Ha-Shilth-Sa August 25, 2011

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Canada’s Oldest First Nations Newspaper - Serving Nuu-chah-nulth-aht since 1974 Canadian Publications Mail Product Vol. 38 - No. 16 - Aug. 25, 2011 haas^i>sa “Innteresstinng Newss” Sales Agreement No. 40047776

Denise Titian

Stanley Sam (in the white hat) is Ahousaht’s eldest member and he continues to seek healing from his residential school experience.

Deadline for CEP fast approaching By Denise Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter

Ahousaht– Quu%asa staff and support workers, along with others from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, arrived in Ahousaht Aug. 4 to deliver residential school information and provide support services to former students. More than 30 people showed up at the Light House; some attended Christie Residential School, others Alberni Indian Residential School. And there were former students of Ahousaht Residential School, which closed in 1950. Ahousaht’s eldest member, Stanley Sam, said he went to Ahousaht Residential School back in 1939 and said it wasn’t a nice time. “I got to get it off of my mind; try to heal from that,” he said. Sam said he turned to spirituality and what he can get from the Creator to guide him through life. He said his son’s near-death experience and what he brought back from the spirit world when he recovered confirmed for him the importance of praying and living a spiritual life in accordance with Ahousaht teachings. Stan Matthew introduced himself as Quu%asa’s newest mental health and support worker. Also in attendance was

Vina Robinson, acting manager of NTC’s Teechuktl (Mental Health) program. Gary Dawson-Quatell, a Resolution Health Worker, presented a quick overview of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and the different forms of compensation former students should consider when making their applications. The CEP, or Common Experience Payment, is general compensation for anyone that went to residential school. It is important to note that the deadline for CEP is Sept. 19. The IAP or Independent Assessment Process is intended to compensate former students who suffered extreme physical or sexual abuse in the institutions. While applicants can expect a hearing, they are assured they won’t have to face an adversarial, courtroomtype scenario. According to Dawson-Quatell, the hearings are intended to draw out the stories of survivors to preserve in history. Further, survivors have access to support workers at Quu%asa who can guide and assist them throughout the entire process. The deadline for IAP is Sept. 19, 2012. Former residential school students that haven’t yet applied for compensation are urged to do so quickly. Continued on page 7.

Inside this issue... President Cliff Atleo’s report.......................................Page 2 Ahousaht busy with construction projects................Page 3 Couple marries on Long Beach...................................Page 5 Mark reveals secret life of salmon..............................Page 7 Tlu-piich results..................................................Pages 8 to12

MP James Lunney (back row left) joined First Nations Wildcrafters’ Keith Hunter and Anne Robinson, and BC Minister of Agriculture Don McRae at the Alberni Chamber of Commerce Aug. 15. Wildcrafters received joint federal/provincial funding for a forest farming field pilot project to be carried out on select sites in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

Forest food pilot gets funding support By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni–Keith Hunter of First Nations Wildcrafters was encouraged by comments by Minister of Agriculture Don McRae when he visited the Alberni Valley on Aug. 15. “He gets it,” said Hunter. McRae met Hunter and Wildcrafters’ Anne C. Robinson at the Alberni Chamber of Commerce to present them with a cheque for $50,000. The money will be used for a pilot project that may help change the way we view the economy of the forest. Phase 3 of the Alternate Crop/Forest Farming Field Pilot Project is the next step in proving that there is more value in the forest than just the trees. And if one can groom the forest to enhance certain conditions, increased forest food production could be only one of many bene-

fits. McRae said people get excited about a $3,000 tree, but they fail to notice all the value that is under that tree. He has friends that are mushroom harvesters, so he understands the potential for increased forest food production, he said. Hunter said the project hopes to prove there are life-cycle options for that tree in a forest that provides different benefits at different times over the years. It’s not about comparing the value of a log against the value of a mushroom, however. It’s about better management practices that make good economic sense to foresters and other planners to allow for other production interests in the forest to occur. Forest farming is more than just a novelty, said the minister. And Wildcrafters’ project will put theory into practice in select areas in Nuu-chah-nulth territory. Continued on page 13.

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