Ha-Shilth-Sa December 18, 2008

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Quu’usa hosts residential school workshop at Tofino cholesterol levels. She provided helpful information about blood pressure By Denise Titian disorders, diabetes and cholesterol levels. Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Lavern Frank offered therapeutic hot wax hand dips and started a popular cedar-weaving circle. Tofino–Approximately 40 people Quu-usa support staff were introduced attended a Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal so that people could seek them out if Council (NTC) Quu’usa Program necessary. Support staff attending the residential school survivor support event were Kim Rai, Anita Charleson, workshop held Dec. 3 at Tin Wis Best Andrea Amos-Stoney, Richard Lucas, Western Resort. Barney Williams The theme of Jr., Ray Seitcher the workshop was Sr. and Levi ‘Finding the Martin. strength in Linda Gomez ourselves’ and was on hand to former residential assist people with school students their residential and their families school were invited to compensation take part in claim forms and traditional to help out healing, brushing, organizing the feasting, selfLaverne Frank (right) organized a cedar event. care, drumming weaving circle at the workshop. Andrea Amosand singing. Stoney led a discussion about trust and Besides providing updates on forgiveness. She told the people that to residential school survivor forgive releases one from fear, anger and compensation, support staff brought in pain. Forgiveness, she explained, allows resource people that delivered a wide one to finally let go. array of information, support and Some elders stood to share their services to residential school survivors. experiences in their forgiveness process. Participants were allowed to pamper Some shared intimate, personal stories themselves with free foot care services and told how the act of forgiving those by Dennis Hetu or a relaxing massage that hurt them has helped them move by Eileen Touchie. forward on their own healing journey. Jackelyn Williams of the NTC Hudson Webster of Ahousaht said he Nursing Program provided health check hopes family and friends forgive him for services, including taking readings for the hurt he’s caused them over the years blood pressure, blood sugar and as he tried to cope with his own pain. He Ahousaht’s Tim Sutherland said he, too, has forgiven those that has been dipped. At least his hurt him and admits it was a hard hands have been dipped in thing to do. wax during a residential Continued on page 9. school survivors workshop held Dec. 3.

MLA invited to visit with elders.................................Page 2 Fisheries trial concludes ..............................................Page 3 Brushing, cleansing ceremony held in Tsaxana........Page 4 Urban dinners attended by hundreds .....................Page 11 Community & Beyond................................................Page 14 NTC hosts a successful staff luncheon ....................Page 17

Denise Titian

Kaleena George cuddles Boogle after surgery. The dog was one of many Ucluelet First Nation pets that underwent spay or neuter operations provided by the Canadian Animal Assistance Team on Dec. 6.

Spay/neuter service comes to Hittatsoo By Denise Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Hittatsoo–Volunteers from the Vancouver-based CAAT (Canadian Animal Assistance Team) arrived at Hittatsoo Dec. 6 to deliver two days of free veterinary services for cats and dogs. Suzanne Williams, Ucluelet First Nation member, said she was put in touch with CAAT after seeking advice for the community pet overpopulation problem. Williams contacted the SPCA who referred her to Barbara Ashnead, who referred her to Donna Lasser. Founded by Vancouver Registered Animal Health Technologist Donna Lasser in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, CAAT is a group of veterinary technologists and veterinarians dedicated

to providing veterinary medicine and humane education for needy animals worldwide. According to Ashnead, the local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) receives about 10 dogs each month from Hittatsoo. “There were too many puppies, too many kittens, and too many people owning pets that they are unable to care for,” Williams said. After awhile, there were too many hungry dogs running around the village in packs. CAAT volunteers offer nonjudgmental, free health care services to needy pets. “We’re just here to do whatever we can to help pets live healthy, happy lives,” said Ashnead. Besides spaying and neutering, CAAT volunteers offer other health care services. Continued on page 10.

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