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Land Code marks new era for Haisla management /page 2

Land Code Land code strengthens Haisla interests There are changes happening to the way Haisla lands are administered. Until now the minister of the Indian Act could authorize surveys, transfer rights and issue permits to occupy or use reserve lands, among other authorities. The federal cabinet, meanwhile, could make regulations on matters for reserve lands such as weed control.

Haisla Lands Advisory Committee of (left-to-right) Elizabeth Robinson, Sherry Smith, Brent Robinson, Marilyn Furlan, Cyril Grant, and Fred Ringham.

Code and Individual Transfer, and funding is included to carry out the swearing-in of the new Haisla this management. Lands Advisory Committee. The benefit of these changes is Among other things the Land that the community takes control Code sets out the procedure for of land management and developthe Haisla Nation to grant interests ment, giving Haisla Nation the (such as leases or mortgages) land ability to manage the reserve lands. or acquired lands for community This is not a treaty and does not On-and-off-reserve Haisla mempurposes. affect and treaty rights. bers can now also have a say in deThe Individual Transfer Agreecisions made, and it protects Implementing this framework ment meanwhile is an agreement against any arbitrary expropriation agreement requires two docubetween the Haisla Nation and the of Haisla lands. ments: the Land Code, and the InGovernment of Canada which dividual Transfer. transfers management responsibil- Ultimately these changes makes the Haisla Nation stronger and engagity from Indigenous & Northern A May 17 launch dinner marked es the membership in decisions. Affairs Canada to Haisla, and the implementation of the Land Today, there is the framework agreement on First Nations Land Management which is a First Nations initiative to take over the management and control of lands and resources from the Indian Act for reserve lands.

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Industries keep busy. / page 4 2

Building bridges in Fort Nelson / page 6

Top Cops readers / page 11

Intro to Trades graduation / page 14

Haisla School

The Haisla Community School acting as great hosts through hosted a mini-feast on May 18. actions such as including handing out gifts to attendees and Proud parents and community performing traditional dance. members watched as students kept tradition and culture alive It was a heartwarming event.

If you find yourself needing support or looking for support for others in areas such as thoughts of suicide, mental health, grief, loss, peer pressure, crime, finance, divorce or separation, or any other topics, there is the Kuu-us Crisis Service. It is a 24 hour hotline for support. See the numbers below for how to reach out for assistance.


Industrial news Coastal GasLink hits regulatory milestone The company which is heading up the proposed natural gas pipeline to the LNG Canada project has announced that it has received the final two permits required to build and operate the project.

media release.

includes up to 70 conditions which will govern implementation of the project related to:

“Acquiring these 10 permits demonstrates our commitment in developing this project to the highest standards of o Ongoing reporting to the regulator environmental protection while delivering benefits to British Columbians o Notification of affected parties durTransCanada announced that it has and Canadians for decades to come,” ing construction received the last two of 10 pipeline added Girling. o First Nations engagement and facilities permits required from the BC Oil and Gas Commission for Eight of the permits are related to o Heritage conservation the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. pipeline construction, while two are for pipeline-related facilities: a natural “This is a significant regulatory mile- gas compressor station and meter sta- o Stream crossings stone for our project, which is a key tion in Groundbirch, and a natural gas o Land clearing component of TransCanada's growth metering station in Kitimat. Coastal plan that includes more than $13 bil- GasLink received an Environmental o Wildlife lion in proposed natural gas pipeline Assessment Certificate from the B.C. projects which support the emerging Environmental Assessment Office in o Terrain stability liquefied natural gas industry on the October 2014. British Columbia Coast,” said Russ o Engineering Girling, TransCanada's president and Each of the OGC permits related to chief executive officer in a company pipeline and facilities construction / Coastal GasLink news release

LNG Canada starts work on worker Lodge LNG Canada is beginning engineering and planning work on Cedar Valley Lodge, its Workforce Accommodation Centre to house a 4,500 person workforce required during construction of its proposed liquefaction and export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia.

will not commence unless LNG Canada’s joint venture participants have made a positive Final Investment Decision. In the interim, Bird-Civeo will advance engineering and planning work for the Centre.

Construction on Cedar Valley Lodge

Cedar Valley Lodge will be located

Cedar Valley Lodge will provide a place for workers to live and work LNG Canada selected the Bird-Civeo during the time they are employed on Joint Venture as the contractor for the LNG Canada project. LNG Canathe design and construction of the da wants to ensure the Centre proCentre. The Bird-Civeo Joint Venture vides the amenities workers will need includes wholly-owned subsidiaries of – from accommodation and dining, to each of Bird Construction Inc., leisure to healthcare – to reduce any (“Bird”), and Civeo Corporation stress on Kitimat’s local housing, in(“Civeo”). frastructure and other services.


adjacent to the LNG Canada site, facilitating easy and safe transportation of workers by shuttle bus service between Cedar Valley Lodge and the site, and reducing vehicle traffic on Kitimat roads. The size and scale of the Lodge will be significant with a total floor space of over 1.2 million square feet. This includes a number of core buildings at over 260,000 square feet with a kitchen and dining area of almost 80,000 square feet, entertainment areas of almost 35,000 square feet, and a sports and recreational facility of over 56,000 square feet. Construction of Cedar Valley Lodge will commence immediately following a positive Final Investment Decision. / LNG Canada news release

Training opportunities Valuable training at KVI for CCW The Haisla Job Coaches are pleased to note that there are seven Haisla participants in the Construction Craft Worker Level 1 program at the Kitimat Valley Institute, a newly recognized trade through the Industry Training Authority. The seven participants were place through the Job Coaches office. As described on the ITA website ( a Construction Craft Worker works mostly on construction sites in residential, institutional, commercial, and industrial settings, including pipelines, utilities, hydroelectric dams, roadways, bridges, tunnels, shipyards, mining and railways. Construction Craft Worker (Labourer) tasks include site preparation and cleanup, set-

Haisla member Tome Cordeiro at work at the LNG Canada site through his position with Ledcor. / Ledcor photo

ting up and removing access equipment, and assisting on concrete, masonry, steel, wood and pre-cast erection projects. They handle materials and equipment and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities. They may also perform site safety and security checks.

province’s 48th Red Seal Trade in 2014, which was done as a direct response to the prospect of an LNG industry. Due to the expected demand if projects move ahead, the CCW will mean more people in the region and in B.C. can access the work.

The program at Kitimat Valley InstiThe ITA recognized the CCW as the tute began on May 9.

Ledcor employment

Job Coaches in Vancouver

To those individuals that have applied online through Ledcor’s website, please notify a Job Coach. They are working together with Ledcor representatives to track Haisla membership applying for jobs, and they’re ensuring you have the minimum certifications required to work on site. Also, a reminder to keep checking your emails or voice mails regularly for messages.

Glenda Smith and Paula Smith will be in Vancouver and available to meet with clients regarding any training or employment opportunities. Please make an appointment with a Job Coach for the following dates: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Wednesday, July 13, 2016 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm

Schedule Mondays – Glenda is not available to meet clients Fridays – Geri & Paula are not available to meet clients Normal business hours are, Monday to Fridays, 8:00 – 4:00 pm, but hours are flexible, if required. 5

Connecting upstream

Heading upstream Pursuing an LNG industry for B.C. has always been about everyone, not just to increase capacity of First Nations themselves. Case in point is Fort Nelson resident James Klassen. Klassen wrote to the Haisla Nation in January praising the work the council has done in promoting LNG, an industry which would give him and his family work.

Meeting Northern Rockies Regional Municipality council members.

Chief Councillor Ellis Ross was given the chance to meet him and other leaders in the Fort Nelson area after being invited to the community by Canada’s Energy Citizens. The goal for the visit was to meet and connect with the people who are the upstream supporters of LNG projects, and understanding the common ground with the downstream supporters too, including the Haisla. The visit also included aerial tours of the area, including the Liard and Horn River Basin, which is the source of natural gas for the proposed Kitimat LNG project. 6

Ellis Ross shaking hands with James Klassen.

It was Ross’ first venture to Fort Nelson and he found it a valuable visit where he was warmly welcomed.

Ellis Ross preparing for a helicopter tour in a photo shared on Twitter by FN for LNG. @FNforLNGteam

Hide n’ Heels

Above, the group of high heel wearing men, standing against violence. At left, we wouldn’t want to miss HNC councilor Fred Ringham sporting his reds. At right, speaker Justin Young inspires with words.

Standing tall wearing high heels The Violence Against Women in Relationships Committee, which is a collaborative committee of agencies in the District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation Council, put together a lively event with a good cause at the Haisla Recreation Centre.

of the evening’s MC, inspirational speaker Justin Young, who offered up his own story of being an abuser and his journey to rebuilding his spirit. Young summarized the cycle of abuse into a very simple concept: “Hurt people hurt people.”

The Hide n’ Heels event saw men gather to take the Moose Hide pledge by wearing the hide pins, and in a light-hearted demonstration of their solidarity against abuse to women and children donned high heel shoes and embarked on a game of musical chairs.

Through his words, the words of others who volunteered to speak at the event, and the men who braved wearing high heels in front of an enthusiastic crowd, everyone certainly left feeling more informed and inspired to resist violence and abuse wherever they can.

(District of Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth would go on to take the win in the event.)

Visit the Moose Hide Campaign website ( to learn ways to be a role model to the women and children in your life.

Attendees were left especially inspired by the words


Haisla Days


Haisla Days


Babies Welcome—Haisla Days


Curtis Charles Samuel Wilson Paul Jr Born May 11 Declan Allan Charles Thompson Born July 19 Larissa Ariya Skye Woods Born July 26 Logan Nathaniel Jesse Thompson Born August 3 Micah Daniil Robinson-Morrison Born August 5 Adrian Majok-Wilson Born Born August 16

Adalyn Elizabeth Anne McKenzie Born September 25 Kimberley Grace Hall Born November 18 Kaine Kyler Peter Bolton-Wesley Jr. Born December 30 Cheyenne Kathleen Gunn Born January 11 Damon Liam Robinson Born January 25 Malakai Ronald Rhys Amos Born March 31 Daniel James Triton Starr Born April 1 Thank you to C’imo’ca Head Start, Haisla Nation Council and Success By Six for funding this event. / Angie Maitland


Top Cops reading program

Above, Anthony, Lucas and Mason. Top right, Acacia Wilding


The Headstart preschool/nursery partnered with the Haisla Community school and RCMP to do a Top Cops reading program for April and May. The 3 “Top Cop� readers in each class received a gift card for Misty River books and a ride in a RCMP car to school. Our Top Cops from the Preschool were: Koen Smith, Anthony Neasloss and Lucas Robinson. From the nursery were Acacia Wilding, Kyron Nelson & Clayton Smith.

Cultural studies

Mount Elizabeth Middle School students got a first-hand look at the feast system for their social studies class, where each person was assigned a clan, and performed traditional duties. Spirit of Kitlope dancers also led the class with a lively performance as well.


Cultural studies Kitimat City High also took in a cultural sharing lesson with a field trip feast to the Haisla Recreation Centre on May 17. KCH students learned about feast protocol and of course had their chance to participate in some dancing with the Spirit of Kitlope Dancers.


Focus on trades

The ITT class

Trades students celebrated at graduation

Shadow Emile

It was a great moment for six Haisla members, as they completed a seven-week Introduction to Trades course at the Kitimat Valley Institute.

Alicyne Stewart

The course gave each of the students an overview of subjects such as electrical, welding, pipefitting, plumbing, and carpentry.

Brandon Morrison

The class was able to enjoy KVI`s new Trades Centre for their program.

George Grey

All the graduates said they were feeling good as they gathered holding their newly received certificates.

Jay Stewart

Speaking in praise to the students, Chief Councillor Ellis Ross pressed them to continue to work towards finding a career and take advantage of the support network available to them.

Kirk Harry


“Twenty years ago there’s nothing we could have done to help you,” he said, saying now there is plenty of capacity funding to support Haisla members thanks to investment from industry. “Right now we have KVI set up to help you...All you have to do is provide the commitment and the energy.”

Be prepared

Being prepared for the Big One If you were in Kitamaat Village on May 6 you may have observed a community emergency plan going into effect. What really happened was an erroneous tsunami alert which came from the Provincial Emergency Notification System. Even so the event was a great reminder about being prepared, and was an effective test of our local emergency systems. All departments of Haisla Nation Council are looking into how to do even better the next time a situation arises, but this should also be a great moment for residents to make their own emergency plans and gather supplies for any potential problem. The list at your right includes some items recommended to be included in your emergency kit, as noted at

Be a community hero Want to find ways to give back to your community and be a hero to your neighbours in times of need?

Stop in to the fire hall and ask how you can be a volunteer. The fire hall always needs people for tasks such as: first aid, traffic control and just about any other task that is required during an emergency. If you can, make some time to offer up your skills. 15

Handling diabetes

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Raven and Eagle For many the Eagle is a messenger or important lessons. He is a teacher trying teacher representing balance, vision, to make people think or see their own courage, strength and wisdom., striving foolishness. for balance in our lives. We hope both the truth and wisdom of Tricksters, such as the Raven, can deEagle and the tricks of Raven will bring ceive us, make us laugh and teach us important lessons about diabetes

into focus. We will be using Raven to present many of the common myths & false thoughts about diabetes, and Eagle to offer the truth and wisdom about using what we know to stay healthy and live a long life.

If someone says, “Having perfect blood sugar control at all times is not possible,” who is speaking? Raven or Eagle?

If someone says, Diabetes will ruin your health unless your blood surgar is in the target range at all times,” who is speaking?



TRUTH: Perfect blood sugars just aren’t possible with today’s tools. Nothing we have can do as good a job as a body without diabetes.

TRUTH: You don’t need “perfect” blood sugar to stay healthy. One of the best measures of overall blood sugar control is a lab test called the Hemoglobin AIc. It is a measure of what your average BG has been night and day over the last 60-90 days. For most labs, “good enough” blood sugars produce and AIc of 7% or less. Research has shown that this level of control greatly reduces the risk of health problems related to diabetes for most people. To get to this level, it’s necessary to control blood sugars both before and after meals.

Many things affect blood sugars. You can control some of them. But others, you can’t. Even when you count every grape in the bunch and take all your medicine on time, your blood sugars will sometimes be above or below your targets. When a blood sugar value surprises or disappoints you, see if you can learn something from it. Then let it go. Perfect control isn’t possible but, as you’ll see next, it’s not necessary either. 16

If your blood sugar is high, try to figure out why. That’s more helpful than feeling guilty or ashamed.

Handling diabetes Things to know about pre-diabetes symptoms Have you or a loved one experienced any of the fol- Prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose levlowing symptoms? These may be the signs of pre- els are higher than normal, but haven’t reached the diabetes. The more you are aware of them the more level required for a diagnosis of type 2. likely you can react to prevent the onset of diabetes: In some cases, healthy lifestyle changes can effecIncreased thirst tively keep blood glucose levels within normal tarConstant or extreme hunger. gets and avoid the progression from prediabetes to Fatigue, feeling tired or lethargic. type 2diabetes. Unexplained weight loss. With Type 2 diabetes, there are often no symptoms, Dizziness. but any of the symptoms listed above can occur in Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet. people with type 2 diabetes. If you have three or Frequent urination. more of these symptoms, it’s important to see your Blurred vision. doctor right away. He or she can do a test to help Slow healing cuts. you avert the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Frequent infections.

What is a 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 time if a senior is going to need help, so that she can plan ahead her schedules. Please call the Health Centre at 250632-3600 and ask to speak to Charmaine if you need the assistance of the CSW.

Medical Alert Identification – Who Needs It? Anyone who may need to let first aid responders know they have a specific medical condition, sever allergies, or a medical device when they cannot speak for themselves.

transfusions, organ donor.

Allergies to bees, nuts, latex, penicillin, morphine, etc.

Medical Alert Identification can include all your specific information and lead to quick access to accurate information when you need it the most.

Special devices like artificial heart valves, cochlear implants, hearing aids, insulin pumps, pacemakers, stents, pins or shunts.

1 in 3 Canadians have a condition that paramedics and emergency responders need to know about.

How it works: Paramedics call a 24/7 hotline where Medications: beta blockers, your unique identification is blood thinners, chemothera- linked to your specific inforpy, immunosuppressant’s, mation. MAOIs. See your local pharmacy or Special needs – no blood visit 17

Job Coach information To those seeking training funds from Haisla Nation Council, the Job Coaches office have made this Flowchart that will help you identify which department to contact. Please note, both departments could potentially share training costs, if required.

Job Coaches welcome Theresa James The Job Coaches would like to introduce Theresa James as the new Capacity Assistant. She’s a Kitimat resident who brings a variety of skills and experience that will be a definite asset to the department, as well as to the Haisla Nation. She’ll be in charge of the Job Coaches’ database and assists with resume development and updates. 18

Read more from Chief Councillor Ellis Ross about the lessons the Haisla have learned on the path to inclusion online at

Meet the HNC team

A Q&A with LANDS AND RESOURCES MANAGER the community in everyday terms what I do, since most of it is technical and to some extent abstract As Lands and Resources Manager I firstly man- and not immediately tangible. Also, getting age the department of four (soon to be five) to make we’re delivering the services it meant to on “buy-in” from council and community behalf of Haisla Nation Council. Specifically I stakeholders into some deal with maintaining an ongoing dialogue beinitiatives until after a tween Haisla Nation Council and government thorough investigation and explanation of benefits and risks is agencies and industry regarding lands and resource use in Haisla Territory. This entails partic- provided. ipation in various planning meetings and forums What have been the job’s greatest rewards? and articulating Haisla issues, concerns and exThe jobs reward is being able to make a difference regarding issues pectations including necessity for capacity fundand decision making process in relation to lands and resources in ing. Haisla territory. The following is a list of some agreements, protoI initiate and plan lands and resources based pro- cols and plans that I have been part of: jects to rehabilitate and enhance the terrestrial Kalum Land and Resource Management Plan (KLRMP) which (land based) environment and create seasonal established 11 Protected Areas. employment for Haisla members. General Protocol Agreement on Land Use Planning and Interim I participate in specific project review processes Measures which established the government to government enthat require HNC input. gagement in land use planning and established ecosystem based What is the significance of your role for the management. Haisla Nation? North and Central coast Land and Resource Management Plans The significance of my role for Haisla Nation is where the province committed to government to government land twofold: I provide a conduit between Haisla Na- use planning engagements and established six conservancies in tion and government agencies and industry for a Haisla territory. flow of information, thereby influencing governMarriage Breakdown: The Haisla Nation will finally be able to ment decisions on lands and resources. deal with the rights of spouses to interests in Haisla Nation land if Also, I strengthen and augment Haisla participa- their marriage breaks down, which is currently not addressed untion in having a “say and share” in lands and re- der the Indian Act. source management in Haisla territory through Registration of Interests: Canada will maintain a First Nations various agreements, protocols and plans. Land Register to record all documents respecting interests in the What are some of the largest challenges f your position? Want to volunteer for an HNC staff feature? What do you do as the Lands and Resources Manager?

The largest challenges are: communicating to 19

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Basketball camp

Johannes Jansson/

Participants of the Blessed2Blessed Basketball Camp, held at the Haisla Recreation Centre. The youth that took part were in for a lot of hard work, and this is the second year organizers have had Damen Bell-Holter come and do the camp. He also speaks about addiction, education, suicide awareness and respect. He's the first First Nations person to play in the NBA. / submitted by AJ Grant

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RCMP report Be cautious as bear calls rise for RCMP Kitimat RCMP are noting a rise in calls concerning bear sightings. As many of the calls received are bears eating from garbages, Kitimat RCMP are encouraging members of the public to keep their garbage locked away so the bears don’t have access to it.

If the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, speaking to the bear in a monotone voice. Never scream, cry, turn your back on the bear, run, kneel down or make direct eye contact If necessary blow a whistle or an air horn. The idea is to persuade the bear to leave Watch the bear and wait for it to leave

If a bear is spotted people are advised to not approach it and to please report it to Conservation at 1-877-952-7277. HELPFUL BEAR AWARENESS TIPS To help avoid a bear encounter be noisy when you are in bear country. If you encounter a bear you must try to determine if the encounter is Defensive or Predatory so you can react most appropriately. DEFENSIVE ENCOUNTER A defensive bear might not approach you A defensive bear will leave when you make noise It might charge at you but it will stop short this is considered a bluff charge When this happens make yourself BIG by putting your arms out or waving them above your head Remain calm. Do not run. Stand still and talk to the bear in a calm voice. Identify yourself as human Do not try to get closer to the bear

PREDATORY ENCOUNTER A Predatory Attack can be motivated by a curious bear, a food-conditioned bear, a bear testing its dominance or a bear who may consider you potential prey Your response must be assertive. Stay calm and talk to the bear in a firm voice Try and avoid the bear as much as possible, it may just want you off its path If a bear continues to follow you and stays focused on you, you are in a dangerous position. You must become much more aggressive Shout, stare the bear down, make yourself look as large and as threatening as possible Stamp your feet, jump up onto a rock or log while taking a few steps towards the bear while threatening the bear with anything you can find Use your bear deterrent If a bear attacks, fight back with all your might, use any weapon within reach, and be as aggressive as possible. Aim for the bear's face, eyes, and nose when fighting back and NEVER give up.

Falls are the main reason older adults lose their independence Without prevention efforts, about 1/3 of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year. Falls are one of the main reasons for moving to a long-term care facility. Ways to prevent falls include: improving mobility, correcting vision problems, and reducing trip and slip hazards in your home and outdoors. The more risk factors a person has the greater their chances of falling. Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Fall Prevention for Home Support Clients


Readers lens

Calendar June 2—3 A Nation2Nation hosted community forum with Haisla Nation and District of Kitimat. Information and ticket purchases online: June 20, 6 pm

Come out and help celebrate the Haisla Grads for 2016. At the Haisla Recreation Centre on June 20 at 6 pm. Any parents of grads can contact Shannon Hall at 250639-9361 ext. 148, or Crystal at the Education Office to offer any help for the event.

Angie Maitland shared this photo of cedar weaving which took place May 12 at the C’imo’ca Headstart centre.

Jobs Haisla Nation job opportunities currently posted at under the ‘council’ tab:

Haisla Community School Principal Student Liaison Summer Student postings

Check out our calendar online at:

Other job postings, and contact information for Haisla Nation Job Coaches, can be found online at

HAISLA NATION COUNCIL PO Box 1101, Kitamaat Village, BC, V0T 2B0 |(250) 639-9361 Toll Free: 1-888-842-4752 | Fax: 250-632-2840 or 250-632-4794

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