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Maa-nulth-aht initials Agreement-in-Principle By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Nanaimo - With their Chiefs and leaders present, the five Maa-nulth-aht Nations initialed an Agreement-inPrinciple (AIP) with Canada and British Columbia last week. The nations (Huu-ay-aht, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h, Toquaht, Uchucklesaht and Ucluelet) were five of the six nations that voted in favour of accepting the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council AIP in June 2001. Since then the 12 nations at the NTC treaty table have been unable to decide how to manage the split, and many of the so-called “Yes” nations decided to negotiate on their own.
The nations (Huu-ay-aht, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h, Toquaht, Uchucklesaht and Ucluelet) were five of the six nations that voted in favour of accepting the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council AIP in June 2001. Over the past year, the Maa-nulth-aht negotiators have met with all levels of government and now claim to have an agreement that improves upon the last AIP. “The big difference is the cash component has gone up 12%, the land has gone up 32%, and some of the governance have come out of the treaty and moved into a self government agreement and that was the trade off that was made at the table,” said George Watts, Chief Negotiator for Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h.
“The big difference is the cash component has gone up 12%, the land has gone up 32%,” said George Watts The AIP offers the 1900 Maa-nulth-aht members $62.5 million and 20,900 hectares of land, as well as revenuesharing, self-governance, and other powers. The new AIP will not be put to a vote as negotiators say this agreement is simply an improvement on the past NTC AIP that was accepted by their communities. Instead of a formal vote, negotiators will be touring their various communities with a computerized PowerPoint presentation outlining issues and developments and explaining them to
Negotiators celebrate the initialing of a Maa-nulth-aht A.I.P.. (l-r) Eric Denhoff (Canada), Robert Dennis (Huu-ay-aht), Mark Lofthouse (B.C.), and George Watts (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h). community members. “They’ve already ratified the old AIP, all we have to do is bring the changes to the community and there really aren’t that many changes from the 2001 AIP so it will be a very easy process,” said Watts.
The new AIP will not be put to a vote, as negotiators say this agreement is simply an improvement on the past NTC AIP that was accepted by their communities. “Our nation sent a strong signal to get on to final agreement and get a final agreement they can vote on,” said Huuay-aht Chief Negotiator Robert Dennis Sr. “Our hereditary chiefs gave their endorsement of this process. I think it’s important for our other Nuu-chah-nulth colleagues to know that Maa-nulth has the endorsement of the Ha’wilth of each of their Nations and each of them is here today,” he said. “It’s the first group of First Nations to have initialed an AIP in the last while, and hopefully it sends a strong signal that we are making a lot of progress in treaty negotiations,” said Federal Chief Negotiator Eric Denhoff. “We’ve initialed a draft Agreement in Principle which outlines the key elements of a proposed treaty arrangement between the three governments. Each of the chief negotiators have recommended this draft AIP to our principals and it will be up to
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each of the communities and Canada and British Columbia to ratify this and go on to formally sign it, hopefully in the coming weeks,” he said. According to all negotiators, the initialing ceremony was simply a recognition of things the three parties had agreed to so far, and it would full-steam ahead towards a final agreement-signing in a couple of years. “All they’re doing is getting their people into the ballgame, which is negotiating the final agreement,” said Watts. “There’s been too much emphasis put on how important an AIP is. It’s important in terms of us moving on in the process, but the real important work comes in the final agreement. That’s where our people have to be totally involved is between now and the final agreement because now is when they’re sending their hitters into the ball game, and this stuff is for keeps,” he said. One of the stumbling blocks in negotiations across the province has been BC’s reluctance to agree to elements of selfgovernment powers. To get around this, Maa-nulth-aht negotiators have begun negotiations on a parallel self-government agreement. “Some of the self-government authorities will be in the treaty and some will be outside the treaty,” said Watts. “It took a bit of work and a bit of compromise on all sides, but we think we have a model that we think is consistent with the provincial position on self government and is also acceptable to both the federal government and First
Nations,” said BC Chief Negotiator Mark Lofthouse. “It’s a model which sees the lawmaking authorities divided between those which are in the treaty as well as the self-government agreement. It’s a mixture between the two (traditional and municipal),” he said.
“It’s the first group of First Nations to have initialed an AIP in the last while, and hopefully it sends a strong signal that we are making a lot of progress in treaty negotiations,” said Federal Chief Negotiator Eric Denhoff. “We’ve included a recognition that the traditional hereditary chiefs have a very important role and will continue to have a very important role in the life of Maanulth people in the future and that the governance arrangement should reflect that, and that was something we heard from communities between the last agreement and this agreement that people wanted more of that recognition,” said Denhoff. “There’s a number of things in this agreement that are improvements over the original AIP that the communities looked at. For one thing, we’ve included the commitment on the part of governments to negotiate a revenue sharing agreement with the Maa-nulth tribes, and that wasn’t in the original treaty proposal. That is a significant improvement that will clearly cost
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Elder Profile: Mamie Rose Lucas By Denise Ambrose Central Region Reporter Hot Springs Cove- High on a hill overlooking the village is the small and impeccably tidy home of Hesquiaht elder, Mamie Lucas. The main room of her house serves as a combination living room/dining room, through the window is the front porch where bunches of cedar bark are drying. She greets with a happy smile and invites me to sit down with her. Her sense of hearing has grown weak over the years but her memory is sharp, allowing her to reach back in time and tell me what it was like living in Hesquiaht Harbour as a small child.
Her memory is sharp, allowing her to reach back in time and tell me what it was like living in Hesquiaht Harbour as a small child. Born May 1925 to Hesquiaht’s second chief Linus Ambrose and Rosie (nee: Jones) Ambrose, Mamie was born at a time when the old ways were still practised. “Things were very different when I was growing up to the way they are now. We hadrestrictions on a lot of things and my Aunt Sa’ah, who raised me for a while, was the most strict.” “My parents were still alive when I first come to know who I was, about six years old,” says Mamie. Rosie raised her daughter with a parenting technique passed on to her from her own mother. Mamie says she didn’t understand at the time why she was made to say and do certain things. It wasn’t until years later she learned that it was important to keep a high moral standard as the daughter of a chief. “We were never allowed to play with the boys, even our brothers for danger of something which we did not understand at the time. Thinking back, I guess it was a good idea,” she says with a chuckle. Her father was a fisherman and the family lived off of what he caught along with seafood. “The only time we had meat is when someone caught a deer. We didn’t really miss meat because were used to the seafood we grew up on.” Rose Ambrose died in 1932 of pneumonia when Mamie was only six years old. “It was too stormy to take her from home in Hesquiaht to the hospital and so she died at home even though I tried to take care of her,” she remembered. After the passing of her mother, Mamie was raised by her aunt and her grandparents. “My father’s sister, Sa’ah, raised me very different from my father. We were never allowed to sleep in, we always had to eat together as a family, and we were not allowed to wear makeup. My aunty used to say the Creator brought you into this world the way He wants you to be, don’t put on pretend eyebrows or lips, be as natural as when
the Creator brought you in this world. But when she was gone we went and put lots of makeup on and act big!” she giggled. “My dad put up a big potlatch for when I became a young lady. I sat there for hours covered up with a blanket with just a little space for me to see out. I wasn’t allowed to look around, just down and I don’t know how I had so much patience then!” She added it was interesting how they celebrated a young woman’s new life. “They taught you how you had be in your new life. As young ladies we had to learn to cook, clean and all the things we needed to know as a wife and mother.” She remembered some of the teachings in the residential school, “the nuns sat us girls down and told us the dangers of getting friendly with the boys. They told us how we suffer when we first get pregnant, getting sick. She even told us how the babies come out and we all looked down and wondered how a baby could get out of there!” she said with a laugh. The nun said they would see for themselves one day. “She told us we cannot sleep with a man until we get married but we were young and crazy and we did it anyway,” she giggled. While her family was strict, one punishment they never inflicted on the children was to make them go without a meal. In residential school many children went without meals and there was physical punishment as well. Mamie says sometimes the nurses would come and slap the girls on their hand, faces or behinds. She said sometimes the Father would take over the punishment, striking their bare bottoms. “We talked about a lot and I think he looked at everything,” she said with disgust. She said things got better when the new priests arrived and the old ones went away. “The rules changed and we were treated better.” “We went home for the holidays and we filled our spare time by weaving cedar. Then we learned sewing, knitting, crochet and other crafts. My grandmother would sell baskets, buy me very nice printed fabric and I’d make my own dresses for school. I even cut my own patterns,” she said. She went on to say, “We didn’t do much for recreation or sports but we played in the waves in canoes and we swam in the river at Hesquiaht. As soon as the berries were ripe we’d have to go out all day to pick berries for making jam and dessert. We learned how to make jam at a very young age.” “It was pretty quiet in the village in the evenings except when the people played lahal and I’d sit and watch them yell and scream.” One highlight of her childhood was cans of food washing ashore after the sinking of a freight boat. Much of the food was spoiled but what could be salvaged was brought to the chief’s house and divided up amongst the houses.
One evening Klawish Thomas Lucas and other family members arrived at the home of Linus Ambrose seeking Mamie’s hand in marriage for his son, Matthew. Linus said he would speak with his daughter before giving an answer. Mamie said she told her father that she didn’t know Matthew and didn’t want to marry him. She said she wanted to spend some years playing around, “you know what I meant!” she said laughing. In fact she had a sweetheart that she had been writing letters to. “We had planned to fly away together the following summer and I was thinking about that,” she said. “I wrote to him and I told him what was going on. He came with his father to ask my father to marry me but my father said the family has already decided that I would marry Matthew.” “I was so mad I used to cry. On my wedding night I kept pushing my husband away telling him to leave me alone. He used to like to tease me about it years later.” She said she grew to love her husband and enjoyed good times with him and their family over the years. “Sometimes he would say, ‘remember that first night we got married?’” she laughed. Mamie married Matthew Lucas at the age of fourteen. “My father saw me get married in 1938 but never got to see his grandchildren, he died that year,” she said with sadness. Her first child Simon arrived within a year of her marriage. “We had a big feast for him when he was born. He was seated right away in a chief’s seat.” Harry, Janet, Moses, Violet, Beverly, Clifford, Bernard and Larry rounded out the family. Today Mamie lives with two of her sons Moses, and Bernard. She has dozens of grandchildren, some great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She says she misses her children and wishes they would come to visit. “It’s usually me that goes to town to visit but it would be nice if they would come here to visit me.”
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Tri-Partite Negotiations held between Nuu-chah-nulth, B.C., and Canada By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Campbell River-The Ramada Hotel was the site chosen to hold meetings between the Province of B.C., Canada and the Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty Negotiating table, to discuss fisheries, governance, and certainty. “I would like to thank everyone for being here and I would also like to thank the First Nations that own this land we are on today during these talks,” said Northern Region Co-chair Archie Little. Jerry Jack offered the opening ciquaa for guidance and courage. “On behalf of Mowachaht/Muchalaht I ask that you remain seated, as it is the Quaas way not the Christian way during prayer,” he said. Southern Region Co-chairs David Dennis then introduced the new Central Region Co-chair elect Shawn Atleo to the federal and provincial negotiators. “I had the opportunity to sit with Nelson Keitlah last night and we had a good discussion; it is a privilege and honour to sit where Nelson sat. It feels like a child stepping into the parents’ shoes for the first time,” said Shawn. “You come with policies that we receive as oppressive but I know we will get to where we want. Even when it looks like there is no hope and no future, I know we will survive,” he said. “First off, I would like to take this time to congratulate Shawn on becoming the new Co-chair, and will miss Nelson,” said provincial negotiator Heinz Dick. “I have been in discussions with Nelson from the beginning with him,” he said. Bill Wray, Chief Treaty Negotiator for Canada, also took this time to congratulate Shawn on behalf of Canada for becoming the new Central Region Co-
chair. “The first glaring thing that I see is [provincial negotiator] Mark Lofthouse is not here,” observed Dennis. “I think we have the same objective in good faith and hope to move forward together. It is disturbing he is not here,” he said. “We need you to understand and appreciate the fisheries was promised to us for forever and a day,” said Cliff Atleo Sr. to the treaty negotiators for Canada. “You should be prepared to do business, otherwise we might have to be drastic and act like the people in the Maritimes and burn boats to be heard and listened to,” he said.
“You should be prepared to do business, otherwise we might have to be drastic and act like the people in the Maritimes and burn boats to be heard and listened to,” said Cliff Atleo Sr. “The premier is offering to the world that the fisheries is wide open, and we would like to see and hear what is meant and find out what he is doing,” said Little. “We have a responsibility to show progress, what we bumped into is lack of progress,” said Shawn. “How Hawiilthmatuk (traditional government) finds its place in a modern context is yet to be defined . We have a group of three that we have chosen to work with you on the issue of Governance. These individuals that were chosen were Michelle Corfield, Dave Watts Sr., and me,” he said. “A benchmark needs to be identified on where we are working from. BC needs to help with some of the cost sharing,” states Bill Wray.
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A-inchut Receives Warm Welcome By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Campbell River - Prior to three days of treaty planning in Campbell River beginning May 20th, there were many acknowledgements and congratulations to new Central Region Co-chair Ainchut (Shawn Atleo). The eight First Nations represented took their turn congratulating Shawn Atleo (A-inchut), and the other Cochairs Archie Little and David Dennis welcomed A-inchut to the position of Central Region Co-chair. David Dennis introduced the new Central Region Co-chair and listed the voting numbers for each of the candidates. “There were 27 votes for Shawn Atleo of Ahousaht, 8 votes for Francis Frank of Tla-o-qui-aht and 7 votes for Richard Lucas of Hesquiaht,” said Dennis. “Shawn is the official Central Region Co-chair. I would like to say welcome aboard to another young face at the table, and I appreciate the work you have done and know that you bring a lot to the table,” said Dennis. “I would like to welcome Shawn as well and congratulate you and I appreciate your technical work and experience,” said Archie Little. “I don’t have a lot to say but it is not official until the NTC makes it official,” said Atleo. “I would like to thank the other candidates and the central region for its support.” The Ahousaht First Nation gathered around Shawn with Murray John and Stan Sam speaking for the Hereditary Chiefs Earl Maquinna George and Billy Keitlah. “I would like to thank Shawn for being a good spokesman for Ahousaht and we thank you, and thank the rest of the candidates. We as Ahousaht are thankful to you for the job that you have done for the Ahousaht in treaty,” said Murray John. “You know the reason we are here for pre-treaty, the governance we have in place relying on the Elders for our
Shawn Atleo ways, all the things and teachings from our ancestral ways. We are thankful and grateful, we are showing all our chiefs and the strengths we have in the way we place ourselves,” said Stanley Sam. says. “I thank you for learning Shawn,” he said. “The Ahousaht chiefs are very supportive of you and we are happy the way you do things and thank the other two candidates,” said Louis Frank. “We hope you do not forget the teachings, the time you spent working with Ahousaht,” he said. “He brings a great up bringing from his mother and father, he comes from a high-ranking family and you know the history that comes with this,” said Simon Lucas. “We would like to congratulate Shawn in his new job as Cochair, the things that he is going to do for the new generation. We don’t have to worry at all with his years of experience and from his parents and his relatives in Ahousaht,” he said. “Simon, thank you for your kind words, and to Hesquiaht I thank you,” replied Atleo. Tla-o-qui-aht’s Elmer Frank said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shawn and look forward to working with you and the work in the coming years”.
Nuu-chah-nulth Living Away From Home Scheduled Urban Update Meetings – June, 2003 Please be informed that the next set of Urban Update meeting dates have been finalized as per following:
Tseshaht’s Richard Watts speaks to Canada and BC
3 pm – 8 pm James Bay New Horizon Society, 234 Menzies Street 3 pm – 8 pm Healing Project 204-96 Cavan Street 3 pm – 8 pm Seattle Indian Services Commission, Pearl Warren Building 606 12th Ave. S. 3 pm – 8 pm Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre 1607 East Hastings 3 pm – 8 pm Port Alberni Friendship Centre 3555 4th Avenue 3 pm – 8 pm Coast Discovery Inn 975 Shoppers Row
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Port Alberni June 23
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Fisheries - ca-~ca-~>uk Alberni rallies against fish farms By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - The 40-kilometre Alberni Inlet has become the final battleground as fish farmers stake new tenure sites, and hundreds of area residents band together to keep them out.
The 40-kilometre Alberni Inlet has become the final battleground as fish farmers stake new tenure sites, and hundreds of area residents band together to keep them out. Hundreds of Alberni area residents gave up a sunny Sunday afternoon trying to prevent fish farms from crowding the bays and shoreline of the Alberni Inlet. A small union hall on the edge of town was packed with fish farm friends and foes as the two sides met to discuss rhetoric, science, economics and the environment. The Alberni Inlet was the site of one of Canada’s first fish farms in 1974, but escaped the problems of rapid increase in fish farm tenures experienced in Clayoquot Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. Heritage Aquaculture has operated three fish farms in Alberni Inlet for the past 15 years, and is now applying to the federal government for seven more tenures.
A small union hall on the edge of town was packed with fish farm friends and foes as the two sides met to discuss rhetoric, science, economics and the environment. But a coalition of First Nations, commercial fishers, recreational anglers and environmentalists is rallying to prevent the company from expanding, and invited biologist Dr. John Volpe of the University of Alberta to discuss his latest research in the “Salmon Capital of the World”. “Salmon is an important issue to the people of Port Alberni,” said Odd Grydeland, Manager of Strategic Development for Heritage Aquaculture. “There is a huge fishery here, so we have to ensure we operate our farms in a sustainable way,” he said. “Odd spoke to us, and we said no,” said Richard Watts, Chief Negotiator for the Tseshaht First Nation. “Their plan was to place sites right along the salmon migration routes and we said fish farms and salmon migration routes don’t mix,” he said.
Local panelists Lynette and Paul Kershaw (commercial fishers), Maureen Sager (Alberni Environmental Coalition), Jake Leonard (recreational angler), Tom Tatoosh (Hupacasath First Nation) and Richard Watts (Tseshaht First Nation) all spoke against fish farms and the effects they could have on the millions of wild salmon that migrate up the Alberni canal. “Everyone knows that fish are attracted to light, so how fish farms can get away with aiming huge lights underneath their net pens is beyond me,” said Paul Kershaw. “Those lights attract small herring and salmon fry right into pens with tens of thousands of salmon,” said Leonard. “And if you are smaller you are dinner,” he said. Panelists linked low wild salmon runs with fish farms, saying small fish entering estuaries are being swallowed up by a gauntlet of fish farms located along their migratory paths.
“If fish farms were done in a safe manner we’d have nothing to say about it,” said Watts. “Our people are looking for the employment that fish farms could create, but not at the expense of the environment,” he said. There are currently three fish farms in Alberni Inlet, all owned by Heritage Aquaculture, and all listed as being high priority for relocation because of their siting in shallow estuaries. “The fish farm at MacTush has 600,000 three-kilogram fish and is in shallow water right in front of Penny Creek and MacTush Creek,” said Sager. “They did dissolved oxygen samples out at MacTush and it was less than half of what it should be because of all the feces and food underneath the fish farm,”
Tseshaht’s Richard Watts speaks at an anti-fishfarm meeting said Leonard. “If fish farms were done in a safe manner we’d have nothing to say about it,” said Watts. “Our people are looking for the employment that fish farms could create, but not at the expense of the environment,” he said. Grydeland said he was unaware of migration route and interaction concerns, and regretted not being able to address the crowd himself. “I think if we were given a fair opportunity we could counter the old news and misinformation presented here,” he said. Grydeland, who was supported by more than two dozen fish farm workers from Courtenay and Campbell River was not invited to be on the panel, despite the fact that much of the meeting focussed on his company’s applications to expand. “We discussed whether to have them on the panel but after some discussion we decided they could organize their own meeting,” said Sager. “We have limited resources, the use of the hall was donated, and the bottom line is we just didn’t have enough time for more speakers,” she said. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the provincial government were also unrepresented targets of debate. “We found spawned-out Atlantics at Great Central Lake and sent them to
DFO who subsequently lost them,” said Tom Tatoosh. “This is one of the best areas in B.C. for returning salmon and [DFO area fisheries manager] Laurie Gordon should be on top of this,” said Leonard. Panelists were also concerned about a proposed provincial bill preventing municipalities and regional districts from having a voice in fish farm tenure locations.
“Port Alberni is at stake. Bamfield is at stake. Our fishery is at stake,” said Hupacasath fisheries manager Tom Tatoosh. “This is not an Aboriginal issue. This is not a sport issue. This is not a commercial issue. This is an issue that affects all of us, and we all have to join together to protect our fisheries and our environment.” “Port Alberni is at stake. Bamfield is at stake. Our fishery is at stake,” said Hupacasath fisheries manager Tom Tatoosh. “This is not an Aboriginal issue. This is not a sport issue. This is not a commercial issue. This is an issue that affects all of us, and we all have to join together to protect our fisheries and our environment.”
Hundreds of Alberni area residents gave up a sunny Sunday afternoon trying to prevent fish farms from crowding the bays and shoreline of the Alberni Inlet.
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Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakiutl meet to discuss Elk By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Campbell River - The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and the Kwakiutl First Nations participated in a forum on “How are we going to increase the Roosevelt Elk stocks on Vancouver Island” on May 23 and 24 at St. Peters Anglican Church in Campbell River. The Elk Forum was hosted by the Nuuchah-nulth West Coast Vancouver Island Wildlife Advisory Committee (WCVIWAC).
The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and the Kwakiutl First Nations participated in a forum on “How are we going to increase the Roosevelt Elk stocks on Vancouver Island” The WCVIWAC is a Nuu-chah-nulth Interim Measures recommending body to the Federal, Provincial and Nuuchah-nulth Governments. This Advisory Committee consists of four NTC board members and three non-NTC board members. There were fourteen different First Nations participating from the NTC, Kwakiutl and South Island territories. Other individuals that participated were from The Canadian Wildlife Service, B.C. Wildlife Federation as well as the head of Water, Land and Air Protection (WLAP). These individuals participated on a voluntary basis and not as representatives of any organization or ministry. The facilitator was Mr. Tom Wood of the Canadian Wildlife Service. Tom Wood in his opening remarks stated “I am very happy to be here and I would like to say that Aboriginal Rights is a non-issue. What I mean is they are there and I admit that Aboriginal Rights and Title exist and hope that we can move on and work towards a common goal of reviving the Elk population on the Island,” said Wood. Adding to Wood’s remarks was Bill Holcombe of the B.C Wildlife Federation who states “ Aboriginal Rights and Title are not up for discussion at this table, that is for another level of government although we are supportive of the Treaty Process.” After the supper break the forty individuals participating broke out into six working groups to come up with some answers or comments on the following questions: (1) What if you had lots of elk habitat but no elk? (2) What if you had lots of elk? (3) How do you see yourself as part of elk management? (4) How would you manage international herds (elk that travel between First Nation’s territories)? (5) How do you control poaching?
The next morning reports were given on the five questions from each of the groups. The most common answers from the tables were “We need to develop a management plan and a protocol agreement between first Nations”, “ The Hereditary Chiefs have ownership”, “We need governance, guardians/wardens, selective harvest, traditional principles, communications, monitoring and sustainability.”, “We have to understand the biology and habitat requirements. Balance is also essential and a founding principle (Everything is connected).” Open discussions were held after the reports and John Henderson of the Kwakiutl stated, “that his great grandfather was seen floating elk down the rivers to get his catch home. This was seen and recorded by the first white settlers in our territories. The elk have been here for as long as our people have,” John concludes. Doug Janz who is the head of Fish and Wildlife Science and Allocation Section said, “I would like to say that Vancouver Island has the most northern distribution of Roosevelt elk. The Vancouver Island stocks are not transplanted but are historically natural residents here.” “As a resource user in the areas of hunting, berry picking and a Weyerhauser employee,” Bill Holcomb said. “We are unsure where this committee is going or where it will end up but I feel we are breaking new ground.” Holcomb asked. “I would like to know how we are going to work together? Wildlife is first, we are second, and we are discussing the elk numbers and habitat then we can discuss allocations and relocations. I as a non-Aboriginal know nothing of Protocol or First Nations Protocol, and elk, as a migrating animal between territories, I feel protocol has to be in place,” Bill said. Dan Smith in closing remarks said, “Thank you to the NTC for feeding us and hosting these meetings, I feel it is very beneficial to each of us to continue on with these talks about the elk. Although I am not a hunter I still enjoy elk when it is given to me and have a safe trip home.” Although discussions were difficult and even heated at times, there was general agreement that this dialogue was long overdue and should continue in the future. All the delegates agreed to take the information back to their respective First Nations and organizations and meet again in the not-too-distant future to continue this important work. For more information please contact the WCVIWAC through Gail Gus at (250) 7245757. The WCVIWAC would like to thank all those who participated in this important event and all of those who made it possible.
Many people attended the May 23 and 24 Elk Forum at St. Peters Anglican Church in Campbell River hosted by the Nuu-chah-nulth West Coast Vancouver Island Wildlife Advisory Committee .
Scientist speaks to fish farm fight By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - Noted aquaculture scientist Dr. John Volpe came to the west coast last weekend to weigh in on the debate over fish farms in Alberni Inlet. Port Alberni’s Hansen Hall was packed with people on both sides of the debate as Volpe offered to cut through the rhetoric with independent scientific research. For the past decade, Volpe and his University of Alberta students have been studying the effects of escaped Atlantic salmon on British Columbia’s coastal environment, and the “real cost” of aquaculture and agriculture. In order to separate fact from fiction, rhetoric from reason, Volpe urged people to do as much research as possible, and question where the research comes from. “From the BC Salmon Farmers Association on one end of the scale to the David Suzuki Foundation on the other, question everything,” he said. And although Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is entrusted with the health of wild salmon stocks, Volpe quoted from a letter he had received from the federal department stating, “DFO is not interested in Atlantic salmon research on the west coast”. According to Volpe’s independent research, 1% of all caged salmon populations are lost due to what the industry calls “leakage”, and very few escapes are reported. “The Atlantic Salmon Watch Program received reports of 7833 Atlantic Salmon captured in salt water in 2000. We spent two weeks in the Broughton Archipelago talking to commercial fishermen during an opening and logged 10,826,” said Volpe, who estimated 55,000 to 110,000 Atlantic Salmon escape into the wild every year. Those fish then enter BC streams, rivers and creeks where they are able to spawn because Native salmon stocks are depressed, and are not in the rivers
Dr. John Volpe when the Atlantics spawn (January to February). Volpe has found two year classes of Atlantic salmon in the Tsitika and Eve rivers, and Amor de Cosmos Creek on the north-east coast of Vancouver Island between Campbell River and Port Hardy, and more have been reported in another 79 streams along the BC coast. Volpe delivered fish farm facts at a rapid-fire pace, flipping through his Power Point presentation with passion and humour. Speaking on how it takes 3-5 kg of wild fish such as herring, mackerel, anchovy and sardine to grow one kilogram of farmed Atlantic salmon, Volpe commented, “we don’t farm tigers because the deer bill would be huge”. Volpe’s team will be working on Vancouver Island this summer to study sea lice and their effect on wild salmon smolts. “Sea lice brought the sea trout to the brink of extinction in Europe and no one wants to see a similar event out here,” he said. “We have a politically charged environment on the west coast which has sparked a battle of rhetoric,” said Volpe. “We’re all facing a hell of a lot of questions and we have very few answers,” he said.
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Toquaht to apply for timber By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - The Toquaht First Nation has been invited to apply for a forest licence that will help keep their sawmill running and create economic opportunities within their territory.
The Toquaht First Nation has been invited to apply for a forest licence that will help keep their sawmill running and create economic opportunities within their territory. “The Toquaht have long been involved in forestry and view forestry as the foundation of sustainable economic development for our people,” said Toquaht Tyee Ha’wilth Bert Mack. “This forest licence represents a stepping stone to more economic opportunity.” A 162,000-cubic-metre forest licence for the Toquaht First Nation will create new economic opportunities in the forest industry, said MLA Gillian Trumper on behalf of Forests Minister Michael de Jong at a ceremonial signing with Bert Mack. “Increasing First Nations’ participation in the forest sector benefits all British Columbians by leading to certainty on the land base and improving the province’s investment climate,” said Trumper. “By providing an opportunity for the Toquaht First Nation, we’re improving the forest economy around Barkley Sound.”
The Toquaht First Nation has been invited to apply for a non-replaceable forest licence of 162,000 cubic metres in the Arrowsmith timber supply area. The timber volume comes from unlogged timber, or “undercut” around Cataract Lake. “This is a brick in the foundation of sustainable economic development for the Toquaht Nation,” said Toquaht Forestry Manager Rick Schaeffer. “Through forestry awards like this, we’re continuing to deliver on our New Era commitments,” said de Jong, who has made similar announcements with Huu-ay-aht, Uchucklesaht, Ditidaht and Pacheedaht. “As well, in our Forestry Revitalization Plan, we committed to more than double the portion of the provincial allowable annual cut to First Nations.”
“The Toquaht have long been involved in forestry and view forestry as the foundation of sustainable economic development for our people,” said Toquaht Tyee Ha’wilth Bert Mack. The Toquaht First Nation must submit a detailed business plan outlining how the non-replaceable forest licence will be managed. The agreement includes a commitment to share information and provides a forum to discuss and resolve forest-management issues in the Toquaht First Nation asserted traditional territory. Toquaht will be working with Coulsen Forest Products once the final agreements are in place.
Alberni-Qualicum MLA Gillian Trumper and Toquaht Tyee Ha’wilth Bert Mack
Nuu-chah-nulth Scholarships Once again the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council will be offering Scholarships to Nuu-chah-nulth students in Grades one – twelve. The scholarship selection is based on high academic achievement and overall participation in school activities. At least two scholarships will be awarded per grade. The 2003 Scholarship application forms can be obtained from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Office at 5000 Mission Road, Port Alberni or by contacting the office at 724-5757 to request that a form be faxed to you. You can also download the application form off the NTC website at For successful applicants the NTC Scholarships will be presented on Friday, July 18, 2003 at the Maht Mahs Gym, Port Alberni. Presentations and speeches will begin at 6:00pm followed by a light snack and closing. The deadline for applications in Noon July 4, 2003 – 4:30pm. All applications must be complete when submitted or they will be placed in a rejection file. (It is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the application is complete and that it is delivered to the NTC by the deadline). For further information please do not hesitate to call Blair Thompson or Eileen Haggard at 724-5757.
Maa-nulth-aht and government negotiators discuss the AIP at a press conference at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.
Maa-nulth-aht continued from page 1 the governments more,” he said. “Under the last AIP there was one issue that was very problematic in our communities and that was the fact that British Columbia was going to get 50% of any revenue on treaty settlement lands for 25 years,” said Dennis. “That’s now not on the table and we’ve agreed that 100% of that revenue will now go to First Nations. That’s very significant,” he said. The details of many key issues such as fisheries, taxation and revenue sharing have been “punted” to final agreement negotiations. This means that negotiators try to agree on the easily resolved issues first, and leave the more contentious issues for later.
The details of many key issues such as fisheries, taxation and revenue sharing have been “punted” to final agreement negotiations. This means that negotiators try to agree on the easily resolved issues first, and leave the more contentious issues for later. “In many cases you do have to punt stuff because they’re policy things that have to go all the way to Cabinet which is no easy process and takes time. So there are some big tough issues that we want to put into the works now because we want them resolved at the cabinet level over the next year or so,” said Watts. “It’s like waiting for everybody to get on a ship that never leaves port. If we waited to get everything into the AIP, we’d still be here ten years from now. We need to get it in and get it being discussed at the Cabinet level,” he said. “Some people might say revenue sharing was punted, other people would say, I think more accurately, what we have in the Agreement in Principle is an agreement that there is a principle that we will reach agreement on revenue sharing,” said Denhoff. “What revenue, what kinds of sharing arrangements, how long will it take, all that sort of thing has to be negotiated because it was something that was new, it hadn’t been on the table before, and it’s going to take people on all three sides some time to technically figure out how do we do this and what’s the best
model,” he said. During a morning press conference at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo, the negotiators praised each other for reaching an important milestone in negotiations.
“From the province’s perspective we’re very encouraged by the negotiations to date, and we’re optimistic about the way things are going to go in the future,” said Lofthouse. “We think this is a very, very important agreement and it shows that with a lot of hard work and a lot of effort that we can make progress and we can achieve results,” said Denhoff. “We’ve got a really good start today. We don’t know whether it will take several weeks or several months but we think there is a tremendous amount in this agreement that is going to be appealing to people and we’re optimistic it’s going to be ratified,” he said. “Don’t forget the communities that are here today ratified the last agreement. We have a group of people here who liked the last agreement, wanted to see some additional things to make it better and we’ve done that so we’re pretty hopeful that there is going to be a positive attitude about this,” said Denhoff. “We think it’s a very, very positive step.” “From the province’s perspective we’re very encouraged by the negotiations to date, and we’re optimistic about the way things are going to go in the future,” added Lofthouse. “All you have to do is look at our communities and see the poverty there,” said Watts. “To me, the first question should be ‘are we going to change that situation’, because if we’re not going to change the poverty situation in our communities then this is all a waste of time in my opinion. I think we’ve tried to focus in on economic opportunities. There’s going to be economic opportunities in forestry, there’s going to be economic opportunities in tourism, in my opinion the whole underlying theme of this thing is new economic opportunities for our communities. Once this comes about and you start to see these changes then I think people will be happier,” he said.
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Education - h=a-h=o-pa Nuu-chah-nulth students win business awards By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - Dozens of Alberni-area high school students participated in a National business plan competition last month, and Nuu-chah-nulth youth came out on top. Ten groups of grade 8 and 9 students from AW Neill and Mt. Klitsa schools put together business ideas, plans and advertisements which were judged by representatives from Business Development of Canada (BDC), who sponsor an annual business planning competition for Aboriginal youth at the grades 10- 12 level.
the Huu-ay-aht FN). Students from every province and territory were in attendance (400 in total). The BDC paid for all travel and accommodation as well as supplying over $5000 in prize money. “As an experience for young entrepreneurs, this was an excellent introduction to business planning and networking!” “It gives us a head start on how to start a business,” said Danielle said Cam Pinkerton, Director of Watts, who along with Julianne Hamilton and Leisa Fred won the local Instruction and First Nations/Information competition with their Raging River Gift Shop plan. Technology at School District #70. “In my enthusiasm to promote this program definitely interested in going into busiparticipating, and students have created in SD70 this year, a number of Junior ness after I finish school with something trade show booths and videos of their High students and teachers have also like this kind of business where we sell product/services that will be on display shown an interest in becoming involved First Nations art, jewelry, clothing, and at the Alberni Valley Mall throughout in the program,” he said. other things that represent our culture,” the week. Teachers Dennis Bill (AW Neill), she said. “We had lots of fun making and design“You’ve done a lot of work and you’ve ing clothes and making the advertiselaid the foundation for future business’,” ments,” said Melissa Ross who worked said Neapu in presenting the trio of with Rebecca Williams to form Melecca, grade 8 students with their $300 prize. a clothing store featuring locally manu“Your project could easily compete at factured First Nations designed fashions. the senior level,” he said. “It gives us a head start on how to start According to Pinkerton, the program is a business,” said Danielle Watts, who catching on throughout the school disalong with Julianne Hamilton and Leisa trict and will continue to teach students Fred won the local competition with about business skills for years to come. their Raging River Gift Shop plan. “I’m
Teachers Nathalie Thomas (Mt. Klitsa), Dennis Bill (AW Neill), and Gina Pearson (AW Neill & Mt. Klitsa) were saluted for their involvement in the business planning program The celebration this year for the senior students took place in Halifax last week with students from Bamfield Community School taking part and representing SD70 and Vancouver Island (Jay Nookemus and Brad Johnson from
“We had lots of fun making and designing clothes and making the advertisements,” said Melissa Ross who worked with Rebecca Williams to form Melecca, and clothing store featuring locally manufactured First Nations designed fashions.
Nathalie Thomas (Mt. Klitsa) and Gina Pearson (AW Neill & Mt. Klitsa) were saluted for their involvement in the business planning program and were presented with gifts from Wilson Neapu and Cheryl Watson of the BDC. “While the BDC had not planned on sponsoring junior students, they have realized the potential for future years to generate excitement for their program and to promote the idea of business planning for youth,” said Pinkerton. “They have provided all the same milestone prizes and support for the junior program as the senior program (except for the trip to Halifax). They’ll be providing prize money, trophies and presenters for a Port Alberni business fair that we will be holding at the end of May (28-29), which will be the only BDC-sponsored junior business fair in Canada, and they’ll use this experience as a pilot for possible future business fairs,” he said. “It’s been a really fun program,” said Cynthia Dick, who was part of the Mad Hops Sports Store proposal with Anthony MacIntosh and Devon Edgers. “Learning how to make business plans and make commercials with camcorders has been fun,” she said. The BDC has structured the plans around 7 modules that focus on all aspects of the planning process (including visioning, marketing, finance, executive summary, etc). There are 8 teams of students (4 from Nathalie Thomas’ grade 9 French immersion class at Mt. Klitsa and 6 from Dennis Bill’s First Nations class at AW Neill school) that will be
Students Alpha Jackson, Linda Martin and Kendall Jones get help from tutor Doug Calder while Andrea Amos-Stoney stands near.
Students see brighter Horizon By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Port Alberni - For three First Nations students, future prospects appear significantly brighter thanks to a series of programs offered at Horizon Management.
For three First Nations students, future prospects appear significantly brighter thanks to a series of programs offered at Horizon Management Enrolled in the Training for Jobs pogram, the trio are working towards their Grade 12 equivalency as a way to launch themselves into the competitive job market. “You really need your high school graduation to do anything these days,” said Kendall Jones. “I couldn’t even get a janitorial job without it,” he said. Jones, along with Alpha Jackson and Linda Martin is studying Math, English, Social Studies, and all other required subjects to earn a high school diploma. They work through a self-teaching manual Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until
noon, with tutor Doug Calder coming in on Fridays to answer any questions and lend a hand where needed. “There is a definite need for programs like this,” said Andrea Amos-Stoney of Horizon Management. “Not having grade 12 really gets in the way. It’s a minimum to get going,” she said. As Stoney and Calder described the program, the students went right back to work, solving math equations in their books, showing their strong commitment to obtaining their GED. “The tutor only comes once a week so we have to help each other which is also a benefit because it teaches us about teamwork,” said Jackson.
“You really need your high school graduation to do anything these days,” said Kendall Jones. “I couldn’t even get a janitorial job without it,” he said. For more information about programs and services, and how they might apply to you or someone you know, contact Horizon Management in Port Alberni at (250) 723-2885.
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TSC Meeting continued from page 3 “The approach and reference to our highest form of government, our Ha’wiih is an insult to them and Hawiilthmatuk or traditional governance,” said Shawn. “We’ve made a concerted effort to this table and we are not concerned with the rest of the province. We are concerned with our Chiefs and Hahoulthee right now. We have individuals ready to go away and work with you and we are wondering what it will take for you to start engaging in a Tri-partite process with us,” he said.
“We have individuals ready to go away and work with you and we are wondering what it will take for you to start engaging in a Tri-partite process with us,” said Shawn Atleo. “I apologize for my comments if they were insulting. They were not meant to be, we would be prepared to have someone meet and participate in that group,” said Bill Wray. After a few more questions the Province and Canada agreed to work with the NTC working groups towards Treaty Related Measures (TRM). BC is willing to engage but cannot guarantee a TRM will come of it. “You’ve heard very clearly where we’re coming from. Let’s go away and proceed. The problem that has come up is that our Hawiaa have been left out of the loop at all levels of talk,” said Shawn. “The Chief’s full level of authority is here for their Mushchum and Ha-houlth-ee, and they are prepared to sit with you in a group and it’s not Canada holding us back, it is you, BC, that is not engaging,” said Shawn. The next item on the agenda is the
Draft Letter on Certainty Provisions, which was read by Richard Watts. “We are very interested in everything that is covered in treaty in regards to our people,” said Watts. “Certainty is something we need after 142 yrs.” “We can agree to a few of the items that were read, but a few of them we have to discuss and address a little bit further before we can agree to the whole letter,” said Wray. Simon Lucas gave the fisheries follow up report, with some emphasis on Hahoulth-ee and all that it encompasses, which was followed by a history lesson given by various individuals from around the table to the two levels of government. “This is a very serious issue with Hawiilth in Nuu-chah-nulth territory. Our Elders tell us we’re alive because of the aquatic resources we live on,” said Lucas. “One of our Chiefs explains I have a place in our territory. I have the Hahoulthee, and we survived on the abundance of the resources that surround us. Until the epidemic of small pox that was bestowed on us, we were once three thousand people at Hesquiaht,” he said. “There was no disconnection from the headwaters where the salmon spawn to the ocean beyond where we can see; we were part of this, no disconnection,” said Lucas. “Our Hawiia want to go back to the wealth that they had and bestowed on the Mushchum, from harpooning whales to fishing with the types of lures we used to make and use,” he said.
Our Elders tell us were alive because of the aquatic resources we live on,” said Simon Lucas. “What is the economic zone of our Hawiia going to look like? Almost 90 % of our Hawiia disagreed with the last AIP because it did not show any economic involvement for them. What we’re talking about is a lifestyle of our people, in the eyes of our people it is Clip & Save
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GOLD RIVER – TSAXANA ON FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2003 –3:00P.M. As grad is quickly approaching please make sure to read, complete and return the N.T.C. Grad form to the N.T.C. office 723-0463, addressed to the attention of Angie Miller. Grad forms are available at your tribal office or can be picked up at the N.T.C. For further information please call Eileen Haggard At 724-5757. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE NAMES OF YOUR GRADUATES IS JUNE 13, 2003. Please remember that due to school regulations schools cannot provide the N.T.C. with graduation information without written parental permission. It is therefore very important to bring the Grad form to the school for completion and submission to the N.T.C. as soon as possible.
Children need Ear and Eye exams By Jennifer Miller IDP-Central Region for Ha-Shilth-Sa Why it is important to have your child’s hearing and vision checked at a young age? We want what is best for our children at the early years of age. It is important to have hearing and vision checked as early as possible so we can correct visual and hearing problems if they occur. Hearing is a important sensory to detect because it also involves child’s language as they begin to learn to communicate with adults and children, the way they form their mouth, tongue and lips. Having your child’s hearing checked will prevent or catch the problem before entering Kindergarten/elementary School. This way we can work with the difficulties and hope to correct them before the enter school. If there are problems we can work with the resource of Speech and Language Therapist, and Infant Development. Get the child used to wearing hearing aids if needed. Practice sounds with the mouth and mirror, word games, picture symbols, sign language and just support parents and because of what we ate is why we are healthy, it is what we had that made us wealthy, it is the songs and dances that showed what we owned and controlled in our territory. The protocol that you are going to understand is that someone has the ability to go and harvest food with the permission of their father or grandfather in their territory,” said Simon Lucas. “Our women used the black cod when pregnant, using the broth from this for medicinal use. The same is said for the snapper and cod,” said Cliff Sr. “Our intention today is to provide to you with enough information over and above what we have already given to you. We were struggling with the terms to use in the English language for some of our terms like Ha-houlth-ee. Our uses of the sea resources were done year-round and we suffered for that at times,” he said. “Our fisheries were not designed to be plugged into a policy, now there is a high cost to fishing compared to the past of using only one license for fishing everything. We now have to purchase a license for every category such as trolling and gillnetting, and there is a high cost of switching from one gear to another. We are forced into a situation to pay someone to fish for home use for us; we should not have to when the resource is there.”
“There are legal decisions that are out there such as Triple J case, Delgamuukw, and every time we win a case it seems like we end up with less, I wonder why?” asked Richard Watts. “There are legal decisions that are out there such as Triple J case, Delgamuukw, and every time we win a case it seems like we end up with less, I wonder why?” asked Richard Watts. “We’ve tried negotiations for 8 years now and have been put on the back burner, and this has been a tough fight to get back to this table. I am concerned that DFO is not here because they have said that without them nothing will happen,” he said. “We tried to negotiate in our own communities, and Fisheries says to go back
help guide them if needed. With vision it too is a positive thing to have done on a yearly basis. Vision Doctors do vision testing at a very young age. Through children’s development if there are visual problems it can cause problems when a child is just starting to crawl/walk. Balance and depth perception can occur, also if vision is limited it can cause how far or near a baby/child can see. Parts of the child’s vision could be blocked out, therefore causing difficulties with walking, crawling, looking at books, playing with toys. Parents know there child and if their are certain cues that your child is showing it is ok to have them checked out by your family Doctor, health nurse, infant development worker or CHR. Parents themselves are great at responding and recognizing their child’s cues. They know when something in their child is not right. How they respond is what helps the child for their future and how they go about accessing resources if needed. It is important to have children’s vision and hearing checked on a yearly basis.
to the treaty table but treaty has no teeth,” he said. “We are willing to look at all aspects and willing to participate in this group that you suggested,” said Wray. “Priority of access in regards to commercial fisheries and talks on general provisions to try and address these issues and we are more than willing to engage in these talks. We are willing to look at ways of gaining access to the fisheries for your economic benefits,” Wray said. Cliff Atleo Sr. explained the Hahlouth-ee term to the Canada and Provincial representatives, and he explains that Hyu -pa-nulth and A-inchut own everything from the top of the mountain to the outreaches of the ocean, and when someone asks “where is your land”, we say it was stolen. “Back in 1989 the Ministry was prepared to reconcile what the policies were doing to our people, the newcomers were welcomed to our territory and we helped him that is never acknowledged. Even back when that first boat came to Ya-thlua Mike Maquinna’s territory, they asked for permission to use the various things like a pole for a mast, or water. They acknowledged the fact that there was a government in control and they recognized the Chief’s authority but today you do not do this,” he said A heated discussion over Maa-nulthaht breaking away and going it alone in the treaty process then erupted. “Back in April 22,23 we had a planning session and I am concerned that the Federal and Provincial were dealing with two tables, and we never amended our framework,” said Richard Watts. “They asked us to amend our letter of intent to eliminate Hupacasath, and they had to go back to stage one when they pulled away. Why is it that Maanulth-aht didn’t have to do this?” “We’ve been in discussion with Maanulth for some time now,” said Dyck. “It’s no secret we have been approached by these First Nations to participate in treaty,” he said. His final response was, “No we are only negotiating with the First Nations at hand not any others.”
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NTC Treaty Planning Meeting By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Campbell River - The two-day Treaty Planning meeting before the TSC meeting was meant to cover Fisheries, Oil and Gas, Communications, and Negotiation structure breakout groups. Stanley Sam gave the opening prayer in his traditional language. “I ask the creator to guide us in the right direction in this meeting. We’re asking you to bring us back into cultural guidance, and we need you to guide us through these proceedings,” he said. “The Kwakwakwala say we are welcome and said they were sorry no one was available to be here, and they hope we have a good meeting,” said NTC protocol worker Willard Gallic. After the many acknowledgements for Shawn Atleo, the meeting started with Fisheries being the lead topic for the morning, followed in the afternoon with breakout sessions to work out the main issues, goals, and recommendations. The issue of fisheries accessibility and ability has been declining for a few years now and is generating some concern on how to deal with it, for fisheries is a way of life for First Nations people on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Cliff Atleo Sr. gave the fisheries report and awoke many emotions and frustrations from around the table. “I worry about fisheries because it is getting harder and harder in our communities and it is a part of our life and we cannot lose that. I worry because we cannot provide our people and I worry for our Hahoulthee,”said Atleo. “We should be looking at and thinking about economic benefits in forestry, tourism, and shellfish aquaculture. We should look in other areas beside fisheries to make a reasonable income. This should not die. We cannot afford to let it die. It is like losing the language It is not a pilot project. It is our way of life. We have to hang on to it for our people,” he said. “The issue of fisheries is so vital. The Native Brotherhoods political power is gone because there are hardly any more native people fishing,” said Simon Lucas. “How is offshore oil and gas drilling going to affect our fishing plan? We need to look at this seriously,” he said. “The whole issue as to how to deal with these guys is when we win something in court we need to practice what we win in court,” said Richard Watts, speaking against DFO. “We have to challenge the government on these things. We got screwed in the Somass with a pilot project we were given
50,000 sockeye. Then when it depleted we put our nets away for 2 yrs. When the population was back up they only offered us 5000 pieces. I asked the DFO negotiator if he was serious and he said yes. So he asked if I was willing to jeopardize our pilot project I said yes. We were selling fish long before the pilot project. I was selling long before, my father was selling long before, and his father was selling long before,” said Watts. “The government is using us in our debt load, every time we say no the debt load goes higher. This is used to make us say yes to treaty and other issues.”
“We were selling fish long before the pilot project. I was selling long before, my father was selling long before, and his father was selling long before,” said Watts. “It is very important that we resolve this issue of governance as our Head Chief Maquinna says. When we fight DFO we need to bring our Chiefs. That is the power of our people. They need to be there,” said Cliff Sr. “Way back it used to be about 400 fish to one family now it is about 15 fish to one family. That is dictatorship not equality. My license was only a dollar and could fish anything now it costs a lot and you cannot fish everything and you have to have a quota,” he said. “We need to look at where we fit in to the constitution. We were given section 35(1) but what is it?” said Lucas. “We were told that 35(1) was an empty box and someone needs to fill it.” “Another obstacle for us is the high cost of a license; access is another experience,” said Cliff Atleo Sr. “Our people are devastated from the collapse of the fishing industry. With the limited opportunities in fishing, boats alone are expensive to buy let alone operate and maintain. Limitation to home use fish, where we have to hire a boat to go out and get it, as in the past every family used to support each other,” he said. “DFO is one big obstacle because of mismanagement and arrogance that they display in power. They allow Fraser stocks to pass and yet deplete the rest of WCVI stocks. So now our communities suffer economically,” said Atleo. “The interpretations of the legal decisions are so watered down that they don’t get delivered (Triple J, Gladstone). We need to push harder as Nuuchahnulth communities to the government in fisheries,” he said. “On behalf of our Chief Matlahoa and Muschum and Chief and Councilor Joe Tom, is there any positive out comes
Ahousaht Ha’wiih Billy Keitlah, Earl George and Edgar Charlie weigh into the debate. from any First Nation that has any agreements of some sort?” asked Simon Lucas. “And what are the negatives? Where does Justice fit in all of this and where does the justices system fit at the fisheries level?” Simon continued. “The people with the ha-houlth-ee have to be respected and addressed in reality. Each Hawiih has to have all the information. Each Hawiih has a speaker and they should be informed and everyone will be on the same page,” he said. In a very calm and strong manner Chief Earl Maquinna George gave his thoughts on the matter of Ha-houlth-ee, Governance and the residential system as it was to him.
“I sat with people that governed our way of life; I sat in a seat and listened to why they sat me away from the other children my age,” said Earl George. “I had to follow the best I could about our people’s way of teaching and what was right and wrong. I learned from being the Hawilth’s son and teachings of the Elders.” “The way I see the strength of the way were talking in treaty, one of the things is actual ownership, territory, land, sea, salmon all these things. We talk about treaty rights in different areas up and down B.C. I’d like to bring forward the things of Ha-houlth-ee.” Earl said. “I think we are the strength of where we want to be as part of Hahoulthee in treaty. In many ways I’m willing to step into the area of Hahoulthee and talk. I sat with people that governed our way of life; I sat in a seat and listened to why they sat me away from the other children my age,” he said. “I had to follow the best I could about our people’s way of teaching and what was right and wrong.
I learned from being the Hawilth’s son and teachings of the Elders,” said George. “I will come forward to sit as the Hahoulthee, young Bill Keitlah and Shawn Atleo are the other two principles in the Hahoulthee. You do not learn this you inherit this,” he said. “The government needs to learn who we are. I respect the people that were running the show for years like Nelson Keitlah. He used his ways of talking to the people and to calm the talks,” said Earl. “The governments were wrong in the way they treated us, the way they dance around the table in the tapes I listen to from Ottawa to here. There are many things that need to be looked after, I am willing to step into that roll with Bill and Shawn and all the workers in treaty. We should honour people that are working in this area that were born into Hawiih, not elected,” said Earl George. “The whole of idea of Hawiilth coming to the table to share their resources, they are not prepared to give up their authority. The Aquatic Management Board is recognized as a pilot project, it follows the principles of Hahoulthee and it embraces the idea of Hahoulthee,” said Cliff Atleo Sr. “For purposes of being objective and a comment on the policies of DFO we’re always on the outside looking in,” said Ya-thlo-aa (Mike Maquinna). “This is my understanding of why we are in treaty, Nuu-chah-nulth will show the way I have no doubt and we are the people of the water.” “There are not many Elders now and we need to start using them. There is talk on self-governance and there is not too many of us. The histories of our people is rooted in our land, the chiefs own the land and the Hahoulthee,” said Stanley Sam. “The status card should be changed to say what rights and owner-ships we have as Quaas not the brown eyes and hair color and height we are,” he said in his language. Day one ends with Ahousaht making an announcement with Stan Sam speaking on their behalf. “I thank you people, you know when we want to deal with big issues, we called Nelson. The work Nelson Keitlah did, he knew how to explain to us Elders about treaty. That’s just the way he was, so we of Ahousaht and all the Central Region Chiefs are inviting you to celebrate Nelson’s retirement,” he said.
The celebration will be held at Maht Mahs Gymnasium in Tsahaheh on Saturday June 14th, starting at 11 a.m. Cliff Atleo Sr. facilitates the fisheries discussion at the treaty planning meeting in Campbell River
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Here and Now/Celebrating Life On Saturday April 26th, my nephew Paul Rush had a grief/loss healing/cleansing ceremony for himself and his brother Warren (Scott) Rush in Port Alberni. Both Paul and Scott were in a tragic car accident where they lost their mom and dad and a sister several years ago and both nephews were survivors and traumatized from the accident. My nephew’s story he shared at central region’s last residential school conference at Tin Wis Resort was so touching to me and a few other relatives that I felt it important for my nephews to take another step towards letting go of their pain and grief through traditional way so they could move on with their lives in a good way and not be stuck in their grief for loved ones, for they lost their parents and sister some twenty plus years ago, now that’s a lot of years to be packing around pain and grief. Anyway there were about 40 adults that attended to give them support and to witness their cleansing ceremony. It was a great feeling to experience real powerful cleansing in a traditional way. First we started off with an opening prayer with a chant from Ray Seitcher Sr. then had a sharing circle at the Healing Project Office. Then when sharing was done Dave Frank Sr. and Barney Williams Jr. did the brushing off singing a chant for Paul and Scott’s cleansing. Then we went off to the bridge where the accident happened to say a prayer and good-byes to our loved ones and throw rose flowers into a stream. Then everyone was invited to dinner at Regina’s place which was enjoyed by all. Thanks goes out to the following people who helped out and supported Paul & Scott. Thank you to everyone who showed up to support them, it was nice to see you all there, really felt good energy from everyone. Your presence and witnessing meant a lot to the boys. Thanks for your time. Kleco!!! Kleco!!! Oh yeah both nephews expressed that they felt so much better afterwards. A special thanks to Dave Frank Sr. for
helping us out by sharing his knowledge of traditional cleansing. I thank you, as you always come through for my family when ever we call you, you never hesitate, that shows me you really are dedicated and believe in the work that you do sincerely. Also thank you to Ginger for understanding and sharing you with everyone who needs and requires your services. Kleco!!! Kleco!!! Thank you to Barney Jr. for your time and assisting Dave with brushing and singing a chant. It made it all the more meaningful and powerful to have you work and help Dave out. Kleco!!! Kleco!!! Ray, thanks for all your help and time arranging everything for Paul to make sure that we did things properly. It showed all of us that your willingness to help us shows you are dedicated to your work, your assistance is well appreciated. Kleco!!! Kleco!!! Cosmos and Catherine, thank you for taking time to be there for our nephews, you attendance as elders of the family showed you really care about your relatives. Thanks to my niece Regina Frank for opening your door for us to have dinner and offering to watch children, as well as helping with cooking too. Your kindness will always be remembered. Kleco to my son Simon for bringing crabs, that was a real treat to have fresh seafood. I was real glad you and your family came to give support to your cousin. Your willingness to help will never by forgotten. For Ray Jr. and Ervin Frank for driving some people who needed rides from Nanaimo. Your kindness and willingness to help says a lot about who you are as a person. Your time is well appreciated by the family. Kleco!!! Kleco!!! In closing I’d like to wish my nephews a continued healing journey and wish them well on their journey and wish them well on their journey. And remember that as your Aunt that I’ll always be here for you guys whenever your need to talk or reach out for help. Choo, love you both a great deal always. Your Aunt Agnes.
Slow Pitch Tournament hosted by TFN Days June 20th – 22nd Deadline for Registration June 18, 2003 @ 4:00pm $100 Deposit is required @ Deadline of Registration 3 Ladies on Field at all Times Cash Prizes: 1st Place $1000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250 Also Trophies for Sportsmanlike, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Home Run Derby: Standard Bats to use for Derby. Contact Jan or Francis @ 725-2175 or 725-3233
Ice Hockey Players Wanted I am looking for individuals for coaching, trainers, volunteers to help put together a ice hockey team in each of these levels if possible mites/pee wee/atom/bantam/midget for a All Native Hockey Tournament that is held in Prince George every year. I would like to hear from you if you are interested for next year’s tournament. Any Nuu-chah-nulth Ice Hockey players between the ages of 6 - 17 years of age that participate in a Minor Hockey program in your town please contact Brian Tate, #5 - 3737 Bruce St., Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 8E1, Phone 1-250-283-2012 (work), 1-250-731-9207 (cell) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene Haipee Memorial Bike Starting June 7th, we will be going on a fundraising bike ride for the Canadian Diabetes Association. This bike ride became reality when my sister Darlene passed away due to complications with Diabetes. She sent into kidney failure in December 2001 and spent 4 months in and out of the hospital before she finally lost her battle with Diabetes. Ray was talking with her about this bike ride and it was her wish that we do this for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Respecting our sister, we decided to go ahead with the plans for this bike ride. The bikers are as follows: Ditidaht First Nation: Phyllis, Ashley and Junior Shaw Ucluelet First Nation: Ray Haipee, Josephine Haipee and Darlene’s daughter Mary-Lou Klotz Huu-ay-aht First Nation: Maureen Dennis and Stephane Cloutier. Cowichan First Nation: Bryan Wilson During this 2 week trip the four students that are participating will be doing homework everyday which will be faxed back to their schools at the end of each day. This is going to be a learning experience for all students, as they will learn the responsibility of homework as well as teamwork to arrive at each destination together on time. Each of the bikers will be going around with sponsor sheets. We will take pledges by the kilometre or if you wish to make a donation of any kind. We hope to have some traditional dancing for entertainment at some of our stops. There is one day set aside for rest, which will be June 15 at Nanoose. All the fundraising that has been done so far will be going towards the expenses of this journey towards awareness
with the complications of Diabetes also a healing journey for the family as Darlene didn’t want a memorial potlatch held in her honour. Grey whale has donated a Nature Cruise to help with our fundraising. We have 2 raffles, one to be drawn at our rest day and the other to be drawn at the end of our journey. I am including a schedule of our bike ride so you could keep track of where we are in case you would like to come and cheer us on. We will have numerous cell phones with us also. Thank you for taking time to read this update and I will keep you informed on any changes we might encounter along the way. Sincerely, Phyllis Shaw
2003 Bike Schedule Sponsors: Ucluelet, Ditidaht First Nations. Ozzie’s Sport’n’Cycle. Huuay-aht First Nations, Alberni Communication. Chatwin Engineering Ltd., Ucluelet Secondary, Mount Klitsa Jr. Secondary, Wood Elementary June 7 June 8 June 9 June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June 21
Port Hardy Port McNeil Wass Sayward Campbell River Courtenay Qualicum Beach Nanaimo Nanoose –Rest Day Nanoose Duncan Mill Bay Parksville Port Alberni
NUU CHAH NULTH HEALING PROJECT INFORMATION SESSION ON NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM “CONSENT FORM AND PHARMACARE BRIEFING” FOR NUU CHAH NULTH MEMBERSHIP BY NTC CHS NIHB Program Coordinator: Robert Cluett When: Monday June 16, 6 pm Where: Chateau Granville Hotel - Vancouver 1100 Granville Street (Granville room - second floor) Questions to the Informed Consent Centre in Ottawa at 1-888751-5011 from Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm or NTC CHS NIHB PROGRAM COORDINATOR ROBERT CLUETT AT: 1-888-4074888 OR FAX 1-888-790-2888 Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Local contact: Jody Olssen - 604-312-6539
When: Tuesday June 10, 6 pm Where: St. Peters Anglican Church Hall 228 South Dogwood, Campbell River, B.C. Questions to the Informed Consent Centre in Ottawa at 1-888751-5011 from Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm or NTC CHS NIHB PROGRAM COORDINATOR ROBERT CLUETT AT: 1-888-4074888 OR FAX 1-888-790-2888 Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Local contact: Shawn Sinclair - 616-3674
When: Wednesday June 18, 6 pm Where: Nanaimo Healing Project Office #204-96 Cavan Street Questions to the Informed Consent Centre in Ottawa at 1-888751-5011 from Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm or NTC CHS NIHB PROGRAM COORDINATOR ROBERT CLUETT AT: 1-888-4074888 OR FAX 1-888-790-2888 Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Local contact: Shawn Sinclair - 753-8567 or 616-3674
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NTC Funds First Nations Jobs at Iisaak Ucluelet/Tofino – The Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Board (NETB) of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) has awarded more than $41,000 to the Iisaak Sustainable Forestry Project (ISEP).
The Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Board (NETB) of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) has awarded more than $41,000 to the Iisaak Sustainable Forestry Project (ISEP). The ISEP is Iisaak Forest Resources’ three-year monitoring and capacitybuilding program, launched this January. The NETB promotes and assists with the task of providing training and employment opportunities for all First Nations people within the Nuu-chahnulth Tribal Council Region. The ISFP monitors locally developed indicators of sustainability, firmly attaching First Nations’ employment and training to the opportunities generated by research and
assessment activities. The ISFP will use the funding to hire and train five new First Nations field monitoring staff, for five months. The new staff, four field research technicians and one field research supervisor, will form the field monitoring crew for the ISFP. The monitoring crew’s first assignments will be collecting pre- and post-harvest data in areas of the Bedingfield watershed planning unit and Quait Bay. Measurements taken by the new crew will assess Iisaak’s success in implementing their conservation-based approach to forest management. ISFP Project Manager, Cintra Agee says, “The NETB’s generous funding has contributed to the ISFP’s ability to move forward with hiring and training First Nations for 2003 monitoring operations on Iisaak tenure.” The long-term goal of the ISFP is to involve and support First Nations in the hands-on management of their traditional lands. “This season’s work is a first step towards meeting those objectives,” said Agee.
Joint venture based on sharing An innovative venture between B.C. First Nations, Weyerhaeuser and Coulson Forest Products now has a new name. Formerly called Newco, the enterprise is now called Hachatiic-Coulson (H-C for short). Hachatiic (pronounced “ah-sha-tees”) means “sharing the resources” in the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth. “We feel it’s an appropriate name,” said Judith Sayers who is Chief Councillor of
the Hupacasath First Nations, which along with Tseshaht and Ucluelet First Nations are partners in the undertaking. “It’s about all of us - First Nations, Coulson’s, the Sproat Lake crew, Weyerhaeuser, and the community at large - sharing in the wealth and the opportunity that this venture offers,” she added. Work continues on developing the engineering, forestry and logging contract between H-C and Weyerhaeuser.
PAFC Elder’s Fundraiser Port Alberni Friendship Center, Thursday June 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Roast Beef Dinner, Fashion Show & Loonie Auction Tickets are $15.00 in advance ($17.00 at the door). For ticket information call Cheryl at 723-8281. All proceeds raised from this event will be put towards the Elders attending the 2003 Elders’ Gathering in Coquitlam in August.
Roberta Prevost (left) and Della Preston (right) with Janice Simcoe, Chair of First Nations Education Camosun College (center)
Camosun students receive Tsa-qwa-supp Award By Kelly Johnsen NTC Post-Secondary Advisor for Ha-Shilth-Sa Victoria - At 3pm on May 15th, 2003 I attended the Camosun College access programs and First Nations’ awards ceremony. The event was hosted at the interurban campus of Camosun College in Victoria. It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful ceremony. Camosun College presented various awards for students with disabilities, students in ESL, and to two First Nation students. It was an emotional afternoon, but it was wonderful to watch how proud the award winners were to receive their scholarships. One very happy Japanese ESL student wore a traditional kimono and upswept hair, we were all wiping our eyes as she left the stage. This year the annual BC Hydro TsaQwa-Supp (Art Thompson) Award was presented to two Nuu-chah-nulth students. Janice Simcoe, Chair of First Nations Education Camosun College, stood to introduce the award, then turned the microphone over to (chief councillor) Jack Thompson from Ditidaht. Jack acknowledged his mother Ida Thompson for coming along to support him through the ceremony, then spoke eloquently about his brother Art Thompson. Janice Simcoe presented the awards, and spoke about how much Art Thompson meant to the staff and students at Camosun. The two Nuu-chah-nulth students selected for the Tsa-Qwa-Supp Award this year have shown great determination and achievement. Roberta Prevost (Ahousaht) is currently
working on her diploma in engineering. She has worked hard through the years to get as far as she has, and we are very happy to see her succeed. Della Preston (Tseshaht) is working on her diploma in community support, and plans to become a high school history teacher. She did very well in her first year of studies and we have no doubt she’ll achieve her goals. The purpose of the Tsa Qwa Supp Award is to encourage and provide financial support to Nuu-cha-nulth students who are pursuing professional careers and are studying at Camosun College.
The purpose of the Tsa Qwa Supp Award is to encourage Nuu-chah-nulth students at Camosun College. The scholarship was developed in 1999 and is a gift from Tsa Qwa Supp (Art Thompson). The award comes from proceeds of the sale of a limited-edition serigraph of the Tate family curtain which served as a centerpiece to the Out of the Mist Huupukwanum-Tupaat: Treasures of the Nuu-chah-nulth Chiefs exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. Tsa Qwa Supp was commissioned to re-create the Tate family curtain and render the design of the serigraph. BC Hydro financed the commission and the production of the prints. The fund is managed by the Camosun College Foundation and disbursement of awards is administered through the Camosun College First Nations Education and Services office. Recipients are expected to attend an awards ceremony in Victoria.
Haahuupayak School We are now accepting Registration Forms for September 2003 classes Spaces are limited for Kindergarten – Grade 6. Register early if you would like Your child/ren to attend 2003/2004 School Year at Haahuupayuk
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GRSS Role Model Presentation By Brian Tate Northern Region Reporter Gold River - On May 26 at the Gold River Secondary School two Aboriginal student workers from School District 70 and the NTC Education, Linus Lucas of ADSS and Angie Miller of EJ Dunn gave a brief history of their life experiences in various
Nuu-chah-nulth DJ’s are Goin’ Coastal on CHLY By Ruth Ogilvie for Ha-Shilth-Sa
Angie Miller speaks to GRSS students
points/parts of their lives. To show the students that if they apply themselves they can overcome obstacles and do or become anything they want to be in life. Linus Lucas gave a very moving story about his life with his father, then about his adulthood, and finally of his life with his children and how proud he is of them. Angie Miller also explained about her
life with her parents and how she never went to residential school and that she was always put into sports, and this is the reason she never learned the language. Angie also explained that now is the time for students to think about their future and schooling. Angie thanked the students for taking the time, and for listening to Linus and her.
NTC welcomes summer students By Ruth Ogilvie Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter NTC welcomes three more students for the summer student program. They are: Jennifer du Bourg: (Kyuquot First Nation) Jennifer will work with the NTC Treaty department. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies at Malaspina University and is currently pursuing a degree in education at UBC in the Native Indian Teacher’s Education Program. Jennifer looks forward to working with NTC for the summer. Roland Ginger: (Huu-ay-aht) Roland will work with the NTC Infant Development department. Roland completed the Human Resources Program at Malaspina where he obtained a Community Support Worker certificate and a Special Education Assistant Care certificate. Roland looks forward to working with Nuu-chah-nulth families and learning what services the Infant Development department provides to the community. In September, Roland will begin criminology at Malaspina. Caroline Thompson: (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations) Caroline is working with the administration department of NTC. This fall, Caroline plans to attend the First Nations Child and Youth Care Program in Duncan. She aspires to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Child and Youth Care and to pursue a career in counselling. She looks forward to her summer employment with NTC.
Nanaimo - Nuu-chah-nulth radio DJ’s are ‘Goin’ Coastal’ in Nanaimo on a new community radio station. CHLY 101.7 is Nanaimo’s community radio station and is home to Goin’ Coastal, the island’s Indigenous revolutionary radio program. CHLY provides alternative radio programming from Nanaimo to Campbell River and is heard across the globe via the Internet. “Goin’ Coastal is a play-on-words of “goin’ postal” and refers to the island’s coastal nations whom CHLY serves,” said DJ Crazy Fish. The issues covered are generally political and people based. In other words, they cover stories that affect the daily lives of Indigenous peoples like the BCTC Process, the recent changes in the Ministry of Children and Families, the FNG Act, fish farm issues and the exploitation of Indigenous lands and waters across the globe. Goin’ Coastal also features the music of various Indigenous musicians such as War Party, True Rez Crew, Corporate Avenger, Manik, Victor E., Lucy Idlout, George Leach and even some Johnny Cash. Most of these were downloaded ‘in the lab’, using music available on the Internet at DJ Crazy Fish’s house (www.mexicauprising.com). DJ Crazy Fish is responsible for producing fresh mixes of spoken word and music for Goin’ Coastal. Alternative media, like Ha-Shilth-Sa and CHLY are a necessary source of information and news reporting. Community radio programming is a perfect venue for Goin’ Coastal as the show is aimed at providing a voice that is not heard in mainstream media. Over the past two years there have been a variety of guests and issues covered on Goin’ Coastal. Listeners are both Indigenous and nonIndigenous peoples with a variety of backgrounds and ages. People from places as far away as Australia, Germany, France, Oregon and Los Angeles have listened to the program via the Internet. Goin’ Coastal DJ’s have interviewed Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian
Chiefs and L.A.’s Indigenous rap core/traditional/hip hop group, Aztlan Underground. Other guests include students from the First Nations Studies department at MALU as well as members of both Nuu-chah-nulth and Snu ney muxw communities. The program is open to guests dropping in to give community updates. Feedback is always encouraged from listeners, positive or not. For the most part, people phone in with encouragement, announcements or requests for Indigenous tunes. Goin’ Coastal members are guests on other programs for CHLY, like Elephant Talk and TAZ Radio to discuss issues of racism and decolonization. The members of Goin’ Coastal are: DJ Crazy Fish, Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht nations, DJ Superchau, music mixer and sound technician from the Cree nation and Haisla L’ig’ht We’i’ght, MALU Student Union correspondent. Shield is the United Native Nations correspondent and the roving reporter Roots is originally from Tla-o-qui-aht and Checlesaht nations. DJ Chumus and DJ Qwa wii na of the Snu ney mux and Ahousaht nations are a part of the original crew of Goin’ Coastal. DJ names are catchy, adding a little humour to the serious nature of the topics covered on Goin’ Coastal. “Because of the demand for more Indigenous programming, we’re hoping to expand with the return of DJ Qwa wii na and DJ Chumus in December of this year,” said DJ Crazy Fish. “Another Indigenous program would be great,” DJ Superchau added, “We don’t pretend to represent all the voices that are a part of the Indigenous communities and we think it is important to hear as many as we can.” “Each of us bring together their different skills, all with the common desire to raise awareness of the social, political and economic issues that face indigenous peoples today,” said DJ Crazy Fish. You can tune in to Goin’ Coastal; your Indigenous revolutionary radio program on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Important notice to all Mowachaht/Muchalaht members We are in recruit of our members to participate in a Band Meeting scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2003 at 10:00 am in the Wahmeesh Centre, Tsaxana. The Mowachaht/Muchalaht members are asked to vote: 1) To remain in the Hereditary System or 2) To return to the Election System and begin the election process. If you have any further questions, please contact Sandy Howard at 1-250-2837628 or e-mail: or contact Margarita James at the Band Office 1-250-283-2015 or e-mail: email@example.com
ATTENTION ALL UCHUCKLESAHT MEMBERSHIP We need names, addresses & phone numbers of all Uchucklesaht Decendents. 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
Members of the Goin’ Coastal radio crew in the studio. Goin Coastal: Tuesdays from 6-9 pm on CHLY 101.7
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Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project
SINUSITIS What is sinusitis? Sinusitis is an inflammation or infection of the sinus membranes that line the inside of the nose and sinuses. The sinuses are the hollow spaces behind the nasal area. Sinuses can become blocked when one has a cold and result in in inflammation and infection. Bacteria and fungii are more likely to grow in sinuses that are not draining properly. When one has a cold the symptoms begin to get better in 5-7 days whereas with sinusitis, it may last longer and worsen with time. Acute and Chronic Sinusitis There are two types of sinusitis. One is acute sinusitis and the other is chronic sinusitis. Acute sinusitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection will develop quite rapidly and can last up to four weeks. An acute sinusitis caused by bacterial infection is less likely to clear up on its own. This can lead to chronic sinusitis or can lead to infections that spreads beyond the sinuses. Nasal discharge that has pus, worsens after 5 days or lasts longer than 10m days is usually a strong sign of acute sinusitis caused by a bacterial infection. Chronic sinusitis lasts longer than 12 weeks and can be caused by either bacterial or fungal infection. If two or more antibiotics are used without effect, one may have to see a specialist to consider whether surgery is needed. Chronic sinusitis can lead to permanent damage in the mucous membranes. This in turn leads top more sinus infections. Symptoms Symptoms of sinuses are pain in the face, headache, swelling around the eyes, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or back of the throat, frequent nose bleeds, bad breath, a productive cough, fever, tooth pain, reduced sense of smell or taste. Risks Colds, an infected tooth, allergies, can also lead to sinusitis. Improperly shaped or damaged cartilage and bone dividing the nostrils can prevent the flow of mucous from the sinus into the nose. A growth can also prevent the proper flow of mucous. As well if there is damage to the tiny hairs in the sinuses, this will prevent the flow of mucous. Other factors that increase your risk of develop-
ing sinusitis are: smoking, second hand smoke, car exhaust, overuse of nose sprays, cold weather, rapid changes in air pressure, swimming in contaminated water, using a breathing machine (ventilator), using a machine for sleep apnea, having an impaired immune system. Asthma has not been proven to cause sinusitis but these two often o0ccur together. Home treatment. Before one calls a doctor, home treatment may relieve symptoms and prevent the need for antibiotics. The home treatment focuses mainly on pain relief and improving drainage of mucous from the sinuses. •Drink plenty of water. •Apply moist heat or breath air from a shower. •Use saltwater nasal wash •Use pain relievers such as tylenol and decongestants. •Blow nose gently and with both nostrils open. Call your doctor •When sinusitis has not improved in 2 days after home treatment •You have pain in the face that is not improved by Tylenol. •You have fever of 33.3 or higher •When you have thick and discolored discharge. •When cold symptoms last longer than 10 days or worsen after 7 days. Treatment from a doctor will include antibiotic therapy. Sinusitis that lasts longer than 12 weeks is difficult to treat and responds slowly to antibiotic treatment and therefore antibiotics may be prescribed for 3-4 weeks. Nasal sprays may also be used. A ct scan may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis and help plan surgery if needed. Surgery would be recommended when a person has taken antibiotics for an extended period and the symptoms still persist. Prevention of sinusitis Treat stuffiness caused by a cold or allergies at once. This can help prevent a bacterial infection from developing. Avoid people with colds or other respiratory infections. If you do have contact, wash hands after. Avoid smoke as smoke further irritates sinuses. If you have allergies avoid the triggers and perhaps consider discussing allergy shots with your doctor. Choo; Ina Seitcher First Nations Liaison Nurse at West Coast General Hospital.
Chaa-Maak-Sap Family Trauma Program 2003 Session Dates Kakawis Trauma Program June 2 to June 13, 2003 June 22 to July 25, 2003 Aug. 3 to Sept. 5, 2003 Sept. 15 to Sept. 26, 2003 Sept. 29 to Oct. 10, 2003 Oct. 13 to Oct. 24, 2003
Couples Program Five week Program for families Five Week Program for families Women’s Program Hawii - Hereditary Chiefs Youth Program
Main Office (Southern Region) 5120 Argyle Street, PO Box 1383 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M2 Ph: (250) 724-3233 Fax: (250) 723-6010
Nanaimo Urban Office: 204-96 Cavan St. Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2V1 Ph: (250) 753-8567 Fax: (250) 753-8933
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
Victoria Urban Office: 853 Fisgard St. Victoria, B.C. V8W 1S1 Ph: (250) 413-7303 Fax: (250) 388-5120
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
Vancouver Urban Office: 455 East Hastings Street Vancouver, B.C. V6A 1P5 Ph: (604) 254-9972 Fax: (604) 254-7919
Upcoming Events EVENT Vancouver Support Group Meeting Women’s Support Group Meeting Support Group Mtg
DATE LOCATION nd 2 & last Monday Vancouver AFC 6 pm – 9 pm 1607 E. Hastings St. nd 2 & Last Thurs/ea.month VAFC 6 pm – 9 pm 1607 E. Hastings St. nd 2 & last Tues. of each Campbell River, 228 S. Dogwood St. month @ 6 pm St. Peters Anglican Church Cultural Night Last Thurs of ea. month Nanaimo, 204 – 96 Cavan St. Storytelling, Language, 7 pm Singing, Dancing, Crafts, etc. nd Support Group 2 & Last Tuesdays Victoria, 853 Fisgard St. Meeting 6 pm Elders Luncheon Once a month Victoria, Date & Time To be announced Support Group Mtg Last Mon. of ea. month Duncan, Hiiye’ya Le Lum Native 6 pm Friendship Centre, 205 – 5462 Trans Canada Highway For more information contact Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Staff: Vina Robinson @250-731-6271, Michael McCarthy @ 604-254-9972 or 604-3126539, Shawn Sinclair @ 250-616-3674.
Nuu-cchah-nnulth Healing Project 4th Annual Conference
“Huu %ac^ink si+” (Reuniting Families) July 2, 3, 4, Kakawis, Tofino, B.C. Art & Crafts tables, Singing and Dancing, Lahal, Mini-workshops, Camping, Story telling, Hiking, Cedar Bark crafts, Traditional Foods, Traditional cleansing, Information Booth, Family Games, Self-Care, and much, much more…
We hope to see you there!
For more information and to Register, please contact: Ray Seitcher, Acting Coordinator, phone: (250) 724-3233. Vina Robinson, Urban Outreach Worker, phone: (250) 7538567 Or the Healing Project staff member working in your region. Registration Deadline: June 13, 2003 (For planning purposes)
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Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Congratulations
Happy 2nd Birthday to our “Bear Sunshine”, Dorian Sutherland on June 12. We love you soo much. xoxo Mom, Dad and big brother. I would like to wish A Happy Belated Birthday-May 22 & Happy Father’s to a special guy who means the world to me, Chris John Sr, I love you and have a wonderful day.Love from Gen. Alsohappy father’s day to all my brothers Peter Sr.,Paul Sr.,Archie Jr.,Danny,Russ Sr.,& my little bro Dereck. Love your baby Sis Gen. Happy Father’s Day to our wonderful Dad Chris John Sr. thank you for being there for us and always showing us that you love and care for us. Love Chris Jr.& Cynth,Brad, Tammy, & Baby Shaun. A TOAST TO BLAIR ON HIS 19th BIRTHDAY! We love you, Bear-bear!!! Mom, Jack, Matthew and Cara-Mia Happy Father’s day to my crazy cuz Fred Adams,Bruno W, John Manson, and all the way over in Zeballos to our friend Tim John, Ralph Tyrer & Kevin E. From Gen & Chris, & Family Hi..I’m just writng in to say a “Big” thank you to my son-in-law Owen Nelson....when I asked you,for a grandchild when you married my daughter Rose (Chester)..I’m so thankful that you did come through with the newest addition to my family...thanks Owen for Kylie-Rae...Your mother-in-law .. Marion Thompson...We miss you guys too... I’d also like to thank Hanna and Lila Chester for helping out their sister Rose, when she needed it.. thanks you two..We’ll be forever grateful... Marion and Elmer Thompson I’d like to wish my Grandson in Washington State, Desean McLaughlin a Happy 10th Birthday on June 4th.. hope you have a great day grandson...Love you and miss you..Love your #1 gramma Ann..in Victoria.. I’d also like to wish my Daughters Lana Olsen(Thompson)a Happy Bday on June 14th...Hope you have a great day..Love you...Mom and to my other daughter Sugar Adair (Thompson) Happy Bday on June18th..Wishing you the best Sug....Love you.. Mom..on the same day(June18) as Sug.. Happy Bday to my nephew Parker Mack in Washinton State...hope you have a great Day Neph...and on June21st Happy bday to my niece Connnie Charile..have a great one Connie..And on June 23 hope you have a great day Reese...Happy bday to you!!!!Love your Auntie Ann Oh.. now I forgot what day Devon Chesters Bday is...sorry “bro”....Have a good one..its in June too...love Gramma Ann We have so many Birthdays in June my Family..I know I forgot some sorry you guys the ones I forgot..love you all..Ann I’d also like to say “Hi” to my Sis
We would like to wish our son Stephen Tom Jr. a Happy 10th Birthday. Love from your Dad and Mom (Steve and Carrie) and your sister Kyra. Norma and her honey GAB.. in Anacortes..Gosh Sis I really miss you guys...email me once in awhile....Take Care .Love your Sissy Ann...”smiles” HaHappy Birthday to Marshall “ macho “ Thomas on May 25th! Hope you have a good day! from Jessie .T. Happy Birthday to Grandma Marilyn Lucas on June 2nd. Hope you enjoy your day grandma! Love you lots! from Heman and Rakaylyn. Happy Birthday to Marilyn Lucas Have a good day! hope you enjoy your day! from your son Pat III and Jessie. Happy Birthday to Lelaina Charleson on May 29th enjoy your day! from Janie and Shauntay. Happy 3rd Birthday West Frank on May 29th from Shauntay. Happy Birthday to Marshall “ macho “ Thomas. Enjoy your day cuz from Jane and Shauntay. I would like to say happy birthday to my neph Kalvin on june 14th and also to Lana .. also happy birthday to my coz parker and sugar... also parker Thunder said Happy birthday and she is still waiting for her $$$$ ... also i would like to say happy fathers day to my dad Edgar and to my brothers Dan and Nate and also to Jay guys have a wonderful day . happy fathers day to all the fathers in Canada .. happy birthday to uncle frank on the 13th .. Congrat to bear and trix on your new born.. Love Sheila (shish) and Lil Wanya Happy Father’s Day Dad, you’re the best! Love Stevie and Kyra We would like to wish our niece Victoria and her husband Ivan a very happy anniversary on June 29. Love always, Aunt Josephine and Earl We would like to wish Darrin Williams a Happy 16th Birthday for May 16. Love from Uncle Sid, Auntie Sharleen & Family. We would like to wish our niece Veronica Williams a Happy 36th Birthday for May 17. Love from Uncle Sid, Auntie Sharleen & Family. We would like to wish Lance Williams a Happy 11th Birthday from May 26. Love From Uncle Sid, Auntie Sharleen & Family. Happy Father’s Day to my husband Edward G. Smith Sr. Hope you enjoy your day. Love always, your wife, Raven Smith. Happy Father’s Day to my dad Eddie. Love all your children Dori, Wes and
Congratulations Spencer! I am very proud of my son Spencer Touchie who has just graduated from the Information Technology Program in Malaspina College. Spencer is from the Ucluelet First Nation and we would like to thank them for sponsoring the Internet Essentials Program in 2002 and he proved himself with five A+’s. We would also like to thank NTC Education for sponsoring his second year ITAS. Spencer has proven himself with such high grades, nothing below a C, all those sleepless nights studying late in the Lab were well worth it. Good luck in the future! From Mom (Sheila Touchie)
Happy 2nd Anniversary on June 9, 2003 To My Loving Husband Eddie Johnson, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with everyone of how much I Love You! I had the biggest crush on you in High School and to this day I still have a crush on you. Thank you for loving me everyday and thank you for our beautiful children. I promise to cherish you, be true to you and to love you every moment of our lives. I still sit here and think to myself, “Wow I am married to Eddie Johnson.” I am so happy and I wish you all the Happiness and Love on our 2nd Wedding Anniversary! Love always, your wife Janice Johnson, our children, Edward Jr., Jeffery and Kae-Lynn! day. Enjoy the cake. Love sis Sandy, Stan, Alonzo, Kylee and Jr. Happy Father’s Day to our special daddy Stanley Sam Sr. Dad you’re so special to us, you mean the world to us. Always remember Dad, you’re the best in our heart. We love you up to the sky. Love your children, Alonzo, Kylee, Jr. & your honey, Sandy. Happy Father’s day to all our special grandpa’s Edward Sam, Joe Campbell, Angus Campbell, Richard Thomas, Norman Thomas and our great grandfather, Stanley Sam #1. Also to our uncles Joe Campbell Jr., Hunter Sam, (soon) Jeremy Sam, Eddie Little, Thomas Sam, Will Little and Bill Gladstone. We love you so much. Love from Alonzo, Kylee & Stanley Sam jr.
Happy 1st Birthday Precious (Taniesha Eileen Sam) for June 8. Luv Mom, Dad, Jo-Jo, Tamara. Paul Smith. Happy Father’s Day to our dad Wes Thomas Sr. Love you lots, from your daughter Raven Smith. Happy Father’s Day Grandpa Wes Thomas Sr. Love your grandchildren. Happy Father’s Day to my two brothers who live in Victoria (Matuni). Wesley Thomas Jr. and Nathan LaFortune. To Richard Thomas who lives here in Ahousaht happy Father’s Day bro. Also to my cuz/bro Victor Titian. From Raven Smith. July 1, 2003: happy Anniversary to my dear husband Edward Smith Sr. Love you lots your wife Raven Smith. July 4, 2003: Happy 32nd birthday to my bro Wes Thomas Jr. Love you, from your sisters in Ahousaht, Raven and Tina. June 2nd: Happy 2nd birthday sis/auntie Pearl Campbell. Have a wonderful
Happy Father’s Day to my Dad Peter, Love you lots Daddy. With love from your big baby Jen, Richie, Collin, Miranda and your little baby Shawn.
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In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap
We would like to wish our nephew Ron Dick Jr. a Happy Birthday for May 18. Love from Uncle Sid, Auntie Sharleen & Family. We would especially like to wish a very beautiful young lady, Cynthia Dick a Happy 14th Birthday for May 24. Love Uncle Sid, Auntie Sharleen & Family. Thank you all for your Support & Encouragement! I’d like to take this opportunity to give and send Thank you’s to many special people who have been very supportive to me. I have been attending North Island College in Port Alberni since 1999, and like any other student have had some troubling & struggling times. Al though I am only at the beginning stage of schooling, I feel the need to extend my gratitude to the people who have mad a difference in my life. Being a full time Mom and a full time student sure takes a toll on ones emotion. I am very grateful to have had people give me strength to continue on my educational journey. Mommy & Daddy, Ma & Pa, Mom & Dad, Mother & Father, Daisy Peter. Thank you for all your hugs, your words of wisdom, your knowledge and your praise. I don’t know if I would be where I am today if I didn’t have wonderful parent, extraordinary, spectacular, fabulous, extremely special parents. It is a constant reminder to me of how LUCKY I am to have your to call Mom & Dad. Every day is Mother & Father’s Day to me. To my son Collin, my baby, thank you for having patience with me when I was too busy with homework and also for being so understanding. Thanks to my Auntie Gina for always checking up on me, and seeing how things are going for me. Thanks for making sure I am still human and sane. Thanks to my “Gran” Maggie for being there for me. I can’t thank you enough for helping with “Myrene”. I know she loved spending that time with you. You were great help and always full of praise too. Thanks to my Auntie Connie & Georgie for always being at the phone. You
wree always willing to hear my good news about good assignments. Thanks to my brothers Russ & Shawn for showing your care and concern for my well being. It means a lot to me. Thanks to my sister Irene “Myrene” for always being there for me , for being my best friend. To my Honey, for always trying to keep me on track. Thank you for always having confidence and believing in me. Thank you for always being there to hold me and assuring me everything will be all right. You give a whole new meaning to the word LOVE. I also want to acknowledge my Grand Auntie Miss Anne Atleo. My role model and someone I look up to. Your accomplishments also contribute to my drive to education. And to all the people back home whom I miss dearly, Nan Hilda, Auntie Tess, Auntie Stella & Uncle Frank, my friends Virginia & Archie, Laurie, Michelle, Vivian, Grandma Ann, Katrina Joy, Janice, Natalie, Uncle Chester. Leaving home was a big step for me. However, no only have I gained more education, I have also gained the love of my life, Richie, a beautiful baby girl Miranda, accomplishments to be proud of and a license to drive. I want to encourage anyone who is thinking of going back to school to JUST DO IT. You will never be too old to go to school. I went from upgrading my Math and English to University Transfer courses. And my goal is to get into Business Administration with my name on it. Choo, Jenniffer Hanson.
Father’s Day - In memory of my dear dad H. Thomas Dick. Today is the hardest day I’ll ever have to face. You’ve only been gone ten months Yet not a day goes by without you on you on my mind… I miss you so dearly. Your phone calls especially. What I’d give to have that one last conversation… Just to let you know how much I love you. They say time eases pain, But it just seems to get harder. Never in my world did I know I was going to lose the one who was most special to me. So dad, you will always be in my heart. And every day should have been Father’s day for you. Your daughter, Laverne Tom Erin Samantha-Lynn Adrian Graduation date, June 25, 2003 I would like to congradulate you; My sister who has done better than I; I may be older, and I am certainly not wiser, You make me want to cry. Cry for all the times that were happy; Cry for the times that were sad; And also all the times that were spent apart, And for the times that were bad. You are my sister; And I love you; Love Always, Alexandra Leith Adrian
Dedicated to my Father Howie the Duck Amos My Best Friend’s name is Dad Through my faults he remains to stand I never had a friend like him Someone to confide within I enjoy our walks together Just the two of us father and daughet I appreciate being in his presence his concern and guidance makes all the difference Kleco Kleco for defending me When my siblings become my rivalry I apologize for the hard times Igave Thank you for always loving me the same. Happy Father’s Day Daddy Duck. Love Always, “Little Duck” Julia Rose.
May 24, 2003, Annie Watts (left) co-hosted a bridal shower for her niece Melanie Livingstone (center), daughter of Cyril Livingstone and Georgina (Ross) Livingstone (right) of Lake Cowichan. Melanie will marry Aaron Hamilton on June 21, 2003. I would like to thank my family for organizing and staging the most memorable bridal shower. It felt so good to come together and have you share such a special occasion with me. I would also like to thank all those who cooked the wonderful food and for the beautiful decorations. I am thankful for all the gifts that I received. I also want to thank all the ladies that attended ladies night and also the drivers (Jocelyn, Joy and Tina). I had an awesome night. On behalf of my fiancé Aaron Hamilton we’d like to thank uncle Dave and David Jr, Nathan and Randy for hosting a celebration for Aaron. Thanks to all the guys for attending. If we missed anyone it was not intentional. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing our family and friends at the wedding!
Sincerely; Melanie Livingstone
Happy 25th Birthday Scooter (haha) Derricks. Love ya cuzzin. Molly, Dean and boys. Also on June 12 Happy B-Day to my bro-in-law Derek. Love Molly and Boys. Happy daddy’s day Clayton Dean. Lotsa Love; your 2 fine boys Chris and Dorian. We Love You!
Happy 9th Birthday to Collin on June 17. Tons of love and hugs from Mom & Dad, Miranda and Uncle Shawn.
Happy 1st Anniversary to my Brother Russ and Sister-in-law Christine Hanson on June 29th. And many, many, many, many more to come. Love form Jenn, Richie, Collin, Miranda andShawn.
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Attention Nuu-chah-nulth membership... · · · · ·
Please notify your First Nation if you have any events that happen in your life such as Marriage, Divorce, Birth, Death, Name Change and especially “Transfers”. Submitting these documents to the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council office is just as important as submitting these documents to your First Nation. Being on the D.I.A. list does not mean you are on your First Nation's Registry Band List, you must apply for Band Membership. 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
Murray John walks in front of his curtain at his family’s feast
John Family Hosts Naming Feast By Denise Ambrose Central Region Reporter
with regret that they had to leave early, they gave names to Cecil Junior, Elliot and Jordan Mack. Chief Mack concluded by saying he has much respect for Murray John Junior and his family and is glad his nephew is part of the family. Early in the evening Sii?uup proudly displayed his curtain for the first time. The beautifully designed curtain was made in four days, the work of artist George John and eight assistants. The rest of the evening was filled with plenty of singing, dancing and gift giving. The remaining five children, Shawn Jack, Dravan Jack, Cody Jack, Justin Zarelli and Mercedes Zarelli each received their names from Sii?uup during the course of the evening.
Ahousaht- Chief Sii?uup, Murray John Junior hosted a feast on May 31 in honour of the young children of his house. Eight young children would be brought in front of the people to receive their names, showing they belonged to the Kelthsmaht house. The feast started with a prayer of thanks to the Creator for sparing the lives of two young men. Earlier that day, two fathers of the children to be named went out in a boat to get crabs for the feast. The boat somehow capsized and Tom Zarelli and Cecil Mack Sr. clung to the bow of the sunken boat for three hours before being rescued by a passing whale-watching boat. Though cold and shaken up, the two men were otherwise fine and were released from the hospital to see their children receive names. Toquaht Elder, Archie Thompson offered the prayer then gave Cecil Mack Senior a name from his father, Doug Mack’s side of the family. Tom Zarelli also received a name which came from the house of Sii?uup. The Keitlah family performed a welcome dance and a Toquaht delegation including Chief Bert Mack came forward Tom Zarelli and Cecil Mack Sr. to give names to the Mack children that were cleansed after a boat mishap live in the House of Sii?uup. Saying
(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
Chief Bert Mack came forward to give names to the Mack children that live in the House of Sii?uup.
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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
URBAN WOMEN’S RETREAT June 8, 9, 10, 2003 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, develop positive problem solving skills, and promote self-care. Space is limited for the retreat, so please confirm your spot with Nuuchah-nulth Urban Support Staff as soon as possible. Experience: Natural healing, Massage with Eileen Touchie and Terri Lea, Reiki, Guest Speaker, NCN Crafts, Empowerment For more information contact Vina Robinson at: (250) 753-8567 or (250) 731-6271
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Walking to Prevent Suicide A walk across Canada starts with a single step. For Edward Meldrum, Kandice Hingley, Gina Hingley, and David Elliott the first steps will take place in front of the courthouse in Nanaimo on April. Their walk will take them across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and will end in front of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa – hopefully on National Aboriginal Day June 21. Other walkers are also welcome join. The Youth Suicide Prevention Walk is a non-profit group. Donations can be made through the Tsow Tun le lum Centre in Lantzville or by contracting Edward Meldrum at 754-3423 or Darlene Hingely at 383-5907. Meldrum says, “Our youth is our future and we won’t have a future if the young people in our nation can’t keep their spirits alive. We are walking to capture the hearts of those people who just don’t think life is worth life is worth living anymore. We are here to tell them they are our future. What we want out of this walk is to let people know they are not alone. We believe in going on this walk because our people, and our cultures are dying, and we all need to come together and realize that bringing back our heritage is vital to our people. Our youth is our future, and we won’t have a future if the young people in our nation can’t keep their spirits alive. We are also walking to raise money to
create and expand new services for the youth in our communities due to the severe lack of services available today. The size of the suicide problem is very serious. Nationally, suicide rates for First Nations are eight times higher than non-Aboriginal populations of Canada. In Alberta suicide is the 2nd major cause of injury, and death for all Aboriginal people (status, and non-status Aboriginals, including Metis). In conclusion, between 70 and 80% of all Canadian youth consider suicide before graduation, of Canada over 25,000 youth attempt suicide annually, and over 250 died. In the year 2000, thirty-five BC youth age 10 – 19 took their own lives. Elders say … “silence is dangerous when we pretend the problem is not there. Communication is a healer to break the silence.” In support of this walk is Vince Watts, Tseshaht; Paul Lalibeute, Cree; Gary Doucette, Nanaimo. All of whom helped organize this event. Ralph Edgar, Friend, Supporter and Spiritual Advisor, offered a “Spirit of the Rainbow” medicine staff, which came fro the Sacred Mountain, Ka Ka Piya at Nitinaht Lake, BC. Once in Ottawa we will be addressing the Canadian Government about our concerns that reflect our Future … Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated, to see this through. Haluk#ii, Ralph Edgar.
Career Opportunities - q#i-cah=-ta-mis
Job Posting: Counsellor Contract to end of February 2004 The project “Sharing My Story: Indian Residential School” requires a Counsellor to deliver services and reside in Nitinaht Lake. The Counsellor will be responsible to work with individuals, small groups, families and the community on issues specific to residential school trauma that will lead to healing and reconciliation. A flexible schedule is required to meet the needs of the clients. The successful applicant will assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project and report to the Sharing My Story Committee. Qualifications: · Diploma or degree in counseling or equivalent · Minimum 5 years experience · Proven experience in facilitating groups · Must have knowledge of and experience in working with survivors and later generations impacted · Effective in dealing with stresses · Ability to organize and implement programs and workshops · Strong written and oral communication skills · Recent RCMP Criminal Record Check · Valid BC Driver Licence Please reply to: Ditidaht First Nation, Attn: Sharing My Story Counsellor Posting Box 340 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M8 or by fax (250) 745-3332, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: Noon Friday, June 27, 2003
Make Children First West Coast Aboriginal Community Facilitator Ucluelet – Tofino To provide support, information and assistance to Make Children First Network as a First Nations Community Consultant. The position is a one year contract (work for up to 15 hour per week) with the Port Albenrni Friendship Centre, under the direction of the Make Children First Aboriginal Committee. Please submit covering letter, resume and the names of three references by June 9th, 2003 to: Cyndy Stevens, Executive Director, Port Alberni Friendship Center 3555 – 4th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 4H3 For further information on qualifications and responsibilities, please contact Jeff at (250) 723-8281.
Walkers will be meeting with AFN Grand Chief Mathew CoonCome on June 19th and Prime Minister Jean Chretien on the 20th in Ottawa
Hesquiaht Leader proud of his Strippers By Denise Ambrose Central Region Reporter Hot Springs Cove – On a remote, steep and bumpy logging road, Hesquiaht Chief Councillor, Cecil Sabbas guides his truck deep into the forests behind Hot Springs Cove. When they finally reach their destination seven women spill out of the truck eager to begin their work. They scramble into the forest and begin stripping; trees that is! Lisa Sabbas says the women spent a day, with the support of Hesquiaht leadership, stripping cedar bark for their evening weaving sessions. On May 15th, snow still covered the mountaintops where they managed to fill the truck bed with bundles of cedar bark after a day of work. “It was a lot of fun and we were all tired but happy!” smiled Cecil. With limited recreational opportuni-
ties in the remote community, the women began impromptu gatherings where experienced weavers teach novices the art of mat and basket making. Children as young as eight years old learn how to make headbands and even some men participate in weaving. “We like to make gifts for upcoming feasts,” says Lisa Sabbas. She says weaving for her is fun and addictive, saying she once spent twelve straight hours basket weaving. The cedar bark trip, according to Lisa, was an exercise in staff/team building for the Hesquiaht Administration. It was productive and so much fun that the group plans to go on another trip in the near future. This time there is a sign-up sheet and many more band members want to take part. The weaving sessions usually take place in the evenings when no other community events are planned.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council will once again be accepting bids from caterers to provide Chumas, coffee, tea and juice for the NTC Scholarship Presentations on July 18, 2003 beginning at 6:00pm, Maht Mahs Gym. Caterers will be expected to provide the following: Chunas (Cakes, Fresh Fruit etc.) Coffee, Tea, Juices (Cups, sugar, cream, stir sticks Water Napkins and plates Serving the above Rental of the Kitchen Facility Clean up as related to above Please send in your bid to the NTC office c/o Eileen Haggard, Fax: 723-0463 Telephone:724-5757 Deadline for Bids – July, 4 2003 *Reminder – Scholarship Applications must be in by Friday, July 4, 2003, 4:30 pm.
Human Resource Centre for Students
We are open! 4877 Argyle Street (above Canada Post) Port Alberni, BC Mon – Fri, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 724-0151 Local (240) Services for Employers: No charge advertising for Job Postings Info on wage rates & employment standards Services for Students: Access to the Job Bank & Casual Labour Assistance in developing Job Search Skills Resume and Interview Skills Assistance
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Chief Hanuquii invites everyone to feast The Kiltsnahts with Ahousahts and having been confederated since the time of warfare in the early 1800’s. Many uncertainties haven’t been so simple to deal with. With perseverance, we the Ahousaht Nation through many, many sittings of all the Chiefs, Witewok, and the knowledgeable Elders have concluded with a decision. Prior to the historic decision, Edgar (Hanuquii) with his cousin Harvey Charlie and Murray John Jr. agreed to give the total responsibilities to the Ahousaht Chiefs and Elders to decide, in conclusion the long deliberation of who is to be the top Hawiith for the Kelthaps and the same inherent right to succeed the late “Chief Chester Charlie” and to give a prayer traditional ceremonies to properly seat “Hanuquiee” Edgar Charlie. “Edgar” now the totally recognized the Tyee Hawilth for the Kelthousahts. Today, I have already announced and invited my relatives and friends to come to Ahousaht and witness the historic ceremonies to seat the “Kelthsmaht House”. The ceremonies will start at Noon on the 28th day of June at the “Thunderbird Hall”. We are now at Kelthsmahts on the road to healing for a better future for all decendants of the great Kelthsmaht I will personally as I have always been to give my unyielding respect and honour with the integrity to lead always the
Kelthsmaht people in a very respective way. My pledge is to serve with Honour, respect and pride of whoo I am and the Knowledge of where my lineage comes from as my Uncle Chief Chester Charlie had decided to always work side by side with Ahousaht, the ties shall be strengthened in every way to work with the common goal, culturally and socially. Knowing a lot of work by many people to attempt to get this issue straightened out once and for all. “I thank all of you” All my relatives, and friends, we are now in time of healing and re-evaluating our direction or the future of all Kelthmahts. I know I will lend with honour and respect to you all.. So all my relatives, friends “Personally invite you all to come to Ahousaht on on:
June 28, 2003 Thunderbird Hall Starting @ Noon Accommodations will be taken care of, come early, Come with your songs & dances and celebrate with Hanuquii. Dinner will be served that day. Remember the day: June 28, 2003 at Ahousaht Thunderbird Hall. Thank you all and I hope to see you all on that day. Chuuch, Kleco, Kleco, Chief Hanuquii (KelthsMaht) Edgar Charlie
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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Community Events and Celebrations Sitting of Kelthsmaht Chieftainship and House All Nuu-chah-nulth are cordially invited to witness in traditionally sitting of the head Chief of the Kelthsmaht Nation at Ahousaht on June 28, 2003 starting at noon. Chief Hanuquii
The Mickey Family would like to invite you to their Memorial Dinner for their late parents Charlie and Caroline Mickey on August 16th at the Athletic Hall, starting at noon. Mack Family Reunion August 2003! The Toquaht Mack family is planning a reunion on the weekend of August 2003. It’s been too long since we all got together. And would like everyone’s input on our upcoming reunion. So far, we are aiming for the weekend in August and location will be Port Alberni. We would like to gather, renew family ties and meet new family members. We need to connect! Any members from the late Chief Cecil Mack our late grandmother Jesse Mack please contact via email. Gjmack@hotmail.com or email@example.com or you can mail me at: Gloria Mack, 65-4061 Larchwood Dr, Victoria, BC, V8N-4P1. Hope to hear from you soon! Lets get started!
Q#aaq#inakc^is - >aaktuu>a - Joey Dennis’ – Memorial The family of q#aaq#inakc^isit - late Joey Dennis will be having a >aaktuu>a (memorial feast) to put to rest our mourning and celebrate the life he lived! We the Dennis/Haipee Family invite you all to witness the ceremonies/events we have planned for this special day. Date: October 18 2003. This is an announcement of the date only we will be going around to various First Nations to formally invite in a traditional manner. If you would like to suggest a good day for our family to visit your Community during the summer, contact uut-sii (Rob Dennis JR) Cultural coordinator Huu-ay-aht First Nation @ Work (250) 728-3414 or Toll Free 1-888-644-4555, Home (250) 724-0169. Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org c^uu +eekoo - uutsii-cultural coordinator H.F.N.
There has been a change of date for Barry Wayne McCarthy (Bear) Memorial Potlatch from October 25 to November 29, 2003 at the Alberni Athletic Hall, starting at 12:00 noon. We would like to acknowledge the people that came close to us in the time of need. Hosts: Laura McCarthy and Johnny McCarthy Sr. CLASSIFIEDS CONTINUED FOR SALE: 24 ft aluminium skiff. Brand new Honda Motor 50 hp, trailer, asking $8,000. Call Joe David at 250725-3320 9 am - 11 am or 6 pm - 9 pm. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe for anyone interested. From Beach Canoe to 40 footer. Call Harry Lucas 7241494. FOR SALE: 25' Mark 7 Zodiac & 20' Bombard Explorer. Call Leo Manson at (250) 725-2662 for more information. BOAT FOR SALE: MV Ropo – no license. 40’ fiberglass. Ex-freezer troller. Fully equipped. Freezer system only 2 years old. Harold Little (250) 670-2477. FOR SALE - 40’ Ex-troller. Call Robert Sr. (250) 724-4799 FOR SALE: New & Used Barclay Sound Sockeye Nets. (250) 923-9864. FOR SALE: 3 ½ sides smoked fish, vacuum packed, $25 each. Fundraising for ladies singing group. Call 723-0740 or 720-2139. FOR SALE: 38 1/2 ft “C” license $450.00 a foot. Donald Mundy (250) 720-5841. FOR SALE: SMOKED FISH, vacuum packed (by the sides), bags of Upsqwee. Call 250-724-6341.
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*** Wanted: Digital speedometer for 1988 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Call 723-9706, or 731-6222 For Sale; Flyfishers!! Hand tied flies. All Native American made (Tseshaht). Many styles and sizes available. James S. Rush #717024, C.B.C.C., 1830 Eagle Crest Way, Clallam Bay, WA, U.S.A., 98326 –9723
Boat for sale: 1992 - 25 foot Raider. Aluminum cabin, open fore and aft deck, adjustable outboat bracket, tandem galvanized trailer. $19,900 without engine, $29,9000 with 2001 - 225 Merc Optimax. Call Roger Franceur 723-4005 For sale: 2 cannon deep lines, used only one season. $400 each. 723-4374
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 WANTED: Hide for school projects. Call Julia Landry @724-0512 (8-4pm weekdays). FOR SALE: Black Hair - 12" to 18". Phone: 830-0468. NATIVE BASKET WEAVING made by Kathy Edgar. Show case of all sizes of baskets. Weaving classes are held throughout the year. For more information phone 416-0529. Address box 863 – 8140 York Ave. Crofton, B.C. V0R 1R0. FOR SALE: Genuine Authentic basket weaving grass. Linda Edgar, phone 7544462. 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 FOR SALE: Knitted sweaters, vests toques. Will take orders. Please call Yvonne Tatoosh @250-748-1411 (Duncan). GENA SWAN CEDAR ARTS AND CRAFTS & floral arrangements for weddings/grads etc. Call 250-723-8819 or email: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
CLASSIFIEDS Automotive D&M AUTOCLEAN "WE'LL DO YOUR DIRTY WORK" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS - TRUCKS - RV'S - BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 720-2211. FOR SALE: 1989 Honda Civic Si, sunroof, red, 5-speed. $4500 obo. 724-4383. FOR SALE: 2001 Chev Silverado 5sp.V6 - Dark blue, Low mlge. Warranty. Call 250-670-9549 after 3:30 p.m. Karen Frank. FOR SALE: 1 1999 Safari Van - 7 passenger, excellent condition - $12,000 (OBO). Contact (250) 726-7144 or fax (250) 726-2488. FOR SALE: Silver 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. Automatic, Extremely low Km’s (under 5600), mint condition, fully loaded, leather, power moon roof, 6 yr/160,000Km Extended warranty, town driven, asking $23,500 ask for Jack 7239541. For Sale: 1986 4cyl red Ford Mustang, $2500.00 O.B.O 724-6926 For sale: MotoMaster Cartop Carrier. Good Condition. call 723-3880
Employment Wanted /Services Offered NEED A PHONE? BEEN DISCONNECTED? No Deposit? INSTAPHONE No Credit? RECONNECT No Problem! CALL 1-866-334-6782 STARTING AT $39.95
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Employment Wanted/ Services Offered COU-U$ 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. ANITA’S ALTERATIONS: Sewing, hems, etc., etc. Ph. 723- 8890. T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975.
+`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. TSAWAAYUUS: SHARE YOUR TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Volunteers required for the following: 9Give demonstrations 9and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. 9We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. WESTCOAST TRANSITION HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER: For Abused Women and their Children on call 24 hours toll free 1-877-726-2020. PORT ALBERNI TRANSITION HOUSE: Call 724-2223 or call the nearest local shelter or crisis center. HELP LINE FOR CHILDREN: 310-1234. WANTED: 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) 385-9906. FIRST AID TRAINING: Canadian Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructors Laverne 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. NUU-CHAH-NULTH NATIVE LANGUAGE: Transcribing in phonetics - for meetings, research projects, personal use. Hourly rates. Phone Harry Lucas at 7245809. 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. GROWING THE CIRCLE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: For all your multi media needs: video production, music production, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Chuu! BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 7241225. WANTED: Serger Sewing Machine to buy. Please call 724-4987
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 HOUSE FOR SALE. 3-bdrm house with 3 bdrm basement suite. Close to all amenities. Fruit trees. 3909-9th Ave., Port Alberni. $95,000. Call 723-0308. HOUSE FOR SALE to TFN member on Esowista Reserve. Good condition, views of ocean & forest. Quiet area. $110,000 Call for more info: (250) 725-3482. 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. FRESH BREAD FOR SALE: or made to order, also buns & pies. Pick up or delivery in P.A. 723-6983. FOR SALE: Beautiful Native Design Dress. New condition. Size 5-7. 724-3049. 13”x141/4”x23’ & 13 x 141/4 x 35’ CREOSOTE TIMBERS. Laminated. Could be dismantled. 7 ½ “ x 12” x 16’ & 71/2 x 12 x 19’ Timbers. 6’ x 26’ totally laminated. All creosoted wood. 100’ piling 1 piece. Call Willie Sam (250) 723-2145. COMPUTERS FOR SALE: Acer aspire, w/16 MB HD, monitor, keyboard, speakers, mouse $500. KDS Geared by MSI, w/32 MB HD, monitor, keyboard, speakers, mouse - $1500. Uniwell Cash Register w/scanner, software - $1500. Contact Ed Van Groenigen @ 250-7254478 (eve) or 250-726-5116 (cell) or Mary Martin 250-725-8283 (cell). FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 7244383 FOR SALE – brand new, never used medical examining table. Brand-Bond M6 with short base. Upholstery is black – wanting $1348 – anybody interested please contact: Tricia Thorne, Community Service Manager for Ditidaht. (250) 7453331. LOST: at Alex Williams Memorial Potlatch on Sept 14/02 @ the House of Huu-ay-aht in Pachena Bay. 1 Small blue suitcase owned by Hereditary Chief Darlene Nookemus containing 2 sets of beaded feathers black, red & white, 2 head bands, 1 shawl w/eagle design, 2 vests-1 w/Huu-ay-aht written on the back 1 plain, 1 necklace w/blue trading beads on it. Contact (250) 728-3080. Employment Wtd/Services Offered
TOQUART BAY CONVENIENCE STORE: Open Year round! Located on Macoah Reserve. Status cigs available. (250) 726-8306. Shirley Mack Proprietor. MOUNTAIN BOY (2000) - FAST-FOOD TAKE-OUT: 1627C Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, B.C. Pizza, Chicken, Ribs & Ice Cream. Open 7 days a week from 11:30am 10pm. Deliveries after 5:30pm. Tel: 7262221. Owners: Vi & Crystal Mundy. 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. FIND OUT what your billing agencies won’t tell you about De-regulation and Privatization – What does it mean to You? Call Sharean Van Volsen at 724-4441 and attend a presentation if interested in a business opportunity or savings! NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL: New 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. ADAY INDUSTRIAL SEWING: Ceremonial Curtains & Drum bags, Boat tops, Awnings, Custom Orders. Quality work @ the Best Prices on the Island! Free
N.E.D.C. BUSINESS NEWS
June 5, 2003
NEDC Would Like to Congratulate John Tom, Owner/Operator of
Native Sunrise Charters Celebrating 25 Years in Business! Food was flowing, children were laughing and Tom Curley was at the mike – what was the occasion? John Tom was thanking his friends, community and family in a very traditional Nuu-chah-nulth way; he was feeding them. For the past 25 years John has been in the water taxi/charter business and he wanted his community to know how much he appreciated their support and to `give back a little.’
For the past 25 years John has been in the water taxi/charter business and he wanted his community to know how much he appreciated their support and to `give back a little.’ John has lived all his life in Opitsaht and remembers when he was just about the only water taxi in town – “boy I was busy then,” he says. Like many on the West Coast, John began his career as a fisherman/logger, in fact that was his employment for twenty years. In the mid seventies he began to notice a downturn in the fishing industry and started working his way out. By the late seventies he was no longer a fisherman, the logging industry wasn’t looking healthy but something else was picking up. John began to notice the demand for water transportation coming from many directions: tourism, the forest industry, environmental groups and community residents. He began his business in 1978 with a couple of small boats and in 1979 purchased a 28’ aluminum passenger boat he called `Super Stud.’ He still chuckles at the attention the name got; people would come down to the dock to have their pictures taken beside the boat as long as the name was showing,’ he says. John credits his success to hard work and focus. “You have to focus on the business all the time,” he says, “it’s not easy, you never know what’s going to
Francis Frank acts as speaker for John Tom, at his quarter-century in business celebration happen in the next 24 hours.” And, you have to deal with all kinds of people from lawyers and bookkeepers to the rich and famous; from environmental protesters to loggers and fish farm workers and from Hydro and Telus employees to the Kennedys. His advice is to stay neutral, don’t take sides and be professional. This is a business; nothing personal – just good service. And it must work because John still has old clients calling from around the world to book his charters.
He began his business in 1978 with a couple of small boats and in 1979 purchased a 28’ aluminum passenger boat he called `Super Stud.’ He still chuckles at the attention the name got; people would come down to the dock to have their pictures taken beside the boat’ he says. Today John owns two boats, both Eagle Craft. His larger boat, Native Sunrise is
29’6” and carries fourteen passengers and his smaller boat is another 28’ twelve passenger carrier called the Miss Danielle. The Super Stud has been retired but not before putting in 20 years of service in Clayoquot Sound. John proudly states that,
in 25 years he has never had an accident though he has had some pretty hairy rides and has covered just about every corner of Clayoquot Sound. This impressive record is even more important because now John does the school run, ferrying eighty plus students to school every day. “With children,” he says, “ You have to be very responsible.” And John should know, he is not only the father of five children but also the grandfather of sixteen. John doesn’t run his business alone, two of his sons work with him and he says his older brother Alfred has been there with him from day one. In the summer John and his sons still focus on the tourist charters and so he is especially happy about the new Tla-o-quiaht business, the Naachaks Adventure Centre, which will be booking charters for John and other First Nation businesses. Naachaks, he tells me is the Tla-o-qui-aht name for Tofino. So after 25 years of transporting people, pets and goods around Clayoquot Sound and as far North as Nootka Sound John
Two of John Toms’ boats race across Tofino Harbour
wanted to celebrate and to share his happiness and his success with his community. His dinner was held on May 21, 2003 at the Wickininish Elementary School in Tofino and about 150 people attended and were well fed. As he said he wanted to give back to the community and so he did: $1,000 to the Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Programs, $500 to the Tla-o-qui-aht Head Start Program and to Dora Frank, who did all his cooking for him, he gave a donation of $160 for her fund raiser (Dora has entered the Hip Hip Hooray Walkathon to help raise money for research at Vancouver General Hospital). John also recognised NEDC for the part they played in helping him and presented them with a beautiful limited edition ornament for their office. But no one left empty handed, John had logo/anniversary T-shirts for everyone. In closing John would like to thank all the Nuu-chah-nulth and his clients everywhere for their support of his business, Native Sunrise Charters. To book your taxi, whale watch, Meares Island hike, etc. you can call John at Native Sunrise Charters at (250) 725-3747.
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.