”BUILDING A POWERFUL, PROSPEROUS AND PROUD COMMUNITY, HEALTHY IN MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT”
”BUILDING A POWERFUL, PROSPEROUS AND
PROUD COMMUNITY, HEALTHY IN MIND, BODY
NATION NATION June 2016
It was an honour to host so many guests and speakers for the Nation2Nation Community Forum. Clockwise from top left: Haisla Chief Executive Officer Jason Majore welcoming people to day one of the forum; Chief Jassee gives a welcome blessing to the event; Chief Councillor Ellis Ross shakes hands with LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz; McLeod Lake Indian Band Chief Derek Orr with Haisla Deputy Chief Councillor Taylor Cross and Haisla Nation Councillor Crystal Smith.
Promoting bicycle safety / page 5 2
Keeping the oceans clean / page 7
Education adventures / page 10
Seining in the estuary / page 12
Nation2Nation builds relationships The recent Nation2Nation Community Forum, hosted both in Kitamaat Village and at the Kitimat Valley Institute, was a chance for industry executives, stakeholders and government leaders to get together to discuss the best possible path forward for responsible economic development with LNG. Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross praised the work of companies like LNG Canada who embraced a working relationship with the Haisla rather than other unspecified companies who did not approach the nation with a similar attitude of wanting to learn. "They [LNG Canada] sat down and they listened. And in return, we listened. That's the only way a respectful relationship can happen,” said Ross.
efforts in making our communities a better place to live,” he said. To that he ties into the efforts of the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance, a coalition of 21 local governments and three regional districts, “all working together to help each other out.” He sees economic development as something that can complement the natural environment of the Kitimat area and not something which puts it at risk. "We're still very much supportive of [LNG]. It's not a matter of if, it is it's a matter of when,” he said.
He added, “Just one of the proposed LNG projects in our area would mean new families moving to Ross says the benefits of an LNG project can come Kitimat, new revenues and a chance to improve our to everyone and it’s all of B.C. which will be lifted. infrastructure and amenities.
“Our community members enjoyed some new job opportunities with recent expansion of an industrial facility in our territory but that project is complete now and we’re just waiting for one of the LNG projects to move forward. It would mean our community members living away from our territory could come home and raise their families here. Our community would realize new revenues and our community members would have new job opportunities. LNG is critical to a positive future for the Haisla Nation.” Co-hosting the event with Haisla Nation was the District of Kitimat. Mayor Phil Germuth championed the new, stronger relationship with the Haisla community.
“The District of Kitimat is ready and willing to work collaboratively with the Haisla Nation to realize these new opportunities and strengthen our communities.” Perhaps the most anticipated keynote of the event was from B.C. Premier Christy Clark who attended the second day of the forum. She said there’s a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of today’s leaders to build a healthy world for our children. "We want to leave the world a little better for our kids,” she said. That means jobs, a healthy environment and thriving communities.
"We want [our kids] to have the ability to shape He told attendees at Nation2Nation that he recogtheir own destiny. Not be the victims of circumnizes that all communities need to work together to stance." thrive and prosper. Ultimately that’s what LNG means, she said. It’s a “Our communities must recognize the mutual interway for our children to lead fulfilling lives for themest and work together and support each other in our selves. 3
Meet the HNC Team From COO to CEO: Getting to know Jason Majore Hello my name is Jason Majore and I was hired as the Chief Operating Officer in November 2012. Council then asked me to take secondment from that position to the Director of Economic Development. We have since changed that title to the Chief Executive Officer, which is the senior person within HNCâ€™s business department. I am Haida/Metis and grew up in Houston, BC, and moved to Prince George where I attended the College of New Caledonia and received a Diploma in Business Administration and made the Presidents List. I then obtained my Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting from the University of Northern British Columbia. After university my passion to work with First Nation communities became very clear. Working for First Nation communities can be very challenging for a number of different reasons. The systems have not been set up well by the federal government for us to succeed. There is lateral violence throughout many communities internally and externally because of this. Communities have had problems with nepotism, favoritism, corruption, ugly politics, family feuds, and mismanaged band offices. I have challenged many band councils, governments, consultants, and industry to have fair treatment of members and staff. I told staff I will support them, so long as they are working in the best interest of the membership. Denial of requests cause some frustration by members, council and staff, but I will do my best to ensure people understand reasons behind decisions. 4
I have enjoyed working with the Haisla and feel we are on the verge of solidifying the nation as an economic leader in the province. LNG is still a very real possibility and would bring not only improved finances but opportunities to members to have good paying jobs to provide for their families. The revenues from these projects can help the entire nation, both on and off reserve as bands have only been able to assist on-reserve members in the past due to the restrictions of Aboriginal Affairs. We are also trying to diversify our businesses from LNG with the intent to provide training and employment opportunities for people. I encourage people to utilize this opportunity now because the skills needed to run businesses and a LNG plant are more advanced than ever before. Thank you to the Haisla Nation Council, it is an honor to work for a progressive, forward thinking, transparent, and leading First Nation, and I look forward to being a small part of the continued success of the Haisla Nation. Jason Majore HNC Chief Executive Officer
The Kitimat RCMP held a bike safety rodeo outside the Haisla Community School June 10, to inform students about riding and helmet safety. Above is Const. Bradley Walsh about to demonstrate how a helmet works by making an example of that watermelon. You don’t want to see what the watermelon that didn’t wear its helmet looked like.
Over the summer months there is an increase in young people on bicycles so it is timely to review some safety tips for parents, cyclists and motorists.
horn for you to get out of the way! Road Rules
The most important safety tip for cyclists: WEAR A Always ride with your hands on the handlebars except for when signalling. HELMET. Helmet should fit properly, level on the forehead.
Always stop and check for traffic in both directions.
Tighten those straps!
Walk your bike across intersections using the crosswalk if there is one
Replace the helmet if it’s in an accident and hits the Ride on the right-hand side of the street, so you ground. travel in the same direction as cars. Remember, a head injury means brain injury! Don’t ride too close to parked cars. Doors can open Wear bright coloured appropriate clothing and affix suddenly. Stop at all stop signs and obey street (red) reflectors to your bicycle. Others will be able to see lights just as cars do. you easily. Always pass to their left side. Loose clothing can get caught in the bicycle chain. For more information and safety tips visit: Avoid wearing headphones as it can distract you www.bicyclesafe.com from noises around you, like a car honking their 5
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Rec Centre diaries Yowtz,
draft last month and now they are well on their way! This is a great thing you are doing for the community. Great things are happening in the recreation world as Keep on showing the younger generations’ this examwe transition from spring into the summer. I would ple of healthy habits of competing in sport! like to recognize a few groups of recreation enthusiasts in this month’s edition of Rec Centre Diaries: Sole Mates Jr. Boys Basketball
Last weekend the “Sole Mates” competed in the Skeena River Relay. Lots of hard work, time, and dedication were invested into this race and we would like to acknowledge and congratulate all members of this running squad on their accomplishment!
The Jr. Boys Basketball Team have been dedicating their time and efforts into a brand new strength and conditioning program at the recreation centre. Joe Grant and Brett Amos (along with the supporting cast of the parents) have been doing some great work Rosanna Stewart, Sue Smith, Candice Wilson, Laura with this group. Keep up the good work team! Olsson, Chris Mckenzie, Kim Mckenzie, Heather Mullins, Katy Sullivan, Adrienne Nisyok, & Karin Summer Basketball League Teichroeb
The basketball men of the community took it upon Well done on all that you are achieving in your health themselves to coordinate their own summer basket- and wellness goals. Your efforts do not go unnoticed ball league for this year! It started off with an official and your example is something to be proud of.
Take charge of your health in 2nd Chances Walk In January 2013 Richard had a stroke. Richard’s doc- at all levels and ages to get out there tor told him “if you continued on with the way you and exercise. were going, no exercise, and eating unhealthy, guarThe 3rd Annual 2nd Chances Walk / Run anteed you would have had a stroke and it would Haisla Rec Centre have been a fatal one” Basically, it wasn’t an option Saturday July 23, 2016 for us. Get healthy or suffer the consequences. 10:00 a.m. Rosanna & her children and I joined the “Salmon Hope to see you there! Run” in Terrace, June 2013 and it was there that we Thank you . decided we would coordinate the walk/run for our - Sue Smith community. Our event is called “2nd Chances” because we were given a second chance at life and we are going to make the very best of it. We are not experts, by any means, but it’s our hope to motivate, encourage, inspire, and basically raise awareness for everyone 6
World Oceans Day
The community rallied in support of our oceans with a clean-up followed by barbecue, hosted by Haisla Fisheries. The event tied in to World Oceans Day which was marked on June 8.
Celebrating the world’s oceans in June Once again the Haisla Fisheries Department celebrated World Oceans Day. Thank you to the Haisla Community School staff and students, the C’imo’ca Headstart staff and students, the Haisla Health Centre, the Lands department staff and Sue Smith for your help to make World Oceans Day another successful event. The students did an awesome job on
the beach clean-up and all enjoyed the fish BBQ. World Oceans Day began in 2002 by “The Ocean Project”. The aim is to make people aware of our oceans and to strive for a healthy planet and healthy ocean. In 2008 the United Nations officially recognized and named June 8, World Oceans Day. 7
/ Marilyn Furlan
The latest from the Elders Centre Yowtz,
Kamloops Powwow, Nee Nâ€™wagilas elders are scheduled to leave July 28th (Thursday), 9 a.m. from Rec Our sincere condolences go out to the Nelson/ Robinson family for the loss of Mother of all Moth- Centre and returning Wednesday August 3rd, Rec Centre, so please family, give them a ride to and from ers, Doris Nelson. Rec Centre. Bus is full, rooms are spoken for. I will Our prayers go out to all shut-ins, all those that are ill post on Facebook, what time they are scheduled to and hurting and grieving. arrive home. When we lose a xaisla member, please be advised that Have fun Elders. Nee Nâ€™wagilas luncheons and activities that are Luncheons will continue July 28th-August 2nd and scheduled to happen at 139 Owekeno are cancelled 4th. Meals on Wheels will happen also. So please join with the exception of Meals on Wheels or when we us. donate sandwiches and cake for memorial. July 14th 2016 at 1pm-3pm, is an event happening at Elders will stay overnight in Prince George both Kitimat General Hospital. The multi purpose room is ways. Thank You Jim Gristwood and Karri Nelson for giving us a break on the price of bus service, designated to Haisla members to use as a waiting room when there is an over flow of visitors or when greatly appreciated. space is needed when no room at the palliative care common area. Also, i.e. if a patient has a birthday and space is needed for celebration, or church service or sing alongs with xaisla patients in hospital and extended care.
Please join us for lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays, use the entrance to new building. Thank you to Elected Chief and Council and staff for all you do for us. Safe travels where ever you go. Our prayers are with you at all times. wa
Words of thanks Haisla Nation Council was pleased to receive letters of thanks from representatives of Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School. Principal Geraldine Lawlor, and Socials 9 teachers Nadia Green and Malar Benet wrote to thank the council and Haisla Band Members for the support in putting on a Haisla mini-feast for the high school’s students. The April 28 event was a hands-on opportunity for the students to learn Haisla culture. “We, and our students, will have wonderful memories to cherish from the experience,” wrote Green and Benet in their letter. Lawlor wrote she looks forward to future educational opportunities to learn about Haisla culture.
Art show opens Lyle Wilson’s travelling solo exhibition Paint, which has opened in Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Washington State and in Kitimat gets another venue at the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert. Lyle hopes to see some Haisla at the exhibit’s official opening in Prince Rupert set for July 14. A specific time has not yet been confirmed. The exhibit is currently open to the public. This could be the final appearance of the Paint exhibit, although he is exploring the feasibility of other venues as well.
Fisheries Wanda Stewart-Peters pursues her education Trevor Amos had the opportunity to showcase a small portion of the Haisla Territory to Wanda Peters who is currently finishing up her Aboriginal Tourism course. Here is what she had to say: Yowtz,
My name is Wanda Stewart-Peters. Some may know me, I am the daughter of Norman and Belva Stewart and spent my first 34 years in Kitamaat, and I moved away some 20 plus years ago to take some post secondary courses in Vancouver. After some unsuccessful attempts to take courses in other fields, I eventually enrolled in the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts programs at Vancouver Community College. After completing the programs I worked a number of jobs in the industry, and eventually landed a job in a retirement home as head cook that I held for a number of years before a back injury forced me to quit working in this field I loved so much.
part of the curriculum. This was an amazing experience, and it opened my eyes to all of the different opportunities that are out there for First Nations people.
In the second year of this program completed this year, my class had the opportunity to travel to Chiapas, Mexico. During this trip we were able to bridge After being out of work for a few years, I decided the language gap with the indigenous people of Chiathat I did not want to sit at home and do nothing, pas. The class went on this trip with open minds to and this gave me the opportunity to go back to see how the locals of this country are pushing to have school. In 2013 at the age of 53, I finally got my Grade 12 Dogwood diploma I never had the chance tourism in their area accepted, because as we all know to achieve in my younger years, and then immediately our indigenous culture is becoming too commercialized in the tourism industry. started the Aboriginal Tourism course. The Aboriginal Tourism program is a four-year course, and I am currently finishing off my second year for my diploma in Tourism Management. This course has been a real eye-opener for me, opening my eyes to many different opportunities. In the first year of the course, I had the opportunity to visit Belize as 10
So because of this trip, my mind and heart are bursting with a plan to hopefully one day bring tourism to our community. In saying that, I came home at the end of April because I needed to complete 100 practicum hours as a requirement of getting my diploma in July. I would like to say a big â€œThank Youâ€?
Fisheries to HNC for allowing me to do this at the office, and work alongside Sue Smith, the HNC the events coordinator (Shown with Wanda in photo at below right). I was able to witness first-hand all the planning that goes into Haisla Days, during May long weekend. I take my hat off for this woman, for all the long hours she puts into an event to make sure that it is a success. I never realized before this just how much work goes into planning an event. Thanks Sue and all of the helpers for allowing me to be a part of this. I know it’s not easy trying to teach someone the ropes when you are so busy yourselves, especially because I didn’t know anything right from day one, your patience will not be forgotten.
I encourage all the up-and-coming students to never give up on their dreams. If we don’t take chances we will never
move forward in life. day. So now my time at home has come to an end, but as always great memories were made. I look forward to the next chapter in my life, learning new things and meeting new people.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Thank you HNC and your wonderful staff for makHaisla Fisheries for taking the time out of their busy ing my stay a memorable one. schedules to take me on a morning trip down the channel to check out some possible tourism sitesAix-gwa-Las what an amazing day. I would especially like to thank Trevor Amos for sharing all his knowledge with me about the places we visited down the channel. I will never be able to remember all the names of these places, but I am willing to learn. I was in awe about everything. We live in such a beautiful area, and I think it’s about time we jump on the aboriginal tourism bandwagon and show the world our beautiful home as Aboriginal Tourism is thriving right now. My dream is to one day bring this to life. I realize it won’t be an easy task to undertake but I am willing to try. I encourage all the up-and-coming students to never give up on their dreams. If we don’t take chances we will never move forward in life. I would also like to send out a big Thank You to Marilyn Furlan and her staff for allowing me to share a delicious lunch with the Elders. What an amazing 11
Seine of the times in fish habitat restoration Beach seining began in early April and will continue the estuary. So far we have found that sockeye utilize through to the end of July within the Kitimat estuary. the estuary in all areas and have shown significant The Haisla Fisheries Commission is doing stock as- growth since they migrated into the estuary in April. sessment and fish identification along with fish use of
RTA sentenced for fisheries violations The final sentencing hearing against Rio Tinto Alcan was held on June 7, 2016 for fisheries act violations that took place in 2011.
RTA was fined $50,000 for destruction of fish habitat, $25,000 for destruction of fish and an additional $125,000 to go toward Area 6 conservation.
Harbour work progressing Just a friendly reminder to keep the docks clear of nets and other tripping hazards. All Harbour users are asked to come to the Fisheries office during regular business hours to request power. Please note that the power boxes are all locked so you have to call to get your meter enabled. Power is charged on a pay per use basis. community’s needs. The breakwater is now completely decked. The ongoing upgrade includes a boardwalk and gangway ramp to the breakwater. We are awaiting a Navigable Waters Permit before resuming the boardwalk construction.
Reporting your catch helps demonstrate continued fishing effort, expanding needs, and an ongoing reliance on marine resources within Haisla territory. We are not looking for your “hot-spots”, only numbers. We wish to ensure that the community’s expanding The Haisla Fisheries Office seeks to increase harvest- requirements for food-fish are recognized, documentable amounts for all species within its annual commu- ed, and upheld. nal license, which is issued by the Department of Please report your catch. 250-639-9361 Ext 207 or Fisheries and Oceans and is theoretically based on the Ext 107
Health Beware of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease What is hand, foot and mouth disease?
with fluid from the blisters or fecal matter. The virus can stay for up to several weeks in the bowels of Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by certain an infected person and can be spread during that types of viruses. It is most common in children un- time. der 10 years of age, but older children and adults may also get the disease. Most cases occur in the Pregnant women who become infected with the visummer and early fall. rus shortly before they give birth may pass the virus to their baby. Newborn babies infected with the viWhat are the symptoms? rus usually have a mild illness, but in rare cases the disease can be more severe. There is no clear eviSymptoms start 3 to 5 days after contact with an dence that infection during pregnancy will cause infected person. The first sign of infection may be a harm to an unborn baby. mild fever, sometimes with a runny nose or sore throat, tiredness and loss of appetite. The fever usu- Hand, foot and mouth disease can spread easily in ally lasts 1 to 2 days. child care settings and other places where children are close together if proper hygiene practices are not About 2 days after the fever starts, small painful used. blisters may develop on the inside of the mouth, on the tongue or on the gums. A day or 2 later, small How can you prevent the disease? red spots may appear on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and sometimes on the buttocks. Good hygiene during and after infection is very imThese red spots may turn into blisters. The spots portant in preventing the spread of hand, foot and and blisters usually go away after about 7 to 10 days. mouth disease. It is possible you or your child may be contagious for several weeks after the blisters Peeling skin and loss of fingernails or toenails have and sores have healed because the virus may remain also been reported, mostly in children, within weeks in the feces. of having hand, foot and mouth disease. However, it is not known if these are the result of the disease. To help reduce the spread of hand, foot and mouth The skin and nail loss is temporary. disease, wash hands often with soap and warm water. Teach your child to sneeze or cough into a tisNot everyone who has hand, foot and mouth dissue or their inner arm where the elbow flexes. This ease will get all of these symptoms. It also is possi- prevents the spread of airborne droplets. Encourage ble to have the infection and have no symptoms. your child to throw tissues directly in the garbage after use and to wash their hands again. How is it spread? Your child may continue to attend daycare if they Once a person is infected and sick, they can be con- feel well enough to take part in activities. The risk to tagious and spread the virus for about 7 to 10 days. other children is not great if proper hygiene practicThe virus can be spread through close personal con- es are followed. Take extra care to wash hands and tact such as kissing, or sharing drinking cups, forks, clean surfaces thoroughly after changing diapers and or spoons. It can also spread through droplets in before serving or eating food around children and the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. child care settings. Common surfaces and shared You can be infected by inhaling these droplets or toys should be cleaned with soap and water and distouching objects contaminated with them. You can infected with a bleach solution. also be infected by touching surfaces contaminated 15
Useful information on status cards STATUS CARDS: I take appointments for Wednesday â€“ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (250) 639-9361 ext 101.
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Be knowledgeable on dangers of CO You probably have a smoke alarm in your home. After all, new homes come with them already installed and many communities have laws that require them to be installed.
average of about 500 people die each year from non -fire related carbon monoxide exposures.
So you should definitely have a carbon monoxide detector in your home if you have any appliances What about a carbon monoxide detector? Do you that are not electric and that burn natural or liquehave any installed in your home? Do you need one? fied petroleum gas, oil, wood, coal, or other fuels, or if you have a home with an attached garage. The importance of having a carbon monoxide detector is often underestimated or simply forgotten Depending on the degree of exposure, carbon monby many parents. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide oxide can cause the following symptoms: Headache, sources, such as furnaces, generators, and gas heat- dizziness, nausea, weakness, vomiting, loss of coners, are common in homes and can put your family sciousness, shortness of breath, light-headedness, at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. sleepiness, loss of muscle control, chest tightness, confusion, and blurred vision. In fact, the CDC reports that over 15,000 people each year are treated in emergency rooms for nonfire related carbon monoxide exposures. And an / Submitted by Laurel DeGoeij 17
Calendar July 7 Books and Breakfast. Starting July 7, Thursdays from 9 to 11 am. For parents, and children ages 0-6. Registration required. Call Stefanie Walker at 250-639-9361 ext. 355 or e-mail email@example.com.
If you follow Haisla Nationâ€™s Facebook page you may have seen this photo posted to mark National Aboriginal Day. It is the totem pole on the trail near the Haisla marina. Speaking of photos, the Kitimat Museum will be hosting a photography festival in early August. Contact them at 250-632-8950 to learn more.
July 18 The LAMP Vacation Bible School runs from July 18 to July 22 at the Haisla United Church. From 1 to 3 pm. July 23 2nd Chances Walk. Starts at the Haisla Rec Centre at 10 a.m. All for your health, enjoy the event at your own pace.
Jobs For a selection of some job opportunities currently listed which may be of interest for Haisla members visit the Job Board on the Capacity Development website at: http://capacitydevelopment.haisla.ca/employment/job-board.
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