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Byelection to be held Nov. 15

Debora Steel

Nelson Keitlah takes in opening night celebrations of the new exhibit of former Ha-Shilth-Sa editor Bob Soderlund’s work on display at the Alberni Valley Museum. The exhibit, called How We Are, How We Want To Be, is made up of photographs of the Nuu-chah-nulth people that Soderlund took during 25 years with the newspaper. See photos and story pages 9 and 10.

The resignation of Francis Frank as president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) on Sept. 13 has kickstarted a by-election to find his replacement. A special meeting will be held on Nov. 15 for delegates to choose the person who will serve the remainder of the current term, which is two years to 2009. That person will be responsible for external NTC issues, such as lobbying and negotiating with government. Nominations for this position will close by 4 p.m. on Oct. 12. Only members of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations are eligible to serve. Nominations must be in writing and supported by a minimum of 20 signatures of persons 16 years or older, who also are members of Nuu-chahnulth nations. The confirmed list of candidates will be available by Oct. 17. Continued on page 11.

Province devotes week in September to coaches By Jack F. Little Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Nanaimo– Stan Hagen, the minister of Tourism, Sport and the Arts proclaimed the week of Sept. 22 to Sept. 29 BC Coaches Week at a reception and a recognition ceremony held at the Coast Bastion on Sept. 15. Nanaimo was one of five locations in the province chosen to host and feature activities and recognition of coaches throughout the province. Other cities were Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George and the area known as Lower Mainland/ Fraser Valley. The master of ceremonies, Gordon May, the executive director of the Coaches Association of British Columbia (CABC), welcomed and greeted all of the guests. May then called on Alex Nelson, president and CEO of the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association (ASRA) for an opening prayer. May then introduced Minister Hagen

Alex Nelson of the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association. “The BC government is taking coaching seriously. The importance of coaches should never be underestimated. Coaches are the heart of British Columbia’s sport development system and they are important role models for athletes whose experience in sport is shaped by the leadership, skill and passion of their trainer,” said Hagen. Minister Hagen shared that he has five children and all of them had coaches at

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points of their lives. He remembers his own coaches when he was younger. Hagen said there should be a real focus on sports with a couple of major events happening soon. One of them being the North American Indigenous Games in 2008 in Cowichan and, of course, the 2010 Olympics in Whistler / Vancouver. Hagen was especially proud to acknowledge and recognize the more than 4,000 coaches in the province for all of their hard work and dedication, of which 98 per cent of whom are volunteers. Hagen called on Judy Latoski, president of CABC, for a presentation of the Coaches Week Proclamation. This was followed by an introduction of the CABC coach of the year, Peter Lawless. Minister Hagen then made a special presentation of gifts to Lawless, which included a five-year membership with CABC and a $250 gift certificate. Lawless is the provincial coach for Athletics in BC Wheelchair Sports. He has coached at provincial, national, and international levels, including Western

Canada Games, Canada Summer Games, World Championships and the 2004 Paralympic Games to name a few. Lawless believes that all young athletes deserve a certified coach. Latoski was the next speaker. Latoski gave a very brief overview of the CABC, which was created in 1993. The spirit and intent of the organization is to give a voice to the thousands of volunteer coaches in this province who commit countless hours of their personal lives each year to the development of sport participants in every corner of the province. “Each and every day we see people of all ages participating in their favorite sport. And we recognize the long-term benefits that such activities will have on their health, and in their personal development. What we may not recognize, however, is the amount of time and effort that their volunteer coach has put into ensuring that these athletes have a safe and fun athletic experience,” said Latoski. Continued on page 5.

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“Energy Detectives” at Youth Camp By Katherine Rossokha BC Hydro Over the past few months, BC Hydro’s Remote Community Electrification (RCE) program team has been in discussions with the Hesquiaht First Nation, a remote community north of Tofino, to become their electric utility provider. As part of the program, on Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, Hesquiaht Administration and BC Hydro partnered to send 23 children and youths, ages five to19, to the remote Hooksum Outdoor School in Iusuk, Hesquiaht Harbour, north of Tofino, to learn life skills and develop traditional knowledge. Eager to enjoy the last few days of summer before school, the children piled into Chief Joe’s boat to go to camp. As he was driving, he showed them their traditional territory and told stories about their land and the ancestors who lived there. Each day of the three-day adventure was busy. Beach games, hiking and kayaking to the lake, swimming, berry picking, hiking to the eagle’s nest and waterfall, fishing, surfing and longhouse games were on the agenda. In the middle of this busy schedule, BC Hydro RCE team, including myself and Grietje Van Dijk, delivered an “Energy Detectives” program to educate its future customers about energy and conservation. Away from easy access to electricity, young energy detectives learned how precious energy is. So they looked for ways to capture it. The rain didn’t stop the kids from building a wind-speed measurement tool to see if there is potential for wind energy at Iusuk. They also looked for ways to save energy. Card games, crossword puzzles, board games and fun quizzes provided clues. The young energy detectives “energized” not only the camp staff, but also some parents who were supervising the little ones. By the end of the threeday camp the kids were drawing posters on what they learned. “Can I bring it home?” asked Jacine, showing her poster on how to save energy. Power Smart education is

Card games, crossword puzzles, board games and fun quizzes provided clues to young energy detectives to find ways to save energy. destined to continue. “Can you come to our community school, once the school year starts to continue the Energy Detectives program?” asked Louie Sabbas, Hesquiaht First Nation’s senior operation and maintenance staff. The BC Hydro team plans to come back in November to teach the young generation to discover hidden ways to save energy in their school and homes. “Our goal is to create a culture of energy conservation in tomorrow’s BC Hydro customers,” said Nick Hawley, BC Hydro Remote Community Electrification program manager. “Through such sessions we start to demonstrate to the communities that they can trust us, and so we build relationships and learn about the communities to which we offer electric utility services.” “It’s important for us to make sure BC Hydro knows who we are as a community, before becoming our electric utility provider. Spending time with the kids and the community members at the camp was a good way for BC Hydro to

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Overlap issues being resolved between communities By Denise Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tofino–From overlaps to management, land was the main topic of discussion at the latest Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) treaty planning meeting held Sept. 18 at Tin Wis Resort. Saya Masso welcomed visiting delegates on behalf of Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih, and elder Levi Martin said a prayer to open proceedings. This was followed by a moment of silence in respect for those who have recently passed on. NTC Vice President Michelle Corfield quickly got down to business by asking for a motion to have the agenda and minutes from previous meetings adopted before she was to deliver her Ha’wilth patak Nuu-chah-nulth-aht update. Carla Point, Hesquiaht negotiator, expressed concern that the minutes were not getting out early enough for thorough review. Corfield assured the table that treaty manager Celeste Haldane would ensure the isolated motions would get out to delegates at least a day before future treaty planning meetings. Mike Maquinna, Mowachaht/Muchalaht Tyee Ha’wilth and chief negotiator, asked about the progress of boundary disputes between member nations. According to Corfield, a great deal of work on overlaps has been accomplished by several Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations over the summer; however, there are some tribes that have yet to work out solutions to their boundary concerns. Maquinna said work with Hesquiaht and other neighbors on boundary issues has been good from Mowachaht/Muchalaht’s perspective. Corfield added that Ahousaht has also made progress with neighbors. Point noted that First Nations were under-funded for treaty this year, and work, like boundary resolution, will take a lot of resources. In her report from her nation, Point said she was appointed by Hesquiaht Ha’wiih as treaty negotiator on July 7. “We’ve worked on improving communication with muschim using

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Gillian Saxby of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada delivered a presentation on land-use planning at the Nuu-chah-nulth treaty planning meeting on Sept. 18. abstentions. traditional approaches,” she said, adding “It is non-binding,” Corfield said, “but they engage their people by going doorit can set a standard by which courts rule to-door and having community on cases related to indigenous rights and gatherings. resources.” Hesquiaht, she said, is on track with Masso suggested that the indigenous its work plan and has been meeting people of the four countries regularly with its that opposed the declaration neighbors Ahousaht and should unite and let it be Mowachaht/Muchalaht known that they are in support to settle boundary issues. of the declaration, but Masso said Tla-o-quicontinue to be oppressed. aht developed a referral Mary Hayes, 92, (Tla-o-quiprocess whereby they aht) asked to speak later that enforce their morning. She related some government-tofamily history, one that government relationship. connects her and her family to TFN is pushing for a Treaty Commissioner several other Nuu-chah-nulth service agreement with Robert Phillips families. According to Hayes respect to water and there were once 10 sisters; other resources/services. Cosmos Frank, standing with a small one, she said, married into the Shewish delegation from Ahousaht, reported they family of Tseshaht and another, the were there only to observe; that treaty George family of Ahousaht. issues needed to be worked out at Many people don’t know this history Ahousaht before they could take a more and it is important to know, she said, active part in meetings. because it is for this reason, the family Corfield said it was a sad day for connections, that everyone shared. Canada. That day it was one of the four Haldane updated the table on recent nations that voted against the United events. Prime Minister Stephan Harper Nations Declaration on the rights of the has appointed Chuck Strahl as the new world’s indigenous peoples. The United Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. States, Australia and New Zealand also With Minister Jim Prentice gone, NTC voted against the declaration, calling it leadership said it is important that the unfair because it would give indigenous Unity Protocol group press for progress people rights not afforded to other on changing treaty negotiation mandates peoples. with Strahl. The six key issues of the The majority of 143 counties voted for unity protocol: certainty, constitutional the non-binding agreement with a few status of lands, governance, co-

management throughout traditional territories, fiscal relations, and fisheries are still priorities, said Corfield. Point expressed disappointment that former Indian Affairs minister Prentice no longer holds the portfolio, given the fact that some progress was made with him. She reminded the table of ‘radical’ remarks Strahl once made in his opposition to things like the so-called ‘race-based’ fisheries. Haldane read out a motion regarding the establishment of a common table to address barriers in treaty negotiations: · That the chiefs in assembly support the concept of a common table proposed by the Unity Protocol First Nations where Canada, British Columbia and participating Unity Protocol First Nations can negotiate and develop options in a collective manner to overcome barriers in the six key identified areas, and others that may be agreed upon that are impediments to the conclusion of honorable treaties in B.C.; · That the chiefs in assembly direct the task group to support the establishment of a common table and to advocate for this with Canada and British Columbia through the principles table, leadership council meetings and all other available mechanisms. Gillian Saxby delivered a presentation on land-use planning later that afternoon. Land use plans, she said, include detailed maps and can be used for governing purposes. Comprehensive community planning addresses sustainability, self-sufficiency and improved capacity and is a communitybased process. She offered suggestions to help delegates get started in land-use planning, including how to access funding. She responded to several questions following her presentation. Robert Phillips, a commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC), was on hand to outline his role and responsibilities to the table. Former commissioner Steven Point, he said, was named Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, which means the BCTC needed to name a new chief commissioner. Continued on page 5.

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Willie ‘Buddy’ George works on a headdress that will be mounted atop pillers at the entrance to the Tin Wis Resort.

Nuu-chah-nulth art the jewel in resort’s crown By Denise Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tofino–With tourist season gearing down following a busy summer, Tin Wis Resort will kick into high gear with new construction and extensive renovations. Marketing Consultant Noni Bruyere said the hotel rooms are old and tired and will undergo renovations starting this fall. “All the carpets will be changed to black and red in keeping with the Tin Wis serpent logo,” she said. Hesquiaht artists Patrick Amos and Willie (Buddy) George have been working on site in the carving shed across the parking lot from the lobby. They’ve carved massive serpent headdresses adorned with copper that will be placed atop the cedar pillars at the entrance to the lobby. Bruyere was hired during the summer to put together a sales and marketing plan for the First Nations-owned resort. She said she had something in mind immediately, but after spending more

time at the resort found herself modifying her plan in order to infuse more First Nations culture. In mid-September Amos began stenciling and painting serpent bodies entwined around two of the cedar pillars at Tin Wis’ lobby. The headdresses will be placed atop the poles by the end of September and room renovations are scheduled to begin in November. Patrick Amos prints will also be featured throughout the resort. Management is working hard on attracting business with the new features. In September, the Lelala Dancers were invited for a performance held at the Tin Wis Conference Centre. The 150 guests finished the evening with a salmon barbeque. Bruyere said plans are in the works to make this an annual event. The new features are planned with culture and wellness as the focus. They are designed not only for the guests at the resort, but also as a way to reach out to the local communities. Morning yoga classes on the beach started in September and is open to everyone for a small fee. Continued on page 5.

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For the love of sport

Minister Stan Hagan presents a framed copy of the proclaimation that announces Coaches Week to Judy Latoski of the Coaches Association of B.C.

Continued from page 1. Latoski thanked the minister, and all of the 4,000-plus volunteer coaches who make our communities a better place to live. Her final comment was that CABC hopes that every club, organization and community would make an effort to find a way to recognize those individuals (coaches) who contribute so much to the development of great athletes and great people. Mayor Gary Korpan was then asked to say a few words and make a couple of presentations to two local volunteer coaches from the area. “I am very pleased to be here tonight and especially gratified that you are recognizing coaches here, and also am very pleased of the BC Coaches week proclamation,” said Korpan. He then introduced Rick Keen and Sylvia Miller who were presented with a community coach of honor acknowledgement and recognition. Miller has been coaching for over 20 years in a rhythmic gymnastic club and Keen has been coaching for over 14 years in football. Alex Nelson, CEO of ASRA was again introduced. Nelson had just finished competing in the BC Senior’s Games in soccer at Nanaimo. Nelson is an avid soccer player and coach, as well as a

basketball player. “Today I was coached by my grandson. He asked me if I was going to do a lot of stretching and also to make sure that I drink a lot of water,” said Nelson. He asked his grandson where he had heard that from and his grandson responded “from my coach.” The strong point Nelson wanted to make is that coaches have a huge impact on athletes, young and old. Nelson briefly talked about the upcoming NAIG 2008, hosted by the Cowichan Tribes. All of the thousands of athletes require coaches. In NAIG there is a minimum of a level one NCCP required and that in the NAIG 2011 games a change will be that coaches will need to have a level two NCCP certification. “I would like to conclude my remarks and acknowledge the BC Coaches Association and the government’s proclamation of BC Coaches Week and thank them for their support of coaches. Every athlete deserves a coach,” said Nelson. One of the goals of BC Coaches Week is to recruit, develop, and celebrate coaches with activities throughout the province. For more information please check out the CABC Web site for a list of events at www.coaches.bc.ca.

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Artist Pat Amos puts paint to pole in his efforts to breath life into a new Tis Wis plan to bring more First Nations’ culture into the resort.

New look for resort Continued from page 4. Tin Wis management has a proven track record of employing and training First Nations people at all levels in the hospitality industry. “We give First Nations the first opportunity for job openings,” said Noni, adding that manager George Atleo has a passion for helping First Nations people advance in the hospitality industry. “He is hoping to offer training to help young people advance, not only at Tin Wis Resort, but also at other hotels they may choose to work in,” she said. In keeping with their support of First Nations people and business, the Tin Wis

Web site contains a list of their First Nations suppliers and also features the work that local artisans have for sale. Besides gourmet cuisine by Chef Margo, Calm Waters Restaurant also features local art, breathtaking views of the beach and friendly staff who are predominantly First Nations. They are proud of their signature coffees, like Opitsaht medium roast and Tin Wis decaf, which are also offered in the hotel rooms. Construction on the new staff housing and laundry facility continues to move at a fast pace and is scheduled to be complete by the end of October.

Changing mandates Continued from page 3. Phillips’ role is to help First Nations in treaty work through any treaty-related issues. He could do this by acting as an observer or he could take a more active role as an intermediary. He sits at all Nuu-chah-nulth treaty tables, but his role is neutral. The BCTC will continue to push for a process that can facilitate resolution of

overlap issues. Phillips noted that some First Nations around the province are entering side agreements with the government on land use. “In my opinion these are positive steps toward treaty; it’s developing the government-to-government relationship First Nations are looking for in their treaty,” he said.

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AGM deals with residential school settlement agreement By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tseshaht—Now that the opt out period of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement has been concluded and the Common Experience Payment application forms have been made available, what now? That’s what Charlene Belleau, the Assembly of First Nations representative in the Residential School Unit, was doing in the territory to explain. She made a power-point presentation to the delegates in attendance to the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council annual general meeting (AGM), held on Sept. 20 and 21 at Maht Mahs gym. Belleau said the Common Experience Payment (CEP) will begin to be distributed and will take a maximum of 60 days from the time Service Canada receives an individual’s application form. Elders who received early payment have been pre-validated and the turn-around time between when Service Canada receives the application form and the money is sent will be quick. Those people who spent time in a residential school will receive $10,000 for the first year of their time spent in the school and $3,000 for every year after. And part years count as one full year. Residential school survivors need only fill out and send the CEP application form. They will need their original birth certificate, or two pieces of identification; one with a photo on it. No school records are needed, as the

government will validate the materials itself. If there is a dispute on years attended, then the government will be in contact with the applicant. A payment will be made, however, on the years that can be confirmed, said Belleau. Someone from Service Canada will be in touch if there is a problem with the application. Belleau said Canada is expecting 80 per cent of the applications to be filed within the first month. There are 8,000 students across the country. Monies should begin to flow in November. It is a court order that from the date of receipt of an application, Canada has 60 days to send out the CEP. The application form is on the government Web site at www.servicecanada.gc.ca or by calling 1-866-699-1742. In the case of missing records, the government will accept affidavits from fellow students swearing you attended a school with them or pictures that proves you were there. If an applicant is not satisfied with governments decision, there is an appeal process. If people are applying for those students now deceased, there is a separate application form. Make sure you get the right one. Belleau said there is money for healing and counseling initiatives available from Health Canada. She said there is $90 million and people don’t know about it and aren’t accessing it. She said it was a failure of government that they have not made an effort to notify people of the existence of this fund. A motion was passed that required the tribal council to seek ways to access these funds to help people deal with the

Negotiations to begin on new funding agreement By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tseshaht—The theme of this year’s Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) annual general meeting made Ted Adnitt think. “Mamookwin—Work With One Another”: It made the director of funding services with the Department of Indian Affairs, BC Region consider the relationship the government has had with NTC over the past 20 years. It’s been two decades since NTC became involved in its first funding agreement, he said, and while there have been some sad times, there have been many successful and happy times working together. His first experience with a First Nation was in Kyuquot, Adnitt said. He was walking through the village back to him room in the evening after meetings. No one told him the lights went out at 10 p.m. He said he had never experienced such darkness. He said the Nuu-chah-nulth made history with the first block funding agreement, where funding priorities

were decided locally and not in a tower building somewhere in downtown Vancouver. He said the current funding agreement accomplished a few things and presented some challenges. He said separating the Maa-nulth group was one such challenge. And the federal government is always giving new direction and making new rules. A particularly difficult rule that ran counter to the relationship that had been developed between the BC Region and the tribal council was that each individual nation would have to be audited. By “working together” the two parties found creative ways to satisfy that rule. He said they are planning a busy schedule of meetings to develop the new funding plan. The accomplishments of previous chiefs and councils were impressive, and should be congratulated. Adnitt said he is confident that those accomplishments will continue into the future. Keesta of Ahousaht said he appreciated the words that Adnitt has spoken, but he was concerned that government bureaucrats are stalling on important community initiatives. Continued on page 7.

CORRECTION: In the last edition of Ha-Shilth-Sa in a story about Ahousaht’s sea bus, we incorrectly referred to the vessel by its original name ‘MV Spirit of Maaqtusiis.’ The correct name is ‘MV Ahousaht Pride.’ Ha-Shilth-Sa apologizes for any confusion or embarrassment this may have caused.

painful memories of their time in the schools. Belleau said there is also discussion surrounding securing a fund to find missing children who went to residential schools, but who never made it home. There were many questions for Belleau after her presentation. Some wondered about runaways. Would they be compensated? They wondered about hospital stays. Some children went to the residential schools and were transferred to hospitals where they stayed for years,

and then were taken directly back to the residential schools. Will they be compensated for time spent in the hospital? What about homeless people? How will they get their compensation, and what is being done to protect them once they have money in hand? What about the mentally ill, who can’t function enough to tell their stories? What about clawbacks from government and social agencies? Continued on page 11.

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Bureaucrats frustrate community efforts Continued from page 6. In June Ahousaht received a letter stating that land was being returned to them, but Adnitt said the paperwork had just been sent to Ottawa on the question. Moldy housing in the community is also on hold until a bureaucrat finishes paperwork. He asked how Adnitt holds bureaucrats responsible for their lack of progress on files.

On the issue of Ahousaht’s land, Adnitt explained that the lady with those files lost her husband in July. She has been off and only returned to work recently. Couple that with the 15 per cent cut in funding to the department and there is less people to do the work. Adnitt said he would be happy to help find solutions to the impasses. Saya Masso said Adnitt needed to hear some of the heartbreaking and emotional

issues that are being dealt with in the communities and what the NTC executive had to deal with daily. He said dollars go to priority areas like fixing dilapidated band offices, but there are no dollars for feast houses. Healthy communities need to be involved with their culture and traditions. It speaks to reconciliation, Masso said. Adnitt said that reconciliation is not currently one of the priorities of the department. He urged the Nuu-chahnutlh leaders to convince politicians of

the importance of that. Lobby the politicians, he said. That’s where the change comes from, a ground swell. Adnitt reminded the leaders to concentrate on their long-term capital plan, because government will only be working on capital plans identified in their five- year plan during the first two years. Emergency services were then discussed. Adnitt said an agreement with the province should provide for the same level of service that others receive.

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Youth mingle with the natural environment By Dan Harrrison Raincoast Interpretive Centre Throughout the summer of 2007, the Raincoast Interpretive Centre (a nonprofit education society based in Tofino) delivered an assortment of environmental and cultural education programs in four Central Region Nuuchah-nulth communities: Hot Springs, Ahousaht, Opitsaht and Ittatsoo. Our most popular program, Raincoast Explorers, was designed to engage youth through a variety of games and activities to learn more about the natural and cultural history of Clayoquot Sound, and to help lay the foundation for life-long learning about the environment. Staff members from the Raincoast Interpretive Centre, along with many valuable members from each community, got out into the field with kids from each community and searched for animal tracks, insects, seaweeds, whales, trees, and many other organisms in our explorations of the natural environment. The program is guided by the Nuuchah-nulth philosophy of Hishuk ish Ts’awalk (everything is connected), so that isolated programs can be tied into a larger, more comprehensive picture. And, there is no place like home to immerse youth in the natural world, as many of these communities are visited far more frequently by wildlife than by humans. For instance, on one occasion in Ahousaht we sat munching away on dried mysids (shrimp-like zooplankton) trying to comprehend the volume of food required to feed a huge baleen whale, when a lone humpback whale surfaced less than 30 feet from where we were onshore. Along with eating dried mysids in the whale program, each program included a nutritious snack to help convince the young people that healthy snacking choices taste good. We ate grapes, apples, oranges, cheese, crackers, granola bars and fruit juices. The Raincoast Explorers programs

took on many different forms over the course of the summer, from scavenger hunts to artwork to story time, and the participants’ ages and interests helped shape the direction of each program. All of the programs were very successful in their own way. One moment that really stood out for me was in Ahousaht during a tree identification program when a four-year-old boy who knew many of the traditional uses of cedar (baskets, canoes, rope, hats, etc.) finally came face to face with this ‘tree of life’ and learned how to identify it from other trees. I remember his head cranked up to see the extent of the tree, his mouth wide open, his eyes aglow, and his hands holding the needles of the cedar tree. Although the young people all loved the Raincoast Explorers program, each individual program was only one day long, and one cannot help but think that much of the energy of the programs could leave with the departure of the program leader. In response to this concern, we compiled a booklet, with the help of all the young participant, full of photos and words of those who attended the programs, with hopes of connecting youth among neighboring communities and to build on the Raincoast Explorers programs. The booklet is titled “Nuu-chah-nulth Raincoast Explorers 2007” and will be available in Hot Springs, Ahousaht, Opitsaht and Ittatsoo. Check at the band office. I hope that this booklet will help in the spread of environmental and cultural knowledge, and put faces to a neighboring village never visited. Ideally it will broaden our perspectives of the individuals who call this place home, so we can make better decisions and continue to learn how to co-exist among our natural environment. On behalf of the Raincoast Interpretive Centre, Kleco Kleco to everyone who participated and helped out with the program. For more information about the Raincoast Interpretive Centre, please contact us at 250-725-2560 or res@island.net or 451 Main St., Tofino BC.

Millions made available for new fisheries program By Cliff Atleo Sr. Aquatic Management Board Co-chair The Pacific Information Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) is a new program that is designed to achieve environmentally sustainable and economically viable commercial fisheries, where conservation is the first priority and First Nations’ aspirations are to be more involved and supported. Canada has committed $175 million over five years to implement the initiative, of which $115 million (over five years) is to be made commercially accessible to First Nations in British Columbia PICFI builds on fisheries reform work begun in response to the 2004 reports of the First Nations Panel on Fisheries and the Joint Task Group on Post –Treaty

Fisheries, as well as subsequent discussions in a variety of forums that have confirmed the need for PICFI. Initial technical workshops are being planned for First Nations and for multiinterest groups, which include the following topics: enhanced accountability measures; acquiring commercial fisheries access; capacity building; co-management; delivering commercial fisheries access to First Nations and the engagement process. More information will be made available as soon. If you would like any further information or have any questions about the consultation process or if you would like to request copies of the final reports, please contact Katherine Beavis at (604) 666-7013, Don Hall, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council fisheries manager, at (250) 724-5757 or Cliff Atleo Sr., co-chair of Aquatic Management Board at (250) 720-7275.

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Controlling your temper isn’t always easy, but these effective anger management techniques will help give you the upper hand. If your outbursts, rages or bullying are negatively affecting relationships with family, friends, co-workers and even complete strangers, it’s time to change the way you express your anger. You can take steps on your own to improve your anger management. Anger management tips Here are some anger management tips to help get your anger under control: Take a “time out.” Although it may seem cliché, counting to 10 before reacting, or leaving the situation altogether, really can defuse your temper. Do something physically exerting. Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you’re about to erupt. Go for a brisk walk or a run, swim, lift weights or shoot baskets. Find ways to calm and soothe yourself. Practice deep-breathing exercises, visualize a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as “take it easy.” You can also listen to music, paint, journal or do yoga. Once you’re calm, express your anger as soon as possible so that you aren’t left

stewing. If you simply can’t express your anger in a controlled manner to the person who angered you, try talking to a family member, friend, counsellor or another trusted person. Think carefully before you say anything so that you don’t end up saying something you’ll regret. Write a script and rehearse it so that you can stick to the issues. Work with the person who angered you to identify solutions to the situation. Use “I” statements when describing the problem to avoid criticizing or placing blame. For instance, say “I’m upset you didn’t help with the housework this evening,” instead of “You should have helped with the housework.” To do otherwise will likely upset the other person and escalate tensions. Don’t hold a grudge. Forgive the other person. It’s unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want. Use humor to release tensions, such as imagining yourself or the other person in silly situations. Don’t use sarcasm, though. It’s just another form of unhealthy expression. Keep an anger log to identify the kinds of situations that set you off and to monitor your reactions. Practice relaxation skills. Learning skills to relax and de-stress can also help control your temper when it may flare up.

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Bev Doward My name is Bev Doward, a proud member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. I will be the new West Coast First Nations counsellor. I feel very honored as well. I look forward to meeting and connecting with children, youth and families in our communities. See you in the near future. Chuu.

By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni—He’s known as HaShilth-Sa Bob (Soderlund) and he was front and centre as an exhibit of some of the rich collection of photographs he created over 25 years at this paper went on display on Sept. 20 at the Alberni Valley Museum. The title of the exhibit (in English) is How We Are How We Want To Be. “The photographs give us some insight into lives of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, and into the political and cultural changes that happened over that time period,” said museum director Jean McIntosh. “The museum is proud to host this important exhibit.” “When I left Ha-Shilth-Sa 10 years ago, I was hoping that some day I could do something useful with all the pictures I had taken over the years,” said Soderlund. “Well, time went on, and on, and on, and I never seemed to get the time or energy to get anything together.” One day, he ran into Kelly Poirier at the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “And she said ‘Bob, you should do something with all those pictures that you took.’” Soderlund explained to Poirier that he hadn’t had time to do anything with the photos, and she responded “I’d like to do

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PARENT-CHILD MOTHER GOOSE TRAINING IN AHOUSAHT! The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a community based program that gives parents the opportunity to build on their strengths and learn new skills. It uses rhymes, songs and stories as practical tools to make daily life with baby and young children easier and more joyful. WHAT? It is The Teacher Training Workshop where you learn; the background of the Mother Goose program, how a session is organized, how to use and teach songs and the basics of storytelling. WHEN? October 1st and 2nd, 2007 (Monday and Tuesday) TIME? 9:00am to 4:00pm both days WHERE? In Ahousaht at the Headstart space WHO? Anyone who works with young children or wants to in the future can take the training! COST? The training is free! (funded by the Westcoast Resources Society) Lunches on both days will be provided but at this time transportation cost to Ahousaht is not covered. WHAT NOW? If you are interested in taking the training please call Laurie Hannah at 725-2171 ext. 332 or email at laurie.hannah@viha.ca DEADLINE? Please register by September 26th

it.” “’All right,’ I thought,” said Soderlund. “An angel has been sent to me from heaven. And one that’s willing to do all the work.” That was the beginning of a beautiful collaboration. The exhibit was organized by guest curators and sisters Kelly Poirier and Dawn Foxcroft. Soderlund thanked the two women, and thanked the Nuu-chah-nulth people who gave him the opportunity to work for them for 25 years. “The most rewarding part of the job was going to the communities and visiting with the elders, listening to them at meetings, listening to them at their celebrations. I wanted to pay a tribute to them, in the exhibition, so you’ll see quite a few pictures of the elders in the gallery.” He said they were special people in his life. “I was a little apprehensive at first, going into the communities, wondering how I would be accepted. And the first time I was at Ahousaht was in 1975. They were having a celebration because they were getting BC Hydro there. So I

arrived in Ahousaht and I was walking to Thunderbird Hall and I passed by a house there. And there was an old lady standing on the front porch and, as I was walking by, she called out to me. ‘Who are you?’ And I thought ‘Uh oh, now what?’ “I said ‘My names Bob and I’m here for the Ha-Shilth-Sa to cover the BC Hydro celebration.’ She said ‘Where are you staying?’ I said ‘I don’t know.’ And she said ‘Well, you’re staying here. I’ll leave the door open for you.’” Soderlund said that was how he met Mary Little. He said that was how he was treated in Ahousaht and all of the Nuu-chah-nulth villages that he visited. “People would share their homes, they would share their food, share what they knew, share their history and their teachings and their songs, whatever they had they were willing to share with me. So that’s why I wanted to do this exhibition, so I could give something back and share something I had.” Foxcroft said the exhibit, which runs to Jan. 26, 2008, was the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people. Continued on page 10.

To all Community Health Representatives Submitted by Della Patrick This article is dedicated to the C.H.R.’s (Community Health Representatives) that have come and gone within our communities. Health and Welfare Canada initiated the Community Health Representatives Program to “strengthen and enhance existing health education programs and other activities carried out in Indian Communities in 1962. Their was 12, that went to Hobema, Alberta, to take 10 months of training. Now we have grown to 900 CHR’s that work in our 577 Nation bands, across Canada. We perform a broad range of functions, within the health delivery systems. Even though, we do not have a curriculum to follow, if we wanted to higher our education. We have to take our education in baby steps, some stuff we do not even get a certificate for. But we press onwards, for the betterment, of our people. Thus, here come the CHR conferences that was formed in 1986. It is now called NIICHRO (National Indian & Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization). We are accountable, to the political leaders of the first nations through their own CHR’s. The goal of the organization is to improve the quality of health care services offered to the Indian and Inuit people through the work of the Community Health Representatives. Out of this organization, a magazine has been developed, called “In Touch”. They keep in direct contact with the people at the grass roots level. One of their activities include development of training tools, “Train the trainers” and National Training sessions and advocacy on health issues. The fee we have to pay per year is $100.00. Regular membership is open to CHR’s who have had CHR training from a recognized institution, and who are employed as a CHR on a continuous basis. An associate Membership is open to those individuals or agencies that

wish to share and participate in promoting health in Aboriginal communities. This is all payable to the NIICHRO, in order for us to keep up to date on what’s working in our communities. In order for us to go to these conferences, we need our accommodations and essentials paid by our own bands. The reason this stems out to me, as a CHR, is that we need to band together for our communities, and work closely with the Community Health Nurses. We cannot do this precious work alone. We need to get organized as one group and come together on some of these issues that arise within our communities. We need our own CHR supervisor that will organize our activities for us. It has worked for the Non-insured Health Benefits program, why not us too? Let’s nominate R.C. as our supervisor. This has been a pressing matter to me, because I see what has worked and what hasn’t in the past. I am fortunate to come from 2 nations and Nuu-chahnulth is one I married into. My home town Kincolith, on the Nass River, is the nations that taught me to be so compassionate, about the people we work for. My father (now deceased) was one of the original 12 that was sent to Alberta to train. He became the CHR for our little village, when the women were all too busy having their babies and raising them alone because the men were out doing seasonal fish and working in the canneries. I remember the Indian Day School closing, so that the children could go and meet the seaplane that brought in the field nurse. They were well received, in those days. They looked so nice in their gray nurse’s suits that was their apparel. Anyone that wants to make any suggestions, on what we (CHR’s) can all work together on, is welcome to email me or call me on our 1-800 # at the Health Centre here at Ucluelet, email is chr@ufn.ca or call me at 1-866-9007343 or fax # 726-7396. Thank you.

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Friends and family gather to celebrate Continued from page 9. “We want Nuu-chah-nulth people to see the exhibit and be proud, to see themselves and celebrate themselves as an alive and vibrant culture. We want non-Nuu-chah-nulth people to have a window into Nuu-chah-nulth life, into our family, our culture, to celebrate with us the beauty of our culture and our communities. It’s a reflection of how proud we are to be Nuu-chah-nulth.” Poirier thanked the Alberni Valley Museum for investing time, energy and resources into building capacity in the Nuu-chah-nulth community by investing in her and her sister “so that we can continue to do the kind of work that celebrates in the public who we are…how we want to be.” She became emotional when discussing the people who appear in the photographs that Soderlund took. “We’ve been spending a lot of time with these photos, and without some of these people we might not have the same life and opportunities that we have now as Nuu-chah-nulth youth. “These are people that have worked and strived to keep our language alive, our culture alive, to advocate for education for Aboriginal people, to continue encouraging and supporting us to endeavor to fight for our right and our title. And this is something that we are all still at the table working hard to do.” On hand for the opening was Michelle Corfield, Vice-President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “This is a fine example of mamookwin, working with one another. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to work with the city in partnership on things like this to advance our place in society as First Nations people. “It’s also a pleasure to allow us to share with you our history and our culture, for the general public, for the Nuu-chah-nulth public. And we all get to go see it and it will be a wonderful experience for everyone I’m sure.”

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Executive Director Florence Wylie, and Mowachaht/Muchalaht Chief Mike Maquinna pick out familiar faces in Bob Soderlund’s photographs during opening night celebrations of the exhibit How We Are How We Want To Be. Maquinna found a photo of himself as a young man dancing at a community celebration.

Left: Bob Soderlund is seen with a photo of Mary Little of Ahousaht. Soderlund paid tribute to Mary Little in his speech during opening ceremonies of the exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum that features the photos he took during his 25 years as Ha-Shilth-Sa editor.

Photos by Debora Steel

Above: Co-curators Kelly Poirier and Dawn Foxcroft address the visitors to opening night celebrations of the new exhibit of photographs created by Bob Soderlund during his time as Ha-Shilth-Sa editor. Left: Visitors take in the pictures of familiar faces of Nuu-chah-nulth-aht. She then addressed Poirier and Foxcroft. “Girls, you’ve done an awesome job and we’re very, very proud of you.” Ken McRae, the mayor of Port Alberni, brought greeting from the city. “We would like to congratulate the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and especially Bob Soderlund with this exhibit. “I started reading the magazine that he produced from when the first copy came out. I was involved in the labor

movement at that time and we were all interested to see what was happening, especially in our area, as far as the First Nations were concerned. It’s one of the magazines that I read all the time at city hall and I’ve even got some of my councilors reading it now, to find out what the future of our community’s going to be all about.” MLA Scott Fraser was also excited to be among the first people to get to see the collection. “This work that Bob has done, and the

great curators that assisted—Kelly and Dawn—is world class…It’s so important that this type of work happens and gets notoriety…B.C. is losing the cultural languages of Aboriginal people at a rate that is terrifying… “It’s displays like this and recognition of past culture of Nuuchah-nulth that can help to stop that. And we must stop that to make sure that the next generation learns from the wisdom of the elders.

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NTC AGM Monies to flow Continued from page 6. The questions were many and some of them stumped Belleau. She wasn’t sure about hospital stays, for example. She said there was a strategy that will deal with the homeless and incarcerated. The CEP in not considered income so there will be no taxation. Neither should anyone be cut off from social agencies. If a local worker attempts to do this, call someone about it. This should not happen. Day schools and boarding schools are not part of this compensation package. There may be a separate class action to deal with students that attended these institutions. Similarly, if you went to a residential school during the day, but went home each afternoon, the settlement package does not apply.

Ted Adnitt is the Director of Funding Services, DIAND BC Region. He attended the NTC annual general meeting on Sept. 21 to discuss the government’s relationship with the tribal council and the new negotiations that will be starting as NTC’s five-year funding arrangement comes to an end. NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie looks on.

Changes made to qualifications Continued from page 1. To obtain a mandatory nomination package, contact NTC executive assistant Vanessa Sabbas at (250) 7245757, local 244, or by email at Vanessa@nuuchahnulth.org. There was some discussion at the tribal council’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Sept. 20 and 21 around the qualifications required for the positions of NTC president and vice-president. Qualifications had required that candidates have completed a diploma or degree in a related field to the position sought. Delegates, however, were concerned that good people who were steeped in

the cultural and governance practices of the Nuu-chah-nulth people would be precluded from running. A motion was passed that made having a diploma or degree an asset, not manditory. On the morning of the first day of the AGM, before proceedings began, Frank made an emotional address to the delegates and muschim gathered to explain the personal issues that forced his resignation. His family was beside him and members of his community, Tla-o-qui-aht, stood behind him. The delegates acknowledged Frank’s contributions to the organization and wished him well in his future dealings.

Francis Frank addressed delegates at the annual general meeting on Sept. 20 to explain the personal issues that prompted his resignation as tribal council president. A Tla-o-qui-aht delegation stood behind Frank and Dixon Sam spoke on their behalf about the leadership qualities the former president brought to the table. After an intense presentation and question and answer component on the status of the residential school settlement package, Dave Frank led a prayer song to help lift the spirits of the delegates on the second day of the annual general meeting Sept. 21.

Charlene Belleau, a representative of the Assembly of First Nations in its Residential School Unity, provided a power-point presentation on what’s new with the residential school settlement package and the Common Experience Payments.

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Birthdays & congratulations Happy birthday to my sister Gloria on Oct. 10 and to my nephew Jimmy James Edward Vernon Ross on Oct.17. Happy birthday to our bro Norman Watts on Oct. 13. From Annie and Dave Watts. A happy birthday wish to my son Alexander Frank on Oct, 3. You are my happy and we all love you. Enjoy your day. We are the proudest parents anyone can ask for. Enjoy your day. Congratulations on your graduation and good luck in your future. I love you real lots son. Don’t forget we are just a phone call away. Happy 19th birthday. Be safe and enjoy. Love always Mom, Dad, Mike, Rebecca and sisters Elizabeth, Susanne, and April. You are our world son. Happy 19th birthday to Uncle Happy on Oct. 3. Love ya lots uncle, from your nieces and nephews. Brendan-godson, Matthew, Raquel, Michelle Frank, Lawrence, Peter, Isaac and baby Seirra. Hugs and kisses. Happy birthday to grandson Ethan Frank Oct. 3. You were a great present for Uncle Happy. Enjoy your birthday and we love ya real lots, from Grandmother Deb and Grandpa Irv. Happy birthday to Ethan. We love ya real lots from your Aunties and Uncles, Michael, Happy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Susanne and April. Special happy birthday to our grandson Gregory Dick, Sept. 17. Hope you enjoy your day, son. We love you, from Grandpa Alec, Grandma Darl and Joseph Jr. Also to our other grandson Jori Bear on Sept. 18. Enjoy your day! Sept. 14: Special happy birthday to Christina Dick. Enjoy your day niece, love you from Uncle Alec, Auntie Darl and Joseph Jr. Special happy birthday to my sister Gail Hayes, Sept. 20. Hope you enjoy your day. Thank you for the awesome time we had during the summer. I’d do it all over again! Sis Darl. Special happy birthday to a “Special Uncle” Louie Frank Sr. Sept. 20. Hope you have an awesome day! Uncle you are always there for everyone, so let everyone cater to you on your day! From Darl. Also on Sept. 20: Happy birthday to Paul Hayes! Enjoy your day. Sept. 19: Special happy birthday to a special Auntie Vi in Ucluelet. We, I miss you at home. Hope you have an awesome day. Auntie/Grandma Vic. from Darl, Alec, Molina and gang, Curtis and family. Also, to Rebecca Atleo in Victoria, happy birthday. Hope you have an awesome day. Sept. 30: another special grandson Richie Joe Thomas Jr. Happy

birthday sunshine. Love you and enjoy your day, grandma Darl and grandpa Alec and Joseph Jr. Sept. 16: Happy 3? birthday to you. Happy birthday Bro. Another year for you. Yeah well, sure hope you had a good one. Many more to come OK? Study hard now at the college. From your sister/coz Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Sept. 16: Happy birthday to my dear sister Rose-Anne John of Port Alberni. Well sister, it’s always good to have you another year. Love from your sis Carol Mattersdorfer. Sept. 19: To my bro also Johnny (Pom-pom) John of Ahousaht, well bro, don’t work so hard OK? Happy 3? birthday. Always good to see a smile on your face when I see you. Love your sis Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Sept. 19: To a dear friend Rebecca Atleo of Victoria. Well study hard there my friend. You’re an excellent mother. Have a happy 5?th birthday OK bud. From a friend, Carol Mattersdorfer and Kurt John/Juniper and Anne at the college. Sept. 10: Hey another dear friend of Tofino, Vicki Hayes. Where are you bud? I miss you. Hope you had a good one there my friend. Many more to come. From a friend Carol Mattersdorfer and family. Sept. 20: to my dear sister Beverly McEwan. Today sister is your birthday, you are over the hill of 40 now…wow. Climbing the hills slowly heh… just kidding. You are a gift from God. You are God’s child. You have so much to offer me, and others. You have talent, ambition, love, affection, so much sister. Always know that you are special to me and always will be OK? I love you dearly. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Love always from your dearest sister Carol, nephews Nicholas, Fred, Jessica and baby Dawn and Donald, the Mattersdorfer gang oh and Samantha. Sept. 21: To my dear friend up at the college Andrea Titian of Ahousaht. The hard dedicated worker of the community. Way to go my dear friend. Always busy, busy and keep it up. Happy 38th birthday to you and many more. From a friend, Carol Mattersdorfer and family and the college students. Sept. 23: To Aunt/Grandma Vera Little. Well, just want to say to you Vera you are a very special person, as a role as a grandma/aunt. Always have time for your grandchildren and your children. Your time is very valuable. You are a gift full of surprises. You have a smile that

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makes the world shine and we appreciate you in what you always do for us. Thanks for being there for your grandson Frederick Mattersdorfer. Thanks for your values and beliefs you share with us. Happy birthday and many more to come. We love you always and forever. Love from the Mattersdorfer family. Happy birthday to auntie Cathy Thomas on Sept, 18. Well many more to come there my lovable aunt. Always good to see you! Keep smiling OK? Love from Carol Mattersdorfer, Kurt John, Colleen Clarke. Sept. 20: To my uncle Jenson Thomas

aka Bert. Well uncle have a good one and many more to come. We love you dearly and stay strong. From your nieces Carol Mattersdorfer, Colleen Clarke and Kurt John. Happy 10th birthday son Drake on Sept. 28. If I was sitting down to write a birthday card to you today, I would search my heart to find the words I’d really like to say. From the moment of your birth you’ve been the treasure of my heart. You are my son, my dearest one. The best that heaven could impart. No greater joy of my life could bring than to give my life away. For all I

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Birthdays & congratulations gave, is then to you my heart of love on your birthday. God bless you my dearest on this you’re special day. You have always been so special in all the things you’ve said and done. I am so very proud of you simply because you are my son. It’s easy to feel nostalgic about the little boy you used to be. It’s even easier to feel proud of the one you’ve become. You’re a son to be proud of. You outgrew my lap, but never my heart! Son, you bring pride to the family, joy to the heart.You are a blessing and a love forever! It is truly a gift to have a son like you who grows more precious with years! A son is:

The happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, the hope and promise of the future. Son, my pride and joy, as a friend and as a boy happy birthday Son. Love always, your mother Yvonne Murphy and father Jamie James. Sept. 6: Happy 16th birthday Keith Amos. Hope you have lots of fun. Don’t have too much fun though. From: Tasha, Paul, Dwight, Heidi, Shauntay and Warren. Sept. 7: Happy 16th birthday Brittani. Hope you have fun. Party real hard there cuz. From: Tasha, Paul, Dwight, Heidi, Shauntay and Warren. Sept: 12: Happy 31st birthday to my

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sister Dione Murphy. I hope you have great day because you deserve it but have a lot of fun. Love from your sister Yvonne Murphy and nieces Beatrice, Briana and your nephew Drake. Sept. 20: Happy 48th birthday to Mike Savey. Hope you have great day on your day cause you deserve it. Love from Mom, Yvonne, Hilary, Jimmy, Matt, Dawn, Jeff, Bomber, Samantha and all your grandchildren. Aug. 7: Happy belated birthday to my mom ‘Lenora’. Hope you have a wonderful day mom. Love from Yvonne, Dione, Bomber, Samantha, Matt, Dawn, Jeff, Hilary, Jimmy and all your grandchildren. Aug. 14: Happy belated 15th birthday to my daughter Beatrice Jack. I really hope you had a great day on this day. Love from Mom, sister Briana and brother Drake Happy belated birthday to my dad Jamie on Aug. 5. Love from your son Drake. Happy 65th birthday to auntie/nana Cecelia Titian on Oct. 1. All our love to you. So far so good hey auntie? All our love from sister Mae, Margaret, Jon, Abi, T’uuma and Lee. Happy 55th birthday to Leo S.R. Manson on Sept. 19. From Jon, Margaret and kids. Have fun papa. Happy birthday to Mom-ma SueZanne. Miss you, love you and we’ll call

you soon. From Duch, Abi, Darren and Lee. Happy birthday Sheeba Lorissa Manson, Issa. From Uncle Jon, auntie Margaret and cousins Abigail, Darren and baby Lee. Happy belated birthday to Ethan and Christina Dick on Sept.13 and 14. From John, Duch and kids. Sept. 27: Happy birthday sweetheart. Scott Hayes Dennis. Love Iona Grace Jack-Dennis. Sept. 13: Happy 1st birthday Dylan Michael Sam-Cooper. Love gramma Iona Dennis. Sept. 26: Niece Teresa Tate. Love uncle Scott Dennis. Oct. 1: Iona Grace Jack-Dennis. Love Scott Hayes Dennis. Oct. 10: Aleta Leeann Cooper. Love you always baby girl. Love mommy Iona Grace Jack-Dennis. Give baby Keshia Maureen Natasha Jones–Newborn kiss and love Gramma Iona Grace Jack-Dennis. Oct. 30: Nephew Lawrence JackLouie Happy Birthday. Love always auntie Zona. Oct. 2007 – Wayne David and Dwayne David. Love Scott and Zona Dennis. Hope you have a great birthday!

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How to be a friend, first lessons at Wood School By Caroline Thompson Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Greetings! The Wood Elementary School library is a busy place this year. Our parent volunteer Susan Addy is helping sort through old books as we replace them with new books purchased by the Parents Advisory Committee and school. Every Friday, our librarian, Mrs. Stoutley, gives away books to students in the school. Students can pick up their books at the office after school each week. The school open house was held on Sept. 12. It was an exciting event with more than 70 families attending the school to meet their children’s teachers. A slide slow of last year was shown in the library. It was a nice opportunity for me to meet more of our school’s families. The school is continuing its Virtue project this year. The word for September is friendliness. Classes learn about being a good friend and how to be friendly in school and on the

Julie Volk runs to raise funds for cancer research. playground. Classes have made “friendly feet” for hallway decorations. The school participated in the Terry Fox Run at Bob Dailey Stadium on Sept. 14. Students brought a Toonie for Terry to help raise money for cancer research.

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Keep tabs on your child’s progress in high school Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) was off and running at its usual fast pace. We have registered just over 300 First Nations students. The First Nations team had set some plans in motion over summer to make sure our students were programmed correctly. Please check with your child’s schedule to ensure it is what they need or want. Please also check to see if they have their textbooks yet. If not, please come to see Angie Miller or Doug Sam. We will help you get your books. Also if getting school supplies is a concern, we have extra supplies for this purpose. Please check with your child to see whether or not they are doing OK in the classes that they have. If not, please ask them to come and see Doug Sam or myself Angie Miller or please contact us yourself. On Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. there will be a First Nations Community Dinner in the gym. More information is to follow.

There are many ways to find out what is happening at ADSS. Student can listen to ABC News everyday at the end of block B. Check the ADSS Scene in the AV Times or check the ADSS Web site at adss.sd70.bc.ca. You can also leave your e-mail address with the school and they will communicate with you that way. There are a variety of athletic teams and clubs in the school. If your child would like to participate in a team or club, please have them come to see us as soon as possible. Contact information: Doug Sam Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker 723-6251 Ext: 293 dsam@sd70.bc.ca Angie Miller Nuu-chah-nulth Home School Coordinator 723-6251 ext: 229 amiller@sd70.bc.ca Nora Moncur

Jason Gurney is getting some help with his assignment from Alberni District Secondary School teacher Ms. Money. Vice-principal for First Nations Education 723-6251 ext: 225

Bruce Carlos: Counselor for First Nations Education 723-6251 ext: 236 bcarlos@sd70.bc.ca

Make education a priority for your children Get your children used to a routine. Getting lots of rest is very important for students. Make sure that they have proper nutrition with a healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Their minds need fuel. Make sure they are on time for school and that you encourage them to

get to classes on time. Make sure that you meet their teacher and have an idea of what they will be doing this year. Get involved with the school. Make sure that you monitor homework, encouraging and praising them along the way.

Set an example. Let your child see you reading or read with them. Play games with them that will stimulate their minds. Make sure that they have all their school supplies. Talk to your children about safety issues.

Make sure that your children have regular dental and medical check ups. Encourage your students to be physically active. Volunteer for cultural programs. Help your children to be successful by giving them the support needed to make this a great school year.

News about the new year from 8th Avenue school to you By Deb Atleo Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker It was wonderful getting back to work and seeing the students from last year and all the new students. There were smiles aplenty on the first day, but there were also many frightened little faces

of our new students. The first two to three weeks of the school year are about getting to know the new children in the school and reacquainting ourselves with the ones from last year. I’ve made home contact with some of the families, but I probably won’t get to them all. The ones that I don’t get to I will make contact through the phone.

Casual TB Clerk Port Alberni The Nuu-chah-nulth Nursing Program is seeking a Casual TB Clerk - to manage a variety of general clerical services. This position is based out of Port Alberni. Responsibilities: ♦ Enter TB 939s and a variety of clerical data into computerized client charting system ♦ Prepare labels for client medication envelopes ♦ Filing of all client-related documents in centralized filing system ♦ Prepare new client chart files ♦ Other duties as required including home care and community health nursing programs Qualifications: ♦ A minimum of a high school diploma/GED; and 2-3 years of recent secretarial or receptionist experience involving general office practice, procedures ♦ Flexible work habits; ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and priorities ♦ Experience in providing information to clients and maintaining confidentiality ♦ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others ♦ Experience working with First Nations would be considered an asset ♦ Must have a car and valid drivers licence ♦ Provide acceptable references and criminal record check For further information contact Suzanne Taylor at: (250) 724-5757. Send applications by Friday, September 28, 2007 to: S. Taylor Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Community and Human Services – Nursing Program P.O. Box 1383 Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Fax: (250) 723-5396 Email: staylor@nuuchahnulth.org

As a Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker, it is my job to support the First Nations students culturally, academically, emotionally, socially and otherwise. I work either in the classroom

setting or one on one with them in my room as directed by the teacher. I also do home contact as requested by a teacher or the principal. Continued on page

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Klecko’s - +ekoo This is one of the hardest letters I have ever had to write. Our heart is sore and I hurt from the loss of our son Vincent Aloyious Virgil Irvin Frank. He passed away July 21, 2007 and this was the hardest day of our lives. I would like to thank all the people that helped us in our time of need. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Ahousaht First Nation, Port Alberni , these communities pulled together to help our families. Best Western Tin Wis Resort, the whole team for their support. To our families for being with us in our time of sorrow. To our drivers that brought our families home, and all the people that provided our meals for us. Families that comforted my mom and dad, thank you for being there for them. All the donations that were given by friends and family. You have helped our family a great deal, and we will never forget everyone’s generosity. Your support to us means the world to each and every one of us. We are grateful to everyone for there support. This is the toughest thing in life, losing your child. We would also like to encourage the friends of our son to continue on with their sports. Son would be so proud of each and everyone. Vincent has touched their hearts. We love each and everyone. Thank you from our families, Deborah Thomas and Irvin Frank. If we have missed anyone, it was not intentional. Thank you. Sincerely, Deborah & Irvin Frank Elizabeth, Susanne, April, Michael, Alexander and Rebecca.


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Another year begins for school children By Donna Lucas NMS Interim Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Port Alberni—The 2007-08 school year has begun. Neill Middle School (NMS) was buzzing with excited new and returning students. The students have an eventful year ahead and they will need your support to ensure a successful school year. The Grade 6 students are very excited to be here and the Grade 8 students are happy to be the big kids on the block. At NMS this year we are offering a First Nations support block that is taught by Dennis Bill. He will be offering academic support and First Nations projects to the students in his class. What can you as parents, grandparents and extended family do to support your children and help them have a successful school year? One grandmother called her family to a dinner the night before school started and spoke to her grandchildren, encouraging them to do their best in school, to make sure they went to bed on time, to make sure they got up early for school. She also encouraged the parents to help their child be a successful student. Below are some suggestions that can help you and your child have a good home and school relationship. Ensure your child has a healthy breakfast before leaving for school, a snack for their recess break, and a good lunch. Be supportive: listening, encouraging

and praising are excellent motivators. Look at your child’s daytimer (every student gets one) and see what they have for homework, or see if the teacher wrote a comment in it. You can also write comments if you have to communicate with the teacher. Ask questions of your child about his or her school day. Attend open houses, potlucks and any activities your child may be involved in. These are excellent informal opportunities to meet school staff. Ask your child’s teacher questions about his or her progress. Let the teacher know if your child has a change that may affect them at school (i.e.: an illness in the family, a death in the family,

change in family structure, etc.) Call in to the school on days that your child is not going to be at school, due to illness or other situations. If you have any questions, concerns, call the school’s Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker (NEW). The NEW is a vital link between student/teacher and home/school. These are just a few ideas. Remember, communication between home and school is vital to ensure our children become responsible and successful students. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, call me at NMS at 7238151. I will be here until the regular NEW comes back.

Zucchini Day at Maquinna By Caroline Thompson Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker

Port Alberni—We had Zucchini Day here at Maquinna Elementary School on Sept. 14. The students of this school got to decorate and dress up zucchinis for this special day. One of our requests was to dress in something green and bring a zucchini to show the rest of the school. Gail Abrahamson (Grade 1 teacher) even created a zucchini song inspired by the Frere Jacque song. This is how it goes: Green zucchini, green zucchini. Watch it grow, oh so slow Weed and water, lots of sun Now our plant has just begun Zucchini... grow for me. Now you can see a zucchini You have grown on your own Eat it, bake it, decorate it Bring it to our special day Look and see our zuc-chi-ni. Zucchini fun it has be gun At our school, it’s so cool A weinee in a hot dog bun Zucchini in a bi ki ni Hip HOORAY It’s zucchini day!!

This event was inspired by the staff. Back in June of 2006, Heather Lawson (Grade 1/2 teacher) had all students plant zucchini seeds and then, in September 2006, there came the beginning of Zucchini days. Then in June of 2007, Heather had students plant zucchini seeds and now again this September, we had Zucchini Day again. It is really amazing to see so many dressed up zucchinis. It’s really awesome for the whole school to participate in this event together. The very creative zucchinis were put on display in the main hallway for the day. This gave people a chance to share zucchini recipes. Students and staff had the opportunity to bring sample dishes of zucchini recipes. Classes had the opportunity to check out other people’s zucchinis. An assembly was held near the end of the school day where there was a parade of our zucchinis and then the singing of the zucchini song. A story was shared about the life of a zucchini, which was written and read by Danika Seabrook. For the finale, Steve Brown (viceprincipal) and Brain Fetch (Grade 4/5 teacher) had a zucchini dog-eating contest. This was quite a race and ended in a tie.

New principal on board By Linda Marshall Nuu-shah-nulth Education Worker Welcome to Jennifer Auld and her family. Beginning this year, she is the principal at Ucluelet Elementary School. She was the principal at Zeballos Elementary Secondary School. She is of Métis/Mohawk descent. Jennifer worked closely with Ehattesaht and Nuchatlaht communities at her past school where she helped run parenting programs, as well as helped create provincial guidelines to recognize the study of the Nuu-chah-nulth language as a provincial language credit. Her goals for our school include,

assisting our school librarian with rearranging the library, team building and communication with First Nations and community groups and improving literacy. Ucluelet Elementary School would also like to welcome Mr. Drew Ryan the new vice-principal. Returning as the Grade 7 teacher, Mr. Ryan as held the position in the past on a temporary basis and now is full time. I will be working this year with the administration and the community to bring more Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture to the students. If you are able to share a skill or language with the students, either in the school or in the community, please let me know and I will arrange a visit.

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C o m m u n i t y&B e y o n d Sept. 24 to 28 For more information visit the CCI web site at: www.cci-icc.gc.ca/symposium/index_e.aspx. Real Estate and Commercial Development Calgary Sept. 25 Doing any project on land within a First Nation reserve presents unique challenges and opportunities. This conference assembles leading faculty with extensive experience dealing with on-reserve development. Call 1877-730-2555.

Ucluelet First Nation Community Meeting Oct. 8 Meeting will commence following the 4:30 dinner service. If you have an agenda item, contact Suzanne Williams by phone at (250) 726-7342 or by email at execsecretary@ufn.ca. Traveling to the event? Call to confirm meeting that meeting hasn’t been cancelled.

New Legacies Conference Oct. 11 – 13, 2007 An Aboriginal Business Conference that is a National Aboriginal Policing Forum 2007 tribute to Aboriginal Women Entrepreneurs will Ottawa be held at the Tigh-na-mara Resort & Spa. Sept. 27 Keynote speakers: The Baker Twins, Fara The forum will provide details about the Palmer, and more. Open to all existing and Ipperwash Inquiry and how the findings and future Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Pre-registration recommendations will affect Aboriginal required. For more info call policing in Canada. It will also deal with 1.866.444.6332/250.724.3131 or email conflict in context of Aboriginal policing; issues caledonia@nuuchahnulth.org inherent in policing remote communities, hurdles facing urban Aboriginal policing, plus Coming of Age Party issues surrounding organized crime and native Tseshaht Nov. 3 Transfer of Chief’s Position From Hiima?yiis of Hesquiaht, for Port Alberni Ahmber Barbosa and Brook-lyn George. Kla-kisht kei-iss (Simon Lucas) alongside Oct. 6 Brook-lyn’s parent (Lloyd and Claudette) The House of Homis-aht, a member of the and Ahmber’s parents (Shayne and Lynnette) Hesquiaht Nation, would like to welcome invite you to attend everyone to witness the transfer of the chief’s this celebration position to Chancellor Amos, however it is to be Nov. 3, 2007 starting held by Vic Amos for an unidentified period of at 10 a.m. at the time. Place: Athletic Hall. Start Time: 10 a.m. Maht Mahs gymnasium. Potlatch Ahousaht Nov. 11 With great advice from elder, speaker Stan Sam, mother Josephine, Uncle Nelson, brothers Bill and Corby. I have decided that we will dry our

tears Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 at Maaqtusiis new gym beginning at noon, and celebrate what my late father gave me. It was our late father’s wishes that we continue on practicing our culture and to remember that he did go full circle in a very special life that he shared will all of us. Choo, Maquinna. Conference on Addictions and Mental Health Richmond Nov. 14 to 16 Workshops include: Who cares for the Caregiver; Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors; Family Violence: Treatment of Perpetrators and Victims. Information online at www.jackhirose.com. Ucluelet First Nation Community Meeting Ucluelet Nov. 19 Meeting will commence following the 4:30 dinner service. If you have an agenda item, contact Suzanne Williams by phone at (250) 726-7342 or by email at execsecretary@ufn.ca. Members who are living away from home who plan on traveling to the meeting are asked to call ahead to ensure that the meeting is still on, as at times the UFN may have to cancel meetings due to unforeseen circumstances. Christmas Dinner Ahousaht December The Georges will be hosting the Christmas dinner in December 2007. Thank you. Lewis George Maquinna Provincial Aboriginal Youth Conference Victoria March 17 - 20, 2008 The conference is hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. The theme of the conference will be Sports, Recreation and Wellness. There will be 1,000 youth attending. 1-800-990-2432.

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Birthdays & congratulations I would like to wish Perry George a happy 41st birthday on Oct.12. Love, Rita, Dave, Jesse, Davina and Alenasue. Jennifer, our precious daughter … we will always be here for you, as a mother and father, when you need to talk to someone, we hope you’ll speak to us. When you need someone to help you, you know you can count on us. If you need someone to guide you, we hope you’ll turn to us. When you want to share your dreams and plans, please share them all with us. We will always support you as a Mother and Father and as a friend. Happy birthday to our one and only precious daughter on Oct. 8. Love always, Mom and Dad. Adam Bryce Eathan J. happy 4th birthday my handsome, spoiled lil brat. Hope you have a great day and get lots. Hopefully all four of us (your parents) are there for you son. Be a good boy now. Have fun. Love your mama

Sept. 16, 2007: I would like to congradulate my brother and his wife Becky with my new nephew Maximus George. Julie has a new baby brother to play with now. Luv, Rita, Dave, Jesse, Davina and Alenasue. Happy 3rd birthday to our handsome grandson and nephew Ethan on Oct. 3. Love you and enjoy your special day! Love always, Grandma Carol, Grandpa Willie , Uncle Trevor, Uncle Allen and Auntie Janeen.

I would like to wish my son Jesse Joseph George a happy 21st birthday on Oct. 10. Love, Mom, Dad, Davina, Alenasue, Michelle and family.

I would like to wish Jack Bulwer-Pollard a happy 19th nirthday on Oct. 13. Luv, Davina, Brooke, Rita, Dave and the family.

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Parents can drop in and be involved Continued from page 14. Culturally, I help implement programs in the classroom or sometimes the whole school. Sometimes things happen at home that affect a child’s well-being, whether it be academically or behaviorally, so we do appreciate when parents notify us of any changes. I also participate in school-based team meetings and individual education plan

meetings. I invite my 8th Ave. School parents to drop into my office at any time.

SD 70 Professional Development Day Oct. 19 NO SCHOOL

COMING EVENTS AT 8th AVE. Parent Information Exposition Monday, Oct. 1: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Echo Centre. Please come out and see what the valley has in terms of our children’s education.

School Photos Oct. 22 Parent-Teacher Interviews Oct. 22 to 25

Letters to the Editor

A special event celebrated with friends Dear Editor: John and Amelia Barney are writing this letter as a thank you to all who attended our 23rd

anniversary celebration. First we would like to thank our daughter Iris for hosting this party, for all her work cooking and decorating the

Looking for a photo Dear Editor: I’m calling out to anyone out there who may have a photo of the late Mary Ellen Paul AKA “Dimples”. If you can provide it to me I would

greatly appreciate it. Whether it be sent electronically at ms_jwebster@hotmail.com or via mail at c/o 169A Howard Avenue, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3R2

hall. Also Wally and Donna Samuel for all their help and support. To Nancy Antoine for all the help she gave my daughter. Thanks to Ray Samuel and Marie for coming all the way from Ahousaht to be with us. Thank you Odelia and Mike Gregory for traveling all the way from Victoria, and thanks to Krissy Willier for coming all the way from Nanaimo. Also thank you to Jan Green and Moy Sutherland for all your help. And a special thank you to all who

attended and shared this special evening with us. It was wonderful. It was great to be able to celebrate our 23rd anniversary with friends and family. My wife and I really appreciate everything that was done for this celebration. Also a very special thank you to the Navy League for donating the hall to us for this special event. It was greatly appreciated. Last but not least, thanks Delavina for rushing back from Victoria to be with us. If we have forgotten

Communities must respond decisively to stop abuse Dear Editor: I would like to acknowledge Bookwilla for the letter to the editor in Ha-Shilth-Sa. I’m afraid I don’t know who Bookwilla is and I apologize for that. I just want to commend him for writing the article on domestic abuse and how there needs to me some action. I agree that it has been “all talk and no action.” I find this to be very sad. Family abuse keeps being put on the back burner. What is it going to take for monies to be allocated to address the ongoing problem? Who is going to have to lose their life or be maimed for life in order to get the ball rolling? I have worked in the domestic violence field (in Seattle) for 20-plus years. I had hoped that by now things would have moved ahead in this area in the last few years, but things have not changed. Domestic

violence is still swept under the carpet. I did a couple of educational sessions in the Nuu-chah-nulth area a number of years ago. There was a need then for services and there is still a need. We don’t talk about the abuse because of shame, guilt, or fear of retaliation. We think it’s normal or we think that we are the only one going through it. We keep the secret behind closed doors. We don’t call the police for numerous reasons; they will take him to jail, he’ll beat me more when he gets out etc. So we keep quiet. We don’t heal by leaving the situation (if we are brave enough to leave at all). The abuse quite often goes on after the separation. It may not be physical anymore, but the emotional and verbal abuses are just as bad as the physical abuse.

Survivors of abuse need to learn how to live again. They have lost their self esteem. They quite often don’t have any boundaries. They need to learn how to make their own decisions. They need to learn how to recognize the red flags of a potential abuser. That’s just to name a few of the services that are needed. Healing from domestic violence is not a quick fix. It takes time to get their lives back in order. Quite often they need to learn what a healthy relationship looks like as the quite often they don’t know. For some women it has been a way of life, something we have seen all of our lives, so we think it’s normal. There needs to be support groups specifically for battered women and also batterers’ treatment programs for the perpetrators. Anger is not the issue, so anger management classes are not going to work. Alcohol

doesn’t cause the abuse, so it doesn’t work to send the perpetrator to chemical dependency classes. There also needs to be a coordinated response in the communities so that when someone is abused they don’t fall through the cracks and nothing is done to assist them. Children are also impacted by the abuse so there needs to be services for children to help them realize that they were not the cause of the abuse and that abuse is not the way to deal with anger. I want to address why we go back to our perpetrators. We go back because we quite often don’t know what else to do, where to go. He will find me anywhere I go, no money, no job, no education, fear of retaliation if I don’t go back. The reasons are numerous and all valid. For the individuals out there being abused by your significant

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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.

FOR SALE: Mac PowerBook G3 14.4” Screen, 300mhz, 8GB Hard Drive, CDRom Drive, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word & Excel + Internet Ready. Comes with Mouse & “Macintosh for Dummies” Book. $250.00 FIRM call Sherri 720-0923 or e-mail rezgirl77@hotmail.com. FOR SALE: Like new deep freezer $250.00 o.b.o. Phone Elaine 250-7231469. FOR SALE: Native Beadwork: Chokers, Anklets, Bracelets, Keychains, Earrings and also fancy Chokers, moccassin pins or earrings. E-mail me at muriel_malcolm@hotmail.com FOR SALE: Deer hides. $10.00 each. Excellent for drum making. 724-2932.

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Ahousaht (250) 670-9563 - Fax: (250) 670-9696 General Delivery Ahousaht, B.C. V0R 1A0 Ditidaht First Nation 1-888-745-3366 - Fax: (250) 745-3332 PO Box 340 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8 Ehattesaht 1-888-761-4155 - Fax: (250) 761-4156 PO Box 59 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Hesquiaht First Nation New Toll Free 1-866-670-1181 - Fax: (250) 670-1102 PO Box 2000 Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0 Hupacasath First Nation (250) 724-4041 - Fax: (250) 724-1232 PO Box 211 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Huu-ay-aht First Nation 1-250-728-3414 PO Box 70, Bamfield, BC V0R 1B0 Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ (250) 332-5259 - Fax: (250) 332-5210 General Delivery Kyuquot, B.C. V0P 1J0 Mowachaht / Muchalaht (250) 283-2015 - Fax: (250) 283-2335 Toll free - (800) 238 - 2933 PO Box 459 Gold River, B.C. V0P 1G0 Nuchatlaht First Nation (250) 332-5908 - Fax: (250) 332-5907 PO Box 40 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (250) 725-3233 - Fax: (250) 725-4233 PO Box 18 Tofino, BC. V0R 2Z0 Tseshaht First Nation Toll Free: 1-888-724-1225 - Fax: (250) 724-4385 PO Box 1218 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Uchucklesaht Tribe (250) 724-1832 - Fax: (250) 724-1806 PO Box 1118 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7 Ucluelet First Nation (250) 726-7342 Fax: (250) 726-7552 PO Box 699 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0


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In Memory of Martha Fred, October 8, 1918 – September 13, 2006 Crystal Fred, June 21, 1978 – November 27, 2006 Mom I miss you with all my heart. And I know you are watching over us. You left us in Rumbling Thunder and Lightning to rejoin with Dad. My Cee to Shining Sea you are as beautiful as a butterfly. When I see a beautiful butterfly I think of you. From Beep The Healing Let the tears begin to fall. No words could ever say it all. The pain in which your heart has felt. The sorrow in which your mind has dealt. The tears will only wash away. The heartaches of the other day. And leave your life to carry on. R.I.P. Martha and Crystal Fred By Kyla Fred

Klecko’s - +ekoo At the end of August, I had brought a couple of people to Hot Springs in my boat. Someone noticed that I had passed Ahousaht on my way up to Hot Springs, but they did not see my return to Tofino, so it had been assumed that I was lost or missing, triggering a search and rescue operation. I would like to clarify I was not lost or missing and would like to apologize for any inconvenience, miscommunication or misunderstanding this may have caused. It is also greatly appreciated the quick response the people of Ahousaht, Hot Springs, Opitsaht and Esowista displayed at the time of the search and rescue and it did not go unnoticed. It is comforting to know that Nuuchah-nulth are always ready and willing to assist in times of crisis. Again a very big thanks to all who were a part of the search and rescue. Klecko, klecko, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Martin

Angus Campbell Jr September 30, 1976 – September 6, 1993 Always remembered, always loved, always a friend. Always our family, always great laughter. Always Angus my brother, cousin forever loved. Forever missed my dear brother. Great memories forever within me. Love always Sandra, Scottie, Kylee and Stan Jr. Larry Roy Arnet July 27, 1937- September 29, 2006 Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-father and a friend to many. God looked around his garden And found an empty space: He then looked down upon this earth And saw your tired face He put his arms around you And lifted you to rest; God’s garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew that you were in pain, He knew you might never Get well upon this earth again He saw the road was getting rough And the hills were hard to climb, She closed your weary eyelids And whispered, ‘Peace be thine.’ It broke our hearts to lose you But you never went alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home. Love your wife, Cecelia Arnet, stepsons, Dennis Martin, Brian Martin, Stepdaughters, Carol Martin, Jo-Anne Martin. Your grandchildren who loved you very much! On September 29, 2007 Larry’s ashes will be spread at Bear Island, his favorite fishing spot.

Sept. 27, 2007 - Ha-Shilth-Sa - Page 19 Artists Cedar Weaver: Baseball caps, bridal floral bouquets, for sale. Traditional hats, headdresses, bracelets for trade. email whupelth_weaver@shaw.ca ARTIST: Anne M. Robinson. Cedar bark jewellry, artwork, including cedar roses, taking orders 723-4827. Authentic basket-weaving grass, picked and processed by Linda Edgar of Nitinaht, 3 corner, sharp and swamp grass and cedar bark. Please call 741-4192 in Nanaimo. Woven skirts, capes or chiefs hats and fabric shawls made to order. Phone Mary Martin 250-753-1787 Email: firewild@telus.net

James “Wihayaqa,cik” Swan Native Artist. 250-383-9779 home 250-361-7389 cell jamesswan@telus.net jfswan@finearts.uvic.ca

Gordon Dick Nuu-cchah-nnulth Art in Gold Silver & Wood. Phone 250-723-9401 e-mail: gordondick@shaw.ca

3395 4TH AVE., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y4G8 (250) 724-6831

FIRST NATIONS WILDCRAFTERS, BC: C. Anne Robinson and Keith Hunter “specializing in non timber and other value added forest products and services” 7000 "A" Pacific Rim Hwy., Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8Y3, Phone: 250-720-8907, FirstNationsWildcrafters1@shaw.ca www.FirstNationsWildcrafters.com

For Purchase FOR SALE: Carvings such as coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6’ totems, canoes made by Charlie Mickey 731-4176. Place an order my mail PO Box 73, Zeballos, BC, V0P 2A0. BASKET WEAVING FOR SALE: Grad Hat Regalia, Baskets, Weaving material, specializing in Maquinna Hat Earrings. Available to teach at conferences and workshops. Call Julie Joseph (250) 7299819. FOR SALE: Weedeater and carvings. Call Bruce 728-3414 if you’re interested. FOR SALE: 18 – 20’ boat trailer, $1500. Call Andy @ 250-723-4111 FOR SALE: 115 - Mercury/2004 OtptiMax $6900. 4 - Blade Prop/SS New for 150 or 200 Yamaha $350. 5 - Blade Prop/SS for 115 fits any motor $300. Contact Leo Jack 250-332-5301.PACIFIC BALANCE SEAL OIL your source of OMEGA 3. Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 are essential fatty acids (EFA’s) (the good



fats). Available from Faith and Richard Watts @ (250) 724-2603 (cel) 731-5795. FOR SALE: Fresh Bread, buns in Port Alberni. Call Carol Lucas 723-1922. BOOKS FOR SALE: The Whaling Indians, Legendary Hunters – $45 each. The Whaling Indians, Tales of Extraordinary Experience – $40 each. Please contact. lisagallic@shaw.ca or call me 724-4229 and leave a message. FOR SALE: Sweaters & sweatpants, blankets and baby blankets, denim handbags. Order from Doreen and Anna Dick at 250 204-2480. FOR SALE: One 471 Diesel engine with capitol gear, 2 ½ - 1 reduction in good running order. Can be seen in Ahousaht. Call Chester @ 720-9736 or 670-2587. FOR SALE: Creosote Timbers: 36’ x 13” x 14”, 23’ x 13”x14”, 41’ x 12” x 7”, 18’x12”x7” and odds and ends. Call Willy at (250) 735-072. 2 MALE PUPPIES FOR SALE: 3/4 Shih’tzu x 1/8 Maltese x 1/8 Yorkie Poo. Ready June 15 to 30. Breeding parents for sale too. NTC members get family rate. Call Jacquie at 250-670-2411.

FOR SALE: 1 ton crew cab on propane. $2500. (250) 735-0833.

Wanted WANTED TO BUY: DVD movies at $3 each. 723-1465 WANTED TO BUY: Good used running 90 HP motor with controls. Please phone Bernard at 1-250-670-1133.

WANTED: Old college study texts to be donated. Any subject, any level. Call Robin collect at (250) 726-2040. Will arrange for pick-up. WANTED: To buy house on Tseshaht Reserve. Call Jay 250-723-7772 or cel 735-2596. 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. Please return borrowed equipment. WANTED: whale teeth, whalebones, mastodon ivory and Russian blue cobalt trade beads. Lv. msg. For Steve and Elsie John at 604-833-3645 or c/o #141-720 6th St, New Westminster BC V3L3C5. WANTED: Ucluelet First Nation is looking to build a contact list for carpenters & contractors. Please send us this information by contacting us at (250)7267342 or fax (250)726-7552 attention to Housing Administrator. WANTED: House to rent for seven people in Port Alberni. Call 724-2935.

Accommodations 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 information phone 723-6511. FOR RENT: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290. NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL: Open year round! Coastal rainforest and worldclass recreation at your doorstep! For reservations and other information call 250-745-3844. TOQUART BAY CONVENIENCE STORE, CAMPGROUND & MARINA: Reservations available. Open year round. Status cigs available. 1-250- 726-8306 or 1-250-726-8349.

Services Offered

50% off all framed Native Art prints. Picture framer on site – 811 Wharf Street, Victoria, BC. Call Wichita at 250-3860507. MEETING FACILITATOR / NEGOTIATOR: Are you tired of meetings going all night long, never finishing the agenda, going around in circles? 20 years experience and proven track record. Keep your meetings on track. Call Richard Watts, Weelth-tsah @ (250) 724-2603 or (cel) 731-5795. Available any time. 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* 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. T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975. FOR HIRE:Pickup truck and driver. Need something transported or towed? Transport/move furniture, fridge, stoves, outboard motors, your boat, canoe or travel trailer towed or moved. By the km and by the hour. Call 250-724-5290. FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES: at Hupacasath Hall. Language Instructor Tat Tatoosh. Monday and Wednesday Nights. 7 pm to 9 pm. (Bring your own pen and paper). Parenting Skills for Parents and Tots. Fridays from 3 – 4 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. cuu kleco. Edward Tatoosh, Certified Linguist. TSAWAAYUUS: SHARE YOUR TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Give demonstrations and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. Mr. Martin the Magician is taking bookings for all locations. Phone 250995-2942.

Services Offered REPREZENT DESIGNS: First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Celeste Howard. Email for quotes and prices. reprezent.designs@gmail.com

Lost and Found LOST: Drum with whale painted on it. On Jan. 28 at party at Maht Mahs Gym. Call (250) 745-3483. MISSING: 2 MAQUINNA HATS from 3957 10th Ave. Port Alberni around October or November 2005. Anyone with information please call 724-2184. LOST: Gold necklace with a 1in X 1in Indian design butterfly pendant. Last seen on my niece at the Ucluelet Secondary School in March. Please call Jeannine Adams @ 670-1150 or email ballgrrl@hotmail.com. Thanks. FOUND: A shawl was left at the House of Himwitsa and has not been picked up by the owner. Please pick up your shawl at the House of Himwitsa. Lewis George, House of Himwitsa Ltd. LOST: Red Camera (720-5191). LOST - TRADITIONAL CEREMONIAL DRUMS. A pair of drums on Mother’s Day March to Stop Violence went missing. Both drums are painted with native designs. Both are of great sentimental value to both myself and my entire family. A reward for the return of both drums is being offered. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the drums do not hesitate to contact me, Nellie Joseph at 725-2388. MISSING: since October 2006. This vest was given to me for my dad’s memorial potlatch and has sentimental value. I sure would like it back. No questions asked. Phone (250) 2832618 or return to the (Mowachaht/Muchalaht) band office for pick up. Thank you. Preston Maquinna Sr. The vest was made by Sue Johnson, artist Rudy Williams.

Marine MOTOR AND PROPS FOR SALE: XL115 - Mercury/2004 Opti-Max 2 stroke. 4 - Blade SS prop for 150 or 200 Yamaha. 5 - Blade SS prop for 115 Yamaha or Mercury. Contact: Leo Jack Jr 250-3325301 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: Custom made nets (250) 923-9864. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 735-5706. 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: 48’ Fiberglass Troller. Area F license. Very reasonably priced. View at sellyourboat.ca. Phone (250) 380-3028. 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. $39,000 obo. Any offer will be considered. Call (250) 723-1496. 2 BOATS FOR SALE: 1 - 32 foot fiberglass, 180 horse Isuzu motor, radar and colour sounder. 1 - 13foot Lifetimer with 25 horse 4 stroke outboard. Serious inquiries only. Boats can be seen in Ucluelet. Phone 250-726-4620. MARINE ISUZU ENGINE MODEL 6BD, 145 HP complete with capitol marine gear, 2 ½ to 1 ratio recently overhauled engine and gear. Any serious offers will be considered. Call Louie Frank Sr @ 250.670.9573 (home) or 250.670.9563 (work).

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Haahuupa workshop opens eyes and minds By Jack F. Little Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Tseshaht–John Rampanen, one of the key organizers and a committee representative for the Naanaaniiqsii Haahuupa (Sharing the Grandparents Teachings), said he was very pleased with the turnout for the workshop held on Sept. 21 and 22 at the Haahuupayak School. The committee had invited workers in the areas of social work, health, education, infant development and early childhood development, and elder care to participate. Government representatives and other professionals were also on hand. More than 100 participants were registered in the free educational forum about Nuu-chah-nulth traditional teachings. Each of the participants was asked to be seated in a make-believe version of five houses, similar to the governance and cultural structure of Nuu-chah-nulth houses. Rampanen then asked the Grade 1 students from the Haahuupayak School to start the day with a traditional prayer. He then explained that traditionally, before any function was to begin, and even to start the day, a prayer was always said by our ancestors, our grandparents. The prayer was followed by the older students of Haahuupayak, who performed a few dances and songs for the delegation. Many of the delegates were in awe and took many pictures of the students, who were dressed in traditional regalia. “It touches my heart to see the young children passing on and especially keeping our culture alive,” said Rampanen. He then called on the T’aatnee?is Daycare to perform a few traditional songs. The dancers, both boys and girls, were between the ages of three and five. After the young dancers performed, Rampanen asked everyone to acknowledge the Haahuupayuk participants from the Grade 1 class, the older students and daycare students. The response was a great round of applause. It was evident in the performances that the grandparents’ teachings of the Nuu-

Each of the participants in the Naanaaniiqsii Haahuupa workshop was assigned to one of five houses, as would be the case with members of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. The Grade 1 students of Haahuupayak School performed a few traditional songs and dances for participants at the workshop on Sept. 21. Photos by Jack F. Little

John Rampanen chah-nulth traditions were alive in both the children’s performances and teachers who were keeping the culture alive. Rampanen explained the concept of the houses into which the delegates were organized. There was a person named to the Tyee’s position he was introduced. Rampanen explained that this person the head chief of the whole tribe. Each of the houses had a sub-chief and they were asked to stand. Next the Hakuum (chiefs’ wives) were introduced. Rampanen went through the process of identifying the speakers in each house, elders, hunters, historians, medicine men/women, runners and the muschim (house members). After a brief introduction he then explained each of their roles and the importance of their roles collectively. A brief slide show presentation was also made to the participants for further explanation of the roles and responsibilities of everyone in each of the houses, which reflected a community. The presentation included how our ancestors lived pre-contact with European society, during the initial stages of contact and then post-contact. After contact, and especially when the residential schools came into affect, the powers were taken away from our Ha’wiih (chiefs) and the whole

community. One by one individualparticipants were asked to leave their houses and sit in the bleachers. This showed physically how assimilation affected our communities. Laurie Hannah was playing the role of the Tyee Ha’wiih for this exercise. “It was an eye opening and emotional experience for me, especially learning from the past experiences, the history from first contact, the trade era, political system and the assimilation that happened,” said Hannah. She is an employee of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council working in the Family Ties, Healthy Babies Program. “This should be a basic part of the educational curriculum in the schools. The First Nation, especially the Nuuchah-nulth stories and history, needs to be told,” she said. Hannah gained a deeper appreciation of the First Nations’ culture. One of the

things she learned was the feeling of powerlessness when not being able to do what is the right thing to do. The workshop concluded with activities for families. Stories about Nuu-chah-nulth were told by elder and historian Ed Tatoosh. There were fun activities for the children, which included arts and crafts and games outdoors. Information tables were also set up by various organizations. Delegates and participants had spent an enjoyable, informative workshop and went away feeling they had gained a better understanding of Nuu-chahnulth traditional teachings. Many favorable comments were made to the planning committee on the workshop and participants’ deeper appreciation of First Nations culture. Many hope to see this happen again in the future.


The Chief’s Council, Elders and families of Tseshaht invite you to share their pride in realizing the Opening Ceremony for their new Tseshaht Administration Building. In keeping with Tseshaht Tradition, you will be fed and entertained with song and dance. You will be acknowledged with a show of appreciation for your presence and any contributions made toward the successful completion of the Administration Building. Please RSVP with the names of those attending at your earliest convenience. You may contact Coordinator Anne Robinson directly by phone at 250-720-8907, or by fax 7208981 or by email at firstnationswildcrafters1@shaw.ca


Opening Ceremony Tseshaht Administration Building Saturday, 13 October 2007 10:00 am Pacific Rim Highway and Mission Road Port Alberni