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Tofino salmon farm wins defamation case By Denise August Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tofino—Creative Salmon, a Tofinobased aquaculture company, has won a $15,000 BC Supreme Court judgement against former Friends of Clayoquot Sound (FOCS) employee Don Staniford. The court ruled Staniford made defamatory remarks against Creative Salmon in two press releases issued in June 2005. Staniford, hired by FOCS in November 2004 to campaign against salmon farming in Clayoquot Sound, became aware of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency report, released June 2005, that found trace elements of malachite green in a fish farmed by Creative Salmon. Malachite green is an antifungal agent which has historically been used in hatcheries, and has been found in pulp mill effluent, but has not been approved for use in fish intended for human consumption since 1992. Staniford issued two press releases that month on FOCS letterhead that were widely distributed to media outlets and individuals. The first, issued June 24, 2005, focused on the discovery of trace amounts of malachite green in one Creative Salmon fish. “If malachite green contamination is confirmed, this blows out of the water Creative’s claims to be ‘organic’ and chemical-free. Creative Salmon must come clean on malachite green,” Don Staniford wrote. Creative Salmon has always maintained that it has never used malachite green and has not used antibiotics on its market fish since 2001. Creative Salmon is proud of the fact that it raises indigenous Chinook salmon as opposed to the more common industry standard Atlantic salmon. The company endeavours to farm salmon organically and is seeking organic certification for its product. Creative responded to the malachite issue by voluntarily suspending all fish sales pending an investigation. Eighteen samples of fish and some samples from Creative’s hatchery went to the University of Guelph in Ontario to be analyzed. All results were
negative. Creative resumed harvesting June 30, 2005. No other traces of malachite green were ever detected. In the second press release, dated June 27, 2005, Staniford took aim at information provided on Creative Salmon’s Web site. Seeking to achieve certified organic status, Creative denied use of malachite green, SLICE (sea lice treatment), and antibiotics on its market fish. Staniford’s June 27 press release stated that Creative Salmon was a “liar” and a “consumer fraud” when it stated that it had not used antibiotics on its food fish since October 2001. The press release also used the word “scam” and accused the company of being ‘dangerously creative in its definition of salmon farming.’ Admitting to authoring both press releases, Staniford defended his actions saying the words were ‘hooks’ or ‘arresting leads.’ “If the press releases are read in their entirety, it becomes apparent that the words and statements do not have the meaning attributed to them by Creative Salmon,” said Staniford’s submission to court. Madam Justice Gerow did not agree with the environmentalist. She found that in June 2005, Staniford was well aware that Creative Salmon didn’t use malachite green and that the substance could have come from another source, yet he never said so in the press release. Of the June 27 press release she wrote “it is apparent that Mr. Staniford is suggesting that Creative Salmon is generally dishonest and cannot be believed…I have concluded the words are defamatory.” She went on to write that the onus was on Staniford to ensure his facts were correct before calling Creative Salmon a liar and consumer fraud; he failed to do so. “Mr. Staniford did not give a balanced view of the facts. Although he purports to have a role in educating the public, he did not disclose all the facts known to him or present both sides of the story in the press releases,” wrote Justice Gerow. The court concluded that the statements were defamatory and ordered that Staniford pay to Creative Salmon $10,000 in general damages, and $5,000 in aggravated damages, plus costs. (Continued on page 3.)
Distinct Indigenous cultures unite in marriage.......Page 2 Youth to be ticketed for good behavior.....................Page 3 Caring and compassion the hallmark of service......Page 4 Abalone needs a champion in Port Alberni..............Page 5 A look back at 2006........................................... Pages 8 to 10 News from NEDC...................................................... Page 16
Twenty-three-month-old Neve Watts gets a lift and a laugh from her Uncle Ed Samuel at the Vancouver Island Aboriginal Transition Team community dinner held in Port Alberni at the friendship centre on Jan. 11. The dinner was scheduled for before Christmas, but foul weather caused its postponement. If undeliverable, please return to: Ha-Shilth-Sa P.O. Box 1383, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M2
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Ceremonies unite people and cultures By Denise August Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Victoria–A young couple sealed their love with two traditional marriage ceremonies reflecting their different cultures. On Dec. 30, Tony Charlie of Ahousaht married Kinwa Bluesky, an Anishinabe woman from Ontario. Families gathered at Wawadit’la Big House (Mungo Martin) to witness the two separate ceremonies—an Anishinabe marriage and pipe ceremony and a traditional Nuu-chah-nulth marriage ceremony. “We also had a traditional give away honoring all of our guests in attendance with Indigenous art,” said Kinwa. During the ceremony both bride and groom were given Nuu-chah-nulth names. Standing the couple up, Tony’s grandfather, Hudson Webster, gave the bride and groom their names. “He later said that I now stand beside Tony’s grandmothers who have carried this name as he gestured to them in their seats. It was quite an honor,” explained Kinwa. Tony worked with his carving mentor Isaac Charlie to complete a 60-inch round disk carving, which he presented to his bride as a gift. The story of the carving, Kinwa explained, symbolizes our life journey. A bear represents Kinwa’s clan, and a wolf dancer represents Tony’s family. They dance together in a traditional Nuu-chahnulth canoe, starting their journey together. “In the background you can see the mountains that face Ahousaht; it is so beautiful,” Kinwa said. Tony comes from a large Ahousaht family. His great-grandparents were the late Joshua and Mary Ellen Jumbo. His grandparents were Art and Ada Charlie and his mother, their daughter, is Sally Wood. Kinwa is from an Oji-Cree community called Sandy Lake in northwestern Ontario. Her mother is from an Algonquin community called Kitigan Zibi in Quebec. She grew up primarily in Ottawa,
Ahousaht’s Tony Charlie shows daughter Kwaya’tsiiq’Kwe the carving he made to represent the beginning of the journey he’s taking with his new bride Kinwa Bluesky, an Anishinabe woman. The two were married on Dec. 30 in Victoria. going to secondary school there. Kinwa moved to British Columbia more than 10 years ago to begin her post-secondary education. She attended Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific and then continued on to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to pursue a bachelors in Anthropology. Moving to Vancouver Island in 2001, Kinwa completed her bachelor and master degrees at the faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. Now back at UBC, she is completing her doctoral studies in law. Kinwa said she met Tony down at the Inner Harbour in Victoria, where artists gather in the summer to sell their wares to the tourists. Tony is an artist specializing in wood carving. Kinwa, also an artist, said she and Tony were first introduced by a fellow vendor. Their friend went on to make Kinwa’s headdress and shawl for the wedding. The couple recently moved to North Vancouver. They have two children—an 18-month-old daughter named Kwaya’tsiiq’Kwe and a son, Tewehigan Tsawalk, who is six months old. “Kwaya’tsiiq in Nuu-chah-nulth is wolf and kwe in my language means
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woman,” Kinwa explained. “So my daughter is our little Wolf Woman and as for my son, Tewehigan in Algonquin means drum or heartbeat and tsawalk means the number one in Nuu-chahnulth. Being from two different Indigenous nations, his name reflects the one heartbeat of our peoples,” Kinwa said. Tony has three other children: Leonita Jimmy, Lateasha and Makyla Charlie. Kinwa’s parents and a few other family members and friends made the trip from Ontario, arriving just in time for the wedding. At one point in the wedding there was a humorous misunderstanding of culture when Tony’s family approached the bride’s parents to ask if they were ready to let her go. “My dad responded quickly, ‘I’m ready!’ not knowing he was supposed to put up a fight,” Kinwa explained. Her family waved goodbye as Tony took his wife and daughter and ceremoniously paddled away. Kinwa said her family later joked that with a little petty cash, they were content to see their daughter finally go. (Continued on page 10.)
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Youth to be ticketed for good behavior Last October, Constable Scott MacLeod of First Nations Policing in Port Alberni, approached Bob Lyons, manager of the Tseshaht Market, to see if the business would be interested in investing in a positive ticket program for local youth. “I explained that local police do see Huu-ay-aht, Uchucklesaht, Hupacasath, and Tseshaht students/youth act in a positive way towards neighbors, friends, family or strangers a lot. I told Bob I learned the Richmond RCMP uses a positive tickets program to achieve two things: it meaningfully rewards students that strengthen their family, friends or community ties by positive action, and it gives officers a choice to relate to youth other than just through enforcement. I thought that the Bands we work with deserved that type of opportunity.”
Tseshaht Market staff members Jane Jones and Casey Dennis are in support of the positive ticket initiative of Cst. Scott MacLeod of First Nations Policing in Port Alberni and market manager Bob Lyons. Constable MacLeod recalled walking through a res
Thumb’s up for decision (Continued from page 1.) Kevin Bruce, FOCS office coordinator, said Staniford is believed to be in the United States. Bruce said FOCS is very disappointed by the court’s decision. Despite the outcome, the FOCS representative said they are very concerned when someone is dumping pharmaceuticals into the ocean and they will continue their campaign against salmon farming in Clayoquot Sound. Bruce said the non-profit organization will do what it can to fundraise to either assist Staniford in an appeal or to help pay the settlement. Creative Salmon did not sue FOCS, despite the fact that Staniford was their employee and was acting on their behalf. In Creative Salmon’s press release, General Manager Spencer Evans wrote they hope ‘to restore a mutually respectful working relationship with the Friends.” Evans said he is delighted with the court decision. “I’m happy. We’re very pleased with Justice Gerow’s decision,” describing it as “very decisive.” “I feel justice has been served.” He went on to say that salmon farms have been taking unfair hits from environmentalists for years and it gets to the point of being offensive.
basketball court last summer. He watched two youth play 21. He learned
the older sister was trying to teach her younger brother to shoot baskets. “I am hoping to see her do that again and I ticket her,” said the officer. Cst. MacLeod and Bob Lyons explained any issued positive tickets can be redeemed at the Tseshaht Market for food, like ice cream, or even fuel for a parent’s car. Lyons said he created business card sized positive tickets and cautioned they will not be used for buying cigarettes. “The whole idea is a sixmonth pilot project and we are grateful for the support,” explained Cst. MacLeod. “The effort is mainly focused on youth, but you never know if I might ticket an adult next.” To date, Richmond Detachment issues more positive tickets than traffic ones. “Starting in the New Year, maybe our detachment could do the same,” Cst. MacLeod added.
A few days in winter; a full year commitment to BC youth parliament By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter
Denise August Titian
Creative Salmon General Manager Spencer Evans shows his approval of judge’s ruling. “It hurts our morale and when staff heard of the victory [they]were very uplifted, happy and motivated,” he said. Operating in Tla-o-qui-aht traditional territory, Creative Salmon employs First Nation crews and was the first salmon farming company in British Columbia to employ an Aboriginal liaison representative. The company also supports many local events, teams and projects through generous donations of fish, labor and money.
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Victoria—Sixteen-year-old Cole Sayers had an unusual winter break. While many of us spent the end of 2006 with our feet up in front of the television, remote control in one hand and a hunk of Christmas cake in the other, Sayers was busy sitting as a member of parliament, debating issues of importance and passing legislature that will impact the lives of others in British Columbia. Sayers took part in the annual BC Youth Parliament held Dec. 27 to 31, which brings together 93 young people, ages 16 to 21, to experience the parliamentary process in all its glory, including long days, late nights and spirited debate in legislative chambers. “I learned about the parliamentary traditions. I met a lot of people. It was actually pretty fun. I got to experience the legislative process and actually experience it. Not just read about it in textbooks.” This was Sayers first experience with the youth parliament and he sat as a backbench member while others took on roles such as Island minister and attorney general. They debated and voted on such issues as the Kelowna Accord and the Kyoto protocol, and other private member resolutions brought forward in a non-partisan environment (a departure from the party politics of the actual legislature.) The votes on the issues were recorded, and their voices will be heard on the subjects, but beyond that, legislation was passed to support service projects that will go forward in the coming year, including funding for Camp Phoenix, a summer initiative that treats 50 under-privileged young people to a week-long residential camp.
Cole Sayers recommends the experience of attending a British Columbia Youth Parliament, held annually from Dec. 27 to Dec 31 to other young people. Sayers said his commitment to the youth parliament runs all year, with fundraising and volunteer hours needed to be completed. He’s still brainstorming what his individual efforts in these areas will be, but if his Island minister comes calling during the year, he’ll head off to Victoria to help out in any initiatives of her making. Sayers said he may be interested in a career in politics. He reserves judgment until he finishes high school and seeks out a university degree in the field of commerce. Meanwhile, he recommends the youth parliament experience to anyone, whether they are interested in government or politics or not. “It’s a good experience where you can meet new people and branch out.”
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Compassion and caring, the hallmark of long service By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni—There were tears shed and heartfelt tributes made during a small party for outgoing casework supervisor Darlene Thoen, who left the employ of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) on Jan. 10 after 16 years of service with USMA as part of the intake and family services team. Many of those team members Thoen leaves behind said they admired her integrity, caring and compassion doing a job that is often difficult. They said they were proud to have worked with her. Thoen was part of the front-end team of child protection workers who do the initial investigations into child abuse or neglect, and provide ongoing services to Nuu-chah-nulth children and their families. NTC President Francis Frank presented Thoen with a bouquet of flowers and a gold pendant carved by artist Moy Sutherland in honor of her dedicated service. He said that he spoke from personal experience when it came to thanking Thoen for her commitment. A social worker removed him from an “uncomfortable” situation when he was young, he said, and he has come to appreciate that difficult decision. Thoen is originally from Ottawa, born to a federal civil servant and his wife. Her early childhood was spent in Churchill, Man., but she moved to Victoria for Grade 5 when her father was transferred to the Island. Thoen graduated in 1989 from the University of Victoria with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She spent one year working as a child protection social worker with the ministry of social services in Nanaimo before she moved to Port Alberni when NTC offered her full-time work as a child protection worker. “My first day of work here, Jan. 28, 1991, my then fiancé, he was in the navy at the time. He left to join a ship that was enroute to the Persian Gulf for that first Gulf War, and he was away from that date until around the middle of August 1991,” Thoen told Ha-Shilth-Sa.
Her brother lived in the city, but beyond him Thoen knew no one. “I became quick friends with many people here (at NTC).” She married Randy Thoen in the spring of 1992 and together they have a nine-year-old daughter Olivia. Thoen became acting supervisor of the NTC program at the beginning of 2000 and that became a permanent situation at the end of that year. When asked about the highlights of her time at NTC, Thoen was quick to say the travel she was able to make and the people she was able to meet. “I had never flown in a float plane, or never gone in a four-wheel drive truck down logging roads, and certainly had never gone into small communities like we have, and that I found very exciting, in addition to the work which I loved. As crazy as some people probably think this work is, I really love this job.” She said she developed really special relationships with some communities and the people there, like Carol Smith of Kyuquot and Jack and Nona Thompson of Ditidaht, who warmly welcomed Thoen into their homes. Then there was a trip to Hawaii that Thoen took to assist in returning a young Nuu-chah-nulth girl who had been taken into care there. “I flew there and brought this girl home and returned her over to her family and it was a pretty emotional event for that family and they did really honor that in a ceremony in one of the larger tribal council meetings, and that was a very important memory for me. It still is very special.” With the highlights of a job come low points, and Thoen does acknowledge that recent difficult times have taken a toll. “For me, it’s been very hard, the last four years with the loss of Sherry (Charlie). And myself, and the other workers involved in that, we have not been able to speak about how this affected us personally, and that has been quite a hard thing to face and have to do it in a very public way…I really tried to convey my condolences and feelings to the family and I don’t know if that always came across, but that certainly had a very significant impact on my life. It’s not something that I will ever
Casework Supervisor (Guardianship) Leah Clutesi and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council President Francis Frank pose with outgoing Caseworker Supervisor (Protection) Darlene Thoen (centre) on Jan 8 at a small party thrown in honor of her commitment to the organization over the past 16 years, and to give staff members the opportunity to say their goodbyes. forget.” The loss of the child in protection, and the subsequent investigations and processes the team was involved in led, in large part, to Thoen’s decision to leave NTC, she said. “Once you go through something like that, it requires, if you want to continue in this work, time to really resolve it… And I don’t think I had time to resolve it here because there was work to do…At times it comes up when you don’t expect it. “We learned a lot about areas that we needed to improve on, and how we wanted to do things better, and that’s where I want to go from here, taking that information and what I learned and seeing what I can do that.” That takes private reflection, acknowledged Thoen. “I’m not going to a job. I’m just leaving, and I’ll be home and will spend time with my family and give myself the time I need to work through this.” Thoen said she still has the desire to stay in the child welfare field and apply her considerable experience. “I hope that I can move up, forward, and take what I’ve learned here and apply it in another setting. I’m not sure
what will come up for me in the future, but I definitely want to stay in child welfare. I love this work, and that hasn’t diminished at all. In fact it’s probably fired it up even more, because I know more now. I want more for children to be safe and families to get the help that they need, and parents so that they can be the kind of parents that they need to be.” The child protection field in British Columbia is on the precipice of change, but what is coming has not been clearly defined, said Thoen, so she sees that as a big challenge going forward for social work in the province. “It makes workers feel uneasy around what it coming ahead, because we want to know what we are going to be doing and how we need to do it.” For USMA, she said the challenge will be to stabilize the program, support the staff and hire a director that can provide good leadership internally and in the communities, someone who can move the agency to the next level. In the short term, Jack Colmer, retired in 2004 from the ministry of child and family development, has come on contract while they recruit for a replacement for Thoen.
Capital program consultant at communities’ service By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni—A backpack that has made its way around the world on the shoulders of its owner has recently been lugged into Nuu-chah-nulth territory. John Haaf, the new capital program consultant, is the happy wanderer and he’s had the backpack since he began traveling the globe practicing architecture. He comes to the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) to offer his expertise to the member First Nations, helping them do feasibility studies for capital projects, find funds for those projects, take inventory of existing facilities and work out ways to make improvements, if necessary. He’ll also work to tackle issues common to all the communities, like the mold situation. Haaf originally hails from Oregon, where he graduated with a degree in architecture, but his most recent stop along the trail was Edmonton. He
thought for a time he would semi-retire after his contract was finished there, but discovered he wasn’t cut out for a life of leisure. “I didn’t like not working,” he told Ha-Shilth-Sa. “I wanted to find something that I felt was contributing to someone directly, rather than just building buildings. I saw this opportunity in the newspaper and jumped at the chance of getting my application in.” Haaf came to Canada after a time in Pennsylvania. “I like to see different places, and prior to coming to Canada I was in Philadelphia and knew I didn’t want to be in Philadelphia. It was a good place to be for awhile. I wanted to get back West, because I grew up in a small town in Oregon about the size of Port Alberni, and there just wasn’t any employment.” He happened upon a position at the University of British Columbia, where he taught architecture and graphics. “[I] planned to go there for a couple of years and never left,” he said.
Haaf has three daughters, the two youngest of which are in the latter years of university. He also has two grandchildren, a six-yearold granddaughter and a two-yearold grandson. They are all located in Vancouver. After six years at UBC, it was on the road again and Haaf and his backpack traveled to the Northwest Territories where he worked for the territorial government building schools in a variety of Inuit communities. He began at NTC on Jan. 8 and on his second day on the job met with Hesquiaht Chief Joe Tom, who explained the general sense of his community. He’s invited Haaf to visit Hesquiaht and look at their John Haaf has been hired as the new capital program consultant with the tribal council. housing and other facilities. program to record the quality of those Haaf said he’d like to tour all the assets.” communities. He said he looks forward to meeting “Part of my responsibilities is to help with the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth them track and manage their capital territory. assets. That would be a way to do that “I look forward to that very much.” and to help get started on a inventory
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A Rare Treat
Abalone needs a champion By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter
arry Johnson of the Huu-ayaht First Nation went to great lengths to bring a rare treat to a group of people attending a talk at the House of Gathering at Hupacasath on Jan. 8. He served up 100 Northern (Pinto) Abalone for sampling. Abalone has been on Canada’s threatened species list since 1999, and has been legally protected since 1990, so to procure the tasty gastropods required Johnson to do some hoop jumping. Johnson had to fill out reams of paperwork and promise to adhere to 17 conditions for the permit to be granted, including the assurance that all the shells would be returned to the hatchery. You see, the abalone weren’t of the wild kind. They were grown at the Bamfield Marine
Science Centre under the Bamfield Huu-ay-aht Community Abalone Project (BHCAP). The abalone project in Bamfield has developed the technology to spawn the mollusk and is working to restock the surrounding ocean area. The Huu-ay-aht are also seeking approval to classify their grown stock as a cultured variety, removing it from the list of protected species with the hopes of someday prying open a new economic development opportunity. The reason for the gathering was not just to taste the cultured product, however. It was intended as a brainstorming session to find ways to protect the wild stock from poaching, a profitable undertaking of criminal elements on the coast, said Anne Stewart, public education coordinator at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. It was only the second time in Johnson’s life that he had been
Above: Raw cultured Northern Abalone was on the menu at the House of Gathering at Hupacasath on Jan. 8. Left: Wilma Doxtador, a nurse of Iroquois ancestry, was eager to taste the coastal delicacy, on Canada’s treatened list since 1999. Right: Huu-ay-aht’s Larry Johnson is hoping to encourage recovery of wild abalone stocks by putting the bite on poaching through CoastWatch.
able to indulge in the delicacy, long a favorite of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, including Johnson’s 78year-old father Kenny, who was in attendance to partake in the small feast. Pinto abalone, once abundant in coastal waters before the introduction of SCUBA equipment in the 1960s, is on a slippery slope to endangerment, so a complete ban on abalone harvesting was ordered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. And while the voracious sea otter has decimated shellfish populations around the northern parts of Vancouver Island, the furry creature hasn’t ventured into waters in Barkley Sound. So the real threat to the Pinto on the central coast is the illegal harvest by humans, who can get up to $73 per kg for abalone on the black market. Stewart was hoping to find a champion in Port Alberni, who would help to launch a chapter of the Abalone CoastWatch. (Continued on page 10.)
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Forestry concerns dominate Day One discussions By Denise August Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tofino–The five Central Region First Nations (Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-oqui-aht, Ucluelet and Toquaht) met for their annual general meeting at Tin Wis on Jan. 11 and 12. Foremost on the minds of many was the new business direction of their forest company, Iisaak Forest Resources (IFR) which is under new management. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN) elder Levi Martin said the opening prayer before Saya Masso welcomed the delegates on behalf of Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih. Nelson Keitlah (Ahousaht) was introduced as chair of the meeting. “Thank you for getting together today for a very important meeting on all fronts,” Keitlah said. He acknowledged the new faces on the various councils and asked for introductions. Keith Atleo said Ahousaht had some concerns about the impacts the Maanulth treaty process will have on the Clayoquot Sound Interim Measure Extension Agreement. Keitlah promised the agreement was on the agenda for the following day and would be discussed then. Minutes, motions, and follow-up action from the 2005 central region AGM were reviewed and accepted. Mike Vitt of Ecotrust Canada was introduced. Ecotrust Canada has a new management contract for IFR. Vitt provided some background on the relationship. “Last year Ecotrust signed a contract making them, in effect, the general managers of IFR,” Vitt explained. Their goal is to make IFR economically and financially stable; make sure it can be self-sustaining and reliable. They will also work to secure a preferred supplier market position, get the middle man out and go direct to the market with their product, some of the best wood in the world. They will also work to develop community capacity. “Iisaak is 100 per cent owned by the Central Region First Nations and should become a community business,” he explained. Vitt went on to outline IFR’s logging plans for Kennedy Flats in 2007, which includes the harvesting of the unusually large numbers of blow down old growth trees. The blow down was the result of frequent and severe windstorms that took place in the area over the past two months.
In 2006 said Vitt, IFR did some harvesting and was able to take advantage of higher prices being offered for cedar. Vitt reported that IFR lost its FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification last September; not because of poor forest practices but because of business management changes that needed to be made. Vitt said this could be reinstated fairly quickly and he is working with FSC to meet their requirements. Tom Olsen of Triumph Timber handles issues related to the Interfor purchase. Last fall Interfor served notice it was interested in selling TFL #54. Olsen is working on a proposed purchase and has been negotiating with Interfor, whose lands include areas in Hesquiaht traditional territory to the Kennedy Flats area. Negotiations are taking place under a confidentiality agreement and only general information was made available in the report. The table accepted the report presented by IFR, along with recommendations. The next item up for discussion was the review/assessment of the Interim Measure Extension Agreement (IMEA) commissioned by all parties to the agreement. Guy Louie of Ahousaht introduced Don Ferrence who would be undertaking the assessment. They said it was agreed amongst the parties that a review of the IMEA be carried out before the next agreement is due to be negotiated in March 2007. A committee was struck that includes Guy Louie, Ruben Amos, Jackie Godfrey, and a couple provincial representatives. They will provide support and assistance to Ferrence during the review. Ferrence is conducting interviews in keeping with the work. He said it is his job to assess the effectiveness of the IMEA and the Central Region Board (CRB) in terms of achieving goals and objectives laid out in the IMEA. He will also work to further develop objectives and determine what a future IMEA should look like. He will also assess the CRB, its expectations and what it is supposed to accomplish. Ferrence said they will also explore people’s thoughts and feelings about the IMEA through interviews. They ask individuals questions about the IMEA such as: Is the IMEA conducive to attaining a treaty? Will the IMEA be useful in a post-treaty environment? Does the IMEA impede the successful negotiation of a treaty?
There are 30 to 40 interviews completed and more need to be done, along with a written report that is to be complete by mid-February. They want to do 80 to 100 interviews. Larry Baird suggested they may need more time to properly do the job. Jim Lornie, provincial co-chair, and Guy Louie were on hand to deliver an overview on the IMEA and the CRB. Louie explained how the CRB is staffed and operated. Louie went on to describe the release of the Clayoquot Sound watershed plans and the response from the public. The watershed plans included logging plans within Clayoquot Sound, a practice that has been ongoing for years on a small scale. The environmental community was in an uproar prompting Central Region Board staff and members of First Nations communities in the area to respond by coordinating meetings between the parties to resolve the issues. Lornie introduced three proposals he described as important for the next term of the IMEA, assuming negotiations will be successful and the CRB were to continue: 1. Watershed management plans 2. Monitoring of Scientific Panel Recommendations 3. Land use objectives The CRB recommends that a project be put in place to address the issues
forestry companies face when it comes to compliance with Clayoquot Sound Forestry standards. Their proposals included estimated costs to be presented to government for their consideration at the next round of IMEA negotiations. The table agreed and passed a motion in support of the idea. Brian Retzer presented the Clayoquot Sound Technical Planning Committee report, who he said is charged with the responsibility of completing 14 watershed planning units for Clayoquot Sound in accordance with the Interim Measures Agreement. It is made up of government representatives, professionals and members from each of the five Central Region First Nations. The committee takes its direction from the two parties (the province and First Nations) when developing their plans Watershed plans are intended to guide planning for sustainable ecosystem management in Clayoquot Sound. With 11 watershed plans complete the committee is now working on summary plans for Beach, Megin and Moyeha planning units. Day two of the AGM focused on the financial reports of the various businesses owned by the Central Region. The chiefs suggestioned ways to improve business and to offer more training, education and employment to their community members.
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Vision Statement: The Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program partners with Nuu-chah-nulth-aht to deliver professional, ethical, culturally sensitive, and responsible care. Nurses shall maintain discipline in self and profession, as well as balance in approach.
Prediabetes: A chance to change the future Type 2 diabetes is defined as a fasting plasma glucose level of 7.0 mmol/L or higher. A fasting plasma glucose test is a method for finding out how much glucose or sugar is in the blood. The test can show if a person has diabetes, and is usually done in the morning before the person has eaten. However, the risks associated with rising levels of glucose in the blood are also important, even before they reach that point. “Prediabetes” or blood glucose levels that are near but not quite at the level that defines a diabetes diagnosis can also have serious health consequences. People with these elevated levels, called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), are at increased risk for developing diabetes and its complications over time. Not everyone in this category will progress to diabetes. In fact, some will revert to normal levels. Unfortunately, many will eventually develop diabetes, so identifying people who have prediabetes is important. This is especially true for those who have prediabetes as part of the “metabolic syndrome”, meaning they also have
higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol and triglycerides, lower levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol), and a tendency to abdominal obesity. The good news is that the rising glucose levels in prediabetes – along with most of these other aspects of the metabolic syndrome – can be reduced to normal levels, often without medication. Blood glucose can be reduced by simple lifestyle modifications, including exercise, and a healthy, low-fat meal plan. That lifestyle changes can actually prevent progression to diabetes has now been proven in two large studies, the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study, and the Diabetes Prevention Program. Both of these studies showed that dietary modification targeting a low-calorie meal plan with reduced fat intake, and moderate-intensity physical activity of at least 150 minutes per week, resulted in a 58% reduction in the number of those who progressed from prediabetes to diabetes over the next four years, even though weight loss was modest. For those in whom lifestyle changes are not enough to normalize blood
glucose, at least two medications have been shown to be effective in preventing progression to type 2 diabetes in people with IGT or prediabetes. These are metformin, proven effective in the DPP trial, which also studied lifestyle intervention, and acarbose, shown effective in another trial, the STOPNIDDM study. Like type 2 diabetes, people can have prediabetes without knowing it, so being aware of your risk and being tested are important. The risk for diabetes is higher as we grow older, so the Canadian Diabetes Association recommends screening for diabetes by testing fasting plasma glucose for everyone once they reach the age of 40, and every three years after that. More frequent testing, or an earlier start to regular screening, should be considered for those who have risk factors that increase the likelihood they may develop type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include: • Having a first-degree relative who already has diabetes. • Being a member of a high-risk
population, such as those of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent. • Having a history of IGT, IFG or prediabetes. • Having already some evidence of the complications of diabetes such as eye, nerve or kidney problems. • Having heart disease. • Having a history of gestational diabetes mellitus. • Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol. • Being overweight, especially abdominal obesity. The important thing to remember about prediabetes is that it doesn’t always lead to diabetes. Determining whether or not you have it gives you a chance to change the future – to one that does not include type 2 diabetes. Source: Canadian Diabetes Association
Health and Safety In Brief Despite criticism from a recent U.S. consumer report the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation encourages parents to use the Transport Canada approved infant seats and child booster seats to protect their children’s lives when in a vehicle. The report suggests that infant and child safety seats do not provide adequate protection because they come off of their bases or twist in place. Contrary to these findings, research and real world evidence indicates that children are up to 75 per cent safer in a vehicle when properly restrained in age and weight appropriate safety and booster seats, insists the foundation. ****** Now that the lights are back on and most of the debris is cleared, it’s time to learn from the recent storms and prepare your home to withstand future wind damage. Inspect roofing, gutters and fences to ensure they are sturdy. Trim trees and remove dead branches around your home and equip your home with flashlights (and extra batteries), candles and matches. ****** Tony Clement, federal minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is developing a pilot project in partnership with Saint Elizabeth Health Care and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to establish a wait times guarantee for First Nations people living on reserve in Manitoba who face debilitating infections and possible amputations arising from diabetes. Diabetes rates are high among Canada’s First Nations and they also have a higher rate of complications, such as vision loss, kidney damage and foot ulcers leading to amputations. “This wait time guarantee pilot project for First Nations diabetes care will benefit Manitoba First Nations and all Canadians,” said Clement. ****** LEAD YOUR WAY! Nominations are being accepted for the 2007-08 National Aboriginal Role Model Program. The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is looking for Canada’s top Aboriginal youth, between the ages of 13 and 30, who are positive role models to others. Nominate your role model. Deadline is April 2. For information, visit www.naho.ca/rolemodel or call 1-877-602-4445. ****** Do you want to travel to Ottawa for the experience of a lifetime? The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability Youth Exchange will be held at Carleton University from June 27 to July 3. Canadians between the ages of 14 and 17 (as of June 1, 2007) must apply before March 1. Only 50 participants will be accepted. For information, visit www.youthambassadors.ca/ye07/index.html or contact Nadia Smith at 1800-771-0663 ext. 23.
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A look back at 2006
January 12 Tseshaht Pole Project benefits from BMO Donation: The Bank of Montreal donated $2,000 to the Tseshaht First Nation’s totem pole project. The donation will go toward the construction of a concrete foundation, landscaping and signage for the two poles. “As a neighbor and partner to Tseshaht Market, I feel we have an obligation to do our part,” said Doug ForbesKing, a BMO representative. “I hope this project will assist the business here by attracting more people to view these beautiful pieces of work.”—By Denise August Vote to continue progress: NTC leaders discussed the federal election at a meeting on Jan. 10 and agreed the Number One priority is for commitments made by the federal Liberal government to be followed up on by any new government. These included the commitments made in Kelowna before the election was called. That commitment was put in doubt by Conservative MP Monte Solberg who was quoted saying the Kelowna agreement was written in haste and on the back of a napkin. “This confirms our worst fears,” said NTC President Francis Frank. “Solberg’s comments confirm our concern that a Conservative government would bring progress to a screeching halt.”—By David Wiwchar January 26 Nuu-chah-nulth takes lead role in treaties: The Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty Table, along with Ditidaht/Pacheedaht and three Hamatla Nations, presented a plan to Andy Scott, federal minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Tom Christensen, BC Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, to resolve treaties. “We’re not advancing in treaty negotiations because the federal and provincial mandates haven’t changed, and politicians haven’t made any attempts to improve the process,” said NTC Vice President Michelle Corfield.—By David Wiwchar February 9 Inquest into death of Nuu-chah-nulth child-in-care: Three years after the death of a 19-month-old Ahousaht girl, family members gathered at the Port Alberni courthouse as the BC Coroners Service began its inquest into the death of Sherry Charlie. The estimated weeklong process is designed to bring out the facts of the case through witness testimony. The five jurors will take into account all they’ve observed at the inquest and make recommendation to prevent another incident of its kind from happening again.—By Denise August Nuu-chah-nulth culture displayed in DC: The sound of pounding drums and Nuuchah-nulth songs echoed through the grand entrance at the National Museum of the American Indian. On the third floor, the music could still be clearly heard, as visitors
Compiled by Denise August Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter under the stern and was sucked into the were welcomed into a new exhibit blades of the massive prop. There was celebrating the ancient cultures of the nothing that anybody could do.—By people of the North Pacific Coast. David Wiwchar “Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life along the North Pacific Nuu-chah-nulth Museum Group holds Coast, is only the second exhibit to be first meeting: It’s been a long time shown in the Changing Exhibitions coming but work towards a Nuu-chahGallery at the Smithsonian National nulth Museum is finally gaining Museum of the momentum. The issue has been American Indian discussed at numerous meetings over the which opened in past 20 years, but little work has been September done to bring the vision to fruition. A 2004.—By David group of 31 people from eight NuuWiwchar chah-nulth Nations gathered at the February 23 Hupacasath House of Gathering to put a Inquest targets plan into action—By David Wiwchar communication April 6 gaps: While the five-member jury Museum of Anthropology partners with read out their 19 recommendations, the Nuu-chah-nulth: Representatives from family of the late Sherry Charlie cried as the University of another chapter in their healing came to British Columbia’s a close. Children and Family Museum of Development Minister Stan Hagan said Anthropology in a press release “This has been a very came to the West difficult time for the families, the Coast last week to community, the jurors and the witnesses. show their NuuThe recommendations from this inquest chah-nulth will be seriously and carefully collection and considered by our ministry.” NTC ensure their titles President Francis Frank said “We look and descriptions to the jury’s recommendations as a are correct. “I’m means of strengthening our service always suspicious of descriptions written delivery to our members so that we by collectors or museum people, so uphold the fundamental principle of we’re here to find out from you what ensuring that the safety and well-being these things are, what they represent, and of our children are not compromised.”— what they would have been used for,” By David Wiwchar curator Karen Duffek told the 20 people gathered at the Tseshaht treaty March 9 boardroom.—By David Wiwchar National chief speaks on residential school issues: Survivors came from Tseshaht buys logging company: The throughout Nuu-chah-nulth territories Tseshaht First Nation is in the final and across the province to hear stages of negotiation to purchase a wellAssembly of First Nations National established Alberni Valley logging Chief Phil Fontaine, who came from company. Tseshaht has signed a letter of Ottawa to speak on the compensation intent to purchase J A McKay Trucking agreement-in-principle. “It’s about a fair Ltd. for an undisclosed price that Chief and just resolution to something far too Councilor Les Sam said is “in the many of us have had to deal with,” said millions. ”—By David Wiwchar Fontaine, who spent 10 years in the April 20 residential school system.—By David Wiwchar Province drops appeal of Huu-ay-aht March 23 forestry case, but maintains case was Community mourns Tsu’xiit: As “decided wrongly”: The Province of Mowachaht/Muchalaht Tyee Ha’wilth British Columbia dropped their legal Mike Maquinna appeal of a throws a cedar forestry case bough into recently won by Muchalaht Inlet, he the Huu-ay-aht remembers the First Nation, but impact Tsu’xiit the Chief Councilor killer whale had on Robert Dennis the world. fears the “Everyone learned government a lot about killer might ignore whales and their their victory. habitat, and also learned who we are as “The population-based formula (in the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people,” said Forest Range Agreements negotiated Maquinna. Tsu’xiit (a.k.a. Luna, L-98) between government and First Nations) was born near the San Juan Islands on is illegal and not Sept. 19, 1999, and was found alone in in good faith,” Nootka Sound in July 2001, three days said Chief after the passing Councilor Robert of Dennis. “The Mowachaht/Muc accommodation halaht Tyee should be based on Ha’wilth the level of Ambrose infringement, not Maquinna. On population, and Friday March the level of 10, Tsu’xiit’s logging in our fascination with boats turned deadly…As territory was and the crew snapped pictures of Tsu’xiit is excessive.” playing alongside a ship, the whale dove —By David Wiwchar
NTC welcomes release of Hughes Report: Former judge Ted Hughes released his independent review of British Columbia’s child protection system last week, condemning the Campbell Liberal government for taking budget cuts too far, affecting the province’s most vulnerable citizens. The review was sparked after the 2002 death of a Nuu-chah-nulth infant in Port Alberni, and by the discovery of 539 unfinished child death reviews lost in a warehouse after the government scrapped the BC Children’s Commission.—By David Wiwchar May 4 Nuu-chah-nulth begin Fisheries trial: After years of research and legal leg work, one of the largest Aboriginal fishing cases to hit Canadian courtrooms has begun. “As you can see, the Nuu-chah-nulth system of government, Ha’wilth Pa’tuk, is still very strong,” said Ahousaht Ha’wilth (Chief), and Assembly of First Nations’ BC Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo). “We have been struggling for our rightful place on the West Coast of Vancouver Island after being dispossessed of our land and resources,” he said, “This case is about so much more than fish. This case is our attempt to pursue reconciliation, and doing everything we can through peaceful means to reconcile with the federal and provincial governments.”—By David Wiwchar May 18 Elders soon to receive advance residential school compensation payment: On May 10 the federal government announced cabinet has approved the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and will commence an advance payment program for elderly former students. “We hope that today’s announcement will bring closure to former students and their descendents. The settlement is just and honorable, as will be our ongoing partnership with Aboriginal people,” said Minister Jim Prentice.— By Denise August Nuu-chah-nulth Fisheries litigation moves back to Vancouver: After a historic two days of trial in Ahousaht May 1 and 2, the Nuu-chah-nulth Fisheries litigation returned to the “Air India” courtroom at the Law Courts in Vancouver for May 8 to 11. Respected anthropologist Dr. Barbara Land provided extensive information through her expert report and testimony on Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations culture, society, and fishing practices, economic trade, and title to fishing territories.—By Michelle Corfield
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A look back at 2006 June 1 Tseshaht First Nation raises first totem poles in more than a century: Tseshaht First Nation proudly hosted a celebration May 29 to mark the raising of the first totem poles in their traditional territory in more than 100 years. A key part of the Thunderbird project is to hand down skills and cultural teachings to younger generations in order to keep the art alive for future generations. The poles may be seen in the area between Tseshaht Market and Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Offices.—By Denise August June 15 No records for former residential school survivor – no compensation?: More than 70 years after he left the charred remains of the original Alberni Indian Residential School, Robert Thomas, 84, is amongst the eldest remaining residential school survivors. One would think he is more than entitled to Advance Compensation Payment for Elder Residential School Survivors, but there are no records to prove he ever attended residential school. The original AIRS building, built in 1900, burned down around 1936, its files and records also went up in smoke, leaving Thomas fearing that he may never see compensation.—By Denise August June 29 Sayers reaches Summit; Watts reelected: The voting went three rounds, but when it was over Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judith Sayers was elected to the First Nation’s Summit Task Group for a two-year term. Leah George and Daniel Watts also returned for another two-year term as First Nations Summit co-chairs. “I’m excited and eager for the challenge,” said Sayers. “I really look forward to working with the Task Group members, co-chairs, Summit staff, and member tribes.”—By Wawmeesh, George Hamilton Parks Canada, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust co-host National Aboriginal Day: Tourists and locals alike flocked to Wickaninnish Centre June 21 to join in National Aboriginal Day celebrations. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve staff work diligently every year expanding their Aboriginal day program with new features and programs. This year Clayoquot Biosphere Trust partnered with Parks, jointly hosting events which took place over the course of five days, culminating in the closing ceremonies held June 21.—By Denise August
July 13 th The 30 Annual BC Elders Gathering is here!: This event provides the opportunity for our Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and the City of Port Alberni to honor and thank our elders. The gathering will provide elders throughout the province the opportunity to visit, exchange memories and knowledge, to create and renew friendships.—By Vina Robinson Nuu-chah-nulth athletes bring home NAIG gold: Ehattesaht brother and sister athletes Daniel and Kathleen Ambrose arrived back in Canada July 10 from the 2006 North American Indigenous Games bringing with them 10 medals. Daniel, who won two gold medals, five silver and one bronze, said the altitude at Colorado was one obstacle he had to overcome. “It was a pretty good experience but it took a couple of practice swims to get used to the altitude.”—By Denise August July 27 to 30 Annual BC Elders Gathering draws thousands: After months of planning and preparation the much-anticipated BC Elders Gathering kicked off in Port Alberni on a hot, July 18 morning. Hosted by the NTC and other First Nations, the 20th annual gathering saw thousands of First Nations elders and their support teams flood into the valley to take part in three days of festivities, entertainment and socializing.—By Denise August August 10 Clayoquot Sound watershed plans released: War of the Woods II averted: Environmental groups are outraged after the Clayoquot Sound Central Region Board announced late July the completion of eight remaining watershed plans. The plans, environmentalists say, will open up 90,000 hectares of Clayoquot Sound to logging, including logging of pristine valleys. NTC President Francis Frank said he wasn’t entirely surprised by the reaction of environmental organizations, but calls it unfair that the 2005 watershed lands are being compared to the 1993 provincial government land-use decision. “The 2006 plans took 10 years to develop and incorporate principles and recommendation of the Clayoquot Sound Science Panel for Sustainable logging,” he said.—By Denise August Central Region chiefs and environmental groups commit to working together to find resolution in Clayoquot: The Central Region chiefs
and the environmental groups are calling upon the provincial and federal governments to identify resources and infrastructure to create economic alternatives for Clayoquot Sound and enable legal mechanisms to ensure a lasting solution. “We are relieved that there is no logging planned in the pristine valleys at this time and that the Central Region chiefs are committed to working with us to explore common ground and identify economic alternatives,” said Tzeporah Berman, program director Forest Ethics.—By Denise August The sea takes Jerry back home: At age 68, Mowachaht/Muc halaht Chief Jerry Jack was doing what he loved, participating in the Intertribal Canoe Journey, and who could have known it would be his last. Jack was paddling a canoe along with five others when it capsized after being hit by a two-and-a half-metre wave, plunging all into the murky 12degree Celsius salt waters of Juan de Fuca Strait, said Clallum County Under Sheriff Rich Sill. Five of the paddlers survived, but Jack was pronounced dead at the scene. “Jerry’s loss is devastating to his family and to the peoples of Mowachaht/Muchalaht,” said Michelle Corfield, NTC Vice-President. “This is a great loss to all Nuu-chah-nulth as well. We all feel it.”—By Wawmeesh, George Hamilton August 24 DFO decision to restrict domestic fishery access overturned: On Aug. 10, a letter from Fisheries and Oceans Canada arrived on the desk of Francis Frank, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, and Arliss Daniels, chief councilor, Pacheedaht First Nation, that took everyone by surprise. The letter stated that DFO would not permit Nuuchah-nulth and Pacheedaht to fish Fraser River sockeye for their domestic needs in areas 12 and 13 of Johnstone Strait. DFO said it was restricting Nuu-chahnulth to area 20 (Juan de Fuca Strait) because their “information indicates that Johnstone Strait is not considered to be a historical fishing area for the NTC.”— By Kelly Poirier 220 attend Watts family reunion: One of the valley’s oldest and most venerable families held a two-day reunion this past weekend. The names of each of Wattie Watts’ children, as well as Watts family trees adorned the walls of Maht Mahs gym as 220 of their descendents registered to attend the family’s reunion.—By Wawmeesh, George Hamilton September 7 Nuchahtlaht suffers water crisis; well dries up: Eighteen years after they were moved from their island home of Oclucje because they had no running water, residents are forced to truck in water after their well dried up Aug. 27. “People were cleaning their fish in their yards and hoses were running constantly,” Kyle Harry explained. And
with no rain for two months, it didn’t take long for the water tank and well to dry up.—By Denise August Tofino’s water crisis stabilizes at 250,000 gallons per day: After a week of wild rumor, panic and daily media scrums, Tofino’s water crisis has stabilized, at least for the time being. On Friday Sept. 1, Mayor John Fraser announced that businesses could remain open over the Labour Day weekend and into the coming weeks on the condition that the community as a whole uses no more than 250,000 gallons of municipal water per day until further notice.—By Carla Moss September 21 Province promises $100 million to B.C.’s First Nations: First Nations leaders discuss priorities at New Relationship Trust Meeting. “The future of First Nations as a true partner in Canada, with constitutionally-protected rights and title, warrants a fundamental rethinking of Confederation…I characterized that agreement as Canada’s moment of truth. It was our time to do something that has eluded our nation for 138 years. It was our chance to end the disparities in health, education, housing and economic opportunity,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. Established last spring, the New Relationship Trust is currently in a planning phase and is seeking input from the community. That input will be used to create the first strategic plan, including details about how the Trust’s $100 million fund will be used and managed.”—By Denise August October 5 Elders revive ‘hahuupa’ tradition at 2006 NTC Annual General Meeting: The NTC AGM 2006 saw a dramatic shift from the dry, politically-driven agenda and took a more traditional turn as elders spoke to the assembly about Nuu-chah-nulth teachings and values. This practice is known as hahuupa in the Nuu-chah-nulth language.—By Denise August Former NTC staff honored: NTC executive took time during the AGM to acknowledge former NTC employees that have recently moved on. Receiving gifts and expressions of gratitude were Julia Atleo of the education department, David Wiwchar, Ha-Shilth-Sa, and Vina Robinson, BC Elders Gathering coordinator. Simon Read was also acknowledged for taking on duties of executive director during Florence Wylie’s 10-month leave of absence. Read also continued his work as the director of Community Human Services department during that time.—By Denise August October 19 Nuu-chah-nulth members at residential school settlement court hearings: Applications for the residential school common experience payments could be released in the spring of 2007 pending the approval of courts, according to Charlene Belleau, director of the Assembly of First Nations Indian Residential Schools Unit. “It’s hard to say how long it will actually take because we don’t know how long approvals by the court will or students will take.”—By Carla Moss (Continued on page 10.)
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A look back at 2006 (Continued from page 9.) 30 year-old Murder Solved, Tseshaht family comes to terms with loss of mother: Thirty years after the beaten body of Agnes Williams was discovered at the bottom of a Seattle-area ravine, her family finally has answers as DNA evidence revealed the identity of the killer. Morris Frampton had already spent the last 30 years in the Washington State prison system after being convicted of the 1977 murder of Rosemary Stuart, for which he received a death sentence which was overturned on appeal. With his guilty plea he has been sentenced to serve an additional 17 years.—By Denise August November 2
Stormy weather wreaks havoc in NCN territories: From sizzling summer to pineapple punch in just over eight short weeks; people went from draught and dried-up wells to torrential downpours and flooding after a wild rainstorm on Nov. 15.—By Denise August Titian December 18 Courage and trust: the steel at the core of treaty making: Each of the speeches delivered at the Maa-nulth Treaty initialing ceremony in Victoria on Dec. 9 held a promise at its heart: Life will get better. Maa-nulth members traveled great distances to attend the celebration, but the journey for some was measured not only in kilometers, but in effort and struggle.—By Debora Steel
George Watts remembered at threeday potlatch: The family of the late George Wahmeesh Watts (Tseshaht) threw a grand three-day memorial potlatch befitting the stature of the great leader. Guests were treated to more than 46 hours of singing, dancing and tributes paid to the late Wahmeesh, who died suddenly in May 2005.—By Denise August Titian
Wolf study on back burner: Board member of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust were poised to make a decision on funding a controversial wolf study, but were forced to set the matter aside. Board member Larry Baird reported that he was unable to consult with Tla-o-quiaht Ha’wiih due to recent developments in the Maa-nulth Treaty.—By Denise August Titian
Eyes and ears needed The CoastWatch volunteers are asked to raise that awareness and keep their eyes peeled for suspicious activity. Stewart said tips from the public on suspected poaching have led to many of the busts surrounding illegal harvesting. There are CoastWatch programs in existence in Haida Gwaii and in areas on Vancouver Island, including Bamfield. But Port Alberni hasn’t established one. At least not yet. Stewart said she’s hoping that will change this year.
Congratulations to J’net August on your Dec. 22 marriage to Chris Cavanaugh.. We wish you joy, health and happiness Mr. and Mrs. Cavanaugh! Lotsa Love, Denise, Al Happy anniversary on Jan. 17 to my Godparents Caroline and Rodney Atleo a 7. Love always Godson Baby Lawrence Curley. Happy anniversary to my Auntie and Uncle Caroline and Rod. (I always will remember we share the same big day). Love always Baby Carol Curley. We would like to wish our Baby Carol Curley a happy fifth birthday on Jan. 17. Have a good day Baby. Love always Mom and Dad. Happy fifth birthday to our baby sis Carol. Love always, your brothers Joe, Baby Larry and your sisters Crystal, Dee-Dee, Tara-Lynn. Happy 13th birthday daughter Crystal on Jan. 19. (Gee Babe, you’re becoming a teenager.) Have a good day. Love always Mom and Dad. Happy birthday sister Crystal on Jan. 19. Enjoy your day and behave yourself. Love always your brothers Joe and Lawrence and your sisters Tara-Lynn, Dee-Dee, and Baby Carol. Happy 19th birthday on Feb. 11to our son Joseph Curley III. Enjoy your day. (We are so glad you got accepted to the North Island College to do the Carpentry course and good luck, always we are a
To Jonathan Dick: Thank you baby for the best holiday me and our love bugz Lilly could ever ask for. I just want to say first of all I love you and second I just love my ring. Good luck in school and know you’re in our hearts. Love forever and always your baby Martha Watts. phone call away.) Love Mom and Dad. Jan 3: Happy birthday to Mrs. Ramona John of Ucluelet. Hope you had a good one. From Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Jan. 08: To a very special aunt, Mrs. Alice John of Ahousat. I heard you had a good din-din and chumus. You deserve the best. You are the best in my eyes. Always know I love you. From your niecey-pie. Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Jan. 9: To grandma Marie Donahue. Happy birthday to you too. You are very specialto us, and many more to come. Always know that we love you forever. From the Mattersdorfers. Congratulations to my brother George and sis Gloria John on their baby girl Farrah M. John. She was a New Year’s baby born in Nanaimo General Hospital. 9 lbs 10 oz. Have fun with your baby girl. Love, your sister Carol Mattersdorfer and family.
In Memoriam January 17, 1992 – January 17, 2007 In loving memory of my dear Mom Jessie G. Webster It has been 15 years since the day you left Mom I miss you so dearly
You are in my thoughts, my mind, my prayers, But, most of all my heart I love you Mom Love daughter Lil
WATTS, Nessie (Mama) July 22, 1912 – January 18, 1976 You will only have one Mother To your Mother you would turn Be patient, kind and true For those who still have a Mother No other friend in all the world Cherish her with loving care Will mean as much to you For you never know the heartache For all her love and kindness “Till you walk in and she’s not there” She asks nothing in return In our thoughts daily: If all the world deserted you All her children
Two cultures (Continued from page 2.) “It was a beautiful ceremony,” Kinwa said and was pleased that everyone left with a gift from her family. “My father, mother and sister each did a painting symbolizing our union and everyone left with at least one of the prints. I was nearly trampled when I made a call for seconds!” She went on to say that the wedding symbolized a union of two Indigenous peoples, “and even more so, two families uniting together as one. We hope through our union many great
We would like to announce the engagement of our daughter Stephanie Mack to Jon Dennis. Wedding Date not yet decided, soon though. Love Mom & Dad Eric & Fanny Mack.
Sockeye to struggle into next year: Preliminary reports from DFO indicate concern for Barkley sockeye in 2007, with a jack return of less than 10 per cent of the average in 2006. Somass escapements in 2006 were below average, particularly in age four fish.— By Debora Steel
47 Nations unite on common issues; sign ‘Unity Protocol’: The Nuu-chahnulth treaty table, Ditidaht/Pacheedaht, and Hupacasath treaty tables are joining forces with First Nations from across British Columbia to persuade Canada and B.C. to move from inflexible mandates and into negotiations on six key areas where treaty talks have stalled. —By Carla Moss November 16
(Continued from page 5.) Abalone CoastWatch is a passive crime prevention program modeled on the Neighborhood Watch programs popular in North American municipalities. CoastWatch is made up of a large group of volunteers who keep a watch out for poachers. Protecting wild stocks is an important part of the strategy of removing abalone from the threatened species list, as is letting others know that abalone are off limits.
Birthdays & congratulations
The happy couple on Dec. 30.
You are invited to attend
things will come to our peoples, especially as I carry a strong Nuu-chahnulth name and Tony, taking my name Bluesky, will carry an Anishinabe one.”
8 Week Employability and Skills Training Program Your Pathway to Upgrading & Job Readiness Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Board To perform well and with confidence in the workplace, modules 1 to 12 will cover: Interpersonal Relationships, Effective Communication, Conflict Management, Planning and Goal Setting, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Time Management, Leadership, Teamwork, Office Procedures, Preparing to Work, Money Management and Computers.
If you are When: Starting January 29, 2007 interested 4 days a week Monday – Thursday (subject to change due to holidays) Contact: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Marilyn Lunch is provided Little at the Where: Redford School NTC office Don’t miss out on this opportunity 250-724-5757 Space limited to 20 seats. (A daily stipend for travel will be available)
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Board of Directors Meeting Thurs. Jan. 25, 2007 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Muu-chin-ink Room, Tinwis Resort, Tofino For information package contact: Jean Wylie, Admin. Asst. 250-725-2219 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Spirit lifted by your care and attention As many of you may know, my father and friend, Tla’o’qui’aht Ha’wilth Naak’qua, has been and will continue to be recovering from an illness in his lungs that had hospitalized him for the past two months. He has directed me (and, humbly, it is my honor) to express to you his deep, heart-felt appreciation to all who made time to visit him through the duration of his stay at both the Alberni and Tofino hospitals, as well as to those who have kept him in your thoughts and prayers. Words alone cannot convey enough to you how much gratitude he has for you. This is an understatement, but it has been a very difficult time for my father, who I have known to be very active in many ways throughout his life. It was especially trying for him not being able to be there for his sister Rose in her time of need, as she has had the
Tla’o’qui’aht Ha’wilth Naak’qua extremely-painful task of putting her oldest son, Bert, to rest. Compounding this was the loss of one of his cousins, Austin Williams (whose mother, Clotilda, was a sister of my late-grandpa Felix Tom), and his nephew, Ben (another one of his cousins, Matthew Williams’, son).
NOTICE OF POLL WE WAI KAI FIRST NATION CAPE MUDGE BAND COUNCIL OF ELDERS Notice is hereby given to the electors of the We Wai Kai First Nation that a poll will be held for the election of the Council of Elders. There are five positions available for a term of 4 years. The poll will be held:
Monday February 19, 2007 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 Quinsam Centre Quinsam I.R. #12, 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 Quinsam Centre. I will, at 8:00 p.m., on the 19th day February, 2007, 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 6th day of January 2007. Robert McKerracher Electoral Officer
Box 262, Heriot Bay, B.C. V0P 1H0 telephone / facsimile (250) 285 3201 e-mail email@example.com
Tuberculosis (TB) Group Facilitator Position Summary The Nursing Department is seeking a facilitator to coordinate group focus sessions with families dealing with TB. The facilitator would be responsible to: 1. Create a group to conduct community education and focus sessions about TB, lifestyle issues and health care. 2. Facilitate focus sessions that promote safety for their involvement to learn about and self-manage TB. 3. Use storytelling as a method to hear individual situations and experiences related to being treated for TB. 4. Identify examples of better ways to be successful in preventing, treating and managing TB.
Specific Deliverables a) The group will receive education about TB. b) The group will provide an effective method (for example a role play) designed to explain the history of TB and how to prevent its continued spread. c) The group will provide a minimum of 15 educational sessions to peers, community groups, and health care providers located both on the Tse-shaht Reserve and in Port Alberni. d) The facilitator will provide a summary evaluation report on the project including a detailed description of each deliverable.
Qualifications 1. Experience with group facilitation. 2. Adequate knowledge of tuberculosis in First Nation communities. 3. Ability to work with minimal supervision 4. Self- motivated and resourceful in terms of agency support (where to find resources, speakers, free meeting rooms, etc). 5. Excellent communication skills including speaking and writing detailed and comprehensive reports. Contractor will be expected to provide a proposal indicating how they will accomplish the project within a four to five month timeframe. Contractor to provide own computer, phone and office space. Please submit proposal to Jeannette Watts, NTC Nurse Manager.
Deadline for submission is January 26, 2007.
Nevertheless, he would like to extend his Klecos and Iisaak to the Ha’wiih: Tla’o’qui’aht Tyee Ha’wilth Hiyoueh, Wickininnish, Nuuk’miis, Muuchink, Sitakanum, and their mus’chim; Hupacasath Ha’wilth Wiih’wiih’suun’uph. And, to a few of his friends (in no particular order): Randy Frank, Best Western Tin-wis, Auntie Marie Martin, Dora Frank, Barb Audet, Luke Touchie, Elmer Frank and Mel, Willie Frank and Carol, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson George, Sr., George T. Frank and Brenda, Moses Martin, Uncle Francis Amos, Nora Martin, Ruben Amos, Agnes Martin, Chancellor Amos, Frencie Amos, Agnes Brown, Deb Atleo, Levi Martin and Millie, Richard Lucas, Joe Martin, Nellie Joseph, Noreen Frank, Mr. and Mrs. George Atleo, Steve Frank and Margaret, June Fred, Margaret Eaton, Cecelia Arnet, Roy John, Peter Martin and Ginny, Rod Potter and Amber, Linda Thompson. To Levi and Millie, the cleansing and healing you provided for him gave him much-added strength and up-lifted him in Spirit. He truly felt the healingwarmth throughout his entire being. A big, big Kleco-kleco to you. These are just a few of his friends who (with your mere presence) really pulled him through what seemed to be a neverending rollercoaster ride of feelings and emotions. He greatly respects you all for being there for him both in Spirit and presence; again, he would like to extend his warm Klecos to you. To our family/relatives (especially his grand-children), you were/and are his medicine; he knows you have been thinking of him. He has the greatest love and respect for you. He has you in his thoughts and prayers, always! With their gentle Ha’hopa, the elders have always stressed that it is very important that you need to make time for your entire family (regardless of where you may be or what you may be doing); that we shouldn’t only come together when/if something bad happens or if we want something. Always remember that your family is your strongest source of support, anytime. If we do not heed this and listen to this invaluable bit of their Ha’hopa, our very health, heart and soul will make us pay. The flip-side to making time for our family is that our children learn Iisaak for themselves and one another; not to mention learning and understanding who they are and who they are related to. Please don’t ever have to catch yourself saying “I should have…” To my big brother, Simon; despite your own trials and tribulations, in every sense of the word you are an Inspiration to your children. As the saying goes…”Children live what they learn.” Dad sees this and has the highest regard for you and your family! You make him especially proud and thankful for always being there for him. He would like to say in closing to the Ha’wiih, and the mus’chim of the Nuuchah-nulth, to have a very happy, safe, and prosperous New Year. There are three enemies of innerpeace: Regret over yesterday’s mistakes, anxiety for the future, and ingratitude for today’s blessings. May Naas guide you and protect you, always. Respectfully, In Brotherhood, Wii’heets’en’ep
Support appreciated The third annual Family Fun New Year’s Dance was a success. More than 300 people came out and enjoyed a fun and safe New Year’s with the whole family. Thank you to all the vendors and shoppers who came out for the Xmas Flea Market and Loonie Twoonie on Saturday, Dec. 9. We raised $2,755.95 Congratulations to the Top Winners: Martin Watts: “The Golden Buggy” with over $175 worth of groceries Christine Smith: IPOD nano: Shirley Rodriguez:$40 Zellers gift cards: Helen Robertson: Fireworks New Year’s Top Door Prize Winner: Desiree Watts: 13” TV Spot Dance Prize from Party DJ, Yo Remix Melody Antoine: MP3 Player Happy New Year and Klecko Klecko!
Apologies sent for absence First of all I must offer my personal apologies, not been able to get to your party (honouring George). I worked with George for many years. I always appreciated his dedication to all of us as Nuu-chah-nulth. I worked as cochairman for one term (three years). We battled for many things for all the tribes. This goes back many years. We worked under the direction of the West Coast District Council at that time. I also went to school with him at AW Neil. I just wanted to convey my feelings of how we got along so well and how I also admired his wisdom. He was the best man we ever had to lead us politically and socially. We got along with the respect for each. I am still trying to track down my gift. This is so generous of you all. Kleco, Kleco Again wishing all the best to the late George Watts’ family for this coming New Year and a very joyous Christmas and a happy new year. Man, I ‘m having a rough time with double pneumonia. It really sucks. The battle is getting harder and tougher as years go on. Always a friend, Yours in brotherhood Chief Hanuquii (Edgar)
To dad (Nibbles): From your daughters to you. We love you dearly and always think so highly of you. We may be over a few thousand miles away, but me, Mila, Lil froggy (Lilly) and Blaire always miss you. Thank you for being the best father you could and now Poppa we love you. Love always your girls Martha and Mila Ann Watts. Have a Happy New Year.
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Junior All-Native Island Zones Tournament Nanaimo
Jan. 19 to 21 Hosted by Nanaimo Snipers. Native players born in 1989 or later are eligible. Contact: Dave White at (250) 755.9976 Note: Junior All Native Provincial Tournament in Prince Rupert March 18th to 23rd, 2007. Hesquiat Memorial Tournament Alberni Althletic Hall, Port Alberni
Jan. 19 to 21
Masters 35 and over, eight men’s and six women’s teams. Entry fee, $350 if paid by Jan. 19, 2007. Trophies awarded and dance planned. Concession, 50/50, booths/tables. For info contact Ralph Luca (250) 670-1160 or email Ralphtlucas@msn.com
Memorial for the late Gerald Fred Jr (Muk) Port Alberni-Maht-Mahs Gym
Jan. 20 (noon)
The Fred Family would like to extend an invitation to attend. Any questions please call (250) 723-7134. We would be honoured to have you join us! Chuu. Gloria Fred
First Nations Shinny Hockey Jan. 20, 2007
Runs from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. All ages are welcome. Cost is $3 per player. Players must have their own equipment and must be able to skate. Any questions, please contact Sherri Cook or Thomas Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see you there.
Sabir Sisters in Concert Port Alberni Capital Theatre
The Community Arts Council, Centrestage series presents these four energetic sisters who will entertain with their Celtic style fiddle playing, singing and step-dancing. Ticket available at the Rollin Art Centre or by calling (250) 724-3412.
2010 Aboriginal Business Summit Vancouver
Jan. 31 to Feb. 2
Preparations are underway for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and with them comes a number of unique business opportunities. Whether it’s doing business with the Vancouver Organizing Committee, becoming a supplier to the 2010 Winter Games, attracting business partners or capturing some of the international tourism potential that comes from hosting the world, including 10,000 media, the business summit will be a unique forum and networking experience. For information or to register go to www.2010businesssummit.com
Aboriginal Title and Rights Law Conference Kamloops
Feb. 1 and 2
Kent McNeil of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto will be the keynote speaker. McNeil has extensive experience in the area of land claims, hunting, fishing and water rights. Other presenters will include lawyers who will discuss the rights-based approach to resource development and the role litigation can take in negotiating settlements. Info: (250) 828-9789.
Ucluelet Sacinn Fundraising Tournament Port Alberni
Eight Men’s Teams ($350 entry fee). Four
junior co-ed teams ($150 entry fcee) Contact Cindy Dennis at 725-8329 or by email at email@example.com. FLARE Volunteer Awards: Deadline Toronto
FLARE Magazine and the GAP clothing store are calling for nominations for the eleventh annual FLARE Volunteer Awards, which honor Canadian Women age 18 and up who have made significant contributions to the lives of people in their communities. Deadline to receive nominations is Feb. 2. For forms call 1-877-229-2737 or visit online at www.flare.com.
GIFTS: film school Aboriginal program Galiano Island
March 18 to 15
Tell your own stories. Guided by Aboriginal media professionals, this is a one-week media intensive program dedicated to First Nations, Metis, Inuit and other Aboriginal peoples. Students create a short film or animation from start to finish in teams of up to four, learning small-budget film-making skills. Contact: (250) 539-5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org. International Aboriginal FASD Conference Vancouver
March 29 and 30
This has been a year of historic changes for Aboriginal peoples, with final agreements reached on modern-day treaties, precedentsetting decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada and clashes over traditional territories. This conference brings together experts to discuss these developments. (604) 730-2500
The conference will provide intervention strategies for parents, teachers and caregivers of children and adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Workshops will include Ahtahkakoop First Nation program initiatives, JUMP—Using mathematics and FASD, Case Management and Criminal Law, Dream Catcher Project: Aboriginal Rural to Urban Transition and FASD and Memory and Brain Functions: Understanding FASD. For information contact email@example.com or call toll-free at 1-888-683-7711.
Feast Ditidaht Community Hall
Nuu-chah-nulth Basketball Championships Port Alberni
Aboriginal Law 2007 Vancouver
Feb. 8 and 9
Friends and relatives of Barbara Tate are invited to a feast at the Ditidaht Community Hall beginning at noon. For more information, contact Brian at (250) 745-8139.
Coming of Age Party Gold River
Steven and Allison Hoard of the house of Tukwitikumklalth would like to invite everyone to a coming of age party for their daughter Annastasja John. Begins at 11 a.m. at the Wahmeesh Centre in Gold River (Tsaxana). This is an important cultural event. Annastasja and family would be honored if you attended. Contact Allison Howard at 2832015 (work) or at 283-2673 (home). Abalone CoastWatch Forum Bamfield
Feb. 27 to March 1
Attend the CoastWatch Forum at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. To register contact the BMSC Public Education Program at (250) 728-3301 ext. 226 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 20 to 22 All-Nuu-chah-nulth Men’s and Women’s Divisions. Contact :Edd Samuel at (250) 7318330 email: email@example.com. The Dundas Collection on display Victoria
April 27 to July 4 A collection of significant First Nations artifacts purchased at a New York auction will be on display at the Royal BC Museum. The 36 artifacts are the most significant of the Dundas collection, including two wooden masks and two rare clubs made of antler.
Is there an event you’d like us to mention? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax us at (250) 723-0463.
Also Ahousaht 35+ Basketball Tournament Port Alberni
Now Jan. 20 Was scheduled for Jan 12 to 14. Will go forward Jan. 20. Men’s and Ladies’ Basketball Tournament. There will also be a concession. Contact Mena Webster at (250) 670-9528 or Gene Duncan at (250) 670-9528 or Wayne and Esther Robinson at (250) 670-9658. Gift of Nature: photographs by Lynn Bailey Port Alberni: Rollin Art Centre Gallery
Until Feb. 9 The photographs encompass scenic views from the Alberni Valley, Kennedy Lake and the West Coast. Admission is free. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Women’s Talking Circle Port Alberni
Tuesday nights Held at the United Native Nations Society at
5140 Argyle St. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Facilitor - Brenda Dennis. Agenda: Opening prayer, smudging, talking circle topic, and closing prayer. Snacks and refreshment will be provided. Supported by: The Native Parenting Program, United Native Nations Society/Port Alberni Metis Nation/Queen Anne Foundation/Victoria Foundation. All women welcome. For more information, contact Brenda Dennis at (250) 723-4674. Christmas Dinner Ahousaht
December The Georges will be hosting the Christmas dinner in December 2007. Thank you. Lewis George Maquinna Hesquiaht Memorial Tournament Port Alberni
Postponed ‘til further notice Was scheculed for April 6 to 8.
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Birthdays & congratulations A very special happy second birthday to our baby girl Braelene Naomi Leo. We love you, Babe. From your Mom, Dad, sisters Austine, Savannah and Brother Cody Curt. Another happy birthday to our niece and cousin Sonya Smith on Jan. 31. I can’t believe you are 15! We love you niece. Hope you have an awesome birthday. Come visit us soon.You make auntie so proud that you are such a well behaved young lady. Thank you for just being you. From your Auntie Darlene, Uncle Jord, and your cousins Austine, Savannah, Cody, and Braelene. Happy second birthday to my nephew Jayden Hamilton on Jan. 5. Glad you had a fabulous day and happy birthday
J O B P O S T I N G
I would like to wish my “twin” Mikey a very happy twenty-second birthday for Jan 6! OMG! Remember when we little and were helping Dad and Mom outside cutting the lawn? Those were the days—giggles. Enjoy your special day, brother. I’m a hop, skip and a jump away! Lotsa love. Your oldest sister Lisa and Danny. to Rosalee Sharon Ross on Jan. 20, Dustin Eli Cory Ross and Aaron Conrad Hamilton on Jan. 26. From Annie and Dave. Nov. 3: Happy belated fourth birthday to our baby boy Damion. We love you so much. Love Mom and Dad. Happy belated birthday to our brother Damion. Love your sisters Kiara and Brooke and your brother Conrad. Dec. 22 - Happy third birthday to our baby Conrad. We love you so much. Love Mom and Dad. Happy birthday to
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Westcoast Community Resources Society in Ucluelet is seeking a dynamic, motivated and experienced Executive Director to provide visionary leadership in our multi-program social service agency. Qualities include extensive knowledge and feminist perspective of the effects of trauma and violence; successful proposal writing and fund development; strong management background including dealing with budgets and relevant legislation; proven communication skills; the ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and Board members; and knowledge of the West Coast communities and cultures. For a full list of qualifications, job description and application information, contact: email@example.com. Closing date: January 21st, 2007.
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On Dec. 28, I would like to wish my twin nieces, Shirley Knighton and (Hepburn) Kathy Knighton a very, very happy 30 birthday. Your kindness and thoughtfulness always overwhelms me. Here’s wishing you many, many, many more years to come your way, and wishing you all the best in the future. Hey Shirl, enjoy your b-day in Mexico. Have loads of fun and take care. So much love from Auntie Anne and Hank. And also on November something a big belated birthday goes out to my grand-nephew Cory. Have a blast Cory. I think you turned 18. lol jk; having a little memory block here. And have fun in Mexico too huh? Maybe you’ll hook up with a Mexican gal huh? Jk lol. With so many more years to come. Love from your Auntie Anne and Hank. our baby brother Conrad. Love your sisters Kiara and Brooke and your brother Damion. Dec. 29: Happy birthday to my mom Deanna Amos. Love you mom. Love your daughter Melissa Lynn. Happy Birthday to our grandma Deanna. Love your grandchildren Kiara Brooke Damion and Conrad. A special Happy 4th Birthday to our little man Cody Curt on Feb 26. We love you son! I would like to send out a very happy belated birthday to my mom (Carol Smith) who was born on Christmas Day. Mom, we love you so much and having you in Vancouver with us was the most precious gift for all of us. Please stay safe and come visit again soon. A very happy birthday to my dad (Henry Smith) in January. Dad, we love you and hope you’ll get away from home sometime soon to come visit us too. We Love you Gramma and Papa from Austine, Savannah, Cody and Braelene. Happy belated birthday to my best friend, Miss Catherine (Priscilla). I love you, I miss you. See you soon. Also to another special woman, happy birthday Nan Sarah. Wish we were here. We miss you, the kids say “Happy Birthday gramma nan.” See you soon. Love you all. We would like to wish our son Thomas Zarelli a happy ninth birthday on Jan. 13. You are getting so big son. We are so proud of how smart and handsome you have become. Keep up the good work. Love mom and dad (Allison and Steve Howard) Happy eighth birthday to our daughter Selena Howard on Jan 22. We love you so much and I hope you have an awesome day….keep smiling girl…love mom and dad. (Allison and Steve Howard) Happy third birthday to our big man, Francis Howard on Jan. 27. We love you son…love mom and dad (Allison and Steve Howard). Happy birthday to Vince Howard Jan. 7, Willie Howard Jan. 22, Joyce Howard Jan. 21, Helena Howard Feb. 4, Zachary Lucas Jan. 12, and our niecie pie Shaneeka Swift Feb. 1. We miss you girl and we love you…call us. Also to our buds Laureen John Jan. 9 and John Amos Jan. 22….happy birthday. For those of our friends and family that I missed, happy birthday to you all. From Allison and Steve Howard. We would like to say happy birthday to my eldest sister Stephanie Williams (Charlie) on Jan. 30. We wish you all the best on your special day. Also to my haywire (haha) sister Candace Monsignuer (Charlie) on Jan. 29, we wish you all the best Candace. The both of you take care. Gezzaz I can’t even count with my toes and fingers to keep
We would like to wish our dad, brother, cousin, uncle, grandpa Jack Olebar. A happy belated birthday on Jan. 2. Hope you had a good one and Happy New Year to ya too. Love Spencer, Ryan, Alicen, Madison also from your bros and sistas Deidra, Mike, Andrew, Bones, Tyrell, Mark, Tanisha, Craig and Marla and many cousins, nieces and nephews and grandchildren.
I would like to acknowledge my daughter Janelle Louie. Janelle has made a huge transition of leaving her home community of Ahousaht to continue schooling in Victoria. Janelle attends Oak Bay Secondary School where she is in Grade 10. Janelle has adjusted very well to the city and especially to her new school. I am so proud to say Janelle has received five (5) As, two (2) Bs and one C+; Foods10: A, Planning 10: A, P.E. 10: A, Math Applications 10: A, Art Metal 10: A, English 10: B, Science 10: B, Social Studies 10: C+. With a GPA of 4.50, Janelle has made the Honor Roll at Oak Bay Secondary. Janelle is very dedicated to her school work and also plays on the school and city basketball teams. up with the ages. Haha. O’well. We love you. Muuk~wilth~luk (Daniel), Freda, Kalvin and Shanny. Happy birthday to Oral J. Williams on Jan. 17, George Williams on Jan. 19, Norman Williams on Jan. 14, Jayden Hamilton on Jan. 5, Nathan Watts on Jan. 11, Rosa Ross on Jan. 20, Dustin Ross and Aaron Hamilton on Jan. 26. Happy New Year to all our relatives! From Effie, Laverne and Lillian Williams and the Ross family. We would like to wish our grandson b-man Blair Jack a happy fourth birthday on Jan. 13. Love Grandma Elaine and Grandpa Harold. (more Birthdays page 14.)
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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 New Toll Free 1-866-670-1181 - 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 Huu-ay-aht First Nation 1-250-728-3414 PO Box 70, Bamfield, BC V0R 1B0 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
Birthdays & congratulations Happy birthday to my friend Ruby Williams on Jan. 31. Have a good day. Choo, your friend Deanna, nephew Thomas and girls. Happy belated birthday to Michelle James on Jan. 3. Miss you lots. Love always Deanna, nephew Thomas and girls. Happy birthday to my nephew b-man Blair Jack on Jan. 13. Miss you lots son. Have a good day. Love Auntie Deanna and kids. Happy birthday to cuz/auntie Isabella Smith on Jan. 19. Have a good day. Love Deanna and Mark, Thomas, Josephine and Brandi. Very special happy thirteenth birthday to my son/bro Scottie Alonzo Sam. Where has the year gone son? You’re growing to be a very handsome young man. I am very lucky to have a son like you; a very respectful, smart, kind, caring, very giving and very loving son. I wish you nothing but the best son. You enjoy your special day on Jan. 17. We love you so much. Love always Mom, sis Kylee and bro Stan Jr. Special happy second birthday Maliyah Sam – English. Baby girl, enjoy all the chocolate cake on your day Jan. 17. We love you girl. You’re our special baby girl. Love Auntie Sandy, Scottie, Kylee and bro Stan Jr.
Happy 13 birthday Jaylene Frank. Enjoy your day Jan. 10. Happy 13 birthday Robert Frank. Enjoy your special day Jan. 18. We love you man. Special happy 19 birthday, Auntie Katrina Sam. Have a great day Jan. 26. Always remember auntie, you’re the best. We love you to the sky. Love Sandy, Scottie, Kylee and Stan Sam Jr. To Marshall Richard Thomas, a.k.a. Rich. Happy birthday to a very special son on Jan. 8. Have a very happy birthday and enjoy your day. Many more to come. I love you son. Love mom Lil. To Liz Parker (Little): Happy New Year. Also to my family. I miss ya’ and have a great year. Love you all. Love Lil. Happy belated birthday to Jessie Thomas. Hope you enjoyed your day. I love you. Love Mom Lil. Happy birthday to Sandy Sam on Jan. 22. Enjoy your day. Love Lil.
Submission deadline for the next Ha-Shilth-Sa is Jan. 26.
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Finance Administrative Support Casual Position Successful applicant must be proficient in all MS Office applications. They must have strong mathematical skills and be detail orientated and accurate. They must also be organized, flexible and willing to assist others to accomplish team goals. Send resume to: Accounting Manager Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council PO Box 1383 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Tel: (250) 724-5757 Fax: (250) 723-0463 Submission deadline: Jan 26, 2007
Classifieds continued Missing/misplaced: Precious shawl. Please return call 250-724-5290. No questions asked. Kleco.
FOR SALE: 2’8” human hair. Call 250-670-2483. 50% off all framed Native Art prints. Picture framer on site – 811 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC. Call Wichita at 250-386-0507. FOR SALE: 18 – 20’ trailer, $1500. Call Andy @ 250-723-4111 For Sale: 115 - Mercury/2004 OtptiMax $6900. 4 - Blade Prop/SS New for 150 or 200 Yamaha $350. 5 - Blade Prop/SS for 115 fits any motor $300. Contact Leo Jack 250-332-5301. MARINE ISUZU ENGINE MODEL 6BD, 145 HP complete with capitol marine gear, 2 ½ to 1 ratio recently overhauled engine and gear. Any serious offers will be considered. Call Louie Frank Sr @ 250.670.9573 (home) or 250.670.9563 (work).
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PUPPIES FOR SALE: Beautiful, lovable and just the sweetest companions for elder's, and people who just love lap dogs, just in time for Christmas, call Nadine or Qwaya at 723-1159 Mr. Martin the Magician is taking bookings for all locations. Phone 250995-2942. LOST: A green and black shawl bag with shawl, skirt, vest and moccasins. The shawl bag may have been left at the Elders Conference. The shawl bag has my name on it. I’d appreciate it back. Please call Betty Keitlah, phone collect 250-670-9582 LOST: Red Camera (720-5191. LOST - TRADITIONAL CEREMONIAL DRUMS. A pair of drums on Mother’s Day March to Stop Violence went missing. Both drums are painted with native designs. Both are of great sentimental value to both myself and my entire family. A reward for the return of both drums is being offered and upon return no questions will be asked. The return of both drums will be forever greatly appreciated. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these precious gifts to me, will be greatly appreciated – do not hesitate to contact me, Nellie Joseph at 725-2388. Kleco! Kleco!
Arts FOR SALE: Gordon Dick Nuu-chahnulth Art in Gold Silver and Wood Phone 250-723-9401. e-mail: email@example.com WANTED: I am looking for someone to make Abalone buttons. Call 723-7134. FOR SALE: Carvings such as coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6’ totems, canoes made by Charlie Mickey 731-4176. Place an order my mail PO Box 73, Zeballos, BC, V0P 2A0. 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. Cedar Weaver: Baseball caps, bridal floral bouquets, for sale. Traditional hats, headdresses, bracelets for trade. email firstname.lastname@example.org ROSE AMBROSE: Basket weaving, shawls, baskets, headbands, roses, etc. Also teach 723-2106. BURN PILE/CEDAR FURNITURE: Tables - coffee table - shelves - end tables night stands - tv stands. Will make any size. Call Robin 730-2223. ARTIST: Anne M. Robinson - Cedar bark jewellry, artwork, including cedar roses, taking orders 723-4827. Authentic basket weaving grass, picked and processed by Linda Edgar of Nitinaht, 3 corner, sharp and swamp grass and cedar bark. Please call 245-4548 in Nanaimo. Woven skirts, capes or chiefs hats and fabric shawls made to order. Phone Mary Martin 250-753-1787 Email: email@example.com
wihayaq,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) 3617389. firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth’s Native Crafts: vests, shawls, button blankets, pillows, dreamcatchers, $ bags, drums, etc. Call Liz @250-723-0034.
3395 4TH AVE., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y4G8 (250) 724-6831
FIRST NATIONS WILDCRAFTERS, BC: C. Anne Robinson and Keith Hunter “specializing in non timber and other value added forest products and services” 7000 "A" Pacific Rim Hwy., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8Y3, Phone: 250-720-8907, FirstNationsWildcrafters1@shaw.ca www.FirstNationsWildcrafters.com
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CLASSIFIED ADS Automotive FOR SALE: 2003 Chev Blazer, 2-door, blue, auto, V6, A/C, CD, foglights, towing pkg., 88,000 kms, lots of extras, excellent condition, $16,000. Call David at 723-4454. D&M AUTOCLEAN: "We’ll do your dirty work" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS-TRUCKS-RV'S-BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 7202211. PROFESSIONAL BODYWORK: Will do professional bodywork and painting. 14 years experience. Marcel Dorward. 7231033. FOR SALE: 1 ton crew cab on propane. $2500. 735-0833. 1997 CHEVY BLAZER 114000miles, originally from California, white exterior, grey interior.4.3 litre vortec if interested call Rudy at (724-5724) or (730-0105)
Marine MOTOR AND PROPS FOR SALE: XL115 - Mercury/2004 Opti-Max 2 stroke. 4 Blade SS prop for 150 or 200 Yamaha. 5 Blade SS prop for 115 Yamaha or Mercury. Contact: Leo Jack Jr 250-332-5301 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. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 724-1494. 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: 28’, 1983 Spirit. Command bridge, hardtop stern roof, all new canvas & canopy, twin 350 Chev engines (570 hrs), Volvo dual props, hydraulic steering, anchor winch, all electronics, kitchen, bathroom, security system, hot water. $45,000 obo. Call (250) 723-1496 2 BOATS FOR SALE: 1 - 32 foot fiberglass, 180 horse Isuzu motor, radar and colour sounder. 1 - 13foot Lifetimer with 25 horse 4 stroke outboard. Serious inquiries only. Boats can be seen in Ucluelet. Phone 250-726-4620. ALUMINUM FLAT BOTTOM SKIFF 12 FT X 5'6" with nearly new 25 HP Mercury Motor and Trailer. $4500.00. ph # (250) 539-3403 or (604) 290-1587. ALUMINUM CENTER CONSOLE BOAT 18FT long X 7'8" wide. Nearly New 150HP Optimax Mercury Motor (only 58 hours) with EZ load trailer. $17,000.00 Firm. ph# (250) 539-3403 or (604) 2901587
Employment Wanted/ Services Offered
REPREZENT DESIGNS: First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Call Now! Celeste Howard. Email: email@example.com
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. 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: Give demonstrations and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. 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* NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL: Open year round! Coastal rainforest and world-class recreation at your doorstep! For reservations and other information call 250-745-3844. P.O. Box 340, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M9. TOQUART BAY CONVENIENCE STORE, CAMPGROUND & MARINA: Reservations available. Open year round. Status cigs available. 726-8306. ODD JOBS: Teen will do odd jobs. Call Gordon 723-4827. 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 7265505. DAY CARE PROVIDER AVAILABLE: Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 726-2040. MEETING FACILITATOR / NEGOTIATOR: Are you tired of meetings going all night long, never finishing the agenda, going around in circles? 20 years experience and proven track record. Keep your meetings on track. Call Richard Watts, Weelth-tsah @ (250) 724-2603 or (cel) 731-5795. Available any time.
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 7236511. FOR RENT: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290. BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 7241225 or toll free 1-888-724-1225. WESTCOAST TRANSITION HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER: For Abused Women and their Children on call 24 hours toll free. 1-877-726-2080. ALBERNI TRANSITION PORT HOUSE: Call 724-2223 or call the nearest local shelter or crisis center. HELP LINE FOR CHILDREN: 310-1234. 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 7241225. FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 724-4383. FOR SALE: Seaside Adventures in Tofino $695,000.00 Serious Inquiries Call 7253448 OR 725-8329 ask for Steve or Cindy Dennis. 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. LOST: (during the AGM) a gold ring with a native design on it and it also has a small diamond in it (size 6 1/2-7). MISSING: 2 MAQUINNA HATS from 3957 10th Ave. Port Alberni around October or November 2005. Anyone with information please call 724-2184. FOR SALE: blocks of yellow cedar for carving 724-4549 FOR SALE: Sacred Path Tarot Cards; still in box. $25. Call Bea at 723-4232 LOST: Gold necklace with a 1in X 1in Indian design butterfly pendant. Last seen on my niece at the Ucluelet Secondary School in March. Please call Jeannine Adams @ 670-1150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. FOR SALE: Weedeater and carvings. Call Bruce 728-3414 if you’re interested. BOOKS FOR SALE: The Whaling Indians, Legendary Hunters – by Edward Sapir, Morris Swadesh, Alexander Thomas and Frank Williams $45 each. The Whaling Indians, Tales of Extraordinary Experience – told by Tom Sa:ya”ch’apis, William, Dick, Captain Bill, Tyee Bob $40 each. If you would like to purchase any one these books please contact email@example.com or call me 724-4229 and leave a message. FRESH BREAD: Anyone in Port Alberni like fresh baked bread, buns or pastries? Phone # 723-6210 call Carol A. Lucas. PACIFIC BALANCE SEAL OIL your source of OMEGA 3. Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are essential fatty acids (EFA’s) (the good fats). They cannot be manufactured naturally in the body. In the 1930’s, it was found that the Eskimos, with their high seal diet, had nearly 0% heart disease and cancer. Available from Faith and Richard Watts @ (250) 7242603 (cel) 731-5795. FOUND: A shawl was left at the House of Himwitsa and has not been picked up by the owner. Please pick up your shawl at the House of Himwitsa. Lewis George, House of Himwitsa Ltd. WANTED: Old college study texts to be donated. Any subject, any level. Call Robin collect at (250) 726-2040. Will arrange for pick-up. WANTED: To buy house on Tseshaht Reserve. Call Jay @ 730-2569.
January 18, 2007
N.E.D.C. BUSINESS NEWS NEDC Scholarship Profile What do you plan on doing with the proceeds of your scholarship? This scholarship was a result of the hard work that I put into school last year. I would like to save it and put it towards a trip I am planning to take when I graduate next year.
Steffanie Casavant of the Hupacasath First Nation Steffanie Casavant is of Hupacasath heritage. Steffanie was born in Vancouver and raised in Whistler. Her father Bernard Casavant was born in Port Alberni and is from the Hupacasath Tribe. Which program are you in and please briefly describe it. I am in the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Victoria. It is a 4 year degree program which provides the foundation for all business careers. The program offers 4 specializations – General Management, Hospitality/Services Management, Entrepreneurial, and International Business. I am enrolled in General Management. What has motivated your education/career decisions? Support from my family and financial support from NTC, which has opened doors and put me in a better position to reach my career goals. What are your long term educational/career plans? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I plan to graduate with my Bachelor of Commerce degree in August 2007. Then I plan to get a job in the event management industry, and use what I have learned through my program and my coop jobs to build a career. I may also go back to school to gain more specialized education in event management. Do you have any advice to share that would encourage others in reaching their own goals? Never give up. The possibilities really are endless. Don’t settle for anything that isn’t going to make you truly happy.
Steffanie would like to take this opportunity to thank NEDC for their continued support. I would not be in the position I am today without scholarships and other support that I am provided with.
NEDC’s Newest Team Member: Jack Marsden until exams are over and you will feel better! What do you plan on doing with the proceeds of your scholarship? With the Proceeds of the scholarship I plan on paying down some of my credit card debt. Being a student is expensive! Crystal would like to take this opportunity to thank NEDC for the scholarship, it’s greatly appreciated. NEDC would like to congratulate our 2006 scholarship recipients and wish them the best of luck in the upcoming semester and in their future endeavors.
Jack Marsden - Youth Business & Communications Coordinator
Crystal Mastrangelo is of Ucluelet heritage and grew up in Campbell River. Crystal is a 23 old student that is NEDC is pleased to currently attending North Island College. announce that Jack Her mom, Lisa Mastrangelo, lives in Marsden has recently been Campbell River BC with two of her hired at the NEDC Youth sisters: Levana Mastrangelo (18 yrs old) Business & and Chiara McCarthy (5 yrs old). Communications Crystal has another sister, Shanna Mastrangelo (19 years old), who lives in Coordinator (YBCC). Nanaimo and is currently attending Jack just completed his Bachelor of Malaspina University-College. Business and Administration with a Which program are you in and please major in Finance at Malaspina briefly describe it. University-College in December. Jack I am in Business Administration with a may be a new hire but he is no stranger major in Accounting. to NEDC; Jack was the summer student What has motivated your from 2004-06, has received 3 NEDC education/career decisions? scholarships, was a client of NEDC, and I decided to enroll in this program most recently completed his internship because I feel that it will give me a solid to complete his education. base for a career that is lucrative and dependable. What are your long term educational/career plans? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years I will have finished my degree in the Business Administration program, and I will be working and doing CGA courses. Do you have any advice to share that would encourage others in reaching their own goals? Work hard and stick with it. Never make any life altering decisions (the dropping out of school to work at McDonald’s type) during exam week, wait Crystal Mastrangelo of the Ucluelet First Nation
Mr. Marsden is looking forward to beginning his new career as NEDC’s YBCC. “I look forward to working with the Nuu-chah-nulth youth in promoting, assisting, training & educating the youth in establishing, expanding, or purchasing businesses”. Mr. Marsden will also be able to employ two of his hobbies: graphic and website design in his communication role duties as well. Jack is currently in orientation but if you would like more information about NEDC’s Youth program he can be contacted at (250) 724-3131 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Upcoming Workshops (and more to come)
Market Research West Coast Career Centre, Port Alberni January 29 2007 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Facilitator: David Stevensen
Winning Trade Shows Tin Wis Resort, Tofino February 15, 2007 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Facilitator: Dianne Smirl For more information or to register contact: Caledonia at the NEDC office or e-mail email@example.com Registration is free. A $25 administration fee will be charged to any registrants who neither attend the workshop nor cancel their registration prior to the workshop.
Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation Main Office (250) 724-3131 Toll Free 1.866.444.6332 Campbell River (250) 286-3155 www.nedc.info to promote and assist the development, establishment and expansion of the business enterprises of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribes and Tribal members
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