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October 2016

Meetg the n i t c A new Chief Councillor / page 2



Crystal brings a high level of experience There have been some changes with the HNC Chief and Council over the last month due to the resignation of the Chief Councillor Ellis Ross. Ellis has been nominated by the BC Liberal party to be their candidate for the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the Skeena riding. Although there is no conflict in Ellis running for this position by-election that would be for a short period of time. and holding the Chief Councillor position, he felt it

Ellis Ross was the Elected Chief Councillor for five

best for the Haisla membership to step down from years and helped develop the profile of the Haisla the Chief Councillor position. We appreciate all the Nation, working alongside government and industry hard work Ellis has done over the years for the Haisla to ensure the Haisla interests were always considered. people. The Haisla have developed a great working The structure of having Council members handling relationship with the Liberals to strengthen the Haisla negotiations and the politics, and the administration Nation, and know that having Ellis as the local MLA handling the day to day operations, may seem simple would continue building on that relationship.

to the outside but within a First Nation has very

Chief and Council has decided to appoint Crystal challenging. Crystal has been an integral part of this Smith as the Acting Chief Councillor until the next transition and will continue to improve upon the election, which will be in June 2017. Crystal Smith programs and services provided by the Haisla Nation has been working hard for the Haisla Nation, devel- Council. oping her knowledge base and over the years con-

Crystal was a part of the Haisla Nation Council as

stantly taking on new leadership roles. The Acting the Executive Assistant to Chief and Council in 2009, Chief Councillor role is just further evidence of her before attending Northwest Community College, so commitment to the Haisla Nation progression. she has an understanding of how both the adminisCouncil came to the decision not to hold a by-elec- tration and politics work and can interact in a way tion due to their confidence in Crystal to handle the that is most effective for the Haisla members. position, and to save on the costs associated with a The development of the new structure created an 2

Executive Committee that has the oversight of the administration. During Crystal's time as the Chair of the Executive Committee the administration created their Strategic Plan, created the business department under HNC, established capacity building initiatives, started capital projects in the community, and developed many policies. This experience led to Crystal being the Co-Chair of the Stakeholder Relations Committee, upon the shuffling of council chairs after the 2015 election. Left to right, then-Chief Councillor Ellis Ross, BC Premier Christy Although the LNG industry has declined substan- Clark, and acting-Chief Councillor Crystal Smith. tially which has been a global outcome due to the drop in oil prices, something that is beyond the business and industry to invest in Haisla territory, control of HNC, Crystal and the business department create wealth for the membership, create job opporhave been busy ensuring there are still opportunities tunities, provide training support, and to assist memfor the Haisla. The HNC Administration is developing into an

bers improve their overall health and well-being. We are confident that Crystal's years of experience

administration that would handle more of the initia- will help us continue building a stronger, healthier, tives and challenges of running the day to day opera- and more dynamic Haisla Nation. We support her in tions, allowing council to focus on the bigger picture taking on this new role, and know she will be issues facing the nation. Creating an environment for successful.

Audit and investment meetings The revised dates for the northwest area’s Audited Financial Statements and Investments Presentation are: November 6 - Prince Rupert. 2 pm at the Crest Hotel, 222 1st Avenue West November 7 - Terrace. 6 pm at Best Western Terrace Inn, 4553 Greig Avenue. November 8 - Kitamaat Village. 6 pm, Administration building large board room, 500 Gitksan Avenue. 3

Calendar Want to know about upcoming events? Visit to see both HNC events and other events that may be of interest to members

Progress continues at Haisla Centre The building is slated to be completed by the end

Kitimat’s newest building, Haisla-owned Haisla Centre, will be attractive focal point for downtown

of January, with the exterior largely completed right now. At its peak there have been 15 Haisla members working on the project at a single time, with eight currently at work as of mid-October.

Work continues to move forward at Haisla Centre, the apartment unit currently under construction in the District of Kitimat’s downtown. The Haisla-owned property development has a 10-year lease by LNG Canada for future accommodation for people associated with their proposed liquefied natural gas export project. The project construction is being managed by At top, the current progress at Haisla Centre. Above, a new sign at the property entrance.

Kerkhoff Construction. 4

He took on HNC’s fitness and rec program as his own identity

No, his birth certificate won’t list his given name as “Rec Centre” but calling out Rec Centre Dan across a room will grab his attention. He even has a Facebook profile under that moniker. Yet Daniel Young-Mercer, Haisla Nation Council’s Firness and Recreation Coordinator, will be saying ‘iks gwailas (That’s Haisla for ‘goodbye’) to his post in Kitamaat Village effective October 19. He’ll be moving on to the provincial capital of Victoria to work for the Aboriginal Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activity Partners Council. There he’ll be working on a provincial physical activity strategy as a provincial coordinator. Dan joined HNC in October 2014 and has seen first hand the benefits that come from promoting physical activity, especially to youth. / Continued on page 15 5

Branching out in sustainable ways A Natural Partnership

Sustainable Management Forests are ecosystems that naturally rebound and

The vast, healthy forests in Haisla territory have

regrow after disturbances (logging, fire, pests), so

many values from aesthetic and recreational, to cul-

when managed properly and according to best prac-

tural and economic. The Haisla Brinkman Forestry Joint Venture (HBFJV) is a partnership between the

tices, forests are a sustainable resource over the long-term. Sustainable forest harvesting takes into

Haisla Nation Council and Brinkman Forest Ltd. which manages the economic opportunities that the

consideration stream protection, wildlife habitat, soil protection, cultural heritage protection, efficient

forest provides, generating revenue and employ-

road design, full timber utilization, and ecosystem-

ment. Although Haisla and Brinkman have worked

specific reforestation, among other factors. Each

together since 2004, the Haisla Brinkman Forestry

forest license has an “Annual Allowable Cut”, or

Joint Venture was formed in 2013.

AAC, which is the amount of timber that can be

Joint Forestry Operations

sustainably harvested in a given year. AAC is deter-

Forestry involves everything from the development

and is based on detailed analysis that sets a sustain-

of management plans to surveying, engineering, log-

able harvest level in the license area. By following

ging, marketing and reforestation. Currently, HB-

these AAC limits, the forest industry ensures that

FJV is managing two active logging operations in

harvest levels do not exceed the amount that can be

the territory and making plans for future opportuni-

sustained by regrowth over the long term.

mined and enforced by the Provincial Government

ties. One operation is located behind Kitamaat Vil-

Haisla Member

lage and the other is offshore on Hawkesbury Island. Operations will continue until roughly the


end of 2016. HBFJV’s traffic control crew is stationed in the village, safely guiding logging trucks to Minette Bay and back. Safety is of utmost concern

Over the last 2 years of operations, HBFJV and our contractors have employed nearly 20 Haisla mem-

to the Council and to HBFJV and our traffic con-

bers as traffic controllers, pilot car drivers, first aid

trol crew play an integral role in maintaining the

attendants, field crew, planning assistants and log-

community’s safety as these operations continue.

ging crew members. Haisla job coaches and staff at Brinkman Forest Ltd. continue to work together to 6

provide additional training and employment opportunities for Haisla members. The partnership is a valuable step in giving Haisla members job skills that can translate into a career in the forestry industry.

partnership, to create a robust opportunity that continues to present growth, sustainability and value. It

“BFL is very grateful to have had the opportunity

is a true honour and privilege to work with the

to work in partnership with the Haisla First Nation

Haisla Nation and together I know we will continue

over the years. Working with leadership and com-

to grow and empower the business and all those

munity members to co-create opportunity in forest-

that contribute to its success” said Cathy Craig,

ry in Haisla traditional territory has allowed us, in

President Brinkman Forest Ltd. 7

Children at C’imo’ca preschool gather at a Haisla Nation firetruck following a successful fire drill. The kids showed a great demonstration of fire safety.

LNG Canada thanks Haisla’s Kailee Gardiner LNG Canada put the spotlight on their valued summer intern Kailee Gardiner in their most recent InFocus newsletter. The company wrote in their newsletter that, “As Kailee Gardiner ends her summer internship with LNG Canada she’s taking away some new knowledge about the LNG industry, how to manage multiple priorities and some very valuable interpersonal skills.” Kailee is a 19-year-old Haisla member. According to LNG Canada’s write-up, she

From LNG Canada’s InFocus newsletter Business Administration through the Okanagan College. You can read LNG Canada’s newsletter by going to

returned to school to continue an education in their website at 8

So much offered at c’imo’ca The C’imo’ca Headstart Child Care Centre has a full class in the morning and has a few spaces open in the afternoon class Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday for children who are three, or turn three before December 31. See below a list of the programs and services for the community. If anyone is interested to just give us a call: Angie Maitland: Manager: 250-639-9361-351

Stefanie Walker: family involvement worker : 250639-9361-355 Tawnia Penson: Early childhood Educator: 250 639-9361-352 Jamie Hansen: Early Childhood Educator: 250-6399361-356 Michele Dacosta: CDC support worker: 250-6399361-352 Vera Wilson Language and Culture Teacher: 250639-9361-352 Maryann Grant Bus monitor: 250-632-1095 Johnson Gladstone: Bus driver: 250-632-1095

Some of the programs offered at c'imo'ca Headstart: 4 days a week four year preschool 9-11. 3 days a week three year old preschool Mon, Wed, Thurs. 1-3 Stay and play program. (0-3) Infant Development Program Welcome baby visits/ gifts bags. Post natal info and gifts (home/hospital visit) Drum/Rattle making workshops. 2 day workshop Ages and Stages/ social emotional assessment screening. Pre and Post natal supports. Doula supports, breastfeeding supports. Infant massage 4 week program twice a year 0-6 year old lending library. Northwest Counseling services 2 days a week Healthy babies (CDC) one day a week. Infant Development program partnership with the CDC. Books and Breakfast 1234 Parenting AND MUCH MORE 9

Haisla Words learned at preschool:


The winter tire season upon us - From Const. Brad Walsh, RCMP Around this time every year, the same question is asked: “Do I really need winter tires?” The answer is a resounding yes!

Why? Rubber tends to harden in cold weather thus reducing friction and stopping capability of the vehicle. The new generation winter tires maintain their elasticity and gripping power at lower temperatures (-35° C and below), whereas all season tires tend to stiffen and lose gripping power around 0° C. The improved gripping power at lower temperatures translates to shorter stopping distances and better vehicle cornering and control. That could be the difference between a safe stop and a fender bender or worse.

How are Winter Tires Identified?

A winter tire will display one or both of the symbol(s) on the sidewalls. A mountain peak with a snowflake and/or M+S (Mud and Snow).

Tire Tread The law also says a winter tire must have no less than 3.5 mm of rubber tread on it. Tire tread readers are very cheap and available anywhere tires are sold. Take a few minutes to check the tread on your tires, it could make the difference for you and your family.

When should winter tires be put on your vehicle?

On Highway 37 South, new signs require tires between October 1 and April 30. The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) gives the police the authority to turn back or ticket (fine)

motorists who do not have proper winter tires where signs are posted.

In Kitimat, the District has a by-law which states winter tires are required between November 1 and March 31.

Studded tires are permitted between October 1 and April 30.

Q&A: Traffic flaggers in the Village Q: What happens if I don’t stop for the Flagging Crew that is stationed in the Kitamaat Village? A: Your License Plate will be recorded and given to the RCMP.

You can receive a Violation Ticket under Section 141 of the Motor Vehicle Act for ‘Fail to obey flagman’ ($196.00).


To report a crime in progress, or for immediate police assistance please dial 9-1-1. For other non-emergency matters please contact the Kitimat Detachment at 250-632-7111.

The word from the n’wagilas yowtz, greetings everyone! Our thoughts and

up for KGH xaisla patients. .Tuesdays is elders lun-

prayers to shut-ins and to those that are in hospital,

cheon, Wednesdays is Meals on Wheels, Thursdays

and grieving families.

elders luncheon, serve approximately 90 guests per week on a budget of $550 per week. Main meal,

Join us for luncheons on Tuesdays and Thurs-

dessert, coffee , tea, juice, cutlery, napkins, styro

days. Everyone is welcome. On a round table discussion with nee n’wagilas

plates, cups, salt and pepper, condiments. We also

[elders] happened here at the centre, our core group

purchase small items for In House Hamper . We

of elders have made a final statement to cancel lun-

buy only what is needed for the meals per week. wa

cheon when a passing of a xaisla member, whether

We would like to Thank Care Aids for picking up meals for KGH xaisla patients.

if that member has not lived here for years, still a

We are sad to see elected Chief Councillor Ellis


Ross leave us but we understand his parting is a

If you want reaffirm this statement please feel free to join us for lunch, to reaffirm with our core

good decision to make as it still in his heart for us

group of nee n’wagilas [elders]. This statement is

xaisla members. Good Luck Ellis. We also know that we are still in good hands

publicly made by the core group of nee n’wagilas.

with our Elected Councillors.

We do not speak for all xaisla elders.

Have a safe Hallowe’en everyone. Drivers slow

We do Meals on Wheels on Wednesdays for

down, please. Wa

shut-ins and Staff of Health Centre pick up for KGH xaisla patients when they are available to pick


- Marilyn Furlan



Diabetes Screening event Haisla Recreation Centre, Wednesday November 16, 5pm. Dinner, entertainment and blood sugar testing starts one hour after supper for all those persons 10 years and older. Numerous door prizes - must be in attendance to win Persons with diabetes who have blood sugar done will qualify for door prizes.

Feedback sought for Health Fair in Nov. There is a planned Health Fair for November 2016, and we would like the communities feedback. What services would you like to see showcased? Are there any speakers or performers that you would

Rec Centre Dan

like to come to the community? Any other thought or ideas that you may have we would love to hear! Call Rosanna or Laura at the Health Centre, 250632-3600.

/ from page 5

He’s seen local youth go from shy to outgoing and connected him to the Haisla opportunity once his taking on leadership roles. Dan received a degree in Recreation and Sport

contract expired with Kermode. “I just like helping people start their journey,”

Management from Vancouver Island University

Dan said. He’s a sports coach, and has brought to

(Malaspina, at the time) after diverting away from a

Haisla a basketball camp from Douglas College, a

career in business he found wasn’t for him.

program he said he was proud to coordinate to

He’s always been driven to work with youth and

bring locally.

helping people in general. He spent a summer being

Dan’s message before he leaves is a big ‘thank

a forest firefighter, and was an employment advisor

you’ to the Haisla community, who have made him

for the Nisga’a Nation (just like the Job Coaches at

feel very welcome since he began in 2004. And to

Haisla Nation Council), and was a youth support

everyone who participated in recreation programs.

worker for the Kermode Friendship Society. That

“The community made me feel like I was from

job is what brought him to Kitamaat Village and

here,” he said.


Get your Good Food Box The Good Food Box is a pro-

Centre currently provides Good

gram that makes healthy nutri-

Food Boxes to pre-natal and

tious food more accessible for

post-natal moms up to one year.


This program is a great way to

The Good Food box Program

incorporate more fruits and vege-

buys quality produce from Save

tables into your diet for a reduced

On Foods at a wholesale cost and


the produce is then distributed

If you are interested in order-

equal between boxes. A typical

ing a Good Food Box for your

Good Food Box consists of Ap-

family you need to bring the ex-

ples, Oranges, Bananas, 3lbs On-

act amount of $10 for a half box

Box at the Haisla Health Centre.

ions, 5lbs Potatoes, 5lbs Carrots,

or $20 for a full box to the front

For more information contact

Tomatoes, Broccoli or Cauliflow-

desk of the health center. On the

Rosanna or Laura at 250-632

er, Lettuce and a cucumber. A

second Monday of every month,


full box costs $20. The Health

you can pick up your Good Food

For more information on Take Home Naloxone, contact Laura or Rosanna at the Haisla Health Centre, 250-632-3600

Opiod Overdose signs & symptoms 1. Breathing will be slow or absent

5. Lips and nails are blue

2. Person is not moving

6. Person may be choking

3. You can hear gurgling sounds or snoring

7. Can’t be woken up

4. Skin feels cold or clammy

8. Pupils are tiny 16

Strategies and Actions for Independent Living©

SAIL© Home Activity Program – Level 1: Sitting Do only the activities you feel safe and comfortable doing. • • • • • •

Sit tall through all the activities, preferably in a firm chair with armrests. Keep breathing normally. Do not hold your breath. Hold position means hold position for 3 seconds (count thousand 1, thousand 2, thousand 3). If necessary, begin with just a few of the activities but do them several times each day. Over time, add more activities until you are doing all of them. Over time, do more of each activity. If any of these activities add to your pain or shortness of breath, stop and rest. Do less another day. Talk with your doctor or other health care professional.

1. Toe and Heel Lifts (sit with feet close to chair) Toe Lifts: 1. Lift toes of both feet as high as you can (keep heels on floor). Hold. Relax feet on floor. Do 2-3 more times. Heel Lifts: 2. Lift heels of both feet up together (keep toes on floor). Relax feet on floor. Do 2-3 more times. Too easy? • Slowly do more (up to 15 times each). • Lift toes of one foot while lifting heel of other foot. Switch.

These activities are part of the Strategies and Actions for Independent Living Program (2012) - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit.


May 2013

Number 12b September 2015

Facts about Influenza (the Flu) or object and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.

What is influenza? Influenza, often called the flu, is an infection of the upper airway caused by an influenza virus.

An infected person can spread the influenza virus even before feeling sick. An adult can spread the virus from about 1 day before to 5 days after symptoms start. Young children may be able to spread the virus for a longer period of time.

Getting sick with influenza also puts you at risk of other infections. These include viral or bacterial pneumonia which affect the lungs. The risk of complications, which can be life-threatening, is greater for seniors 65 years and older, very young children, and people who have lung or heart diseases, certain chronic health conditions, or weakened immune systems.

What are the symptoms? Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle pain, runny nose, sore throat, extreme tiredness, and cough. Children may also experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Although infections from other viruses may have similar symptoms, those due to the influenza virus tend to be worse.

Healthy pregnant women in the second half of their pregnancy are at greater risk of being hospitalized following infection with influenza virus.

Symptoms can begin about 1 to 4 days, or an average of 2 days, after a person is first exposed to the influenza virus. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.

In Canada, thousands of people are hospitalized and may die from influenza and its complications during years with widespread or epidemic influenza activity.

How can influenza be prevented? You can reduce the risk of getting influenza or spreading it to others by: •

washing your hands regularly;

promptly disposing of used tissues in the waste basket or garbage;

What is the home treatment? If you get sick with influenza, home treatment can help ease symptoms. Follow the self-care advice below:

coughing and sneezing into your shirt sleeve rather than your hands;

staying home when you are ill; and

getting an influenza vaccine.

Getting an influenza vaccine can help prevent you from getting sick with influenza and from spreading it to others.

How does influenza spread? Influenza spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or having face-to-face contact. The virus can also spread when a person touches tiny droplets from a cough or a sneeze on another person


Get plenty of rest.

Drink extra fluids to replace those lost from fever.

Avoid smoking and ask others not to smoke in the house.

Breathe moist air from a hot shower or from a sink filled with hot water to help clear a stuffy nose.

Anti-influenza drugs or antivirals are available by prescription, but these must be started within 48 hours of the start of your symptoms to work best. These will shorten symptoms by about 3 days if given within 12 hours and by about 1.5 days if given within 2 days of the start of symptoms.

Non-prescription cough and cold medications are available for relief of influenza symptoms but these are not recommended for children less than 6 years of age.

Is it influenza or a cold? The following table can help you determine whether you have influenza or a cold.

Acetaminophen or Tylenol® can be given for fever or soreness. ASA or Aspirin® should NOT be given to anyone under 20 years of age due to the risk of Reye Syndrome. For more information on Reye Syndrome, see HealthLinkBC File #84 Reye Syndrome.

For More Information For more information, see the following HealthLinkBC Files:

When should I see a health care provider? Consult your health care provider early if you develop flu-like symptoms and you have a condition that puts you at higher risk of complications. You should also call your health care provider if your symptoms get worse, such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest pain, or signs of dehydration (such as dizziness when standing or low urine output).


HealthLinkBC File #12a Why Seniors Should Get the Inactivated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

HealthLinkBC File #12c Influenza (Flu) Immunization: Myths and Facts

HealthLinkBC File #12d Inactivated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

HealthLinkBC File #12e Live Attenuated Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

HealthLinkBC File #85 Hand Washing for Parents and Children


Influenza (the flu)



Usual, sudden onset 39º-40ºC (102.2-104ºF) , lasts up to 7 to 10 days



Usual, can be severe

Aches and pains

Sometimes mild

Usual, often severe

Fatigue and weakness

Sometimes mild

Usual, may last 2-3 weeks or more

Extreme fatigue


Usual, early onset, can be severe

Runny, stuffy nose






Sore throat



Chest discomfort, coughing

Sometimes mild to moderate

Usual, can be severe


Can lead to sinus congestion or Can lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure, and more earache complications in persons with chronic diseases


Frequent hand washing


No specific treatment is Antiviral drugs by prescription, which can reduce available; symptom relief only symptoms

Yearly influenza vaccine and frequent hand washing

For more HealthLinkBC File topics, visit or your local public health unit. Click on or call 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information and services in B.C. For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance, call 7-1-1 in B.C. Translation services are available in more than 130 languages on request.



A call for residential school Day Scholars The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and shishalh nations have brought forward a class action lawsuit to seek damages, and recognition, for losses related to attendance (not residence) to daytime residential schools. As of now the nations pursuing the class action are looking for Day Scholars (define in the litigation as an individual who attended a federally owned and operated Indian Residential School but did not live

financial purposes. Any Haisla band members who were Day Scholars are asked to identify themselves by November 30 to assist in this class action. This is an extended deadline from an earlier one. To get the appropriate forms please contact either Rhonda Schulmeister at, or Hazel Annibal at

at the school) for negotiation purposes—not for

Haisla-inspired art Haisla artist Lyle Wilson is presenting his jewellery artwork at the Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery. The collection is called Haislakala: Spoken from the Heart. The Haisla’s traditional language is a major part of this show. Below is an excerpt from Lyle Wilson’s artist’s statement: Besides thinking consistently in a “jewellery mode”, working on a solo “jewelry” show over a long period of time demanded both the usage and improvement of all my techniques: sketching, filing, engraving, texturing, carving, repousse’, chasing, etc.. The more work I completed, the more one realizes, that pursuing all jewellery avenues would take a more than one life-time; and still, one would know relatively little of the entire jewellery field…. Historically,

Pacific Northwest Coast (PNC) jewellery started with bone, ivory, horn, shells and stone — mediums, more or less indigenous to the PNC. Every time I worked in one of those ancient mediums, I gained more






“jewelers”…Now that everything’s completed for this particular exhibition, the long hours of painstaking work have become hazy memories and replaced with a deep appreciation of the opportunity to create this body of work, that, hopefully will find a worthy place within the history of PNC jewellery. 21

Orange Shirt Day honours those impacted by Residential Schools Did you know September 30 was Orange Shirt Day? It's a day to remember and honour the children who were brought into the Residential School system.

make the trek around the community for the cause, followed by an emotional series of speeches by local residential school survivors (top photo) over lunch.

A community walk was organized in Kitamaat Village which brought out dozens of participants to

You can learn more about Orange Shirt Day online at



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