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Forgiven but not forgotten By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Opitsaht – More than 200 years after fur trading Captain Robert Gray ordered the burning of the abandoned village of Opitsaht and kidnapped a chief’s son; William Twombly, direct descendent of Gray sailed into Clayoquot Sound aboard a replica of the Lady Washington to apologize to Tla-o-qui-aht. Captain Gray and his crew were in Clayoquot Sound in 1791 and 1792 to trade fur with the locals. He spent one winter in Tofino Inlet at Adventure Cove where they built another ship despite their fear of attack from Tla-o-
qui-aht. Before leaving Clayoquot Sound back to America, Captain Gray ordered Opitsaht burned. The story is still talked about amongst TFN after having been passed down through the generations.
More than 200 years after Capt. Robert Gray ordered the burning of Opitsaht, a descendent of his sailed into Clayoquot Sound to apologize to Tla-o-qui-aht. The Lynx and Lady Washington arrived in Tofino July 16th as part of the Tall Ships Festivals that were held in Vancouver, Victoria and Port Alberni.
NHL’s Odjick speaks to Ahousaht youth Odjick thanked the audience and went on to say he achieved his dream of playing in the NHL even though it was Ahousaht –In response to the more than hard to get there and there were plenty of obstacles. “Lots of people laughed 70 recorded suicide attempts in when I told them my dream,” he said, Ahousaht this year, NHL Hockey player but he ploughed ahead and went on to Gino Odjick arrived July 20 to inspire have the last laugh. youth to think positive and work hard Reminiscing about what it was like to toward their dreams. Organized through leave the familiarity of home and his Vina Robinson and the Ahousaht people, Odjick said he would walk all Holistic Center, the event filled the Tthe way from the Pacific Coliseum in Bird Hall with youth and the young-at Vancouver down to the Hastings and heart. Introduced by Chief Councillor Main Street area where he could find Keith Atleo, Odjick was met with a First Nations people and his comfort standing ovation by his adoring fans. zone. One of his teammates noticed that Odjick always walked with his head lowered. It was friends like Pavel Bure, said Odjick that told him nobody on his team is better or worse than him and that he should hold his head high. Wayne “Gino” Odjick, 34, is a full-blooded Algonquin from Maniwaki, Quebec. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1990 and quickly made a name for himself as an enforcer. His NHL debut came against the Chicago Blackhawks November 21, 1990; he wreaked havoc on the ice sending everybody the message that he was there to stay. After fighting three Hawks and winning all three bouts, he was named the game’s first-star and was a regular on the Canuck’s line-up ever since. On Odjick with Sandy Sam & children November 12, 1992 he set a By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter
who lost their husband/father to suicide 3 months earlier
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Smokehouse transformed .................................... Page 2 MP pledges support to Ahousaht ....................... Page 3 Alberni Nations battle Brascan and BC .............. Page 4 Walkers successfully return home ..................... Page 5 New canoe unveiled by Robinsons...................... Page 7 NEDC Business News ........................................... Page 20
Canoes rest on the beach at Opitsaht after welcoming the crew of the Lady Washington, and decendants of Captain Robert Gray ashore. They arrived at the entrance of Tofino Inlet about two hours later than scheduled, near the ancient Tla-o-qui-aht village of Echachis where they were met by cedar canoes bearing the principal Chiefs of TFN. According to TFN Beach Keeper and Chief Councillor Barney Williams, William Twombly delivered a moving speech and apologized to the people of Tla-o-qui-aht for the misdeeds of his ancestor. Williams said the Ha’wiih accepted the apology and invited their guests to Opitsaht by leading the ships to the beach behind their canoes. The crews of the two ships disembarked and waited on the beach as TFN carried out the formalities of the traditional method of welcoming honoured guests. Meanwhile news cameras that were able to get to the beach ahead of the ships milled around, interviewing the Chiefs and Twombly family members. The crowd moved to a temporary stage set up on a playing field to enjoy an evening of singing, dancing and giftgiving. Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih sat in line at the back of the stage in the sweltering
summer sun while their guests enjoyed the shade of tent covered seating area. William Twombly, seated in the front row, could not provide a copy of his apology speech, he said, because it came straight from the heart. He said the ceremony was a powerful one where he and his family were treated with the utmost respect.
The tall ships arrived at the entrance of Tofino Inlet near the ancient Tla-o-qui-aht village of Echachis where they were met by cedar canoes bearing the principal Chiefs of the Tla-o-quiaht First Nation. Tla-o-qui-aht treated their guests to a salmon barbeque dinner and performed the songs and dances of their Chiefs. Several presentations were made to Tlao-qui-aht and the Twombly family including ones by MP James Lunney, and MLA Scott Fraser.
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Smokehouse transformed By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Ahaswinis - The former NTC Smokehouse on River Road is undergoing a transformation, thanks to a group of dedicated artists. Moy Sutherland, Roy Haiyupis, and Peter Grant are currently cleaning up the building and turning the former fish processing plant into a gallery and artisan’s studio. “It’s hard to do all this stuff because we’re artists, not construction workers,” said Sutherland, as he stood beside a display case the group is currently building inside the refurbished front gallery area. “The whole place was vandalized, and I don’t even want to talk about the fish,” he laughed. The fish, more than 20 tons of it, was left in the freezer when the past tenants took off. When the power was eventually cut off, the fish started to rot. As the fish oil weakened the thick cardboard containers stacked high within the freezer, the towers of rotting fish fell.
The rotting mush began leaking out of the freezer and into the rest of the building, where it backed up drainage systems and could be smelled throughout the area. As clean-up operation started three months ago, an area farmer agreed to take 15 tons of the rotted material as fertilizer for his crops, leaving only a few tons of four-year old rotting fish in the freezer. Sutherland points at the freezer door now painted with signs saying “Chernobyl” and “Area 51”. The freezer has since been turned back on, and though the artisan studio area of the complex still smells of rotted fish, the partners plan to leave the frozen mess until winter when they hope area farmers may take more of the fertilizer. Once completed, there will be a retail gallery and an office will be located at the front corner of the building, carving areas in the cavernous back area, and a printmaking studio in the loft. “This will be a place not only to sell things, but to make them,” said
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“It’s hard to do all this stuff because we’re artists not construction workers,” said Sutherland, as he stood beside a display case the group is currently building inside the refurbished front gallery area.
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Moy Sutherland Sutherland. “As artists, we get fed up with galleries and the fickle markets. Sometimes we’re stuck making things we don’t want to simply because that’s what is selling. Here we can take the risk of creating what we want to create instead of things we feel we have to make in order to make a living,” he said. “Also, galleries only give artists half of what their creation is worth in the retail market. Here we can make sure the member artist gets a bigger cut.” Although the studio area is large enough to accommodate the carving of poles and canoes, Sutherland said there is only room for a few people, who has been carefully chosen to be a part of the project. “I’ve chosen people who are really serious about their art. People who do this as their livlihood, not a hobby,” he said. Hupacasath artist Ron Hamilton owns the property and structure, and Sutherland has already invested more than $10,000 of his savings into refurbishing the building. Sutherland hopes to have the “Smokehouse Studio and Gallery” open “in a month or so”.
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MP pledges support to Ahousaht Treaty discussed in Campbell River By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter
Federal MP Dr. James Lunney (fourth from left) and BC MLA Scott Fraser (second from left) meet leaders in Ahousaht. By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Ahousaht –Federal MP (Nanaimo Alberni) Dr. James Lunney paid a visit to Ahousaht July 18th for the first time since winning his seat in 2000. Drawn by the nation-wide concern over the more than 70 reported suicide attempts since January 1, 2005, Lunney came to hear concerns from Ahousaht and seek assistance from the federal government. Accompanied by recently elected provincial MLA Scott Fraser (Alberni Qualicum), Lunney arrived at Maaqtusiis School to meet with Chief and Council and Ahousaht emergency support staff. Both politicians agreed Ahousaht’s crisis is serious and it was a time to set politics aside and do what they can to help. The tone for the meeting was set early as some Ahousaht members were tired or arrived late due to yet another suicide attempt which happened in the early morning hours. Armed with statistics dating back to December 26, 2004, Ahousaht’s council reports show more than 70 suicide attempts since January 1, 2005 and two completions since last Boxing Day. The 70+ suicide attempts represent 39 people ranging in age from 9 to 52. Several people have attempted multiple times including three attempts by a nine-year old and six attempts by a teenager. The population of Ahousaht is approximately 850. According to Ahousaht’s school nominal role there are 300-350 members under the age of 20. David Frank II pointed out that while the suicide attempt rate is high; the majority of the population is drug and alcohol free.
“We’re desperate,” said Ahousaht Elder Louie Frank Sr., “it is very hard for an old grandpa like me to help take the rope off my grandson.” As Lunney and Fraser listened intently, Ahousaht Council and support workers outlined the challenges they face and the goals they are trying to achieve in an attempt to address the issue. They talked about the collapse of the fishing industry, once the lifeblood of Ahousaht and how other newer industries like forestry and aquaculture have failed to meet the employment needs. “The band administration office is now the major employer,” said Holistic staffer David Frank II; and that isn’t near enough to meet the employment needs of Ahousaht’s population. Councillor Rod Sam challenged Lunney to spend a couple of days at Ahousaht to interact with his constituents and get a better grasp of what is going on there. “I saw a mother of eight kids only about a year apart
picking bottles at the dump in order to put food on the table for her kids,” he said. There are some jobs available in Tofino but the cost of living there is far too high for the entry-level jobs available and few can afford the minimum $32/day return water taxi fare. Other issues the community is looking at are the need for parenting and life skills workshops and other resources due to the multi-generational impacts of residential schools. Dave Frank II said they are seeking at least two youth counsellors and funding for workshops. There have been a lot of offers for workshops for the community but Ahousaht doesn’t have the resources to pay the $25,000 being asked. Ahousaht’s Holistic Centre currently offers healing programs that combine First Nations traditional methods along with Western-type therapy. When asked what summer programs and infrastructure are available for Ahousaht, Anne Atleo, Holistic Centre Manager replied there are two gyms, a track, an outdoor basketball court, a ball field, water, and miles and miles of beaches, but, “we are dealing with people in poverty and it’s difficult to find the resources to allow them to travel to Tofino to take part in league sports.” She said there is one full-time recreation worker and volunteers for organizing sports only goes so far. Ahousaht’s Sea-bus skipper and band councillor Roy John, said there is no money from BC Medical for emergency runs to Tofino and the funding comes from monies set aside for other purposes. He said there are times when he makes several late night trips in a row for medical emergencies (not only suicide attempts) in conjunction with daily regularly scheduled runs. Scott Fraser committed to lobby the province for both short-term and longterm resources to meet Ahousaht’s needs including funding for workshops, youth counsellors, water taxi subsidies and an ambulance. He said he would also push the provincial government for resources for mental health beds located nearby and emergency training such as First Responders. In the long term he committed to finding ways to enhance employment and assist Ahousaht in their quest for access to natural resources. He committed to meet with Ahousaht before the end of September 2005 to assess progress. Lunney thanked the people for their good ideas saying the federal government can probably provide Ahousaht resources to help them. “You live in a beautiful environment and there is tremendous employment opportunity,” he said referring to the wilderness tourism industry. “We’re here to serve you in whatever capacity we can to access services,” said Lunney, promising to meet with Ahousaht again within 30 days. Calling
Campbell River –Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty teams met at Campbell River July 12-13 so that NCN members living in the area could take part in the discussion. Willard Gallic, Tseshaht, acknowledged that NCN members have been lost recently and asked for a moments silence to pay respect to the families of Lyle Campbell of Ahousaht and Conrad Lucas of Hesquiaht. Chief Jerry Jack said the opening prayer. Nelson Keitlah expressed appreciation for the recognition of the passing of one of their principal chiefs and the Hesquiaht member. He noted the day will be difficult one as they continue to work with heavy hearts. The loss he said, hit Ahousaht very hard and he thanked the table for paying respect to Hesquiaht and Ahousaht. Manjeet Uppal, Social Worker, former NTC employee and former President of the NDP Riding Association is seeking nomination to run for MP in the AlberniNanaimo Riding in the next Federal election. Looking for NCN support, he said he wants to know what concerns NTC have that he could take to Ottawa. He served the NTC for ten years as Social Worker and now works with a First Nations Child Welfare agency in Campbell River. Uppal said Canada is not as great a Nation as it could be given that it is relatively wealthy and yet it leaves its poverty-stricken people behind. Half the children in care today, he said, are First Nations children adding that research shows 95% of those children should not be in care. “Those children are in care mainly due to poverty issues and the inability of parents to provide for the needs of their children,” he stated. He talked about other inequities in federal funding programs that short change First Nations communities. After visiting Ahousaht recently, a place he used to work just five years ago; he said what he saw and heard broke his heart. He arranged for Jack Layton, federal NDP leader to visit Ahousaht to see what can be done about the poverty and the situation urgent, Lunney promised to meet with Ahousaht again to ensure goals are being met and to work on a new strategy for accessing resources from the federal government if necessary. “We’re desperate,” said Ahousaht Elder Louie Frank Sr., “it is very hard for an old grandpa like me to help take the rope
depression issues. “I am here to hear your concerns and put those things on the agenda in Ottawa and I am seeking your support for nomination,” he said. Nelson Keitlah, Ahousaht Chief Negotiator agreed that Uppal, who once worked with Ahousaht, has more detailed knowledge about the needs of the community. “Ahousaht needs some work and needs some understanding,” he said. Hesquiaht Tyee Ha’wilth Dominic Andrews and Darlene Watts of Tseshaht both wished Uppal well and promised their support in his campaign. Uppal promised he would be accessible to NCN Nations and would fight for their issues. Richard Watts, Tseshaht Negotiator said as a child he never heard of suicide and cancer was rare in First Nations communities. “We lived off the sea resources and we want to maintain that,” he said. “Government made an agreement with us guaranteeing access to the sea resources then they drop it, that’s why we’re in court today,” he pointed out. “Our last few MP’s have been antiIndian,” he charged, “they come right to Port Alberni and protest our Pilot Sales Agreement”. Citing recent cutbacks on First Nations guaranteed access to the forest resources, Watts said, “Our message certainly isn’t getting out with MP Lunney, he’s never been a voice for us in Ottawa and he probably never will.”
“Our last few MP’s have been anti-Indian,” said Richard Watts. “Our message certainly isn’t getting out with MP Lunney,. He’s never been a voice for us in Ottawa and he probably never will.” The table spent the balance of their time working in breakout groups to further develop treaty chapters for presentation at Treaty Negotiations. The Governance Mandate working group will meet on July 22nd to continue work. off my grandson.” Chief Keith Atleo thanked Lunney and Fraser for coming to Ahousaht saying everyday he prays for his people, “I know my prayers are getting answered because you both are here.” He said his people are hurting and he would appreciate any help the federal and provincial government can offer.
The Regular NTC Meeting will be held August 4th and 5th at Thunderbird Hall in Campbell River.
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Alberni Nations battle BC and Brascan
Notice is hereby given that BC Timber Sales (BCTS) will hold a public viewing of the proposed major amendment of the 2002-2006 BC Timber Sales Alberni Operating Area, Forest Development Plan for the Maggie Lake/Ucluelet portion of the plan. The major amendment is required for the addition of area to approved Block 9305-A
By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Vancouver - The fight for the forests continues to rage in BC Supreme Court where Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judith Sayers has been making their case against the alienation of forest lands. Hupacasath have taken the Province of BC and Brascan to court related to a 2004 deal where the Minister of Forests agreed to take Weyerhaeuser’s lands out of Tree Farm License (TFL) 44, which were then sold to Brascan. Hupacasath is furious that BC would allow such a deal without consulting First Nations as they are required to do under the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in the Haida case. Hupacasath is also concerned Brascan will prevent access to their traditional territory and harvesting in an area of land that totals one-third of their homeland. “We’ve had title and exercised our rights in this area since time immemorial,” said Sayers. “BC said they do not recognize our title, despite their ‘new relationship’ document which says they will recognize such things. They’re very inconsistent,” she said.
“We’ve had title and exercised our rights in this area since time immemorial,” said Sayers. “BC said they do not recognize our title, despite their ‘new relationship’ document which says they will recognize such things. They’re very inconsistent,” she said. According to Sayers, BC claimed overlap issues with Tseshaht and the E&N Railway title lands extinguished Hupacasath title. “It was just incredible to hear the arguments being put forward by these people,” she said sardonically. “It’s almost as if we didn’t exist”. BC Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith, the former head of the UBC Law School presided over the hearings held from July 11th through to the 15th. Hupacasath argued their case for the first two days before BC and Brascan spent a day and a half arguing each of their sides. “Brascan just parroted what BC said, and claimed that a change in environmental standards in that area would cost them $15 to 20 million a year, and they would be financially crippled,” she said. Because the land in question would be considered private and not under the control of the BC Ministry of Forests, environmental protection laws such as
Ministry Of Forests - BC Timber Sales South Island Forest District Alberni Operating Area Major Amendment 2002-2006 Forest Development Plan
Paradise Creek-Approved Block 9305A-Proposed Additional Area The Forest Development Plan Amendment shows the location and orderly development of proposed harvesting, road development, maintenance, deactivation, basic silviculture and salvage as identified on accompanying prescriptions. This plan also has information on the protection of other resource values in the planning areas. It is made available for review and comment to all resource agencies, First Nations and the public before the Ministry of Forests considers approval of the plan. All approved Operational Plans and any Higher Level Plans that encompass the Development Plan will be made available during the review and comment period upon request at the Interfor office. All completed assessments (Sections 13 to 17 of the OSPR) are available upon request from Interfor during the review and comment period.
The fight for the forests continues to rage in BC Supreme Court where Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judith Sayers has been making their case against the alienation of forest lands. the Forest Practices Code would not apply, and people are worried about the type of logging activity that could happen there. “This area is incredibly beautiful, and holds many of our most sacred sites,” said Sayers. “They could log off these lands and turn it into a mini-Whistler. Brascan is an investment company. They acquire real estate and sell it. They’ve already said they plan to sell off at least 13,000 hectares of this land,” she said. Hupacasath is asking the court to reverse the Minister of Forests’ decision to remove the lands from TFL 44, and start the process over again in consultation with Hupacasath. “We want a full consultation protocol that involves working with us to ensure our sacred sites and old growth forests are protected,” said Sayers. “Accomodation agreements are secondary by far.”
“This area is incredibly beautiful, and holds many of our most sacred sites,” said Sayers. “They’ve already said they plan to sell off at least 13,000 hectares of this land,” she said. Hupacasath filed their papers in BC Supreme Court on December 14th, 2004, two days after Weyerhaeuser announced the sale of their coastal assets to Ontariobased Brascan. Hupacasath legal counsel tried to have the case heard in February of this year, but BC, Weyerhaeuser, and Brascan repeatedly sought and gained adjournments.
The Forest Development Plan Amendment will be available for review at International Forest Products Ltd., West Coast Operations, 2777-C Pacific Rim Hwy, Ucluelet, B.C., the Ministry of Forests, South Island Forest District, 4885 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, B.C., the Ucluelet Economic Development Corporation, 200 Main Street, Ucluelet, B. C., and the Ministry of Forests (BC Timber Sales), 370 S. Dogwood Street, Campbell River, B.C. from Wednesday August 3, 2005 until Wednesday August 17, 2005 during normal business hours (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday). THE PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD FOR THIS PLAN WILL BE FROM WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 2005 TO WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17, 2005 A representative of International Forest Products Ltd. (for BC Timber Sales) will be available at the West Coast Operations Office to review and discuss the proposed plans. The proposed plan may be amended as a result of written comments received by August 17, 2005. Written comments regarding this proposed FDP are to be forwarded to Zoltan Schafer, R.P.F. at Ucluelet Economic Development Corporation or to Rob Martin, BC Timber Sales, Ministry of Forests, Campbell River. If interested parties are unable to review the plan during those times, arrangements can be made to review the plan at a time that is convenient for them. Please contact Zoltan Schafer, R.P.F. Contract Supervisor Ucluelet Economic Development Corporation 200 Main Street, PO Box 999, Ucluelet, BC V0R-3A0. Phone: 250720-1177 Fax: 250-720-0345, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rob Martin, R.P.F. Planning Officer, BC Timber Sales, 370 S. Dogwood Street, Campbell River, BC V9W 6Y7 Phone: 250-286-9349 Fax: 250-286-9420 THERE ARE NO OPEN HOUSES FOR THIS MAJOR AMENDMENT Meanwhile, the Tseshaht First Nation attempted to gain intervener status in the case, but were rejected by BC and Brascan, so they launched their own lawsuit on May 30th. “Our case is similar to the Hupacasath case in that we are saying the Minister of Forests did not consult with us as he is obliged to do under the Haida ruling,” said Tseshaht CEO Steven Conway. “If the court gives Hupacasath what they want it helps us, but their argument is that the Minister must consult with them. We need the same decision, but one that directs him to negotiate with Tseshaht as well. We hope Hupacasath wins, and it’s in our best interest if they do,” he said. According to Conway, the implications
of this deal are extremely severe to Tseshaht as it means increased logging in their backyard to the tune of 247,000 cubic metres each year, all of which will be transported through their reserve. Tseshaht signed a Forest Range Agreement (FRA) with the BC Government in October 2004, which limits their ability to fight decisions made by the Minister of Forests, but since the decision was made prior to the FRA signing, it does not apply to this situation. The court has yet to assign hearing dates for the Tseshaht case, and Justice Smith gave no indication on when she would be releasing her decision in the Hupacasath case.
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Youth Suicide Prevention
Toxic seals discussed at meeting
walkers successfully return
By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tsahaheh - The Vancouver Island Wildlife Management Society hosted a gathering at Somass Hall last week to discuss the contamination of seals and sea lions. Many First Nations people around Vancouver Island eat seal and sea lion meat, and there are concerns about the toxicity of the meat, and the possible negative health impacts on consumers. According to Dr. Peter Ross from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Institute of Ocean Sciences, people need to be aware of the risks, especially those who harvest sea mammals Dr. Peter Ross from Fisheries and Oceans in industrialized Canada’s Institute of Ocean Sciences (standing), areas. and other researchers gathered at Somass Hall to “We do not have discuss sea mammal issues. information on BC coast on the Japanese current and contaminant levels in WCVI seals and are here within 7 days of release. sea lions, and we do not know whether Many toxic chemicals in the any diseases are present in these environment do not breakdown easily, animals that might present a risk to and need many years to disappear, and humans,” said Ross. “We also do not most of these chemicals of concern are know whether seals or sea lions are like thick oils: they do not dissolve in now eaten by First Nations, or how water, and are forced into the food much might be eaten,” he said. chain where they are stored in the fats What scientists do know, is that seals, of animals. sea lions, and killer whales found near “Implementing regulations to Puget Sound are amongst the most eliminate problem chemicals requires poisoned sea mammals in the world knowledge about where they end up in because of what they call the environment, and what kind of ‘biomagnification’. effects they have on health,” said Ross. “We must work to understand Many First Nations people what contaminants are harmful and around Vancouver Island eat where these are coming from,” he seal and sea lion meat, and said. there are concerns about the According to Dr. Ross, those exposed toxicity of the meat, and the to large amounts of these chemicals possible negative health impacts may be at increased risk for: reduced on consumers. neurological (brain) function, reduced immune system function, reduced reproductive health, and Biomagnification is the effects of developmental problems. Those most toxins within the food web as it climbs at risk are small children and women up the chain. As mills, factories and of reproductive age. urban centers pump their wastes into Dr. Ross has been studying seals for the ocean, tiny krill, ghost shrimp, and the past 18 years, and said they are the many other small creatures feed upon oceans’ warning system. He brought or live amongst those wastes. Those that warning to people from Kyuquot, small animals are consumed by small Tseshaht, Hamatla, Lake Cowichan, fish, which are consumed by larger and Kwagiulth Nations who attended fish, which are then consumed by the meeting. Representatives from marine mammals, humans, and larger Health Canada, DFO, and fish species. Because the larger Environment Canada were also in animals require large amounts of the attendance. smaller creatures for food, pollutants The Vancouver Island Wildlife and toxins within those animals Management Society is calling on becomes greater, or magnified, as it DFO and Health Canada to invest in goes up the food chain. further studies of sea mammals on the Environmental pollution in BC comes west coast of Vancouver Island, their from industry, sewage treatment toxicity levels, and the possible health plants, automobiles, agriculture, pulp affects on those who consume the mills and harbours. Pollutants also meat, muscle, and blubber of these travel long distances, and scientists animals. have proven that contaminants from China and Southeast Asia travel to the
By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter The third Youth Suicide Prevention Walk has ended, and walkers have returned to their home communities. Organizer Vincent Watts is pleased with how everything went, and is planning the fourth, and final awareness walk. Walkers left Duncan on March 27th on their 75-day, 5400 kilometre odyssey to Ottawa where they would end their journey on National Aboriginal Day.
They entered Ottawa as planned on June 21st, and were the guests of honour at festivities on Victoria Island, a National Park celebrating Canada’s Aboriginal Heritage, which sits in the middle of the Ottawa River in the shadow of the Parliament Buildings. “They focused their National Aboriginal Day festivities on Victoria Island around the walk, and it was really healing,” said Watts. “It made us feel that something good was happening and we were a part of it, and it was nice to have people respect us for what we’re doing,” he said. Walkers Reno Trimble, Emily Williams, Elyse Mather, Charlotte Mason, Nancy Saunders, Angela Bain, and Darnell Gruco completed the journey, and were joined by actor Adam Beach (Windtalkers, Smoke Signals) for the final part of the journey. After the welcoming ceremonies, the walkers were invited to meet with Prime Minister Paul Martin, who announced $75 million will be dedicated to address youth suicide issues over the next 5 years. “We were really shocked he met us on short notice,” said Watts. “It went really well, and he told us to keep doing what we’re doing because he hears about it and the awareness is working,” he said. “The funding announcement is what we’ve been wanting ever since we started, and that $75 million is a lot more than is available now, and will be a big help.” Walkers also met with Health Minister and former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh at his office, and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine the following day. Watts, who is from the Tseshaht First Nation was joined by other Nuu-chahnulth-aht at different stages of the walk. “It was really good. We all stayed together,” said Watts. “Our group was really strong. It was hard to stay together but it’s better to stay together. Healing is not easy. We have to face our fears. We
have to go through these things and deal with them. We found that prayer was one of the strongest things in keeping us together. Every morning and every night we would pray to the Creator, or Jesus, or whoever the people wanted to pray to. We didn’t do that last year and we really found that it improved things for us and kept us together as a group. It was really hard, it wasn’t easy, but it was really good,” he said. “There is no drinking, drugs, sex, or relationships allowed during the journey. It’s only for a few months, and it’s a model for how we can be as healthy Aboriginal people,” said Watts. “We created awareness in every place we went to by going to Chiefs’ meetings, detention centers, high schools, and all kinds of other places. We had three documentaries done on us, and a lot of press coverage,” he said. “People think ‘wow, they’re walking for us’, and that really creates an air of unity amongst all people.” The walk is based on the four colours of the medicine wheel. “In 2003 we walked for the Red race. In 2004 we walked for the Yellow race. In 2005 we walked for the Black race and in 2006, our last year, we will be walking for the white race and our circle will be complete,” said Watts, who has already started planning the final walk which will be a 6600 km journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia across Canada to
Victoria, BC. “Adam Beach and his wife will join us on the walk as well as an RCMP officer from Sudbury,” said Watts. “We met with the Miqmaq Nation and have their approval to start the walk in their territory, and over the next few months we will be working out the logistics and schedule,” he said. Now back at his home in Nanaimo, Watts has had time to reflect on the walk and remains pleased with how everything went. “It’s a really busy and stressful few months,” said Watts. “It’s like looking after a family; planning meals and places to stay. I’ve got a couple extra gray hairs now, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.”
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Education - h=a-h=o-pa Scholarships Awarded For Good Grades By Nicholas Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tsahaheh – It’s that time of the year when most young ones are outside playing, swimming, and just enjoying their youth, but for Nuu-chah-nulth children, it’s scholarship time again. On a warm Friday evening, July 22nd to be exact, over 200 people filled the Maht Mahs gymnasium to watch as another hard years’ work paid off…. literally! It was the annual NTC scholarship awards night, where families gathered to watch their aspiring young ones walk up and receive a scholarship for putting in that little bit of extra effort. The night was started with a prayer given by Allan Dick, and then the MC for the night was introduced. Nick Watts hosted the event, with a keynote address to the students given out by Priscilla Sabbas, who reiterated how important schooling is today. After Pricilla’s inspiring address, the scholarships were handed out. A special scholarship awarded by the Bank Of Montreal to students with a close to perfect GPA, was presented to two very deserving individuals, Mariah Charleson, and Rachel Tebbott. Both of these young
ladies have high academic goals and deserve no less. After the scholarships were handed out, families were invited to take a group shot of the awards recipients, and then help themselves to an extraordinary buffet of chumus. Closing the night, Eileen Haggard thanked all that made the night possible,
the scholarship committee, the MC, the Keynote speaker, the caterers, and the receptionists at NTC, who fielded all the incoming calls regarding the scholarships. And in closing had this to say “Congratulations to all the winners, this year was very difficult, as it was hard to narrow it down so much, and
your effort does not go unnoticed. To all of those that applied and did not make it, try again next year, and keep up the good work, if you keep your goals ahead of you, anything is possible, once again congrats to all that received a scholarship. And see you all again next year.”
Shifting seats At NTC By Nick Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni – There are two new people taking on full time responsibilities here at NTC, Maria Gomez and Cindy Wishart. Maria Gomez is now the new full time Post Secondary Advisor in the education department, after first being hired as a summer student, now filling the void left by Vicky Watts.
Cindy Wishart is now working in the CHS Department as the Statistics Clerk, and will be bouncing back and forth between Social Development, Mental Health, and Post secondary when needed. The experience both Maria, and Cindy bring with them, add to the effectiveness of their respective departments, and will help instill new life into their areas. To the both of you, congratulations, and we wish you luck in your new positions.
Joe Thorne (Ditidaht) prepares to perform at the Cowichan Powwow held on July 16th in Duncan. Thorne, who was adopted into Canadian and American plains First Nations, has been dancing in pow wows since being taught the rituals 30 years ago. Correction: In the July 14th issue it was incorrectly reported that Tsawataineuk Chief Eric Joseph was arrested along with David Dennis and Eric Ward. Mr. Joseph said afterwards this was not true, as the third person arrested was a member of the Namgis Nation who wishes to remain anonymous. We apologize for the error.
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New Canoe unveiled by Robinson family By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Ladysmith - A 13-year odyssey to build a canoe has finally come to an end for members of the Robinson family of Ahousaht, who unveiled the huge ‘Kakawin Chief’ last week. While combing the forests of Sidney Inlet for a pair of trees for Snuneymuxw racing canoes, Russell Robinson came across the perfect tree for a large Nuuchah-nulth canoe.
began working on it with his son Paul and other family members. “It has been many years since we started this canoe,” Russell said at the unveiling ceremony held in his backyard on beautifully sunny July 18th. “We’ve had
a lot of fun carving this canoe, and I’ll never forget that. I’m very proud today,” he said. The carving brought Russell and his son Paul even closer together, and that relationship was celebrated throughout the afternoon in front of more than a hundred guests. “I had never touched wood carving tools in my life, and I could really feel our ancestors guiding my hands,” said Paul. “The energy of the canoe is amazing, and I can’t wait to see it in the water,’ he said. Paul worked on the canoe every day for the past two months, finishing the hollowing-out, installing carved Yew rails, and carving the prow. The Kakawin Chief will now be trailered back to Ahousaht, where it will be part of the tribal journey flotilla to Lower Elwha in Washington State. The canoe holds 21 paddlers, and the Robinson family hopes the healing energy they experienced while building the canoe will be spread throughout the Ahousaht Nation. “We’ll be taking a few people from JC Lucas blessed the canoe with eagle home who have been having down before brushing it down with fir difficulties, are in pain, and have boughs and sea water. been suicidal,” said Paul. “We want to help lift their spirits as this canoe has Members of the Robinson family spent lifted ours,” he said. the next three weeks hauling the tree out Under the bright blue sky, the smell of of the forest and towing it to Ahousaht salmon cooking over an alder fire where they worked with experienced blended in the air with the sound of canoe craftsman Sam Adams. But after traditional songs of celebration. doing the initial shaping of the massive JC Lucas blessed the canoe with eagle canoe, the elderly Adams died. The down before brushing it down with fir canoe sat covered for four years before boughs and sea water and singing a Russell Robinson transported the shaped ciquaa. log back to his home in Ladysmith, and Brian Tate and his
Brian Tate and his sister presented Russell and Paul Robinson with a paddle he had carved for them to celebrate the event. “This is the first paddle I’ve ever carved, and it’s designed in recognition of the late Sam Adams who is connected to our family at Ditidaht,” he said.
sister presented Russell and Paul Robinson with a paddle he had carved for them to celebrate the event. “This is the first paddle I’ve ever carved, and it’s designed in recognition of the late Sam Adams who is connected to our family at Ditidaht,” he said. Pat Charleson presented Paul Robinson with the name Ah-nee-sacheest, which once belonged to Paul’s great, great grandfather who came from Muchalaht Lake, and presented Paul’s son Brion with the name Ahneets-mas which comes from the same house.
A 13-year odyssey to build a canoe has finally come to an end for members of the Robinson family of Ahousaht, who helped Russell and his son Paul Robinson (above) unveil the huge ‘Kakawin Chief’ .
Changing the way we live By Nicholas Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tsahaheh – People are not afraid of change, they just don’t like it. The types of high-octane lives that most people live are only compounded by having to cook wholesome meals, and exercising 4 times a week. This is why so many people like the idea behind places like McDonalds, Subway, and the like, when there is so much to do, and not enough day to do it. But if society was to just embrace change, we all could live longer, be healthier, and have a more productive life. Just adding a routine of healthy food and exercise not only will make you healthier, and happier, but you’ll lose weight, and live longer, and have less chance of running into problems.
In just over a year, Sherman has lost over 300 pounds. His blood pressure and cholesterol have gone way down, and he sleeps at night. But the most important thing is that he changed his lifestyle, and with that change, comes a happier, healthier, longer life. Sherman Watts from Tseshaht is one of these people that has embraced change, and benefited from it. Sherman was having problems sleeping was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea a sleep disorder that is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Interruptions caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapsing, and closing the airway. This was in part do to his weight, so a change was in order. Sherman took it slow at first, changing from pop to water, “nothing but water”, he says, and from there, he removed all the junk like chips and candy bars, to yogurt, and fruit. Although he does admit that the cravings are still there, it just takes trying the different foods that are healthy and taste good. Just recently,
Sherman started to walk, not much at first, but as time goes on, he has doubled the amount of laps from when he started. Now when you see Sherman, you notice right away that he is a new man. In just over a year, Sherman has lost over 300 pounds. His blood pressure and cholesterol have gone way down, and he sleeps at night. But the most important thing is that he changed his lifestyle, and with that change, comes a happier, healthier, longer life. “The most important thing is to just start small, baby steps, and stick to it, it won’t happen over night, but it will make life easier. I never thought that I could find healthy food that I like, but its out there, you just have to experiment, and find what it is that you like, after that its all down hill from there!”
Page 8 - Ha-Shilth-Sa - July 28, 2005 NHL Hockey Star Gino Odjick speaks to Ahousaht youth. Continued from page 1 team record for most penalty minutes in one single game when he tried to devastate Los Angeles player Warren Rychel. The result was 47 penalty minutes including roughing, cross-checking major, ten minute misconduct and a triple game misconduct. By 2000 he recorded his tenth straight 100+ penalty minute season. “It was a lot of fun fighting,” he joked, “beating up white people.” He pointed out there are many Aboriginal athletes including NHL players Sandy McCarthy and Ted Nolan. In fact, he says, Aboriginal people are in all kinds of professional sports, except for football, he says, ‘because our ancestors never taught us to run away!’ Ahousaht Chief Councillor Keith Atleo Odjick advised the young presents Gino Odjick with a carved paddle people to work hard to accomplish their dreams. “Start in recognition of his visit. by choosing something you love to do,” he said, “then work hard and don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way.” He said he was glad that Ahousaht was doing something about the problem of suicide and depression. It’s a problem, he said, in First Nations all across Canada and some Chiefs are thinking about approaching the Prime Minister for help. In fact he said, fellow NHL player Jordin Tootoo was to be at Ahousaht that day and apologized for not being able to be there. Jordin Tootoo and his brother Terence dreamed of entering the NHL together and Jordin became the first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League. He made it despite the many obstacles he had to overcome, including the suicide of his older brother Terence. When Jordin made it he dedicated his rookie season to the memory of his brother. “Suicide is a problem everywhere,” said Odjick. He told the story of a successful non-Native NHL player who made $20 million but had problems and was depressed. He went for counselling and is getting better with help. “Keep positive and keep your smile,” he advised.
Odjick one of many Native NHL’ers NHL players whom have acknowledged some degree of Native blood. These players are usually active in Native communities across North America. Arron Asham, Jonathan Cheechoo, Dan Cloutier, Scott Ferguson, Theo Fleury, Sandy McCarthy, Cody McCormick, Gino Odjick, Wade Redden, Jamie Rivers, Chris Simon, Sheldon Souray, Darcy Tucker and Joey Tetarenko. Past NHL Legends: George Armstrong, Henry Boucha, John Chabot, Scott Daniels, Ron Delorme, Dan Frawley, Grant Fuhr, Ted Hodgenson, Stan Johathan, Wayne King, Reggie Leach, Dale McCourt, Vic Mercredi, Jim Neilson, Ted Nolan, Mike Peluso, Everett Sanipass, Gary Sargent, Fred Sasakamoose, Bobby Simpson, Frank St. Marseille, Bryan Trottier. Information from www.nativehockey.com
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Letters to the editor
Why Wal-Mart Is Bad For You By Na’cha’uaht I can remember joking that one of the best places to run into other Nuu-chah-nulth people was at the WalMart in Nanaimo. Quu’as came from far and wide to take advantage of the “everyday low prices.” Earlier this year, with much fan-fare, Port Alberni was graced with its very own Wal-Mart. I must admit to having shopped at the store in Nanaimo numerous times and in Port Alberni exactly three times. While I had a basic idea of the size and conduct of the company before this year, perhaps it was the first invasion by the big-box retailer into Nuu-chahnulth territory that prompted me to do some investigating and ultimately swear to never shop there again. The first time I aimlessly wandered around the Port Alberni Wal-Mart I was struck by how bright and clean the place was. It almost had an antiseptic-institutional feel about it. The shampoo bottles and deodorant sticks looked like little soldiers, all lined up neatly in unbroken rows as if I was the first hapless consumer ever to venture down that particular aisle. The store seemed to have everything a small-town family could want from DVDs to clothes to hardware to pet food, even groceries. Indeed, the suburban retailing behemoth had come to Hupacasath and Tseshaht territory with its seemingly bullet-proof formula for success. According to the Fast Company, “The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know” article, published December 2003, “Wal-Mart is not just the world’s largest retailer, it’s the world’s largest company - bigger than ExxonMobile, General Motors and General Electric. The scale can be hard to absorb. WalMart sold $244.5 billion worth of goods last year.” In 2004 Wal-Mart profited over $10 billion and Sam Walton’s family heirs have a net worth of over $90 billon notes Fortune and Forbes magazines respectively. According to the 2005 Annual Report issued by Wal-Mart Watch, President and CEO, H. Lee Scott reported $17,543,739 in income last year - 871 times more than the average US WalMart employee. Good for them you say? A closer look reveals many disturbing facts. “We want clean air, clean water, good living conditions, the best healthcare in the world - yet we aren’t willing to pay for anything manufactured under those restrictions,” Steve Dobbins states in the same Fast Company article. Because of Wal-Mart’s commitment (and our addiction) to lower prices year after year, suppliers are under increasing pressure to reduce their costs, which often translates into abominable working conditions and below-poverty wages for Indigenous people all over the world. In countries like Nicaragua, Honduras China and Taiwan, workers earn as little as 3 cents an hour, working 14-hour shifts, 7 days a week, 30 days a month. According to a National Labour Committee report, 46% of workers in China earned nothing at all and were actually in debt to the company.
A large percentage of people in Central and South American countries are Indigenous or Mestizo (mixed ancestry) and an even larger percentage of those countries’ poor people are of Indigenous ancestry. The question you have to ask yourself: Do I want to support a company that exploits people just like me? Wal-Mart fails on numerous indicators of corporate citizenship (see www.walmartwatch.com), but I want to keep the focus on its negative impact on Indigenous communities, here at home and around the world. Wal-Mart wields an enormous, almost unprecedented amount of purchasing power when dealing with suppliers. It has driven many North American suppliers to close local factories and move operations to third world countries where, labour costs are lower and health and environmental regulations are negligible. By shopping at Wal-Mart (and numerous other retailers, such as dollar stores) Indigenous consumers here in North America are directly supporting the relentless exploitation of our brothers and sisters in other countries. On top of poor labour practices in other countries, Wal-Mart and other mega-corporations like McDonald’s have the unique distinction of virtually no unionization in North America. Both companies have elaborate systems in place to respond to any employee rabble-rousing at a moment’s notice. Workers at a Wal-Mart in Quebec attempted to organize and the store was promptly shut down, citing a lack of profitability. Wal-Mart is also known for using its power to obtain tax breaks and subsidies which, according to Good Jobs First, totalled more than $1 billion in the US alone. The Wal-Mart Watch Report states, “Market analysts estimate that for every Wal-Mart opened, at least two local supermarkets will close.” The effect of a Wal-Mart on small, locally-owned businesses can be devastating. In Port Alberni, we have already seen one of the first casualties: Foto Source closed shop shortly after Wal-Mart opened, unable to compete with the giants’ super fast, super cheap photo developing services. I suspect that Foto Source was the first of many local businesses to be driven out of by our new blue smock-wearing neighbours. I believe that our decisions as consumers and choices as Nuu-chahnulth citizens can make a difference. Unless we make a conscious effort to support locally owned, ideally Indigenous businesses, we become nothing more than willing participants in the devastation of Indigenous economies and communities here and abroad. I encourage you to find out more about globalization, fair trade and truly sustainable Indigenous economies. More than that, I encourage you to put down that Starbucks mocha frappuccino (don’t get me started on them) and go fishing. We do not have to submit and become mindless drones in the dominant consumer culture. We can take back what is ours and show others a good way to live with the earth; a true part of the Ha’hoolthee of our Ha’wiih.
Hupacasath works to rescue language By Nicholas Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Ahaswinis – A revival of sorts is happening within the Hupacasath First Nations. A group of artists, elders, and whoever else is interested, have started a compilation of books retelling old stories in both english and Hupacasath dialects. The working group that is made up of young and old alike, meets twice a week to put together different books that range from stories and legends, to everyday phrases. Right now, they have 5 books on the shelves, and book 6 (The River Is Our Highway) is almost ready to go, while 7 is still in the planning stages. Rod Sayers is the project coordinator. Rod is an artist by trade, and right now is working with Choo Kwa Ventures. Throughout the latest installment, there is artwork that includes Rod’s, Brandy Lauder, and works by Slade, and Lily Charlong. Lily is 11 years old and going into grade 7. Her uncle Ron was instrumental in teaching her how to draw, and she has been drawing since she was 5 or 6. She thought it was “pretty cool” that she was able to be a part of this project, and that she really likes seeing her stuff in this book. Lily would like to keep drawing, and hopes to get into carving as well. But Lily isn’t the only one in the family involved; her brother Slade also contributed some art. The entirety of fluent Hupacasath speakers is down to five: Jesse Hamilton, Ed Tatoosh, Dorothy Tatoosh, Rosie Tatoosh, and Vernon Ross, so starting these books now was a great idea. “We are trying to save the language for future generations. This group, we are the historians of the Hupacasath. Before, kids were brought up knowing this stuff; they would be told over and over, until they could tell
it themselves. Now, kids just don’t seem to care. We are trying to reach them, in a way that they are interested. So that we don’t lose our very identity,” say Ed ‘Tat’ Tatoosh.
The entirety of fluent Hupacasath speakers is down to five: Jesse Hamilton, Ed Tatoosh, Dorothy Tatoosh, Rosie Tatoosh, and Vernon Ross At the end of the day, this group of elders is just trying to preserve a language that is starting to fade away. “When I get up to go to the fridge to grab something, by the time I get there, I have lost what it is I was there to get, so you can imagine how I am with the language. People don’t realize that we are starting to get old, and forgetful, and that with our memories, goes the language. This group, when we come together, may not remember everything, but we help each other remember our teachings, and our life. These books are ensuring that our children and grandchildren have something to look to when we are gone,” said Tat.
“We are trying to save the language for future generations,” said Ed ‘Tat’ Tatoosh. “This group, we are the historians of the Hupacasath.” This project could not have been completed without the support of the First People’s Heritage, Language, & Culture Council. Without the council’s support, the Hupacasath dialect would not have survived, and also the elders involved, without the stories and teaching from them, none of this would have been possible. The books are for sale, and you can purchase them at either the Hupacasath office, or at Choo Kwa ventures on River Road.
L - R: Rosie Tatoosh, Rod Sayers, Tat Tatoosh, Jessie Hamilton, and seated is Vernon Ross. Missing from picture is Dorothy Unger.
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Tseshaht welcomes Tall Ships By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni - The tall ships sailed into Port Alberni last week, and the Tseshaht Nation was there to greet them and send them on their way. Although plans to welcome the ships with a flotilla of Nuu-chah-nulth canoes fell through, singers and dancers from Tseshaht sang a welcome song at the opening ceremonies, and another song at closing. “It’s important for us to be involved in things like this because it helps develop positive relationships between our communities,” said Ben David, First Nations chairperson on the Tall Ships Festival Board of Directors. “I respect the City of Port Alberni for recognizing that First Nations have a role to play in events like this, and First Nations are very receptive at working to develop better relationships with their non-Native neighbours,” he said. Tla-o-qui-aht canoes were going to help welcome the ships to Alberni, but due to a recent death within a TFN family, the paddlers were unavailable. Throughout the three-day festival, numerous Nuu-chah-nulth-aht worked at the site as volunteers and exhibitors, and numerous others came to tour the tall ships and talk with crewmembers from Russia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States.
“It’s important for us to be involved in things like this because it helps develop positive relationships between our communities,” said Ben David, First Nations chairperson on the Tall Ships Festival Board of Directors. “I respect the City of Port Alberni for recognizing that First Nations have a role to play in events like this, and First Nations are very receptive at working to develop better relationships with their non-Native neighbours,” he said.
Tseshaht singers and dancers perform at the opening ceremonies of the Tall Ships Festival (above) and at closing ceremonies (below).
Tall Ships bring business for First Nations By Nicholas Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni – The tall ships came and went, and for three short days the Alberni Valley was home to a wave of tourists and sailors alike. But for a few First Nations, business was better than normal, with the word getting out to people that would not normally have been able to hear. While the tall ships were here, you might have noticed a few booths of art by both native and non-native alike. The Tseshaht First Nations had an information booth that brought a lot of people in, learning about the history and present day Tseshaht people. A free draw was held for a book called
“The Whaling Indians: Legendary hunters”, and a display was set up to show off Tseshaht artwork. Choo Kwa Ventures were also really busy. Aaron Hamilton had this to say; “We really didn’t have the proper time frame to set up advertising for the tall ships event. However, with the time we did have, we were able to set up tours for crews and the captains of both the Russian ship “Pallada”, and the Mexican ship “Cuauhtemoc”. Along with daily tours that kept us steady, we really got the word out what Choo Kwa is all about. Both crews were really well trained, as they had us up the river in no time. And then we presented them with a free Choo Kwa t-shirt. They were really grateful, and were taken aback by this gesture, and as a token of our
The Tseshaht First Nations had an information booth at the Tall Ships Festival for visitors to learn about the history of Tseshaht.
hospitality, presented Choo Kwa with banners from the ship. Was this all worth it, definitely, we can’t wait till the next time they are in town.” In speaking with a few other booth operators in passing, business was great, as most were sold out of the unique items that are only available here on the
west coast. When the tall ships come again, the Alberni Valley will still be booming with excitement, but next time, first nations will be ready to take on headfirst the overwhelming amount of people that the tall ships are sure to bring.
Two tall ships leave Port Alberni en route to Clayoquot Sound
July 28, 2005 - Ha-Shilth-Sa - Page 11 Usma had no reason to be MCFD Director’s Review released MCFD, concerned of the placement with the The summary review into Usma’s handling of a case in which tragedy occured in the death of Sherry Charlie has finally been released, almost three years after her murder at the hands of a caregiver. Sherry Charlie was born on January 17, 2001, the second of two children of the young parents. The family lived intermittently in Ahousaht, Port Alberni and Victoria, where there were eleven intake calls relating to the child, her brother and her mother and father received either by Ministry of Children and Families or Usma child protection workers. On August 14, 2002, the children were placed with caregivers who were relatives of their mother, by the parents and family members. On that date, there was a discussion between Ministry and Usma staff regarding the implementation of the newly-legislated Section 8 (Kith and Kin) agreement. On September 4, 2002, Sherry Charlie was found dead at the tender age of 19 months. The Ministry conducted a safety assessment of the other children in the home and found them to be safe. The provincial coroner investigated the child’s death, and on January 17, 2003, released the official pathologist’s report indicating that the cause of the child’s death was homicide, and the RCMP launched their investigation. The male caregiver, Ryan Dexter George, had a lengthy criminal record and was on probation for spousal assault when Sherry was put into he and his wifes’ care, was charged with second-degree murder. On October 4th, 2004, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in jail. The case review examined the involvement of Usma Nuu-Chah-Nulth Community and Human Services and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to ensure that applicable standards and policies were met in planning for the child’s care. Independent social work consultant Nicholas Simons was commissioned by the Ministry of Children and Family
Development in 2002 to investigate the events that led to the death of Sherry Charlie, and filed the final draft of his report in March 2004. The report then remained with Deputy Minister and Director of Child Protection Jeremy Berland for 16 months. “Deaths resulting from abuse or neglect are rare, but when they do occur, it is our responsibility to carefully examine the circumstances and the services provided to the child and his or her family,” said Berland. “The initial draft of the report did not meet established standards and guidelines, and we worked with the reviewer because details were missing; details that were important in order for the recommendations to make sense,” he said. “It’s important to note that our staff and the staff of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and Usma Program began working on implementing these recommendations right away, well before the report was released.” According to the Ministry Report, Usma’s response to the protection concerns met many but not all standards when Sherry was in the care of her mother. Usma’s decision to facilitate a Kith & Kin (Section 8) Agreement was based on the belief the caregivers, who were close relatives of the children, were the most appropriate placement and had the support of the family. “Our people need to be and want to be caring for our people,” Shawn Atleo, cochair of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “It’s the highest law of the Nuu-chah-nulth, to protect the offspring, to protect our children.” Usma (the Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning ‘precious ones’), is BC’s oldest delegated First Nations’ child welfare agency, and has dealt with 5,000 children over the past 19 years, he said. The agency has qualified social workers, “with the kind of training and understanding of our culture and our teachings. That’s what our people want and that is in fact what we require,” Atleo said. Because the legislation was new, and based on information provided by
caregivers, and it was believed the placement was a less intrusive measure than removal, but would still allow social workers to monitor the situation. This determination was made in the absence of information regarding the extent of the family’s involvement with the Ministry and without full disclosure of Ryan George’s criminal history. According to the report, MCFD had not provided any training regarding implementation or the practice implications of the Section 8 agreements to Usma staff. The newness of the policy, the lack of training and the lack of clarity on the requirements contributed to a gap in Usma’s understanding of Kith and Kin Agreements. MCFD Deputy Minister Jeremy Berland said kith and kin agreements continue to be used with success. “It’s both less expensive and, according to the literature, more effective than having a child in care,” Berland said. “All of the literature from most jurisdictions indicates that children who are placed with relatives, generally speaking, will do better.” It has since been acknowledged by MCFD that when Usma workers, in doing due dillegence had requested a Prior Contact Check on the caregivers’ home from MCFD, they were given an incomplete record of Ministry involvement with the caregivers’ family. Due to this error, Usma social workers remained unaware of the extent of previous Ministry involvement with the caregivers’ family, and a past criminal record of one of the primary caregivers. This technical problem has now been addressed as Usma now has access to the Ministry Information System and completes its own Prior Contact Checks. The review resulted in 12 recommendations addressing training, policy, protocols, procedures and information systems. Usma has addressed and met all action required to all practice-related recommendations, and policy recommendations to the Ministry and Usma are in development and are mostly complete. Recommendations include a review of
interagency protocol to ensure there are no barriers to good communication between the Ministry and Usma, and the Provincial Director will ensure all social workers are provided with appropriate training when new child welfare legislation is enacted. The provincial Director of MCFD must ensure all child welfare agencies in BC use an information-sharing computer database that interfaces with every other child welfare agency in the province. Because social worker’s assessment tools are limited, knowledge of a family’s previous history is essential for them to make informed decisions. “There were errors, but we’re not going to start pointing fingers past admitting mistakes were made,” said Berland. “The view at the time was that the guidelines were self-explanatory. In hindsight, that was clearly not a very good idea and it would have been better to have spent more time giving an orientation of an overview of this new approach.” “This review was accepted and welcomed by Nuu-chah-nulth, and we are all working together with MCFD to make sure a seamless system of support is in place,” said Atleo. “We have to remember that we’re dealing with the death of a child here, and the family is still grieving. It’s tough for everyone who has been impacted by this,” he said. “The report brings into clear focus some of the things being worked on. Things need to be constantly improving, and this is part of that.”
Tla-o-qui-aht and Twomby family celebrate apology and reconciliation (left) The Twombly family joined Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih (right) in enjoying the performance of TFN singers and dancers, organized to recognize an apology from the decendants of Captain Gray who kidnapped the brother of a Chief, and ordered the destruction of the village of Opitsaht two centuries ago.
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Nuu-chah-nulth artists blanket seawall style of work which seems to sell fairly well, so I can make between $100 and $300 a day.” Other Nuu-chah-nulth artists along the seawall this past Monday also included Ronald Thomas (Ahousaht), and Kelthsmit (Ahousaht) selling carvings, and CeeCee Boersen (Ditidaht) marketing her beadwork. “Most of the people down here are Nuuchah-nulth,” said Thomas. “There’s not many Coast Salish craftspeople who come down here, even though it’s their land,” he said. For the past many years, the section of the seawall in front of the Legislature has been reserved for Native artists only, with other buskers, artists and performers using the stretch in front of the Empress Hotel. To sell products along the seawall, quu’as craftspeople purchase a $10
By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Victoria - Millions of tourists shuffle along the inner harbour walkway each summer. Adjacent to the jugglers, musicians, and comedians, First Nations artisans sell their carvings, paintings and beaded crafts, many of whom are Nuuchah-nulth. Tony Charlie from Ahousaht has been working on the waterfront for the past five years selling carved plaques. “I’m happy to come down here and make a couple of bucks to support my family,” he said. Chris George from Ucluelet also sells carved plaques, and has spent six summers working along the seawall. “I work at the fish plants in Ucluelet in the winter, then I come here for the summers,” he said. “I have my own
permit from Songhees, and agree to certain protocols showing they understand they are representing all First Nations by being there, and to keep the area a family environment. “I can make quite a bit of money some days, but other times it’s quite slow,” said Chuck August (Ahousaht) who has been selling small decorative paddles and jewelry boxes along the inner harbour walkway for the past three years. “People tell me how nice the things are so much, that I hear them saying it to me in my sleep too,” he laughed.
Chris George and Chuck August
The Nuu-chah-nulth Research Ethics Committee was formed in December 2002 to deal with the return of the blood samples obtained from the Dr. Ward Arthritis study. As part of their terms of reference, they are responsible for the ethical review of requests to conduct research in more than one Nuu-chah-nulth community. Upon request, the Research Ethics Committee can also review requests to conduct research in an individual community. The members of the Research Ethics Committee are: Larry Baird, Darleen Watts, Matthew Lucas, Karla Point and Helen Dick. If you are interested in conducting research, please note the following deadlines for submitting an application:
Application Deadline August 15, 2005 November 15, 2005
Application Review September 12, 2005 December 12, 2005
Applications can be obtained by submitting a request to Lynnette Barbosa (REC resource person) at (250) 724-5757 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ronald Thomas is one of many Nuu-chah-nulth artists who sell their creations along the Victoria Inner Habour walkway.
David Dennis elected VP of UNN By David Wiwchar Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Vancouver - Former NTC Southern Region Co-chair David Dennis was elected Vice President of the BC chapter of the United Native Nations. A leader of the West Coast Warrior Society, Dennis said he is an assertive person who cares deeply about aborginal people and their rights, and believes his willingness to speak out and act publicly is what got him elected to the United Native Nations. “A lot of people from the Vancouver area recognized me as a strong voice, a strong political voice and they asked me to run,” Dennis told the CBC. Dennis, a former member of the UNN Board of Directors, said he will actively work to develop closer ties with other aboriginal groups. The United Native Nations Society was created in 1969 to address political,
socioeconomic, and cultural interests of off-reserve Aboriginals of British Columbia. Nationally the Society is the Provincial Territorial Organization with the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, representing 93,000 off-reserve Aboriginal people in BC. Membership of the society is open to anyone of Aboriginal ancestry and presently comprises a membership base of over 24,000 in nine locals throughout BC. Each local is managed independently of each other through 9 directors and 4 executives. Also elected at the UNN meeting held July 22nd to 24th in Westbank, was former VP Lillian George who was elected as the 36th President of the organization. “With Lillian and David at the helm, the UNN’s Board of Directors and staff are confident in their abilitities to lead us all onto the right path of governance,” read a UNN press release.
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Assist with discharge planning Work with our community for clear communication and ease of discharge Be an advocate on your behalf Explain health care issues Provide support to you and your family during your hospital stay Access N.I.H.B. as needed Available Monday-Friday 7am – 3:30pm Vancouver, BC Port Alberni, BC Ina Seitcher, First Nation David Clellamin Advocate Nurse First Nation Advocate Ph: 723-2135 ext.1109 Ph: (604) 875-3440 Nanaimo BC Campbell River, BC Santana Rose Sandy Miller, Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Ph: (250) 830-6961 1-250 753-6578 Victoria, BC pager # 716 4001 Port Hardy BC Christine Atkins, Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Beth Scow Aboriginal Liaison Nurse Ph: (250) 370-8847 Pager: 413-6124 1-250 949 3440 Pager # (250) 949-5219
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Vision Statement: The Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program partners with Nuu-chah-nulth-aht to deliver professional, ethical, culturally sensitive, and responsible care. Nurses shall maintain discipline in self and profession, as well as balance in approach.
Living Without Fear
The Diabetes Dance
By Nicholas Watts Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter
These tips are simple and practical tips to help you reach towards a ‘HEAL’thy Life. Healthy Eating Active Living is the best way to reduce your risk of developing many diseases. HEALTHY EATING Let your eyes guide your stomach.... The healthy portion of food at one time EQUALS: 3 oz of meat, fish or chicken = 1 deck of cards or the palm of your hand 1 muffin = 1 large egg 1/2 cup of cooked veggies = 1/2 of a baseball or 1/2 a fist 1 cup of salad greens = 1 baseball or your fist 1 medium piece of fruit = 1 baseball or your fist 1 small baked potato = A computer mouse or your fist 1 cup of cooked pasta = 1 baseball or your fist 1.5 oz of cheese = 3 dominoes 1 bagel = 1 hockey puck ACTIVE LIVING Active Living is about making your blood flow throughout your body. Active Living gets your heart pumping and your muscles moving. Laundry, house cleaning and chores and all important things to do but they are not active living. Walking, swimming, hiking, canoeing, soccer or biking keep you active. Keep Moving!
Port Alberni – Imagine walking down a street, admiring your surroundings, turn a corner, and a sharp pain hits your lungs, you’re out of breath and gasping for air. You’re rushed to the hospital, and the on-call doctor thinks that you have asthma. Three months go by, and you’re still experiencing loss of breath, but now your heart is racing all the time. You see your family doctor and he diagnoses high blood pressure to go with your asthma. Now imagine your doctor is wrong. This is the case for Colleen Pendleton, who is of Mowachaht decent, but now resides in Neah Bay with her husband Steve. Colleen has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, a rare and fatal disease, it is a blood vessel disorder of the lung in which the pressure in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that leads from the heart to the lungs) rises above normal levels and may become life threatening. With the inability for the lungs to properly convert oxygen to the blood, the heart has to work double time, and in reaction, the heart being a muscle grows, and now, not only does Colleen have to worry about this rare disease, but she also has to worry about an enlarged heart. For Colleen, just seeing someone that understands her condition is a challenge. “There are only three specialists that can properly treat me, one in Vancouver, one in Seattle, and one in California. The hardest fact is that there is no support. My husband, Steve, has become a caregiver for me, and my closest friend. A friend that I made with the same disease, is in Fargo, North Dakota. The only thing that helps, and it helps a lot, is the Internet. Without the Internet, I would have no support, and even less information.” Medication is the only means of treatment, and to date there is no cure. Her medications are taken through a
Colleen and Steve Pendleton
By Jody Vos
catheter, and have to be changed every 48 hours. The medications, however, are a lifesaver. Before Colleen was introduced to her medication, she couldn’t even shut off the hot water faucet without fainting, but now, with her medication, she can leave her home to visit family, friends, go on road trips, and even go camping and NUU-CHAH-NULTH NURSING PROGRAM CONTACT LIST hang out with her family. NURSE PHONE FAX OFFICE ADDRESS EMAIL ADDRESS Colleen only wants people to NORTHERN REGION become aware of this disease, and Moira Havelka, CHN 283-2462 mwf 283-7561 P.O. Box 428 email@example.com how a simple misdiagnosis can be Mowachaht & Gold River 283-2012 t/th 283-2122 Gold River, V0R 1G0 fatal. “I am lucky we caught it Chris Kellet, CHN 250-761-4274 761-4027 P.O. Box 97 firstname.lastname@example.org when we did. If it were any longer Ehattesaht, Nuchatlaht Zeballos, V0P 2A0 Donna Vernon, CHN 250-332-5289 332-5215 Red Cross email@example.com it could have been much worse.” General Delivery, To date, there is no known cure, but Kyuquot Red Cross Kyuquot B.C. V0P 1J0 with the proper treatment, those CENTRAL REGION affected can live a relatively normal Mary McKeogh, CHN 250-726-2993 726-2994 P.O. Box 279 firstname.lastname@example.org life for between 15 and 20 years Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Ucluelet, Toquaht, Hesquiaht longer than without. “This fight is Chris Curley, CHN 250-725-1232 725-1232 P.O. Box 279 email@example.com hard, but with the support of family, Tla-o-qui-aht, Esowista, Opitsaht Tofino, B.C. VOR 2Z0 and my wonderful doctors, I am Jenna Mueksch, CHN- Casual 250-670-9608 670-2492 P.O. Box 91 firstname.lastname@example.org able to live life and be with my Ahousaht, V0R 1A0 Mary Rimmington 250-725-2952 725-2952 P.O. Box 190 email@example.com family, something I was afraid I Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Home Care wasn’t going to be able to do for SOUTHERN REGION much longer.” Liz Thomsen, CHN Ditidaht & Knee Waas
Penny Cowan, CHN for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council has retired after providing nursing practice to the Nuuchah-nulth people for the past 9 years. Penny will be greatly missed at the Bread of Life and in the Nuu-chah-nulth communities. Penny’s compassion and caring ways was always and will be admired by her colleagues and clients. Happy Retirement Penny!! You will be missed. From the NTC Nurses.
723-2385 c 720-5400
723-5396 PO Box 1383 firstname.lastname@example.org Port Alberni, V9Y 7M2
Jody Vos, CHN 723-2385 723-5396 same as above Tseshaht & Huu-ay-aht Cheryl Mooney, CHN 723-2385 723-5396 same as above Bread of Life, Urban Port Alberni BOL:723-4049 c 735-0985 Annette Muller, Casual 723-2385 723-5396 same as above Home Care Nurse Southern Region Communities ALL REGIONS
Lynne West Home Care Coordinator Ina Seitcher - First Nations Advocate Nurse @ WCGH Jeannette Watts, Nursing Supervisor
Lisa Sam, Admin. Assistant
250-283-2012 283-2122 PO Box 109 Gold River, V0P 1G0 723-2135 724-8805 West Coast General ext. 1109 Hospital, P.A. V9Y 4S1 724-5757 724-0463 PO Box 1383 c 720-5797 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 724-5757 723-0463 same as above
Matilda Watts, Hearts@Work / 723-2385 Healthy Living Program Worker
723-5396 same as above
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Birthdays and Congratulations July 31 – Happy 9th Birthday Violet.
We would like to wish our niece/god daughter Erica Canute a happy 24th birthday on July 25th. We’d also like to mention how proud that we are of your accomplishments .You have proven to the world that you are a kind , caring , generous , compassionate human being . Don’t change. Best wishes for an absolutely fabulous day love always your Aunty Shirley, uncle Darrin and Cousins Cory & Randi Knighton. I would like to say happy birthday to my sister Delia happy 3?th. enjoy ur day. also would like to say happy 9th birthday to Peter on the 11th and happy 6th birthday to Brandon on the 12th enjoy ur guys days, also happy 3rd birthday on the 17th to my neph Christian Charlie in Victoria . have a good one and also happy birthday to lil Edgar on the 20th enjoy ur day neph . also happy birthday dad (Edgar) have a good one day and enjoy it as well . also to my mom ( Genevieve ) have a wonderful day as well. also happy birthday to auntie annin Victoria enjoy ur day . love Jay and shish and lil wanya in Seattle. I would like to say happy birthday to my baby happy 5th birthday there “Boots” (Wanya) enjoy ur day luv u have fun on ur chopper. Love dad and mom. Happy birthday to Luke Swan on July 15th. Happy birthday to Luke Swan Jr. for July 14th. Paula Lucas and family. Happy birthday to my dear sister Caoline for July 17th. Enjoy your day! Love ya! From your sister Paula Jayne. Happy birthday to the one and only Monica Williams. (doing good) July 17th. Have yourself a good day Sista. Love ya lotz. From Utsiiker. Happy birthday to cuzzin Jackie S. July 19th in Ukee. Have a great one Cuz. From Paula Lucas. Happy birthday to Auntie Caroline July 17th. Have a great day Auntie! Lots of love from your favorite niece and nephews Paula_Jayne, Clifford Jr., Iah and Andrew. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo Happy birthday to my nephew Larry Swan Jr. for July 26th. Have a good day. Happy birthday to Shawna Charleson July 24th from Clifford, Paula, Clifford Jr, Iah, Paula-Jayne, and Andrew xoxoxoxoxox Happy 9th birthday to our special daughter Paula-Jayne for July 31st. We love you baby girl, xoxoxoxoxox, Lots of love, Mom and dad and your brothers Clifford, Iah, and Andrew Lucas. Happy birthday to my cuzzin Marla Charleson for July 22nd. Have a great day Cuz from Paula Lucas and family. Happy birthday to my niece Seraphine Charleson for July 24th. Enjoy your day! From Paula Lucas and family.
I would like to wish my grand daughter Erica Canute a Happy 24th birthday on July 25th. I am so proud of you and I hope that you can find time after work to come visit me here in Nanaimo. Have fun on your birthday .Love Always Clara Knighton.
Love mommy, deda, niko, Marvin, Dad, gramma A and Gramma E. and great great gramma Louise. Happy birthday to Carol-Ann Atleo for July 2nd from Paula Lucas. We would like to congratulate our son Kyle for graduating. We know son, it has been a long time coming, but we knew you would do it, and we are honoured to be your parents. We wish you well in your future endeavours and just know we will be here for you forever and ever!!!! Love Mom and Dad Jerilynn and Warren. I would like to wish my mom/grandma Betty Tatoosh a happy bday on July 29. Luv Tara, Hunter, Janae & Jeremy. Happy 2nd b-day to Jo-lynn Dick. From auntie Tara, Hunter, Janae, Jeremy. July 9 Happy 3rd Birthday Quira. Have a great day girl. Love auntie Pearl, Lisa, Violet, uncle Michael, uncle Marvin. July 31 Happy Birthday Sherry Ross, Victoria, uncle Vincent Watts. July 28 Happy Birthday uncle Clifford Nookmis. Love Marvin, Pearl, Lisa, Michael (?). Happy 17th Birthday to my son Reynold Michael. Love you lots. Love Mom. Happy Birthday to my daughter Eliza Johnson. To my baby girl who is legal on July 24. Love Mom. Welcome to the real world. Happy Birthday to Vincent Watts on July 31. From Dave and family. Wishing Haily Hansen a happy th 5 Birthday on July 15. Have fun. Love from Aunt Shirley, & Pa Wayne, cousins Tammy & Lyla, your uncle Wayne Jr, Darian & Jasmine, Mommy Mom Val & Daddy Bob. Happy birthday to our beautiful daughter Kayleigh Jones who turned 19 on July 27, 2005, have a special day and fun at the allstars game! Love Mom & Dad, Sissy & Wesley Bear. Hey I would like to wish my niece Jordyn Kanani Erma Little a Happy 4th Birthday Aug 05th. From your auntie Annette and Cousin Alvena LOVE YOU JORDYN!! We’d like to say Congratulations to my Daughter Leslie Jensen and Our Nephew Bailey Sam for completing another successful second season of softball. We are looking forward to next year kids. Lots of Love Melissa, Mark, Thomas and Samuel Jensen We’d also like to say congratulations to our son Thomas Jensen for completing Another successful second year of Lacrosse, with the Alberni Tyee Peewee “C” division did so awesome, this year and in all the games they played up and down the island. Our Boys placed first in their division on the Island. Way to Go
Hey Jan, long time no see, drop by, I have exciting new to share. Love Ruby.
I would like to wish a very special person in my life a happy 39th birthday on July 4 to Wayne R. Vincent Sr. Enjoy your special day my love. Love always Shirley. Happy Birthday to my special dad Wayne Sr. Have fun, also happy father’s day on June 19. You’re the world’s greatest Dad. Luv you daddy, ever n’ ever. Love from your son Wayne Jr. Son, your skills improve every year. Lots of Love Melissa, Mark, Leslie and Samuel Jensen. August 31, 2005- We would like to wish Cameron Dallas Mack a Happy 1st birthday! We love you lots! Love Always, Dad, Mom, and big sister Makayla Mack. July 2-Happy belated 3rd birthday to our lil lawyer Marcus Mickey 3rd, hope you had fun, love ya, love from Auntie Erica, Sister Alissa, & Grandma Sisa. July 23- Happy Birthday to my cousin Lisa Sabbas, Enjoy your day coz, from your cousins Erica & Alissa, n Queen. July 24 - Happy Birthday to Roderick “Zaceus” Tom. have a good 1, From your cousin Cecelia “Agnus”, Erica, & Alissa. Happy 25th Birthday for July 25th to Steven Jr. over in Vancouver. Hope you have a good one. Enjoy your special day. Love your mother April and your dad Steven Sr. Love your sis Lareina Lucas also your little nephew Ashton, your niece the Squamish princess from Capilano rez Lakisha Norma Rose Lewis. Luv you uncle. Have fun. For a very special mother and daughter Lareina Melissa Stephanie Lucas July 31st 23rd Birthday. You are my sun. I am so proud of you. Happy Birthday to you my daughter and many more to come. Love your mother April and your dad Eyes and your brother Steven Jr. your sis Mel, bro Matt, your baby Ashton, & your daughter Lakisha Lewis. I want to wish my Dad & grandpa Edgar on July 22, Happy Birthday!! love from Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad Happy Birthday to my mom and grandma Genevieve on July 29th have a
Happy 13th Birthday to my baby Lyla S. Billy on July 14. Enjoy your day my muffin, finally 13 hug. Have a good one daughter. I love you. Love from your mom Shirley & Wayne Sr. We would like to wish our #1 sister Lyla Stephanie Billy a Happy 13th Birthday on July 14. Have extra fun on your day sista. We love you sister Yaya. Love from your sister Tammy & brother Wayne Jr. Happy Birthday to Auntie/grandma Ann on July 19th Happy Birthday, hope you had a great day on your birthday!! love Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad I want to say a big?? Happy Birthday to my auntie/Grandma Ramona in Ahousaht. Getting old there Miss Mona, hey but we are still young at heart & looking good, right!! Hope you had a great day on your birthday & many more to come, call me some time I gave lil Buff my phone # not sure if he gave you he message but give me a call. You guys need to come to Seattle sometime & visit……love your fav niece Stephanie, Edgar, Trina & Chad Happy Birthday to my lil niece Pretty Girl Nicole Charlie on August 9th Happy Birthday Pretty Girl!! have a fun day. Love your fav auntie Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad. Belated birthday wishes on June 5 to Alicia Robinson and on July 26 Happy Birthday to Connie Robinson. From Marvin, Pearl and family. Ha-Shilth-Sa;Happy Birthday Larry Jr July 26th, Love ya Son! Love Auntie Martha, Uncle Russ and Gang Happy Birthday to Luke Swan Sr July 15, Luke Swan Jr July 14, and to Janessa Little July 28. Love Martha, Russell and Gang. Happy 15th Birthday July 28/05, to Shay babe- Shaylene Taylor. Love you lots Dad, Martha & Kaileigh TaylorMalcolm, Jillian, and Roxanne Swan. Congratulations Iris Rose John and Billy Dennis on the birth of their baby boy William Dennis the 5th born on July 5, 2005. From Martha, Russell Taylor and Gang.
great day!! love from Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad Also to my sister/auntie Delia Happy Birthday!! on July 10th hope you had a good one, you sista Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad Happy Birthday to my nephews Peter & Brandon & lil Nathan from your fav auntie Stephanie, Edgar, Na & Chad
A big Happy 22nd Birthday to my baby & Brother Edgar! Happy Birthday Babe !!! can’t believe time is flying. I remember when you were just a baby..now you’re a grown man. we had a great time at Red Robins. Love you Edgar. love Mom, Na & Chad
We would like to wish a very happy belated birthday to Rhonda Hopkins on July 5. We hope you enjoyed your special day. With many more years to come from your mom Linda Charlie and your bro’s Pat and Steven. I would like to congratulate Alexandra Hopkins a very happy graduation this year 2005. Way to go. I’m so proud of you. I’m sorry I was unable to attend. Lots of love from Grandma Linda.
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In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap
Let’s Get Together and Voice Written by Norma-Ann Webster Hear the lost soul who walks among many With open eyes that cannot see...Willing to walk alone No fear to face the darkness that shatters my heart with all this destruction and despair and doom... there is little feeling can’t hear cause I can’t see, I really can’t care, worst of all Can’t help myself because you can’t see me yourself... As my heart shatters into a million pieces it feels like the world I have been born into has left me alone... What happened here? No what happened here what on earth happened to me? Feels so empty although everyone is here These voices of despair enter - implanted solid -seems they end up worse than ever...although at times when things seem to get better The remorse, anger Extreme Emotions of aloness & emptiness
Why is this when you see something wrong with me that is all you see - is wrong... When I am crying for help it is only the ones in the same boat understand me we go through this together... I look full and whole on the outside but inside is a different story...when I tell you this you tell everyone else As I wait for some kind of understanding But only get hit once again about the bad stuff... can’t tell you where I learned all of this... Just praise me for one good deed one good thing I have done praise me for just being here Look at me, why are we here? let me know I need to know from you Here I am right in front of you praying you will understand maybe today will be different Just maybe.. everyone will understand... I do understand and pray this poem will make its way into The hearts of all..”Let’s work together and voice.”
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Narratives of Desire: Finding Home A Clayoquot Sound Anthology Calling all writers from Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht and Hesquiaht nations. . . We are searching for quality works which discuss the connection between nature and home. The resulting anthology will contain selections from writers of various cultural and class backgrounds. Not just as a settled place, home can be many things-a state of mind, a connection to the past, a relationship or a solitary quest. How do you perceive this basic value and reshape it as you search for solace in or with nature? Please send NON-FICTION PROSE, maximum 20 typed double-spaced pages, to both editors electronically or by mail. Previously written work (essays or selection from a book) will be considered. For more information, contact the editors below. DEADLINE: September 1st, 2005 SEND YOUR WORK TO: Andrea Lebowitz, 372 East 5th Street, North Vancouver BC, V7L 1L9 or by email to email@example.com AND Christine Lowther, Box 127, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: This address is unable to open pdf files.
Brother Uncle I am trying so hard to find you...... Since you’ve been gone, many nephews have been un-uncle. These times are tough and troubled for many. Even though I am their aunty there is much I can not provide them. The word and comfort of an uncle’s support goes far. So on those days when there is distress, there seems like there is no answer like the fog rolling on the water and the mist just seem to to be never ending. I anticipate the worst, I imagine what I would never ever have thought before because it seems prohibited, to imagine what it is like in an uncle’s shoes. My job as an aunty I know what to do. I wonder what your response would be.......in their troubled times. Your answer would be simple, just love them with your eyes. The word and comfort of an uncle’s support goes far. Memory of my brother.... Rita
In Loving Memory of Kaden Kyle Joseph Little May 18, 2004 - May 20, 2005 Kaden Little passed away on Friday May 20th, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 1 year. Kaden is survived by his mom: Celina Cook, Dad: Luke Little Jr and 5yr old brother Kobe. Also survived by great grandmother Barb Touchie, Grandma Debbie Planes and Millie Williams, Grandpa’s Glen Cook, Luke Little Sr. and Arnold Frank. And also Numerous Aunt’s, And Uncle’s, Cousin’s, and extended family members. A funeral service was held 1:00pm Thursday May 26th, 2005 at the Recreation Hall in Ucluelet. Internment follwed at Ucluelet east Cemetary with Pastor Rick Lindholm Officiating.
Rest in Peace My Beloved Son Rest in peace my beloved son. Every morning I wake, An empty Heart is now my fate Angels hold you in my place, In heaven you’ll have you space. And each day that I may live, I’ll think of you and what God did In my mind you’ll always be, And in your memory I’ll plant a tree. Every night before I sleep, I will sit and have a little weep. rest in peace my beloved son, till we meet again and be One. We love you........Mom, dad and big brother kobe.
In Ever Loving Memory of Ronnie S. Joe Jr. July 18, 1983 – July 29, 1989 To my son, son. So many years have gone by, but it seems like yesterday. The memories I hold of you are still crystal clear. I miss you with all my heart son. I will never forget your cheerful smile, and big dimples. You’re mommy’s special angel. I will treasure those special memories forever. Don’t worry son, I will see you in Heaven some day. Wish you were here. Little Ronnie, there’s never a day that goes by that we are not thinking of you. So much love always from mom, Anne Joseph and your sisters Lisa, Jolene, Marcina and your bro’s Les and Frank.
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Nuu-chah-nulth Registry and Treaty Information ... Registering events are very important! · Birth Registrations: It is important to get baby registered as soon as possible. You must complete the parental consent for Registration/Statement of Band Affiliation form and provide the LARGE form birth certificate, these consent forms can be obtained through your Band Office or at the NTC Office. Registration takes 6 - 8 weeks. · Transfers: Are you wishing to transfer to another Band? Write to the Band you want to transfer into. Once accepted you will need to complete a consent to transfer form, also, notify the Band you are currently in and let them know your intentions. · Marriages, divorces, name change, deaths: Please provide appropriate certificates to up date the Indian Registry Lists. A consent form needs to be completed for any name changes. · Are you turning 18 soon? If you would like your own registration number then you have to submit a letter of request. Process also takes 6 - 8 weeks (no longer automatic). · All documents are to be submitted to Rosie Little - Indian Registry Administrator at the NTC Office, with the exception of Ditidaht, Hesquiaht, Huu-ay-aht and Tla-o-qui-aht. Contact these First Nations directly. To have a status card issued through NTC from these four First Nations please have your Indian Registry Administrator fax approval and your information prior to coming into the office if possible. · Does your First Nation have their membership code in place? If so, and you would like the above events recorded for "BAND MEMBERSHIP" then it is EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT that you contact them as well. · Your First Nation needs your current address and phone number so they can contact you regarding Treaty developments, letters and bulletins. · First Nation phone numbers and addresses are listed below for your convenience.
Ahousaht (250) 670-9563 - Fax: (250) 670-9696 General Delivery Ahousaht, B.C. V0R 1A0 Ditidaht First Nation 1-888-745-3366 - Fax: (250) 745-3332 PO Box 340 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8 Ehattesaht 1-888-761-4155 - Fax: (250) 761-4156 PO Box 59 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Hesquiaht First Nation New Toll Free 1-866-670-1181 - Fax: (250) 670-1102 PO Box 2000 Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Hupacasath First Nation (250) 724-4041 - Fax: (250) 724-1232 PO Box 211 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ (250) 332-5259 - Fax: (250) 332-5210 General Delivery Kyuquot, B.C. V0P 1J0 Mowachaht / Muchalaht (250) 283-2015 - Fax: (250) 283-2335 Toll free - (800) 238 - 2933 PO Box 459 Gold River, B.C. V0P 1G0 Nuchatlaht First Nation (250) 332-5908 - Fax: (250) 332-5907 PO Box 40 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (250) 725-3233 - Fax: (250) 725-4233 PO Box 18 Tofino, BC. V0R 2Z0 Tseshaht First Nation Toll Free: 1-888-724-1225 - Fax: (250) 724-4385 PO Box 1218 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Uchucklesaht Tribe (250) 724-1832 - Fax: (250) 724-1806 PO Box 1118 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Ucluelet First Nation (250) 726-7342 Fax: (250) 726-7552 PO Box 699 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0
Attention Uchucklesaht Tribe Members and descendants We are currently accepting applications for enrolment in the Maa-Nulth Treaty. This notice is posted in our effort to ensure that applications for enrolment forms are available for every known person who may be eligible to be enrolled as beneficiaries of the Maa-nulth final agreement For further information, please contact Tina Robinson at the Uchucklesaht Tribe Office. Phone - 250.724.1832 or Toll Free 1.888.724.1832.
TLA-O-QUI-AHT TRIBE MEMBERS If you are not receiving “Inside Tla-o-qui-aht” newsletter please call your address in ASAP. This mailing list is also used for important tribal mailouts you may not want to miss. Forward your address to: Carla Moss c/o Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, Box 18, Tofino, B.C., V0R 2Z0. Phone: 250-725-2765, email: email@example.com Fax: 250-725-4233 attn: Carla Moss
TSESHAHT FIRST NATION CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE Open to anyone interested in learning more about Tseshaht history. 5000 Mission Rd. – Chi-chu-aht House/ Tseshaht Treaty office. We have a toll free number available for Tseshaht members (which also houses our membership and Natural Resources Office. If you want your addresses included for treaty updates and Tribal bulletins call us (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address. 1-866724-4225. Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Except holidays). For more information contact us at (250) 724-4229. or toll free at 1-866724-4229.
TO ALL TLA-O-QUI-AHT FIRST NATIONS MEMBERS Hello everyone, I am working as the Indian Registry Administrator (back up) I would like to update my mailing list, may you please call it in to me at the office either fax or mail would be greatly appreciated Are you and / or children registered? If your newborn baby has not been registered yet I need a copy of the large birth certificate and register. Also if there are any deaths, marriages, and divorces I would like the proper certificates brought in so I can register them as well. Yes I do issue status cards from my office in Opitsaht Any questions please call me at work 725-3233 / fax 725-4233 Thank you. Hazel Curley (TFN IRA) To All Ucluelet First Nation Members Hello everyone, I have recently been hired as the Eligibility & Enrollment Coordinator for a six month period. Part of my job is to enroll every known person who is eligible to be enrolled as beneficiaries of the forthcoming Maa-nulth Final Agreement. If you have not already enrolled and if you would like information on the Eligibility & Enrollment I can be reached toll free at 1-866-726-2488. I am also trying to keep our mailing list up to date, so if we do not already have your current address could you please phone and let us know. Thank you. Christina Klotz, email@example.com
TO ALL TSESHAHT MEMBERSHIP: Please remember when you register your child(ren) with NTC you must still register your child(ren) to the Band. I do not have names that NTC has so if you're one of these members please contact me for Band membership papers as we administer our own membership and only those people on our list is Tseshaht. I do not issue status cards this is done only with Rosie Little or Mel Braker. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 1-866-724-4229.
Important Notice to all Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations members, Band Managers, CHR’s, Health Clerks and Band Membership Clerks:
MEDICAL COVERAGE NOT AUTOMATIC Reference: Recently, many bills were received at the NTC (Non-Insured Health Benefits Section) (NIHB) from parents requesting payment under this plan. If a child is not registered with Indian Affairs and the province there is no medical coverage. Therefore, FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF MEDICAL VISITS, X-RAYS, ETC. WILL FALL ON THE PARENTS! Indian Affairs cannot and WILL NOT PAY any bills without full coverage. Remember, unless a child is REGISTERED with both Indian Affairs (Status Card) and the provincial medical plan (MSP Card) two very important medical factors apply: a. The child is covered under the parent medically, for only three months; and b. Once the child reaches 1 year of age then they are no longer covered under the NIHB program for: equipment; supplies; drugs; dental; and optical. Normally, a child reaching 19 years of age requires (her or his) own medical care card. A child can maintain medical coverage up to age 25 when in full-time attendance at a post secondary institution, that is approved by the provincial medical commission. It takes 6 – 8 weeks to obtain these coverage cards! Start the process immediately! Do not assume it is done! Follow up with this until you have both cards! Questions to be directed to the Band Membership Clerks, or the NTC Registry Office 724-5757. Robert Cluett, CD - NTC NIHB Program Supervisor
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Central Westcoast Forest Society restores Parks Canada creeks By Denise August, Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Long Beach –The Central Westcoast Forest Society (CWFS) received enough funding to carry out creek bed stabilization work at the portion of Lostshoe Creek located in Pacific Rim National Park. For the past decade the society has worked hard to secure funding to rehabilitate the watershed around Kennedy Flats and adjacent areas. Heavily impacted by poor logging practices of the past, the creeks were so congested with woody debris that the area flooded, destroying salmon rearing habitat and stunting the growth of newly planted trees.
Heavily impacted by poor logging practices of the past, the creeks were so congested with woody debris that the area flooded, destroying salmon rearing habitat and stunting the growth of newly planted trees. Funding to carry out the work has been difficult to secure in the first half of this decade but agencies like the Vancouver Foundation have come to the rescue. Len Dziama of CWFS acknowledges the Pacific Salmon Commission for giving $122,000 for salmon habitat restoration; Bob Redhead, Special Projects Manager for Parks Canada; Interfor for $20,000 from the Forest Investment Account (formerly Forest Renewal BC); and $2000 from Weyerhaeuser to hire Tla-o-qui-aht summer high school student Mary Coon for 4 weeks.
Dziama said in this most recent project they flew approximately 160 pieces of anchoring boulders, stumps and logs via helicopter to stabilize the banks of Lostshoe Creek to protect it from erosion while creating .5 km of prime habitat for rearing salmon. The work started June 29th with the crew first taking training and orientation. Their learning concentrated on safety and watershed restoration techniques. Dziama says many of the workers that were trained ten years ago have moved on, not being able to support their families with seasonal watershed restoration work. For that reason, most of this years’ crew are inexperienced people. Tim Sutherland of Ahousaht provides his expertise in cultural values in the working area while the crew, which includes Chuck Mack, Toquaht; Tim and Jon Manson, Tla-o-qui-aht; John Lucas, Hesquiaht and Mary Coon carry out the work. The crew will do such things as place spawning gravel at various sites and cut back willow on stream banks in order to get cedar, spruce and hemlock growing back. The goal, says Dziama is getting the forest and streams back to a natural old growth state. Dziama says he hopes the restoration work can continue but funding is always an issue. The Society, he says, is engaged in rejuvenating it’s Board and move the restoration agenda ahead. “We want to get beyond government handouts make them understand the return on investment; put money into restoration and the salmon, a renewable resource, will come back,” said. He estimates the Society needs about $3 million to finish restoration on Kennedy Flats.
Career Opportunities - q#i-cah=-ta-mis Employment Opportunity Youth Business & Communications Coordinator An immediate employment opportunity exists within the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) for the full-time position of Youth Business & Communications Coordinator. Reporting to the Manager, this position will be located in the NEDC head office in Port Alberni, BC. The position is responsible for the identification, development, promotion, facilitation and/or implementation and evaluation of events, resources, and partnerships that would be beneficial to potential and/or existing youth business operators. The YBCC promotes and encourages the entrance of youth in business through presentations, training, and informational material. The coordinator corresponds with relevant youth educators and service providers to identify issues and solutions to the reservations of youth to choose selfemployment/entrepreneurship as a career option. Applicants must possess a grade 12 education with additional post-secondary education related to business planning, marketing, operations, financing or development plus experience working in a related environment with demonstrated skills and abilities as described above. A knowledge of government and private funding sources and their processes in relation to Aboriginal Youth, as well as knowledge of issues affecting Aboriginal Youth would be an asset. Applications and a current resume', including references may be forwarded to the Attention of Al Little, General Manager, NEDC, P.O. Box 1384, Port Alberni, BC., V9Y 7M2, by e-mail to email@example.com or faxed to (250) 724-9967. Applications will be received until 4:30p.m. August 12, 2005. A position description may be obtained by contacting Al Little at (250) 724-3131.
Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Center update
Jack Anderson (left) is seen by giving a presentation of a cheque to Sayo Masso (right) in the amount of $1,500 (in kind) for the windows for the Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Center building.
Moving tree stumps into creek beds in Pacific Rim National Park for stabilization and to improve salmon habitat damaged by logging
Jack Anderson representative for JELDWEN Windows and Doors is pleased to present a cheque for $1,500 (in kind) to cover the cost of all of the windows in the Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Center. Mr. Anderson says, the exciting part about utilizing JELD-WEN Windows and Doors is that they are designed and developed specifically for the harsh west coast environment. These windows are probably the most appropriate windows to be utilized in this environment and will compliment the design techniques used in this building along with the Earth Cell technology styrofoam walls. Jack Anderson is also the President of
Greenplan which is providing the design services for the new building. Greenplan has become the exclusive distributor for JELD-WEN Windows and Doors for this area. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Tla-o-quiaht Youth Center, please contact Brian Chatwin at 250-753-9171 or forward a cheque made payable to the Tla-o-qui-aht Youth Center in c/o Chatwin Engineering, 1614 Morey Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1J7.
PRE-NATAL DROP IN With Liz Thomsen Every Monday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Immunization clinic every Monday from 10:00am to 12:00 pm. Prenatal drop in every Monday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
NINYAKS-HA A partnership between the Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program and the Port Alberni Friendship Centre. For more info, please contact: Delavina @ 723-8281
HEALTH EDUCATION DROP-IN With Liz Thomsen A boulder being flown by helicopter to the stream bed for stabilization
Every Thursday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Knee waas House, 3435 4th Avenue, Port Alberni Friendship Centre For more info, please contact: Delavina @ 723-8281
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Klecko’s - +ekoo THANK YOU We wish to thank all those who submitted a bid for the catering of the N.T.C. Scholarship Celebration. The contract was awarded to the party with the lowest bid. c^uu. Eileen N.T.C. Education Department
Kleco! Kleco! To teachers Thank you to the teachers who wrote support letter for our scholarship applicants. We are aware that June is a very grueling time for you yet you have taken the time to support our children in a very positive way. The scholarships help to: • • • • • • •
Build confidence and self esteem in our youth Encourages students to do their best Encourages parents to be supportive and involved Encourages extra curricular involvement Bridges the gap between our nations Teaches our children to respect and value education Increases the Nuu-chah-nulth graduation rate Thank you for being a part of a very important initiative.
Thank You We wish to thank all those who came out to help with the year 2005 scholarship selection. Each year the process becomes more difficult as we receive so many strong applications. Thank you: Ahousaht - Roman Frank, Mark Jack. Ditidaht - Maureen Knighton. Ucluelet - Karen Severinson. Tla-o-qui-aht - Cathy Tom. Tseshaht - Dennis Bill. S.D.#70 - Lynn Pecknold, Don Stevenson, Moira Currey. N.T.C. - Lynette Barbosa. And all others that showed up. Thank you for a great job!
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Education Dept.
Klecko, Klecko :) Our family would like to exten our heartfelt gratitude to all our treasured relatives and friends for the support shown to our families during the last recent weeks with the loss of our beloved Barry.
Your caring and love is so respectfully acknowledged. Cuu, Maggie Gus Melissa Gus, Mark Jensen, Leslie, Thomas & Samuel Minnow Gus, Daniel Jensen, Kyle & Krista Lisa, Terry & Bailey Sam
We are looking for Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Chek:tles7et’h’ members current mailing addresses. In particular, the Olebars who live in the U.S, Delia Charlie of Manchester Washington, Elizabeth Barnes of Burien, Wa. Also looking for any of Short family members, and those who live at Vancouver. Please Contact the Kyuquot Bando office, Lenora or Daisy at, 1-888 8178716, or fax to (250) 332-5210, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from our members who live away from home and the sooner the better. Chuu, Daisy Hanson
Age: 21 Height: 5’4” Weight: 115 lbs. Long dark hair, brown eyes. She was wearing a black skirt, black top. high black boots. A silver hooped necklace. Tattoo of a band of flowers with a heart in the middle on her right arm. Last seen in the Jingle Pot area June 17, 2002.
The TLA-O-QUI-AHT Band is offering a CASH REWARD OF $11,500 for information leading to the location of LISA MARIE YOUNG If anyone has seen Lisa or has information as to her possible whereabouts please call RCMP in Nanaimo (250) 754-2345 or any RCMP Detachment.
Community Events ADAM FRED MEMORIAL POTLATCH
A feast for our family, friends and ask that each of you join us to remember our young man for who we all knew him. On September 17th, 2005 at the Maht Mahs Gym, beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will close the doors to hold our opening ceremonies; we will then serve lunch at 12:00 noon. If you have any further questions regarding this feast, please feel free to contact one of the following family members: Gina Pearson (mom) at 723-4727, or Darleen Watts (grandma) 724-4873, or Josie Watts (auntie) 724-4987, or Alfred Fred (father) at 723-2042, Marie Johnny (Duncan) 746-8445 grandma, granny Florrie (Alert Bay) 974-2485, or Deane Wadhams, aunt, 974-5472.
Rocky Kano-pit Titian invites you to a feast on October 1st, 2005 at the T-bird Hall in Ahousaht. Following dinner Rocky will give names to the great grandchildren of his late parents, Ambrose and Margaret Titian.
Jack Family Potlatch Ben Jack Sr. and Claretta Newman will be hosting a Family Potlatch on October 8, 2005 starting 10 a.m. sharp. The potlatch is in the name of Christopher Jack. We invite you to come and join us. We will be doing Cleansing Ceremonies for numerous members of the family. We will be giving Indian names to the newest members of the family. If you have any inquiries please call Claire Newman at (250) 957-2487 or Ben Jack Sr. (250) 283-7337 or email Claire Newman at email@example.com. Thank you. Ben Jack Sr and Claretta Newman
Invitation to family and friends We would be honoured if you and your family would share a feast with us here in Campbell River. Betty Nicolaye and John Flett would like to invite you all to witness the coming of age for their twin sons Darren Nicolaye and Darrel Nicolaye. And also a coming of age for our nieces Anna Miller and Elizabeth Miller. Also another highlight, that we are very excited about is we the Nicolaye family will be reclaiming two of our nephews, Alex Smith and Christopher Smith. We hope to see you there! August 6th in Campbell River at Laichwiltach, 441 4th Ave. @ 5 p.m. Thank you. Sincerely Betty Nicolaye & John Flett.
To All Tribes
- Please return any medical equipment that you may have
borrowed from the Tseshaht First Nation Loan Cupboard, our medical equipment is running low and there are many people in need of this service or if you have any medical equipment you would like to donate t the loan cupboard this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Tracy Robinson, Tseshaht Health & Social Services Department P.O. Box 1218, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1, 724-1225
FOR SALE: 318, 84 Dodge, 17 ft 10”, electric hookup, rebuilt tranie, good running order, propane stove, double bed, micowave, fridge, closet/bathroom, dining table, storage. Moving must sell. $2500. by Aug. 7th. Phone Gideon Smith 751-9413.
For Sale: 28’, 1983 Spirit. Command bridge, hardtop stern roof, all new canvas & canopy, twin 350 Chev engines (570 hrs), Volvo dual props, hydraulic steering, anchor winch, all electronics, kitchen, bathroom, security system, hot water. $49,000 obo. Call (250) 723-1496
Missing/misplaced: Precious shawl. Please return call 250-724-5290. No questions asked. Kleco. LOST: Gold necklace with a 1in X 1in Indian design butterfly pendant. Last seen on my niece at the Ucluelet Secondary School during Steve Spergers last basketball tournament in March. This necklace is very special to me and I would appreciate any information leading to its whereabouts. Please call Jeannine Adams @ 670-1150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
One 18” x 18” clear, plexiglass display box with woven cedar basket (circa early 1900’s) was discovered missing from the Administration Office foyer of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation sometime after Christmas. The basket was approximately 12”wide x 12” long x 14”height woven in a simple basket weave style with no handles. It was in fragile condition, collapsed and a darkened cedar color. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of this Muchalaht artifact, please contact Margarita James, Director of Cultural & Heritage Resources in the Administration Office or the Gold River detachment of the RCMP. Reprezent Designs: First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Call Now! Celeste Jacko. Ph: 604-928-2157 or Email: email@example.com
Ha-Shilth-Sa - July 28, 2005 - Page 19 Arts FOR SALE: Native designed jewellery; silver, copper, gold engraving, stone setting. Contact Gordon Dick by phone 723-9401. WANTED: I am looking for someone to make Abalone buttons. Call 723-7134. FOR SALE: Carvings for sale: coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6" totems, canoes, leave message for Charlie Mickey at 724-8609 or c/o Box 40, Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 FOR SALE: Genuine Authentic basket weaving grass. Linda Edgar, phone 250741-1622. BASKET WEAVING FOR SALE: Grad Hat Regalia, Baskets, Weaving material, specializing in Maquinna Hat Earrings. Available to teach at conferences and workshops. Call Julie Joseph (250) 729-9819. WANTED: whale teeth, whalebones, mastodon ivory and Russian blue cobalt trade beads. Lv. msg. For Steve and Elsie John at 604-833-3645 or c/o #141720 6th St, New Westminster BC V3L3C5. FOR SALE: Native painting. Call Bruce Nookemus (250) 728-2397 WHOPULTHEEATUK - Sandra Howard, Mowachaht Cedar Weaver. Hats, Caps, Pouches, Baskets, Mats, and Roses for Sale. Price Negotiable. Barter or Trade. Ph: 250-283-7628. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. ROSE AMBROSE: Basket weaving, shawls, baskets, headbands, roses, etc. Also teach 723-2106. NOOTKA ART GOLD & SILVER: rings, bracelets, pendants, and stone settings by Gideon Smith. Sales - this year till year-end spend $150 on silver jewelry and get 50% off on next item. Orders over $150 can be delivered as far as Port Alberni to Victoria and Campbell River with a $15 delivery charge. Phone 250 751 9413.
CLASSIFIED FOR SALE: Beadwork by Gloria McKay. Cedar bark work by Sheryl. Table top flower arrangements, weddings with cedar roses. Carvings by Russell Tate, masks, paddles, etc. Nuu-chah-nulth baskets of all sizes by Charlotte Carpenter. Call 723-2776 or 723-0287. A NEW GIFT STORE IN TOFINO WILL BE OPENING SOON ... At this time, we are looking for local artists from the area to sell their artwork in this store. For further information, feel free to contact Roberta Tom @ 725-2235 or Cindy Dennis @ 725-1279.
Automotive D&M AUTOCLEAN: "We’ll do your dirty work" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS - TRUCKS - RV'S BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 720-2211. PROFESSIONAL BODYWORK: Will do professional bodywork and painting. 14 years experience. Experienced, certified welder on-site. Marcel Dorward. 723-1033. FOR SALE: 1989 Ford Econoline 17 passenger bus. Auto, runs great. $5500 obo 723-2308. FOR SALE: 1990 Ford 2 wd 1 ton crew cab on propane. $2500. 735-0833. FOR SALE: 1993 Honda Del Sol Si. 165,000 kms, 5 spd., body kit, blue, motegi white rims, removable top, partial turbo kit, and more. $9,000. 735-2225. Willard. FOR SALE - 1997 Ford Aerostar Van. Very good condition, has been cared for and used sparingly. Call 1-360-6452019 evenings after 6:30 pm. Elizabeth Little Parker. FOR SALE: 1999, white GMC safari, 7-passenger Van. Sacrifice @ $8,000.00 please call (250) 726-6525.
wihayaqq,cik, James Swan, AHOUSAHT NATIVE ARTIST, Original paintings, and carvings. (can customize orders) P.O. # 84 - Ahousaht, BC. - V0R-1A0 home (250) 670-2438 ~ cell (250) 7315304. www.ahousahtnativeart.com email@example.com
4059 Cedar St., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y6C5 (250) 724-6831
Employment Wanted/ Services Offered
BOAT FOR SALE: 1992 - 25 foot Raider. Aluminum cabin, open fore and aft deck, adjustable outboat bracket, tandem galvanized trailer. $19,900 without engine, $29,900 with 2001 - 225 Merc Optimax. Call Roger Franceur 723-4005 BOAT FOR SALE: MV Ropo – no license. 40’ fiberglass. Ex-freezer troller. Fully equipped. Freezer system only 2 years old. Harold Little (250) 670-2477. FOR SALE - 40’ Ex-troller and Spring nets made to order. Call Robert Johnson Sr. (250) 724-4799. FOR SALE: Area "G" AI Troll License 37.5 ft. Contact Louie Frank Sr. at 250670-9573 or leave a message at the Ahousaht Administration Office at 250670-9563. FOR SALE: New and Used Barclay Sound Sockeye Nets. (250) 923-9864. WANTED: 18' - 19' Fiberglass Deep V Fishing Boat, Soft Top, (Double Eagle, Hourston, etc). Call Dale or Barb @ 250 283 - 7149. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 724-1494. FOR SALE: 25’ Bayliner powered by 350 Chev with Volvo leg. Excellent condition. $11,000. 735-0833. Any MISSING – 30 HP Yamaha. information please contact Boyd or Josh Fred at 723-5114 or 724-6491. Reward! WANTED: Boat Trailer for 20’ boat. Call Michael @ 720-6026. FOR SALE. Nets –Different Sizes, Different prices, make an offer. Trolling gear – offers. View – 5010 Mission Rd. Phone – 723-9894. FOR SALE: Combination Gillnet Troll Longline Pacific Cruiser. Phone 728-3533 for more info.
T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975. FOR HIRE:Pickup truck and driver. Need something transported or towed? Transport/move furniture, fridge, stoves, outboard motors, your boat, canoe or travel trailer towed or moved. By the km and by the hour. Call 250-724-5290. +`um>k`a Advisory for Histories, Governance, and Constitutions (forming governments). contact Harry Lucas, at 724-2313. NUU-CHAH-NULTH NATIVE LANGUAGE: Transcribing in phonetics for meetings, research projects, personal use. Hourly rates. Phone Harry Lucas at 7242313. FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES: at Hupacasath Hall. Language Instructor - Tat Tatoosh. Monday and Wednesday Nights. 7 pm to 9 pm. (Bring your own pen and paper). Parenting Skills for Parents and Tots. Fridays from 3 – 4 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. cuu kleco. Edward Tatoosh, Certified Linguist. TSAWAAYUUS: SHARE YOUR TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Volunteers required for the following: üGive demonstrations üand/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. üWe also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. FIRST AID TRAINING: Canadian Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructors Lavern and Alex Frank are available to teach First Aid to your group, office, or community. Classes can have up to 24 students. Phone (250) 725-3367 or (250) 726-2604 for more information. SWEEPY’S CLEANING SERVICES: Samantha Gus: Need some Cleaning done? Don’t have enough time? Good rates. Call 723-7645 or leave a message @ 724-2763. Windows, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, walls, shelves, etc. Custodial/ Janitorial certified. Commercial house keeping/ home making certified and Food safe. ELEGANT ADVANTAGE DECORATING AND CATERING SERVICES: Tracey Robinson @ home:723-8571, Margaret Robinson @ home:723-0789. We do all occasions: Weddings, Showers, Graduations, Banquets, Brunches, Dinners, * Super Host and Food Safe Certified* AL & JO-ANNE’S CLEANING SERVICES: The most reasonable rates! Call Al or Jo-anne (250) 723-7291. UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT: Nitinaht Lake Motel. Now open year round. For reservations and other information call 250745-3844. Mailing address P.O. Box 455, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M9. MR. MARTIN THE MAGICIAN: is now taking bookings for all entertainment purposes. 250-995-2942. TOQUAHT BAY CONVENIENCE STORE: Open year round. Stat cigs available. 726-8306.
FOR RENT: A non-profit organization has rooms to rent, by the day, week or month. Very reasonable rates for Room and Board. Also, there is a Boardroom available for rent. For more information phone 723-6511. R. FRED & ASSOCIATES - media specialists. Professional quality publishing services, audio-video, website development, accessibility for disabilities, contract writing & business development. Call Randy Fred at (250)741-0153. PROFESSIONAL available for Workshops/ Conferences. Healing Circles/Retreats/ Canoe Journeys. Contract or full-time position. Holistic massage and aromatherapy with essential oils by Raven Touch. Please contact Eileen Touchie @250-726-7369 or 7265505. FOR RENT: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290. WANTED: NCN women to join my fantastic Mary Kay team. Perfect way to invest in a home based business. Call me for more information Rosalee Brown @385-9906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 7241225 or toll free 1-888-724-1225. Having a little trouble keeping up to your lawn growth and yard maintenance? Call Ozzie & Darryl or leave a message at my home. Reasonable rates for mowing and weed eating! I work until 2:00 p.m. every day and home by 2:30. Leave a message at Darryl Watts #730-2880.
Miscellaneous 4-SALE: 4Pc Qn. Sz bedroom set in good cond., headboard w/mirror, 4 drawer dresser w/mirror, night stand. Asking $150.00. Call 720-0302 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: Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs etc. Can be dropped off at the Tseshaht Band Office. 5000 Mission Road, Port Alberni. Contact Gail K. Gus at 7241225. FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 7244383. FOR SALE: TREK 800 Unisex Mountain Bike, brand new condition (used 3 times). Blue and Silver, kickstand and back wheel-rack included. $350.00. Call 7243420. FOR SALE: 4 1/2’ x 9’ pool table, 2 years old, $2000. 728-3537. FOR SALE: 1100 motorized wheel chair, with adjustable air seat. Brand new battery charger, (value $450) colour is candy apple red. Value is $8000, want $3000 firm. phone Terry @ 250 741-1622. Nanaimo.B.C FOR SALE: Seaside Adventures in Tofino $695,000.00 Serious Inquiries Call 725-3448 OR 725-8329 ask for Steve or Cindy Dennis. FOR SALE: Anyone interested in buying sweaters & sweatpants, blankets and baby blankets, denim handbags. Put your order in with Doreen and Anna Dick at 250 2042480. Note to advertisers: Please call HaShilth-Sa @ 724-5757 when you want your ad pulled from the classifieds. Thank you.
July 28, 2005
N.E.D.C. BUSINESS NEWS Congratulations Toquaht First Nation on the opening of the new Marina at Toquaht Bay The official opening of Toquaht First Nation’s new marina was held on Thursday July 14, 2005. Hereditary Chief Bert Mack welcomed the dignitaries, visitors and community members and thanked everyone for sharing this momentous event. The day began in a leisurely fashion with everyone viewing the marina. Participants were treated to a delicious lunch which included oysters from the Toquaht oyster and clam beds. Chief Mack then gathered his family to assist in the unveiling of the two signs mounted at the site. Chief Mack explained the first, “Toquaht Tradition Transcending Time”, as a pictorial history of the Toquaht Nation gathering food from the sea; the second “Protect our Marine Life” portrays the Toquaht traditional territory. The Chief then acknowledged all those who had helped to bring the project to fruition Western Economic Diversification (WD), NEDC, and Toquaht Staff members (especially Rick Schaeffer and Darren MeadMiller). Del Hughes of WD read a letter from Minister of Western Diversification Stephen Owens congratulating Toquaht First Nation on the completion of Stage 1 of the marina development. He stated that WD was pleased to have funded the project through the Softwood Industry Community Economic Development Initiative and wished them success.
A view of Toquaht First Nation’s new marina Complimentary canoe rides were offered to anyone who wished to tour the scenic bay and view the estuary.
Chief Mack and family at the unveiling of the two signs mounted at the new Toquaht Marina
Nuu-chah-nulth Businesses Featured in New Workshop Video Over the last year, NEDC has been developing a new resource for community presentations and to enhance their website. The video is designed to familiarize potential entrepreneurs with a variety of business planning, services and opportunities available through the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation. The new video includes an introduction to NEDC and interviews with the following business people: Connie Watts ~ Chims Studios Gisele Martin & Doug Wright ~ Tla-ook Cultural Adventures Lewis George ~ Himwitsa Enterprises Jack, Irving, & Gary Billy ~ Fishermen/Boat Owners Howard Tom, Barb Audet, Garth Elrick, & George Atleo ~ Tin~Wis Resort The Nuu-chah-nulth owned businesses share their knowledge and experiences in areas such as Business Planning, Financial Management, Overcoming Challenges, Benefits of Owning a Business and other business advice. NEDC would like to thank the following people for assisting in making the video a success: • Western Economic Diversification for their financial contribution to this project, • Nitanis Desjarlais of Butterfly FX Video Productions and Caledonia Fred for their hard work and dedication, and • The above mentioned business people for their willingness to share their experiences and knowledge with potential future entrepreneurs. DVD copies of the video will be made available to communities upon request. Contact Caledonia Fred at the NEDC office or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (250) 724-3131
to promote and assist the development, establishment and expansion of the business enterprises of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribes and Tribal members
20 years - 1984-22004