Ha-Shilth-Sa October 9, 2003

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Maa-nulth Nations sign A.I.P. By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Anacla - Surrounded by their Ha’wiih and muschum, the leaders from Huu-ayaht, Uchucklesaht, Ucluelet, Toquaht, and Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ signed a collective Agreement-inprinciple (AIP) with BC and Canada. Tyee Ha’wilth Spencer Peters (Huu-ayaht), Bert Mack (Toquaht), Lawrence Jack (Ucluelet), Francis Gillette (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’), Christina Cox (Che:k’tles7et’h’) and Chief Councillor Charlie Cootes Sr. (Uchucklesaht) signed the AIP, which will form the basis for final negotiations of a legally binding treaty.

“I feel really good today,” said Uchucklesaht Chief Councillor Charlie Cootes Sr. “We’re beginning a journey that will create economic, political, and legal certainty. We’re going to be able to own our own land and do whatever we think is economically beneficial,” he said. “I feel really good today,” said Cootes. “We’re beginning a journey that will create economic, political, and legal certainty. It gives us an opportunity to legally own some of our resources. We’re going to be able to own our own land and do whatever we think is economically beneficial,” he said. According to local regional director Jim Levis, the non-Native residents around Maa-nulth communities are also pleased with the progress. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to move forward. People want to see this done, because out here in the coastal communities we all have more in common with each other than not,” said Levis, Director for Area “A” (Bamfield) on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. “And as a business owner I only see positive things such as the development of eco-tourism opportunities, shellfish aquaculture and forestry. It’s a healthy scenario and everyone benefits,” he said. “Economic development is the forefront of the AIP with the Maa-nulth. It has been the focus they put on it,” said provincial negotiator Mark Lofthouse. “I’m extremely happy that Maa-nulth have agreed to fast-track treaty negotiations, and have attained the furthest progress within the BC treaty process,” he said. “This is the first AIP to be ratified by

multiple communities,” said federal negotiator Eric Denhoff. “It’s a major breakthrough for the treaty process and proof that the treaty process can succeed, and that the past is not irreconcilable with the present,” he said. Maa-nulth First Nations have a combined population of 1,934 people, many of whom live near Bamfield, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, and in Kyuquot Sound. They are members of the Nuuchah-nulth Tribal Council, which negotiated a draft AIP in March 2001 with the provincial and federal governments. The Maa-nulth First Nations voted in favour of the draft AIP, but it was not approved because the overall Nuu-chah-nulth membership did not support it. The Maa-nulth First Nations subsequently approached the provincial and federal governments to continue negotiations. The land component of the AIP is largely provided by BC. It includes up to 20,900 hectares of provincial Crown land and 2,105 hectares of existing Indian reserve land. The Government of Canada will contribute most of the capital transfer of $62.5 million, less any outstanding negotiation loans. The Ucluelet First Nation will receive an additional $6.25 million to purchase land from a willing seller. The AIP outlines other major components of a treaty, including rights to resources such as wildlife, fish and timber, culture and related self-government provisions. Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis, spokesperson for Maa-nulth, said “the achievement of selfgovernment under the treaty and the return of some of our traditional territories means the achievement of hope for our peoples. All of our Maanulth Nations are committed to rapid completion of the treaty, and we are already proceeding towards this. The AIP is an important point, but the real goal is the treaty.”

“This is a great start, and we’ll see if BC and Canada have the political will to take this the rest of the way,” said Cootes. “The AIP contains very little. The tough issues are still to be negotiated,” he said. BC Premier Gordon Campbell, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Robert Nault, and BCTC Commissioner Miles Richardson were

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Tyee Ha’wilth Francis Gillette (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’), Christina Cox (Che:k’tles7et’h’), Spencer Peters (Huu-ay-aht), Lawrence Jack (Ucluelet), and Bert Mack (Toquaht), signed the AIP, which will form the basis for final negotiations of a legally binding treaty. unable to fly to Bamfield to attend the ceremony due to fog, but will sign the AIP on behalf of their governments in the coming days. “This is an important milestone for us all, and I applaud the leadership and commitment of the Maa-nulth First Nations to work toward a final treaty,” said Premier Campbell. “The province committed to fast-tracking treaty negotiations to achieve fair, equitable settlements that provide greater certainty for all British Columbians. We hope this agreement will form the basis for a final treaty with the Maa-nulth First Nations that helps to improve the lives of their people and provide greater economic opportunities for all of Vancouver Island,” he said. “This AIP provides the basis for a fair and lasting treaty with the Maa-nulth people,” said Minister Nault, expressing regrets for missing the event. “It brings the Maa-nulth communities to the threshold of a new and promising era. This agreement also clearly demonstrates that we can build with Aboriginal people a new relationship based on trust, respect and co-operation.” An AIP is the fourth step in a six-step treaty negotiations process under the BC Treaty Commission and is not legally binding. The Maa-nulth Agreement-InPrinciple (AIP) forms the basis of a Final Agreement that will clearly define the rights and obligations of the Maa-nulth First Nations. “This is a great start, and we’ll see if BC and Canada have the political will to take this the rest of the way,” said Cootes. “The AIP contains very little. The tough issues

are still to be negotiated,” he said. The AIP sets out that the treaty will replace Aboriginal rights to fish with specific rights defined in the treaty. The AIP provides for the Maa-nulth First Nations and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to negotiate an agreement outside the treaty for commercial fish opportunities. These negotiations will determine annual allocations of sockeye and chinook salmon, herring, halibut, sablefish, and Dungeness crab. Commercial fish opportunities will have the same priority as regular commercial fisheries in management decisions by the Minister. “Fisheries is a big issue that we’ll have to get some major commitments from the government,” said Cootes. “We’ve been investing heavily in doing what DFO should be doing (at the Henderson Lake Hatchery). We would be looking for some serious, multi-year funding commitments outside treaty funding,” he said. “We want to have some say in aquatic management,” said George Watts, Chief Negotiator for Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’. “Sea otters are more important to the government than Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ people, and we’re not going to allow that. I don’t see a balance being sought, and there needs to be a process for mitigation,” he said.

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Ahousaht Seats its Newest Chief By Denise Ambrose, Central Region Reporter Ahousaht – Bill Keitlah Sr. and family invited friends and relatives to Ahousaht on September 27 to witness the passing of his Chieftainship to his son, Bill Keitlah Junior. Guests were served lunch at the Maaqtusiis School Gymnasium.

Bill Keitlah Sr. and family invited friends and relatives to Ahousaht on September 27 to witness the passing of his Chieftainship to his son, Bill Keitlah Junior. Following lunch the hosts were introduced and they, in turn treated their guests to the unveiling of a 150 year-old rattle belonging to the Keitlah family. It was explained the rattle was in the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria and is on loan to its rightful owner for the purpose of keeping tradition alive. Cliff Atleo Sr. revealed the rattle had been used for several generations in transferring the chieftainship from one generation to another in the Keitlah family. The newly seated Ha-wilth, Hyupinooth said the museum would return the rattle to his family when proper storage facilities are available in Ahousaht. The family went on to present a new curtain for Hyupinooth. The story behind the curtain, created by Ahousaht artist George John, was explained by elder, Stanley Sam and translated by Cliff Atleo Senior. Atleo said he needed to stress the importance of spirituality to our people when explaining the story of the curtain. “It was important to always

Cliff Atleo Sr. unveils a 150-year old rattle that has been used for several generations in transferring the chieftainship from one generation to another in the Keitlah family. spiritually prepare oneself before doing things,” he said, “especially since it is the Ha’wiih’s responsibility look after his Ha’hoolthi.” The curtain depicted various images of stories that belong to Hyupinooth’s ancestors, many of which show spiritual scenes. With that, the curtain was blessed with the sprinkling of eagle down and a chant accompanied by the ancient rattle. Dinner was served late in the evening after visitors saw some of Hyupinooth’s songs and dances, some of which have not been seen for many years. Celebrations started with the welcome dance marking Hyupinooth’s first official day as Ha’wiih. Dancing resumed after dinner with Hesquiaht performing in celebration of

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the newest Chief. Simon Lucas of Hesquiaht introduced his extended family to Hyupinooth explaining that since he is married to Lucas’s daughter, he can count on any of the extended family members for assistance in his role as Ha’wilth. “We (your family) are here always to stand by you, dear daughter,” Lucas pledged. He implored his daughter, Mamie to always support her husband, “Take care of him, keep him healthy because he has a big job taking care of the people of Ahousaht.” Lucas said he was happy to be here, on the day his daughter becomes Ha-cuum.

Dinner was served late in the evening after visitors saw some of Hyupinooth’s songs and dances, some of which have not been seen for many years. Celebrations started with the welcome dance marking Hyupinooth’s first official day as Ha’wiih. Maaqtusiis School students, led by their instructor, Betty Keitlah performed songs and dances for their new Chief in the wee hours of the morning. A grateful Chief thanked the youngsters by giving each money in recognition of their patience (they waited several hours to perform) and their skill as singers and dancers. Hyupinooth and his family performed several more songs and dances well into the following morning. Other families and First Nations were on hand to sing and dance in celebration and support of a new Chief.


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Nuu-chah-nulth Nations focus on language and unity at AGM By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Tsaxana – The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council began celebrating its 30th Anniversary at the Annual General Meeting, as Mowachaht / Muchalaht Tyee Ha’wilth Ya’thuaa (Mike Maquinna) noted in his welcoming remarks. “It was 30 years ago, in 1973, that we all came together to form this same group we have here today,” said Mike. “I welcome you into Mowachaht / Muchalaht territory, and hope we continue to have respectful and beneficial meetings,” he said.

“It was 30 years ago, in 1973, that we all came together to form this same group we have here today,” said Mike. “I welcome you into Mowachaht / Muchalaht territory, and hope we continue to have respectful and beneficial meetings,” he said. Ahousaht Elder Nelson Keitlah led the singing of the Nuu-chah-nulth song, before Mowachaht / Muchalaht Elder Jerry Jack offered the opening ciquaa. Southern Region Co-chair David Dennis gave an impassioned speech about the AGM’s theme: Tsawalk tsup tlimaksti – to be unified. Speaking on the dwindling number of Nuu-chahnulth speakers, and the fractious nature of treaty negotiations, Dennis said the theme of unity has never been so important to Nuu-chah-nulth-aht as it is today. Throughout the morning, many leaders and community members spoke on the need for unity at the tribal council and treaty table. Three microphones were set up around the Chief’s table for community members to add their voices and insights to the discussions.

Southern Region Co-chair David Dennis gave an impassioned speech about the AGM’s theme: Tsawalk tsup tlimaksti – to be unified. Dennis said the theme of unity has never been so important to Nuu-chah-nulth-aht as it is today. A PowerPoint presentation by Nene van Volsen involving dozens of photos and videos representative of all 14 Nuuchah-nulth First Nations was shown, to the delight of all assembled. With a soundtrack of “Right Here, Right Now”, the presentation focussed on three decades of Nuu-chah-nulth progresses through unity. After lunch, financial auditor Jay

Norton of DeGruchy, Norton & Co. presented his pronouncement of the clean NTC audit. Roberta Stevenson and other members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Shellfish Development Corporation came to the table to introduce members of the Board of Directors and give their PowerPoint presentation on shellfish farming in NCN territories, and answer questions about finding and infrastructure requirements. The second day began with a follow-up report by NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie, outlining motions from the 2002 NTC AGM in Ahousaht and advising of the actions taken to address them. A discussion on drug and alcohol abuse and suicide in Nuu-chah-nulth communities began, and how a collective effort is required to decrease rates of involvement. Several representatives spoke of the serious problem of crack cocaine, the destruction of families as a result, and how the violence and suicides affect everyone. Community and Health Services (CHS) Board Chairperson Helen Dick came to the table to present her report on a variety of health-related programs and services offered through the NTC. Several CHS Board Members stood to acknowledge Helen for the great job she does as CHS Board Chairperson. Tom Curley drew attention to the last issue of Ha-Shilth-Sa in which he was incorrectly identified as CHS Board Chair. Nuu-chah-nulth-aht who participated in a recent Suicide Awareness Walk across Canada to Ottawa to raise awareness about youth suicide were saluted and presented with certificates and gifts from the CHS Board. Steve Rush (Uchucklesaht), Vincent and Thomas Watts (Tseshaht), and Candice Clappis (Huu-ay-aht) were congratulated for their work spreading information about suicide prevention. “We went on this walk to show teenagers that they’re not alone, and to raise funds for suicide prevention programs,” said Clappis, adding that First Nations suicide rates are 8 times higher than the non-Native circles. “Suicide is the second highest cause of death for teenagers in FN communities in Alberta. Last year, thirty-five 10-18 year old BC First Nations teenagers took their life. These people all leave behind many survivors,” she said. “Many people are touched by and hurt by friends and family members who have committed suicide,” said Steve Rush. “We need to work together to stop the pain and hopelessness that leads to suicide,” he said. The walkers were given a standing ovation by AGM delegates, and were invited to bring their message to young members of various

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Toll Free Number 1-877-677-1131 Nuu-chah-nulth leadership have now established a toll free number to assist membership with any questions they may have regarding treaty related business.

Nuu-chah-nulth-aht who participated in a recent Suicide Awareness Walk across Canada to Ottawa, to raise awareness about youth suicide were saluted and presented with certificates and gifts from the CHS Board. Steve Rush (Uchucklesaht), Vincent and Thomas Watts (Tseshaht), and Candice Clappis (Huu-ay-aht) along with David Elliot (Cowichan) were congratulated for their work spreading information about suicide prevention. NCN communities. CHS Senior Manager Simon Read advised delegates of the impending closure of the Nuu-chah-nulth Residential School Healing Project. “The Aboriginal Healing Foundation has committed all of its $350 million budget, so there is no more funding available for the continuation of the project at this point,” said Read. Leaders voted to lobby the federal government for ongoing funding for the NCN Healing Project. During the lunchbreak, a video by the Tseshaht Beautification Coalition was shown. The video, dealing with the topic of spousal abuse and its effect on families, received much praise from Nuu-chah-nulth leaders and people in attendance. Hupacasath’s George Hamilton (Wahmeesh) came to the table along with Ahousaht’s Cliff Atleo Sr. to propose the idea of a Nuu-chah-nulth middle school in the Alberni Valley. Currently, HahoPayuk is the only Nuuchah-nulth-aht school in the Alberni area, and the only school that teaches the Nuu-chah-nulth language as part of its curriculum. Children begin to learn their language from the age of six until they are twelve, then they leave to middle school where Nuu-chah-nulth language programs are no longer available. The Nuu-chah-nulth middle school would allow that learning to continue, so language and cultural teachings would not be lost so easily. And with many schools closing in the Alberni area over the past year, there is space available. “My children went to HahoPayuk School to gain knowledge in something I’ve always wanted to learn; our language,” said Hamilton. “But since my daughter left HahoPayuk for middle school, she struggles to say even basic phrases. This would be a way of addressing this,” he said. “Hupacasath has only four fluent speakers left, and there are no replacement parts.” Numerous leaders spoke in favour of the idea, directing Hamilton to pursue the idea as long as it did not affect current funding levels for Nuu-chahnulth schools in Malachan, Tsahaheh, and Maaqtusis. Under the current guidelines, project proponents have until October 31st to

available Alberni area school buildings. According to Hamilton, there are six other applications before the board for the Mt. Klitsa building, which he is most interested in because it is the newest of the available facilities, and because of its proximity to the First Nation communities of Tsahaheh and Ahaswinis, and the City of Port Alberni.

“My children went to HahoPayuk School to gain knowledge in something I’ve always wanted to learn; our language,” said Hamilton. “But since my daughter left HahoPayuk for middle school, she struggles to say even basic phrases. This would be a way of addressing this,” he said. “Hupacasath has only four fluent speakers left, and there are no replacement parts.” A motion was made to advise the federal and provincial governments that there is only one Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty Table and if other NCN Nations want to negotiate separately, they follow due process and file a letter of intent with the BC Treaty Commission. Doug Kelly gave a brief report on the NTC Transition Committee, saying an actual report will be forthcoming. The meeting ended at 7:30 pm after the motions of the past two days were voted on. Next year’s NTC AGM will be in Tseshaht territory at Maht Mahs, and will feature a business-oriented theme.

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BCTC backs Maa-nulth By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Anacla - British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) co-chair Jack Weisgerber says he and his colleagues “will do everything possible to assist the Maa-nulth Nations as they pursue a final agreement”. The BCTC has drawn the ire of many First Nations at the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council treaty table for allowing Maa-nulth to “subvert their own BCTC process”.

British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) co-chair Jack Weisgerber says he and his colleagues “will do everything possible to assist the Maa-nulth Nations as they pursue a final agreement”. Many First Nations leaders have voiced their concern that the Maa-nulth did not follow proper procedures when they negotiated their A.I.P. while still attached to the NTC Treaty Table. Critics argued that Maa-nulth should have formally broken away from the NTC Treaty Table by filing their own statement of intent and framework agreement as Hupacasath did when they formally broke away. “We are legislated to support the treaty process and we’re quite satisfied that our relationship with Maa-nulth is both appropriate and legitimate,” said Weisgerber. The Treaty Commission is praising the Maa-nulth First Nation’s Agreement-inprinciple (AIP) and other important breakthroughs and agreements in treaty negotiations, but emphasizes the parties face significant challenges as many of the most difficult issues remain to be negotiated. “Treaties are within reach,” said Chief Commissioner Miles Richardson in releasing the Treaty Commission’s 10th annual report. “After 10 years of effort we are beginning to make real progress. Success, however, depends on our next steps.”

Last year the Treaty Commission reported that negotiations, after much disruption and delay, had resumed. This year, five treaty tables have achieved significant progress and several more have set out aggressive work plans to achieve agreements in principle in 2004. The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Maa-nulth First Nations now have agreement in principles in place. Sliammon, Snuneymuxw and Tsawwassen must still decide whether the agreements in principle recommended by their negotiators will form the basis for treaties. The Treaty Commission notes in its report that while these agreements in principle are an important milestone, the details for governance, certainty, compensation, cooperative management, and revenue sharing remain to be negotiated. In 2001 the Treaty Commission undertook a review of the treaty process and made recommendations for change. In 2002, those recommendations were the subject of high level talks among the parties in negotiations. “We are encouraged by the results that have been achieved this year and remain positive about the opportunities for continued progress in negotiations. There are now a series of options that negotiators can consider to conclude treaties,” said Richardson. In its report, the Treaty Commission says that success depends on the parties’ willingness to address outstanding issues and, in addressing them, respect and adhere to their fundamental commitments as set out in the BC Claims Task Force Report. This report also includes an article outlining the business case for treaties, which includes numerous examples of evolving joint ventures among First Nations and BC businesses. The article is part of the Treaty Commission’s work over the next several months to identify and quantify the compelling economic benefits of treaties to British Columbia. The Annual Report 2003 is available at www.bctreaty.net or by calling 604482-9200 or 1 800 665 8330 to request a copy.

FAMILY LOSES EVERYTHING IN HOUSE FIRE The Moreno family has lost everything they owned in a house fire on September 30, 2003. Jeanette Moreno (nee Cox) is the granddaughter of Allan Dick. She lives in Nanaimo with her husband Juan and their 4 children (3 boys) ages 7, 5 & 2 and 1 daughter age 4. If you have anything you can donate such as clothing, bedding, etc. it would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please feel free to phone 720-6769, 720-3409. We can pick up, or you can drop off at 1037 Omoah Place, Port Alberni.

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Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty Planning Postponed again due to tragedy By Denise Ambrose, Central Region Reporter Tofino – Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) Treaty planners were greeted with sad news at Tin Wis on October 2nd that ultimately forced a second postponement of the planning meetings. A young Ucluelet man, Donny Touchie, passed away in a car accident a couple of days earlier. Delegates observed a moment of silence in Touchie’s memory after the opening prayer by Elder, Stanley Sam. Tla-o-qui-aht Chief, Bruce Frank welcomed the people on behalf of his nation. He said they met with the Touchie family the night before in keeping with Nuu-chah-nulth protocol.

Donny, he explained, worked at Tin Wis for eight years and was accepted as a part of Tla-o-qui-aht (TFN). He informed the table that TFN would assist the Touchie family in taking him to his final resting place. “The family requested things come to a halt, and TFN as host nation, request that the meeting be rescheduled,” he asked, adding that the funeral would be taking place in this very meeting room tomorrow. The next NCN Treaty Planning meeting has been rescheduled for October 20 - 21. Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation invites all Nuu-chah-nulth-aht on that day for a meal and show that Toquaht and TFN have come to a resolution on their boundary.

Luna might be moved Gold River - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Minister Robert G. Thibault said his department is ready to move forward with the relocation of the young killer whale known as L98 or Luna. To protect public safety, the one tonne mammal will be moved from Nootka Sound to Juan de Fuca Strait on the west coast of Vancouver Island with the hope of giving this whale the opportunity to re-unite with its pod. “We are pleased to announce that details of the reintroduction plan have been finalized and we are moving forward in the interest of public safety,” said Minister Thibault. “L98’s increasing interactions with people and boats are putting the public and the whale at risk. Leaving him in Nootka Sound is no longer an option. Our goal is to do what is best for Luna and his pod, while protecting the public.” A panel of Canadian and US scientific experts have assessed various options to deal with this situation. It has advised DFO that L98 may cease his interactions with boats and people if given the opportunity to reunite with his pod. The Panel has acknowledged that the probability of success is unknown. Contingency plans for the capture and captive placement, or other permanent means of dealing with L98, must be developed to protect the public if reunification fails and the whale becomes a threat to public safety in this new location. DFO will now accept scientific licence applications from groups that can demonstrate the financial capacity and expertise to carry out a reintroduction program. A scientific licence will be issued to the group that submits a proposal that can satisfy all of the requirements outlined by DFO, based on advice from the scientific panel. The role

of the third party will include translocation, monitoring and stewardship, and implementation of the contingency plan if re-introduction fails. Because of last year’s successful reunification of Springer with her pod, DFO is optimistic that Luna will also reunite with his group, the Southern Resident L-pod. However, the department explained that L98’s situation is quite different from that of Springer, and pointed out he may not reunite successfully. L98 is a solitary killer whale that has been frequenting the waters of Nootka Sound, at the mouth of the Gold River, since the spring of 2001. The four-yearold whale is a member of the southern resident L-pod, and its mother is known to be alive. Because L-98’s pod swims in both Canadian and American waters, DFO is currently consulting with the US National Fisheries Service (NMFS), and working with an international scientific panel of experts to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that risks to the whale and public are mitigated. While it is hoped that Luna will reunite with his family group, known as the Lpod, the likelihood of re-unification is not assured. There are many risks associated with this kind of operation. If it fails, DFO may need to consider other options, including captivity or other permanent means, of dealing with Luna. DFO’s priority is the protection of the public and the whale. A DFO website has been established to provide the public with updates on L98 and the planning process for relocation. For more information please visit: w w w . c o m m . p a c . d f o mpo.gc.ca/pages/MarineMammals/l98_ e.htm


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Hupacasath unveils Land Use Plan By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Ahaswinis - The Hupacasath Nation unveiled their new Land Use Plan last week in front of more than 50 people from area governments and corporations. The 68-page land use plan book, and numerous large maps were produced over the past year through a $75,000 Department of Indian and Northern Affairs grant, and detail every resource and activity in the Alberni area. The Hupacasath First Nation claims one of the largest territories on Vancouver Island, and their 242,000 hectares (934 square miles) includes overlaps with Tseshaht, Ucluelet and Uchucklesaht First Nations.

The Hupacasath First Nation claims one of the largest territories on Vancouver Island, and their 242,000 hectares (934 square miles) includes overlaps with Tseshaht, Ucluelet and Uchucklesaht First Nations. Hupacasath’s hahoulthee claims the City of Port Alberni as well as the headwaters of the Ash and Elsie river systems in the northwest, east to the height of land on the Beaufort Range and then southeast to Mount Arrowsmith to Labour Day Lake and the Cameron river system. The claimed southeast boundary includes the China Creek, Franklin River, and Corrigan Creek areas and the north part of the Coleman Creek area. The claimed southern boundary follows Alberni Inlet to Handy Creek then northwest to follow the height of land between Henderson Lake and Nahmint Lake. The claimed western boundary includes the headwaters of Sproat and Central lake areas. Hupacasath also claims all sea resources within the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, and offshore, but they recognize that other First Nations utilized these waters to exercise their rights and title and the Hupacasath are not claiming exclusive rights to these offshore areas. The Hupacasath also recognize that other First Nations have exclusive rights to parts of these areas and will use protocol in asking permission before any harvesting of resources is done in these areas.

“We have to guard our resources to make sure there are trees and fish left for our future generations,” said Hupacasath Councillor Pete Tatoosh. “Our use of these resources goes back thousands of years, but we’ve been left out of planning for the last 150 years,” he said. “We have become increasingly concerned about the integrity of our territory and our ability to continue exercising our rights with the current management in place,” said Chief Councillor Judy Sayers. “We have therefore developed a Land Use Plan that sets out how our territory must be managed,” she said. “The Hupacasath First Nation Land Use Plan is an essential tool in the governance and proper management of our territory by the Hupacasath peoples.” “We have to guard our resources to make sure there are trees and fish left for our future generations,” said

Hupacasath Councillor Pete Tatoosh. “Our use of these resources goes back thousands of years, but we’ve been left out of planning for the last 150 years. This is our way of re-establishing our role in the local resource management and the resource-based economy,” he said. The Hupacasath are an amalgamation of tribes including the Muuhulthaht, Klehkoot and Ahahswinis people. The main villages were at Stamp Falls and at the end of Great Central Lake and at yaaquis or Prarie Farm on the east side of the Somass River, and had smaller villages at many other locations. Currently, there are about 230 Hupacasath members, with almost half living on-reserve. Hupacasath estimates that more than 62 million cubic metres of wood, worth an estimated $23.6 billion has been taken out of their territories in the past 60 years. Millions of dollars worth of fish, wildlife and plant species have also been harvested from Hupacasath territories in the past few decades. “It’s a huge territory with huge stewardship responsibilities,” said Sayers. “We as Hupacasath people draw our strength from all the things that live in our territory and they make us who we are,” she said. “Through this plan we intend to make sure our rights are protected.” “If another First Nation has a sacred site in our territory we’ll respect that,” said Sayers. “This is a territory we’ve always claimed and will continue to claim,” she said. “We don’t want to alienate other First Nations, we’re just saying that this is how we want things to be managed in the area and we’ll take this plan to the different industries, governments, and First Nations in the area and develop protocols.”

Hupacasath Elders Edward ‘Tat’ Tatoosh and Jessie Hamilton look over one of the many Hupacasath Land Use maps But according to Tseshaht Chief Councillor Dave Watts. “I don’t know what’s in the Land Use Plan because we weren’t invited to the announcement and we haven’t been provided with a copy of it,” said Watts.

Hupacasath estimates that more than 62 million cubic metres of wood, worth an estimated $23.6 billion has been taken out of their territories in the past 60 years. Millions of dollars worth of fish, wildlife and plant species have also been harvested from Hupacasath territories in the past few decades. “It’s a real concern to us because we’re not sure about the intention of this thing. It’s clear to us what we own in this region, so if our lands are included

then this Land Use Plan will have no strength,” he said, adding that his Nation is also developing a land use plan. “This Plan is a new perspective on how things can be done, and an instrument to get people talking about the responsible management of resources,” said Hupacasath Ha’wilth Hugh Watts. “It’s not perfect. It’s a stepping stone, and it’s something every group in the area needs to do so we can all work together to create a comprehensive land use plan for the betterment of the Alberni Valley,” he said.

Copies of the 68-page Land Use Plan are available through the Hupacasath office for $30, or a synopsis can be downloaded from their website at www.hupacasath.ca

Hupacasath singers celebrate the unveiling of the Land Use Plan


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Sports - @im-c^ap-mis Opitsaht Slo-pitch Tournament Opitsaht Slo-pitch Tournament, September 19, 20, 21, 2003 I, Andrew David and the rest of the Opitsaht Slo-pitch team would like to thank all the local companies and all the individuals that supported us for our first tournament in Tofino. Just to lest you all know that everything turned out really well and organized and I know we couldn’t have done this by ourselves, so our thanks goes out to all the donations that were given to the tournament. Creative Salmon, Tofino Co-op, Rod’s Power & Marine, Jamies’ Whaling Station, Naachaks & Sea Trek, North Sea Products, Weigh West, Crab Apple Floral, Long Beach Surf Shop Ltd., Deb’s Hair Boutique, Vi Hanson’s Place TV, Jasper Frank & family, Mike David, Wayne Curley, Thomas George & family, Sister Anita & Sister Laura, Peter & Marlene Williams. Also I would like to thank Debbie David for the donation of $250.00 to pay for our youth to participate in this slo-pitch tournament. These are the results of the tournament: • $1 500.00 First Place – Port Alberni Steelers • $750.00 Second Place – Ravens • $500.00 Third Place – Pacific Sands • $250.00 Fourth Place – Wild Cats Female All Stars: • Anna Jack – Port Alberni Steelers • Kim Lyons – Port Alberni Steelers • Robbie Lee – Ravens • Becky – Pacific Sands

• Corinne George – Wild Cats Male All Stars: • Dan – Port Alberni Steelers • Denny – Port Alberni Steelers • Dennis Blackbird – Ravens • Dave “Freak” – Pacific Sands • Nathan Botting – Wild Cats Female MVP: Anna Jack – Port Alberni Steelers Male MVP: Dan – Port Alberni Steelers Special thanks to all the scorekeepers: Vickie Amos, Catherine Frank, Carol Martin, Grace George, Cindy Dennis, Alice Curley, and Hazel Curley. Special thanks to all the umpires: Francis Frank, James Frank, Andrew Jackson, Stan Mickey, Alfred Dick, Larry Tom, Thomas George, Darryl Blackbird, Brian Curley, Tim Tom, Keith Johnson, Joe Curley Jr., and Eric Russher. Special thanks to Karen and Dale Pierce for letting us store our concession stuff in their garage over the weekend as this saved a lot of time from bringing back and forth to the field and thank you to Gail Botting for making the potato salad as it was very good. Thank you to my uncle Steve Frank for driving me to Ucluelet to shop for our concession and to Francis Amos for letting us use your barbeque. Thank you to uncle Francis Frank for setting up the schedule for the round robin and the single round knock out games. If there was anyone that we didn’t mention for the thank you’s it was not intentionally done as we appreciated all the help we did receive as we couldn’t have done this without all your help and all the generous donations and hopefully to see you all next year. Andrew David & Opitsaht Team.

Whale Rider comes to Port Alberni In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation for more than 1000 years, a male heir born to the Chief succeeds to the title. The time is now. The Chief’s eldest son, Porourangi, fathers twins - a boy and a girl. But the boy and his mother die in childbirth. The surviving girl is named Pai. Grief-stricken, her father leaves her to be raised by her grandparents. Koro, her grandfather who is the Chief, refuses to acknowledge Pai as the inheritor of the tradition and claims she is of no use to him. But her grandmother, Flowers, sees more than a broken line, she sees a child in desperate need of love. And Koro learns to love the child. When Pai’s father, Porourangi, now a feted international artist, returns home after twelve years, Koro hopes everything is resolved and Porourangi

He is certain that through a gruelling process of teaching the ancient chants, tribal lore and warrior techniques, the future leader of their tribe will be revealed to him. Meanwhile, deep within the ocean, a massive herd of whales is responding, drawn towards Pai and their twin destinies. When the whales become stranded on the beach, Koro is sure this signals an apocalyptic end to his tribe. Until one person prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the people. The Whale Rider. Whale Rider will be shown in Port Alberni at the Paramount Theatre for one night only - Wednesday, October 15th, 7pm - as part of Film Fest Port Alberni. Advance tickets are available from the Alberni Valley Museum (7202523) or Rollin Art Centre (724-3412). Tickets are also available at the door.

will to accept destiny and become his successor. But Porourangi has no intention of becoming Chief. He has moved away from his people both physically and emotionally. After a bitter argument with Koro he leaves, suggesting to Pai that she come with him. She starts the journey but quickly returns, claiming her grandfather needs her. Koro is blinded by prejudice and even Flowers cannot convince him that Pai is the natural heir. The old Chief is convinced that the tribe’s misfortunes began at Pai’s birth and calls for his people to bring their 12-year-old boys to him for training.

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Tla-o-qui-aht Oral History Survives Test of Time 200 Years Later By Denise Ambrose, Central Region Reporter Tofino – A crab fisherman hauls his gear aboard near Tofino one late spring day when it gets snagged up on something below. Perturbed at the thought of losing the expensive tools of his livelihood, he hires a local veteran diver, Rod Palm to retrieve his property. When Palm surveys the ocean floor his excitement is piqued, the gear is snagged on what appears to be a partially buried anchor. For more than 30 years Palm has been intrigued with the mystery of the whereabouts of the trading ship the Tonquin, which was seized by natives somewhere on the coast of Vancouver Island in 1811.

The Tonquin, an American furtrading vessel, was in Clayoquot or Nootka Sound in 1811. Its Captain, Jonathan Thorn was a ‘cantankerous’ man with little regard for the well being of others, argued with a chief over the price of furs. Thorn insulted the Chief and his people by striking him in the face. Warriors returned the next day to attack the crew. Thorn was killed in the onslaught and the ship was blown up, killing both crewmembers and ‘Natives’. The anchor was brought to the surface in late July and was found to be one characteristically similar to anchors of the period. Additionally, a portion of the anchor was coated in mud encrusted with blue glass trading beads from the late 1700’s. Palm and Tla-o-qui-aht member, Joe Martin believe strongly that this is the final resting place of the Tonquin. They hope to confirm this through more exploration of the site. An Internet search on the Tonquin reveals the ship was indeed on the coast of Vancouver Island on 1811. While those stories, all written by non-Nuuchah-nulth, vary in many ways, they all agree on these things: The Tonquin, an American fur-trading vessel, was in Clayoquot or Nootka Sound in 1811. Its Captain, Jonathan Thorn was a ‘cantankerous’ man with little regard for the well being of others, argued with a chief over the price of furs. Thorn insulted the Chief and his people by striking him in the face. Warriors returned the next day to attack the crew. Thorn was killed in the onslaught and the ship was blown up, killing both crewmembers and ‘Natives’.

Nearly 200 years later, the sting of that slap can still be felt across generations as Joe Martin retells the story that has been handed down through the centuries to him and his family. “I guess we need to start the story 19 years earlier,” says Martin, “When Robert Gray burned Opitsaht (Tla-o-qui-aht village on Meares Island) down.” Gray was another American explorer/fur trader who, documents show, was in Clayoquot Sound in 1792 aboard the Columbia Rediva. “Gray wintered in Lemmen’s Inlet and built a sail boat there,” Martin continued. Afraid of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Gray took advantage of the fact that they left for the outside beaches to harvest foods during calm spring and summer weather. He bombed and burned the abandoned village of Opitsaht destroying houses, poles and canoes. While no documentation could be found about the burning of Opitsaht, records confirm Martin’s story that Gray ‘started building the 45-foot sloop Adventure, which had been transported disassembled in the hold of the Columbia Rediva,’ while he was in Nuuchah-nulth territory. Additionally, Martin’s brother Carl says some artifacts were found in Opitsaht in 1984 when the community was digging trenches for a new waterline. “We found an old deadeye (used in sail rigging) at Echachis, and another part of the sail rigging and a cannon ball at Opitsaht,” he said. The brothers say Tla-o-qui-aht is the only Nation that has an oral history of the events and some evidence they believe prove the Tonquin is near their shores. Joe Martin went on to say that even nineteen years later, the people never forgot what the American, Captain Gray, did to their village. He told of the confrontation over fur pricing between Captain Thorn and Chief Nuuk-mis. Using guns as measuring devices, the Americans demanded a greater stack of pelts for their wares than Nuuk-mis thought was fair. Losing his temper, Thorn struck the Chief in the face, and in one written account, threw him overboard. Martin, a direct descendent of Nuukmis, says his late father Robert Martin Senior, was the last to use the name ‘Nuuk-mis’. “The young boys of the village in 1792 were now grown men who returned the next day and took the ship, they didn’t forget how they were treated,” said Martin. During the attack most of the crew were killed and, even though some escaped in rowboats, they too were tracked down and killed. Martin says he is told that one

An archival drawing of the attack on the Tonquin

Rod Palm studies the Tonquin anchor with Ivy, Carl, and Joe Martin and down the coast. He eventually crewmember spoke Chinook, a language established his trading post in Astoria, used up and down the coast by fur Oregon on the Columbia River. trading Nations. The man, he said, The Martin brothers are fighting to overheard what was about to happen and keep the anchor and any other artifacts jumped overboard before the onslaught. that may be uncovered in their Martin says it was this man that was traditional territory. “We maintain that taken captive by the Tla-o-qui-aht for all artifacts associated with the Tonquin two years before he was released to a belong to our Ha’wiih as the spoils of passing ship and returned to Astoria, war. There was no treaty with anybody Oregon. “Through him the Americans at the time and our Ha’wiih had total learned of what happened to the crew of control over their Ha’hoolthi,” claims the Tonquin.” Joe Martin. He explained that a crewmember He went on to say they want to make escaped to the stern where tons of certain it is the Tonquin by excavating gunpowder was stored. He lit the the area to expose the bow. “If there is powder blowing away the stern of the a bust of a man as a figurehead then we ship and killing anywhere from 60 to know it’s the Tonquin,” he says. After 190 people from both sides of the battle. that they hope to leave the site intact as Martin attests that the ship, having been a memorial to the lives lost there, all reinforced with copper, floated for a lives. while, the main anchor having been cut The Martin brothers along with Rod and the spare lying on the deck. Palm formed the Tonquin Foundation. Tla-o-qui-aht survivors, he said, Once registered, the foundation will attempted to tow the remains of the ship solicit members. Their goal is to form a ashore in order to remove pelts, tools Cultural Maritime Heritage Centre and other valuables but the ship sunk where people may learn about local along the way. The late Edith Simon, a Tla-o-qui-aht elder spoke with Rod Palm history from both Non-Native and Native perspectives. “There is a prior about the story more than thirty years (pre-contact) history here that needs to ago, telling him where the boat went be understood. Our Chiefs were in down. The anchor, says Martin is in the complete control and even though there very location she pointed out. is still no treaty in place, we became Joe says you can tell this is the anchor brainwashed by the Indian Act,” Martin that was resting on deck by the way the complained. ring was set. An anchor not being used Current participants of the Tonquin has its ring set in the upright position Foundation are exploring ways in which and one being used has the ring set at an to explore the site of the anchor-resting angle. This anchor’s ring was set place economically. They also hope to upright. Martin says further there are no protect artifacts from other interest accounts of any other ships that may groups seeking to claim or remove have sunk in the area at the time. artifacts from the area. Further, he says about 100 small, round beads were recovered from the mud on the anchor. These beads were made in China and were spun glass beads used for trading at the time. Similar beads have been found at Echachis. Carl Martin says the anchor and the story of the Tonquin is ‘a part of our history that goes back to contact’. “All boats that were attacked up and down the coast of Vancouver Island and even Queen Charlotte Island and the British Columbia Mainland were American,” he said after citing the names of several ships that met with similar fates. What does that say about the Americans at that time? His answer: Arrogant. Joe Martin says the taking of this boat may very well have turned the tide of history. “If Tla-o-qui-aht hadn’t taken the Tonquin this part of the world could Ivy Martin and her father Carl very well have become part of the examine some of the blue beads United States,” he believes. John Jacob Astor, a wealthy American and owner of that were found attached to the the Tonquin, challenged the British and anchor's fluke. Russians for trading rights by staking Photos by David W. Griffiths claims and establishing trading posts up


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Maa-nulth A.I.P. ... continued from page 1 Once a treaty is concluded, Maanulth First Nation hunters can harvest wildlife and migratory birds for domestic purposes within a defined harvest area that will include treaty and non-treaty land. The treaty will clarify the First Nations’ rights, jurisdiction and responsibilities with respect to wildlife, migratory birds and their habitats. It also confirms the authority of provincial and federal ministers to manage these resources. More than 200 people gathered in the House of Huu-ay-aht on Friday, October 3rd for the signing ceremony. After the grand entrance of Maa-nulth Ha’wiih (Chiefs), Huu-ay-aht’s Ben Nookemus offered an opening prayer,

Robert Dennis Jr. said a prayer chant, and a welcome dance was performed by Huu-ay-aht singers and dancers. “Early explorers who visited this area all commented in their journals on the power of Tlii-shin in looking after his people and his territory. Tliishin (Spencer Peters) has never lost that power,” said Dennis Sr. “This is the home stretch. We have a challenge so let’s meet that challenge and get on with the show,” he said as the crowd rose to cheer as the final signatures were etched on the AIP. The Maa-nulth Nations now begin negotiations towards a final agreement, which negotiators from all sides hope can be voted on in one or two years.

Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor and Maa-nulth spokesperson Robert Dennis Sr. speaks on the importance of Ha’wiih, as his Huu-ay-aht Ha’wiih gather around him.

Tyee Ha’wiih Francis Gillette (Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’)and Christina Cox (Che:k’tles7et’h’) add their signatures to the Maa-nulth A.I.P.

Provincial negotiator Mark Lofthouse (left) and BCTC co-chair Jack Weisgerber (right) watch as federal negotiator Eric Denhoff is shown where to sign by Trudy Warner (standing).

Hupacasath powers Port Alberni By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Ahaswinis - The Hupacasath First Nation will be powering many homes in the Alberni Valley by 2005 through a micro-hydro project on China Creek, and powering the local economy with the Eagle Rock Aggregates Quarry set to open in 2004. The environmentally-friendly microhydro project will provide 5.6 megawatts of power to the Vancouver Island power grid, generating revue for Hupacasath and project partners. “It falls in line with our economic vision for sustainable development, and green energy is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” said Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judy Sayers. The Hupacasath project is one of 16 projects throughout the province, one of four on Vancouver Island, and is part of the largest purchases of green energy in B.C.’s history, providing about $800 million in private-sector investment and an additional 1,800 gigawatt hours per year to meet the energy needs of British Columbians said Premier Gordon Campbell and BC Hydro chair and CEO Larry Bell. “This is a significant step in our plan to work with independent power producers and develop 50 per cent of our new power supplies from clean energy sources,” Campbell said. “These projects will be financed with new private sector investment that will create 800 to 1,000 construction jobs across the province, and enough electricity to meet the needs of 180,000 homes.” Sixteen projects will be going forward in communities across B.C., including Hope, Boston Bar, Castlegar, Revelstoke, Stewart, Port Alberni, Gold River, Holberg, Zeballos, Squamish, Mount Currie, Sechelt, Delta, and Chilliwack. Hupacasath’s China Creek Hydro Project south of Port Alberni will provide 25 gigawatt hours/year. In Gold River, the Cypress Creek Hydroelectric Project will generate 11 gigawatt hours/year, and the Ucona River Hydro Project will contribute 125 gigawatt hours/year. Also in the Northern Region, the Zeballos Lake Hydro Project will be

generating 93 gigawatt hours/year. “It’s a small project but it’s a start for us,” said Sayers. “It’s a training ground for us that will provide revenue and around 20 construction jobs and a few permanent positions,” she said.

The Hupacasath First Nation will be powering many homes in the Alberni Valley by 2005 through a micro-hydro project on China Creek, and powering the local economy with the Eagle Rock Aggregates Quarry set to open in 2004. Seventy project proposals were submitted to BC Hydro last December. Thirty projects were short-listed, and their developers were invited to submit a bid to the call for tenders phase of the process. Sixteen IPPs tendered bids, which were adjusted to reflect various costs and benefits to BC Hydro associated with the project. All of these bids have been accepted and the IPPs will be offered 10- to 20-year contracts. The next step in this process is the environmental and fisheries impact assessments, and the signing of the electricity purchase agreements, which will happen by mid-November. All projects must be operational by Sept. 30, 2006. In other good news, Hupacasath also received confirmation from the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines their environmental assessment for the Eagle Rock aggregate quarry project has been accepted and a mines permit has been issued. “Our permitting in BC is finalized, so it’s a go,” said Sayers, who is a director of Eagle Rock aggregates along with representatives from the Ucluelet First Nation and Polaris Minerals. “Now we’re working on our California permitting which will take some time, then we’ll have to get a waste act permit once we actually get operational later next year,” she said. “It’s really exciting to be diversifying our economy through this green-energy project, the aggregates project, tourism, forestry, and the many other options we’re exploring.”

Hupacasath Chief Councillor Judy Sayers speaks about recent developments

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Much Music Visits Tofino By Denise Ambrose, Central Region Reporter Tofino- Trailers, lights, cameras, bustling production crews and actors; that was the scene on the Tofino Government dock on September 19 as Much Music arrived to film their production about Canadian youth. Friday is already the busiest day of the week for the government dock with people arriving from Hot Springs Cove, Ahousaht and Opitsaht eager to cash their pay cheques in Tofino. For some unknown reason, the production crew chose this day to film the beginning of their story about a young couple’s love. People arriving in water taxis were forced to meander through cables, filming equipment and very near the actual set where the actors filmed the opening scene. Trucks delivering freight

waited in line on the steep hill above the dock, unable to access the freight boats. Cars arrived to pick up passengers from the boats, their drivers oblivious to the chaos on the dock. Needless to say, traffic was a mess but it was all over by 1:00 p.m., much to the relief of the commuters. A spokesman for the production who identified himself only as Casey says the production will feature a young Canadian couple leaving Tofino by floatplane. Along the way they split up on their way to the Much Music Awards. The young man chases his love across Canada and they ‘accidentally’ end up in Newfoundland. He said he is pleased that the production starts in the ‘real’ Tofino using Tofino area extras. The production should be complete before winter and may be released early next year.

First Voices finds funding Victoria - First Voices, a First Nations Internet-based archive recording the province's rapidly disappearing aboriginal languages, was given almost a million-dollar boost by Heritage Minister Sheila Copps. The First Peoples' Cultural Foundation will receive $774,000, and will use that money to archive 200 proper nouns and 2,000 conversational phrases for up to 15 aboriginal language groups. "If you want to create a strong world, you have to have diversity in all of its aspects," Ms. Copps said. "If we don't manage to save these languages they are going to be extinct within one generation." There are more than 6,000 aboriginal languages around the world. More than half are endangered. About one language is lost every two weeks globally, according to Simon Robinson, executive director of the cultural foundation. In Canada alone, there are more than 50

indigenous languages, of which 32 are in B.C. There is an urgent need to document those languages while enough fluent speaking elders are still alive, Mr. Robinson said. Those native languages embody the deep history of First Nations people, their stories and connection to the land. "What is it to be human and not understand how we relate to the Earth," he said.

The first language families to be archived include the Haida, Tsimshian, Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, Interior Salish and Ktunaxa. Ms. Copps said she hopes staying connected to their heritage will instill in children a sense of pride and selfesteem. The first language families to be archived include the Haida, Tsimshian,

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First Nations fight for Hospital Submitted Port Alberni - In the bright noon day sun more that 3000 people gathered outside Alberni MLA Gillian Trumper’s Office to display their anger about the cutbacks to services at the West Coast General Hospital (WCGH). Chief Hugh Watts added his voice to the more than 20 community leaders angry at plans to reduce hospital services The Nuu-Chah-Nulth communities contributed more than $40,000 for the construction of this hospital. “We expected that this would benefit us and not be shipped off to the Nanaimo Hospital”, said Hugh. He concluded by saying, “the West Coast General Hospital is for the people of the West

Coast, the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people are ‘West Coast People’”. Speaking on behalf of the Huu-ay-aht Nation, Robert Dennis added his voice of opposition to the cutbacks to the WCGH. Robert Dennis stated that “our Bamfield community members are more than 3 hrs from Nanaimo”. “The loss of hospital service in Port Alberni, not only means higher overall health costs but seriously jeopardizes our health”, Robert said. “We can’t allow the reduction of local hospital services or sit back and watch the WCGH reduced to the status of a “band aid station’”. Robert later added “we need to see more Nuu-Chah-Nulth leadership speaking out on this important community issue that affect us all”.

NUUCHAHNULTH WEAVING EXHIBIT Tin Wis Resort, Tofino,BC Friday, October 24th, 6 - 9:30 pm Saturday, October 25th, 10 am - 9 pm This gathering of Nuuchahnulthaht weavers is an opportunity for weavers to sell and promote their fine skill of weaving. On Saturday prior to the opening of the Exhibit Kathrine Robinson will give a presentation to weavers, on sales and marketing. Come and see the fine weaving from our Nuuchahnutlhaht weavers. Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, Interior Salish and Ktunaxa. Within those categories are languages such as Nisga'a and Gitxsan, which is under the Tsimshian family.

First Voices is an on-line resource, the brainchild of Peter Brand and John Elliott, that will archive the language database using text, sound, images and video.

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Introducing Daisy Edwards Nuu-chah-nulth Residential School Healing Project

Northern Region Support Worker

“It feels like just yesterday I was a teenager running around Friendly Cove, talking with Elders who spoke only Nuu-chah-nulth,” said Hesquiaht Elder Simon Lucas. “Now, I’m 64 and we’re on the verge of losing our language. We’ve drifted quite a ways,” he said. “We never thought we would lose so much in such a short time.”

Elders concerned over language By David Wiwchar Southern Region Reporter Tsaxana – Twenty years ago, a pair of German linguistic anthropologists came to Nuu-chah-nulth territories to study the language. In their final report to the tribal council, they warned that the end of the language was near, and unless great efforts were taken to rescue it, it would die within a few decades.

20 years ago, a pair of German linguists came to study the NCN language. In their final report to the tribal council, they warned that the end of the language was near, and unless great efforts were taken to rescue it, it would die within a few decades. “We didn’t believe them because there were quite a few Elders around who were very fluent,” said Ahousaht Elder and former Central Region Co-chair Nelson Keitlah. “We didn’t believe them, but today we can see that end,” he said at a cultural gathering at the Wahmeesh Community Centre. Nelson and Richard Watts were saluted as outgoing co-chairmen at a dinner following the first day of the NTC Annual General Meeting (AGM). Nelson, along with Elders Simon Lucas and Jerry Jack, spoke on the plight of the Nuu-chah-nulth language, and some of the things that need to be done to save it.

“It feels like just yesterday I was a teenager running around Friendly Cove, talking with Elders who spoke only Nuu-chah-nulth,” said Hesquiaht Elder Simon Lucas. “Now, I’m 64 and we’re on the verge of losing our language. We’ve drifted quite a ways,” he said. “We never thought we would lose so much in such a short time.” “Language is the most important thing to any culture on this planet,” said Keitlah. “I’m concerned and dismayed about where we are. I’m as concerned about tomorrow as anyone else,” he said. “I’m optimistic about us as a people however, but the work to save our language has to start at home,” he said. Keitlah and Lucas, along with the late Teddy Watts, Cliff Hamilton, Phillip Louie, Andrew Callicum, George Watts, and Lillian Howard were saluted as builders of the Tribal Council. Current NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie was also saluted for her hard work and dedication to the work and principles of the tribal council. All honourees were given carvings by Eugene Amos.

Keitlah and Lucas, along with the late Teddy Watts, Cliff Hamilton, Phillip Louie, Andrew Callicum, George Watts, and Lillian Howard were saluted as builders of the Tribal Council. Current NTC Executive Director Florence Wylie was also saluted for her hard work and dedication.

Hello, Family, Friends, and Community Members: Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Daisy Edwards, formally Daisy Sam, from Uchucklesaht and Huuay-aht. My family, from my Mom, Louisa Sam’s side, are the Dennis’ from Bamfield, and from my Father, Bill Sam, are the Sam’s, Points, and Cootes’ from Kildonnan. I currently reside in the Snaw-naw-as community with my daughter, Lara, her partner Jim, my grandson Jordon, my son Aaron, and my foster son Aaron, and my partner Gideon Smith. I am honoured to say, I have been hired by the Nuu-chah-nulth Community and Human Services Healing Project as of September, 25, 2003, as a temporary fill in for Qwii n’a t?ay (Tanya Michael), while she is recovering from her accident. My family and I wish her a speedy recovery and send her prayers and well wishes. It has been my good fortune to have contact with Tanya, when she visits friends and family in Snaw-naw-as community. My role as a support worker is to; provide support to families and communities which facilitate healing; promote cultural awareness; maintain contact with community resources; provide information and mediation services for residential school survivors; identify cultural and professional training needs; and liaise with other Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council programs. I will be stationed in Gold River, responsible to provide services to the Northern Region communities of; Ehattesaht, Kyuquot, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, and Nuchatlaht. My background includes an eight-year stay at the Alberni Indian Residential School, and the rest of my youth was spent in foster care in Port Alberni. Some of you may know my Foster Mother, Marguerite Heine. She also raised my four brothers, Alex, Martin, Port Alberni Hwy. to Nanaimo

Dennis, and Charlie. I maintain a wonderful relationship with her. I also have two sisters, Judy and Neena. Unfortunately, very recently my sister Judy passed on, however, I wish to thank God for small mercies because during this tragedy I was able to reconnect with many of my relatives from whom I have been disconnected for many years. Like many people I was a victim of isolation and separation from family and community as a result of residential school. However, I’m happy to say the residential school system did not have the power to completely eradicate the bond of my family. My formal education includes human services training in drug and alcohol addictions, family violence, suicide prevention, sexual abuse training, child and family services, and social services. I also have recently completed a Social Work degree through the University of Victoria. I’m excited and look forward to sharing this time with people from the Northern Region communities, promoting healing from one of the most devastating events in our lives. I hope to see you soon when I begin introducing myself to as many of you as possible on an individual basis. With respect from Daisy Edwards

Blackhawk Autobody Marcel Dorward (Ahousaht FN) Will beat any written estimate.

4681 Dundalk Ave. South (Behind Sherwood’s Auto) in Port Alberni. Pager: 720-0155 You are invited to a

PUBLIC INFORMATION FORUM on the proposed WCVI experimental goose barnacle fishery § § § §

Past & current issues in the goose barnacle fishery Outline of work to date in developing a new fishery What’s proposed for Fall 2003 Your questions… Wednesday October 15th, 2003 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Rainforest Interpretive Centre, Tofino BC (the big yellow building at 4th and Main)

Sponsored by the West Coast Vancouver Island Aquatic Management Board. For more information, call Andrew Day at 250-720-6815 or Gerry Schreiber at 726-7040.


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25 Years Ago in Ha-Shilth-Sa Vol.5 No.4

September 19, 1978

7th Annual All-Native Olympiad in Victoria

Healing Project Team Members (L-R): Top Row: Ray Seitcher, Levi Martin, Philip Lucas, Shawn Sinclair. Front Row: Josephine Johnston, Vina Robinson, Jody Olsson, Michael McCarthy, Clorissa Croteau, Carol Clutesi, Ivan Wells, Mary Martin

Healing Project News In September, the Regional and Urban staff gathered to plan the final year of the Nuu-chah-nulth (Residential School) Healing Project, the Year of Empowerment. We will begin to prepare the Tribes and Urban centres to continue. Empowerment means to listen and validate the losses our people have endured and trust we can and will carry our ancestors respect. We are still here, 7707 strong. Some still speak our language, some still practise prayer and preparation, some still practise weaving, carving, drawing, some still practise feeding people, some still practise teaching, some still practise storytelling, some still practise singing, some still practise drumming, some still practise making drums, making paddles, making cedar graduation caps. We live in the new millennium and still practise being Nuu-chah-nulth. Empowerment means we want you to recognize your strengths. We use the canoe as a symbol of the way we work together, paddling together. Each time a new member comes aboard, the canoe slows down and invites the newest member by giving them a paddle or tools. Our planning forecast started with Gerry Oleman, an experienced Facilitator on residential school history, healing, thriving and celebration. He assisted each paddler to listen to what our strengths and weakness are. We then used that

information to plan the eleven months ahead. Oleman says, “Start now, start a healing journey and don’t think about how long it will take. Healing is a journey, not a destination.” Of the original staff, two have remained constant—Ray Seitcher and Vina Robinson. Happy Birthday to Ray for September 18th. We regrouped, brainstormed, reviewed, and scheduled in weekly activity reports, monthly and quarterly reports, team and quarterly meetings, regional conferences, main conference, and the finale in August. The next step is to ask for input from the people: membership on-reserve and offreserve, the Band contacts, the Chief and Council, the Ha-wiiah. The clientcentred approach means we can offer you information and we are at the ready to go with your agenda and balance that out with traditional culture, language, healing, and celebration. The Healing Project can provide ideas on who to contact and phone numbers, trauma program information, resource materials, and ceremonies. Oleman has resource material available. I have a book and video in the office: Walking the Healing Road book (103 pages) and A Century of Genocide video (18 minutes). Orders may be directed to Carol Clutesi Cuu, Huup kwis t’a ?aqs Healing Project Coordinator

SCOTT HALL LAWYER WORKS FOR PEOPLE WHO WERE STUDENTS AT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO SCOTT, PHONE FREE 1-800-435-6625 ANY TIME Clip & Save

Told by Tom Sa:ya:ch’apis, William, Dick La:maho:s, Captain Bill and Tyee Bob Prepared by Edward Sapir, Morris Swadesh, Alexander Thomas, John Thomas, and Frank Williams Edited by Eugene Arima, Terry Klokeid and Katherine Robinson These “Tales of Extraordinary Experience” detail encounters with spirit-beings and other supernatural occurrences, as related by the Nuuchah-nulth of Vancouver Island’s west coast. The tales were recorded primarily in the area of Port Alberni between 1910 and 1923 by the famous linguist Edward Sapir-and by his chief interpreter, Alexander Thomas. They comprise Part 10 of a much greater twelve-part collection of Native accounts known as the “Sapir-Thomas Nootka Texts.”

On sale for $40.00 For more information, please contact:

Tseshaht Treaty Office 5000 Mission Road Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 7M1 Ph: 724-4229, Fax: 724-4245 Toll Free: 1-866-724-4229 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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

Contact List

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

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

NUU CHAH NULTH HEALING PROJECT

Healing Project hosts open house The Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Vancouver Office hosted an Open House Celebration on Friday, October 3, for our new office location. Carol Clutesi, Project Coordinator, and Peggy Hill opened the celebration with a prayer, followed by a welcome by Carol. Nuu-chah-nulth singers were scheduled to perform, however, were stranded on the Island due to fog, or as Carol would say they were “out of the mist”. Presentations were made to the following organizations: UNN for all their support in the new office setup; Indian Residential School Survivors Society for taking us under their wing when we first started the Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Urban program in Vancouver and for all the support their staff have given us through the years; Vancouver Residential School Project for sharing their space with us for the past two years and to Ida Mills for all her support; Vancouver Aboriginal Centre for accommodating us for the past four years, a special thank you to

(l-r) Peggy Hill, Carol Clutesi, Sharon Thira at Vancouver open house celebration. Carol Starr for all her support. To bring a little piece of home out the Urban members, a drum was presented to the NCN Healing Project Vancouver Urban office from the NCN Healing Project. The new Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Vancouver Urban Office is located at: 106 – 23 West Pender Street

Call out for Victoria and Duncan Residents

Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project

If you wish to be contacted about NCN Healing Projects events please come by our office or call in and leave your number so I can keep you posted about events.This is going to be the best exciting year call now and leave me your phone number.Victoria NCN Healing Project Office Call Between 9:00—4:00

TRADITIONAL TEACHINGS WORKSHOP Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Laichwiltach Family Life Association 441 4th Street, Campbell River, B.C.

REGISTER AT NCNHP URBAN OFFICE VICTORIA 853 Fisgard St FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER Michael J. McCarthy, 250-413-7303 TEACH MIS UKQIN ALL THAT NASS HAS PROVIDED US TO LEAD A FULFILLING LIFE

Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project SUPPORT GROUP

Coffee, tea and lunch provided. For more information contact: Shawn Sinclair 753-8567 (Office) or 616-3674 (Cell)

RELEASE FROM NEGATIVITY WORKSHOP Thursday, October 23, 2003 NCN Healing Project Urban Office 204 – 96 Cavan St. Nanaimo, B.C. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Residential School Healing Project Office Every second Monday - 6:00-9:00 pm Vancouver Friendship Centre, Elder’s Room

Contact: NCN HP Staff Vina Robinson 240-731-6271 or Shawn Sinclair 753-8567 or 616-3674

We meet Monday twice a month at the Vancouver Friendship Centre. Open to all Nuu- chah -nulth First Nations interested in finding support, and creating a stronger community. Different topics every meeting.

RELEASE FROM NEGATIVITY WORKSHOP Monday, October 27, 2003 Laichwiltach Family Life Association 441 4th Street, Campbell River, B.C.

FOR MORE INFO CALL Jody Olsson @ 604-254-9972 or 604-312-6539

NCN Healing Project Upcoming Events EVENT DATE LOCATION nd Vancouver Support Group 2 & last Monday Vancouver AFC Meeting 6 pm – 9 pm 1607 E. Hastings St. nd Women’s Support Group 2 & Last Thurs/ea.month VAFC Meeting 6 pm – 9 pm 1607 E. Hastings St. nd Support Group Mtg 2 & last Tues. of each month St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 228 S. Dogwood St., Campbell River Cultural Night Last Thurs of ea. month Nanaimo, 204 – 96 Cavan St. Storytelling, Language, 7 pm Singing, Dancing, Crafts, etc. nd Support Group Meeting Every 2 & Last Monday, 6-8 pm Victoria, 853 Fisgard St. Support Group Mtg last Thursday of each month, 6-8 pm Duncan Native Friendship Center, 205 – 5462 Trans Canada Highway For more information contact Nuu-chah-nulth Healing Project Staff: Vina Robinson @250-731-6271, Michael McCarthy @ 250-413-7303 or 604-3126539, Shawn Sinclair @ 250-616-3674.

Chaa-Maak-Sap Family Trauma Program 2003 Session Dates Kakawis Trauma Program Sept. 29 to Oct. 10, 2003 Oct. 13 to Oct. 24, 2003

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Hawii - Hereditary Chiefs Youth Program

“EMPOWER YOURSELF” 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This Workshop will help individuals gain a better understanding of how lateral violence is destroying our communities. Outcome: to better understand and learn: * What lateral violence is * How to change and improve our communities *Create hope for further generations. Contact: NCN HP Staff Vina Robinson 240-731-6271 or Shawn Sinclair 753-8567 or 616-3674

Natural Health with Dr. Bovee October 16, NCN Healing Project Office - Victoria Everyone Welcome - Fall Informational - 6:00 – 8:00pm REGISTER AT NCN HP URBAN OFFICE VICTORIA, 853 FISGARD STREET FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER MICHAEL J. McCARTHY (250) 413-7303 Vina Robinson (250) 753-8567, (250) 731-6271 This all informational you will learn about: Naturopathic medicine, Botanical medicne, Lifestyle counselling, Nutrition This is an interactive informative night. TEACH MIS UKQIN - ALL THAT N’AAS HAS PROVIDED US TO LEAD A FULFILLING LIFE.

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


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How to Apply for SA Benefits By Nene Van Volsen Social Development Coordinator

Steps to Applying for Social Assistance: * Applicant attends SA office and completes an application. * Applicants for SA must attend the office of the reserve on which the applicant is residing. * Application must be made using the proper NCHS form * Clients with children must provide tax information regarding their Child Tax

Benefits

What you should know about the Application Process * The application is a legal procedure * The application form is a legal document * And that the applicant must sign a consent for the Administering Authority / SDW to confirm other possible sources of income received by the applicant and spouse

The Applicant Must:

Declare, apply for and inform the Administrating Authority / SDW of any other benefit, entitlement, settlement or payment which they may be entitled to. Other benefits include but are not limited to; Employment Insurance Benefits, Worker’s Compensation, Education Allowance, ICBC, Employment Earnings, Child Tax Benefits, Family Maintenance

Who Is Eligible for Social Assistance Benefits?

Clients who are 19 years or older & meet all of the following criteria are eligible for SA: 1) Reside on reserve for a minimum of 2 weeks at the time of application; 2) Are the head of the household; 3) Demonstrate a need (i.e.: hardship) for assistance in providing basic food, shelter and clothing requirements for a household.

The Application Process

* First time applicants must provide appropriate identity documents for themselves and, if applicable, their dependents, and prove that the person(s) meet minimum age requirements on discretion of the Administering Authority. * Applicants that have children and are separated, divorced or deserted by spouse must apply for Family Maintenance benefits through the courts. * A person who turns 19 years of age during the course of the school year, and who remains in school, may be considered a dependent until completion of the school term, at the discretion of the Administering Authority (if they’re not receiving an education allowance). * A family member may no longer be defined as a member of a household due to off- reserve confinement in a prison, or stay in a long-term care facility that extends more than two weeks. * A person under 19 years of age, who is regularly employed and is not in school full time, shall not be considered a member of a household for the

purposes of calculating SA benefits. * Applicants living in isolated, semiisolated, remote or semi-remote communities may be eligible to receive additional funds or benefits, from the tribal SA program, to compensate for increased costs of living associated with remoteness. Each First nation will have their own policy on how they disperse the “Isolation Allowance”. The NTC Community & Human Services Social Assistance Policy & Procedure Manual

Applicants who meet any of the following criteria are not eligible for SA benefits: 1) Healthy, employable, able-bodied persons between the ages of 19 - 55 years of age who do not seek employment or accept available suitable employment, education or training. 2) Persons who quit work, except with just cause 3) Persons who are discharged from their job because of lack of compliance with reasonable job requirements (i.e.: not showing up for work). 4) Persons who do not apply for Employment Insurance benefits, or who are disqualified for such benefits because of failure to comply with the program requirements established by the Employment Insurance Commission. 5) Persons who are in benefit of unforeseen fortune or substantial monetary gain 6) Persons who do not submit their Monthly Renewal Forms as required 7) And persons whose monthly income or assets are in excess of allowable eligibility according to the policy n this manual. Persons who meet criteria 2, 3, or 4 are not eligible for SA benefits for a 30-day period from the last day of work, although they may be eligible for hardship funds.

Checklist This checklist is a tool for Social Assistance Clients to use to ensure they understand what is required in order to process their Social Assistance application. Social Development Workers have a responsibility to inform clients of required documentation and Clients have a responsibility to be involved in the process of establishing eligibility.

Ongoing Support

Applications will be reviewed and updated at the beginning of each fiscal year by the Administering Authority / SDW. This is called an Annual Review. A new application form must be completed and placed on the client’s file in the following instances: 1. Upon re-application for assistance or 2. When the client has been off SA for two consecutive months; or, 3. Significant change to situation In order to continue receiving SA benefits, a client must fulfill all the following responsibilities: * Be willing to take vocational, academic or life skills training that could lead to permanent employment * Use benefits primarily for the purposes of food, clothing and shelter. * Complete and submit Monthly Renewal Forms by the date required by the First Nation Social Development Program * Declare any changes in income, marital status, or other circumstances that may affect eligibility for SA benefits, which may include providing a copy of a separation agreement. * Continue to demonstrate an ongoing need for benefits. * Live in the community from which they are receiving benefits for at least 20 days of each calendar month. * Clients who have children and are separated, divorced or have been deserted by their spouse MUST apply for family maintenance benefits through the courts.

Social Assistance

DID YOU KNOW? Incentive Benefits are used to encourage participation in unpaid community work or training programs. These benefits may be issued to clients up to 64 years old for encourage participation in unpaid community work or training programs such as: o Adult Basic Education o Community Clean Ups o Super Host Training o Catering help for community events An Incentive Benefit Contract MUST be completed & signed PRIOR to an Incentive Benefit being issued. What would you like to see next issue? Please send ideas or success stories to nenevv@nuuchahnulth.org

Ninayaks-ha “A community welcome for First Nations Babies!” Thursday, October 23, 2003 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Knee waas House, 3435 –4th Avenue Port Alberni Friendship Centre “A joint project of NTC Community Health Nursing NTC Healing Project & PAFC. Everyone Welcome! For more information contact: Delevina Lawrence @ 723-8281

PRE-NATAL DROP IN With Liz Thomsen Every Monday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm Knee waas House, 3435 4th Avenue, Port Alberni Friendship Centre For more info, please contact: Delavina @ 723-8281

IMMUNIZATION With Liz Thomsen Thursday October 9th & 16th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm Knee waas House, 3435 4th Avenue, Port Alberni Friendship Centre For more info, please contact: Delavina @ 723-8281

HEALTH EDUCATION DROP-IN With Liz Thomsen Every Thursday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm Knee waas House, 3435 4th Avenue, Port Alberni Friendship Centre Topics: Oct 9 - Open Discussion Oct 16 - Taking Care of Yourself For more info, please contact: Delavina @ 723-8281

ELIGIBILITY WILL BE DETERMINED ON THE BASIS OF VERIFIED INFORMATION. Check the box beside the documents you will have to bring to an appointment with your First Nations Social Development Worker: 1. Information regarding prior employment * Employment Insurance (EI) – proof of application * Record of Employment * EI / Parental Leave within the previous 3 to 5 years 2. Job search/related documents: * Current Resume * Medical Letter / Proof of Illness or Injury 3. Identification (ID): Adults to submit two pieces of ID, along with a valid social insurance card. One of two pieces must be a valid picture ID from the options listed below. * Social insurance card (All adults in the household must provide a SIN card) * BC Identification card * Driver’s license * Passport * Citizenship card/papers and Immigration Documents (IMM 1000) * Birth certificate * BC medical card * Native status/treaty/membership card 4. Income and Assets: * Most recent pay stubs (including holiday pay) * Employment Insurance stubs * Income Tax Notice of Assessment or confirmation that taxes have not been filed * Pension stubs * ICBC; WCB; stubs, claim # and contact name * CPP stubs * Bank Statements * All financial records (RRSP’s Trust Funds, Bonds, Treaty Dollars) * Separation agreements / Divorce Decrees * Court Documents / Maintenance / Support Agreements * Self-employment financial records * Landing slips * Child Tax / Family Bonus Statements * Student Allowance Information 5. Shelter and Proof of Residence All shelter costs are paid on “actuals” only If you are a renter * Current rent receipt; rental or lease agreement * Recent Utility bills (hydro, phone, fuel) If you are a home owner * Mortgage documents * House Insurance Documents * Recent Utility bills (hydro, phone, fuel) Please note other documents specific to your circumstances may be required.


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Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Congratulations

A birthday wish for our very special sister who will be turning a big 2-3 on Sept. 25! We would like to dedicate these two poems to you… Always a sister… someone who cares for you and about you, someone whose help you value, concern you appreciate, love you depend on. Always a friend… someone to laugh with and share things with, someone you can count on to help you out, back you up, and never let you down. Jolene you are a beautiful young native woman with a vibrant personality. You have so many hopes and dreams, we wish you all the success in the future. Love always your sisters Lisa & Marcina and your big bro, Les Joe. xox Very Happy birthday to: Auntie Luxy-Oct.3rd, our nephew PhilipOct4th, Gram-Martha Fred-Oct 8th, Karen Mack-Oct 9th, Deion James-Oct 9th, my bro. Aaron-Oct 12th. Best Wishes to All! Lotsa Luv Jerilynn, Warren and Kyle Erickson. A very Happy 85th Birthday for a great mother Martha (Madeline, Marie McDuck chuckle-chuckle) Fred for Oct. 8th. Love from Anita, Waatse & family. Also for Oct. 12th a very happy 34th Birthday to Douglas Aaron Dean Watts. Love Mom & Dad. Happy birthday to my son Kyle Louie on Oct. 8 and a happy birthday my bro Errol Sam on Oct. 11 you old sock you, Mike Titian on the 22, Greg Titian on the 15 gee you two are getting old. From Ira Sam, Tracy, Kyle, Cathy and Matthias. Happy Birthday to Peter on Oct 2, Happy Birthday to Phil on Oct.4, Happy birthday to Rody on Oct 6, Happy Birthday to Gloria on Oct.7, Happy Birthday to Bev on Oct.8, Happy Birthday to OUR MUMMA on Oct.9 and a Happy Anniversary to Grandpa Pete and Grandma Jerry Joe as well, Happy Birthday to Sue Cook on Oct.17. With all our luv hope you all enjoy your special days! From: Lisa, Mike, Marv J.R.,Violet and Marvin SR. Happy Birthday Doug on Sept. 13. Love Lisa, Michael, Marvin, Violet, Samara & Baby, Ang & family, John & family, Darius & Katelyn and all your sisters and brothers. Happy Birthday to our nephew, my godson Donovan Williams October 3, enjoy your day “Sir” Love always Auntie Gena, Larry, And Family Happy Birthday to our brother Coburn Webster October 6, enjoy your day “SON” we love you always your Sister Gena, Larry, Eugene, Randi, Warren, and Larry Jr Happy Birthday to our Auntie Lil, October 18, Have a good day, Love you alwasy Gena, Larry and Family Happy Birthday to a very special Niece Jenna Webster October 24, and also to a special nephew Edward Lucas October 25, enjoy your day kids, From Gena, Larry, and Family Happy Birthday to Charity Mack,

Niecie pie Hola...17 yrs old October 31, Enjoy your day Charity have a good year in Nanaimo we are thinkin of you there. From Auntie Gena, Larry, and Family. Happy 50th Birthday to Ralph Amos on October 12th, your a great husband, an amazing father, and the sweetest grandpa. We’re always here for you, the way you are for us, hope your have a great one. Huggs and Kisses. Love Bernie, Sylvia, Deanna and Monica, Chris and Athena. We would like to wish our brother/uncle Steven Titian a happy birthday on October 16. Hope you have a good one. From Mike, Cica & kids. Happy Birthday to special friend Lyse Frank on October 16. Fro Cica, Mike & kids. Happy birthday to our dad/grampa Lloyd Billy Senior on October 22. Love you dad, have a great day. Miss you. Love Cica, Mike & grandchildren. Happy Birthday to Michael Anthony Titian Senior on October 22. I will always love you sweetheart. Don’t let anyone ruin your day. Love always, your future wife Cica M. John. Happy birthday to our dad Michael Anthony Titian Senior on October 22. Have a great day, dad, we love you forever. From your children Michelle, Erica, Michael jr., Ellen, Carla, Joseph, Darienne Titian. Kathy Mark, hello my friend. Where are you? We miss you. hi Lyle and son Thomas. You all phone sometime. My number is 250-670-2572. Miss you all. Take care. From your friends in Ahousaht..Cica, Mike, Mike jr., Ellen, Carla, Joseph and Darienne. Happy Birthday Cecelia Titian on October 2. Have lotsa fun! fr. Denise. Happy 16th birthday Cynthia Manson. Have a great day October 9th. Happy 10th birthday Sabrina Williams Frank. Have an awesome day October 21st. From Sandy, Stan, Alonzo, Kylee, and Jr. Wedding Announcement: Joe Campbell (late Cheryl Swan Campbell) Anita Campbell announce the marriage of their daughter Sandra Campbell to Stanley Sam, son of Qaamina Edward Sam and Ruth Sam. Take place Ahousaht, Maaqtusiis Gym, November 8th, 2003, Saturday. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Happy Anniversary Adelene & Dennis, September 30, 1988 – 2003 What winter brings Is there a way I can tell you how much I love you? Is there a way I can show you how much you mean to me? I hate to be a part from you. I love to see you walk through the door. How the hours drag when we are apart. How they fly by when we’re together. If I’m sad you know how to make me smile. If I’m cold you give me warmth. If I’m angry you know how to calm me. If I’m tired you hold me till I sleep. I’m so proud to walk hand in hand with such a man as you. How we seem to suffer in the summer because we’re too hot to hold each other very long. How winter brings us close together again. After fifteen year we can still look to each other with so much love and pride. Happy 15th my love. Love your wife Adelene

Congratulations to Tina Sam, Geoff Gus on the birth of their Daughter, Born September 23, 2003, weighing 7lbs 1oz – Haven Bryn Gus. Thank you both for the beautiful Granddaughter. Big hugs and kisses from Jerzy, Thank you mom and dad for my little sister. Love from Mom and Jerzy. October 12 – Happy Birthday to our dear sister Sheryl. Love your Brothers and Sisters Jimmy, Bellrena, Gloria and Vince. October 12 – Happy Birthday to our dear friend Aaron Watts. Love your friends McKay Family. October 17 – Happy Birthday to our dear Brother Jimmy. Love your Sisters and Bro. Bellrena, Sheryl, Gloria and Vince. October 1 – Happy Birthday to Aunty Bonnie Mack from Andrew and Karen. October 12 – Happy Birthday to my sistier-in-law Sheryl McKay from Karen and Andrew and kids. October 16 – Happy 19thBirthday to my eldest Nephew CHRISTOPHER DARRYL TATE. Love you! Oh my god, you’re of age now! Have fun, be safe. Love from Aunty Karen and Uncle Andrew and cousins. October 15 – Happy Birthday to my Aunty Hazel George in Ukee. Love from Karen. Celebration of Life will be embraced By Mr. and Mrs. John O. Frank Sr. for the adoption of Stephanie Frank. Vera Little, Elizabeth Little and Sam Parker for the adoption of Timothy Little. Come and take this opportunity to come and witness the celebration of life. The Frank and Little family are joining together on October 25, 2003. Their happiness and joy, of their adoption for the young lady Stephanie and Timothy Little. October 25, 5 pm at the new gym in Ahousaht. Come on out and see the dance, the great joy and happiness of witnessing the due. This is an open invitation.

Happy 16th Birthday Ian Duncan October 19th Ian is a full-time goaltender playing in Campbell River. He’s been playing hockey since age 7 and has been a goalie since age 10. Have a great day, Ian. Love from Mom and Dad. Mary Sam-Duncan and John Duncan, MP, sisters Natalie and Adrienne, Mike Edison and cousin, Scotti Sam. Happy 3rd birthday to Daral Dedrick Dion Campbell, over in Ahousat on Oct. 30. I miss you, little man. Enjoy all the chocolate cake and Halloween candies. Have a good day. Love Shauntay and Janey Thomas. Happy Birthday to Lyse Pearl Michelle Frank on Oct. 16th, we love you lots, and have a good day. Love Always Mom and Thomas Take Special Care To our Grandson Brandon Frank on Oct. 11 enjoy all your friends and have a good day. Love you lots. Love Grandma Karen Grandpa Thomas Celebration night! Happy Birthday to my cousin Valerie Jack on Oct. 2. I heard it was your birthday, I’m sure you had a good one. You deserve it. You’re one of a kind in my eyes, you have a good voice, that does wonders. Keep smiling my dear cousin. Many more to come. From your cousin always Carol & Donald Mattersdorfer & family. Congratulations to my cousin Keon Frank and my niece Pearl John. They brought in this world a little baby girl, born Oct. 2, she was 6lbs 14ozs at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni. Proud grandparents are my sis Rosalie Williams and my cousin Anson John Sr., and John and Gloria Jean Frank of Ahousaht. Have fun being the best mom that you can be. From your relatives the Mattersdorfer, John’s and Frank families.


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poets nook These gifts given to be For our daughters By Gloria Fred

HOLD ON SISTER

Written by Norma-Ann Webster Hold on sister -hold on... For life is but a journey These gifts- he has granted us, If you let go, I shall be here waiting.. The future we cannot see. I know you will be the best, at anything Hold on for I will wrap my arms around you you can be Come on sister you are strong and you You were a wonder then, as you are can make it today Through anything, just look how far you As you go through life, and move on have come.. your way Hold on sister hold on... Were very proud to see you, hold Hold on to what you have... yourself up high Forget about the things that you don’t You are our daughters, have These gifts- given to be. Treasure the ones you have today in your You have a place in this world. life... You will find it, you will see, Life is but a journey and we have it in us These gifts- given to be. to For Your love you do share, Make of it- what we want it to be.. And your, willingness to care. I see the crystal of a tear forming within I wouldn’t trade you for the world, your eyes These gifts- given to be. But that ok my sister, for I love you so... You are, our life, you are, our love No one can ever take this from you or me Given from our creator, up above, I want so much for you These gifts- given to be. I know that you have it within yourself We made it though some hard times, To claim what you deserve- In a healthy And a whole lot of good. way With a lot of laughter, Hold on sister - hold on ... We did the best we could. If we could change those hard times in, For all we have is each other I shall hold you close in a brace you know that we surely would. And never let you go So move toward the future, take it in This is how I would like it to be with open arms. But I know within my own heart We love you, I have to let you go- and find the sister These gifts- given to be. The creator gave that gift to you, and I that you are within I have always loved and cared for each of know that you will see, you my sisters’ These gifts -given to be, The hopes and dreams that should have We are grateful everyday. been.. You fill our hearts with happiness, But who knows, maybe the dreams of These gifts- given to be. you... shall one Be good to yourself, Day be a true reality.. Cause you deserve the best Hold on -sister hold on.. OUR gifts -given to be Keep that light shinning within, so that it Love; Mom and Dad shall gleam Gloria& Gerry Fred For you... I love you always and forever my sisters’ Always and forever...hold on..Sister.. Hold on... By Chantelle Howard I will be waiting to brace you once again Nuu-chah-Nulth is my nation in my arms.. The Howard family is my inspiration The feelings I feel for them, you’ll I’m proud to know that I am Native never know… I’m proud to hear that I am creative I said it before, I love knowing that I can write And I’ll say it again, During the day, I love seeing the And if you still don’t get it, even sunlight, then, Up in the sky shining ever so bright. I’ll repeat myself another 10. I love spending time with my I’m proud to know that I am family, Native, I love knowing they care and love I always have, and always will. me. Forever and always, I hate looking back at the times For eternity. when things were going bad. You either are or you aren’t, But when I think of my family, I ARE. inside I feel ever so glad. How I love them ever so,

Native

In Memoriam - >a>ak^#ap In Loving Memory of

Margaret Gus At times as we gather together We sit and reminisce We go back into time; a time when we were altogether We begin to laugh as one of us Mentions funny things you said or done We loved how you shared your humor with us At times when good things happen, we think “Mom would have loved this” And so we go on We look at the moon each nigh And think about the wonder of you, And all the good you passed down to us. Because your heart was always so big and strong.

For you Mom, life will always go on, In each and every one of us, A part of you lives. Our Mom! God, please, always hold her gentle in your arms. Karen, Fred, Chops, Marlene, Denise, Baby Rena, Melody, Ronnie and baby Rena’s Ken

In Loving Memory of our mother Margaret “Maggie” Gus Mom you left us two years ago to go to your place of rest. You were so tired. This may sound selfish, but we wish you were still here. That is not possible so we try to think positive thoughts. You were the greatest example of showing strength even at the most trying times. We must do the same for our families. Please don’t worry about us. We will do our best to live by your standards. With all our love, Your family

In memory of my father William Manson Dad I watched the sun rise this morning So beautiful, so peaceful, so calm My heart beating like thunder as my Memories race through my mind with Tears ready to fall, not in sadness only Out of respect and love. As I watch the day come to a close with The sun setting low in the sky so beautiful So peaceful, so calm. I sat here with tears ready to fall as

I remember you leaving so early in the morning As the sun rose to meet the day As you drift away on your boat. I seen you return on the waves of the Sea while the sun began to set so tired And sore, hugs and smiles for all of us No matter what. So each morning and evening Dad I remember you with love and respect. Your daughter Adelene

In loving memory of my mother Rosemary Cecelia Manson A letter to mother When I’m tired and under pressure, when I can’t find a solution to my newest dilemma deep in my mind I can see you, it doesn’t matter which memory I see my body will calm down, I don’t feel as exhausted as I was. When I smell freshly baked bread or if I see clothes out to dry, I remember you. If I hurt in any way, I recall the times when you suffered with the pain in your throat, my pain isn’t so bad after that. When I’m missing my children or if I happen to be furious with one of them for whatever reason, I remind myself that you must have missed me when I

left home 24 years ago or how angry you must have been. My dear mother I’d like to say thank you because if it wasn’t for you giving me life I wouldn’t have had five wonderful children of my own and four wonderful grandchildren. Without you mother they would not exist for me. Mother with all my love I give you the love of your grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Love your daughter Adelene, grandchildren Audrey, Marguerite, Bradley, Rosemary, Justice, Cadence Manson, Lisa Marie, Steven Smith, late daughter Marguerite K.A. Sam

In Loving Memory of Barry Wayne McCarthy February 1975 – October 12, 2001 To see him smile was like Seeing a rose blossom On a nice day. The twinkle in his eyes Was like looking at the Shinning stars in the sky. To be hugged by him Was like being hugged By a thousand angels. His spirit will forever Live within each and everyone Who loved him and who he loved. All my love and respect. Gloria McKay. A special smile, a special face and in our hearts a special place. No words we speak can ever say, How much we miss you every day To hear your voice and see your smile, To sit and talk to you awhile To be together in the same old way, Would be our dearest wish today Forever loved and remembered. Uncle Vince & Auntie Charlotte.


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Attention Nuu-chah-nulth membership... · · · · ·

Please notify your First Nation if you have any events that happen in your life such as Marriage, Divorce, Birth, Death, Name Change and especially “Transfers”. Submitting these documents to the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council office is just as important as submitting these documents to your First Nation. Being on the D.I.A. list does not mean you are on your First Nation's Registry Band List, you must apply for Band Membership. Your First Nation needs your current address and phone number so they can contact you regarding Treaty developments, letters and bulletins. First Nation phone numbers and addresses are listed below for your convenience.

Ahousaht

(250) 670-9563 - Fax: (250) 670-9696 General Delivery Ahousaht, B.C. V0R 1A0

Ditidaht First Nation 1-888-745-3366 - Fax: (250) 745-3332 PO Box 340 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M8

Ehattesaht 1-888-761-4155 - Fax: (250) 761-4156 PO Box 59 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0

Hesquiaht First Nation 1-877-232-1100 - Fax: (250) 670-1102 PO Box 2000 Tofino, B.C. V0R 2Z0

Hupacasath First Nation (250) 724-4041 - Fax: (250) 724-1232 PO Box 211 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7

Huu-ay-aht First Nation 1-888-644-4555 - Fax: (250) 728-1222 PO Box 70 Bamfield, B.C. V0R 1B0

Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ (250) 332-5259 - Fax: (250) 332-5210

ATTENTION UCHUCKLESAHT DESCENDANTS Will all of those people, who are descendants of the Uchucklesaht First Nation, PLEASE contact Tina Robinson at the Uchucklesaht Office. As a part of our pre-treaty process, we are contacting people who have a direct bloodline and seeking their interest in transferring into the Uchucklesaht Tribe for the purpose of gaining treaty rights. Phone – 250.724.1832 Toll Free – 1.888.724.1832 Thank you

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

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

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

General Delivery Kyuquot, B.C. V0P 1J0

Mowachaht / Muchalaht (250) 283-2015 - Fax: (250) 283-2335 PO Box 459 Gold River, B.C. V0P 1G0

Nuchatlaht First Nation (250) 332-5908 - Fax: (250) 332-5907 PO Box 40 Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations (250) 725-3233 - Fax: (250) 725-4233 PO Box 18 Tofino, BC. V0R 2Z0

Toquaht Nation (250) 726-4230 - Fax: (250) 726-4403 PO Box 759 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0

Tseshaht First Nation Toll Free: 1-888-724-1225 - Fax: (250) 724-4385 PO Box 1218 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1

Uchucklesaht Tribe (250) 724-1832 - Fax: (250) 724-1806 PO Box 1118 Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M7

Ucluelet First Nation (250) 726-7342 Fax: (250) 726-7552 PO Box 699 Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0

ATTENTION ALL UCHUCKLESAHT MEMBERSHIP We need names, addresses & phone numbers of all Uchucklesaht Decendents. The Tribe has now initialled an Agreement in Principle with BC Canada. Now we need to hear from you! Please contact the office at: Phone: (250) 724-1832 Fax: (250) 724-8106 Address: PO Box 1118, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7L9

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

MAILING HA-SHILTH-SA TO NUU-CHAH-NULTH MEMBERS Ha-Shilth-Sa is looking for addresses of Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) members who are NOT receiving the paper. Ha-Shilth-Sa is free for Nuu-chah-nulth members. If you want to receive Ha-Shilth-Sa please send name (including your middle name or initials) to: Ha-Shilth-Sa, P.O. Box 1383, Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 7M2 First Name: _______________ Initial: ____ Last Name: _______________________ Apt. #: _____ Mailing Address: ____________________________________________ City: ________________________________________ Postal Code: ______________ * In order to quality for a free subscription you must fill in Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation i.e. Ahousaht, Ditidaht, etc: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone Number: _________________________________________________________ Change of Address (Previous address) _______________________________ New Subscriber? ______________________________________________

Reminder ~ Returned papers are deleted from the mailing list. It’s up to you to keep us informed of your address!


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Poets Nook

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

In Loving Memory of Harold Touchie & John C. Wilson Sr.

Family Ties Outreach Workers

October 25 Wisdom is like a seed It must be sowed in fertile soil It is often acquired trough pain and suffering It must be understood in order to bear fruit It must be transmitted with understanding, love and respect Never worship those who share wisdom Worship the Wisdom and treat them with respect Honor them by sharing the Wisdom with those in need Because if you worship the messenger of wisdom You may lose their Wisdom if the messenger falls When sharing Wisdom make sure it is understood Because when it is understood It can be transmitted in any language If it is transmitted with love it will last forever Because like the seed it will grow and bear fruits Love Marvin, Pearl Tutube & Family

Father… The one who has taught me How to be strong Inside as well as out. Father… The one who has taught me How to take control Whether to take control Whether be good or bad, Father… The one who has taught me To respect everyone But most of all myself Father… The one I love And cherish so much.

Mother… The one who has taught me How to have patience, To take it one day at a time. Mother… The one who taught me That material things don’t mean everything, As long as we have one anther. Mother… The one who has taught me To open up my heart, to reveal My pain, especially to her. Mother… The one I hold close to my heart Always and forever. Cha Ma Tuuk McKay (Gloria)

Experienced Bookkeeper – Part Time To work under the Supervision of Ehattesaht Band Bookkeeper Would be responsible for: Corporate Accounts, Shake N Shingle Mill We’Shuk Oysters, Payroll, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable GL, Sales Journal, Deposits, Prop for Annual Audit, Other duties as assigned, Band Reconciliation Minimum 20 hours per week Qualifications AccPacc GL, AP Proficiency Excel & MS Word Familiarity Proven Sobriety Bondable Class 5 License and access to a vehicle Provide Criminal Record Check Prior related experience Resume with two related references and at least one personal reference to: Manager, Ehattesaht First Nation, PO Box 59, Zeballos, BC, V0P2A0 Posting open to qualified Nuu-chah-nulth member until close of business on October 30, 2003 at 4:30 pm.

Employment and Training Programs This letter is to advise that the Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Board has set a date to receive proposals for review. The deadline date for proposals to be submitted to and received, by closing, at the NTC office is; October 31, 2003 Any application/s received after the above noted date will not be considered for funding at the next NETB meeting, (November, 2003). As a reminder, the programs and criteria is the same as the Human Resources Canada programs. A BCR is to be submitted with the application/s. If there is more than one application submitted, the BCR must indicate the priority of the applications. Please note that there is a limited amount of funds available for Consolidated Revenue Funds, Employment Insurance, Disability and Childcare programs. The Childcare program requires that the center be Licensed and the staff are to be Certified to operate the center. For proposals requesting funds under the Employment Insurance Program, you will be required to check and ensure the eligibility to participate on the EI program. The participants eligible to participate are those eligible to or receiving EI benefits, have received EI benefits in the past three years, or maternity/ paternity benefits in the past five years. Should you wish to have a previous application reconsidered, please advise our office, in writing, of your application to be reconsidered. Should you have any question, please call me at 724-5757. Sincerely, Jack Cook, Program Coordinator

Nuu-chah-nulth Community and Human Services (CHS) is seeking two Nuu-chahnulth Family Ties Outreach Workers; one will be based out of Tofino, the other Ucluelet. This is a part-time term position (15 hrs./two days a week) to September 30th, 2004. The Family Ties Outreach Workers provide individual counselling and support to high-risk pregnant women in order to help them have the healthiest pregnancy/post-pregnancy possible. This position is under the day-to-day supervision of the Pregnancy Outreach Project Coordinator and overall supervision by the Sr. Infant Development Worker and Supervisor. Responsibilities will include: * To meet with clients in both their homes and at the weekly drop-in sessions to provide individual counselling throughout their pregnancies; * To assist the Coordinator and other Outreach Worker in coordination of the weekly drop-in sessions; * To encourage and support client participation at weekly drop-in sessions; * To act as an advocate for the client and as a liaison between the client and community services. * Responsible for preparation and facilitation of weekly drop-in groups. Qualifications: ¨ Related life experiences and a strong desire to support families; ¨ Experience in counselling and facilitation would be an asset; ¨ An understanding of Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture; ¨ Must have a car and valid drivers licence; ¨ Provide acceptable references and criminal record check. For further information contact Jackie Watts at: (250) 724-5757. Send applications by October 17th, 2003 to: Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, PO Box 1383, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2 Fax: (250) 723-0463 Email: hr@nuuchahnulth.org (Word97 accepted) Attn: Human Resource Manager

ECE DAYCARE WORKER KAKAWIS FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE is seeking an ECE Daycare Worker. Qualifications: * Early Childhood Education Diploma / Certificate * Know developmental stages of infancy and childhood * Know mental, spiritual, emotional and physical needs of infants and children * Understanding of FAS / E in infants and children an asset * Understanding of family systems and family dynamics an asset * Concepts of drug use and abuse and dependency an asset * Knowledge of First Nations traditions and culture an asset Your academic background will be supported by your experience in working with children. All staff are required to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol for a minimum of 3 years. Please submit your letter of application and resume by noon on November 7, 2003 to: The Personnel Committee, Kakawis Family Development Centre P.O. Box 17, Tofino, British Columbia, V0R 2Z0 Or fax to: (250) 725-4285 Email: kakawis@tofino-bc.com We thank everyone for their interest in this position; however only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All candidates who have been shortlisted will be required to have a mandatory Criminal Record Check.

ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR KAKAWIS FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE requires a full-time Alcohol and Drug Counsellor. The counsellor should be a team player and willing to work some flexible hours. The counsellor should be knowledgeable and experience in providing treatment planning, family and individual counselling, group facilitation and aftercare planning. Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications: Ø Minimum three years experience working the field of addictions Ø Alcohol and Drug training or related discipline Ø Demonstrate effective team membership Ø Written and oral communication skills Ø Experience working with First Nations All staff are required to be abstinent from alcohol and drugs.

Please submit your letter of application and resume by noon on Wednesday November 7, 2003 to: The Personnel Committee Kakawis Family Development Centre P.O. Box 17 Tofino, British Columbia V0R 2Z0 Fax: (250) 725-4285, Email: kakawis@tofino-bc.com We thank everyone for their interest in this position; however only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All candidates who have been short-listed will be required to have a mandatory Criminal Record Check.


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Klecko’s - +ekoo On September 20, 2003 at the Cherry Creek Hall in Port Alberni, we (Noreen Paul & Johnny C. John) were united in marriage. We would like to thank the following people for making this “Special” Day even more special. Thank you to Rick Lindholm for officiating the ceremony. To my children Trudee and Tommy for doing the first reading and most of all for just being there to be a part of this day. I love you both, up to the sky. Thank you to Betty Keitlah for doing the second reading and your words of encouragement. A REALLY BIG thank you to John, Jonathon, Dorothy and Sherry for all your hard work and the awesome job of decorating and setting up the hall for the ceremony and the dinner. For all your patience in driving us wherever we needed to go. Thank you for the dance… it was an awesome day. Kleco, Kleco. John B. Campbell thank you for the making the bouquets.

Thank you Pam for the work on the wraps for my matron of honour and myself. Thank you Trudee, Camille and Billie for helping make the party favours. Thank you to my Big Bro George and Brenda for the wedding cake. Thank you most of all to my Mom for you most generous gift of paying the final payment to the caterer, we appreciate it more than you will ever know. Thank you to Irma and her crew for the delicious dinner, Kleco. And thank you to all of you who could make it to the wedding, and for all the great gifts, Kleco, Kleco. You all contributed in your own special way and added to making this an awesome day. And thank you to my husband Johnny, for your Love, patience and gentleness. You are indeed the answer to a lot of people’s prayers. Thank you N’aas for answering all those prayers and sending this very special man into my life. I love you John. Kleco, Kleco. Noreen John

A very special thank you to all those who made Pam and Keith’s Native wedding day to remember. To my mom (Katie Sam) for all the love and patience that went into making Pam’s shawl and Naomi and mine, they were absolutely gorgeous. To my Dad (Stanley Sam) for having the heart of gold and the hard work you put into making the paddles. Our greatest appreciation goes to our son Jerome for preparing all the food, everything was delicious, and all the running around you did to cook the roasts and turkeys. Thank you Auntie Karen Frank, Naomi Horbatch, Stan and Karen Lucas, Paul & Josie Sam, and Hutch and Nadine for letting us use your ovens. To Josie and mom for the buns and bannock. To my cousin Julia Atleo and auntie Evelyn Atleo for helping me make Pam’s bouquet. To my cousin Steve Lucas, Stan and Karen Lucas and your 2nd

us. Hutch I will always appreciate all the work and patience you put into painting the paddles, glassware and Johnson for helping your uncle. To Nadine having the patience and the biggest heart and for all the support you gave me, and for holding me up when I was down. You are a friend indeed If you ever need us, just ask and we will be there. To my sister Mary Sam-Duncan for delicious potato salad, and just being there for us. To my sister Grace Sam for all the running around you did. To my sister Ginger Frank, and my niece Dawn Frank, and Robyn Samuel, Linda, Savannah Sam, and Mel Alexander for all the help. To Bill & Cathy Dennis and Uncle Cosmos Frank for all the fish and helping us out. For all those who helped set up and clean up after, I thank you. To all the guests, my aunts, uncles, cousins, and all my relations for making the best day ever and the memories will never be forgotten. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If I forgot to mention anyone, I thank you again. We love you all. Love Gloria, and Gregg Dennis

tribe for entertaining Pam’s in-laws and her friends that came from New York. You guys sure made our day with your beautiful singing and dancing. To Hutch and Nadine for opening your home to I would just like to say thanks to everyone who came to our Native Wedding Celebration on August 30th in Port Alberni. Thank you for all the gifts, whether wrapped, spoken or written, and for making our day a true celebration of our culture, faith and love. Thank You! Love Keith & Pamela Ferguson.

KAKAWIS FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE 2003 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2003 AT Tin Wis Best Western, Upper Meeting Room 1119 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, at 1:00pm.

Fish Days & Bingo October 21, Victoria NCN Healing Project Office Everyone Welcome - Lunch Provided - 9:00 - 4:00 Register at NCNHP Urban Office, Victoria, 853 Fisgard Street For more info to register: Michael McCarthy (250) 413-7303 Vina Robinson (250) 731-6271 This one day split workshop you will learn to: Understand giving and sharing around fish. What Sockeye represents. Problem Solve. Understand Gambling and Bingo addictions TEACH MIS UKQUIN - ALL THAT N’ASS HAS PROVIDED US TO LEAD A FULFILLING LIFE

Community Events and Celebrations Q#aaq#inakc^is - >aaktuu>a - Joey Dennis’ – Memorial The family of q#aaq#inakc^isit - late Joey Dennis will be having a >aaktuu>a (memorial feast) to put to rest our mourning and celebrate the life he lived! We the Dennis/Haipee Family invite you all to witness the ceremonies/events we have planned for this special day. Date: October 18 2003. This is an announcement of the date only we will be going around to various First Nations to formally invite in a traditional manner. If you would like to suggest a good day for our family to visit your Community during the summer, contact uut-sii (Rob Dennis JR) Cultural coordinator Huu-ay-aht First Nation @ Work (250) 728-3414 or Toll Free 1-888-644-4555, Home (250) 724-0169. Or Email c_c_huuayaht_first_nation@hotmail.com c^uu +eekoo - uutsii-cultural coordinator H.F.N.

NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT The Memorial Potlatch Barry Wayne McCarthy (Bear) Scheduled for October 25 @ at the Alberni Athletic Hall has been POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. (Laura McCarthy)

Toquaht Mack Family Reunion Cancelled October 10,2003 Due to unforeseen circumstances the Mack Family reunion is cancelled until next year. My deepest apologies to all who wanted to attend this event. Watch out for the advertisement for 2004. And any questions please call the Toquaht Band Office for further details. (250) 726-4230.

Adam Fred Memorial Potlatch

As our son/brother focused allot of his personal life to his culture, we feel that it is important to say good-bye to his presence here on earth, but to also celebrate the joining of him with ancestors. Knowing our son/brother would want us to feed our people and thank all those who came and shared stories, hugs, tears during the time of our loss, we feel that it is important to set this special day as early as possible. We therefore have decided to hold a feast for our family, friends and ask that each of you join us to remember our young man for who we all knew him. On January 29, 2005 at the Maht Mahs Gym, beginning at 12:00 p.m. We will close the doors to hold our opening ceremonies; we will then serve lunch at 1:00 p.m. If you wish to help us or have any questions regarding this, we ask that you contact Gina Pearson (mom) at 723-4727, or Darleen Watts (grandma) 724-4873, or Josie Watts (auntie) 724-4987.

BODY, MIND, SPIRIT GATHERING FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT TAROT READINGS BY TERRI AURA/ANGEL READINGS BY DEBORAH REIKI: ENERGY AWARENESS BY RUTH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4PM TO 9PM CULTURAL CENTRE, 5211 WATTY’S ROAD ADMISSION $5 READINGS $10 COMPLIMENTARY SNACKS AND BEVERAGES COME AND ENJOY!! FOR MORE INFO CONTACT US AT: lindagomez67@hotmail.com, akrisandra@hotmail.com or or leave message at 723-6194

CLASSIFIEDS CONTINUED BOAT FOR SALE: 1992 - 25 foot Raider. Aluminum cabin, open fore and aft deck, adjustable outboat bracket, tandem galvanized trailer. $19,900 without engine, $29,900 with 2001 - 225 Merc Optimax. Call Roger Franceur 723-4005 BOATFOR SALE: MV Ropo – no license. 40’ fiberglass. Ex-freezer troller. Fully equipped. Freezer system only 2 years old. Harold Little (250) 670-2477. FOR SALE - 40’ Ex-troller and Spring nets made to order. Call Robert Johnson Sr. (250) 724-4799. FOR SALE: Area "G" AI Troll License 37.5 ft. Contact Louie Frank Sr. at 250670-9573 or leave a message at the Ahousaht Administration Office at 250670-9563. FOR SALE: 25' Mark 7 Zodiac. Call Leo Manson at (250) 725-2662 for more information. CANOE BUILDING: Will build canoe, or teach how to build canoe. Call Harry Lucas 724-1494. FOR SALE: 38 1/2 ft “C” license $450.00 a foot. Donald Mundy (250)

720-5841. FOR SALE: 2 cannon deep lines, used only one season. $400 each. 723-4374. FOR SALE: New & Used Barclay Sound Sockeye Nets. (250) 923-9864. For Hire: Pickup truck and driver Need to have something transported or towed? Transport/move furniture, fridge, stoves, outboard motors, etc. Need your boat, canoe or travel trailer towed or moved. By the KM and by the hour. Call 250-724-5290 For Rent: Equipment for power point and DVD presentations. Projector and Screen. By the hour or day. Deposit required. Telephone: 250-724-5290 WANTED: 18’ - 19’ FIBERGLASS DEEP V FISHING BOAT SOFT TOP (Double Eagle, Hourston, etc.) Call BARB or DALE @ 283 7149


Arts FOR SALE: Native designed jewellery; silver, copper, gold engraving, stone setting. Contact Gordon Dick by phone 723-9401. FOR SALE: Carvings for sale. If you are interested in native carvings such as: coffee table tops, clocks, plaques, 6" totems, canoes, leave message for Charlie Mickey at 724-8609 or c/o Box 40, Zeballos, B.C. V0P 2A0 WANTED: Hide for school projects. Call Julia Landry @724-0512 (8-4pm weekdays). NATIVE BASKET WEAVING made by Kathy Edgar. Show case of all sizes of baskets. Weaving classes are held throughout the year. For more information phone 416-0529. Address box 863 – 8140 York Ave. Crofton, B.C. V0R 1R0. FOR SALE: Genuine Authentic basket weaving grass. Linda Edgar, phone 7544462. BASKET WEAVING FOR SALE: Grad Hat Regalia, Baskets, Weaving material, specializing in Maquinna Hat Earrings. Available to teach at conferences and workshops. Call Julie Joseph (250) 729-9819. FOR SALE: carved whale teeth, whale bones and bear teeth. WANTED: whale teeth, whalebones, mastodon ivory and Russian blue cobalt trade beads. Lv. msg. For Steve & Elsie John at 604-833-3645 or c/o #141-720 6th St, New Westminster BC V3L3C5. FOR SALE: Native painting. Call Bruce Nookemus (250) 728-2397 Whopultheeatuk - Sandra Howard, Mowachaht Cedar Weaver. Hats, Caps, Pouches, Baskets, Mats, and Roses for Sale. Price Negotiable. Barter or Trade.

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CLASSIFIEDS Automotive D&M AUTOCLEAN

Employment Wanted/ Services Offered

"WE'LL DO YOUR DIRTY WORK" Automobile cleaning and renewal. CARS - TRUCKS - RV'S - BOATS. 7429 Pacific Rim Highway. Phone 720-2211.

COU-U$ CA$H - Need Cash between paydays. We loan $100, $200, up to $500 dollars. 100% owned and operated by First Nations. Phone (250) 390-9225. Or (250) 741-6070 cel. 401 Harvey Road, Nanoose Bay, B.C. ANITA’S ALTERATIONS: Sewing, hems, etc., etc. Ph. 723- 8890. T.S.G. TRUCKING SERVICE: Moving And Hauling, Reasonable Rates. Tom Gus, 5231 Hector Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Phone: (250) 724-3975.

FOR SALE: 1 1999 Safari Van - 7 passenger, excellent condition - $12,000 (OBO). Contact (250) 726-7144 or fax (250) 726-2488. FOR SALE: MotoMaster Cartop Carrier. Good Condition. Offers, call 723-3880 WANTED: Digital speedometer for 1988 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Or repairman. Call 723-9706 after 5 or 731-6222 Will do professional bodywork and painting. Over 10 years experience. Marcel Dorward (250) 720-0155 1989 Ford Econoline 17 passenger bus. Auto, runs great. $5500 obo 723-2308

Employment Wanted /Services Offered

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

Jacko Graphics: First Nations Graphics. Specializing in Native Vinyl Decals. (Custom Made/All Sizes). All types of Native Graphics. Call Now! Celeste Jacko. www.decalmakers.homestead.com or Email: ladybrave05@hotmail.com Room & Board (0pportunity): Looking for Adult tenants for August 1 and September 1, (3 available), Non-smoking & non-drinking Home. Located in Port Alberni (south), close to bus stop. Clean private room. Tenants must be clean & responsible. $350/month - Hydro, cable and Internet access included. (References Required). Call 250-7235503 for info.

HOUSE FOR SALE: 3 Bedroom with basement. Recently renovated. Serious enquiries only please. All reasonable offers considered. Call Allan @ 7243215 (Home) or 724-4041. Tseshaht members only.

+`um>k`a Advisory for Histories, Governance, and Constitutions (forming governments). contact Harry Lucas, at 724-1494. FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES: at Hupacasath Hall. Language Instructor Tat Tatoosh. Monday and Wednesday Nights. 7 pm to 9 pm. (Bring your own pen & paper). Parenting Skills for Parents & Tots. Fridays from 3 – 4 pm. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. cuu kleco. Edward Tatoosh, Certified Linguist. SHARE YOUR TSAWAAYUUS: TALENTS WITH YOUR ELDERS: Volunteers required for the following: 9Give demonstrations 9and/or teach basket weaving, carving, painting, etc. 9We also need cultural entertainment. Contact Darlene Erickson at 724-5655. WANTED: Nuu-chah-nulth women that would like to join my exciting team of Mary Kay Independent Sales, not pyramid. For more information please phone me, Rosalee Brown @ (250) 3859906. FIRST AID TRAINING: Canadian Red Cross Certified First Aid Instructors Laverne and Alex Frank are available to teach First Aid to your group, office, or community. Classes can have up to 24 students. Phone (250) 725-3367 or (250) 726-2604 for more information. NATIVE NUU-CHAH-NULTH LANGUAGE: Transcribing in phonetics - for meetings, research projects, personal use. Hourly rates. Phone Harry Lucas at 724-5809. SWEEPY’S CLEANING SERVICES: Samantha Gus: Need some Cleaning done? Don’t have enough time? Good rates. Call 723-7645 or leave a message @ 724-2763. Windows, dishes, vacuuming, laundry, walls, shelves, etc. Custodial/ Janitorial certified. Commercial house keeping/ home making certified & Food safe. THE CIRCLE GROWING COMMUNICATIONS GROUP: Video / music / CD-Rom or DVD production, website design or enhancement, book publishing, public relations, marketing, and training. Top quality professional productions at very reasonable rates. Contact Randy Fred, 530 Cadogan Street, Nanaimo BC V9S 1T4; Tel. 250-7410153; e-mail: randyfred@shaw.ca. Chuu! TOQUART BAY CONVENIENCE STORE: Open Year round! Located on Macoah Reserve. Status cigs available. (250) 726-8306. Shirley Mack Proprietor. MOUNTAIN BOY (2000) - FAST-FOOD TAKE-OUT: 1627C Peninsula Road, Ucluelet, B.C. Pizza, Chicken, Ribs & Ice Cream. Open 7 days a week from 11:30am - 10pm. Deliveries after 5:30pm. Tel: 7262221. Owners: Vi & Crystal Mundy. New NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL: Manager is Lucy Edgar. I can be reached at Office # - 250-745-3844, Home # 250-7456610, Fax # 250-745-3295. PO Box 160, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 7M8.

HOUSE FOR SALE: Tseshaht members only. 2 bedroom. Call Al @ 724-3215 after 5 pm for more information, serious inquires only. Lowest or any bid not necessarily accepted. HOUSE FOR SALE. 3-bdrm house with 3 bdrm basement suite. Close to all amenities. Fruit trees. 3909-9th Ave., Port Alberni. $95,000. Call 723-0308. HOUSE FOR SALE to TFN member on Esowista Reserve. Newly added 1 bdrm suite. Views of ocean & forest. Info: (250) 725-3482. PRICED TO SELL. 14 ft. X 70 ft. Princeton 1993 Mobile Home. 2 Bedroom, plus 12 ft. X 18 ft. addition, Located at Sproat Lake Mobile Home Park. Can be moved, relocated. By appointment only. NO AGENTS! Phone: 724-5290. WANTED: Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs etc. Can be dropped off at the Tseshaht Band Office. 5000 Mission Road, Port Alberni. Contact Gail K. Gus at 724-1225. FOR SALE: Beautiful Native Design Dress. New condition. Size 5-7. 724-3049. FOR SALE: Custom built food cart with grill, deep fryer, sink, water pump, and lots of storage. 1 owner. $6500, obo. 7244383. FOR RENT: A non-profit organization has rooms to rent, by the day, week or month. Very reasonable rates for Room & Board. Also, there is a Boardroom available for rent. For more information phone 723-6511. BOARDROOMS FOR RENT: At the Tseshaht Administrative Buildings, Port Alberni. For more information call the Tseshaht First Nations Office at (250) 7241225. WANTED: Serger Sewing Machine to buy. Please call 724-4987 WESTCOAST TRANSITION HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER: For Abused Women and their Children on call 24 hours toll free 1-877-726-2020. TRANSITION PORT ALBERNI HOUSE: Call 724-2223 or call the nearest local shelter or crisis center. HELP LINE FOR CHILDREN: 310-1234. FOR RENT: 3 bdrm Bsmt Suite, heat, hotwater, hydro, blinds, w/d hookup, f/s, phone incl., Port Alberni old hospital area. $750/month. Available Sept. 1st. Phone 723-0308. MISSING: White, toddler size Canucks jersey with “C. Little, #99” on back. Jersey of sentimental value taken from a Port Alberni home. Call 724-6434 or 7242935 with information. MISSING – 30 HP Yamaha. Any information please contact Boyd or Josh Fred at 723-5114 or 724-6491. Reward! FOR SALE: SMOKED FISH, vacuum packed (by the sides), bags of Upsqwee. Call 250-724-6341. MISSING: Black Caterpillar work boots. 723-9706. No questions asked.

Shared office space for rent on Songhees Reserve, Victoria. Call Tom at (250)885-9070

Employment Wanted / Services Offered Elegant Advantage Decorating and Catering Services Tracey Robinson @ home:723-8571, Margaret Robinson @ home:723-0789. We do all occasions: Weddings, Showers, Graduations, Banquets, Brunches, Dinners, * Super Host & Food Safe Certified* ADAY INDUSTRIAL SEWING: Ceremonial Curtains & Drum bags, Boat tops, Awnings, Custom Orders. Quality work @ the Best Prices on the Island! Free estimates. Christine & Luke Aday 7236956.


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N.E.D.C. BUSINESS NEWS

NEDC hosts Information Session for Nuu-chah-nulth in Vancouver It is the mandate of the Nuu-chahnulth Economic Development Corporation to provide services to all Nuu-chah-nulth. To accomplish this, the staff of NEDC visits the communities and surrounding areas – normally upon request - to present information and/or training sessions, answer questions an encourage Nuuchah-nulth business development. On September 18th, NEDC hosted an information session for the Vancouver Nuu-chah-nulth at the Chateau Granville. The turnout was small but very enthusiastic with a high degree of entrepreneurship evident and the 10 attendees each promised to bring a friend to the next meeting. The first meeting (in a series of three) is meant to give the audience a broad overview of NEDC, including: history, corporate composition, programs, services, application and loan process as well as a little trouble shooting. The participants came prepared and questions varied from business startup, micro loans and partnerships to home-based business and debt and credit control. Mary Howard talked about the opportunities for Nuu-chah-nulth

Mary Howard and Ida Mills entrepreneurs but also cautioned of the challenges including the high cost of opening and operating a business in Vancouver. Louis Joseph was interested in partnering and pleased to learn that NEDC does assist in partnerships that include non-First Nation partners. A couple of the women present identified micro and home-based business opportunities that they were interested in pursuing and others identified more long-term projects. The meeting began at 10 am and finished at 2:30 pm (a delicious lunch was provided and everyone had dessert) with the next meeting being tentatively set for October 14, 2003, location to be determined.

Monica Howard and Faith Jacob enjoy a laugh at the meeting.

NEDC Report shows growth NEDC was pleased to attend the NTC Annual General Meeting at Tsaxana on September 29 & 30. We brought our display unit, our corporate activity report, general loans and lending information and of course our pens. The primary purpose of NEDC attending community events is to provide onsite service to the Nuu-chahnulth; that can include visiting existing businesses, answering questions, providing reference and loan material, making appointments, etc. We also brought our corporate activity report - as an `information only ‘ item - to the NTC Chiefs’ table and as a general handout to meeting participants. We are pleased to report to the Chiefs and the Nuu-chah-nulth that NEDC has continued to show economic growth and works hard to respond to community and individual

requests in a timely manner. As in the past, NEDC continues to be recognized as one of the top three Aboriginal Financial Institutions in Canada. Our combined Loan Portfolio is currently sitting at $5,449,790 – a total of 175 current loans – this leaves approximately 8 million dollars available to lend. During the period from September 01, 2002 to August 31, 2003, NEDC provided 68 loans valued at $1,812,712 and forgivable loans and contributions at $413,080. We would like to thank the Mowachaht/Muchalaht for their hospitality and everyone who stopped by our table whether for information or just to say hello. NEDC is pleased to be able to travel to community events and provide onsite service to all Nuu-chah-nulth.

EVERYONE WELCOME Louis and Carolyn Joseph ask questions about how Nuu-chah-nulth living away from home can access NEDC programs.

As NEDC celebrates community futures week October 19th - 25th We cordially invite you to join us on

OCTOBER 22, FOR THE NEDC ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Mary Howard, Sally Peters and Ida Mills discuss the NEDC documents and reports at Vancouver’s Chateau Granville

You are invited to take this opportunity to visit the offices and staff & share A light lunch buffet, desserts & beverages From 11:30 am - 2:00 pm At the NEDC main office 7563 Pacific Rim Hwy, Port Alberni

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

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