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Nuu-chah-nulth-aht complain of police abuses in Campbell River By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Campbell River – First Nations people in this small coastal city are complaining of racial profiling, and of abuse at the hands of the local RCMP. “Even though there’s a high proportion of First Nations people here in Campbell River, it’s as if the cops think we all look the same, and if they’re after a native person, we’re all suspects,” said Steven Jules, who had a couple of runins with the local constabulary this past summer.
“Even though there’s a high proportion of First Nations people here in Campbell River, it’s as if the cops think we all look the same, and if they’re after a native person, we’re all suspects,” said Steven Jules. The well-known artist said he was first stopped in July, and accused of being drunk and harassing tellers in a local bank. Even though he hasn’t consumed alcohol in years, and said he was clearly sober when being questioned, Jules claims the officer continued to accuse him being drunk and disorderly. Jules later received a letter from the bank after making an inquiry, stating no such complaints had been made.
The next month, Jules alleges he was beaten by four RCMP Constables after trying to sell a small 10K gold bracelet he and his son had found a year earlier. Despite having a clean record, Jules claims he has been the victim of repeated police harassment, which has complicated his ability to find steady employment and receive social assistance for he and his wife and three children, two of whom are epileptic and require special services. “We’re not treated as equals, even though we pay taxes and are a big part of this city,” he said, adding that he has spoken with the Mayor of Campbell River, lawyers, and senior police officers, and has become frustrated by the lack of assistance. As Jules shows the 6-month old scars on his wrists he suffered from overtightened hand-cuffs, he claims the stress has prevented him from carving, as his fingers still ache, and is unable to properly concentrate on projects. “My whole family is still in shock, and don’t want me going out to get groceries or anything. They’re really worried,” said the 44-year old Kyuquot member. Jules suffered numerous scrapes and bruises, and had to walk with crutches for weeks after, because of a pair of broken toes. As he started telling his story to more and more people, Jules said more and more First Nations people have told him similar stories of abuses they’ve suffered at the hands of the RCMP over the years.
“They said I looked like the person they were chasing, and the dog came over and started biting on my leg, and the cops were beating me up and kicking me, and telling me to shut up,” alleges Conrad Swan.
Alison Vincent points to where blood was splattered on their home, as Velina Vincent explains how an officer allegedly pointed a gun at her when she opened her bedroom window to investigate a scuffle outside.
Three years ago, a 20-year old Conrad James Swan filed a complaint against the Campbell River RCMP after he was allegedly attacked by a police dog and officers searching for someone who had been breaking in to area homes stealing Christmas presents from underneath trees. “They said I looked like the person they were chasing, and the dog came over and started biting on my leg, and the cops were beating me up and kicking me, and telling me to shut up,” alleges Swan, who tried to complain, but quickly became frustrated at the lack of services
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Steve Jules stands where he alleges four Campbell River RCMP officers attacked him on a side street.
Old Tree Spikes terrorize fallers By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Clayoquot Sound – More than a decade after Clayoquot Sound’s War of the Woods began one of it’s ugliest and most dangerous products has resurfaced threatening injury and even death to the unsuspecting wood cutter; the dreaded tree spike. In the early 1990’s environmentalists went head-to-head against forestry giant MacMillan Bloedel and its employees in an effort to stop the clear-cut of oldgrowth forests in the Sound. In their world-wide call for support environmentalists attracted the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s founder Paul Watson, described by many as an ‘eco-terrorist’. Watson sailed into the Sound in the summer of 1993 promising “Clayoquot Sound would not be wasted without a fight…we will spike trees and we will attack logging equipment.” The selfproclaimed inventor of tree spiking provided seminars on the topic before sailing out of the Sound and onto other causes. His students, with their newly acquired skills, roamed the forests randomly spiking trees with the knowledge that any blade striking the spike could have grave consequences for the person doing the cutting. Tree spiking involves the hammering of large metal nails into trees and removal the head of the nail in order to conceal the spike. The intended purpose of spiking is to damage chainsaws and mill saw blades, thus endangering the lives of
woodcutters. The spikes are difficult to find without metal detectors and pose a danger to anyone who cuts trees or logs. In 1987 a mill worker in California was injured when his band saw struck spikes in a log causing the blade to splinter in an explosion of shrapnel.
More than a decade after Clayoquot Sound’s War of the Woods began one of it’s ugliest and most dangerous products has resurfaced threatening injury and even death to the unsuspecting wood cutter; the dreaded tree spike. Six fallers contracted by Iisaak Forest Resources (IFR) discovered the spikes while harvesting a cutblock in Beddingfield late last year. Faller Leo Manson of Tla-o-qui-aht says while the crew suffered no injuries from the spikes themselves, several chains were destroyed after striking the large nails. “There were six of us (fallers) that went in and four guys hit them (spikes),” Manson explained. Several chains were ruined and IFR sent in engineers armed with metal detectors ahead of the fallers. They found several more spikes; Manson estimates 18 spikes were handed over to IFR. Ray Bartram, General Manager for IFR confirmed the story saying, “the fallers have found a number of spikes in the trees, and an engineering crew with metal detectors found a few more.” He
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Old spikes endanger lives continued from page 1 says Cover Creek Contracting, of Ahousaht, was hired to fall the cutblock in Millar Channel for IFR.
“There were six of us (fallers) that went in and four guys hit them (spikes),” Manson explained. Manson estimates 18 spikes were handed over to IFR. “We believe that the spikes are more than a decade old and were likely placed in this area at the height of the Clayoquot controversy,” said Bartram. “The area is close to the water,” he added, “and had road built in it in the early 90’s, making it an easy target for those that would do such a thing.”
“Spiking meant something back then,” said Manson, “but today it affects innocent people like those making dugout canoes and stuff like that.” Leo Manson is concerned not only for fallers but for anyone who may be cutting a tree for canoes or other such purposes. “Professional fallers look for Legal Information The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for damages arising out of errors in advertisements beyond the amount paid for space actually occupied by the portion of the advertisement in which the error is due to the negligence of the servants or otherwise, and there shall be no liability for non-insertion of any advertisement beyond the amount paid for such advertisements.
An unidentified woman is shown on a website demonstrating how to spike a tree (www.ragette.org/treespike/enter.htm). the little brown spots left where the spike entered the tree, it’s hard to see,” he said, and especially dangerous for an unqualified faller. “Spiking meant something back then,” said Manson, “but today it affects innocent people like those making dugout canoes and stuff like that.” Harvesting in the area is now complete but not without injuries. Manson says
one faller was seriously injured when his saw kicked back. The man threw up his arm to protect his face and suffered a deep cut to his arm requiring 50 stitches. While the accident was not the result of a tree spike, it illustrates the danger fallers face with their chain saws. Bartram says the faller is fine and returned to work after a few days off.
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Steve Jules Complaint date: August 16, 2004 Injuries: Two broken toes, scrape on foot, bruised wrists from handcuffs, sprained fingers, bruised neck and left shoulder.
continued from page 1 available. So he went to local reporter Paul Rudan, who wrote a story in the Campbell River Mirror. “Whenever I see a cop car go by, I’m afraid to look at it and make any eye contact with the cop,” said Swan. “I don’t hate them for what they are; I hate them for what they did to me,” he said. The young man still carries the scars of that night, as does his aunt who watched her nephew beaten beneath her bedroom window. “We didn’t know what to do. You can’t call the cops because they’re the ones doing these things. So we called the news media,” said Vincent. “After repeatedly seeing all these incidents over the years, I have no faith in the Campbell River RCMP,” she said. “I’m terrified of them and I don’t trust them.” “I’m pissed off from what they did to me,” said Leroy Jack, who still can’t raise his right arm after allegedly being kicked and kneed by a pair of constables. “I don’t like them after they beat me up,” he said. Jack claims a pair of officers held him down and kicked him even before they asked him any questions, as they suspected him of looking to break into cars last week as he and his cousin were walking to their neighbourhood 7-11 store.
“This has really taken a toll on my soul. People have to know what’s happening here. It can’t be swept under the carpet any longer,” said Steve Jules But Campbell River RCMP Staff Sergeant Doug Greep hasn’t heard of many cases he says would indicate a problem, adding local RCMP have an “excellent relationship” with area First Nations. “We have a large First Nations population in this area, and there’s nothing I have seen that would suggest these people were dealt with any differently than we would treat other people,” said Greep. “Just by the nature of our work, we’re going to have confrontations with some people, and we deal with a lot of high risk people, that’s why we have a public complaints system,” he said. There are a number of different ways people can file a complaint; either through the public complaints commission, or to come to, or phone the local RCMP office and initiate a complaint. “Whenever we have complaints come in to our office, they are thoroughly investigated. If they aren’t resolved with the complainant, the information is sent to the district office for further investigation,” he said. S/Sgt Greep was only aware of the incident involving Conrad Swan, and said “that matter has been thoroughly investigated, and it has been appropriately dealt with by the RCMP. I’m not at liberty to discuss details, but I can tell you that matter has been appropriately dealt with.” “You can’t go to the RCMP and make a complaint,” said Vincent. “We know what it’s like to make a complaint against them. They wrote us a letter
Leroy Jack Complaint date: January 3, 2005 Injuries: Cracked ribs, damaged shoulder, sprained wrist Spending a night watching movies, 15year old Leroy Jack was walking with his cousin Mickey Leo to a nearby convenience store for pop and chips. As they approached the store, a police car pulled up and according to Leroy, the officers grabbed him and hauled him to the ground. “The female cop was yelling at me to put my hands behind my back, but I couldn’t because the other cop had his knee on my shoulder,” said Jack. As he tried to free his arms to get them behind his back, Jack alleges the female officer began kicking him in his ribs. “They accused us of looking to break into cars, and when I said I wasn’t they accused me of being drunk and threw me into the cop car,” he said.
“The female cop was yelling at me to put my hands behind my back, but I couldn’t because the other cop had his knee on my shoulder,” said Jack. As he tried to free his arms to get them behind his back, Jack alleges the female officer began kicking him in his ribs. Although he was never formally arrested, the teenager who is a grade nine student at Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School, said he was thrown in a cel without medical attention, even though he was in considerable pain. He and his family members are considering launching a complaint with the police commission.
and basically called us liars and said we never saw what we saw,” she said. “It’s police brutality,” said NTC Southern Region co-chair David Dennis. “These cases do not justify the heavy-handed approach taken by the RCMP officers who did not use their powers of arrest properly,” he said. “As a tribal council we need to pay close attention to this, and support a police complaint.” “I’m scared to go up there and make a report unless someone goes with me,” said Jules. “I’m still so shaken up that I can’t write. My wife has to fill out the forms for me because I get so upset when I start remembering what happened to me,” he said. “This has really taken a toll on my soul. People have to know what’s happening here. It can’t be swept under the carpet any longer.”
While on a walk with his son, Steve Jules found a plain, gold bracelet on the side of Dogwood Road, near his home in Campbell River. According to Jules, he reported it to the RCMP and made numerous attempts to find the owner by canvassing the area. After a year, he decided to try and sell the bracelet to subsidize his social assistance income. But one of the people he tried to sell it to became suspicious, and phoned the RCMP. Failing to sell the bracelet, he was heading home around 5:15 pm when he noticed an RCMP vehicle driving slowly behind him. Jules said he turned off the busy Dogwood Road onto smaller Second Avenue, and the cruiser sped up and pulled in front of him, cutting him off. According to Jules, the officer asked him for his name, address, and phone numbers, which he gave freely. “I was co-operating fully. I asked him if there was a problem and he said there wasn’t,” said Jules. “He said they’d got a complaint about someone matching my description selling a bracelet, and they were just checking to make sure it wasn’t stolen,” he said. Jules said he had found the bracelet, and the officer could call his wife who would corroborate the story. This is when Jules reports things started getting worse. “He got really angry and started shouting at me and trying to grab me. I pushed his hand away and told him that unless he was arresting me he had no right to put his hands on me,” said Jules. The officer called for back up, and three more officers arrived on the scene. “I already feared for my life, and it got worse when the other officers arrived,” said Jules. “They all threw me face first to the ground in prickle bushes. I told them I would cooperate but they were shouting at me and at least one officer had his knee on my shoulder,” he said, adding he was also being kneed in the back and ribs. Jules also alleges he was threatened with a taser gun unless he “shut up”. His shirt, shoes, and a necklace were ruined, along with a pair of sunglasses. A group of 50 people came out of surrounding houses to watch the dramatic scene, as Steve said he was shouting for help, asking people to call his wife, and shouting out his phone number. Jules said he was tightly handcuffed, and thrown into the backseat of the police vehicle. It was one of the hottest days of the summer when he was made to sit in the back of the police car with no open windows, and watch while his pockets and backpack were searched without his permission. After phoning Steve’s wife Janet and verifying the story, the officers released him without charges. That night, Jules said he went to the hospital to have his wounds treated, and received terrible service from the staff as he waited for four hours before a doctor would see him.
Conrad James Swan Complaint date: December 21, 2002 Injuries: dog bites over entire length of both legs, bruises and lacerations over entire body On December 21st, 2002, 20-year old Conrad James Swan was walking home to his Aunt Ursula Lucas’ house in Campbell River after a night of drinking with friends. He was extremely inebriated when he knocked on the front door of his aunt and next door neighbour Velina Vincent. Because of his drunken state, Vincent would not let him in, and told him to go home. As he made his way around the back of her house towards his home, he passed out. Meanwhile, local RCMP officers were on the hunt for a young man suspected of breaking in to area homes. When a young male was spotted by officers lying between two houses on nearby Westmere Street, they shouted at him to come out. After a few minutes without a response, a police dog was sent in, biting him all over his legs. Swan doesn’t remember what happened next, but his Aunt Velina certainly does, as she watched events unfold from a bedroom window. “I heard a commotion outside and when I looked I saw the RCMP officers kicking him,” said Vincent. “I opened the window and yelled at them to stop. That’s when one of the officers pulled his gun out, pointed it at me, and told me to close the window and go back inside because it was none of my business. I told him it was my business because they were on my property and it was my nephew they were beating up,” she alleges. When an officer came to the front door, Velina’s daughter Allison would not open the door, as she said she noticed the officer had blood splattered across his forehead and face. “It really scared me when he demanded we let him in,” said Allison. Swan was taken to RCMP cells, where he remembers further mistreatment. “I was bleeding but nobody asked me if I was okay. They just threw me in the cold drunk tank without a blanket or anything,” he said. After being released, he spent the next two weeks in bed recovering from the deep bruises and lacerations, unable to fulfil his social assistance requirements of looking for work. The family filed a formal complaint with the police commission, but say they are unsatisfied with the lack of action around this, and similar cases in Campbell River.
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Fisheries - ca-~ca-~>uk Heritage refused move from Alberni to Bute Inlet By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Environmentally problematic fish farms in the Alberni Inlet won’t be moving anytime soon, as Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has discontinued its environmental review of a proposed site for the salmon farm in Bute Inlet, saying Heritage Aquaculture has withdrawn its application. In 2001, the company proposed Bute Inlet as an alternate location for their salmon farms in Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound, but the application met strong opposition from key stakeholders including the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation, the Georgia Strait Alliance, the Stuart Island Community Association, the commercial and sports fishing sectors, the eco-tourism industry and the Comox Strathcona Regional District, which denied zoning for the proposed site in August 2001. “Salmon farming as currently practiced is not consistent with the Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) vision of Bute Inlet or the recommendations of the Johnstone-Bute Coastal Plan,” said Xwémalhkwu Chief Darren Blaney. “We are pleased that the proponent has withdrawn their application as we can now focus on other pressing issues in our traditional territory.” Heritage’s Penny Creek fish farm is located in Macktush Bay 15 kms south of Port Alberni, and sits directly in front of Penny and Macktush creeks; two wild salmon and steelhead streams. Because the farm, which has been in operation since 1974, is located in a shallow bay with poor flushing currents, the company is experiencing serious die-offs caused by rotting feces and fish feed directly under their pens. Excessive amounts of rotting organic matter robs oxygen from the water, converting it to a stew of chemicals and gases such as hydrogen sulphide, and turns the bay floor into an anoxic area where only specialized bacteria and worms can live. At any given time, the Penny Creek fish farm will have upwards of 700,000 Atlantic salmon on site, rivaling the famous Somass River wild sockeye run that passes by the fish farm on its migration home. There is also a concern that many outmigrating wild smolts are being attracted into the fish farm pens by the smell of feed, and the large lights used on the site, and are being swallowed up by the larger Atlantics.
Hupacasath fisheries officer Al Ross watches as a Heritage Aquaculture worker examines dead farmed fish. “If they’re harming the environment, they should be forced to shut down,” said Tseshaht Chief Councilor Les Sam. “We’d hate to see our wild fish that pass that site contaminated with disease,” he said.
“If they’re harming the environment, they should be forced to shut down,” said Tseshaht Chief Councilor Les Sam. “We’d hate to see our wild fish that pass that site contaminated with disease.” “What happens if our wild fish pick up a disease while passing a fish farm and take that disease up to their spawning grounds?” said Hupacasath fisheries Manager Tom Tatoosh. “Hupacasath owns the spawning grounds for the salmon capital of the world, and we have a zero tolerance for fish farms in our traditional territories and our traditional use territories,” he said. Last year, Heritage Salmon reached an out-of-court settlement in Maine for discharging pollutants into the ocean without a Clean Water Act discharge permit. Heritage Salmon agreed to pay $375,000 (US) towards wild salmon restoration projects, stop growing genetically engineered salmon strains, and implement programs to prevent fish and pollutant escapes. Heritage Salmon is a division of Canadian food conglomerate George Weston Ltd., which owns salmon farms in Canada, United States and Chile, including 16 salmon farms throughout BC, of which three are located in the Alberni Inlet.
Salmon Policy could involve First Nations By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Vancouver - Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced its new Wild Salmon Policy last month, adding it will consult with First Nations over the next couple of months before implementation. Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans spoke before a small group of reporters in announcing “A Policy Framework for Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon”, saying the wild Pacific salmon is of paramount importance to his Ministry. “It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Pacific salmon to Canadians. They are an enduring symbol of the environmental richness of the Pacific northwest,” Regan said. “They serve as a source of food and cultural identity for First Nations. They provide jobs, income and enjoyment for individuals, businesses and coastal communities. And they play a key role in the well-being of our natural ecosystems,” he said. “Managing Pacific salmon is one of the toughest management challenges my Department has to confront [as it is] one of the most complex jobs around.” Representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will present the new policy framework to First Nations, commercial fishing, angling, and other groups over the next few months in what Regan described as an “open and transparent” process. But that openness is already being questioned, as many of the reporters attending the news conference in Vancouver, only heard of the announcement through contacts in the environmental community, as DFO communications personnel only sent the announcement to a few, select media outlets.
According to DFO scientist Brian Riddell, the policy is a reworking of a draft policy framework launched in 2000, and will serve as a guide for future decisions on the conservation of wild salmon. “We want to make sure we manage the fishery so we don’t get into a SARA (Species at Risk Act) situation,” he said. “This is about the protection of genetic and environmental diversity,” said Regan. “The equation is brutally simple; no habitat equals no salmon,” he said. “Managing salmon means making some tough decisions, and we want to hear from First Nations to help shape the implementation of our report.”
“The equation is brutally simple; no habitat equals no salmon,” said Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan. “We want to hear from First Nations to help shape the implementation of our report.” NTC Fisheries staff are reviewing the revised policy. Jim Lane and Don Hall say their concern with the initial policy was the threat to small stocks that might not be protected as part of a larger conservation unit. “It is the small stocks that most First Nations rely on for their food, social, and ceremonial fisheries,” said Dr. Hall. Regan deflected questions about the impact of salmon aquaculture on migrating wild Pacific salmon species, saying fish farms have only “local effects”. The Minister said bilateral meetings with various First Nations will be arranged over the next two months, but as this issue goes to press, DFO has yet to contact the NTC.
Tseshaht Raises Money for Breast Cancer research By Karen McCoy for Ha-Shilth-Sa David Lightly and Neil Thomas took it all off in the name of breast cancer today, hair that is! The initiative was the brainstorm of Lightly who gladly volunteered to go “Kojak” to honour Dave’s partner, Ardyth Cooper and Eileen Haggard, an NTC employee, who are both survivors of the disease. Many Tseshaht staff were on hand to witness the event and Gail Gus donated her services as barber. Employees from Tseshaht and NTC as well as others who were hanging around, gladly donated money for the worthy cause. Gloria Ross’s donation was in memory of her mother, Rosie Ross. In all over $400 was raised.
(above) Tseshaht Fisheries Manager Dave Lightly sacrificed vanity for charity as he had his head shaved in support of his partner Ardyth Cooper, and other women battling breast cancer.
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Education - h=a-h=o-pa WUT’s UP @ Neill Middle School? By Sherri Cook, NCN Education Worker CONGRATULATIONS TO: October Monthly Recognition Award Winners: Annette August, Michael August, Natasha Billy, Jennifer Charlesworth, Kari-Lea Charlesworth, Danielle Chartrand, Steven Dick, Jesse Dickinson, Meghan Francoeur, Sabby Fred, Celena George, Kayla George, Marissa Janzen, Jesse Ottmann, Chaz Pertusson, Bryan Read, Serena Read, Kelly Robertson, Theresa Robinson, Michaela Sabbas, Chevy Sam, Richard Titian, Melina Watts. November Monthly Recognition Award Winners: Kari-Lea Charlesworth, Jennifer Charlesworth, Paula Watts, Jordan Gallic, Annette August, Cheyanne Billy, Tamara Thomas, Richard Joseph, Terrance Watts, Aaron Jimmy, Lloyd Wilson, Stephanie Fedirchuk, Meghan Francouer, Natasha Billy, Kameron Gallic, Chelsa McConnell, Jesse Ottmann, Alex Forseth, Michael August, Kelsey Cootes, Kathleen Bodaly, Adam Felsman, Roman Gallic, Alleashia Stewart, Margaret Walkus. NOW OPEN! Neill Middle School Playground! On November 20th we had some P.A.C. Members, Students and Parents volunteer to set up our new playground. Special thanks goes out to all those families and community members who volunteered their time, equipment and specialties to this project. LUNCH PROGRAM Did you know we have been providing lunches for needy students here @ our school? The generosity of local individuals, funding from P.A.C. and a grant from Dash-Breakfast has made this program possible. Our program gives out approximately 260 lunches every month. Approximately 95% of those lunches are for First Nations students. If you have a child who sometimes is unable to bring lunch from home please contact Mrs. Deb Coates or Sherri Cook @ 723-8151 and we’ll make sure your child receives a lunch.
If you would like to make a donation to our program (Examples- Bread, Cheese, Lunch Meat, 100% Pure Fruit Juice Boxes, Fruit, Veggies, etc…) please contact us @ the above listed phone #. Any donations would be a great help. HALLOWEEN SURPRISE Our school and another school in the Alberni Valley had a surprise guest during the Friday before Halloween. BERNIE THE BULLDOG the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Mascot was our special guest. Thanks for the visit Bernie see you next year!
Bernie and Sabby NMS First Nations Tutoring EVERY WEDNESDAY! 2:45- 3:45pm in Room 110. Rides are provided for those students who CAN’T arrange for their own transportation. SKI TRIP This years first ski trip has been scheduled for February 11th, 2005 @ Mt. Washington. Please contact Mrs. L. Morphet, Mrs. Edgell or Mrs. Fitzgerald for more information! Clubs Day Our first set of club days were a great success. We had full clubs all over in our school and around Port Alberni. As always the Mountain Bike Club, Cookie Club, Scrap booking Club, Manicure/Pedicure Club and Floor Hockey Club are the favorites but all of our students enjoyed the clubs that were offered by teachers and volunteers. Thanks Everybody. Next CLUB DAY will be February 9th. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE and BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR!!!
Post Secondary (P/S) FAQs By Blair Thompson, NTC Education Manager Each year, we receive many questions about what courses are and are not funded by NTC P/S and why or why not. Hopefully the questions and answers below will help. Why can’t I be funded to take courses at a private training school? When the Chiefs took over authority for Post Secondary, one of the first things they wanted was to ensure that quality, recognized courses were funded. Too often in the past community workers had gone out to take DIA funded courses which brought no new skills home. Rather than try to figure out if each and every schools courses were acceptable it was decided that only colleges and universities which were supported with public (taxes) funding would be eligible for NTC P/S support. The courses at these schools are reviewed and approved by provincial or state bodies so the quality is not a question. Most of these courses are also recognized for transfer credit at the other public schools in the province/state. There is also the question of cost. The eligible schools receive public funding so their courses are less expensive than those at private schools where the student or sponsor must pay all costs. Last year, much more funding was spent to support all eligible P/S students than was available in the budget so increasing costs are a concern.
Why can’t I be funded to take carpentry or office courses? The P/S funding is in place to support courses that will lead to a university degree. Vocational courses like the above ones do not lead to a university degree. There may be some partial support for vocation courses from your First Nation. Contact your First Nation if you are considering this kind of training. I live in Port Alberni and I want to go to school in Alberta. Why can’t I be funded to go to the school of my choice? Again, it is a question of budget pressures. The tuition, to the maximum charged in BC public universities can be covered in other public P/S schools. Only the travel costs to attend the closest “quality” school can be provided. I decide in April that I want to go to school in September. Why can’t I be funded ? The January 31st P/S application deadline is in place so the NTC P/S budget, like all NTC budgets can reviewed by the Chiefs in late March. With the current budget pressures, funding for students cannot be added to the budget after it is approved. In years when there is a surplus in P/S, we are directed to send the funds to the First Nations, not hold them at NTC for late applicants. If you have any questions on the above, please contact me at NTC, (250) 7245757, toll free 1-877-677-1131, or firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENTION CURRENT OR PROSPECTIVE NTC POST SECONDARY STUDENTS Please note - NTC Post Secondary Funding is available for programs which have direct transfer to Bachelor Degree’s at publicly funded institutions only. Private post secondary institutions and vocational/trade programs are not covered under this program. The annual post secondary funding application deadline is coming up on January 31, 2005. All students interested in attending college and/or university starting next September 2005 need to submit a complete application by this date. Applications received after January 31, 2005 will not be considered, and students will be asked to reapply for the next funding application deadline of January 31, 2006. Applications can be found at Malaspina College in the First Nations Office; through the First Nations Office at Camosun College; through your First Nation, or by calling/emailing the NTC directly. You can also download forms from the NTC Website at www.nuuchahnulth.org and follow the links to Post Secondary Education.
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Toll Free Number: 1-877-677-1131 Nuu-chah-nulth leadership have now established a toll free number to assist membership with any questions they may have regarding treaty related business.
There are a growing number of private Post Secondary (P/S) training schools in BC. Any adults considering enrolling in courses at one of these private schools should be aware of the “complications” listed below: Costs: Most of these schools do not qualify for provincial funding as public colleges and universities do. The tuition costs, therefore, are very much higher than at public schools. These schools are private businesses. The tuition is also high to provide a profit for the schools’ owners. Eligibility: The courses at these private schools do not have transfer credit to a public university or college. The courses at these schools therefore do not qualify for NTC Post Secondary (P/S) funding. First Nations: The First Nations’ budgets for adult training are not very large. The First Nations therefore cannot provide much if any financial assistance to members wishing to attend private training schools. Student Loans: Many students attending private training schools must take out student loans. The student loans are set up to mainly support students in public colleges where the tuition costs are much smaller. In many cases, the student loan will barely cover tuition at the private training school and there is little, if any, of the loan left to cover living costs. As above, the First Nation and the NTC can usually not provide living support for these courses. Student loans are LOANS. The loan must be paid back, whether the student completes the course or not.
If you are considering enrolling in a private training school, first, please contact Kelly Johnsen, Vicky Watts or Blair Thompson at the NTC, 1-877-677-1131 or 250-724-5757.
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Community Voices By MLA Gillian Trumper Health care continues to be the fastest growing portion of our provincial budget. As our population ages there will be increased demands on our system - that’s why steps are being put in place to help make health care sustainable in the future. An important step is the new monthly prescription option that will help people with high prescription costs pay their deductible. To be eligible you must be registered with Fair PharmaCare, have a deductible greater than zero, and not have private health insurance with a drug plan. The Fair PharmaCare program really has made a big difference in making health care affordable based on your ability to pay. To date, more 280,000 low-income BC families and seniors now pay less for their prescriptions costs. This new service will provide seniors and families with high prescription costs to be able to budget monthly for deductible costs so that the high costs associated with some prescriptions do not come all at once. In November, a 15-unit housing development was opened in Port Alberni for individuals with mental illness. Work is now taking place on plans for a facility in Oceanside. This month I will be meeting with the CEO of VIHA to discuss health care in our region. I am encouraged by the direction that he wants to go. The medical staff in Port Alberni have been
working hard to attract professionals to the Valley with some success. However, the main concern for West Coast continues to be a shortage of health care professionals in the region. Our roadways are also being given a facelift. Work will soon commence on Highway 4, west of Port Alberni in March to improve safety in the area of Sutton Pass. Already meetings have taken place in Tofino and Ucluelet to minimize traffic disruption to the west coast. Last June I asked for a study to be done by the province on Highway 4 and Horne Lake connector due the increase in traffic. With the loss of the railway and the increase in travelling, the need for better access for the Valley is imperative. The report will be out in the spring and my hope is that there will be some initial surveying done this year. The issue dealing with employees of the Sproat Lake Division has been frustrating and unsettling for everyone. Both Minister de Jong and I hope to have the cheques issued as soon as possible. Over the past two weeks we have witnessed the horror and compassion of the devastation of the tsunami in south East Asia. As west coast residents are well aware, it could happen here. It has been amazing to watch countries from across the world band together to help the 11 countries touched by this natural disaster. Money and medical supplies are needed but in the future other materials to help rebuild the communities affected will be needed. We are asking everyone in any way to help. For more information on how to donate please visit my website at www.gilliantrumpermla.bc.ca.
NTC Special Chiefs’ (Directors) Meeting At a special meeting of the NTC Directors held at the Bayside Inn in Parksville on Friday, January 7, 2005, important motions were made regarding the future of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. First Nations in attendance: Ahousaht, Ditidaht, Ehattesaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-oqui-aht, Toquaht, Ucluelet, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Tseshaht, Uchucklesaht. Rise and Report : Summary of Motions MOTION # 1 Whereas, our NTC mission is to fulfill our vision of providing equitable social, economic, political, and technical support to Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations; and, Whereas, NTC is an independent political body of the following First Nations:
Ahousaht Ka:’yu:’K’t’h’/che:K’tles7et’h’ Ditidaht Mowachaht/Muchalaht Ehattesaht Nuchatlaht
Hesquiaht Hupacasaht Huu-ay-aht Tseshaht Tla-o-qui-aht Uchucklesaht Toquaht Ucluelet Therefore, Be It Resolved: a. That we hereby affirm that the NTC is in no manner affiliated with the group referred to as the “West Coast Warriors Society”; and, b. That the NTC does not condone or support the activities or recruitment of youth within NTC meetings, gatherings or events, by members of the West Coast Warriors Society; and, c. That the NTC does not approve any involvement of a member of the NTC Executive or NTC employee within the WCW Society. Moved: Joe Tom Seconded: Les Sam Motion Carried
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PAFC Dinner draws hundreds By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni –The ever-popular Port Alberni Friendship Center Christmas Dinner, held December 14, was tremendously successful as several hundred people lined up for their turkey dinners. The doors opened at 4:30 and the PAFC staff and volunteers jumped to action to serve the jam-packed hall. Last year more than 600 people showed up for the annual dinner and the staff were hoping to see even more this year. Like a well-oiled machine, service was incredibly efficient as food flowed from the kitchen to the Board Room where an assembly line was set up to fill the plates and send them out to the people. Volunteers donning Christmas costumes cheerfully plunked plates down almost as soon as a guest settled in. The Center is relatively small and cannot accommodate as many guests as they had in one sitting so people waited for an empty seat if they arrived late. The
wait was never long as those finishing their meals moved outside to let someone else eat. Needless to say, there was plenty of food for everyone. There were games and activities followed by a visit from Santa later in the evening. The dinner provided a great opportunity for people to get together, socialize and have a familyoriented, fun-filled evening.
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Canada contradicts itself on boundary disputes Opinion by David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Manager / Editor Canada has often been described as a Nation of competing contradictions, and nowhere is this more evident than in treaty negotiations. Canada is seen internationally as a protector of human rights, and lambastes countries that fall short of Canada’s moral measuring stick. But meanwhile, international agencies criticize Canada for their refusal to recognize Aboriginal rights, and their lack of support programs for thousands of Aboriginal people living in deplorable squalor and third-world conditions. Recently, a tiny column at the back of a Canadian Geographic magazine (Nov/Dec 2004, pg. 50) caught my attention. It lists numerous boundary disputes Canada is involved in with the United States, Russia, Greenland, and Denmark. Is this the same country that says First Nations must resolve overlap issues and boundary disputes before any treaty can be finalized? Canada is currently involved in nine different boundary disputes: Juan de Fuca Strait, Dixon Entrance, Northwest Passage, Beaufort Sea, Arctic Continental Shelf, Hans Island, Georges
Bank, Machias Seal Island, and Bay of Fundy. In areas where such boundary issues exist, will First Nations be able to tell Canada it must settle these disputes before finalizing any treaties or marine / land use agreements? Canada has also been far too willing to fall in line behind the British Columbia government in refusing to negotiate with First Nations who are taking various issues to court. While BC told the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council treaty table it would not negotiate while the fisheries litigation was underway, they continued to negotiate with other First Nations who were pursuing forestry and land use cases. Such contradictions are an impediment to the BC Treaty Process, which already presents First Nations with enough hurdles both to gain, and maintain, a seat at the negotiating table. The federal and provincial governments must stop dressing up vague procedures as hardened policy, and realize their own contradictions at the negotiating table. This will take some of the confusion away, and smooth out some of the speed bumps on the road to economic certainty through treaties.
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Oxford responds to apology request By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter After numerous calls and e-mails to dozens of people at England’s prestigious Oxford University, it seems apparent that the University is not going to apologize for the misuse of Nuuchah-nulth blood by Dr. Richard Ward, former head of their Institute of Biological Anthropology.
After numerous calls and e-mails to Oxford University, it seems apparent that the University is not going to apologize for the misuse of Nuu-chah-nulth blood by Dr. Richard Ward, former head of their Institute of Biological Anthropology. In an e-mail from Grace Haydon, Press Officer at the Oxford University Public Relations Office, she writes: “Further to your email to the ViceChancellor regarding a response from Oxford University on the matter of Nuuchah-nulth blood samples, it seems there may be some confusion over your question of an apology from Oxford. A statement on this matter was sent on Wednesday 15 December. I enclose this statement below, and also attach the original email. As this statement explains, Professor Ward’s research using Nuu-chah-nulth blood
samples was conducted prior to his employment at Oxford University. Therefore, it would not be appropriate for the University to apologize for this work. I hope this helps with your inquiry. Please let me know if you have any further questions and I will do my best to help.” The original statement, attributed to “a spokesperson for the University of Oxford” said: “The University of Oxford is aware that there has been controversy surrounding research which Professor Ryk Ward conducted using blood samples collected from the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. However, this research was conducted by Professor Ward prior to his appointment at Oxford in 1996 as Professor of Biological Anthropology. Therefore, it would not be appropriate for the University to comment on this work. Following the death of Professor Ward in February 2003, and in accordance with the wishes of the Nuuchah-nulth tribal council, the samples, together with records pertaining to them, were sent to Professor Robert McMaster of the University of British Columbia for safekeeping. We are satisfied that the University, in consultation with the Nuu-chah-nulth tribal council, acted quickly and sensitively to resolve this matter and we hope to enjoy good relations with the Nuu-chah-nulth people in the future.”
American Tribe faces similar case By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter In a case very similar to that of Nuuchah-nulth, members of Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe have filed a $75 million lawsuit over the misuse of 400 blood samples collected by researchers in the early 1990’s.
In a case very similar to that of Nuu-chah-nulth, members of Arizona’s Havasupai Tribe have filed a $75 million lawsuit over the misuse of 400 blood samples collected by researchers in the early 1990’s. The suit against Arizona State University alleges blood samples taken under the guise of a diabetes study were used to study inbreeding, schizophrenia, and ancient population migration, violating the university’s own code of ethics, as well as federal law.
The suit against Arizona State University alleges blood samples taken under the guise of a diabetes study were used to study inbreeding, schizophrenia, and ancient population migration, violating the university’s own code of ethics, as well as federal law. According to Robert Lyttle, co-counsel for the 52 Havasupai members, his clients agreed to allow their blood to be studied as part of a diabetes study because researchers told them their blood would be used to find ways of identifying who might be susceptible to the disease, and investigate genetic predispositions to the disease. Lyttle
said the samples were collected on the false pretense that they would be used in conjunction with the diabetes study when in truth and fact, defendants knew at the time of collecting they would be used in other unrelated research projects. An independent investigation launched by the university revealed that in the ten years since the original collection, the blood had been used in “numerous unauthorized studies, experiments and projects by various universities and laboratories throughout the United States”, that led to at least 23 scholarly research papers that had little or nothing to do with diabetes. The lawsuit is claiming breach of fiduciary duty, lack of informed consent, fraud, misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, conversion, negligence, and violation of civil rights. Havasupai Tribal leader Carletta Touloussi would not comment on what has transpired since the documents were filed in Arizona Superior Court this past February.
More than 200 people showed up to the first of the updates for Nuuchah-nulth-aht living away from home in Nanaimo; so many that organizers ran out of chairs and food.
Treaty updates a huge success By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Christmas dinners sponsored by the NTC Treaty table were wildly successful this year, as hundreds of people came out to enjoy a meal with family and friends in their areas. More than 200 people showed up to the first of the updates for Nuu-chah-nulthaht living away from home in Nanaimo; so many that organizers ran out of chairs and food. Another 150 showed up the next night in Victoria. More than 150 people showed up to the update session in Vancouver, 30 in Seattle, 150 in Port Alberni, and 75 in Campbell River.
Christmas dinners sponsored by the NTC Treaty table were wildly successful this year, as hundreds of people came out to enjoy a meal with family and friends in their areas. At the December 16th gathering at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Cliff Atleo Sr. gave a speech in the Nuu-chah-nulth language, then said his Christmas wish would be that every Nuu-chah-nulth person would be able to understand and speak their own language. He thanked organizers and volunteers Gwen David, George David, Julia Eaton, Peggy Tate, Margaret David, Peggy Hill and Caroline Eaton for all their efforts. At the December 18th dinner in Seattle, Cliff Atleo Jr. gave an overview of treaty negotiations over the past year, saying the governments have only recently returned to the NTC Table after the fisheries litigation was launched.
Richard Watts offered a presentation on the fisheries case, and the rationale supporting it. “It’s tough slogging, it’s pretty stressful at times, but it’s not that difficult for the government to meet our needs,” said Watts. “The government is going out of their way to prevent us from having jurisdiction and authority over our resources, and that has to change,” he said. According to Cliff Jr., close to 70% of Nuu-chah-nulth members live away from home, and these gatherings are an opportunity to discuss priorities and issues of importance for those in urban centres. “The 2001 A.I.P. vote showed that people living away from home had a very important role in the vote,” he said. “We want to know what your needs are, so we can take that information back to our negotiators and have those issues addressed by the governments”. At the December 20th gathering at the Port Alberni Friendship Centre, Delores Keitlah offered the opening prayer, and former co-chairs Richard Watts and Nelson Keitlah spoke about negotiations. “The governments still have to bring items to the table that are of significance to our people living away from home,” said Watts, who is the Chief Negotiator for the Tseshaht First Nation. The final dinner, on December 21st in Campbell River was a very successful and informal dinner, and Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little said these dinners are an annual event, and “it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your support and patience,” he said.
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Hesquiaht Lady Braves celebrate another successful tournament The Hesquiaht Lady Braves hosted another successful basketball tournament on December 10, 11, and 12, 2004. We had 8 men’s teams and 4 Jr. Co-ed teams. The men’s teams included Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Wickaninnish Hawks, Bella Bella, Nanaimo, PA Rydaz, Hot Springs, & East Van. There were a number of close games over the weekend. In the end Bella Bella came out on top. Second place: East Vancouver, third place: Wickaninnish Hawks. All-stars were: Gene Wolfe (East Van), Mitch Martin (Bella Bella), Sean Holland (East Van), Josh Fred (Hawks), Burl Gladstone (Bella Bella), and Kevin Charleson (Hot Springs). Best Defensive- Gene Wolfe, Most Inspirational-Aliyah Ozdewir (East Van), & MVP-Burl Gladstone. Most Sportsmanlike team went to Ucluelet Storm. The Jr. Co-ed was excellent with Ucluelet, Tla-o-qui-aht, Alert Bay, & Hesquiaht coming out to show their stuff. Most Sportsmanlike team went to Alert Bay, who showed a lot of spirit. They came down with 6 players and their two girls played in all three games without having subs. They did awesome. First Place went to Tla-o-qui-aht, Second place: Hesquiaht, 3rd PlaceUcluelet. Female all-stars: Natasha Charleson, Mariah Charleson, Martina from Alert Bay. Inspirational Player: Skylene Touchie (Charleson!). MVP: Mariah Charleson.
Male all-stars: Brian Lucas, Lance Martin, Matthew Jack-Sabbas. Inspirational Player-Cody Merriman. MVP-Lance Martin. Way to go teams. Thank you to Barlows for donating the use of the sound system and to Magic Moments for the engraving. The Lady Braves went to the fans and asked for donations for the awards. Many Big thank you’s to the following individuals for your support: Julie Joseph, Pat Charleson, Rebecca Williams, Tyson Touchie, Kayleigh Frank, Donnale Edgar, Rick Tom, Wayne Curley, Doreen & Joe Charleson, Charlie Lucas, Nicole Charleson, Bernice Touchie, Rona Humchitt, Babae Williams, and David Tate. Big thank you’s to all of our volunteers who came out to help. We especially want to acknowledge Con Charleson & Heather Joseph for assisting us with kitchen equipment and the yummy fish soup. Thank you Arlene Ganske for being our tournament treasurer, Gloria Sabbas for helping with all of the groceries, & Edd Samuel for helping with the scheduling. Thank you to the fans for coming out to cheer for the teams and for helping make our tournaments a success. If you missed this tournament you have the chance to come out and watch some more exciting games. We will be hosting another tournament on January 21-23, 2005 at the Alberni Athletic Hall in Port Alberni. We have strong teams from Nuu-chahnulth, the mainland, and the states
Non-Insured Health Benefits Program - N I H B Medical Supplies and Equipment Program Specific Medical Supplies and Equipment are available to registered First Nations & Inuit for personal use when all of the following criteria are met: · The item is on the NIHB Medical Supplies & Equipment List; · Prior approval, if required, is granted by NIHB; · The item is not available to clients through other federal, provincial or other third party plan; and · The benefit is prescribed by a recognized pharmacy or medical supply & equipment provider. The following process for obtaining Prior Approval is currently in place: - Client received prescription from authorized prescriber - Client is assessed for medical equipment/supplies by health professional - Health professional prepares assessment results and recommends supplies & equipment - Client takes assessment to provider and selects products - Medical Supplies & Equipment provider completes paperwork (outlining client info, benefits requested & costs) & faxes request, assessment and prescription to NIHB for Prior Approval - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch- (FNIHB) reviews request and determines eligibility based on program guidelines - If necessary, NIHB refers request to Medical Consultant for professional opinion on medical requirements - NIHB faxes letter confirming benefits approved to Medical Supplies and Equipment provider - Client receives supplies/equipment and signs form confirming receipt of product - Provider completes claims form & mails to claims payer for payment Questions or queries may be addressed through your community health centre (Community Health Representative- CHR), First Nations and Inuit Health Branch @ 1-800-317-7878, or NTC CHS NIHB Program Department @ 1-888-407-4888 - locally @ 724-5757. Any denials may be addressed by an appeal process, contact the above offices for further information Submitted by R. Cluett, CD - NTC CHS NIHB Department Coordinator
confirmed already. Come and check it out. On January 28-30 at Ucluelet, the Sasinn are hosting the Vancouver Island Jr. All Native Zone Playoffs, where teams will
playoff to qualify to play at this years Jr. All Native BC’s at Terrace, BC during spring break. Come check out all of the exciting basketball action.
Tournaments Hesquiaht Lady Braves Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournament January 21, 22, & 23, 2005, Port Alberni Athletic Hall Men’s Division Entry Fee $350 1st Prize $1000
Women’s Division Entry Fee $300 1st Prize $700
(Based on 8 Men’s teams)
(Based on 6 Women’s teams)
For more information contact Anita Charleson @ 250 726-2409 or email email@example.com
Lahal Tournament January 21, 22, 23, 2005 Somass Hall, Port Alberni, B.C. Entry Fee: $100 per team ~ 8 players per team Door prize: $100.00 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Starting Friday night at 7:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Saturday at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Sunday at 10:00 a.m. until finished Sponsored by Port Alberni Friendship Centre Elder’s Committee. Fund raising for elder’s trip to B.C. Conference.
Jr. Eagles 1st Annual Ball hockey Open Co-ed Tournament January 28, 29 & 30, 2005 Maht Mahs Gym, Port Alberni Ages 9 – 12 - $100 entry fee Ages 13 – 16 - $150 entry fee 15-player roster
For more information contact Wes Price @(250) 723-6028
Vancouver Island Jr. All Native Zone Playoffs Hosts: Ucluelet Sasinn Divisions: Jr. Boys & Jr. Girls Date: January 28, 29, & 30, 2005 Location: Ucluelet Secondary School Entry Fee: $150/Team Entry Fee deadline: January 14, 2005 Entry Fee must be submitted no later than January 14 to confirm team entry into the tournament (No exceptions). For more information contact Anita Charleson @ 250 726-2409 or Tyson Touchie @ 250 726-7342. You're Invited To Train, Race & Try To Beat Us in the Opitsaht Canoe Races May 24, 2005. Only 6 Months to Go! So BE READY & BE THERE! 1st Prize - Traditional Dug-out Chuputz. Camping available. For more info contact Arnold Frank 726-6576 or Ivy Martin at 725-2299, or Moses Martin or Carla Moss at 725-2765
Annual Shorty Frank Open Co-Ed Basketball Tournament - March 4,5,6 2005 Where: To Be Announced it will either be held in Ucluelet or Tofino. $350 Entry Fee ~ Cash Prizes (Based on 10 Teams) 1st Place: $1200.00 ~ 2nd Place: $550.00 ~ 3rd Place: $300.00 MVP Awards (1 Male and 1 Female), all-stars Trophy’s, etc. Team Roster due February 28,2005. Entry Fee due before first game. For rules, roster and questions please contact Nellie Atleo at (H) 250-725-3495 or (C) 250-726-6047,or leave a message, or feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maaqtusiis Lady Storm: Hawaii Bound 13th Annual Palama Settlement Classic Hello Nuu-chah-nulth people: Maaqtusiis Lady Storm have submitted our Senior Girls School Team for a tournament in Hawaii in December of 2005. We will be fundraising to take 12 players and 4 chaperones on this trip of a lifetime. Our families have given us full support for this plan and we would like to inform the community of our intent. If there is any way you can help us we would greatly appreciate it, whether it is financially or giving suggestions. You can contact Rebecca Atleo at the school 250-670-9589 or at home 250-6702390. Thank you. Maaqtusiis Lady Storm
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Ahousaht School Mural Unveiling Submitted by Rebecca Atleo, Maaqtusiis School Maaqtusiis Gymnasium has a new addition to the building. A mural of a Thunderbird, whale, harpoon, Sea Serpent and human faces were painted on the north end of the outside wall. We were able to obtain funding via Artists in Education and First Nations School Association for the project. Kurt John’s drawing was chosen for the mural and he asked Walter Thomas to help him. The project took about three to four weeks to complete and the finished product is beautiful and visible from afar. Evans Thomas, Byron Charlie, Kyle Adams and several students from Maaqtusiis School lent a hand in the project s well. The crew worked through the rain and sometimes into the late evening to complete the mural. On Friday, December 10th, 2004 the artists and their helpers were acknowledged for the beautiful mural they painted on the north end of Maaqtusiis Gymnasium. An invitation was sent out tot the community and to the artists and explained that a plaque with their names would be displayed by the mural to let people know who did the work. Kurt John read the story of the mural aloud to the children and community members. It is as follows:
Capture of the Thunderbird The Thunderbird is a mythological bird that we as First Nations people believe in. He is the great whaler in a thunder and lightening storm. The whale that was hunted by our people for food and also for the oil that we have once enjoyed. The sea snake we rarely see, maybe once in our lives but in which we dance in our powerful potlatches, also known as the Sea Serpent. Humans are taught by their ancestors, especially First Nations people by the old way and the new, by our elders and our parents in who we rely on for the future and the past. The students are represented by the Thunderbird. They can capture anything in their lives as long as they believe in themselves, no matter what it is. A ‘whale’ or better education. The Sea Serpent is representing long-term life. You only see the snake once or maybe even twice in your entire life. In which, if you have a chance at something in your life you should take it because it only comes once in a lifetime. The whale represents who we are a s west coast people. “Whalers” in which we have hunted for a number of years. The two human figures in the whale and the tail of the Sea Serpent are representing our parents who are our first teachers and also our guardians. The second human figure is the educator, also known as the teacher, the one that offers our children the best education before we take our education farther than you can imagine.
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TFL #57, T0840, AND T0846
2003-2008 IISAAK FOREST RESOURCES LTD. FOREST DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. (IFR), gives notice and invites comment on the proposed amendment to the TFL #57, T0840, and T0846, 2003-2008 Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. Forest Development Plan (FDP). The FDP includes areas within Clayoquot Sound from the Kennedy River in the south to Hesquiaht Lake in the north. This includes areas in the following watershed planning units: Upper Kennedy, Kennedy Lake, Fortune Channel, Tofino/Tranquil, Cypre, Bedingfield, Flores Island, and Hesquiaht. The amendment proposes minor wording changes in the FDP text to order to clarify management objectives with respect to riparian restoration activities with respect to cutblock 024350 which is located in the Kootowis Creek area of Kennedy Flats. It is intended to ensure that the FDP objectives reflect the overall direction of the Clayoquot Sound Scientific Panel recommendations with respect to management and restoration of hydroriparian areas. This amendment is being made available for public review before approval is considered by the Ministry of Forests District Manager. It is available for review by the public and resource agencies from January 12, 2005, to February 1, 2005. The proposed amendment may be modified as a result of written comments received by February 1, 2005. The proposed amendment to the Iisaak Forest Resources Forest Development Plan is available for review at: 1. Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd. Office, 100 Itattsoo Road, P.O. Box 639, Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0, during office hours (8:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 4:30 pm) weekdays, excluding holidays from January 12, 2005 to February 1, 2005. Please call (250) 726-2446, or fax (250) 726-2488. 2. South Island Forest District Office, 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 8E9, during business hours. If any interested parties are unable to review the proposed amendment during these times, arrangements can be made to view the plan at a time convenient to IFR and the interested party. To ensure consideration of your observations, any written comments must be received by February 1, 2005. Please send comments to the attention of: Ray Bartram, Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd., 100 Itattsoo Road, Box 639 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0.
Pamela Mickey, Paul Lucas, Aaron Jules, Gideon Smith
Art Exhibition a Great Thrill for Young Nuu-chah-nulth Carver Submitted by Mary Scott, for Ha-Shilth-Sa Nanaimo - The Port Place, First Nation Art and Craft Exhibition held on December 15 to the 18th proved to be a dynamic interaction between artists. Well known artists such as Patrick Amos, and Fred Anderson Jr., who have successfully traveled up the long road to prominence, willingly pass on their experiences to those who follow in their footsteps. This unique camaraderie is readily apparent as younger artists are encouraged and helped along in their own arduous journey. Nuu-chah-nulth carver Aaron Jules’ grandparents traveled from Kyuquot, on the west side of Vancouver Island, to see their grandson participate in his very first native art show. Aaron has devoted the past three years to the art he loves and now is very eager to offer his creations to the public. He also expressed that he was honoured to be
presenting with such esteemed carvers like James Speck Sr., Patrick Amos, Derek Wilson, and Charles Joseph. Anderson Jr., Heiltsuk Artist and Exhibition Organizer, said that having young novice artist, like Aaron, work with more experienced artists is one of the goals of this exhibition. He further stated that it gives the experienced artist an opportunity to teach, guide others and keep alive the traditional art of their tribe. The exhibition was a resounding success for the artists and community as well. Thousands filed through the 4 day event at Port Place and were impressed with the unique and exceptional art in all forms, from carvings, jewelry, native fashion to traditional smoked salmon. The exhibition is a partnership with Volunteer Nanaimo who helped in the organizing and promotion and part of the proceeds will be donated to the organization’s fundraising efforts.
Age: 21 Height: 5’4” Weight: 115 lbs. Long dark hair, brown eyes. She was wearing a black skirt, black top. high black boots. A silver hooped necklace. Tattoo of a band of flowers with a heart in the middle on her right arm. Last seen in the Jingle Pot area June 17, 2002.
The TLA-O-QUI-AHT Band is offering a CASH REWARD OF $11,500 for information leading to the location of LISA MARIE YOUNG If anyone has seen Lisa or has information as to her possible whereabouts please call RCMP in Nanaimo (250) 754-2345 or any RCMP Detachment.
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Ha-Shilth-Sa Headlines 2004
January 13 –Barkley Sound First Nations reject fish farms: The six Nuu-chah-nulth Nations surrounding Barkley Sound have joined together to reject fish farms within their territories. In a letter to Ted Needham, Director of Operations for Heritage Salmon Aquaculture Co., leaders of the six nations demanded that any restocking or expansion plans be cancelled at the company’s two Alberni Inlet fish farms and the farms be moved out of Nuuchah-nulth territory. –By David Wiwchar -Nuu-chah-nulth claim Fishing Territories through courts: Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are proceeding with a lawsuit against the Crown by filing their statement of Claim in B.C. Supreme Court on December 16, 2003. The lawsuit, which was commenced last June with a Writ of Summons, claims aboriginal fishing rights in respect of the territories of ten First Nations. –By David Wiwchar January 29 –Ha-Shilth-Sa celebrates 30 years: On January 24, 1974 a new newspaper appeared in mailboxes upand-down the west coast of Vancouver Island proclaiming, “Your paper needs a name”, and within a few months was given the name “Ha-Shilth-Sa”, meaning ‘interesting news.” –By David Wiwchar
Chinese migrant ships, continues to haunt Toquaht beaches as one of the most productive oyster areas in Pipestem Inlet is closed to shellfish harvesting due to oil and fuel pollution. …The Black Dragon sank in Mayne Bay, Toquaht traditional territory, late last year. Efforts to raise the sunken ship were successful, however, diesel and engine oil drained from the ship fouling nearby shellfish beds. –By Denise August
February 12 –Tsawaayuus staff laid off, Long-term care facility claims improved services and cost savings through contracted services: Tsawaayuus (Rainbow Gardens) has announced their entire staff of 54 will be laid off as of April 5th, as the facility
March 25 –Hesquiaht remembers devastating tsunami: Forty years ago on March 27th, 1964, the largest ever-
switches from unionized to contracted staffing. “Rainbow Gardens was founded by some of our Elders, and their vision was to ensure that we have quality care for our people, and I think we’re working with that vision and are moving forward with that vision,” said board chairperson Darleen Watts. –By David Wiwchar
February 26 –Suzuki and First Nations discuss offshore oil and gas: Famed Canadian environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki came to Nanaimo on Monday along with a panel of experts and First Nations leaders to discuss the possible lifting of the offshore oil and gas moratorium, and what that would mean to coastal communities. “One of the greatest challenges we face is our inability to see the interconnectedness of life on this planet,” said Dr. David Suzuki. “When we fail to see that interconnectedness, we fail to see the cause and effect of our actions. This is why we’re in an extinction crisis right now. The web of life that sustains us is being torn to shreds,” he said. . –By David Wiwchar -Fuel Contamination closes Toquaht Oyster Beds: The legacy of the Black Dragon, the last of the sunken
March 11 –Nuu-chah-nulth take centre stage at BC Winter Games: Even though there were no Nuu-chah-nulth athletes at the 2004 BC Winter Games in Port Alberni, Nuu-chah-nulth-aht were very prominent at the games, hosting two of the 25 athletic events and a pair of social events. Both Tseshaht and Hupacasath took centre stage at the event, and received accolades despite not receiving any medals or places at the podium. –By David Wiwchar
recorded North American earthquake rocked Prince William Sound in Alaska. Measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale, the quake generated a tsunami that would reach the coasts of British Columbia, Western United States, Hawaii and Japan. “…Dad looked out and said ‘Hoo, there’s water coming up the stairs.’ We looked for somewhere higher for mom, Sue and baby Jessie. Lucky it was full moon, real bright and the ladies went up on Mom’s clothesline stump while me and Dad went to look for his canoe,” said Mike Tom Jr. –By Denise August
April 8 –Chiefs plot Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s financial future: Huuay-aht, Uchucklesaht, and Toquaht have negotiated their own financial agreements with the federal government. They are no longer part of the core Nuuchah-nulth Tribal Council CFNFA, but in some cases are purchasing services back from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “We are not withdrawing from the Nuuchah-nulth Tribal Council; we’re negotiating our own funding agreement,” said Charlie Cootes Sr. “We’re still very much involved in most of these budget discussions.” –By David Wiwchar April 22 –‘No negotiations for Nuu-
chah-nulth’ says Plant: Geoff Plant, BC Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations says his government will only talk with First Nations keen on attaining final agreements through negotiation, not litigation. “We’re devoting a lot of time and resources to the Maa-nulth table,” said Plant. “We can’t be everywhere at the same time so we have to be quite strategic with our resources and search for potential success stories,” he said. –By David Wiwchar -Governments fund Hupacasath projects: Plant announced $137,000 in provincial funding for three Hupacasath First Nation economic development projects that promote job creation and business venture opportunities. The Hupacasath First Nation received $92,000 towards the redevelopment of the old city hall site in Port Alberni. Another $25,000 in funding enabled a feasibility study on the possible operation of an existing fish processing and smoking plant, built several years ago and operated in the past by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Funding of $20,000 was used to complete a marketing study of offseason business opportunities for ChooKwa Ventures. –By David Wiwchar May 6 –Ha’wiih gather at Tseshaht Longhouse: Ha’wiih from five of the seven Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Treaty Table First Nations gathered at the Tseshaht Longhouse to discuss issues of concern. The meeting was a chance for the Ha’wiih to get together, exchange ideas, talk about what has happened so far in the treaty process, and give direction on future strategies and efforts. “Things are not going well (in treaty negotiations) and we’re asking for specific direction from our Ha’wiih,” said Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little. –By David Wiwchar -Tin Wis Resort Celebrates th 10 Anniversary: Proud members of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and Tin Wis management and staff hosted the 10th Anniversary celebration of their resort on May 1st. Located on Long Beach at
because it shows that people care about their education and their future.” –By David Wiwchar -Eagle Rock secures port deal: Principals from Eagle Rock Aggregates hosted an open house at the Port Alberni Friendship Center last week to announce they have secured port facilities in California. Eagle Rock, a joint venture between Polaris Mineral and the Hupacasath and Ucluelet First Nations, have been working for the past few years to open an aggregate (gravel and sand) mine at Hocking Point in the Alberni Inlet. –By David Wiwchar
June 3 –‘Moving Forward in Unity’ rally: More than 2000 first Nations people from around British Columbia marched upon the provincial legislature, demanding Premier Gordon Campbell and his cabinet ministers recognize Aboriginal title and rights. “Today we’re going to tell the province who the real owners of this land are,” said Nuuchah-nulth Tribal Council Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little. –By David Wiwchar June 17 –Tsu’xiit capture planned: …Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Vancouver Aquarium are planning to capture the killer whale known as Tsu’xiit (aka Luna, L-98), and transport him down to his family currently living the San Juan Islands. Mowachaht/Muchalaht have repeatedly voiced their disapproval of the plan, saying nature should be allowed to take its course, and even though Tsu’xiit’s pod did not pass by Nootka Sound on its annual journey south from Alaska, it could very well happen next year, and the whale could have a natural reunion with its pod then. –By David Wiwchar
the site of (the former) Christie Residence, Tin Wis resort opened its doors to tourists May 1994. The success of the resort spells jobs for Tla-o-qui-aht members in housekeeping, food services, maintenance and management. –By Denise August
May 20 –Ditidaht Celebrates New School: On a weekday, the only sound usually heard is the chatter of ravens and cries of eagles, as children would leave the village by 7 a.m. for the 90 minute bus ride down the rough logging road to Port Alberni. Now, for the first time in decades, children can stay in Malachan and receive a full K-12 education for generations to come. “This had been the dream of Ditidaht members since the 1950’s,” said Ditidaht Chief Councilor Jack Thompson. “It’s an exciting day, and it’s great for the children’s’ morale
July 2 –Mowachaht/Muchalaht keep Tsu’xiit Free: Elder Gloria Maquinna stands at the end of the partially submerged dock, raises her hands towards the sky and dances to her late husband’s paddle song, along with two of her granddaughters. Behind them, dozens of canoe paddlers, drummers, and community members sing their ancient songs, hoping to pull Tsu’xiit away from his DFO captors “He’s coming!” someone shouts, and people rush back to the dock, pounding drums and paddles on the dock boards, singing at the top of their lungs, hoping to see Tsu’xiit swim back towards them once again as he had throughout the day. –By David Wiwchar July 15 –Capture effort ends, Mowachaht/Muchalaht Chiefs meet with DFO to discuss future of Tsu’xiit: After ten days of the tug-ofwar DFO relented and agreed to stop capture efforts until a mutually
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– the year in review agreeable method could be found. Clearly, DFO was not going to be able to complete their project without the support of First Nations. The Mowachaht/Muchalaht people believe the spirit of their late Tyee Ha’wilth Ambrose Maquinna is a part of the whale, and want DFO to let nature take its course. –By David Wiwchar -Governments return to negotiating table: Federal and Provincial Treaty Negotiators arrived at Somass Hall July 13 with broad smiles and handshakes for their Nuu-chahnulth hosts. The hot summer day marked the first time the three parties have met in a year. “Nuu-chah-nulth have Aboriginal rights and title and would prefer to settle these things through negotiations. There are challenges but, I know we are up to it,” said Cliff Atleo Sr. –By Denise August
July 29 –Sayers steamed over land sale: Hupacasath Chief Councilor Judith Sayers is angry that Weyerhaeuser and the provincial government have removed private lands from TFL 44, alienating a third of Hupacasath traditional territory, without any consultation or discussion with her First Nation. “This will be devastating to our First Nation and will have a huge impact on everyone in the Alberni area,” said Sayers –by David Wiwchar
August 12 –Survivors demand their day in court: Three former Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS) students who launched legal proceedings against an alleged former abuser, are continuing their demand to be heard in court despite serious hurdles. “We got a call from Crown Counsel saying they were not willing to proceed with charges because Forde has cancer, and can’t travel from his home in Washington State,” said Charlie (Thompson). “I don’t give a damn if he’s sick. He didn’t give a damn about us,” –By David Wiwchar August 26 –Tla-o-qui-aht works with Clayoquot Salmon Farm: “Two years ago, when Creative Salmon’s lease came up for renewal, we told them to pack up and get out of our traditional territory,” said (Elmer) Frank. “But after sitting down with them and seeing what they actually do, we changed our perspective a bit.” Creative Salmon is working towards organic certification for the indigenous Chinook salmon it raises in six farms in Clayoquot Sound. –By David Wiwchar -Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Nurses receive provincial award: The Nuu-chah-nulth Community Health Nursing Program is the 2003 recipient of the Phyllis M.
Baird Memorial Award. The NTC Nurses were acknowledged for ‘their work in supporting community capacity, advocating for social justice, mentoring others and promoting involvement of community members in public health programs…Their results have met with success: there have been significant reductions in suicides, teen pregnancies and infant mortality in these communities.’ –By Shannon Turner
September 9 –Ahousaht story becomes a movie: Johnny Tootall is a movie based on a story owned by A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo), modernized for a television audience by Cree director Shirley Cheechoo. “It’s great to be a part of, and learn from various First Nations,” said Adam Beach. “I love working with the people from Ahousaht, and to learn about their connection to whales, the sea, the land…it’s been amazing.” –By David Wiwchar -Hupacasath and Tseshaht accept offer…for now: Tseshaht and Hupacasath negotiators signed a Chinook fishery agreement, but neither nation is happy with it. The two Nations reached a last-minute agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for 18,000 Chinook salmon, which they say is nowhere near enough. “First Nations needs are supposed to be second only to conservation, but instead we’re almost an afterthought to DFO,” said Tseshaht Chief Councilor Les Sam. –By David Wiwchar
September 23 –Huu-ay-aht takes province to court: The Huu-ay-aht First Nation is suing the provincial government and the Minister of Forests over the Forest and Range Agreement (FRA) Program. “It wasn’t a negotiation; it was an arbitrary take-itor-leave-it approach,” said Dennis. “They’ve tripled logging activity in our territory, and the FRA isn’t proportional to infringement,” he said. –By David Wiwchar -Environmentalists and Iisaak sign agreement: Five years after an historic agreement signed by First Nations, Environmental Organizations and Iisaak Forest resources, a Nuu-chahnulth-owned forestry company, the parties reunited to review the results. “The parties spoke favorably of the spirit and intent of the MOU…and reaffirmed their commitment to work together,” says Cindy Verschoor of Iisaak, “they also agreed to establish a working group that will develop solutions and/or options to assist Iisaak in overcoming some of the challenges they face in moving their conservation-based approach forward.
Iisaak’s conservation-based approach is based on the application of Aboriginal values, recognition of Aboriginal rights and title and ensuring options for future generations.” –By Denise August
October 7 -Nuuchii welcomes visitors: Hundreds of people cheered as the dropping tarp revealed the Alberni Valley’s latest tourist attraction; a male welcoming figure call Nuuchii (mountain). The figure, carved over the past four months by Rod Sayers, Cecil Dawson and Doug David, faces up Johnson Road, and welcomes the more than one million visitors that pass through the intersection every year enroute to various tourism destinations along the west coast. –By David Wiwchar -Leaders debate future of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council: Nuuchah-nulth leaders debated the future operation of their tribal council during a three-day meeting at Maht Mahs. The main focus was the voting procedures under the society act and the switching from a three-member co-chair system to a President and Vice-President executive. –By David Wiwchar October 21 -Ehattesaht blocks logging road: Millions of dollars worth of logs float in booms in Zeballos harbour, and lie stacked in piles on the dryland sort. Huge grapple yarders, log movers and boom boats sit silently as the only movement in the area comes from a cormorant, occasionally stretching his wings to catch the sun. Nothing has moved here for the past week, as the Ehattesaht First Nation, whose main reserve borders the log sort area, has blocked the only road as they try to restart negotiations with logging giant Western Forest Products. “Were very concerned about our resources and our territory,” said Smith. “At the current rate of extraction, nothing will be left in our territory after15 years.” –By David Wiwchar November 4 –Ahousaht honours Cliff Atleo Sr.: Chief, council and the Ha’wiih of Ahousaht hosted a dinner to recognize Cliff Atleo Sr. for work he has done for his people while he worked as Ahousaht Chief Negotiator. Atleo has contributed years of commitment to the Ahousaht and played a role in the betterment of the community and to all Nuu-chah-nulth-aht. Atleo resigned from his post last summer but promised he would continue to offer assistance to his people along the way. –By Denise August -‘We won’t pay’ leader say: After ten years of negotiations, and a final agreement nowhere is sight, Nuu-
chah-nulth leaders are starting to look at the debt, look back on what has been accomplished, and are arguing the government’s many stalling tactics used over the past decade are a breach of contract which throws the framework agreement out the window. “The government has wasted our time with the referendum and changing negotiators, and we shouldn’t have to take loans to negotiate their existence on our land,” said Tla-o-qui-aht negotiator Saya Masso. Negotiators made a motion to seek a legal opinion on the repayment of loans. –By Denise August November 18 –Treaty Planners and Ha’wiih talk traditional governance in Ahousaht: Nelson Keitlah opened discussions on traditional governance saying, “it had always been our teaching that it is not our place to talk about Ha’wilth’mis but we have lost a lot of teachings due to that very thing…there have been changes (in our teachings) over time due to the fading practice of passing knowledge down the generations and loss of language. We must begin to address these matters.” –By Denise August -Tibetans visit Hupacasath: A delegation of Tibetan leaders paid a visit to Hupacasath territory last week, as part of an economic development fact-finding mission jointly sponsored by the governments of Canada and China. “We’re sharing our culture and knowledge with them, and exchanging ideas and values,” said Sayers. “You never know what doors will be opened through these types of cultural exchanges,” she said. –By David Wiwchar December 2 –Presidential system installed at Special Meeting: “Although the co-chair system has served us well, a presidential system would go a long way to bringing about unity,” said Hesquiaht’s Karla Pointe. “This day has been two years in the making, and all the blood, sweat, and tears shed during the transition committee process will have come to a conclusion,” said Central Region cochair Shawn Atleo. Leaders decided the presidential system will be launched at next September’s Annual General Meeting, with the three co-chairs serving out their terms. –By David Wiwchar
December 16 –Nuu-chah-nulth blood returns to west coast: After a 20-year journey halfway around the world, hundreds of vials of Nuu-chah-nulth blood have returned home to the west coast. And although many people welcome its return, many remain critical of the system that allowed its misuse in the first place. “We were of the understanding that we would have the results of the study within a year, but he never told us anything. He disappeared,” said Larry Baird. “He used us like cheap guinea pigs, and that incenses me.” –By David Wiwchar
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c^uk#aa naa%uuqsta%ic^in huuh=taks^iih %uu%uuk#asath=a Come and join us in learning to speak our own language Q#i%iic`at%itq, q#iin`ak`uuh=%at%iq k#ismis%a+quu What you eat and see during the Christmas season c^ `ic^ `itiy`uuh= turkey -y`uuh= suffix meaning at the throat This word has the meaning of something hanging from the throat p`ap`a%is cranberries floats to the top of water on the ground looking like foam or bubbles. p`ac -root meaning foam or bubbles –p`acmis -is suffix meaning on the ground qaawic potatoes qasii the root qa- meaning the eyes on the potatoes =
=+`i=+`iih=an`uuh= carrots +`i –root meaning red. -n`uuh= suffix meaning along the length of n`in``iix#an`uuh= corn n`ix- root of the word n`ixtin-fish eggs c`isqmis meat cisq –root has the idea of being stringy c^amas like desert,fruit,candy.
c^aamassit -sit-suffix meaning in it
juice, sweetened liquid
kukuxmat@aq+ peas kux- root meaning rattle as in the word kuxmin –a rattle wild peas rattle inside the pod when dry. %inkc`uu candle burning inside a container %ink –word meaning fire -c`uu suffix meaning inside a container
+`iih=ciip +`ii- root meaning red +`ih=uk-red
c^uuc^ huuh=taks^iih=s^i%ic^ %uu%uuk#asath=a O,K, Start learning your own language. Submitted by the Central language group in C `uumu@aas. c^axtakuk~#ic^um k#isq^ic^h=s^i+. - Have a Happy New Year Unfamiliar letters in the phrases
c –has a ts sound c` - glottalized c has a ts sound plus an uh sound c^ - wedged c has a ch sound c^ ` - glottalized wedged c has a ch plus an uh sound h= - back h has a sound of one breathing on glass to clean it k` - glottalized k has a k sound plus an uh k#- glottalized rounded k# sound of k plus w and an uh >- barred L- place your tongue behind front teeth and let air flow out through side of tongue m` -glottalized m has the sound of m plus an uh n` -glottalized n has the sound of an n plus an uh p` - glottalized p has the
sound of p plus an uh q – has the sound of k made deep in the throat s^ - wedged s has a sh sound. t ` - glottalized t has the sound of t plus an uh w` - glottalized w has a w sound as in wow plus an uh x – has a sound of a cat’s hiss x= - back x has a sound of clearing the throat of an object y` - has a sound of y as in yellow plus an uh + - barred lambda has the sound of tla +` - glottalized barred lambda has the sound of tla plus an uh % -the glottal stop has the sound of the stop in uh uh @ - pharyngeal has the sound of i made deep in the throat as in the word @inii+ meaning dog
Van Island Riders Against Child Abuse www.vanislandridersagainstchildabuse.com Van Island Riders Against Child Abuse is incorporated under the Society Act. We are a Non-Profit Organization here to help abused and non-abused children. We are a registered society, and our tax number is 86520 7401 RR0001. VIRACA are looking for sponsors, and corporate sponsors. These monies would help with setting up for presentations on child abuse within our community, and outside the community. We will be having another family function in Ucluelet “community” on Saturday and Sunday, May long-week 2005. Everyone is invited. Please call 250-726-8172 for further information, ask for Richard, or contact Gloria Valentine at 250-726-7948 or toll free 1-888-811-4555. Address P.O. Box 63, Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0 Thank you for your support
Two-spirited people The Two-spirited person is a native American tradition that anthropologists have been able to date to some of the earliest discoveries of Native artifacts. Much evidence indicates that Native people, prior to colonization and contact with European cultures, believed in the existence of three genders: the male, the female and the male-female gender, or what we now call the Two-spirited person. The term Two-spirited, though relatively new, was derived from interpretations of Native languages used to describe people who displayed both characteristics of male and female. Traditionally, the Two-spirited person was one who had received a gift from the Creator, that gift being the privilege to house both male and female spirits in their bodies. The concept of Two-spirited related to today's designation of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons of Native origins. Being given the gift of two-spirits meant that this individual had the ability to see the world from two perspectives at the same time. This greater vision was a gift to be shared with all, and as such, Two-spirited beings were revered as leaders, mediators, teachers, artists, seers, and spiritual guides. They were treated with the greatest respect, and held important spiritual and ceremonial responsibilities. The arrival of the Europeans was marked by the imposition of foreign views and values on Native spirituality, family life and traditions. The missionary churches'
views on sexuality, for example, created many new taboos. Many traditions, including that of the Two-spirited were eradicated or at least driven underground from many (but not all) tribes of North America. Once honoured, some of today's Two-spirited people have been shamed, beaten, killed, isolated and driven from their homes. Dr. Terry Tafoya, a sexologist, storyteller and diversity educator from the Taos Pueblo Nation has warned, "our communities cannot survive if we cut off parts of ourselves". Along with others he has called for the restoration of the inclusion of Two-spirited people back into the circle of original belonging. It is not an accident that Two-spirited people are once again emerging in their communities at the same time and in the same way that the drum, the pipe, the sweat, the medicines and other sacred aspects of community and cultural life are returning. As a result of the impact of colonization, most Two-spirited people, their families, and the knowledge keepers in their communities today, hold little or no knowledge of the many rich and diverse traditions which recognized, valued and benefited from the special gift these individuals had been given. In consequence, Two-spirited people are not able to take their rightful place in their communities. This is a loss to all Native people.
Tiic^@aq+ (Mental Health) Contact Numbers Louise Tatoosh, Teechuktl (Mental Health) Supervisor 5001 Mission Road, P.O. Box 1280 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Telephone: 250-720-2152 Toll Free: 1-888-407-4888 Fax: 250-723-0463 Confidential Fax: 250-724-6678 E-mail: email@example.com J’net August, S. R. Huupiistulth (Prevention) Worker 5001 Mission Road, P.O. Box 1280 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Telephone: 250-720-2152 Toll Free: 1-888-407-4888 Cellular: 250-720-1325 Fax: 250-723-0463 Confidential Fax: 250-724-6678 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Kerr, N. Reg. Huupiistulth (Prevention) Worker NTC Northern Region Office 100 Ouwatin Road, Tsaxana, BC P.O. Box 428 Gold River, BC V0P Telephone: 250-724-5757 Toll Free: 1-888-407-4888 Cellular: 250-720-1325 Fax: 250-723-0463 e-mail: email@example.com
Kim Rai Central Reg. Huupiistulth (Prevention) Worker 151 First Street, P.O. Box 278 Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 ... ... Telephone: 250-725-3367 Toll Free: 1-866-901-3367 Cellular: 250-726-5370 Fax: 250-725-21588 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Anita Charleson West Coast First Nations’Counsellor 151 First Street, P.O. Box 278 Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Telephone: 250-725-4470 Toll Free: 1-866-901-3367 Cellular: 250-726-5422 Fax: 250-725-21588 E-mail: email@example.com Bella Joe, NIHB Clerk Non-Insured Health Benefits for Psychological Counselling and Substance Abuse Treatment 5001 Mission Road P.O. Box 1280 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Telephone: 250-720-2152 Toll Free: 1-888-407-4888 Fax: 250-723-0463 Confidential Fax: 250-724-6678 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Important for people with diabetes to get a haemoglobin test regularly By Jeannette Watts, NTC Nursing Supervisor
patients is to have an A1C of less than or equal to 7.0%. People with diabetes also test their own blood glucose levels The NTC Nurses have been trained to to make decisions about their own food use the DCA 2000 machine. This choices. If you are unable to get to your machine determines the doctor every three months for “Supersize the the Haemoglobin A1C, please haemoglobin A1C level for people who have diabetes. Exercise, and contact your local NTC nurse The Haemoglobin A1C is a to find out when the next Minimize the test that tells the blood Meals!” Sue Scott, screening clinic is scheduled. glucose average over a Diabetes Nurse, Studies have proven that for three-month period. People every percentage point West Coast General decrease in A1C (for example with diabetes need to get Hospital. the A1C test approximately from 8 to 7%), there was a every three months to 37% reduction in the risk of ensure that glucose levels are being kept complications. at the correct levels. The target for most
Chris Curley, CHN for Tla-o-qui-aht, and Moira Havelka, CHN for Gold River Area using the DCA 2000 machine.
Dial – A – Dietician Free Nutritional Information Call Toll-free 1-800-667-3438 - A registered dietician/nutritionist (RDN) will answer your general and medical nutrition questions on: Diabetes Allergies Osteoporosis Heart Health Hypertension Weight Control Healthy Eating Vegetarianism Infant Nutrition Pregnancy Vitamins / Minerals www.dialadietitian.org
Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program Contact List Northern Region
Moira Havelka, CHN
Donna Vernon/ Bev Robson
Red Cross Kyuquot
Phone: 250-283-2462 (mwf) Phone: 250-283-2012 (tues/Thurs) Phone: 250-761-4274 Phone: 250-332-5289
Ucluelet /Hotsprings Esowista/Opitsaht Ahousaht Hot Springs/Ahousaht
Phone: 250-726-2993 Phone: 250-725-1232 or 726-5240 Phone: 250-670-9608 Phone: 250-725-2951
Ditidaht/PAFC/PA Uchucklesaht/PA Tseshaht Bread of Life
Central Region Mary Mc Keogh Christine Curley Barb Flynn(Casual) Mary Rimmington
Southern Region Liz Thomsen Anette Muller Jody Vos Penny Cowan
All Regions Lynne West Ina Seitcher
Phone: 250-283-2639 WCGH
Phone: 250-723-2135 ext 1109
NTC Office Jeannette Watts Lisa Sam Matilda Watts
Hand Washing for Parents and Kids Submitted by Lynne West, Community Health Nurse Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to help stop the spread of germs that cause illnesses such as colds, the flu, diarrhea, or vomiting Why is hand washing so important? Washing your hands and your kids’ hands is the best thing you can do to stop the spread of germs that cause illness. We pick up these germs on our hands from touching things around us such as people, animals, raw foods, pets and many objects in our daily lives. Wiping your child’s nose or changing his/her diaper is a common way to get germs on your hands. You can’t avoid getting germs on your hands, but you can reduce the chance of infecting yourself and others by knowing when to wash. When should parents wash their hands? You should wash your hands before or after you do things that have a high risk of either spreading or picking up germs. Before you: · Prepare or eat food (especially raw foods) · Feed a baby or child (breastfeeding moms need to wash their hands too!) · Give a child medicine After you: Change a diaper Help a child use the toilet Use the toilet yourself Blow your nose Wipe your child’s nose Take care of a sick child Touch pets or animals Clean pet cages or litter boxes When should children wash their hands? Before they: Eat or handle food After they: Have a diaper change Use the toilet
Blow their nose Play outdoors in sand Play with pets or animals What is a good way to wash your hands? 1. Wet your hands under warm running water 2. Scrub all parts of your hands with soap for at least 15 seconds 3. rinse under warm running water 4. dry hands with a clean cloth or paper towel 5. if you are in a public restroom, use the towel to turn off the tap. 6. use hand lotion after washing to prevent skin from getting sore. Waterless hand rinses (alcohol-based) are an easy way to clean your hands. They are as good as a hand washing as long as hands aren’t visibly dirty. How can you wash your baby’s hands? Wash with soap and a warm, wet, fresh towel (either cloth or paper). Rinse with another fresh, warm, wet towel Dry well Source: bchealthguide.org/healthfiles Ahousaht Nurse is Lynne West Phone/Fax 670-9608 Office Hours: Tuesday – 1pm to 6pm Wednesday – 8am to 6pm Thursday – 8am to 6pm Friday – 8am to 3pm January 2005 schedule: January 13 & 14 – Ahousaht January 18, 19, 20 – Ahousaht Return to Community February 1, 2005 Hours are posted on the health clinic and nursing office door. Hours are subject to change due to weather conditions or meetings.
Are you or a family member a patient in the hospital? If you would like to see one of us remember you have to ask for us and we can assist you with the following: · · · · · · ·
Assist with discharge planning Work with our community for clear communication and ease of discharge Be an advocate on your behalf Explain health care issues Provide support to you and your family during your hospital stay Access N.I.H.B. as needed Available Monday-Friday 7am – 3:30pm Port Alberni, BC Ina Seitcher, First Nation Advocate Nurse Ph: 723-2135 ext.1109 Campbell River, BC Sandy Miller, Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Ph: (250) 830-6961 Victoria, BC Christine Atkins, Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Ph: (250) 370-8847 Pager: 413-6124
Vancouver, BC David Clellamin First Nation Advocate Ph: (604) 875-3440 Nanaimo BC Santana Rose Aboriginal Liaison Nurse 1-250 753-6578 pager # 716 4001 Port Hardy BC Beth Scow Aboriginal Liaison Nurse 1-250 949 3440 Pager # (250) 949-5219
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Birthdays and Congratulations
It’s a boy! Congratulations to Melanie & Aaron Hamilton on the birth of their “handsome” son Jayden Aaron Hamilton born on January 5, 2005 at 7:53 a.m. weighing 9.4 pounds. A brother for Kristen and Destiny. Joanne Munroe was the winner of the baby pool. Happy Birthday to Aaron Hamilton on Jan. 26th. Have a relaxing time on your birthday. From Annie and Dave Watts & family, the Livingstone family, & the Ross family.
Congratulations to Jaime Hansen and Karl Wagner! on the birth of their beautiful twin daughters, Krista and Elsa. Born Dec. 09, 2004. You both are going to make wonderful parents. We look forward to watching your bundles of joy grow. I am sure they will bring you many happy memories that you can treasure for a lifetime. In Friendship, Naomi, Bill, Kayla-Anne, and Wesley. Hello, we would like to wish all our family members all the best in “2005” and we would also like to send special birthday wishes out to Auntie Sharon, Baby Paige “Happy 1st B-day”, Uncle Reggie Love you guys lots from Jaclyn, Norman, Joseph Charlie. Jan. Birthday wishes to Sheena Williams and Shyanne Samuel on the 2nd, Jaylene Frank11 on the 10, Alonzo Sam on the 17, Sunshine Katrina Sam on the 26, and to Robyn Samuel on the 30. Hope you all have a wonderful day. Lots of love from Crystal, Joey and Shanille Sam. Happy Birthday to Wendy Dennis this Jan. 9. We hope your birthday is filled with lots of joy from friends on this special day. We also want you enjoy the year ahead with all the new experiences and changes that come along with being 15. Just keep smiling Baby Gurl your so special many. Love from Momma Bear and brothers Harley and Lee. Hello, I would like to wish some very special people a happy birthday. Dec. 09, 2004 to Auntie Roberta Adams a very
On Dec. 26 I would like to wish a very happy 14th birthday to my grand niece Randi. I am so proud of you, you’re a movie star. I am so glad you got chosen for the part in Johnny Too Tall. I can’t wait to see the movie girl. Have a blast on your special day Randi. With all our love from another grama Anne Joseph and Hank Charlie.
Gerald and Gloria Fred are very, very proud to announce the birth of their first grandchild Kayleigh Abbygale Grace born December 9,2004 Kayleigh was born at Woman’s Hospital in Vancouver and has a rough start but is doing very well now, and will soon be home. We would like to say a huge thanks to Bert Saxie, being a great help to Catherine (Fred) while on her long 4-month stay. You will never how much this meant to us having you looking after our baby, and giving us peace of mind, we are forever grateful, but that’s what family for, Klecko Kleco Bert. Thank you also to her auntie Pam and grama Darleen and auntie Ramona love you all. Gloria & Gerald Fred. Happy Birthday to Dustin Ross on Jan. 26. From Annie & Dave Watts and family, the Ross family, also from your honey Alana, sister Dawn Ross, Andrea & Scott. special birthday. Love you auntie and please enjoy to the fullest. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Miss you. Love Niece Deborah. Thomas & Family. I would like to wish two very special people in our lives a happy 41st Anniversary. To our parents Larry & Joan. We love you and take care of each other. Mean the world to all of us. Hope you enjoyed your special day. Love You Lots Daughter Deb, Irvin, Mike, Happy, Vincent, Beck baby Ayaata. Wish our Grandparents Happy Anniversary. Larry & Joan. Love from your grandchildren, Mike, Happy, Vincent, Beck, Elizabeth, Susanne, April. & Great Grandchildren Brendan, Matthew, Raquel, Lawrence, Peter and Michelle. Wish my coz a happy __ st Birthday for Dec. 10, 2004. Enjoy your self. Love your cuz Deborah, Irvin & Family. Wish all our co-workers at Best Western Tin-Wis resort a Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year. From: Deborah & Irvin. I would love to wish our Granddaughter Raquel Shantae Irene Thomas a happy 1st birthday for Dec. 24, 2004. Love u lots granddaughter. Love Grandmother Deb, Grandpa Irvin. Happy 1st Birthday to our Niece Raquel Thomas in Port Alberni. Enjoy your day niece. We love u lots. Mike, Happy, Vincent, Beck. Theresa, & baby Ayaata. Wish our families a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. It has been the toughest year for all of us. Take care of each other and our children. We love u all. Deb & Irv & Family. Happy Belated Birthday to My little Brother Eric Seitcher on Dec. 27, hope that you had a good day, We all love you, Love always your sister Margarita, John Curtis and Your niece Jordyn. Happy Belated Birthday to Anita Campbell in Nanaimo, on Dec. 27, hope that you had a good day many more to come, We love you and sorry we could not be with you for Christmas, we were with you in spirts. Love always John, Margarita and Jordyn. Congratulations to my big Brother Matt Seitcher and his girlfriend Jackilynn on your new baby boy Irvin Seitcher, thank On Dec. 28 I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to your mom Shirley Knighton. Enjoy your special day Shirl. With many, many more years to come. So much love from auntie Anne Joseph and Hank C.
Catherine, you're my trusted and loyal friend. My companion, through good times and my buddy through happy times, beside me you stand, beside me you walk, you're there to listen, you're there to talk, with happiness, with smiles, with pain and tears, I know you'll be there, through out the years. Happy Birthday to you Jan. 16th. Dave and I wish you all the best. From your bud. you guys it mean so much to us that you named him Irvin, we love you guys so much and I want to be there for your little guy, so any thing you need just ask. Love always Margarita, John and Jordyn. Dec. 14- happy belated birthday to one of my best friends Art Charlie 3rd.... Hope ya had a good one...with out me, lol, miss ya & love ya. >From Erica Tom I’d like to wish the following a happy birthday: Caroline Frank on Dec. 1, Bubba Miller on Dec. 2, Melinda Swan on Dec. 21, Thomas Titian on Dec. 21, Judy Charlie on Dec. 30. Enjoy your day and many, many more to come. From Joseph and Myrna Happy birthday to my friend on Dec. 18 Paula Bear Charlie. From your friend Myrna Congratulations to Melissa Charlie on your new baby boy on Dec. 7, 2004. Love Myrna Titian Happy birthday to my sweetie pie Joseph Anthony George Sr. on Dec. 20. Enjoy your day, Babe, love you. Love Myrna Titian. Merry Christmas and happy New Year to mom Mabel and Pete, all my sisters and brothers. Enjoy your holidays. Love from Joseph and Myrna. Happy Birthday to my son Oral on Jan. 17. Hope you have a special day. From your dad Lyle and Kathy. Happy Birthday to my nephew George Williams on Jan. 19. Give me a call whenever you’re in P.A. call uncle Lyle @ 724-6714. Happy Birthday to Norman Williams on Jan. 14 ; Oral Williams on Jan. 17 and Happy Birthday to George Williams on Jan. 19. From your nen Effie, auntie Laverne and cousin Lillian. I would like to wish the following people a Happy Birthday in Jan. 2005! Jan. 1st – Josie Marchand; Jan. 2nd – Johnny Frank; Jan. 5 – cuz Donald Edgar; Jan. 7 – auntie Marion Thompson; Jan. 7 – cuz Stan Louie; Jan. 8 – aunt Joyce Joe; Jan. 9 cuz Judi Lamb-Thomas; Jan. 10 – nephew Alex Thorne; Jan. 11 – to my first born son Cyril Michael Martin Edgar Happy 23rd B.D.
The Usma Department is proud to announce the official engagement of Debbie Mack to Mr. Patrick Weir. Congratulations! Wedding date to be announced at a later date.
Happy 27th Birthday to Rosalee Ross on Jan. 20th. Rosa you are special person, always friendly, smiling, and you love everyone unconditionally, including your newest cousin Jayden! Have a great day Rosa! Love from Annie & Dave Watts & your Mom & Gloria & family. niece Frieda Thomas; Jan. 19 – nephew Kade Capson; Jan. 25 – Melissa Williams; Jan. 25 – Ernie Chester; Jan. 26 – Reba Durocher; Jan. 26 – Sheldon Evans – my nephew; Jan. 26 – granddaughter Babae Williams; Jan. 27 – sister Linda Edgar; Jan. 28 – cuz Cid the squid Cindy Peter; Jan. 31 – cuz Mousey, Marilyn Peter. I hope you all enjoy your day. Love, Esther Edgar. Happy 17th birthday to Trina Alynn Charlie on Jan. 5, 2005. We hope you have a wonderful & fun day at chuckie cheese’s. Unfortunately due to a heavy workweek, we cannot make your pizza party. We wish you well for the next year Trina, we love you! Freda, Daniel, Lil’ Kal & Shannygurl! Also a Birthday Shout out to Ms. Sharon Charlie, I know I don’t have enough fingers & toes to say how old you are, but I am certain you will have fun at the ole pool hall & then at “club Cal’s” hehehehehhe. Anyhow Happy birthday Sharon we wish you nothing but the best this year. Love the Charlie Family in Seattle. PS. Steph had a fabulous wedding! Hi, My name is Trudy Rose Smith, I am a proud mother of my daughter Jackie Alexander. My daughter completed her Teachers Aid Course on Dec. 17.. She got Straight A’s on all her marks. Great work and Congratulations! We would like to say Happy Birthday to our niece/granddaughter/cuz Ariel Campbell for Jan. 21st. Have a good one, we love you n’ miss ya’ lots. From Brenda, Angus, Elizabeth, Walter, Sophie, Skylar, Adam, n’ Cha-asta Campbell. Happy birthday to Richard M
son. Love mom; Jan. 12 – nephew Norman Edgar; Jan. 13 – granddaughter Casey Edgar; Jan. 15 – uncle Joe Edgar; Jan. 17 –
Would like to wish our nephew Tharron Sheena a happy b day Jan. 8th.big 14!!!! already. hope your day is awesome. Love aunty Tania and uncle Casey.
I would like to wish my 3 granny’s and their entire families a happy New Year! Florence Atleo, Evelyn Atleo, Gertrude Frank. Also to the entire family of late Nora Jack. May the New Year bless you with many happy moments to share with each other! Love Tania bob and Casey Sheena and family.
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Poets Nook Let these wings take us to a place of courage Written By Norma - Ann Webster May the courage of each person blossom and come fourth in full bloom.. May the elements of life’s forces give us strength to unite and prosper together If life brings us on a path of alones... let us mount with wings and fly high with creator Let these wings take us to a place of courage - strength- wisdom- and direction.. With all that has been placed at the palms of our hands let us not take advantage of life.. Life has much to offer each one of us life is unique to every form and life is unique for each human being that walks the earth... The guidance of genuine heart- may it be of thyself may it be of mentors, may it be of leadership and the most special of all may it be of thy elders words of wisdom.. Family is strength- family is connection and family is everything - through tough times sad times hard and through times of happiness, gratefulness’, respect, to prosper, to grow, to be the best you can be, family is important for me... Yes times of trial are involved and times of error play a huge learning experience without this how are we to move forward with these tools that may be brought fourth for the children that may experience this strength..
It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change At any time, you can decide to change the road you’re on in life, take a new direction, follow a new trail. You are the only one who really knows what you want from life and if you’re on the right road for you. You are the only one who can fulfill your dreams and receive the joys and happiness that come from reaching those aspirations and goals. Don’t expect other to be responsible for your happiness and your success. You must take control and be in charge of your destiny and day-to-day situations. Take advice (most of the time it’s free!) and listen to what others have to say and what concerns they have; it’s important to have different points of view. But always validate those words of wisdom with your own set of standards,
The children of our lives have the opportunity to be stronger and to be realistic of life’s events and life’s trials...It is never too late to let go of past pains & sorrows.. We may never forget but their are alternatives to deal with every situation- nothing is ever forgotten but can be dealt with a healthier approach- there are answers all we need is patience within.. It is never to late to think as parents we can live out a healthier lifestyle with our loved ones As a mother myself yes I have witnessed so much despair - judgment calls never justify another’s chosen path in life... Just be there for them for family is all we have to keep us all stronger- for the strength within our families can help our people in many ways and the stronger our people shall be... my intentions are not to justify the wrongs of others but to allow the realization of how important life really is and how important our babies and elders within our lives are paramount in every way.. dedicated to the elders and all universal children mothers and fathers aunts and uncles nieces and nephews friends that make this world a better place to be...Let the angles of wings guide us into an understandings that balances life for one and all. Let these wings take us to a place of courage strength- wisdom- and direction.. Prayers brought fourth by our angels that guide us and help us be strong within... thank you all and may creator guide the journeys of our people...
and make sure that the advice has meaning to your sense of reality. You must understand yourself enough to know what you want in life and what desires you believe are worthwhile for your future. You need to depend upon yourself and your talents. Appreciate others for their personal skills and abilities, but always continue to focus on your own strengths and energies. Life is much too short to spend it worrying about someone else’s accomplishments or expecting someone else to be responsible for making your life better. If you have dreams, then you have a purpose. You have something to believe in and work towards obtaining. Dedicate yourself to yourself. Promise yourself a life filled with love, and then whatever roads you travel will be the roads you want them to be.
Birthdays & Congratulations continued Thomas & Jerome Frank on the 8th; Jaylene Frank on Jan.10th; Roxanne Swan & Scottie Sam on Jan.17th; Iris Frank on the 21st; and Sandra Sam on the 22nd. From Brenda Sue n’ family. I would like to say Happy Birthday to my good friend Shelley Frank over in P.A. on Jan.23rd. Hope you have a great day. I be thinking of you, miss ya’ lots pal. And congrat’s u have a handsome baby boy. Take Care, Elizabeth (Betty), Skylar (JellyBeans), Adam (Buddy), n’ Cha-asta Campbell. Also Happy Birthday Sandy n’ Scottie Sam. Hope u have an awesome day. And congrat’s to you guys on ur 6 wks up in Esperanza, we so proud of you. See you again soon, Elizabeth, Sky, Adam n’ Chaasta Campbell.
Happy 19th Birthday to Grandson, Nicholas Gus for January 14th, Love Grandma Liz and uncle Paul, uncle Keith, Auntie Bonnie and cousins Alex and Autumn.
In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap In Memory of Eugene George Gus, who left us in January 17, 1993, at the age of 19, born September 2nd, 1973. We have never stopped thinking of you on this day, we will always love you in our memories and thoughts, your smile and humour and personality and good looks. Love always, mom, brothers, Keith, Paul, sisters Tina, Bonnie, nephews Nick, Julian, Alex, niece Autumn. Also from your grandparents, Phyllis & Reg Gus, many aunties and uncles, cousins, friends.
Hiisteaak Shilth-iis Teech-Maa (Coming from the Heart) Are you at risk for Heart Disease? Risk Factors · · · · ·
Age · Gender Family History · High Blood Pressure High Blood Cholesterol · Diabetes Obesity and Overweight · Smoking Physical Inactivity · Stress Would you like to know if you are at risk?
Want to get tested? Call your local Nuu-chah-nulth Community Health Nurse.
NOTICE OF POLLS WE WAI KAI FIRST NATION CAPE MUDGE BAND Notice is hereby given to the electors of the We Wai Kai First Nation that a poll will be held for the election of Chief and Councillors for the We Wai Kai First Nation and that the poll will be open on :
Wednesday, the 26th day of January, 2005 from 8 o’clock (a.m.) in the morning to 8 o’clock (p.m.) in the evening, at the Band Administration Office, #1 Weway Road, Cape Mudge, IR#10, Quadra Island and at the Cape Mudge Band Learning Centre, Quinsam I.R. #12, 644 Headstart Crescent, Campbell River, B.C. A copy of the List of Electors is posted in the We Wai Kai First Nation Administration Building, Cape Mudge and at the Cape Mudge Band Learning Centre, Quinsam Reserve. I will, at 8:00 p.m., on the 26th day of January, 2005, immediately after the close of the Poll, count the votes and declare the result of the Election. Given under my hand at Heriot Bay, this 10th day of December, 2004.
Congratulations to Margaret Titian, little Abigail and John Manson on the birth of your baby boy Darren Robert Manson born December 18. Lotsa love, Aunty Denise.
Robert McKerracher Electoral Officer
Box 69 Heriot Bay, B.C. V0P 1H0 telephone / facsimile (250) 285 3201 e-mail email@example.com
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Nuu-chah-nulth Registry and Treaty Information ... Registering events are very important! · Birth Registrations: It is important to get baby registered as soon as possible. You must complete the parental consent for Registration/Statement of Band Affiliation form and provide the LARGE form birth certificate, these consent forms can be obtained through your Band Office or at the NTC Office. Registration takes 6 - 8 weeks. · Transfers: Are you wishing to transfer to another Band? Write to the Band you want to transfer into. Once accepted you will need to complete a consent to transfer form, also, notify the Band you are currently in and let them know your intentions. · Marriages, divorces, name change, deaths: Please provide appropriate certificates to up date the Indian Registry Lists. A consent form needs to be completed for any name changes. · Are you turning 18 soon? If you would like your own registration number then you have to submit a letter of request. Process also takes 6 - 8 weeks (no longer automatic). · All documents are to be submitted to Rosie Little - Indian Registry Administrator at the NTC Office, with the exception of Ditidaht, Hesquiaht, Huu-ay-aht and Tla-o-qui-aht. Contact these First Nations directly. To have a status card issued through NTC from these four First Nations please have your Indian Registry Administrator fax approval and your information prior to coming into the office if possible. · Does your First Nation have their membership code in place? If so, and you would like the above events recorded for "BAND MEMBERSHIP" then it is EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT that you contact them as well. · Your First Nation needs your current address and phone number so they can contact you regarding Treaty developments, letters and bulletins. · First Nation phone numbers and addresses are listed below for your convenience.
Ahousaht (250) 670-9563 - Fax: (250) 670-9696 General Delivery Ahousaht, B.C. V0R 1A0 Ditidaht First Nation 1-888-745-3366 - Fax: (250) 745-3332 PO Box 340 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8 Ehattesaht 1-888-761-4155 - Fax: (250) 761-4156 PO Box 59 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Hesquiaht First Nation 1-877-232-1100 - Fax: (250) 670-1102 PO Box 2000 Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Hupacasath First Nation (250) 724-4041 - Fax: (250) 724-1232 PO Box 211 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ (250) 332-5259 - Fax: (250) 332-5210 General Delivery Kyuquot, B.C. V0P 1J0 Mowachaht / Muchalaht (250) 283-2015 - Fax: (250) 283-2335 Toll free - (800) 238 - 2933 PO Box 459 Gold River, B.C. V0P 1G0 Nuchatlaht First Nation (250) 332-5908 - Fax: (250) 332-5907 PO Box 40 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (250) 725-3233 - Fax: (250) 725-4233 PO Box 18 Tofino, BC. V0R 2Z0 Tseshaht First Nation Toll Free: 1-888-724-1225 - Fax: (250) 724-4385 PO Box 1218 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Uchucklesaht Tribe (250) 724-1832 - Fax: (250) 724-1806 PO Box 1118 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Ucluelet First Nation (250) 726-7342 Fax: (250) 726-7552 PO Box 699 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0
Rocky Kano-pit Titian invites you to a feast on October 1st, 2005 at the Thunderbird Hall in Ahousaht. Following dinner Rocky will give names to the great grandchildren of his late parents, Ambrose and Margaret Titian. TSESHAHT FIRST NATION CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE Open to anyone interested in learning more about Tseshaht history. 5000 Mission Rd. – Chi-chu-aht House/ Tseshaht Treaty office. We have a toll free number available for Tseshaht members (which also houses our membership and Natural Resources Office. If you want your addresses included for treaty updates and Tribal bulletins call us (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address. 1-866724-4225. Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Except holidays). For more information contact us at (250) 724-4229. or toll free at 1-866724-4229.
TO ALL UCLUELET FIRST NATION MEMBERSHIP Hello everyone, I was recently hired as the band membership clerk, and the membership committee along with myself would like to get the band list updated. Are you and/or your children registered? If your newborn baby has not been registered you will have to come in with a large birth certificate and register. Remember when you are registered with the NTC office you have to register with the band office as well. Also if there are any deaths, marriages or divorces we would like the proper certificate brought in so that we can register those as well. Please call the band office toll free 1-866-726-2488 if you need to contact me. Thank you. Christina Klotz, email@example.com
TLA-O-QUI-AHT TRIBE MEMBERS If you are not receiving “Inside Tla-o-qui-aht” newsletter please call your address in ASAP. This mailing list is also used for important tribal mailouts you may not want to miss. Forward your address to: Carla Moss c/o Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Box 18, Tofino, B.C., V0R 2Z0. Phone: 250-725-2765, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 250-725-4233 attn: Carla Moss
TO ALL TSESHAHT MEMBERSHIP: Please remember when you register your child(ren) with NTC you must still register your child(ren) to the Band. I do not have names that NTC has so if you're one of these members please contact me for Band membership papers as we administer our own membership and only those people on our list is Tseshaht. I do not issue status cards this is done only with Rosie Little or Mel Braker. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or call me at 1-866-724-4229.
Important Notice to all Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations members, Band Managers, CHR’s, Health Clerks and Band Membership Clerks:
MEDICAL COVERAGE NOT AUTOMATIC Reference: Recently, many bills were received at the NTC (Non-Insured Health Benefits Section) (NIHB) from parents requesting payment under this plan. If a child is not registered with Indian Affairs and the province there is no medical coverage. Therefore, FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF MEDICAL VISITS, X-RAYS, ETC. WILL FALL ON THE PARENTS! Indian Affairs cannot and WILL NOT PAY any bills without full coverage. Remember, unless a child is REGISTERED with both Indian Affairs (Status Card) and the provincial medical plan (MSP Card) two very important medical factors apply: a. The child is covered under the parent medically, for only three months; and b. Once the child reaches 1 year of age then they are no longer covered under the NIHB program for: equipment; supplies; drugs; dental; and optical. Normally, a child reaching 19 years of age requires (her or his) own medical care card. A child can maintain medical coverage up to age 25 when in full-time attendance at a post secondary institution, that is approved by the provincial medical commission. It takes 6 – 8 weeks to obtain these coverage cards! Start the process immediately! Do not assume it is done! Follow up with this until you have both cards! Questions to be directed to the Band Membership Clerks, or the NTC Registry Office 724-5757. Robert Cluett, CD - NTC NIHB Program Supervisor
INSURANCE REQUIREMENT OUT OF PROVINCE AND COUNTRY Recent situations have been embarrassing to some people who Depart Canada without acquiring any type of medical coverage insurance. Non-Insured Health Benefits Program through health Canada does not cover anyone who departs Canada, nor does your BC Medical Plan unless you have written authority form them stating that they will cover you, and what they will cover. (Remember the price is much higher in US than here - I suggest you check it out to protect yourself and your family). Ensure you get coverage by contacting your local travel agency they can and will help you! It is also understood that once you have departed Canada and you change your mind and decide you wish to have coverage - - it is too late...Travel policy insurance will not cover you in outside the country if you try to obtain insurance after you have left. Protect yourself and your family! Questions on this matter are encouraged and welcomed through the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program Coordinator (Robert Cluett) 1-888-407-4888 or 250-724-3232.
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Community Events MEMORIAL POTLATCH The House of the Late Saiyatchapis (Chuck Sam), we invite you to Maht-Mahs Gym, Saturday May 14th 2005 10:00 am To honour the lives of family: Saiyatchapis, Harry Sam, Phyllis Sam, Stephanie Sam, and Dakkota Rain McFarlane.
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A feast for our family, friends and ask that each of you join us to remember our young man for who we all knew him. On September 17th, 2005 at the Maht Mahs Gym, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will close the doors to hold our opening ceremonies; we will then serve lunch at 12:00 noon. If you have any further questions regarding this feast, please feel free to contact one of the following family members: Gina Pearson (mom) at 723-4727, or Darleen Watts (grandma) 724-4873, or Josie Watts (auntie) 724-4987, or Alfred Fred (father) at 723-2042, Marie Johnny (Duncan) 746-8445 grandma, granny Florrie (Alert Bay) 974-2485, or Deane Wadhams, aunt, 974-5472.
I nv i t a t i o n To the Core Training Class of 1998-99 You are invited to attend a class reunion in Tsaxana in March 2005 Interested persons please contact Marsha, Marie, Sue, Laureen or Kelly @ firstname.lastname@example.org Or phone 283-9149
Loonie Twoonie Fundraiser for youth and family recreation. (Where) Hupacasath house of gathering on January the 22th at 10:00 am Saturday. Address: 5500 Ahahswinis Dr. The fundraiser will have a 50/50 and bakesale and community garage sales.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society National Survivors Support Line 1-866-925-4419 (Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Are you a survivor of residential schools? Are you an intergenerational survivor? Do you need to talk? The Survivors Support Line is available to all Aboriginal people affected by their residential school experience or the experience of others. We are survivors of residential schools too. We understand the issues and we have information that might help. Just saying hello is a good place to start. Give it a try. You can take your time. We care and we promise to listen. Indian Residential School Survivors Society General Information Line: 1-800-721-0066 Website: www.irsss.ca
WEST COAST CAREER CENTRE
You are not alone in your job search The West Coast Career Centre is here as a powerful tool for our community – bringing together resources for both jobseeker and employer. There are a number of services and programs at the West Coast Career Centre, ranging from job-search information, self-marketing, interview skills, resume writing to computer workshops for all skill levels. Also the West Coast Career Centre can collect resumes and applications for employers, and offer referrals for those looking to start their own business. These services are designed to assist all unemployed Canadians. It is the intention of the West Coast Career Centre to make available professional services and achieve quality in all that we do – in particular the assistance and guidance we give to
our clientele. If you are job hunting and needing extra support, receiving an EI claim and planning for the future, or looking for professional growth through training and education, the West Coast Career Centre is here to offer you the best possible service. All services are free of charge! All workshops require prior registration. To access any other West Coast Career Center services drop by the office – located in the Alberni Mall, call (250)724-4560, or in Ucluelet visit the office in the Davidson Plaza, call (250) 726-4243, or visit the website at www.acrc.ca Remember – You are not alone in your job search! The government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative.
Apprentice Electrician Various locations throughout British Columbia Full details on the position cited above and all other current openings are posted on our Web site at www.bchydro.com/careers, or call 1-877-461-0161 for more information. We thank all applicants for their interest in BC Hydro. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please send your resumé and cover letter quoting competition number A-1716-04/HS by January 20, 2005 to: BC Hydro 14th Floor-Employment Centre 333 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5R3 Fax: 604.623.3811 E-mail: email@example.com BC Hydro is building a diverse workforce and is committed to employment equity.
Tribal Administrator – Ehattesaht Tribe The Ehattesaht Tribe has an immediate opportunity for an experienced administrator, who has extensive experience in Finance, Business, Personnel and Resource Management (fisheries/forestry). The Tribal Administrator is responsible for administering and managing the overall operations of the Ehattesaht Tribe including programs, services, staff and business ventures. The Tribal Administrator is the primary point of contact for the administrative operations and related corporate interests of the Ehattesaht Tribe. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Ensures the coordination and preparation of all Chief & Council business and band community meetings. • Carries out the policies, procedures and operations of all aspects of the Tribal affairs and implements the mandates of the Ehattesaht Tribe as defined by motion of Chief and Council and Band membership in an efficient and timely manner. • Prepares reports, briefing notes and proposals on behalf of the Chief and Council. • Develops and negotiates all contracts for the Ehattesaht Tribe administrations and business. • Oversees and monitors the Ehattesaht Tribe Budget with the Financial Controller. QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a BA or Masters in Business or Public Administration with five years of related experience. Possess strong interpersonal and proven team-building skills. Have a strong understanding of the inter-related issues involving First Nations and the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments. Must be able to live in remote area and have active personal wellness plan in place. The Successful Candidates will be required to provide a clean criminal record check a current driver’s license and provide at least three references. Salary: To be negotiated pending qualifications and experience. Please send your hand written cover letter & typewritten resume by January 31, 2005 via fax or email to the attention of: Arlene John Elected Council Member PO Box 59, Zeballos, B.C. By Fax: (250) 761 – 4156 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Two brothers from the Mowachaht/Muchalaht Nation are looking for a permanent family. Curtis is fifteen, and likes riding his bike, kayaking, listening to music and reading. He is friendly and outgoing and has a good sense of humour. Chad is eight years old and is a delightful boy who enjoys skiing, skateboarding, bicycling and swimming. If you are interested in knowing more about these boys please contact Darlene Thoen at 250724-3232 or Kathryn Grant at 250 741-5713. (false names have been used)
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Klecko’s - +ekoo Kleco Kleco To all the families who attended our First Family Fun New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hupacasath House of Gathering. We had a great time listening to our children and crazy friends Karaoke Crooning in the New Year. Congratulations to all the brave and talented children who sang. Way to go Potato Dancers!
Thank you to everyone who brought chumus and deli trays. A huge thank you to all who helped us prepare food, watch the Bouncy Castle, DJ, Fireworks, set-up and clean-up. Bonnie Gus and Steven Tatoosh have taken hold of the reins for next year’s party. See you there, Choo! Thank you from the Tatoosh, Gus, George and Gomez families.
First off ...I want to say Happy New Year to all my family and friends back home in Ahousaht and also to my friends and family in Victoria, you all know who you are! Happy New Year and many more to come! i wanted to take this time to say a big thank you to my dad Edgar Hanaquii and mom Genevieve, to all my brothers and sisters (Delia, Daniel, Marcel, Babes (Nathan), Candace and Shish and there better half (Alfreda, Ramona and Jimmy) and of course to all my nieces and nephews Courtney, Kalvin, Shanny Bananniee (Shantal), lil Christian, Peter, Brandon, and Pretty Girl (Nicole) and lil Nathan. Thank you all for coming to my home on Christmas Day for dinner, I know you all traveled from afar, but it was definitely all worth it, it was a good day for all of us to get together on a very special and good occasion (even though I did not, no I did not get married!). I appreciated that you all made it over it meant a lot to me and my kids, my daughter Na (Trina) and my baby Chad Jordan and of course last but not least to my oldest baby Edgar I want to thank you Edgar for coming and spending time with your brother and sister it really meant a lot to them and to me you were such good help when I needed you thank you Babe. Thank
you! Na and Chad for all the hard work that you all did to help me with preparing for the Christmas dinner, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, you all did such a good job with everything from decorating and the wrapping the gifts and shopping, I am so proud of you all and also want to thank my niece Ash and my sister Delia for helping me with the cooking, it was a lot of hard work and you helped me out a lot, thank you so very much. Everything turned out great; everybody showed up, the food was good really didn’t have leftovers, which is always a good sign of a good cook right! hahahhahha! You all must have been real good boys and girls, to receive all them them toys and gifts. It was so great to have you all over and was definitely good to see all the smiling faces, especially seeing the big smiles and the twinkle in the kids eyes that is always so good to see, it was so good to see us all together we need to do this more often. Maybe next year we can do Ocean Shores or Victoria, hint hint! Once again to my family thank you very much for coming and spending Christmas at my house and with my family and I, we really enjoyed everybody over. Thank you ! Your sister Stephanie Yvonne :) Edgar, Na and Chad
Greetings and all that similar salutations. First, I want to thank all the people that helped the Thomas family in the loss of our brother, father, uncle, grandfather of Wesley Thomas. I’ll share a little story of my grandfather told me. Call it wisdom of the elders he said, grandson “You see this rock, it’s me and your grandmother.” “When you throw it in the calm water, it makes a ripple. Which gets bigger and bigger, you see those ripples, those are my children, grandchildren and greatgrand-children. They are going to settle wherever they choose, but isn’t it sad. That it will take everybody, loves one to pull this circle back together it will take sickness, or death to pull it back together.” He also said “we are not all perfect. I know we all have problems, troubles, hate, stealing, or jealousy. Whey they bury me say a prayer and throw a few grains of sand or dirt into my grave and I will take all your troubles and problems with me. In saying this, remember these four little words, I love you all.” There is so many people to thank, the family would like to thank everybody in one year time, when we quit our grieving, our three family members will get their names back are Wesley Jr, known as Derrick, Wesley Smith, known as Clarence and Wesliah Tom, known as Keisha. At times I thought that I was walking alone, but on the days of the service and funeral, I looked around me and there was hundreds of relatives, friends and
loved ones that stood beside me, and the rest of the Thomas family. At this time, I want to thank the Ahousaht Band Council, Bill Keitlah Sr, Bill Keitlah Jr, and their Quoa ya seek & Wit walk. The boat owners and skippers Francis John, Rodney Atleo, Percy Campbell, and Geno John. Thank you Peter Frank for bringing me home. To Earl Johnston and Rick Lindholm for the service. Nelson Keitlah for his kind words, and Gertrude for her kind words. Harold Little Sr. for the eulogy and Alec Dick spokesperson on behalf of the Ahousaht Native Sons. Our (late) brother Wesley touched so many people in sports like basketball and the sport he loved so much was fastball, and track and field. In track and field he left records at A.D.S.S. and A.W. Neil Secondary School and in Hop Step and jump, he jumped over the sand pit. In basketball, they won the B.C. Championship. In fastball, they won a lot of tournaments in about five generations. (Late) Wesley started playing at a young age of 12 or 13 until his late 50’s or early 60’s. I have to say about (late) brother is that he never lost his cool or temper on the field track, on the basketball court; he led his sportsmanship talk for him. “We shall all miss you Wesley Thomas Sr.” From Loving brother Larry Thomas and family, Lil, Richard, Janey, Jessie, Annie Irene, Tina, Derrick, Felix, Bert, Arnold, Christine, Catherine, Carol, Roberta, Bonnie and Glenda Frank and Kurt John. Klecko, Klecko, Klecko, Klecko
The Salvation Army begins biggest relief and reconstruction effort in 135-year history The Salvation Army is preparing to move into stage two of its response in the south Asia earthquake disaster relief effort. This will be its biggest-ever programme of relief and reconstruction in The Salvation Army’s 135-year history as an international movement. The Salvation Army has been tasked with rebuilding homes in the country of Sri Lanka, one of the hardest hit country’s in the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunamis. Captain Mike McKee, Field Operations Officer with The Salvation Army International Disaster Services reports from Colombo, Sri Lanka: “The local government is confident that immediate emergency supplies, such as food and water, will be sufficient; however, they are concerned that the resettlement shelter areas will not be able to provide long-term care for the displaced. “It has been asked that The Salvation Army take a lead role in the rebuilding of homes for those that have lost shelter. The Salvation Army International Headquarters and local Salvation Army officers in Sri Lanka will coordinate these efforts. Local labour will be used to build new homes to provide income to families and individuals, as well as economic stability to the region.” (A full interview with Captain Mike McKee is available at www.salvationarmy.ca) The international Salvation Army in London, England is sending a team of consultants to develop the detailed plans. These consultants will work with local government officials to develop designs for the type of property that will be constructed. The Salvation Army will also be bringing in grief counsellors to all affected areas to help citizens cope with the war-like conditions. For many
that have survived, their businesses were destroyed, and many families have lost the sole ‘breadwinner’. The Salvation Army now has representatives from its Emergency Disaster Team, based in London, England, in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand, providing round-theclock emergency relief to all those affected. The Salvation Army is supporting a sustained programme of reconstruction in these affected areas. The aim, in addition to relieving immediate distress, is to help enable the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes and livelihood – and often many members of their families – to resume something approaching their previous life as soon as possible. The Salvation Army is appealing to the public to help the victims of this disaster by making a cash donation. The Salvation Army has set a $1 million target for Canadian donations. Funds raised will help The Salvation Army provide immediate relief and basic assistance to the tens of thousands. These funds will go directly to helping rebuilding homes. In-kind donations of food, clothing and other items, while well intentioned, are not the best way to help those in need. Local purchases of food and clothing are more culturally appropriate and effective. The Salvation Army supplies can be purchased in the immediate area, thereby reducing transportation costs. Donations should be designated “South Asia Disaster Fund” and may be made at our secure donations web site at www.salvationarmy.ca or by phone to 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
On behalf of my family I would like to thank the following people who were there for us when we unexpectedly lost our sister Lori Caralyn Sutherland who was born Dec.1, 1971 and left us December 30, 2003. First of all I’d like to acknowledge the Ahousat Band Council and certain members of Ahousat Band. Many people are aware of the history of Ahousat and their kind hearts so I’d like to express my gratitude towards some of those people. A special thanks to Lawrence (Squeak) Campbell for coming so quickly to my request. It was very nice of you Lawrence to be there for me when I lost my sister. Also thank you to Mrs. Squeak (Columba Campbell) for being there for me and my family. I’d also like to thank Darlene Dick, Rick Lindholm, Louie Frank Sr., Percy Campbell, Lori Campbell, Judy Charlie, Curtis Dick, Felix Thomas Jr., Felix Thomas Sr., and Lyle Campbell. If it weren’t for your compassionate hearts I
don’t think we’d have the strength to get through what we had to. So Kleco Kleco to all and I’m sorry if I missed anyone. Another special thanks to my George family. Thanks Grandpa Earl, Grandma Josephine, Uncle Lewis, Auntie Grace, and Auntie Cathy for being there for me, Cheryl, and Earl, during our time of grief. Thank you to my mom and my sister Bonnie Charlie whom I love so much! I don’t know what I’d do without you mom and Bonnie. I love you oh so much. Kleco Kleco for everything you do for me. Also thank you to my daughter Ilene and Virgil Frank for being there for me during my time of need. I love you both so much. Choo. Sincerely Daisy H.E. George (Sutherland) Cheryl C. Campbell (Sutherland) Earl M. Sutherland Robert Sutherland and George Sutherland Watts
CLASSIFIED CONTINUED Qualified registered Royal Conservatory Piano teacher. New to Port Alberni. 22 years experience. Taking new students young or old. Classics to popular, any level. Call Carol at 723-1810. URGENT – Lost Jacket at Maht Mahs Oct. 14, 2004 at G. Lucas Services. Had all I.D., bus pass, keys and $. Belongs to young, pregnant working mother. Please return I.D., bus pass & keys. Bring to NTC office reception or mail to 796 Cecil Blogg Dr. Victoria, B.C. V9B 5N7. Attention Karla Point. Jacket is black/red reversible, Nike, worn with the black outside.
FOR SALE: • Autotel- Model GL2035. 475.00. Great for remote areas, fishing boats. • Sony digital camera- DSC-S85. 450.00 • Sony MD Net MD Walkman- MZ-NID. BRAND NEW- 350.00 • Sony Digital Still Camera MavicaMVC-FD83. Uses 3.5 in floppy disks. 200.00 Call Ron at 250.923.6972 FOR SALE: Anyone interested in buying sweaters & sweatpants, blankets and baby blankets, denim handbags. Put your order in with Doreen and Anna Dick at 250 2042480
Arts FOR SALE: Native designed jewellery; silver, copper, gold engraving, stone setting. Contact Gordon Dick by phone 723-9401. WANTED: I am looking for someone to make Abalone buttons. Call 723-7134. FOR SALE: Carvings for sale: coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6" totems, canoes, leave message for Charlie Mickey at 724-8609 or c/o Box 40, Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 FOR SALE: Genuine Authentic basket weaving grass. Linda Edgar, phone 250741-1622. BASKET WEAVING FOR SALE: Grad Hat Regalia, Baskets, Weaving material, specializing in Maquinna Hat Earrings. Available to teach at conferences and workshops. Call Julie Joseph (250) 7299819. WANTED: whale teeth, whalebones, mastodon ivory and Russian blue cobalt trade beads. Lv. msg. For Steve and Elsie John at 604-833-3645 or c/o #141-720 6th St, New Westminster BC V3L3C5. FOR SALE: Native painting. Call Bruce Nookemus (250) 728-2397 WHOPULTHEEATUK - Sandra Howard, Mowachaht Cedar Weaver. Hats, Caps, Pouches, Baskets, Mats, and Roses for Sale. Price Negotiable. Barter or Trade. Ph: 250-283-7628. e-mail:email@example.com. ROSE AMBROSE: Basket weaving, shawls, baskets, headbands, roses, etc. Also teach 723-2106. NOOTKA ART GOLD & SILVER: rings, bracelets, pendants, and stone settings by Gideon Smith. Sales - this year till year-end spend $150 on silver jewelry and get 50% off on next item. Orders over $150 can be delivered as far as Port Alberni to Victoria and Campbell River with a $15 delivery charge. Phone 250 751 9413.
wihayyaq,cik, James Swan, AHOUSAHT NATIVE ARTIST, Original paintings, and carvings. (can customize orders) P.O. # 84 - Ahousaht, BC. - V0R-1A0 home (250) 670-2438 ~ cell (250) 7315304. www.ahousahtnativeart.com firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASSIFIED Automotive D&M AUTOCLEAN: "We’ll do your dirty work" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS - TRUCKS - RV'S BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 720-2211. PROFESSIONAL BODYWORK: Will do professional bodywork and painting. 14 years experience. Experienced, certified welder on-site. Marcel Dorward. 723-1033. FOR SALE: 1989 Ford Econoline 17 passenger bus. Auto, runs great. $5500 obo 723-2308. FOR SALE: 1990 Ford 2 wd 1 ton crew cab on propane. $2500. 735-0833. FOR SALE: 1990 Acura Integra. Too many mods to list. $8500. 730-0783 Willard.
Marine BOAT FOR SALE: 1992 - 25 foot Raider. Aluminum cabin, open fore and aft deck, adjustable outboat bracket, tandem galvanized trailer. $19,900 without engine, $29,900 with 2001 - 225 Merc Optimax. Call Roger Franceur 723-4005 BOAT FOR SALE: MV Ropo – no license. 40’ fiberglass. Ex-freezer troller. Fully equipped. Freezer system only 2 years old. Harold Little (250) 670-2477. FOR SALE - 40’ Ex-troller and Spring nets made to order. Call Robert Johnson Sr. (250) 724-4799. FOR SALE: Area "G" AI Troll License 37.5 ft. Contact Louie Frank Sr. at 250670-9573 or leave a message at the Ahousaht Administration Office at 250670-9563. FOR SALE: New and Used Barclay Sound Sockeye Nets. (250) 923-9864. WANTED: 18' - 19' Fiberglass Deep V Fishing Boat, Soft Top, (Double Eagle, Hourston, etc). Call Dale or Barb @ 250 283 - 7149. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 724-1494. FOR SALE: 25’ Bayliner powered by 350 Chev with Volvo leg. Excellent condition. $11,000. 735-0833. MISSING – 30 HP Yamaha. Any information please contact Boyd or Josh Fred at 723-5114 or 724-6491. Reward! WANTED: Boat Trailer for 20’ boat. Call Michael @ 720-6026. FOR SALE. Nets –Different Sizes, Different prices, make an offer. Trolling gear – offers. View – 5010 Mission Rd. Phone – 723-9894. FOR SALE: Combination Gillnet Troll Longline Pacific Cruiser. Phone 728-3519 for more info.
Employment Wanted/ Services Offered
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T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975. FOR HIRE:Pickup truck and driver. Need something transported or towed? Transport/move furniture, fridge, stoves, outboard motors, your boat, canoe or travel trailer towed or moved. By the km and by the hour. Call 250-724-5290. +`um>k`a Advisory for Histories, Governance, and Constitutions (forming governments). contact Harry Lucas, at 7242313. NUU-CHAH-NULTH NATIVE LANGUAGE: Transcribing in phonetics for meetings, research projects, personal use. Hourly rates. Phone Harry Lucas at 724-2313. FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES: at Hupacasath Hall. Language Instructor Tat Tatoosh. Monday and Wednesday Nights. 7 pm to 9 pm. (Bring your own pen and paper). Parenting Skills for Parents and Tots. Fridays from 3 – 4 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. cuu kleco. Edward Tatoosh, Certified Linguist. TSAWAAYUUS: SHARE YOUR TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Volunteers required for the following: 9Give demonstrations 9and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. 9We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. FIRST AID TRAINING: Canadian Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructors Lavern and Alex Frank are available to teach First Aid to your group, office, or community. Classes can have up to 24 students. Phone (250) 725-3367 or (250) 726-2604 for more information. SWEEPY’S CLEANING SERVICES: Samantha Gus: Need some Cleaning done? Don’t have enough time? Good rates. Call 723-7645 or leave a message @ 724-2763. Windows, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, walls, shelves, etc. Custodial/ Janitorial certified. Commercial house keeping/ home making certified and Food safe. GROWING THE CIRCLE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: Video / music / CD-Rom or DVD production, website design or enhancement, book publishing, public relations, marketing, and training. Top quality professional productions at very reasonable rates. Contact Randy Fred, 530 Cadogan Street, Nanaimo BC V9S 1T4; Tel. 250-741-0153; e-mail: email@example.com. Chuu! ELEGANT ADVANTAGE DECORATING AND CATERING SERVICES: Tracey Robinson @ home:723-8571, Margaret Robinson @ home:723-0789. We do all occasions: Weddings, Showers, Graduations, Banquets, Brunches, Dinners, * Super Host and Food Safe Certified* AL & JO-ANNE’S CLEANING SERVICES: The most reasonable rates! Call Al or Jo-anne (250) 723-7291. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Nitinaht Lake Motel. Now open year round. For reservations and other information call 250-745-3844. Mailing address P.O. Box 340, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8. MR. MARTIN THE MAGICIAN: is now taking bookings for all entertainment purposes. 250-995-2942.
TOQUAHT BAY CONVENIENCE STORE: Open year round. Stat cigs available. 726-8306.
First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Call Now! Celeste Jacko. Ph: 604-928-2157 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRICED TO SELL. 14x70ft. Princeton 1993 Mobile Home. 2 Bedroom, plus 12x18 ft. addition, Located at Sproat Lake Mobile Home Park. Can be relocated. By appointment only. NO AGENTS! Phone: 724-5290. BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 724-1225 or toll free 1-888-724-1225. FOR RENT: A non-profit organization has rooms to rent, by the day, week or month. Very reasonable rates for Room and Board. Also, there is a Boardroom available for rent. For more information phone 723-6511. WANTED: Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs etc. Can be dropped off at the Tseshaht Band Office. 5000 Mission Road, Port Alberni. Contact Gail K. Gus at 724-1225. FOR SALE: Beautiful Native Design Dress. New condition. Size 5-7. 724-3049. FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 7244383. WANTED: Serger Sewing Machine to buy. Please call 724-4987 WOOD FOR SALE: $80 per cord. Leave a message for Ken @ 720-3555. FOR SALE: TREK 800 Unisex Mountain Bike, brand new condition (used 3 times). Blue and Silver, kickstand and back wheel-rack included. $350.00. Call 7243420. FOR SALE: 4 1/2’ x 9’ pool table, 2 years old, $2000. 728-3537. FOR RENT: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290. WESTCOAST TRANSITION HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER: For Abused Women and their Children on call 24 hours toll free. 1-877-726-2020. PORT ALBERNI TRANSITION HOUSE: Call 724-2223 or call the nearest local shelter or crisis center. HELP LINE FOR CHILDREN: 310-1234. WANTED: Traditional Stories for project. Call Caroline Thompson at 724-5757. WANTED: NCN women to join my fantastic Mary Kay team. Perfect way to invest in a home based business. Call me for more information Rosalee Brown @385-9906 or email email@example.com FOR SALE: Crib, $50 o.b.o. and highchair $40 o.b.o. both like new. Phone 250-723-3257. FOR SALE: 1100 motorized wheel chair, with adjustable air seat. Brand new battery charger, (value $450) colour is candy apple red. Value is $8000, want $3000 firm. phone Terry @ 250 741-1622. Nanaimo.B.C FOR SALE: Seaside Adventures in Tofino $695,000.00 Serious Inquiries Call 7253448 OR 725-8329 ask for Steve or Cindy Dennis. Nuu-chah-nulth Living In Victoria please contact Robin Tate @ (250) 360-1968 or the Victoria N. Friendship Centre @ (250) 384-3211 and leave your name and phone number. PROFESSIONAL available for Workshops/ Conferences. Healing Circles/Retreats/ Canoe Journeys. Contract or full-time position. Holistic massage and aromatherapy with essential oils by Raven Touch. Please contact Eileen Touchie @250-726-7369 or 726-5505. FOUND: Black jacket at the Ahousaht NTC treaty planning meeting Nov. 8-9. Call Mike Watts to identify and claim 724-5757.
A NEW GIFT STORE IN TOFINO WILL BE OPENING SOON ... At this time, we are looking for local artists from the area to sell their artwork in this store. For further information, feel free to contact Roberta Tom @ 725-2235 or Cindy Dennis @ 725-1279.
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N.E.D.C. BUSINESS NEWS DID YOU KNOW? Nuu-chah-nulth Artist Connie Watts has an Exhibit at the Richmond Art Gallery from December 16, 2004 to January 27, 2005
Connie Watts, the daughter of Jane Watts-Jones (Tseshaht/Nuu-chah-nulth) and granddaughter of Louise Watts, has from the time she was a young girl, been interested in creating objects. So it seems very natural that she would pursue a career in the arts; all kinds of art - how it started and where it came from. Connie attended the University of Manitoba receiving a Bachelor of Interior Design, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design for a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia. When Connie transferred from Industrial Design into Fine Arts, she researched and had to reassess northwest coast artwork, and tried to find an answer of what fine art was and where it fit into the European understanding of Fine Art. She realized that her ancestors’ furnishings and utensils, and entire surroundings were art; everything used was decorative, brought to life with the Northwest Coast art form. She then concluded that being a contemporary northwest coast artist, she could draw on her traditional philosophies, such as ‘functional art’, and merge them with contemporary materials and European parameters to reflect her own unique perspective of the world. Connie’s business, Chims Studios, specializes in high-end manufacturing of functional art, puppets, puzzles, toys and sculptures. She explains, “the work is me and me is an intricate part of a group of First Nations people.” Chims Studios takes pride in maintaining a high standard of quality control, loyalty, and honesty. The success of Chims Studios has a lot to do with the overwhelming support Connie receives from her family and friends. Every contribution her family makes is fully appreciated, no matter how little, including the stories and meals that her grandmother generously shares with her. For Connie the best thing about owning her own business is the
‘Vereinigung’ (German for unification); a beautiful hanging sculpture depicting the bear, the wolf and the raven along with four women, a man and a girl, is the exploration of the fusion of past, present and future, to exist in a singular being of artwork. creative freedom. The only downside she sees are the fluctuating finances, which is a concern shared by many small business owners. Connie’s secrets to success is to never stop, and always believe in your dreams, which seem to be working very well for her. Connie’s Thunderbird sculpture `Hetux’ hangs in the Vancouver International Airport, her boardroomcarving graces Wayne Coulson’s office and she has had three solo shows in 2004 alone. These include shows at Art & Soul on Robson Street in Vancouver called `Living Ghosts’, the Quintana Galleries in Portland, Oregon called `Concrete Culture’ and the current exhibit at the Richmond Art Gallery – Circle – including `Vereinigung’ (German for unification) a beautiful hanging sculpture depicting
`Hetux’ hangs in the Vancouver International Airport
the bear, the wolf and the raven along with four women, a man and a girl. It is the exploration of the fusion of past, present and future, to exist in a singular being of artwork. Connie fuses the very essence of being a Northwest Coast Native to the ever-changing complex world we occupy. The innovative fusion of materials to the tactile state of being is evident in all of the works in the show. Connie also has a group show `Dezhan Ejan’ at the Canadian Embassy (Washington, DC). In 2005 she already has two shows planned; one at the Urban Shaman in Winnipeg and the other right here in Port Alberni. In May 2005 Connie plans to have a show at the Rollin Arts Centre exhibiting many of her smaller pieces with perhaps one or two larger items.
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