Ha-Shilth-Sa January 29, 2004

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Canada’s Oldest First Nation’s Newspaper - Serving Nuu-chah-nulth-aht since 1974 Canadian Publications Mail Product haas^i>sa “ Interesting News” Vol. 31 - No. 2 - January 29, 2004 Sales Agreement No. 40047776

Ha-Shilth-Sa celebrates 30 years By David Wiwchar Manager / Editor & Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni (1973) - After six months of operations, the West Coast District Council of Indian Chiefs needed a method of delivering news and information to their communities upand-down the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island.

On January 24, 1974 a new newspaper appeared in mailboxes up-and-down the west coast of Vancouver Island proclaiming, "Your paper needs a name", and within a few months was given the name "Ha-Shilth-Sa", meaning 'interesting news'. George Watts, who was president of the Council in 1973, met with friend, and Valley Times editor Alan Krasnic to discuss the problem. "He said if I wanted a good political organization it needed a good communications system. He said a newspaper would allow constant communication with our people. At the same time a number of employment programs were coming out, so we applied for a grant and we got it," said Watts, who was also concerned about the way First Nations issues were being reported in the mainstream media. "It was frustrating because no matter what you told the reporters, they never seemed to get the story straight. So our newspaper would make sure our people got the truth," he said. On January 24, 1974 a new newspaper appeared in mailboxes up-and-down the west coast of Vancouver Island proclaiming, "Your paper needs a name", and within a few months was given the name "Ha-Shilth-Sa", meaning 'interesting news'. "Back in those days we only had eight or ten tribal council staff members, and close to half of them were working on the newspaper. But when the paper came out it was everybody's job to lick stamps and mail out the newspaper," said Watts. "I was always excited about it. We always looked forward to the next edition coming out," he said. "The idea was to have this newspaper as

the voice of the west coast people and to keep people informed on what was going on throughout the district," said Jan Broadland, Ha-Shilth-Sa's first editor, who was 24-years old when she started her three-year stint at the newspaper. "We started on a federal grant for people who were out of work. I was just a young thing and knew nothing, and they were so nice to me and I was so grateful to be hired," she said. "It was the best job I ever had in my life because the people were so wonderful and friendly. When the council decided to get away from federal funding I stayed on in a volunteer role. It was a really good time," she said. Three decades later, Jan Broadland still subscribes to the newspaper and enjoys keeping up-to-date on Nuu-chah-nulth issues and events. "I've got every issue of the paper. I save them. I really enjoy the calendars. I think they're wonderful," she said. "It evolved out of our dissatisfaction with mainstream coverage. Our issues never got out. It was clear that we needed our own media outlet," said Richard Watts. "It's a way for our people to know what's going on in the tribal council and in fisheries, forestry, and treaty issues," he said. "By publishing community news, people understand that Ha-Shilth-Sa is their newspaper."

"I think we do have a successful tribal council comparatively speaking. I still think we have to do a lot of things, but we do well when it comes to doing a comparative analysis across Canada, and I base a lot of that success on the newspaper," said George Watts. "To keep people interested in what we were trying to do and get them to take ownership in it, we made sure there was family news, sports, cultural news, and put quite a bit of emphasis on human interest and success stories," said George Watts. "I think, without getting onto a bragging wave, that we do have a successful tribal council comparatively speaking. I still think we have to do a lot of things, but we do well when it comes to doing a comparative analysis across

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NTC meet at Maht Mahs ........................................ Page 3 Treaty Process examined ........................................ Page 3 Ahousaht battles DFO over clam fishery ............. Page 4 Alberni Bulldogs launch mentor program ........... Page 6 Bruce Haddock sentenced to jail ............................Page 9 NEDC Business News ............................................. Page 20

A decade after it was shut down by a Supreme Court decision, the NTC Smokehouse sign lies in tall grass near the closed facility.

NTC Smokehouse decision: Ten Years later By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter A decade after the NTC Smokehouse case went to the Supreme Court of Canada, Aboriginal legal scholars are still debating whether the case was a win or a loss. Regardless of the seven-judge panel’s final summation, the case is still referred to as one of the most important Aboriginal rights cases in the history of Canadian law. A huge smokehouse was built on the Hupacasath reserve at River Road and Josephine in Port Alberni in 1985 with a plan to sell smoked, value added First Nations caught salmon. The state-of-the-art NTC Smokehouse officially opened on December 5th, 1985, then on July 24th, 1987, after 18 months in operation, DFO fisheries officers charged the business with multiple counts of selling and purchasing fish not caught under the

authority of a commercial licence, contrary to the BC Fishery Regulations, and with selling and purchasing fish caught under the authority of an Indian food fish licence contrary to the same regulations.

A decade after the NTC Smokehouse case went to the Supreme Court of Canada, Aboriginal legal scholars are still debating whether the case was a win or a loss. On August 19th, 1998, BC Provincial Court Justice MacLeod charged NTC Smokehouse and fined the business $60,000. NTC lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, but the appeal was dismissed by a majority of five of the seven Supreme Court judges. “Technically it was a loss, but it was a victory in that it established a legal test

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Ha-Shilth-Sa celebrates 30 years continued from page 1 Canada, and I base a lot of that success on the newspaper," he said. Over the past 30 years, the NTC has continued to grow and evolve, as land claims, fisheries, forestry, and a litany of other issues continue to affect Nuu-chahnulth people. "In the early days the paper focused mostly on cultural issues, but when the treaty process started the paper took a shift towards covering meetings and big issues," said Northern Region co-chair Archie Little. "Everything is so fastpaced today and we really need a way to get information out to our people, and I think the paper is very successful because it is reaching our people. People really read Ha-Shilth-Sa," he said. "At one time, the only Indian word you ever saw out there was Ha-Shilth-Sa itself," said Simon Lucas. "Then we developed the whole Indian language program through Andy Callicum, and all that information went out through HaShilth-Sa and eventually became the Nuu-chah-nulth dictionary with our own words and alphabet," he said. "For three decades our people have had

a way to stay connected and to have a voice. This paper really does represent the community and the land we as Nuuchah-nulth are from and I am thankful for the vision of our previous leaders for creating our newspaper," said Central Region Co-chair Shawn Atleo.

"For three decades our people have had a way to stay connected and to have a voice. This paper really does represent the community and the land we as Nuu-chah-nulth are from and I am thankful for the vision of our previous leaders for creating our newspaper," said Central Region Co-chair Shawn Atleo. "I really believe that the Ha-Shilth-Sa is an example of bringing forward the best of our teachings about ensuring that our people are heard and respected, while ensuring that our leadership can demonstrate accountability to all of our community members while reaching out to build understanding with the broader

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Ha-Shilth-Sa belongs to every Nuu-chah-nulth person including those who have passed on, and those who are not yet born. A community newspaper cannot exist without community involvement; If you have any great pictures you’ve taken, stories or poems you’ve written, or artwork you have done, please let us know so we can include it in your newspaper. This year is Ha-Shilth-Sa's 30th year of serving the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. We look forward to your continued input and support. Kleco! Kleco! David Wiwchar, Editor / Manager

From humble beginnings, HaShilth-Sa is recognized as one of the top First Nations newspapers community," he said. "The stories that are important to our people are communicated through HaShilth-Sa, not through the AV Times or Vancouver Sun," said NTC Southern Region Co-chair David Dennis. "A good communications tool like a newspaper is a fundamental pillar of society and HaShilth-Sa has been that pillar for us for 30 years now," he said. "It's the information we need to connect our communities and pull us all together," said Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judy Sayers. "It has always been a valuable endeavor. It's a Nuuchah-nulth institution, and it's always fun to read," she said. "I've always found the poetry very interesting. Young people writing in poetry relating to their family or their lives. That's an expression of feelings that I really like to read in Ha-ShilthSa," said Simon Lucas. "There is no other paper that I know of that could have described the treaty process, whether its been good or bad, the information on the treaty process has been in Ha-Shilth-Sa. What I applaud is that it has even described the Maanulth-aht treaty process because it's important for all of Nuu-chah-nulth to understand the rejection of the AIP and the subsequent events. The information was there," he said. "It is good to see that the Ha-Shilth-Sa celebrating its 30th anniversary," said Tseshaht Chief Councillor Dave Watts. "We can reflect on our history as Nuuchah-nulth by looking at the very beginning of our paper. To see what we have today (USMA, Education, Economic Development, Social Programs) it is clear we have come a long way as a Tribal Council. It instills great pride to know that we own the oldest First Nation Paper in the country. With our own newspaper we can tell our stories from our perspective. Thank you to the Ha-Shilth-Sa for the last 30 years, and hope to see 30 more years of interesting news," he said.

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Treaty process examined By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter

(r-l) Central Region co-chair Shawn Atleo speaks on a point while Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little, Southern Region Co-chair David Dennis, and NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie read the documents he’s referring to.

NTC Meeting at Maht Mahs By Denise August Central Region Reporter Tsahaheh – Leaders from all Nuu-chahnulth Tribal Council First Nations gathered at Maht Mahs to discuss numerous issues facing Nuu-chah-nulthaht. From fisheries to treaty, research ethics to welfare cuts, delegates debated a number of new policies and ways to put them into place.

Leaders from all Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council First Nations gathered at Maht Mahs to discuss numerous issues facing Nuu-chah-nulth-aht. From fisheries to treaty, research ethics to welfare cuts, delegates debated a number of new policies and ways to put them into place. Tseshaht Elder Bob Thomas offered the opening prayer before Chief Councillor Dave Watts welcomed everyone into Tseshaht territories. Watts also asked that people keep Tseshaht Councillor Chuck Sam in their prayers as he has been battling illness in hospital for two weeks. NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie presented the First Nations with her report on how past motions have been followed, and tasks completed. NTC Executive members along with Community and Human Services (CHS) Director Simon Read gave a presentation on processes that would need to be put into place with Huu-ay-aht, Uchucklesaht and Toquaht receiving their own federal funding, separate from NTC. The three nations formally announced their intention to withdraw from NTC funding last year, and a negotiating committee has been working with those nations to determine how they will continue to benefit from NTC programs and services. Dr. Don Hall, NTC Fisheries Manager gave an update on the NTC Fisheries litigation and reported there are several upcoming meetings covering a variety of different issues including the AAROM (Aquatic Management) proposal, sea otter meetings, salmon/herring meetings, Groundfish Committee, Clam Board and Fish Farm Monitoring Steering Committee. He encouraged First Nations to begin planning now for their 2004 fisheries harvest in order to meet community needs rather than waiting until the last minute. The table recommended by motion to BCAFC that Chuck McCarthy of Ucluelet would be the Nuu-chah-nulth representative for the Commercial Groundfish Advisory Committee. The Nuu-chah-nulth representative to the Clam Board Archie Little was

reappointed by motion. The table named NTC Biologist Josie Osborne as NCN representative of the BCAFC Aquaculture Monitoring Steering Committee. Richard Watts, Tseshaht, says concern over fish farming continues to grow, as there is talk of expanding the industry into more NCN territories. Another concern raised is the different perspectives individual First Nations may have with respect to the issue of fish farming. Simon Lucas, Hesquiaht, said he is concerned that so few NCN attended a recent workshop on taxation. “Revenue Canada is on a rampage and after a lot of individuals,” he warned. NCN need to be concerned in all areas on the issue of assessment he says, such as tribal operations, in-tribe operations, and band operated businesses. “Hesquiaht transports mamulthne and puts them up in our lodge and when revenue Canada finds out they do an assessment.” NTC will host a one-day taxation workshop for NCN First Nations businesses. Oil and Gas exploration concerns were discussed but any resolutions on the issue were deferred at the request of Huu-ay-aht until they are able to review the motion. “The province is open for business was Campbell’s election slogan,” said Southern Region Co-chair, David Dennis. With fisheries and forestry depleted and the province is looking to other natural resources to exploit for economic purposes he says, like mining and oil/gas exploration. In the Summer of 2003, NTC looked at the issue of oil and gas at a symposium held in Port Alberni. The province and federal government are attempting to approach First Nations seeking support to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. NCN needs to agree on a collective position on the issue, said Dennis. Leader after leader spoke of the dangers to wild fish habitat if the moratorium is lifted. From disruption of the ocean floor to the danger of oil spills and other environmental concerns, NCN leaders listed the potential hazards to their food source that oil exploration would pose. Cliff Atleo Sr. of Ahousaht reminded the table that the Ha’wiih own the resources and NCN need to exercise their Aboriginal Rights and Title. Simon Lucas, Hesquiaht advised that a plan should be in place if the moratorium is to be lifted and the issue should receive constant political attention from the Tribal Council. On day two delegates were met with the sad news that Chuck Sam passed away the evening before. The Sam family sent word to the NTC that Chuck would have wanted the meetings to carry

Tsahaheh – A new year combined with a light schedule allowed Nuu-chah-nulth treaty negotiators to put the treaty planning process under a microscope as leaders look for ways of improving the structure of the Nuu-chah-nulth treaty process.

A new year combined with a light schedule allowed Nuu-chah-nulth treaty negotiators to put the treaty planning process under a microscope as leaders look for ways of improving the structure of the Nuu-chah-nulth treaty process. The first treaty-planning meeting of 2004 was opened with a prayer from Tseshaht Elder Bob Thomas, and a welcome by Tseshaht Chief Councillor David Watts, before NTC Treaty Manager Cliff Atleo Jr. offered his report on treaty developments over the past few months. According to Atleo, a revised ‘Statement of Intent’ has been filed at the BC Treaty Commission office reflecting in the change of First Nations at the NTC Treaty table, given that five Maa-Nulth Nations and Hupacasath are now negotiating on their own. Atleo reported on meetings he had attended with federal negotiator Eric Denhoff, and various people involved or interested in the offshore oil and gas issue. “There seems to be some softening of positions amongst the Haida and Tsimshian, so if Nuu-chahnulth are seriously opposed to the possible lifting of the offshore oil and gas moratorium, we will have to take the lead on this issue,” said Atleo. “In meeting with the companies, it’s clear that they won’t do anything without First Nations being onside, so clearly the ball is in our court,” said Little. Negotiators were concerned about the possible environmental impacts of offshore oil rigs, and said if safety concerns of First Nations were addressed, only then would they consider royalty negotiations. “Why aren’t we looking more closely at alternatives such as wind, wave, and solar power,” said Harold Amos, adding duties to bring economic opportunities to individual First Nations cannot overshadow responsibilities to protect the Ha’wilth’s hahoulthee.

The Treaty Process Manager and Southern Region co-chair recently attended the BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission (BCAFC) and Tsimshian oil and gas conference in Prince Rupert, and met with Deputy Minister Jack Ebbles from the provincial offshore oil and gas team. In reporting on a meeting between Denhoff, Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little and himself, Atleo said the NTC Fisheries case is weighing heavy on the minds of federal negotiators, as lawyers from the Department of Justice are very concerned about the case, and Canada will not come to the table unless the case is put into abeyance. “Without an abeyance agreement we would be hard pressed to negotiate anything substantial,” Denhoff is reported to have said. According to Atleo, Denhoff said there would be no further movement from the Government of Canada in the area of taxation and governance, but there is “room to move on fish”, but only if the fisheries case is put into abeyance. “The federal system cannot handle another major failure. They would rather not negotiate than come back and fail,” said Atleo Jr. “The government is only interested in negotiating treaties with Nations who really want a final agreement,” he said.

“The federal system cannot handle another major failure. They would rather not negotiate than come back and fail,” said Cliff Atleo Jr.. “The government is only interested in negotiating treaties with Nations who really want a final agreement,” he said. Negotiators decided to form a Treaty Process Review Group to review the Nuu-chah-nulth treaty planning process and look for ways of improving meetings and the overall structure of the NTC treaty table. The group will take numerous past reports and strategic plans into consideration as well as the roles and responsibilities of Chief Negotiators, First Nations negotiators and delegates, away-fromhome representatives, and NTC staff including the Treaty Process manager. The group will bring their recommendations to the Nuu-chahnulth Treaty Planning with findings and recommendations within 20 business days.

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Nuu-chah-nulth leadership have now established a toll free number to assist membership with any questions they may have regarding treaty related business. on and, following a moment of silence Joey Tom led a prayer of thanks for the life and gifts of Chuck Sam. The agenda was shortened to the most essential business and the table began business by dealing with motions, the first dealing with funding arrangements for the three First Nations that are

financially separating from the NTC. The CFNFA budget will be divided according to an agreed upon formula and will include Economic Development, post secondary, and provincial school budgets as required

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Fisheries - ca-~ca-~>uk NTC Smokehouse decision continued from page 1

By Denise August, Central Region Reporter

for First Nations to fish commercially,” said fisheries negotiator Richard Watts. “Up until that time there was no legal test to meet. Now we know what the courts are looking for, so now we can go back and expand on the points we previously lost on,” he said.

Ahousaht – This past December, with the holiday season fast approaching and families struggling to make ends meet, Ahousaht Ha’wiih decided to allow their members to dig White Pine beach for one tide only to alleviate hard economic times. White Pine beach in Ahousaht traditional territory has been closed to commercial shellfish harvesting since 1991.

“Technically it was a loss, but it was a victory in that it established a legal test for First Nations to fish commercially,” said Richard Watts. “The NTC Smokehouse helped to set out what the law is with respect to proof of Aboriginal Rights, and with respect to what the Aboriginal Rights of people are,” said lawyer Hugh Braker. The Sparrow Case (1990) affirmed that Aboriginal Fishing Rights were included in the Canadian Constitution under Section 35.1, but it was NTC Smokehouse, VanderPeet, Gladstone, Delgamuukw, Nikal, and that defined those rights and the test for those rights to be determined. “It’s not really a question of a win or a loss. It was one of a series of cases that helped to further Aboriginal Rights,” said Braker. “The NTC Smokehouse case was one of eight Aboriginal Rights cases that went through the court system at the same time, and it would be wrong to view any one of them in isolation from the others because the judges refer to the other cases in their decisions,” he said. According to Watts, the Smokehouse case along with other First Nations fisheries cases forced the federal government to develop programs to pacify Native fishermen and keep them out of the court system. Through the development of the Aboriginal Fishing Strategy (AFS) and a few Pilot Sales

Unused equipment rusts behind the former ‘Cadillac of smoker plants’.

Ahousaht battles DFO over clam beach opening

In an AV Times story from August 16th, 1984, Nelson Keitlah shows off a slab of smoked salmon from the NTC Smokehouse. Agreements, Fisheries and Oceans Canada attempted to address some needs while still refusing to open the commercial fishing industry to First Nations. “DFO used the Pilot Sales to minimize and control our rights. When the numbers (of returning sockeye) were low in 1996 and 1997 we stuck through it and put or nets away for two years. Then when the fish came back DFO offered us next to nothing. It’s not just a matter of being part of an economy, it’s about the recognition of our Aboriginal rights,” said Watts. “It was a setback for us in terms of moving things forward, but now we have an opportunity to do better,” he said, clearly looking forward to the new Nuu-chah-nulth fisheries case filed with the BC Supreme Court. “Now we are better prepapred with our researchers and legal team. This current case will shape the future of fisheries for us,” he said. “It’s important to look back on it now because the Nuu-chah-nulth tribes have brought another court case to the BC Supreme Court seeking a declaration they have the right to sell salmon,” said Braker. “Some people say ‘why are you bringing this case forward since the court ruled against you in the NTC Smokehouse case’, and the answer to that is that in the Smokehouse case the issues were framed in the context of charges under quasi-criminal legislation [the fisheries act], whereas the new NTC fisheries case will be litigated in civil court. The burdens of proof are different, and the conduct of the case is different, so in this case the judge is going to have a lot more evidence in front of him or her on which to base a decision,” he said.

This past Decenmber, with the holiday season fast approaching and families struggling to make ends meet, Ahousaht Ha’wiih decided to allow their members to dig White Pine beach for one tide only to alleviate hard economic times. According to Randy Webb of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Ahousaht made a request to DFO to close the area to commercial shellfish harvesting to protect an adequate supply of shellfish for food, social and ceremonial purposes for Ahousaht. He said DFO complied and the area has remained closed to commercial harvesting since. An Ahousaht member who wishes to remain anonymous had this to say, “our Hawiih, after meeting publicly with our clam-fishermen/women and with all concerned community members, overturned a 12 (or so) year old directive to keep White Pine area beaches for social/ceremonial uses. The beach was opened to Ahousaht diggers for a limited commercial-use dig (1 tide).” The source went on to say that DFO, through a Mr. Randy Webb, responded to this “exercise of self-governance” by writing a letter stating DFO’s displeasure at not being consulted about the limited opening and warning that if the area

remains open to Ahousaht commercial diggers DFO would have no choice but to open the area to commercial harvest. “We had about 60+ diggers there from Ahousaht, but there are over 300 clamdigging licenses in our area, should DFO try to fully open these beaches.” says the source, who likes to refer to the issue as the ‘thrilla over manilla’. Darryl Campbell, Ahousaht Fisheries Officer was cautious about answering questions saying he would have to remain neutral. He and his staff are charged with the responsibility of protecting fisheries resources including carrying out direction from their Ha’wiih. He acknowledged the Ha’wiih did indeed give permission for a limited opening of White Pine “…one time only and before Christmas to take care of our peoples needs, to allow them to benefit from years of sacrifice created when the area was close to commercial harvesting.” Webb says DFO ‘had concerns’ when they learned Ahousaht allowed members to a commercial harvest at White Pine. “It bothered us that a beach legally closed was open to commercial harvesting,” he said, claiming that DFO did not authorize commercial harvesting ‘at all, ever’. “We said if they want commercial harvesting there then fine with us but we want it in writing so we can open it commercially,” he said. According to Webb Ahousaht Fisheries recommended to DFO that White Pine stay closed after the short commercial harvest and DFO agreed. “If it was to be opened then it should be opened to everyone, not just Ahousaht,” he says. Campbell said it was mutually agreed to shut the beach down, “it was turned over pretty well (dug heavily),” he said, adding that there was an estimated 101 diggers representing both commercial and home use diggers. Webb says DFO will be discussing the issue with Ahousaht ‘somewhere down the road.’

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Central Region Chiefs Strategize Resource Management By Denise August Central Region Reporter Ittattsoo – The Central Region Chiefs met for the first time in 2004 at the Ucluelet First Nation Community Hall. The focus of the meeting was strategy development for the upcoming Clayoquot Sound Interim Measures Extension Agreement (IMEA) renegotiations and other political strategies. The current IMEA is the second extension of the original agreement negotiated by the Central Region Chiefs and the province in 1994. The five-year term expires March 28, 2005 and the parties are in the process of bringing their preliminary positions to the table. The next round of negotiations for a new IMEA are different in that the current provincial government is led by Premier Campbell’s Liberals as opposed to the New Democratic Party which was party to the original agreement. Central Region members are concerned that the current provincial government is seeking to cut a new agreement that would decrease the powers of the First Nations in resource management in Clayoquot Sound and reduce BC’s consulting and financial obligations to the regions Ha’wiih.

Central Region members are concerned the provincial government is pursuing a new Interim Measures Agreement that would decrease First Nations powers in resource management in Clayoquot Sound. In previous discussions, the Chiefs agreed there is language in the IMEA that speaks to the government-togovernment relationship. A key objective would be that the Chiefs pursue an extension agreement that provides no less than what they already have in terms of protection of Ha’hoolthi in the IMEA. “We will not go backward on what the IMEA has provided us and will only seek to strengthen and add to the power of the agreement.”

“We will not go backward on what the IMEA has provided us and will only seek to strengthen and add to the power of the agreement.” The Chiefs spoke at length about clauses in the agreement and the rationale behind them. “Court reporters recorded all discussions during the initial 42-day Interim Measures Agreement negotiations including caucuses,” said Larry Baird. A participant in the original IMA negotiations, Baird was Ucluelet Chief Councillor at the time. He said the government of the day owned the minutes and handed them over to the NTC for safekeeping in the event there would be dispute. Baird says the NTC has boxes of the minutes stored, as does each Central Region First Nation. Peter Verschoor, Central Region Strategic Forestry Planner presented information about a forestry agreement the province has with another First Nation. Ministry of Forests is providing compensation to Gitga’at in the form of revenue-sharing dollars and temporary

forest tenures for the provinces infringement on Gitga’at territory. In exchange, BC wants the Gitga’at to agree the province will not be required to consult Gitga’at about forestry activity in their traditional territory. The agreement seems to call for the Gitga’at to surrender their Aboriginal interests in forestry activity in their traditional territory unless the interest centers on the ‘economic component of aboriginal interests’. “There is no doubt about it, the province will want you to give up some of your Aboriginal title and rights by offering ‘revenue sharing dollars’ as compensation for the infringement of those rights by the province for the term of the agreement,” says the document. The Chiefs reviewed the Gitga’at agreement making note of their concerns such as lack of mention of the hereditary Chiefs and their authority and seemingly more protection for the government than for the First Nation. Simon Tom, Tla-o-qui-aht, reviewed the IMEA clause by clause, noting which clauses need updating or revision. He says an exit clause in the new IMEA should be considered in light of the fact that Ucluelet and Toquaht are negotiating their treaty separately from the rest of the region and will reach final agreement at a different time than the rest of the region. Delegates each talked about their experiences living with the IMEA for nine years and described the kinds of changes they would like to see in a new agreement. Central Region Co-chair, Shawn Atleo explained today’s meeting is about defining direction and identifying positions to bring to next weeks meeting with provincial representatives. Baird pointed out the IMEA could be a greater benefit to the region if each of the clauses were carried out to the fullest extent. The biggest problem, he says, is the severe lack of funding to carry out the work, a problem that has been there since the beginning. For example, he said, there are not enough funds for capacity building or adequate Central Region Board staffing. In other business, it was reported that some First Nations have moved toward the practice of community banishment as a traditional method of punishment for offenders. Tla-o-qui-aht raised a concern that banished offenders from other communities often times have moved to their reserves, putting their membership in fear for their safety. At least two Central Region First Nations admitted to the practice of community banishment.

In other business, it was reported that some First Nations have moved toward the practice of community banishment as a traditional method of punishment for offenders. Baird says the practice is covered in the Indian Act in order to protect community members. Carol and Nora Martin of Tlao-qui-aht asked how they would protect their own members when offenders move to their community. Atleo proposed the idea of developing a Central Region Communications protocol between the Nations to deal with the issue. The issue will be revisited at a future Central Region meeting.

Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judy Sayers, and Nanaimo - Alberni MP James Lunney tour a display at Alberni Mall publicizing a provincial website for career planning. The online service for young people looking into future career plans can be found at www.AchieveBC.ca

Coast Watch on Abalone / Aps’yin

What is Coast Watch? • Based on the idea of “Neighbourhood” or “Block Watch” • A passive crime prevention programme to discourage poaching - people help by watching for and reporting suspicious boating or scuba diving activities • Currently 3 Coast Watch programmes in place: – Haida Gwaii, Kitasoo, Bamfield-Huu ay aht Why protect Abalone? • The abalone fishery has been closed for 13 years • Abalone are considered a threatened species • The biggest threat to abalone populations is poaching • Abalone are a traditional delicacy of First Nations people Get your community involved! Coast Watch: • Empowers the community through stewardship and involvement in a marine conservation project • Strives to have abalone removed from the threatened species list Raises awareness about abalone in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation’s traditional territories on the West Coast

For more information contact the Bamfield-Huu ay aht Coast Watch at 728-3301 x 226 To report suspicious activity call 1-800-465-4336

You are invited to attend an Abalone / Aps’yin Coast Watch Workshop Word’s End Bookstore 1576 Imperial Lane, Ucluelet, BC February 9th from 7pm to 9:30pm For information: Call (250) 728-3301 Ext: 226

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s Band Office on February 10th from 1pm to 4pm For information: Call (250) 728-3301 Ext: 226

Raincoast Interpretive Centre 451A Main Street, Tofino (Big Yellow House off 4th St.) on February 10th from 7pm to 9:30pm For information: Call (250) 728-3301 Ext: 226


The West Coast Vancouver Island Wildlife Advisory Board is looking at the controlled use of fire to promote the growth of early spring forage for deer, elk and other animals. We are anxious to hear from anyone with knowledge of Nuu-ChahNulth Traditional Use of Fire for this or other related purposes (perpetuating berry patches for example). If you have this knowledge and are willing to share it would you kindly call Gail Gus at (250) 724-5757. Thank you.

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Education - h=a-h=o-pa

Members of the BCJHL Alberni Valley Bulldogs skate with students

AV Bulldogs in Mentor Program By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Port Alberni – School District 70 and the NTC have enlisted help from the local BC Hockey League team Alberni Valley Bulldogs to participate in a Mentor Program geared towards First Nations students that are at a high risk of dropping out of school. With a focus on positive leadership and setting a firm foundation for the First Nation’s students, the Bulldogs will have three of its players participating in this program. Doug Krantz #4 has worked with youth as a volunteer tutor and will be working at Vast and EJ Dunn Schools. Alex Stoudt # 15 has attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks for two years and will be helping students in their academic areas tutoring as he has done before with other high school students as well as being a volunteer worker at ADSS and A.W. Neil Schools. Curtis Tidbull # 22 brings with him knowledge of Physical Training and has been a part of a hockey school will be at the Boys & Girls Project Schools. The Program is set up so that the three Bulldog leaders will have planning sessions to prepare materials and activities along with coordinating ice time once a week. They will be scheduling “Group” time to facilitate sessions on leadership, team building, pre-employment and budgeting skills. The Bulldogs will not be working with the students alone, they will be working side by side with the Native Education Workers from each of the schools. The Native Education Workers will assist in the supervision and participate in the activities scheduled by Eileen Haggard and assist with the transportation and be involved in planning for Family Night with the Bulldogs. The idea for the program initiated from a conversation between Nene Van Volsen, NTC Social Development Coordinator & Tom McEvay Principal of Vast. From those discussions the two drafted a budget and proposal. Van

Volsen met and shared the concept with Ron Caldwell of the Bulldogs who was excited and on board right away. The project was then presented to the NTC Education Department and the momentum and excitement about the program hasn’t stopped since. The key programs that helped fund and / or support this program were the Nuuchah-nulth Employment & Training Board, School District 70 schools EJ Dunn, A.W. Neil, Vast, ADSS, Boys & Girls Project, The Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Parks & Recreation, and USMA Family Services. “This Program was brought forward to us a short while ago Blair and I had a look at it and had some thoughts on how it should work before we as the NTC Education Dept. came on board with it,” said Eileen Haggard. “This Program had to address high risk issues, positive choices and self esteem along with each school having to be a key player. We felt this Program should also build a high profile of Aboriginal students in the community, along with having high profile Mentor such as the Bulldog players would help build up the Program,” said Eileen. “The other selling point to this is that the Program had to address a broader range of Aboriginal students in the Alberni Valley,” said Haggard. “The Bulldog players had to have experience or a background working with youth, with having one of the players possibly going on to Harvard and another having extensive experience with children and the third one having a Physical Training background really helped us,” she said. “Blair and I believe we should not be taxing our First Nations but to look externally for funding, and this Program should be very proud achieving that,” said Eileen. “This Program will be helping students in one form or another to gain stability from struggling to stay in school for whatever reason, every student has an individual strength that will carry them through to find what ever it is they want,” said Eileen. “My hopes are that they the students find their strength in this program,” she said.

Front row L-R: Iris Sanders, Sherry Cook, Diane Gallic, Tom McEvay, Linus Lucas. Back row L-R: Gio Mussato – E.J. Dunn, Alex Stouldt – Bulldog, Curtis Tidbull – Bulldog, Doug Krantz – Bulldog, Ron Behnke – A.W. Neil.

Stay in School Coo-rdinator Shaerry Fishwick and Parents Advisory Council member Eugene Amos discuss the GRSS Mentor Program

GRSS Mentor Program By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter GRSS – A growing trend at the Gold River Secondary School has started to form around a Mentor Program that started last year with one individual as a mentor. This year that number has risen to 13 individuals from the community with people that work as Stream keepers, Village Councilor, Nurse, Recreation Director, Homemaker, and so on. All these people are volunteers to the program and will be helping GRSS build self-esteem, personal development, and character building with both native and non-native students participating. “All the children in this Mentor program are also in the Stay in School program,” said Sherry Fishwick. “Mentors build the program around the child rather than the other way around with parental permission the Mentors can leave the school grounds as required,” said Sherry. “We have what is called Quu-as corner which brings out a new Quu-as word each week and the children in the school have to find out what it means and now we are incorporating this with other European and Asian languages so that we can incorporate all the students,” said Fishwick.

“I can actually say that I can see a difference in these students, there is less vulgarity in their language and I can see less bullying happening,” said Eugene Amos. “ There is respect developing for one another and better understanding of where each student is coming from,” said Amos.

“We have what is called Quu-as corner which brings out a new Quu-as word each week and the children in the school have to find out what it means and now we are incorporating this with other European and Asian languages so that we can incorporate all the students,” said Fishwick. “Just recently I have been voted as the Vice President of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and I look forward to doing more volunteer work with these students,” said Eugene. “I can agree with Eugene and about the growing difference in the students,” said Marge Amos who is the Native Education Worker for GRSS. “We even had a Social Worker comment on how well students are doing, it is going quite well she said to me,” said Amos.


NTC POST SECONDARY STUDENTS The annual post secondary funding application deadline is coming up on January 31, 2004. All students interested in attending college and/or university starting next September 2004 need to submit a complete application by this date. Applications received after January 31, 2004 will not be considered, and students will be asked to reapply for the next funding application deadline of January 31, 2005. Applications can be found at Malaspina College by Marie Scoretz, the First Nations Advisor's, door; through the First Nations Office at Camosun College; through your First Nation, or by calling/emailing the NTC directly. You can also download forms from the NTC Website at www.nuuchahnulth.org and follow the links to Post Secondary Education. You can email Kelly or Vicky at the NTC at kellyj@nuuchahnulth.org and vwatts@nuuchahnulth.org or call us at (250) 724-5757. Students currently in funding please keep in mind that you need to apply EACH YEAR to continue funding. Continuing students may be eligible for summer 2004 studies, if so, make sure to check off the box marked May/August. Otherwise, check off the box for Fall/Winter September 2004 - April 2005. Kelly Johnsen - kellyj@nuuchahulth.org Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Post Secondary Counsellor NTC Education Message Board - Please drop by and visit: http://www.nuuchahnulth.org/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl

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First Nations graduation rate climbs, but is still far lower than non-Aboriginal peers. By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter The number of First Nations students completing high school continues to climb in B.C., but the percentage rate is still considerably less than their nonNative peers. The completion rate among Aboriginal students increased by three per cent, but despite the record-setting completion rate, more than half of Aboriginal students did not complete high school within six years of starting grade 8, according to a BC Ministry of Education press release. Last year, nearly 46% of First Nations students in the province graduated from high school, which is a 13% increase from five years ago. Comparatively, 79% of non-Aboriginal students completed high school last year, and increase of 2% over the previous year.

Last year, nearly 46% of First Nations students in the province graduated from high school, which is a 13% increase from five years ago. In School District #70 (Alberni Ucluelet) the rate is lower than the provincial average as only 43% of Aboriginal students complete high school alongside 73% of their nonAboriginal counterparts. School District #84 (Vancouver Island West - Gold River) had the lowest rate of high school completion for First Nations students on Vancouver Island with only 36% of Aboriginal students receiving their Dogwood Certificates, while the completion rate for non-First Nations students is considerably higher at 75%.

School District #84 (Vancouver Island West - Gold River) had the lowest rate of high school completion for First Nations students on Vancouver Island with only 36% of Aboriginal students receiving their Dogwood Certificates, while the completion rate for non-First Nations students is considerably higher at 75%. “We have to improve the situation as outlined in our Accountability Contract,” said SD#84 Superintendent Andris Freimanis. “This is a longstanding concern that is not unique to us, and has to be dealt with around the

province. We need better dialogue between schools and parents. Improved consultations with First Nations has been an issue as well because there are serious problems that have not been addressed,” he said. According to Freimanis, improving literacy rates is the biggest priority, and part of that is getting parents and community members to read with their children. “You have to attack the problem of literacy, and that’s where you’ll see the biggest influence and success,” he said. “I don’t think, in general, we’ve accepted the fact that First Nations kids have different needs. The public school system, including this school district, for too long has just assumed that it’s just business as usual in terms of what the school does,” said Freimanis. “What are non-Aboriginal kids doing better in schools throughout this province? Well, I think the parents and the schools are in better synch. So what we have to do is improve the synchronization between the home and school for First Nations kids. Until we have trust between First Nations parents and the schools that is better than what it is now, and a real honest sense of being on the same track together, nothing is going to get better for anybody. And that’s what we’re doing,” he said.

“Until we have trust between First Nations parents and the schools that is better than what it is now, a real honest sense of being on the same track together, nothing is going to get better for anybody. And that’s what we’re doing,” said SD#84 Superintendant Andris Freimanis “Members of our community have expressed concerns that nothing is being done to address the gap between First Nations and non-Aboriginal students,” countered Mowachaht / Muchalaht Tyee Ha’wilth Mike Maquinna. “There has been a slight improvement over the years but there is much more that needs to be done,” he said. “I don’t think parents are satisfied with communication from the schools.” “Aboriginal students have made gains, but there is still more work that needs to be done,” said BC Minister of Education, Christy Clark. “That’s why we’ve committed to putting measures into place to increase Aboriginal student achievement,” she said, adding that a

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ATTENTION Hesquiaht Band Members Recently, the Hesquiaht Council approved the implementation of an Education Policies and Procedures manual. This manual includes within it, how members qualify for funding, application processes, and funding rates. The areas of education covered are as follows: school supplies, incentive, private school funding, OST/TVT funding, post secondary application process, ABE, donations and education programs. This manual was developed in order to help regulate the disbursement of education funds and ensure that the process is fair and equitable. I would like to get feedback from membership on this manual and have developed a questionnaire, which can be mailed, e-mailed or done over the phone. If you are interested in providing feedback on the manual or would like more information about the changes, please feel free to contact me @ 723-8403 or lsbarbosa30@hotmail.com. Your input is appreciated. Please note: do not forward your post-secondary application to the Hesquiaht Band office. Please send it to the NTC Post Secondary Education department. Lynnette Barbosa (Hesquiaht Councillor responsible for Education)

West Coast Whalers 1973 – 74

2nd place Vancouver Island Championships, rd 3 place B.C. Championships in Prince Rupert Standing L-R: Bruce Williams, late Ray Williams Jr., Guy Little, Paul Little, Vince Smith, late Alban Michael Jr., Willie Smith. Front: Joey David, coach Barney Williams Jr., Brian Martin, Ron Martin. Five players from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and five players from Nuchatlaht First Nation. Barney Williams Jr. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. We were all going to school in Nanaimo, B.C. Businesses in Nanaimo supported the team as well as the Nuchatlaht First Nation and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Submitted by Vince Smith.

Tournaments Hesquiaht Lady Braves All Native Basketball Tournament January 30, 31, & February 1, 2004 - Port Alberni, BC Men’s $350 Entry Fee - $1000 1st prize (based on 8 teams) Women’s $300 Entry Fee - $800 1st prize (based on 6 teams) For more information contact Anita Charleson @ (250) 726-2409 or Connie Charleson @ (250) 751-3341

Open Basketball Tournament Hosted by: Natalee Dennis and Darci Morris and their families Where: Port Alberni, at the Athletic Hall When: March 5, 6, and 7, 2004 8 Men's Teams - $350 Entry Fee - $1000 1st Prize (Based on 8 Men's Teams) 6 Women's Teams - $300 Entry Fee - $650 1st Prize - (Based on 6 Women's Teams) For more information, contact Cindy Dennis @ (250) 716-1504 or Julie Morris @ (250) 724-3809 The girls are fundraising to travel to Montreal in May 2004 with their school bands.

Lady Aces 3rd Annual Ladies & Men’s Ball Hockey Tournament March 5,6, and 7, 2004 For more information Contact: Thomas George (250) 725-4435

2nd Annual Lanny Ross Memorial Ball Hockey Tourney March 19, 20, 21, 2004 at Maht Mahs Port Alberni BC Men’s Entry Fee $300.00 - First Place 1000.00 Based on 8 Teams Women’s Entry Fee $250.00 - prize depends on how many teams

All-stars, Concession, Kids Games, 50/50, Raffles and Fun!

For more info please call Ed Ross @ (250) 723-6400

Thunder Annual Mens & Ladies Ball Hockey Tournament March 26th, 27th, & 28th, 2004 at Maht Mahs Gym Contact: Richard Sam Sr. at 250-723-8503 e-mail - rsamsr@shaw.ca, or Les Sam at 250-723-8950

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Education equals opportunity Education Report ... continued from page 6 By Ben Brunnen Policy Analyst for Canada West Foundation It makes sound economic sense to provide all Canadians every opportunity to obtain an education. Education is a good quality of life indicator, and is an essential building block to successful labour market outcomes. There are also a number of external benefits associated with a highly educated population, not the least of which include economic prosperity and improved health status for all Canadians. Individuals who leave school early are more likely to earn low incomes, live in poverty and access social services than higher-educated individuals. Additionally, there is the “cycle of poverty” phenomenon to consider, the notion that future generations may be subjected to the same life chances as their parents.

Ensuring that Aboriginal people achieve educational parity with the non-Aboriginal population should be a top government priority. All Canadians benefit from having a highly educated population. Advantages include higher incomes, a larger tax base, less demand for social services and overall general prosperity and higher quality of life. Since half of Canada’s Aboriginal population possesses less than a high school diploma, we are clearly not achieving our economic potential, and in fact we are far from it. Ensuring that Aboriginal people achieve educational parity with the non-Aboriginal population should be a top government priority. Many Aboriginal people continue to live at the margins of society, being over represented in homeless shelters, and underrepresented among high-income earners. But what steps can governments take to alleviate this situation? There are a number of options. For starters, governments need to embrace the fact that it does make good economic sense to ensure Aboriginal people attain high education levels. And governments need to communicate this fact to the public at large, for until people acknowledge and recognize the importance of the issue it will not be properly addressed. However, acknowledgement is only the beginning. To prove that they take this policy initiative seriously, governments need to set achievable education targets. It is one thing to come up with impressive sounding programs and

statements of good will, but if there is no attempt to measure effectiveness, how does anyone know whether programs are working? When governments set quantifiable, time sensitive goals, they are not only able to determine if their programs are successful, but they are also able to provide transparency and accountability to the public at large. By focusing on measurable outcomes, such as the graduation rates of Aboriginal students at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels, governments have an increased incentive to achieve results (because of the increased accountability factor). These new “outcome orientated” policies will then foment new ideas for improving outcomes. For instance, if governments were to mandate Aboriginal course content into primary and secondary curriculum, then all Canadians, Aboriginal and nonAboriginal alike, would have an increased awareness of the unique cultural histories and social realities of the Canadian Aboriginal population. This would lead to an increased sensitivity of Aboriginal issues among non-Aboriginal students, as well as an increased desire to attend school among the Aboriginal students. Governments could also provide dedicated funding to post-secondary institutions to improve Aboriginal postsecondary attainments by establishing support services and peer groups for Aboriginal students having difficulty at the post-secondary level.

If governments were to mandate Aboriginal course content, then all Canadians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike, would have an increased awareness of the unique cultural histories and social realities of the Canadian Aboriginal population. However, no matter how governments choose to approach this issue, the importance of this policy initiative cannot be overstated. The social reasons for improving Aboriginal education levels are compelling. But equally as persuasive are the economic arguments; the benefits of having a highly-educated population extend to all Canadians and, therefore, all Canadians have an incentive to ensure that Aboriginal people attain high education levels. The Canada West Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit public policy research institute dedicated to introducing western perspectives into current Canadian policy debates.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENT OUT OF PROVINCE AND COUNTRY Recent situations have been embarrassing to some people who Depart Canada without acquiring any type of medical coverage insurance. Non-Insured Health Benefits Program through health Canada does not cover anyone who departs Canada, nor does your BC Medical Plan unless you have written authority form them stating that they will cover you, and what they will cover. (Remember the price is much higher in US than here - I suggest you check it out to protect yourself and your family). Ensure you get coverage by contacting your local travel agency - they can and will help you! It is also understood that once you have departed Canada and you change your mind and decide you wish to have coverage - - it is too late...Travel policy insurance will not cover you in outside the country if you try to obtain insurance after you have left. Protect yourself and your family! Questions on this matter are encouraged and welcomed through the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program Coordinator (Robert Cluett) 1-888-407-4888 or 250-7243232.

recent provincial report entitled ‘How are we doing?” contained numerous recommendations on ways to improve Aboriginal education performance in BC. “We need to ensure Aboriginal students are supported—and feel supported—by their families, their community, their peers, their teachers, administrators, counsellors and support workers,” said the report. “We have to ensure that the culture, history, and language of Aboriginal peoples are an integral part of the educational experiences of all learners in B.C., and use the school planning council process to carefully monitor the academic and social progress of Aboriginal students; include goals for Aboriginal students in School Plans. We have to find out what makes school a successful experience for Aboriginal students and share the results, and be aware that most solutions require active cooperation and engagement between parents, communities and all levels of the education system. Enhancement Agreements form part of the accountability cycle and demonstrate a significant step to ensuring success for all Aboriginal students enrolled in public schools.” “School District #70 has been working quite hard to address these issues,” said Cam Pinkerton, Director of First Nations and Information Technology at SD#70. “We recognize that First Nations students require a personal connection all the way through to the end of high school, so we have Nuu-chah-nulth education workers at all the schools to address those issues, increase that personal contact, and increase the awareness of other teachers to these issues,” he said. According to Pinkerton, there has been a “slow and steady progress” of First Nations graduation rates over the past decade since the First Nations completion rate was an atrocious 9% twelve years ago in 1991. “There are a number of things we’re looking at right now to address low completion rates,” said Pinkerton. “The gap is closing but we’ve still got a long

way to go,” he said. With the federal government spending more than $965 million on First Nations education across the country, and a national average of only 30% high school completion, former Department of Indian Affairs Minister Robert Nault was very critical of educational delivery to Aboriginal students. Nault proposed a new system of Aboriginal school boards across the country that would operate under provincial jurisdictions. “If we can accommodate francophones as far as education, why can’t we accommodate First Nations?” he asked. “My personal belief, and I think it’s shared by the Aboriginal leadership and the experts panel, is that the provinces don’t see First Nations as a legitimate partner in education,” he said. “In our school district we have a Local Education Agreement (LEA) with the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, which has guidelines for academic improvement, accountability, and hiring of First Nations teachers,” said Pinkerton. “The LEA is only for on-reserve students and the enhancement agreement targets all First Nations students. We will be meeting with First Nations in February to formulate an enhancement agreement, which has to be in place by 2005, but we’re far ahead in the process because of the work that has already been done with the LEA,” he said. Last July, Nault and Clark joined with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide opportunities for First Nations to exercise greater control over the education of their members and establish a framework to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students in British Columbia. According to the MOU, the parties will work to develop agreements that provide First Nations with enhanced authority and jurisdiction over education of First Nation students on reserve from kindergarten to Grade 12, and will provide for greater First Nation influence over the education of offreserve members.

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Haddock sentenced to jail Former Alberni Indian Residential School dormitory supervisor sentence for “basest kind of degradation” By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - Another former employee of the Alberni Indian Residential School was sent to prison last week for sexually assaulting young students in their care. Donald Bruce Haddock was charged with four counts of indecent assault dating back from 1949 through 1954 when he was employed as the assistant boy’s dormitory supervisor at the residential school, under the direction of notorious pedophile Arthur Henry Plint. Although Haddock and Plint worked together, they were unaware of each others activities at the school, where thousands of First Nations children from throughout the province were sent against their will. Haddock, now 80 years old, pled guilty to the charges on October 24th 2003, and was brought back to BC Supreme Court on January 23, 2004 for sentencing.

Donald Bruce Haddock was charged with four counts of indecent assault dating back from 1949 through 1954 when he was employed as the assistant boy’s dormitory supervisor at the residential school, under the direction of notorious pedophile Arthur Henry Plint. Two of the four plaintiffs, and more than a dozen of their supporters gathered in the courtroom to witness the events. When first interviewed by police, Haddock admitted to the allegations, although he could not recall all of the details of the assaults, and couldn’t recall all of the names of his victims, but offered some names, none of which were the four former students who brought the current charges forward. “He may not recall what the Crown is alleging, but he does not deny the Crown’s allegations,” said Crown Counsel Steve Stirling. “He exhibited a remarkable failure to understand consent, and a failure to fully appreciate the life-long harm he did to his victims,” he said. Stirling read out victim impact statements, entering them as evidence

before asking the judge for a 6-year jail term for Haddock. He also asked BC Supreme Court Justice Brian Klaver to not take Haddocks advanced age or failing health into consideration, saying Plint was 77-years old when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and “there are appropriate medical facilities in prison”. Haddock, a long time resident of Tofield, Alberta, sat at the front of the courtroom staring at the judge, his hands in the pockets of an old-style, brown winter coat. One of his five daughters sat near the back of the courtroom, occasionally weeping through the hearing. Defense lawyer Charles Buckingham argued that Haddock was remorseful, and should be given a conditional sentence that would allow him to serve his time at home with his wife of 60 years. “I wish to apologize for what I’ve done. I didn’t mean to hurt them. I ask for forgiveness,” Haddock wrote in a note Buckingham read to the court. “In the last 50 years I have not had any problems with people because I’ve committed myself to the Lord,” he said. For at least one of his victims, the mere mention of Christianity or any of its icons causes emotional reactions. The plaintiff, whose name cannot be published because of a court ban, has despised Christmas since Haddock raped her in a manger scene at the age of nine. “It always happened on Sundays when we had to wear dresses. It was easier for him to get at us that way,” she said. “It angers me to hear the defense counsel argue against jail time because of how old he is,” said one of the three male plaintiffs. “He didn’t care how old I was. And he put so many problems in my life I really don’t care about his medical concerns. There’s no way I can describe how painful those years were for me,” he said. Both plaintiffs spoke about the years of physical, sexual and psychological abuse they endured at AIRS, and how glad they were to see their former abuser sent to jail. “I’m hoping for my nightmares to be over because I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore,” said one plaintiff who is now 58-years old. “It means 40 years of pain that I can finally put behind me,” she said with tears welling up in her eyes.

Haddock sat at the front of the courtroom staring at the judge, his hands in the pockets of an old-style, brown winter coat. Sketches by Jeanne Morrow for Ha-Shilth-Sa

“It has opened the door for me to meaningfully visit that painful part of my life,” said another plaintiff, now 61years old. “I’d gone to the door a few times but had never opened it. But once you make things public, it gives you a bit of freedom and aids in your recovery,” he said. “In renouncing the abuse of children, there is no doubt in my mind that there must be jail sentence,” said Justice Klaver. “This basest kind of degradation is distasteful and illegal conduct and those who engage in such conduct must

be prepared to pay the price, and the people who commit these crimes against our children will be punished,” he said before sentencing Haddock to 1 year, 11 months in jail followed by two years probation. Two more former AIRS workers will come before the BC Supreme Court next month as Michael Dennis Flynn and David Henry Forde will be tried on multiple counts of indecent assault. The trial begins February 6th in Port Alberni.

Age: 21 Height: 5’4” Weight: 115 lbs. Long dark hair, brown eyes. She was wearing a black skirt, black top. high black boots. A silver hooped necklace. Tattoo of a band of flowers with a heart in the middle on her right arm. Last seen in the Jingle Pot area June 30, 2002.

The TLA-O-QUI-AHT Band is offering a CASH REWARD OF $11,500 for information leading to the location of LISA MARIE YOUNG “This basest kind of degradation is distasteful and illegal conduct and those who engage in such conduct must be prepared to pay the price, and the people who commit these crimes against our children will be punished,” said Justice Klaver before sentencing Haddock to 1 year, 11 months in jail followed by two years probation.

If anyone has seen Lisa or has information as to her possible whereabouts please call RCMP in Nanaimo (250) 754-2345 or any RCMP Detachment.

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WCVIWAC meets in Zeballos By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Zeballos – The West Coast Vancouver Island Wildlife Advisory Committee (WCVIWAC) met in Zeballos community hall on the 14th of January to give updates and review old business. After the opening prayer Jeff Thomas of the Snuneymuuxw First Nation said “Thank You for allowing us into your territory, as some of you may know we are a part of the Douglas Treaty, so in the past our members said they will hunt whenever they can and as often as they can for Elk. But in these actions our herds were diminished. About ten years ago our Council shut the hunting of Elk down. Now our herds are building back up to the point where we now take 15 Elk per year for cultural purposes. Our hope is now working together like this with the Nuu-chahnulth and other First Nations we can develop a good working protocol agreement and have the Elk herds and their habitat improve greatly. We would also hope that this agreement will flow over into the aquaculture areas as well so we can have an all round successful working relationship.” Ron Frank then informed the group that the funding agreement for the WCVIWAC will run out at the end of the month but it does not mean the end for the committee. “The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council voted in support of this committee back in November regardless of where they stood in Treaty,” he said.

Doug Janz from the Ministry of Land Water and Air informed the group there are 9 regions in the Province and said, “ our hopes are to get a committee such as this up and running in each of the regions. This type of committee is in high regards with this government and are hoping each region takes over the Wildlife Committee.” “We have various agreements in place with First Nations on Vancouver Island regarding Elk harvesting,” said Janz. “The agreement is that we have a common concern on harvest numbers, and have met with Tribes after their hunt was over to see if there is any concerns or issues in the management such as the numbers of male or females taken,” he said. “This agreement helps with no hassle over disputes about being able to hunt and Game Wardens are aware of which First Nations are out there,” said Janz. With various concerns on disappearing Elk tags from some of the Northern First Nations Ron Frank answered the questions by responding with “the Hereditary Chiefs have taken back their ownership and will be the ones to hand out tags to their membership here in the Northern Region,” he said. “ When you hunt you are to carry a tag from your Council and a letter from your Chief permitting you to take an Elk,” said Ron. “ The message is getting clear because our membership is now hearing what we are doing here in this committee and are now asking questions of how they can

Brian Robinson from the BC Trappers Association gives a demonstration on trapping equipment go about following protocols,” said Tom Smith. “The intent is not to limit First Nations on their ability to hunt Elk but to enhance the wildlife,” said Ron Frank. Frank said hunters have a responsibility to record information on any Elk they kill, submitting a tooth from the animal to the Ministry so they can determine the animal’s sex and age, which herd the Elk came from and how many Elk remain in the herd. “My other concern is that a lot of Elk are not reported due to the fact that many First Nations people do not possess an Firearms Arm Certificate or a Firearms Acquisition Permit,” said Tom Smith. The B.C Trappers Association made a

brief presentation on how to trap and what materials you need to start your trap line, a videotape showing how to about all of this was handed out to each individual that represents their First Nation and or committees from Brian Robinson. “In the past a prescribed fire or burn was done to help bring vegetation and habitat quickly creating a better environment for the various wildlife needing such foliage and cover for their homes,” said Ron. “So a letter was sent to the Filmon Commission to request that this type of burn be reimplemented on the Coast.” The next WCVIWAC meeting was set for Tsaxana Reserve on February 11 at Gold River.

Reclaim Your Identity as Nuu-chah-nulth Men February 23-27, 2004 Old Ways Consulting is offering an intensive five day program for male Nuuchahnulth survivors, of Indian Residential Schools and their male offspring. Our program is spiritually based and innovative. We promise you, you will be doing the work! Our program consists of the following: PHYSICAL · Beliefs · Massage Therapy · Walks · Uusimch · Singing MENTAL · Defining the significance of who you are and where you come from · Haa huu pa and story telling · Making commitments and keeping them · History of Indian Residential Schools EMOTIONAL · Learning to accept feelings · Responsibility to re-learn and teach our language · How our behaviors can be motivated by traditional beliefs · Defining our purpose and vision as men, how do we get there SPIRITUAL · Traditional Nuuchahnulth belief system · Learning to uusimch and pray daily · Re-building self esteem · Celebrating the mileposts of life Huupachasaht Hall, (on River Road) Port Alberni Our program is an opportunity for Nuuchahnulth men to take responsibility for their own healing. Come and be prepared to work. An identical program may also be available in March. Accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the participants. Snacks and beverages will be provided. A Professional massage therapist will also be available.

Only twelve seats available, so book early! Contact Information: Telephone (250) 390-2257, Cellular (250) 618-3213, Email: bukwilla@hotmail.com $495.00 per person - Make cheques payable to Old Ways Consulting For further information contact Ron Martin @ 250-652-5627 or Ron Hamilton @ 250-652-9667 or Charlie Thompson @ 250-390-2257

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Introducing Jason Campbell Kyuquot/Checklesaht Community Bylaw Enforcement Officer By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Kyuquot - The people of Kyuquot/Checklesaht would like to welcome their new Community/Bylaw Enforcement Officer Jason Campbell to the community. Jason comes from the Seabird Island Band, which is a part of the Sto: Lo Nation outside Agassiz on the mainland. Jason has a 3-year level of psychology, kinesiology, and criminology from the University/College of the Fraser Valley. He has managed a boxing club on the reserve (mainly focused on the youth), and has also worked as the recreational coordinator. Jason’s main focus will be to work with the youth and to create activities for them; his other activities will include working with the Crisis Team, Auxiliary Coast Guard, and the Kyuquot Fisheries. Jason has some long-term goals in mind like a sports team that will travel to other communities, certify individuals to be coaches, and help create a fitness center for Houpsitas. Due to the RCMP’s extremely busy schedule, and their routine being predictable, people have been taking advantage of this and have been breaking some of the Laws and Bylaws such as

“No Toxins on Reserve” which means no alcohol or drugs. Jason Campbell is going to be working with RCMP Constable Jason Fiddler 3 days a week and his schedule will be 3 weeks on and 1 week off. “I welcome the opportunities to work with this community and am excited to get my program off the ground with the help of volunteers from the community. I also hope I can get the by-law situation to the standards Chief and Council have set. This is a beautiful place and I look forward to learning all that I can about the land and its people,” said Campbell.

NTC Meeting ... continued from page 3 by DIAND. The funds will be transferred to the three Nations by the beginning of the next fiscal year (April 1, 2004). The next few motions dealt with funding for Child and Family Care services. The Ministry of Children and Family Development offered to transfer Away-from-Home Child Protection and Family Support Services to the NTC in the Port Alberni area. The NTC executive was directed by motion to take the necessary steps to facilitate a fair and equitable transfer of services. Simon Read reported DIAND is insisting on a Tri-partite Delegation agreement (NTC, BC and DIAND). He says DIAND is threatening to withhold NTC Usma operations funding until such agreement is in place. Currently the NTC had a bi-lateral agreement between Usma and the provincial Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD). The CHS Board recommends the NTC Executive Committee be given a mandate to enter discussion with DIAND and MCFD on a supplemental tri-partite agreement, which would add the minimum terms to those already agreed with MCFD in order to obtain the release of Usma operations funding. After lengthy discussions highlighted by terms such as ‘extortion’ the motion was carried. The last motion dealt with an alternative dispute resolution process offered by the Canadian government for

survivors of Indian Residential School abuses. NTC accepted the CHS Board recommendation that he NTC Executive have the mandate to address the Indian Residential School issues as it relates to: • Indian residential school resolution Canada – alternate dispute resolution process • Nuu-chah-nulth healing project (healing process) • Loss of language culture and identity • Persistent social health and economic problems of the Nuu-chah-nulth people The Executive was further directed to develop a new option for an alternate dispute resolution initiative or identify other options in addition to litigation. Larry Baird of Ucluelet says he paid for his own counselling after being abused in residential school. He says there are still NCN that haven’t come forward to legally deal with the trauma suffered at residential schools. Baird says he wants a process in place where he can be treated with integrity and respect; where he may speak to people he trusts. He reminded the NCN leaders that they are appointed to speak on behalf of people like himself; real people with faces who need leaders to fight on their behalf. The meeting was adjourned with unfinished agenda items to be carried over to the next scheduled NTC regular meeting.

Huu-ay-aht to meet with Members in Urban Centres [Submitted] Members of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution Committee, Treaty Committee and management staff participated in a workplanning session at the Huu-ay-aht Treaty Office on January 12, 2004. The two committees will be working together to reach out to Huu-ay-aht members to provide information on and obtain feedback on the on-going treaty negotiations at the Maa-nulth Table, and the development of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution. “This process is consistent with the Constitution Committee’s agreed upon approach to ensure that the development of a constitution is a community driven process”, says Angela Wesley, Chair of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution Committee. “Over the past 2 years we have provided background and general information to our members in various formats and sought their input at general membership meetings as well as at meetings in urban areas where our members reside. Now is the time to start to put those thoughts and ideas into a document for consideration by the members”, she said. Huu-ay-aht Chief Negotiator Robert Dennis added: “the Maa-nulth negotiating table has set aside time in our negotiating schedule that will allow our negotiators to visit with and update our membership on a monthly basis, and in Huu-ay-aht we have constructed a plan between our Constitution and Treaty Committees that we hope will provide information to our members in a format that will not overwhelm them with too much information at once”. The two Committees agreed that it is critical to provide information and draft chapters to members in “small bites” rather than to present them with completed treaty and constitution documents all at once. Constitution and treaty information will be provided to Huu-ay-aht members on a “chapter by chapter” basis at bi-monthly meetings so that they have an opportunity to review the information in detail and ask any questions. Meetings will be held every other month in 4 locations (Nanaimo, Vancouver, alternating between Port Alberni / Pachena, and Seattle) starting at the end

of January and continuing through until September 2004. Following this schedule the Constitution Committee anticipates that a full draft of a Huu-ay-aht Constitution can be reviewed by members in September 2004. Members will then have some time to review the document and return for further discussions and the beginning of a ratification procedure at the Huu-ay-aht Annual General Meeting scheduled for October 16, 2004.

Huu-ay-aht Chief Negotiator Robert Dennis added: “the Maanulth negotiating table has set aside time in our negotiating schedule that will allow our negotiators to visit with and update our membership on a monthly basis, and in Huu-ay-aht we have constructed a plan between our Constitution and Treaty Committees that we hope will provide information to our members in a format that will not overwhelm them with too much information at once”. Committee member Jeff Cook commented, “… the process that took place over the summer where we attended the homes of our members and sought their input through a questionnaire process was a tremendous success. We had a higher percentage of response than we have had in any other voting process in our Nation”. Trudy Warner, who conducted the interviews with members indicated that members felt good to have been provided with this information in their homes and most expressed interest in negotiators and committee members returning to their areas to provide further information as regularly as possible. The responses from those questionnaires is being used as a basis for either drafting clauses of the Huu-ay-aht constitution or preparing various options for consideration by members. [See meeting schedule for January and February 2004 below]

Attention Huu-ay-aht Members Members of the Huu-ay-aht Treaty and Constitution Committees will be traveling to the following locations to meet with our members:

January 26 (evening): Vancouver January 28 (evening): Pachena February 23 (day): Seattle February 24 (evening): Nanaimo February 25 (evening): Port Alberni Topics for discussion: Treaty:- Update on Land Selection Negotiations Constitution: - Information on Huu-ay-aht Traditional Government - Options for involvement of Ha-wiih - General information on Governance Structures (Canadian systems compared to Huu-ay-aht systems … what will our structure look like in the future?)


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Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project

Contact List Main Office (Southern Region) 5120 Argyle Street, PO Box 1383 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M2 Ph: (250) 724-3233 Fax: (250) 723-6010 Tofino Office (Central Region) 151 First Street, PO Box 279 Tofino B.C. VOR 2ZO Ph: (250) 725-3367 Toll-free: 1-866-901-3367 Fax: (250) 725-2158 Gold River Office (Northern Region) 100 Ouwatin Road, PO Box 428 Gold River, B.C. V0P 1G0 Ph: (250) 283-2012 Fax: (250) 283-2122

Nanaimo Urban Office: 204-96 Cavan St. Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2V1 Ph: (250) 753-8567 Fax: (250) 753-8933 Victoria Urban Office: 853 Fisgard St. Victoria, B.C. V8W 1S1 Ph: (250) 380-9896 *New* Ph: (250) 413-7303 (Cell) Fax: (250) 388-5120 Vancouver Urban Office: 455 East Hastings Street Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1P5 Ph: (604) 254-9972 Fax: (604) 254-7919




Vancouver Support Group Meeting

1st & 4th Thursday of each month

Vancouver Office: #106 - 23 W. Pender

Women’s Support Group Meeting

2nd Thursday of each month. 6 - 9 pm

Vancouver Office: #106 - 23 W. Pender

Potluck Dinner

3rd Thursday of each 6 - 9 pm

Vancouver Office: # 106 - 23 W. Pender

2nd & last Tuesday of each month - 6 - 9 pm

St. Peters Anglican Church - 228 S. Dogwood


Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project EVENTS PIPE CEREMONY WITH JC LUCAS NCN Healing Project Urban Office #204-96 Cavan S t r e e t 9:00 am - 3:00 pm FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2004 Coffee, tea and lunch provided For More information contact: Shawn Sinclair: 616-3674 (cell) or 753-8567 (Office) __________________________________________________________________

URBAN WOMEN’S RETREAT FEB. 11, 12, 13, 2004 SEVEN SPRINGS RETREAT, NANOOSE, B.C. Come enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation at Seven Springs Retreat. You will have the opportunity to gather to nurture yourself physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. This retreat seeks to strengthen communication, build self-esteem, promote self-care and to empower our NCN women. Space is limited for the retreat, so please register with your Urban Support worker as soon as possible. Experience · Natural Healing · Massage/Reiki · NCN Weaving · Meditative Peace · Yoga · NCN medicines FUN! FUN! FUN! FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER: NUU CHAH NULTH HEALING PROJECT VINA ROBINSON @ 250-731-6271 JODY OLSSON @ 604-254-9972 or 604-312-6539 MICHAEL McCARTHY @ 250-380-9896 or 250-413-7303 SHAWN SINCLAIR @ 250-753-8567 or 250-616-3678 cell) - 753-8567 (office) ___________________________________________________________________

DREAM BOARD WORKSHOP NCN Healing Project Urban Office #204-96 Cavan Street 9:00 am - 3:00 pm THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2004 Coffee, Tea and Lunch Provided For More information contact:

CAMPBELL RIVER: Campbell River Support Group

Shawn Sinclair @ 616-3674 (cell) or 753-8567 (office) __________________________________________________________________


VICTORIA: Support Group Meeting Potluck Dinner

Last Monday of each month - 6 - 9 pm Every 2nd Monday of each month

Victoria Office: 853 Fisgard St. Victoria Office 853 Fisgard St.

Last Thursday of each month - 6 - 8 pm

Travel Lodge Silver Bridge Inn - 140 Trans Canada Highway

DUNCAN: Support Group

Laichwiltach Family Life Association 441 4th S t r e e t 9:00 am - 3:00 pm TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2004 Coffee, Tea and Lunch Provided For More information contact: Shawn Sinclair @ 616-3674 (cell) or 753-8567 (office) ___________________________________________________________________


Family Ties – Ucluelet If you are pregnant or have a young baby come visit our exciting program! We offer drop-ins with topics and guest speakers of interest to new parents. As an expectant mom you can receive individual counseling and free nutritional supplements. Where? Family Ties, Davison’s Plaza, Ucluelet. When? Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. How? Drop in or call: Margaret Morrison, Outreach Counselor @ 726-2224 FEBRUARY SCHEDULE: February 3rd - “Dental Hygienist visit” February 10th - “Nourishing Moms” Feb. 17th - “Infant Development” Feb. 24- “To Co-sleep or not to Co-sleep”

Family Ties – Tofino If you are pregnant or have a young baby come visit our exciting program! We offer drop-ins with topics and guest speakers of interest to new parents. As an expectant mom you can receive individual counseling and free nutritional supplements. Where? Tofino Community Hall When? Every Tuesday from 11:30 to 1:30 How? call: Laurie Hannah (Outreach Counselor) c/o Health Unit at 726-4242. FEBUARY ACTIVITIES February 3rd - “Cedar Rose Making” February 10th - “Keys to Literacy” February 17th - “Aromatherapy” February 24th - “Infant First Aid”

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FEBRUARY 25, 2004 106 – W. Pender St. Vancouver, B.C. 9:00 – 3:00 Lunch Provided This one day split workshop you will learn to: Understand giving and sharing around fish What sockeye represents Problem solve Understand gambling and bingo addictions

For more information and to register: Jody Olson 604-254-9972, 604-312-6539 or Vina Robinson 250-731-6271

S.O.S. Support Group (Survivors of Suicide) Meets every second Wednesday starting January 14, 2004, Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: 4917 Argyle St., Port Alberni. (KUU-US Crisis Line Business Office) Facilitator: Lori Gassner Have you experienced a loss due to suicide? Would you like to meet others that understand? Anyone affected by suicide either personally or otherwise is invited to attend this informal support group … session topics will vary. ~ Everyone welcome ~ Refreshments served ~ Any questions or info call (250) 723-2323

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Meningococcal Infections explained What are meningococcal infections? Bacteria cause meningococcal infections. Serious infections caused by meningococcal bacteria are meningitis, an infection that affects the lining of the brain, and septicemia, an infection of the blood. Every year about 35 to 50 cases are reported in BC. What are the signs and symptoms of meningococcal infection? People can carry the bacteria without becoming ill, but can pass it to others who do become ill. The first signs of meningococcal infection are like the flu. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, respiratory infection, and feeling unwell. These symptoms are usually worse than those for the flu, and progress quickly to a bad headache, stiff neck, and/or a reddish-purple, tiny, bruise-like skin rash.

In young children, the most obvious symptom may be a major change in behaviour, such as sleepiness, irritability or excessive crying. People with sudden onset of these symptoms should see a doctor immediately. How is meningococcal infection spread? Meningococcal bacteria are spread from one person to another by close, direct contact with droplets from the nose or throat of the infected person. This can occur through activities such as kissing, or sharing of food, drinks, baby bottles, soothers, cigarettes, lipsticks, water bottles, mouth guards used for sports, or mouthpieces of musical instruments. There is no increased risk from handshaking or handholding, attending the same school or sports event, or being on the same bus or airplane as

an ill person. It is not a risk to be with someone who was in contact with an infected person. How can meningococcal infection be prevented? Practice good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing, and do not share any item that may have saliva or spit on it to prevent meningococcal infection. If you have been in close, direct contact with a person with meningococcal infection, an antibiotic and a vaccination are recommended and provided free. This helps to prevent the development of the disease. Although these measures are very effective, it is important that a doctor be consulted if symptoms of the disease develop. There are vaccines to prevent meningococcal infection! Vaccination can prevent most serious meningococcal infections. It is especially important that children and adults who are more likely to have serious problems from meningococcal infections receive the meningococcal C conjugate vaccine. This includes those who: · do not have a spleen, or whose spleen is not working; · have particular immune

system disorders; · have had a haematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant; or · will be having or have had a cochlear (inner ear) implant. Protection starts from 10 to 14 days after the vaccine is given. The meningococcal C conjugate vaccine will be provided to all infants born on or after July 1, 2002, when they are 12 months of age. This will be part of the routine childhood immunization program. At the start of the 2003/2004 school year the vaccine will also be provided free to all children in Grade 6. The vaccine is sometimes used to control outbreaks of meningococcal C disease in British Columbia. The vaccine is then recommended for certain age groups that have been affected with the disease in a specific area. For more information on meningococcal infection, please contact your NTC Nurses or your family doctor, or call the 24-hour BC NurseLine to speak to a registered nurse at: ·Toll-free within BC: 1-866-215-4700 ·Deaf and hearing-impaired toll-free in BC: 1-866-889-4700

Central Region Nursing Updates/Schedules

Correction: In the December 4th, 2003 issue of Ha-Shilth-Sa, in a story on the Clayoquot Sound Science Symposium, an incorrect URL was given. The correct websit address is:

www.clayoquotalliance.uvic.ca/symposium2003 We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

Chief and Council NOMINATIONS / ELECTIONS for Ka:’yu:k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7eth’ First Nations have been scheduled as follows: Accept/Decline Ballots to be returned by Thursday, February 5, 2004 Advance Poll Thursday, March 11, 2004 ELECTION Date Friday, March 19, 2004 A note to our people: If you have moved in the last while, please contact us with your most current address... either by snail mail or the Toll Free number 1-888-817-8716

Attention Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Members The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Band elections are being held in April 2004. We need all off reserve band members current mailing addresses. Please contact Desmond Tom or leave a message at 250-725-3233, fax #250-725-4233. You can also email me: meares@island.net please make subject line “Elections”

To all Tseshaht membership: Please remember when you register your child(ren) with NTC you must still register your child(ren) to the Band. I do not have names that NTC has so if you're one of these members please contact me for Band membership papers as we administer our own membership and only those people on our list is Tseshaht. I do not issue status cards this is done only with Rosie Little or Mel Braker. Feel free to contact me at lisagallic@shaw.ca or call me at 1-866-7244229.

Nursing Program Provides Additional Services – The Prevention & Education of Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS Chris Curley will be providing some additional nursing services for all fourteen of the Nuu-chah-nulth communities in the area of education and prevention of sexually transmitting diseases. Chris can be reached at (250) 725-1232 every Wednesday from 8 am until 7 pm. Please feel free to call with any concerns, questions, information etc. Jeannette Pattison – Ahousaht Ph: 250-670-9608Healthy Baby Clinic – Every Tuesday (newborn – 5years) Prenatal visits – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays School Visits 1st &3rd Thursday

Southern Region Nursing Updates/Schedules * Penny Cowan Community Nurse RN ~ Port Alberni Bread of Life Monday and Wednesday mornings Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Referrals, health counselling, immunizations. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday available for home visits to elders in town and those with chronic illness.

Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program Contact List Northern Region Moira Havelka Joan Shanks Barb Bradley/ Susan Donnecke Central Region Mary McKeogh Chris Curley Jeannette Pattison Mary Rimmington Southern Region Liz Thomsen Jody Vos Penny Cowan Annette Muller All Regions Lynne West Ina Seitcher Jeannette Watts Lisa Sam

Phone 283-2462 mwf 283-2012 t/th 761-4274


E-mail moira@nuuchahnulth.org

283-2122 761-4027

No E-mail




726-2993 725-1232 or 726-5240 670-9608 725-2951



726-2994 670-9608 725-2952

ntc025@island.net jpattison@nuuchahnulth.org mary.rimmington@cvihr.bc.ca

723-2385 723-2385 723-2385 723-2385

723-5396 723-5396 723-5396 723-5396

ethomsen@nuuchahnulth.org jody@nuuchahnulth.org penny@nuuchahnulth.org ntc011@island.net

283-2639 723-2135 ext1109 724-5757 724-5757

283-2608 724-8505 723-0463 723-0463

ntc006@island.net ina.seitcher@cvihr.bc.ca jnetwatt@nuuchahnulth.org lisasam@nuuchahnulth.org

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Birthdays and Congratulations Happy 9th birthday to Richard Knighton on Feb 6th, love always grandma Dee, aunties Leona, Joy and uncle Erich. Happy first Birthdays to Jolie Frank (Jan 4) and Cenedra Mutanda (Jan 17), Happy Birthday Jalene Frank (Jan 10) and a big whopping Birthday to my baby sister Iris Frank (Jan 21) also to Bryanne Frank (Jan 23) thanks for making the day more wonderful! Have a Great Day....lotsa love from the valley... Auntie Shelley, Uncle Rick and Pharyn. Happy 2nd Birthday to my grandson Gregory Thompson on Jan. 11. Love grandma Shirley Michael. Happy 20th Birthday to Lisa on Feb. 16. Love Mom Pearl & Dad, brother & sister. Happy birthday to my beautiful auntie Emily Touchie on Jan. 13th. We love you lots. Melanie, Elmer and Charlie Happy Birthday to our little cousin Babycakes Salina Touchie on Jan. 22nd. Thank you for always being a humorous young lady, and bringing so many happy times to our lives. We love you with all our hearts. Love Melanie, Elmer, and Charlie Happy Birthday Marc Jack on Jan. 15th. Now that your 19 you can have all the privileges that the rest of us "adults" have. Debt, bills, high cost of living, relatives who borrow money, flashy vehicles, too many relative's birthday's to remember to be easy on the bank account, and lets not forget the old saying of, "grow up" your suppose to be act your age junk everyone tells us. Nevertheless, Marc you have entertained all of us for the past 19 years with your unique personality, humour, and very caring nature. We truly appreciate you, and think you’re a great little brother. Thanks for always being there for us, eating the leftovers, hassling Jenny when she is crabby, and leaving lumberg messages when we most need them. We love you lots, Happy Birthday, and get to the NBA already I need to borrow some money. LOL! Love your big sister Melanie Touchie, your new relative Elmer Frank, and your orphaned child Charlie. Happy Birthday going out to Ilene Thomas on Feb. 7th have a good

Happy 6th Birthday on Feb. 5 Shaylene Frank (hunny bunny). Love your teacher Carol M. (your hunny bunny). Love your other teachers – Gail H. Grace G. Enjoy your special day pretty girl! We love you! day my great gran love always Corby frank. Happy Birthday to great grandpa Felix Thomas on Feb. 19th love your great grandson Corby Frank. Happy anniversary to you guys on Feb. 26th have a great anniversary. Love your great one Corby frank. Happy 8th birthday to my cousin Kyra Doll Tom on Jan. 25. We hope you day is filled with joy and lots of fun. Love from your cuzs in HSC, ET and Dan. Happy 8th birthday to my auntie Kyra Tom on Jan. 25th. Love from your niece Alissa MacIntyre-Tom. On Feb. 8 I would like to wish my very loving uncle Benny Jack Sr. in Gold River a Happy Birthday. Miss you and love you. Love from Erica Tom and Alissa MacIntyre-Tom Jan. 8 - Happy 27th birthday to my brother Marshall Richard Thomas. From your eldest sister and family. Jan. 14 - Happy 18th birthday to our niece Joyce Smith. From uncle Eddie and Irene Smith. Feb. 22/ - Happy 22nd birthday to my other brother in Matuni, Nathan Max well Lafortune. From your eldest sister Irene Smith and family. I enjoyed the Christmas holidays with you bro. Come again real soon. I would like to wish my bro Martin Watts a very happy birthday for Jan 24th, Lotsa Luv from Jerilynn, Warren and Kyle. And I would like to wish my husband Warren Erickson a VERY HAPPY 40TH! Birthday for Jan 28th.... Love you War...from Jer, Kyle, Ash, Levi, and Your Smunch. Happy Birthday – Jan 4 to Norma Taylor, Port Alberni, B.C. From Boe & Geri Wesa, Red Deer, Ab. Happy Birthday Jan. 12 to Charity Cuminsi Wesa. From Boe & Geri Wesa, Red Deer, AB. Happy 1st Birthday Jan 14 to

This is the second season for James Martin, Gary Martin and Trevor Blackbird to play ice hockey in Port Alberni. They are all in “atom” this year. They travel out weekly for practices and games. They travel from Tofino. James made the rep hockey team this year – I am so proud of you little brother! I am proud of all you boys. Keep up the good work! Special thanks to my dad, Moses Martin, to Carla Moss, Bob Kimoto for driving Trevor’s Auntie Ann Barker, David Toombs, twins – Chris & Ryan, Patricia Barker for allowing Trevor to stay at your house when he asks and for taking him to his practices / games when he is with you. It means a lot to us when you look after Trevor. From Carol Martin.

Happy 6th Birthday to my beautiful niece Savannah Martin on Feb. 5th. Auntie loves you very much – you bring sunshine into our hearts! We enjoy it when you come and visit us! Enjoy your special day pretty girl! Love your auntie Carol Martin, your twin uncle Daryle, your cousins Barb, Dennis, Lance, Trevor, Matt & (of course) Timon. Joel Evan Wesa. From Grandma and grandpa Wesa, Red Deer, Ab. Happy Birthday 3 Feb. to Shawn Julian. From Boe & Geri Wesa, Red Deer, Ab. Happy Birthday 21 March to my sister Anne. From Geri Wesa, Red Deer, Ab. Happy Birthday 26 April to our son Wade. From Mom & Dad, Red Deer, Ab. Happy Birthday 27 April to Renee Fred. From Auntie, Uncle Boe & Geri. Happy Birthday 15 May to our son Jared Wesa. Love Mom & Dad. Happy Birthday 18 May to our niece Susan. From Boe & Geri. Happy Birthday – 6 May to my sister Marge Williams. From Geri. Happy Birthday 25 May to my sister Charlene. Love from Geri. Congratulations to Kristin and Shawn on the birth of her 1st child, his name is Matthew Brent Julian. Son to Kristin Wesa and Shawn Julian of Calgary, AB. Grandson to Geri and Boe Wesa of Red Deer, AB. Happy Birthday to George Williams on Jan. 19th and Oral Williams on Jan. 17 and Norman Williams Sr on Jan 14. From Laverne, Effie and Lillian. Congratulations to my nephew Chris Williams on the winning of the Gold medal in your hockey tournament in Parksville. We are very, very proud of you and your accomplishments. Good luck on all your other future games. With love from Auntie Jenn, uncle Richie. Your best bud Collin & Miranda. Way to go Christopher! Happy Birthday to my uncle Mark Sutherland on Jan. 4th. Also Happy Birthday to my nephew Justin Patrick on Jan. 16. Hugs & kisses from Jenn, Richie, Collin & Miranda. Hello & Happy New Year to all my family and friends up in Kyuquot. I hope you all had a good Christmas and a safe New Year. I miss you all. I hope to be home for a visit soon. School is going good. My two children are doing good. See you soon. Take care. From Jennifer Hanson. I would like to say a very Happy Birthday to my sons Martin Watts on Jan. 24th and Warren Erickson on Jan. 28th. Love from Mom & Waatse. A very Happy Birthday to my Dad, Warren Erickson on Jan. 28th and uncle Martin Watts on Jan. 24th. Love from Ashley, Levi & Brison. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Cathy Watts on Jan. 16, Rosalee Ross on Jan. 20th , Dustin Ross, Aaron Hamilton, Tina and Alicia Sam on Jan. 26. From Dave & Annie Watts and family.

Happy 1st Birthday to Joel Evan Wesa. Love from Grandma and Grandpa. Happy 1st Birthday to our son! Love from Dad & Mom Wade and Charity. Happy 17th Birthday to my daughter Sandra Billy on Jan. 23rd. Hope you had a really good day. I love you always Babe. Love Mom (Pearl Jacobson). Happy 20th Birthday to my son Oral on Jan. 17 and Happy Birthday to my nephew George Williams on Jan. 19th . From Lyle and Kathy. Jan. 19 - I would like to wish my sweet, gorgeous niece Katleen McEwan a very happy 7th birthday and I am sure that your mother had a very special day for you my dear niece. I miss you and many more to come. Love aunt Carol Mattersdorfer at Alert Bay. Jan. 22 - to my dear nephew in Victoria, I would like to wish you a very happy 17th Birthday and hope your doing fine my nephew and many more to come okay. Always know you’re in my heart and I love you nephew. Until than take care! Love auntie Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Feb. 6 - Harvey Mark - where ever you are...Happy 43rd Birthday there my friend, I am so glad that your a very good friend, to me. Another good year for you and me for friendship. Thanks for the telephone calls and the letters. Many more to come my dear friend. From your friend always Mrs. Carol R. JohnMattersdorfer. Feb. 7 - To my very special auntie Lorraine John she is in Esperanza right now. I miss you auntie Winnie, and I sure hope that you are having fun up there and I am having fun too up here at Alert Bay. Box 290 VON 1A0 write to me auntie. So Happy Birthday to you and many more to come. Love always your favourite niece. Carol Mattersdorfer. Feb. 9 to my baby brother George Chester John Jr. Well bro, I miss you so much, and always know that I am thinking of you and your in my heart on this special 34th Birthday. Many more to come. To my cousin Mena up at Klemtu BC Happy Birthday to you my dear cousin. I sure hope your doing fine and dandy. Many more to come. Love from your sis Carol Mattersdorfer and cousin. Happy Belated Birthday to my friend Reg Sutherland of Ahousaht... I miss seeing you to my friend, and I bet you had a good one too. From your friend always Carol Mattersdorfer. Happy Birthday to my Daughter In-Law Melissa Williams on Jan 25. From Brenda and girls. Happy 14th B-day to our daughter Samantha Johnson on Feb 4. Love you lots Babe. From Mom, Dad and sisters Cindy and Mabel.

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My wife Cathy & I would like to take this time to thank the Tin Wis Best Western catering department for providing us with a fabulous banquet for our daughter, Cherie's wedding which took place at the Tin Wis Best Western Conference Center in Tofino, B.C. Sat. Dec. 20, 2003. Our daughter married Luis Arce Vargas who is originally from Costa Rica. We highly recommend to al1 First Nations People looking for a place to host a wedding, to have it at the Tin Wis Best Western Conference Center in Tofino. They did a superb job in catering our daughter's wedding. Two thumbs up to their Chef, Margo for providing the most delicious roast beef, chicken banquet! Thanks to Theresa Wachal, for organizing the catering & lastly to the

wait staff for providing a most excellent service on such a special day. We would also like to thank Rick Lindholm for officiating our daughter's wedding. Kleco, Bob Soderlund for taking the pictures for us. Kleco, Ron Hamilton for doing such a tremendous job as the Master of Ceremonies. Kleco to a great sister, Grace George. Naomi Seitcher, Uncle Dennis Elvedahl, Cathy's sister, Sandy Miller, Trina Mattson, & Cathy's mother, Jean Mattson, for helping with decorating the conference center. Thank-you to Cathy's brother, Eric Mattson & sister in law, Trina Mattson for loaning us the trees. Thanks to our son, Richard & Cory Charlie for blowing up all the balloons. Thank-you to al1 of Luis & Cherie's friends for making their day so special. Thank-you to the wedding party, Maid of Honour, Megan Fraser, Best Man, Carlos Solano Ortega, Nola Campbell, Brides Maid, Haida Gouchie, Brides Maid, Phil Trodden, Groomsman, Cory Charlie, Groomsman, & last but not least Jaiden George, Ring Bearer. Last but not least thank-you to both sides of our family for witnessing this special event especially Cherie's Grandparents, Earl & Josephine George, Grandma Isabelle Elliott, Grandma Jean Mattson, & Grandfather Eugene Elvedahl. Kleco, Kleco! Most Appreciated! Lewis & Cathy George. on behalf of our daughter Cherie & our son in law Luis Arc Vargas .

All we have is memories And your picture in a frame We think of you in silence And often speak your name There wasn’t time to say good-bye But now we know your up so high. We think of you and all your charms We know you’re in the angel’s arms. It broke our hearts to loose you But you never went alone For part of us went with you The day God called you home. Good-bye my dear mother.

Love from Leona, Hector, Ryan, Mauricio Lopez To Kevin, Leonard, Glen, Ramona, Greta, Trudy. I’m truly sorry I couldn’t be there, when we lost our mother December 1, 2003. Just to let you know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love your sister Leona Lopez.

In Memory of Grandpa Archie Frank Grandpa it has been quite a few year’s since you past away, I miss you dearly! There is not a day that goes by that I don not think about you or something you had told me! I remember you always saying you are getting old but I never wanted to hear it! You would always tell me to get married and have kids, because I was getting old and you were not getting any younger. Four year’s have past grandpa Archie I finally had a baby there is only one thing I regret is that you never got to see my Lil Markus or you never got to see me get married! Those are the only things I regret in life because you never got to see them happen for me and my family. Grandpa you were my best friend and still are but I miss you so much! In the past four years, since you have been gone it is still hard for me to believe you are not around to see all your kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren!

In Loving Memory of Mark N. Mack March 4, 1926 - January 31, 2003. It's been a little over a year since we last saw each other. I still miss you and think of you often. The memories of all our moments shared are etched in my mind forever. It was always good to have you stay with us when you did come into town. I remember how you often wondered and worried over us, when in turn, we had done the same for you. As this year has passed, it has given me time to heal my saddened heart. Just knowing you're in a better place and with family who had passed on before you lightens part of the sadness. As for now, I can honour you with sharing all the precious pictures of the many moments we gathered with each other. You will be looked upon with pride because you were such a wonderful person. I Love you Dad,

Birthdays & Congratulations Cont’d...

I just wanted to say Happy 3rd Birthday! to my handsome son, Andrew Cole Reid Mack. His birthday is February 15th. I would also like to say hello! to my all my family back home and the ones that live in the USA. Love, Parker Mack.

In loving memory of Edward Gabriel Clarence Henry Smith Jr. May 4, 1988 to February 11, 1989 Not a day goes by: Every second, every hour, every day I remember the things we done together. I remember when you cried and I always held you close to my heart and said son don't cry everything is going to be alright! I remember how you used to crawl up to me and smile the whole room gleamed in brightness. I remember the fun we had when you had your first Christmas oh what a day that was helping you open your first Christmas present.

In Memory of Norma Mack 1933 – 2003

Love your granddaughter Kimberley Ann and your great Grandson Lil_Markus! We miss you grandpa Archie!

I would like to introduce my new son-inlaw Rob Lindsay, who on Dec. 23, 2003 married my daughter Nellie Mary Jacobson. So congratulations to the two newly weds, who got married in Las Vegas, with my wife Pearl Jacobson and myself as your proud witnesses at your wedding. Also, congrats from your daughter, so proud of you Mom & Dad. Love from me Cedar Margaret Lindsay. Love always your proud Dad, Dave & Pearl Jacobson.

Happy Belated to my Bro & Uncle Joey John. Hope you enjoyed your day we love you lots. From your sis Brenda, Sam J, nieces and nephews. Happy Belated B-day to my cousin Mike Maquinna. From Brenda Johnson and family. Happy Belated B-day to my grand daughter Heather Johnson. From Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Sam and cousins Cindy, Sam, Mabel. Happy Belated Anniversary to my Aunt Mamie and Uncle Pat Charleson on Dec27th Love you both from your niece Ida, Sam and family up in Gold River. Happy Belated B-day our Sis in-law Auntie Marilyn from Brenda, Sam J, and nieces and nephews.

In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap

I remember when you started crawling around you were always stepped on but never fussed. I remember when you first stood on your two little feet I gave you the biggest hug ever. I remember when you first spoke and you spoke so softly. Oh how I wish I could hear your sweet voice, see your handsome smile, cuddle you in my arms just one more time. Son I love you and I really miss you! All our love, Mom and Dad.

Yesterday, Today and for all my Tomorrow's too. Forever Missed by Naomi, grandson Philip, Debbie, Betsy & Dean, grandson Jacob, and granddaughter Deborah.

In memory Dion Elsa Louise Fred August 20, 1978 – February 4, 1996

Dion Elsa Louise Fred August 20, 1978 – February 4, 1996

Looking back through the years Wondering, what would it be like if you were here with us Would you be in school? Would you be married? Would you have children of your own? So many questions; with no answers. Listening to songs you loved gives us peace. Realizing you will always be a part of our hearts. Reminiscing; going through pictures; Sitting and talking with your friends brings us closer to you. As you will always be with us The years go by too fast Missing you lots Dion

I’ve been thinking of you dearly Wondering what it would be like if you were here Wondering if you’d have your own children Or if you’d be looking after ours Or enjoying your own life You would have been a very awesome aunt You would have been everything You were someone no-one could ever replace But I didn’t realize that until you left us You had so many friends You will always be in our hearts You are missed extremely But we know your safe and in peace Miss you and love you so…

Forever, Gram, Mom, Mary, Derrick & Janine.

Love always sister Janine Barney (Jem)

Page 16 - Ha-Shilth-Sa - January 29, 2004 Nuu-chah-nulth Registry & 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-quiaht. Contact these First Nations directly. To have a status card issued through NTC from these four First Nations please have your Indian Registry Administrator fax approval and your information prior to coming into the office if possible. · Does your First Nation have their membership code in place? If so, and you would like the above events recorded for "BAND MEMBERSHIP" then it is EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT that you contact them as well. · Your First Nation needs your current address and phone number so they can contact you regarding Treaty developments, letters and bulletins. · First Nation phone numbers and addresses are listed below for your convenience.

Ahousaht (250) 670-9563 - Fax: (250) 670-9696 General Delivery Ahousaht, B.C. V0R 1A0 Ditidaht First Nation 1-888-745-3366 - Fax: (250) 745-3332 PO Box 340 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8 Ehattesaht 1-888-761-4155 - Fax: (250) 761-4156 PO Box 59 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Hesquiaht First Nation 1-877-232-1100 - Fax: (250) 670-1102 PO Box 2000 Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Hupacasath First Nation (250) 724-4041 - Fax: (250) 724-1232 PO Box 211 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Huu-ay-aht First Nation 1-888-644-4555 - Fax: (250) 728-1222 PO Box 70 Bamfield, B.C. 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 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 Toquaht Nation (250) 726-4230 - Fax: (250) 726-4403 PO Box 759 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0 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

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribe Members If you are not receiving “Inside Tla-o-qui-aht” newsletter please call your address in ASAP. This mailing list is also used for important tribal mailouts you may not want to miss. Forward your address to: Carla Moss c/o Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Box 18, Tofino, B.C., V0R 2Z0 Phone: 250-725-2765, email: cmoss@island.net Fax: 250-725-4233 attn: Carla Moss

Two brothers from the Mowachaht/Muchalaht Nation are looking for a permanent family. Curtis is fifteen, and likes riding his bike, kayaking, listening to music and reading. He is friendly and outgoing and has a good sense of humour. Chad is eight years old and is a delightful boy who enjoys skiing, skateboarding, bicycling and swimming. If you are interested in knowing more about these boys please contact Darlene Thoen at 250-724-3232 or Kathryn Grant at 250 741-5713. (false names have been used) ATTENTION UCHUCKLESAHT DESCENDANTS Will all of those people, who are descendants of the Uchucklesaht First Nation, PLEASE contact Tina Robinson at the Uchucklesaht Office. As a part of our pretreaty process, we are contacting people who have a direct bloodline and seeking their interest in transferring into the Uchucklesaht Tribe for the purpose of gaining treaty rights. Phone – 250.724.1832 - Toll Free – 1.888.724.1832 We need names, addresses & phone numbers of all Uchucklesaht descendants.The Tribe has now initialled an Agreement in Principle with BC Canada. Now we need to hear from you! Please contact the office at: Phone: (250) 724-1832 Fax: (250) 724-8106 Address: PO Box 1118, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7L9

Tseshaht First Nation Cultural Resource Centre Open to anyone interested in learning more about Tseshaht history. Located at 5000 Mission Rd. – Chi-chu-aht House/ Tseshaht Treaty office. We have a toll free number available for Tseshaht members (which also houses our membership and Natural Resources Office. If you want your addresses included for treaty updates and Tribal bulletins call us (email: cap@tseshaht.com) with your address. 1-866-724-4225. Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Except holidays) For more information contact us at (250) 724-4229 or toll free at 1-866-724-4229.

Hello Ucluelet First Nation Members! HAVE YOU MOVED? We need your phone number, address & email addresses. We are currently updating our member’s list for: - Distribution of Food Fish. - Tribe Newsletters and - Treaty Updates ********************************************** Does anyone recognize or know the whereabouts of the following members? Gordon Bryson, Roberta Charlie, Richard Feveile, Jeffrey Fromme, Alexandria George, Jami Manson, Alice Peters, Norman Rivera, Ryan Rush, Sabrina Suprenant, Michelle Touchie, Kimberly Redmon, Jackie Hartman & Son, Adrian, Teresa Grieve & Joshua Schellenberger. Please call if you have information. YOUR HELP IS APPRECIATED! CONTACT: Vi Mundy at (250) 726-2414 or email: vmundy@island.net OR Leah Bill at email: leahbill@telus.net

Important Notice to all Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations members, Band Managers, CHR’s, Health Clerks and Band Membership Clerks:

MEDICAL COVERAGE NOT AUTOMATIC Reference: Recently, many bills were received at the NTC (Non-Insured Health Benefits Section) (NIHB) from parents requesting payment under this plan. If a child is not registered with Indian Affairs and the province there is no medical coverage. Therefore, FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF MEDICAL VISITS, X-RAYS, ETC. WILL FALL ON THE PARENTS! Indian Affairs cannot and WILL NOT PAY any bills without full coverage. Remember, unless a child is REGISTERED with both Indian Affairs (Status Card) and the provincial medical plan (MSP Card) two very important medical factors apply: a. The child is covered under the parent medically, for only three months; and b. Once the child reaches 1 year of age then they are no longer covered under the NIHB program for: equipment; supplies; drugs; dental; and optical. Normally, a child reaching 19 years of age requires (her or his) own medical care card. A child can maintain medical coverage up to age 25 when in full-time attendance at a post secondary institution, that is approved by the provincial medical commission. It takes 6 – 8 weeks to obtain these coverage cards! Start the process immediately! Do not assume it is done! Follow up with this until you have both cards! Questions to be directed to the Band Membership Clerks, or the NTC Registry Office 724-5757. Robert Cluett, CD - NTC NIHB Program Supervisor

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poets nook Look Upon The World With Open Eyes Written By Norma - Ann Webster With thine heart how I will always cherish thee. Of the winds that hinder the skies ... Of the earth that is an undesirable place ... When heart becomes entrenched with sorrow... Don’t cry for me for my days have come and gone... Let our lords of the universe guard the skies... And watch over our earths & lead us to a place that is safe. Full of beauty and wonder- with pastures so green Of beauty.... and assure deviness Life is beauty for all we have to do is open our eyes To all its wonder... To deliver the love that is lost or as some May think has never been... Just hold with faith that shall never be lost. A prayer for our travellers going into the light... A prayer that shall open the heart for The strength of one little prayer can do wonders... It answers our questions of why... How come? Why us? Or why me... There are never really any definite answers but there Is power deep within that holds all answers to all your questions...? But let this not blind you for what virtues there is... Nurture your strength of thy spirit to shield a sudden misfortune... Of time - Time is of essence- time is of

wonder- time is of beautyFulfill thy heart and never surrender to thy misguidance of thy self Be strong _ Be courageous_ Be yourself_ for life is blest with Things that only you shall see. Don’t rely on other’s to show you the way. Only if It is a good &the guidance of others- that must come only from the heart... The imprint of discouragements is fate or is it not? Look though this world with open eyesnot through eyes that may betray your spirit. We have our angels of the light of night and day... Looking over us in every moment of time... Don’t allow pettiness' control your destiny... for it shall be lost in an instant... Believe in our ways of our ancestors for they were the true people That fulfilled our life... Our ancestors have offered us the time. The time that shall portray our children's future.... Be kind to yourself and to others... for if you are not It will be recorded as the symbol of your trait. Do onto others for goodness only comes from within thy heart.... Look out to the world with open eyes and with out a heart filled with thorns... Love the children- love thyself and love life for it is too short... With all the shams of the world we can look at it from within in our hearts desires...

Universal Love A day is through, a night gets along A heart wanders, where does he belong Like a shooting star, across the sky Down a cheek, a tear will cry Every heart, has an endless supply Every child, always asks why Why does love, have to die Why am I, the one to cry Love has no boundaries, it’s an open field A heart’s not restricted, it will not yield

The answers are, within my heart The consequences are, it gets torn apart Do we take, love for granted Is our feet, firmly planted Do the birds, sing a sad song A heart should know, right from wrong The universe is vast, but so is love It can be pure, pure as a dove Until we understand, and truly know why There will be many hearts, that will cry Willard Gallic Jr.

Family By Veronica Williams Look forward towards the future Never give up on loved ones Do not dwell in the past Let bygones be bygones Be thankful for what you do have Never stay made or hold a grudge too long For life is too short Live each day to the fullest Never pass up on any chances Live each day as if it were your last Do not put off phoning or visiting a

loved one or family member A 5 minute or a 10 minute visit can mean the world to that person You can uplift a person who might be down You will make that person’s day. Always tell your friends and family how you feel about them Let them know you love them Cherish each and every moment spent with them. If you take a few minutes out of your time you can make a difference. Let them know you care. For you don’t know when you’ll see them again.

In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap To my beloved Dad - Tom (July 20, 1942 - August 24, 2002) Written by: BABE Father I wake each morning, my heart aching just a little bit less. When you passed... my life became such a mess. I work hard I keep my mind busy. I get no rest. I try to carry on... I do, I try my best.

I feel as though I have been torn from within I choke back tears, and I force to grin At times it feels impossible to just lift my chin. Pretending that I am fine feels like a sin. How could I cope, you’re no longer in my life? With only memories to help me survive, I feel robbed! It isn't fair I cry But this isn't good-bye

Career Opportunities - q#i-cah=-ta-mis

Training Quu’as West Coast Trail Society will be providing a training session in

Essential Wilderness First Aid For Leaders: Date: February 23 to February 27, 2004 Location: Italian Hall, 4065-6th Avenue, Port Alberni, B.C. Instructed by Slipstream First Aid. Training schedule: Monday, February 23 to Friday February 27, 2004 8:30 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Daily Registration fees: $325.00 Includes training, snacks and lunches. To register send in letter/fax with name address, phone, fax number and email address. Indicate Wilderness First Aid Training. Registration deadline February 16, 2004. Limited spaces. Fees to be paid on or before February 16, 2004. Make cheque payable to Quu’as West coast Trail Society. Quu’as West Coast trail Society Box 253, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Phone: 250-723-4393 Fax: 250-723-4399 E-mail: quuas@shaw.ca But a part of you will forever shine, As we all look at your grandchildren with pride. I will one day see you again, some day in time, When I too, hear heaven's chimes. In my children’s eyes…. When I was told you had left us, My heart crumpled, I couldn’t adjust. I struggle daily to stay strong… I must. I dread each celebration like torture, I hold back my sadness until all becomes a blur. I wish so badly that you hadn’t gone dear father. When it seems that I can’t fight away the tears, My children gather around, and my soul begins to cheer. In my children’s eyes… I see a part of you near. When I see my children smile, I see your smile shine through. When I hear them laugh, I remember your laughter too. I just have to close my eyes, sigh deeply and remember you. It has already been close to 2 years… Then one day Mom gave me your ring, which I hold so near. Moving forward is something I must do, that is clear. In my children’s eyes I see so much of you. The twinkle in their eyes helps me through Admitting you were gone was the hardest thing I had to do. There is one thing I would like to say I am so thankful for each and every day Is that you were a part of my life in every way? In one’s life, you are granted all kinds of people, friends, partners, children, but the one thing you are given and can never be replaced is your Parents… and I am thankful that I was given to you. For if it was not for my mother or for you, I do not feel I would ever be the kind of parent that I am today. Thank you for all the wisdom, love, caring, and life lessons.

In loving memory of my dear father H. Thomas Dick From: Barbara Ann “BABE” A tribute to my Parents Throughout my life I have learned many things Lessons from friends, school, work, But most importantly the lessons I learned from my parents. My mother taught me “Tough Love” Though it may seem menial, It comes in handy when your child becomes a teen. She taught me the importance of “Communication” This has helped me bond & Stay close to my husband and my children. My Father taught me the meaning of “Unconditional.” When I was young, I’d wonder how he could overlook some things But now, with my own, I fully understand now. He taught me to be “Strong” & “never give up.” It’s important to survive Life’s rocky road This is something I know today has really helped me. My mother taught “Pride” & “Family” And now with my own children I make sure to repeat all the words. My father taught me “Understanding” And that your heart never runs out of room for love After having my children, he was right for sure. Throughout my life I was taught so many lessons. These I will be sure to practice and pass forth. Now I know how to be a good person & a great parent. This is a tribute to two people who I love with all my heart My mom – Veronica (who I love to sit & visit) & My dad – Tom (who I will always hold within my heart) Written by: Barbara “Babe”

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Klecko’s - +ekoo Dear Editor: Ha- Shilth- Sa Newspaper. In the past you have published many of my poems, I would like to extend my gratitude to our Tribal Council NTC who have made our newspaper possible. It is good to read other news that involves our communities within the region. I would like to extend out my gratitude Annie Watts for all her help. It is wonderful the feed back I have received from my family, friends, relatives, cousins, nieces & nephews. They tell me they have read my poem or poems in the Ha- Shilth- Sa newspaper. I would like to further extend my gratitude to all the writers involved and I especially love to read your section on Our Respected Elders. I would like to say a little on this, The reason I love reading this section is because I live in the city and it is very rare to speak to my elders. I am a full time student at Malaspina-

University College. Of course we have our Coast Salish Elders to talk with and they are sincere fully. Since I had left my tribe Ahousaht I have wanted to spend time with my elders, to here their stories and listen to their wisdom. I would like to say that I appreciate the Elders Section and the rest of the papers especially my own publications of poetry. One final thing I would like to say is, I have met two wonderful elders here at Nanaimo Verle and Wayne they are the greatest people I have ever met. Dear editor thank you for a great job on the hard work that goes with the actual process of publication- I must not forget the regional reporters that are part of the Ha- Shilth- Sa publications. Thank you all for the publication of this Newspaper, it is the Best. News I read while I am away form home- Ahousaht BC, Miss you all at home. Kleco! Kleco! / Haych- Qa Siem Sincerely N A Webster.

We would like to say Kleco Kleco to our Treaty Manager Cliff Atleo Jr, and treaty team David Dennis, Willard Gallic for the Christmas dinner held for our Nuuchah-nulth hac’ ya pana~c members in Vancouver, B.C. It was well attended by many Nuu-chahnulth members. Kleco Kleco to Francis Frank and wife

Janis for their generous donation of toys. Kleco Kleco to Addie David and kids for their generous donation of toys and door prizes. All the kids and parents enjoyed this special day. The ticket door prizes will be drawn February 19, 2004 not December 31, 2003. Choo! Vancouver reps George & Gwen David and Julie Eaton

Friends and Relatives of the late George Elliott and Lorraine Elliott (Sampson) We would like to raise our hands and say Thank-you for being by our sides during our time of need. Especially those that travelled from afar. Just sitting with us helped to ease the pain, and enlighten our hearts, when all seemed so dark. A very big Thank-you to those who spoke such wise words, words which gave us strength, and direction. "This will not be forgotten". One does not realize how powerful we are, when we all come together.

"This is the best Medicine". Right now words cannot fully express how we feel about what you have done for us. In time.... we will heal. "As long as we follow our teachings", we will become strong again. Once again, Thank-you for all of your "Prayers, & Thoughtful, Caring gestures". Terry, (Maureen, Marissa) Rick, (Jeremy) Charles, (Andrea, Charles Jr. (Stephanie, Charlise) Angie, (Tony, Sheldon) Jennene. Kelli, (Chad, Ashley, Jessica) Sandra, (Dean, Brent (Neveah) Dean Jr. Mark) Dwayne, (Devon)

To the Ahousaht Community, I wish to thank you all for the way the community rallied around our family during the illness and subsequent death of my husband, Irving “Louie” Louie. Although I had witnessed this out pouring of support for other family members, I am overwhelmed by the spontaneity and generosity of support that was so freely given. Words cannot express how grateful my family and I are for all these generous gifts of financial and personal support. During this time of shock and loss, family and friends from Ahousaht were in touch daily – and never hesitated to make the journey to Victoria whenever they were needed. I have benefited greatly from this unconditional support through the long vigils at the hospital and the time which followed. I continue

to feel enfolded by this extended family and friends who keep in touch and care about how we are managing… So many others also benefited from knowing Louie better through the Ahousaht connection and participation at the Prayer and Memorial Services, and the amazing luncheon that followed – he was well known at First Metropolitan United Church and I continue to hear how meaningful the celebration of his life was for those who attended. This gift from your community is rippling throughout Victoria! I am blessed through having Louie as part of my life for 14 years and I thank you all for helping to ease his loss – may your kindness return to you in the true spirit with which it was given. Kleco Kleco Jane Louie

Vancouver hac’ ya pana~c^ Members Living Away from Home

Ucluelet First Nation General Band meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 2, 2004. 5 p.m. dinner. 6 p.m. meeting. See you there! Congratulations to our door prize winners for January 12, 2004 meeting: Brenda Clayton – jacket Eugene Touchie – framed picture Ray Touchie – coke glasses Vernon Ross – storage containers

Community Events and Celebrations MEMORIAL POTLATCH FOR LATE AGNES DICK January 31, 2004, Maht Mahs Gym, Doors open 11:00 am Doors will close at Noon for Business. Please be prompt. Thank you, Allan Dick and Family. HAWITHLWINIS (Robert Martin) has announced a THLAAK-TUUTHLA for his father, ROBERT MARTIN SR-mit. The ceremony will be held on: March 20th, 2004 at Wickanninish Elementary School, Tofino, BC, Starting at 10:00 a.m. Hawithlwinis is extending an open invitation to relatives and friends. His brothers and Uncle Levi will be making special trips throughout the Nuuchahnulth communities to extend formal invitations.

TO ALL THE AHOUSAHT YOUTH The youth of Ahousat are planning to have a Wellness Youth Conference on May 13-16, 2004. We welcome all the youth. We will be sending more information, for more info please contact, Rebecca Atleo, Connie Manuel, or Nancy Titian at Maaqtusiis School 250-670-9589, or 250-670-2560.

Adam Fred Memorial Potlatch

As our son/brother focused allot of his personal life to his culture, we feel that it is important to say good-bye to his presence here on earth, but to also celebrate the joining of him with ancestors. Knowing our son/brother would want us to feed our people and thank all those who came and shared stories, hugs, tears during the time of our loss, we feel that it is important to set this special day as early as possible. We therefore have decided to hold a feast for our family, friends and ask that each of you join us to remember our young man for who we all knew him. On January 29, 2005 at the Maht Mahs Gym, beginning at 12:00 p.m. We will close the doors to hold our opening ceremonies; we will then serve lunch at 1:00 p.m. If you wish to help us or have any questions regarding this, we ask that you contact Gina Pearson (mom) at 723-4727, or Darleen Watts (grandma) 724-4873, or Josie Watts (auntie) 724-4987. Change is good: My name is Carol John-Mattersdorfer, I am from Ahousaht First Nation, and I am a very proud daughter for Chester and Shirley John. Well mom and dad I am sure that you would be very proud of me been here at Alert Bay Treatment Centre. I would like to say that I am very much liking it up here at Alert Bay and they have so much to offer up here. They have a bowling alley where we go bowling, I do yoga, and I go for long walks, do exercising for myself. I feel good, and change is good. I met so many friendly people up here and they have an awesome Gym it has couches, T.V. and a concession stand, and they provide allot to the Youth up here. I love it. I am even keeping fit by shooting the Basketball around. They have a Hospital, Fire Hall, Police Station, Post Office and I am even allowed to go to Bingo on the weekend. So tonight I am going to try my luck.

I feel so honoured to be up here, the water is priceless, they have no chlorine in it and I can live on it personally. I have been coffee free, smoke free, pop free and a whole lot more. I am having a ball exploring this place. I would recommend this place to anyone. It's fun and man I keep myself busy a whole lot. Anyways it is my third week here and I am not even a bit homesick. I even put on 1/2 a pound, (ha) on my ring finger .. just kidding. Well on the personal note, thanks for reading my life-style up here at Alert Bay. Until than take care of yourself and each other. I miss all my friends and family of Ahousaht BC. But I am strong, brave and capable of doing anything if I set my mind to it. So have a better day. I miss you mom and dad and especially all my brothers and sisters. Love always Carol John Mattersdorfer Nimgis Treatment Centre, Alert Bay BC,

Employment Wanted / Services Offered

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 & Food Safe Certified* available for PROFESSIONAL Workshops/ Conferences. Healing Circles/Retreats/ Canoe Journeys. Contract or full-time position. Holistic massage & aromatherapy with essential oils by Raven Touch. Please contact Eileen Touchie @250-726-7369 or 7265505. - 5 Techniques combined into one full health experience. - Balance lymphatic system/relieve tired and tense muscles. - Pressure point care for overall health. - Facial cleansing and facial massage. - Elders age/baby age – focus on the age group to address their individual needs. FOR RENT: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290

Arts FOR SALE: Native designed jewellery; silver, copper, gold engraving, stone setting. Contact Gordon Dick by phone 723-9401. FOR SALE: Carvings for sale. If you are interested in native carvings such as: coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6" totems, canoes, leave message for Charlie Mickey at 724-8609 or c/o Box 40, Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 FOR SALE: Genuine Authentic basket weaving grass. Linda Edgar, phone 250741-1622. BASKET WEAVING FOR SALE: Grad Hat Regalia, Baskets, Weaving material, specializing in Maquinna Hat Earrings. Available to teach at conferences and workshops. Call Julie Joseph (250) 729-9819. FOR SALE: carved whale teeth, whale bones and bear teeth. WANTED: whale teeth, whalebones, mastodon ivory and Russian blue cobalt trade beads. Lv. msg. For Steve & Elsie John at 604-833-3645 or c/o #141-720 6th St, New Westminster BC V3L3C5. FOR SALE: Native painting. Call Bruce Nookemus (250) 728-2397 Whopultheeatuk Sandra Howard, Mowachaht Cedar Weaver. Hats, Caps, Pouches, Baskets, Mats, and Roses for Sale. Price Negotiable. Barter or Trade. Ph: 250283-7628. e-mail:oomek@hotmail.com. I am looking for someone to make Abalone buttons. Call 723-7134.

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Employment Wanted/ Services Offered

"WE'LL DO YOUR DIRTY WORK" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS - TRUCKS - RV'S - BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 720-2211. FOR SALE: 1 1999 Safari Van - 7 passenger, excellent condition - $12,000 (OBO). Contact (250) 726-7144 or fax (250) 726-2488.

COU-U$ CA$H - Need Cash between paydays. We loan $100, $200, up to $500 dollars. 100% owned and operated by First Nations. Phone (250) 390-9225. Or (250) 741-6070 cel. 401 Harvey Road, Nanoose Bay, B.C. T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975.

FOR SALE: MotoMaster Cartop Carrier. Good Condition. Offers, call 723-3880 Will do professional bodywork and painting. Over 10 years experience. Marcel Dorward (250) 720-0155 FOR SALE: 1989 Ford Econoline 17 passenger bus. Auto, runs great. $5500 obo 723-2308 FOR SALE - 1997 Ford F350, 1 ton, crew cab with duallies and a/c. 55,000 km. $13,900. 735-0833 FOR SALE: 1990 Ford 2 wd 1 ton crew cab on propane. $2500. 735-0833 For Sale: 1995 Honda Accord V6 (Green) 4 door sedan. Fully loaded; sunroof, leather seats, A/C, and high mileage (highway mostly) Second owner. Must sell $8900 firm. Call Janice or Matt at (250) 884-7575.


James Swan - Wih=ayaqa%ci*k Traditional Artist Original paintings, carvings (small totems and plaques). Wa>s^i>nis‘ prints and a few t-shirts available. Ph: (250) 670-2438, Cel: (250) 735-0790 Or e-mail wihayaqacik@yahoo.com

Jacko Graphics: First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Call Now! Celeste Jacko. www.decalmakers.homestead.com or Email: ladybrave05@hotmail.com WESTCOAST TRANSITION HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER: For Abused Women and their Children on call 24 hours toll free 1-877-726-2020. PORT ALBERNI TRANSITION HOUSE: Call 724-2223 or call the nearest local shelter or crisis center. HELP LINE FOR CHILDREN: 310-1234.

BOAT FOR SALE: 1992 - 25 foot Raider. Aluminum cabin, open fore and aft deck, adjustable outboat bracket, tandem galvanized trailer. $19,900 without engine, $29,900 with 2001 - 225 Merc Optimax. Call Roger Franceur 723-4005 BOATFOR SALE: MV Ropo – no license. 40’ fiberglass. Ex-freezer troller. Fully equipped. Freezer system only 2 years old. Harold Little (250) 670-2477. FOR SALE - 40’ Ex-troller and Spring nets made to order. Call Robert Johnson Sr. (250) 724-4799. FOR SALE: Area "G" AI Troll License 37.5 ft. Contact Louie Frank Sr. at 250670-9573 or leave a message at the Ahousaht Administration Office at 250670-9563. FOR SALE: 38 1/2 ft “C” license for $10,000. Donald Mundy (250) 7205841. FOR SALE: New & Used Barclay Sound Sockeye Nets. (250) 923-9864. WANTED: 18' - 19' Fiberglass Deep V Fishing Boat, Soft Top, (Double Eagle, Hourston, etc). Call Dale or Barb @ 250 - 283 - 7149. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 724-1494. FOR SALE: 25’ Bayliner powered by 350 Chev with Volvo leg. Excellent condition. $11,000. 735-0833. FOR SALE: 471 Motor, low hours, excellent running condition. Can be seen running. 724-1105. FOR SALE: 30’ Farl Hull Gillnetter with 2 nets (1 sockeye & 1 dog salmon). 7241105. MISSING – 30 HP Yamaha. Any information please contact Boyd or Josh Fred at 723-5114 or 724-6491. Reward! FOR SALE: SMOKED FISH, vacuum packed (by the sides), bags of Upsqwee. Call 250-724-6341.

+`um>k`a Advisory for Histories, Governance, and Constitutions (forming governments). contact Harry Lucas, at 724-1494. FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES: at Hupacasath Hall. Language Instructor Tat Tatoosh. Monday and Wednesday Nights. 7 pm to 9 pm. (Bring your own pen & paper). Parenting Skills for Parents & Tots. Fridays from 3 – 4 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. cuu kleco. Edward Tatoosh, Certified Linguist. SHARE YOUR TSAWAAYUUS: TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Volunteers required for the following: 9Give demonstrations 9and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. 9We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. WANTED: Nuu-chah-nulth women that would like to join my exciting team of Mary Kay Independent Sales, not pyramid. For more information please phone me, Rosalee Brown @ (250) 3859906. FIRST AID TRAINING: Canadian Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructors Lavern and Alex Frank are available to teach First Aid to your group, office, or community. Classes can have up to 24 students. Phone (250) 725-3367 or (250) 726-2604 for more information. NATIVE NUU-CHAH-NULTH LANGUAGE: Transcribing in phonetics - for meetings, research projects, personal use. Hourly rates. Phone Harry Lucas at 724-5809. SWEEPY’S CLEANING SERVICES: Samantha Gus: Need some Cleaning done? Don’t have enough time? Good rates. Call 723-7645 or leave a message @ 724-2763. Windows, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, walls, shelves, etc. Custodial/ Janitorial certified. Commercial house keeping/ home making certified & Food safe. THE CIRCLE GROWING COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: Video / music / CD-Rom or DVD production, website design or enhancement, book publishing, public relations, marketing, and training. Top quality professional productions at very reasonable rates. Contact Randy Fred, 530 Cadogan Street, Nanaimo BC V9S 1T4; Tel. 250-7410153; e-mail: randyfred@shaw.ca. Chuu! TOQUART BAY CONVENIENCE STORE: Open Year round! Located on Macoah Reserve. Status cigs available. (250) 726-8306. Shirley Mack Proprietor. New NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL: Manager is Lucy Edgar. I can be reached at Office # - 250-745-3844, Home # 250-7456610, Fax # 250-745-3295. PO Box 160, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M8. 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 & by the hour. Call 250-724-5290

HOUSE FOR SALE: 3 Bedroom with basement. Recently renovated. Serious enquires only. Reasonable offers considered - cash only. Call Allan @ 724-3215 (Home) or 724-4041 (Work). Tseshaht members only. HOUSE FOR SALE to TFN member on Esowista Reserve. Newly added 1 bdrm suite. Views of ocean & forest. Info: (250) 725-3482. PRICED TO SELL. 14 ft. X 70 ft. Princeton 1993 Mobile Home. 2 Bedroom, plus 12 ft. X 18 ft. addition, Located at Sproat Lake Mobile Home Park. Can be moved, relocated. By appointment only. NO AGENTS! Phone: 724-5290. WANTED: Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs etc. Can be dropped off at the Tseshaht Band Office. 5000 Mission Road, Port Alberni. Contact Gail K. Gus at 724-1225. FOR SALE: Beautiful Native Design Dress. New condition. Size 5-7. 7243049. FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 7244383. FOR RENT: A non-profit organization has rooms to rent, by the day, week or month. Very reasonable rates for Room & Board. Also, there is a Boardroom available for rent. For more information phone 723-6511. BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 724-1225. WANTED: Serger Sewing Machine to buy. Please call 724-4987 FOR RENT: 3 bdrm Bsmt Suite, heat, hotwater, hydro, blinds, w/d hookup, f/s, phone incl., Port Alberni old hospital area. $750/month. Available Sept. 1st. Phone 723-0308. MISSING: White, toddler size Canucks jersey with “C. Little, #99” on back. Jersey of sentimental value taken from a Port Alberni home. Call 724-6434 or 724-2935 with information. FOR RENT: Shared office space for rent on Songhees Reserve, Victoria. Call Tom at (250)885-9070 WOOD FOR SALE: $80 per cord. Leave a message @ 723-1129.

FOR SALE: TREK 800 Unisex Mountain Bike, brand new condition (used 3 times). Blue and Silver, kickstand and back wheel-rack included. $350.00. Call 724-3420 Room & Board (0pportunity): Looking for Adult tenants for August 1 and September 1, (3 available), Non-smoking & non-drinking Home. Located in Port Alberni (south), close to bus stop. Clean private room. Tenants must be clean & responsible. $350/month - Hydro, cable and Internet access included. (References Required). Call 250-7235503 for info. Drafting Table for sale: 59” wide. $200.00 o.b.o.. Call Ha-Shilth-Sa @ 724-5757

FOR SALE: 4 1/2’ x 9’ pool table, 2 years old, $2000. 728-3537



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How to Write a Business Plan Anyone starting a business has been told that they need a business plan. This plan becomes your road map laying out how you expect to succeed and how you will measure your business success. Without a business plan your business is just an idea with no solid form. So how or where do you begin the process of writing your business plan? You know that you have to know your market, your costs, how much money you have, how much you think you need and perhaps where you are applying for that money. Now how do you put it together? Perhaps you have been shown sample plans or sourced them on-line – NEDC has a workbook you may have seen. These samples and examples are great for giving you direction but they are not templates – each business is unique and reflects the vision, skills and knowledge of the owner/s. So whether you write it yourself or have it written by an outside firm you need to spend some time with your business plan. Here’s a quick guide to what you will require in your plan: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Executive Summary Description of the Business Ownership & Management The Market & Industry Marketing Strategy Pricing Project Costs & Financing Projected Income Statement (at least three (3) years) Supporting Documents

1. The Executive Summary: introduces your business strategy outlining goals and objectives. It is also an important communication tool for employees and potential customers who need to understand and support your ideas. For a small to medium sized business it is a two or three page summary of the plan, highlighting what you want to do and how you plan to do it. 2. The Business Description: describe the product or service that you will offer and how it differs from your competition. Identify risks and constraints associated with your business and how you plan to resolve them; for example seasonal highs and lows, high staff turnover, high equipment maintenance costs, etc. Speak to other people in the same type of business about their experiences, challenges and rewards. Where do you plan to locate and why does this make financial and market sense? Does the community show enthusiasm for you and your business?

Will hours of business play an important role; will you be open year round; have you identified a start date? What staffing requirements will you have and how will you meet them? Have you asked about trade credit? Have you spoken with trade suppliers to identify what managerial and/or technical support they may provide? If you are a contractor describe your terms. Briefly state the successes you have had in securing similar contracts reference any firm contract and include it as a supporting document. If you are purchasing an existing business explain why the owner is selling, describe the state of the existing business, its history and if there are problems how you will resolve them. Explain how your management will make the business more profitable. 3. The Ownership and Management: what business form will your company have: sole proprietorship (you are the owner/operator), partnership (can include joint ventures) or incorporation (registered under the companies act). Describe your business background and how it will help develop your company? What is your managerial experience? Is it directly related to your business, outside normal business parameters – i.e. volunteer or community work, etc. - or is it in another industry or field? What are your weaknesses? Describe them and how you will compensate, i.e., will you hire someone internally, get training, hire a consultant, etc. Include bios or resumes of the manager and/or management team and their responsibilities and contributions to the business. Do you have a mentor or someone knowledgeable in your field who will support you, offer suggestions, advice, etc.? If not do you have another support network? Managerial support is very important, especially for new business owners and a strong statement here shows thought and planning. Have you arranged additional resources; an accountant, lawyer, banker, et al.? These are also very important resource people that can help you and your business. 4. The Market and Industry Overview: what factors can or will influence the growth or decline of your industry; i.e. government regulations, environmental concerns, a change in demographics, health issues (think of the impact SARS has on the Toronto tourism and retail industry), safety issues, First Nation political issues, etc.

Look at your closest competitors: is their business steady, increasing or decreasing? Do you know why? List five of your closest competitors by name. How are their operations similar and dissimilar to yours? How will yours be better? What have you learned from watching their operations that will help your business? Who exactly is your market? Describe the characteristics: age, sex, profession, income, geographic location, hobbies, etc., or your market segment or target market. Then describe the size of the market and growth potential. What percent of the market will you have and as the market grows will your share increase or decrease? Have you done a feasibility study or research to identify the demand for your product? 5. The Marketing Strategy: how do you plan to attract and keep your share of the market? How do you plan to serve the market better than your competitor? How will you let potential clients know that you are open for business? How will you expand your share of the market? Describe the types of advertising you will use and why it will work best for your business. This can include: business cards, brochures, web sites, ecommerce, print ads in various publications and/or newspapers, signage, sandwich boards, etc. Your knowledge of your target market is essential in planning your market strategy, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been lost on poor marketing. Know your customer, how to keep them happy and how to reach them. 6. Pricing: how are you going to price your product or service to make a fair profit and at the same time remain competitive? How will you calculate the price for your product or service? Does the price you anticipate cover all your costs? If it is competitive with the industry is it still profitable – you cannot make money charging too low a price. Here is where thorough planning can really save you potential problems. Know your product well – how low can you go and still be profitable, how high can you go and still be competitive? Will you offer credit to your customers? If so, is it really necessary and can you afford it? Can you afford the potential bad debt or slow accounts receivable? 7. The Project Costs & Financial

Projections: project costs can be broken down into three sections: i. applicant equity (identifies what you are investing in the business) includes cash and contributed assets, ii. pre-operation costs normally comprised of legal, insurance, advertising, leasehold improvements, etc. iii. operating costs which include capital equipment, furniture, land, building, training, etc. and source of funding So your total project costs will identify what you have and what you need and where you will get it. This first set of financial projections is your sales/revenue projections. Here you will describe your estimated projected annual sales including all the assumptions used to reach these figures. 8. The Projected Income Statement: this provides projected revenue and expenses for a three-year period. Revenue will include: product sales, services, other revenue and misc. income. Expenses are divided into variable and fixed: variable expenses vary directly with sales and are costs incurred only when sales are made such as: materials, commissions, packaging, fuel costs, shipping, etc. Fixed expenses do not vary with sales and may include: rent, utilities, wages, insurance, depreciation) . Existing businesses are required to provide financial statements for their most recent three-year period. 9. Supporting Documents: The following documents (if applicable) should be provided: · · · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Letters of support Resumes for Owners and Key Personnel Certificate of Incorporation Historical Financial Statements (3 years preferably) Applicable Purchase Agreements List of Equipment to be purchased and price Estimates or Quotations for purchase of Equipment Insurance Quote Rental or Lease Agreement of Location Permission from Landlord to operate home-based business Report/Evaluation of Used Assets Contributed Band Council Resolution Marine Survey Relevant Photos or maps

Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation 7563 Pacific Rim Highway, (next door to Tseshaht Market) Office Hours: MON - FRI: 8 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, SAT, SUN, & HOLIDAYS: CLOSED

The purpose of NEDC is to promote and assist the development, establishment and expansion of the business enterprises of the Tribes and Tribal members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

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