well-being; it lifts our spirit and allows us to know who we are and where we came from. In the evening we were honoured to have a performance from Spirit of the Kitlope dance group. The drumming, dancing and singing from Spirit of the Kitlope always leaves me with chills, it is so powerful and uplifting. Being part of the dance group and listening to their music is an excellent way to take care of aspects of your holistic health. The Health Centre would like to extend a big thank-you to Spirit of the Kitlope for performing and helping keep culture alive in the community. Haisla's own Quinton Nyce & Darren Metz, "Snotty Nose Rez Kids" also performed at the health fair, they were amazing! Their music comes from such a real place and you can feel the raw emotion in their songs. They are also helping break stigmas and raise awareness around many First Nations issues. We are so happy that we were able to support our own Haisla talent and wish them all the best in their bright future. The Haisla Health Centre would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone who came out to the booths, the drum making, the cedar weaving and the dinner. If anyone has any ideas or things that they would like to see at the next health fair please don't hesitate to let us know. 3

By Laura Olsson

What is diabetes? Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. There are two major types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Signs and symptoms can include the following: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in - Unusual thirst which a person’s pancreas - Frequent urination stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables peo- - Weight change (gain or loss) ple to get energy from food. - Extreme fatigue or lack of energy T1D usually strikes in child- - Blurred vision hood, adolescence, or young - Frequent or recurring infections - Cuts and bruises that are slow to adulthood, and lasts a lifetime. Just to survive, people heal with T1D must take multi- - Tingling or numbness in the hands ple injections of insulin daily or feet or continually infuse insulin through a pump.

There are many signs and symptoms that can indicate diabetes

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. T2D is usually diagnosed in adulthood and does not always require insulin injections. However, increased obesity has led to a recent rise in cases of T2D in children and young adults. Taking insulin does not cure any type of diabetes, nor does it prevent the possibility of the disease’s devastating effects, including: kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputation, heart attack, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

- Trouble getting or maintaining an erection If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your health-care provider right away. Even if you don’t have symptoms, if you are 40 or older, you should still get checked. It is important to recognize, however, that many people who have type 2 diabetes may display no symptoms.

Key elements in diabetes management - Education: Diabetes education is an important first step. All people with diabetes need to be informed about their condition. - Physical activity: Regular physical activity helps your body lower blood glucose levels, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness. - Nutrition: What, when and how much you eat all play an important role in regulating blood glucose levels. - Weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important in the management of type 2 diabetes. - Medication: Type 1 diabetes is always treated with insulin. Type 2 4

diabetes is managed through physical activity and meal planning and may require medications and/or insulin to assist your body in controlling blood glucose more effectively. - Lifestyle management: Learning to reduce stress levels in day-to-day life can help people with diabetes better manage their disease. - Blood pressure: High blood pressure can lead to eye disease, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, so people with diabetes should try to maintain a blood pressure level at or below 130/80. To do this, you may need to change your eating and physical activity habits and/or take medication.

Above, Snotty Nose Rez Kids perform. Below, Spirit of Kitlope, at the Haisla Health Fair.


A long journey with a stop in Haisla The trio of Pierre Pepin and Jennifer Gosselin and Raven Adventure, met with some Haisla Nation their dog Jasmine are in their third year of a three

Council staff, spoke to students at the community

year journey across Canada via canoe, and they ar-

school, and met with community elders.

rived in Haisla territory late January to visit and share their story.

The pair said they have enjoyed their time visiting Haisla and are impressed with the level of friendship

The group, travelling under the banner of Wild

offered to them during their stay.

100 It was an afternoon of games, activities, and as clearly was of interest to the students, cake, as the Haisla Community School marked their 100th school day of the year on February 15. 6

Celebrating the Chinese New Year Children at the Haisla Community School celebrated the Chinese New Year January 27. The kids participated in a number of games and activities, learned about Chinese culture and traditions, and the event concluded with a lively ‘dragon’ dance on the gym floor.

Family day The Haisla Community School held a Family Day on February 16 inviting students’ families to join in a day learning about eating healthy food, from wholesome smoothies to fresh fruits and vegetables. 7

Taylor Cross sent in these photos of himself and Cherie Henry receiving their Supervisor Fundamentals certificate from UNBC instructor Larry Leichner. The course ran at KVI.

Need to report an emergency in Kitamaat Village?

Call 9-1-1 The Haisla Volunteer Fire Department is on the 9-1-1 system. Use the emergency line to report the incident and the fire department will be dispatched to respond. 8


Knowing and Preventing Elder Abuse

Information provided by Kitimat Community Response Network It can happen to anyone. When abuse happens, it are afraid of being humiliated, hurt, left alone, or of can be hard to recognize and hard to accept. Many situations of abuse occur in families, or by other

the relationship ending. Kitimat Community Response Network wants

people we know and trust. Acts of abuse may start

you to know that compassion and support can help

in small ways‌then escalate over time into more

bring needed change to relationships where abuse is

direct or violent actions.


When someone uses their power, ability or influence to limit or control another person's rights and

Several agencies in Kitimat work together to help Kitimat seniors and other vulnerable adults turn

freedoms - that's abuse. An older or vulnerable adult troubled situations into relationships of respect, may be unable to freely make choices because they 10

safety, healthy boundaries and care.

Abusers are often people in

Types of abuse

positions of power or authority.

Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults can take many forms: financial, physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and/or sexual.

sets or to make decisions for you.

They may feel entitled to your as-

Those who abuse could be:


- Spouse, adult children, grand-

The failure to provide the necessities of life or withholding care for someone who needs assistance with food, shelter, health care, personal care, protection and emotional care.

children, or other relatives - Friends or neighbours

Financial Abuse

- Paid or unpaid caregivers

When someone exploits, tricks, threatens, or persuades older adults out of their money, property, or possessions.

- Landlords or financial advisers

It's Not Right!

Physical Abuse When someone is violent or handles an older adult roughly, even if there is no visible injury.

Sexual Abuse A one-day workshop to educate bystanders to recognize

Forcing an older adult to engage in unwanted sexual activity. This may include verbal or suggestive behaviour, not respecting personal

abuse and take practical steps that are safe and respectful. Local Facilitators:

Emotional Abuse

Cheryl Rumley (250-632-8787)

Emotional abuse includes psychological, verbal, and spiritual abuse. It is when someone threatens, insults, intimidates or

& Laura Olsson (250-639-9361)

Recognize abuse and neglect Abusive behaviour can creep into a relationship.

out your full consent. Or they use your resources

Neglect happens when no one is watching. Here

without fair exchange or replacement.

are some warning signs:

- You feel isolated, not by choice, from your per-

- You feel afraid of your caregiver, family mem-

sonal networks of friends, family, and social activi-

ber, or support person.


- You're fully capable of making choices but are

- You're not able to meet your needs for security,

not permitted to, or your decisions are ignored.

nourishment, personal activity, wellness, or respect without fear of backlash.

- Someone takes your money or possessions with11

Who to call about Elder Abuse

Northern Health Authority 250-632-3181 KGH Social Worker 250-632-8322 Community Living BC 250-638-7073 Kitimat RCMP (non-emergency) 250-632-7111 Victim Services 250-632-2122 Dunmore Place Transition House 250-632-6070 Tamitik Status of Women 250-632-8787

Quinton Nyce of the music group Snotty Nose Rez Kids dropped in to Haisla Nation Council’s offices following their show the night before at the Health Fair.

Kitimat Community Development Centre 250-632-3144 Better at Home ext.216 Kitimat Senior Centre Association 250-632-3405 Haisla Health Centre 250-632-3605 Adult Protection (Prince George) 250-565-7414 250-612-4500 Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia (PGT) 604-660-4444

Ongoing, a Boot Camp Challenge runs at the Rec Centre, led by the new Fitness and Recreation Centre Coordinator Adrian Mercer. It will be run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Everyone welcome. Classes at 12 noon or 5 pm for those three days. Bring water, workout clothes, a towel, and get ready for summer!

The PGT investigates allegations of financial abuse. They can also manage financial decisions for adults assessed as mentally incapable. They also assist and provide resources to substitute decision-makers. 12

nee n'wagilas

Photo at top: Back row - Lily Tsuji, Nelson Grant,Timmy Smith. Sitting- Simon Hall, Len Vroon, Myrna Maitland and Marilyn Furlan (okay, those last two are standing‌). Front row - Rita Price, Ivy Maitland, Lady Sarah Shaw, Grace Ringham. Taken at nee n'wagilas on February 9. Clockwise from below: Vera Wilson and Audrey Grant; A photo from the 2016 nee n'wagilas Christmas dinner; Murray Porter, with wife at far right, and Lily Tsuji; xaisla visitors at the Elders Centre from town.


Notes on healthy living from Eric Bottah, Health Manager

Things doctors and patients say Sometimes, physicians and patients just talk past each other with hilarious effects. There was this guy who was asked whether he "drinks" and he said, "Yes". When asked how much he drank, he said, "Six cups of water a day and a bit of milk." Today, let us focus on when we communicate harmful behaviour. Patient: "I left the emergency room because the wait was too long!" Doctor: This sentence has often been heard from people with chest pain, dizziness and other life-threatening conditions. Some leave to go to doctors' offices or home. The question the doctor ponders about is: "What were you going to do that was more important than your health?"

Patient: "I am here for my six-month Sexually Transmitted Disease test". Doctor: Some people, most of them young people do think an STD test every six months counts as prevention. No, it does not. One of these days, the test will be positive for something. The corollary of this is:" I don't use condoms because I trust him". Please protect yourself unless you are married and trying to have children. The only person you should trust unconditionally is your mother. Patient: I stopped my medications because I felt better". Doctor: his is most often heard with regards to Diabetes and Blood pressure. The reason you feel better is because of the medicine- don't stop it. Patient: My friend gave me the medicine to try". Doctor: You are not your friend. Sometimes, what appears similar to your friend's illness may be different and even if diseases are similar, you may be allergic to your friend's medicine. Besides, a lot of people who use 14

illegal drugs or become addicted to narcotics first got it from a well-meaning friend. Trust but verify what friends tell you about health-except when they happen to be doctors. Patient: I do not go to the doctor because I feel fine". Doctor: There are many diseases that are quiet for years while doing irreparable harm. These include Hypertension, diabetes and some cancers. Periodic visits to doctors might unearth these diseases early enough to control them. Patient: I went to a prayer camp when the problem started". Doctor: Wrong. While we may certainly pray, we must seek care from Doctors and then support the care with prayers. Patient: I bought some herbs by the roadside that I am using for this". Doctor: While some herbs are useful, the dosages and side-effects are unknown. Sometimes, they interact with prescription medications. Consult a doctor

What is the Community Support Worker? The Community Support Worker's (CSW) role is to spend quality time with seniors to help reduce boredom and loneliness, now that many family caregivers work outside the village. The CSW assists with meal preparation, cleaning, shopping and transportation of seniors and the disabled to visit their doctors. Given her busy schedule, the CSW will like to be given ample timeline, if a senior is going to need help, so that she can plan ahead her schedules. Please call the Health Centre at 250-632-3600 and ask to speak to Charmaine if you need the assistance of the CSW.

Positive thinking • Some people always throw stones in your path. It depends on what you make with them; a Wall or a Bridge? – Remember you are the architect of your life. • A second chance doesn’t mean anything if you haven’t learned from your first mistake.

• Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval. • If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. • If you start judging people you will have no time to love them.

Patients and Doctors continued first and make him aware of the herbs you take. Patient: From loved ones, "I knew it was wrong for him to take alcohol/drugs etc. but I did not want to offend him". Doctor: Well, they will end up addicted and blame you. Sometimes, tough love is what we need. Remember, "Spare the rod and spoil the child?"

Patient: "I know my body. I know what is wrong". Doctor: Not really. While it seems like common sense to say this and it is true sometimes, it is generally untrue. There have been instances where some women were up to 5 months pregnant and did not know they were pregnant!! Many people with hyper15

tension and Asthma and cancer have no idea what is happening. Indeed, physicians have felt unwell and ascribed their symptoms to colds when they were having heart attacks! If any of these applies to you, rethink your approach and help doctors care for you. Stay well!


Haisla Youth Program calendar MONDAYS 3 to 4 pm

TUESDAYS 3 to 4 pm

WEDNESDAYS 3 to 4 pm

THURSDAYS 3 to 4 pm

FRIDAYS 3 to 4 pm

SATURDAYS 3 to 7:30 pm

Homework Club Homework Club Homework Club Homework Club Homework Club Youth drop in, ages 5-12

4 to 6 pm

4 to 6 pm

4 to 6 pm

4:30 to 6:30 pm 6 to 9 pm

Floor after 4

Floor after 4

Floor after 4

Health and Wellness

6 to 8 pm

6:30 to 7:30

6 to 8 pm

6:30 to 7:30 pm


Youth drop in, ages 5-12

Spirit of Kitlope Youth Drop In, ages 5-12

8 to 9:30 pm

7:30 to 9:30 pm 8 to 9:30 pm

Youth drop-in for ages 13 and up

Youth drop in, 13 and up

Youth drop in, 13 and up

7:30 to 9:30 pm

Nights Alive (all Youth drop in, ages) 13 and up

7:30 to 9:30 pm Youth drop in, 13 and up

NOTE: Nights Alive : Friday night fun! Youth Coaches will have put together some fun activities for the night for the kids, something fun to keep them going on a Friday Night! Floor after 4 : a time for the kids to run out all their energy after a day at school :) fun activities and games, obstacle courses! During program hours we do our best to keep the children hydrated and have snack times for them as

well :) Please send children with proper gym wear as they tend to get active when playing games. Please if you have any questions, suggestions or want to volunteer and help out in any way, you can give us a call and leave a message. (250)639-9361 Dolores Pollard ext 304 Cassidi Bolton ext 360 Ehryn Bolton ext 361 17

Refresher: Important notes about the registry When you come in for your status card you must make payment at the front desk. If you bring in your own picture please remember it needs to fit within the space allotted for the card. I require 2 pieces of VALID ID; I cannot accept photocopied ID or papers saying you have applied for your ID. If your child is over 12+ and has had a status card already I do require 2 valid pieces of ID from them as they are now able to sign forms and status card by themselves. You do not need ID to apply for your Birth Certificate. Original Long Form Birth Certificates are sent to INAC when registering your child.

When you get married and your spouse wishes to transfer its up to your spouse to get transfer papers. It’s not mandatory to transfer upon marriage. I can only give information directly to the person requesting. I cannot give you info if your child is over 18yrs. I cannot give you info on your grandchild/sibling even if they are under 18; the parent needs to request this. This includes spouses. When you have registered or transferred you will get a notice from INAC stating that you have been added to the Haisla Nation registry before I get notice. Please give me at least a couple of weeks for me to get this info from INAC. I cannot do anything until I get my copy from INAC. Your name can not be changed on the registry without proper documents. For example you have married and wish to use your married name I would need your Marriage Certificate brought in to me to report to INAC. Same goes for legal name changes. Transfers have to go through an IRA as council needs to accept and prepare a BCR you can’t just go to INAC. Sometimes the IRA has to ask for a releasing BCR from the band you want to transfer from. Transfers do take a long time to process. Please include full legal name on all papers. Marriage Certificates are required when transferring. I cannot transfer someone without transfer papers! You don’t need to come home to do your status card. Other bands offer to do non-nation status cards as well. Same rules apply (2 valid pieces of ID). Status cards need to be signed in person by both IRA and applicant. Elaine Maitland, Indian Registry Administrator, (250) 639-9361 ext 101. 18


Land use planning gaining momentum The Haisla Use Plan continues to gain momen-

cords of past land use and maps.

tum. We had a display booth at the health fair and


soon we will be conducting information sessions

Land-use planning can be expressed in the follow-

with community members. Although the Land Use

ing questions:

Plan will be for Haisla Reserve lands, it is expected

- What is the present situation?

to contain information about whole Haisla Tradi-

- Is change desirable? If so:

tional Territory. Here is summary of the background

- What needs to be changed?

information required and also an outline of the plan-

Land-use problems and opportunities are identified by discussions with the people involved and by

ning process. BACKGROUND

the study of their needs and the resources of the ar-

The basic and background information about the

ea. Step 1. Establish goals and terms of reference.

land in the plan will be as follows: - Land resources-What resources are present


Assess the present situation

- Present land use- How is the land currently used


Find out the needs of the people

- Land tenure. Who owns or uses the land

Step 2. Organize the work.

- Social structure and traditional practices. Land


Decide what needs to be done;

use is tied up within the traditional system and local


Identify the activities needed.


Step 3. Analyze the problems.

- Government-Do various levels of government

Existing land-use systems and their problems (environmental, economic, social), constraints, environ-

have jurisdiction over the land.

- Legislation. Laws and regulations that affect land mental conservation standards use; traditional law and custom; whether laws are

Step 4. Land-use types and management.


Recommended land use for the area:

- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Find out about NGOs have roles in planning or imple-

- How these should be managed on each land unit, - Options and public discussion.

menting a land-use plan. - Commercial organizations. Contact any commercial organizations, e.g. MK Marina Partners, whose

Step 5. Evaluate land suitability. For each promising land-use type present maps, tables and explanatory text showing the physical

interests may be affected. - Maps and historical records: Are there any re20

land suitability

Step 6. Appraise the alternatives: environmen- living document which will be referenced in futal, economic and social analysis.

ture land use decisions.

For each physically suitable combination of land

Step 10. Monitor and revise the plan. Monitor

use and land, assess the environmental, economic

the progress of the plan towards its goals; modi-

and social impacts, for the land users and for the

fy or revise the plan in the light of experience

community as a whole. List the consequences, fa-

Land-use planning is an assessment of land poten-

vourable and unfavourable, of alternative courses of tial, in order to select and adopt the best land-use action.

options and facilitate their best use and under certain

Step 7. Choose the best option.

economic and social conditions. Its purpose is to

Hold public and committee discussions of the via- select and put into practice those land uses that will ble options and their consequences. Based on these

best meet the needs of the community.

discussions and the above appraisal, decide which


changes in land use should be made or worked to-



Allocates lands to different kinds of land us-


Step 8. Prepare the land-use plan.


Prepare maps and text showing the selected

Specify management standards and inputs for

the lands.

changes in land use, and where they are to be implemented or recommended

If any member is interested and has the skills to participate on a voluntary basis they can contact

Step 9. Implement the plan. The plan will be a Brent Robinson at 250 639 9367 x 142 21

Job opportunities Current job opportunities are always posted at, or at for positions outside of HNC. Visit those sites for full job descriptions and requirements for these and other postings. Interim Elders Cook Apply before 4 pm on February 24. Various on-call positions •Front Desk Receptionist •Janitorial •Post Office Clerk •Rec Centre Attendant •Gas Bar Attendant •School Bus Driver

Signs of a stroke


Face - is it drooping? A rms - can you raise both? S peech - is it slurred/jumbled? Time to call 9-1-1 right away!

Posting is ongoing. Interim Elders Cook Apply before 4 pm on March 6 Education Office Assistant Apply before 4 pm on February 24. Academic Advisor Apply before 4 pm on March 6.

See the job listings online or in the local papers for how to apply


February is Heart Health Month

Women’s Luncheon Thursday, March 2, noon

Men’s Luncheon Wednesday, March 8, noon

At the Health Centre. Rides available on request

At the Health Centre. Rides available on request



Act FAST because the quicker you act, the more of the person you save

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