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Bringing News and Stories to Metis B. C. Nation Kiwetin Marketing & Publishing Ltd, a locally owned and operated Metis company from the Northeast, brings to you, our readers, a new publication! Whispering Winds is a quarterly magazine published for the B.C. Metis Nation. Our next edition will go to print in November for a special Holiday edition. Special thanks goes to the Executive Board of the Metis Provincial Council for giving us this opportunity to expand. We look forward to a rewarding experience for all concerned.. This has been an exciting challenge and a labour of love for our people. We continue to strive for good quality, exciting stories and a magazine that you may want to save. If you would like to sub-

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Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia Public Announcement The MPCBC formally announces that the MPCBC will be holding By-Elections for the Position of President and any other positions necessary December 3, 2005. All rules and regulations have been posted within the MPCBC 2005 By-Election Electoral Code. For full detail, please visit the MPCBC website at or contact your respective regional Director or Local President.

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Igniting IT's future stars IBM launches IGNITE camps to give Aboriginal youth more exposure to science and technology hear a pin drop. Every organizations to facilitate the camps, it has also You could near camper's attention was on the task at hand - con- involved Aboriginal elders and self-identified structing a Lego robot and programming it to per- Aboriginal IBM employees to assist in the delivery of the camps. form a specific function. The first successful IGNITE camp was Dakota Chase, one of the sixteen campers at last held in Edmonton from August 10-12 in partnerweek's IGNITE camp ] ship with the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing (Igniting Interest in Society. The second session was held last week in Technology and Vancouver in partnership with the First Nations Engineering) held in Technology Council. Additional camps are being Vancouver, B.C., was planned across Canada in 2005 and 2006. somewhat frustrated by "Aboriginal youth his efforts. His robot represent the fastest seemed to have a mind growing segment of of its own. "I could get the Canadian populait to move, but it wouldn't do what I had protion. In order for them grammed it to do," said Dakota. So, it was to compete in today's back to the drawing board! knowledge-based It's exactly this type of hands-on economy, it's critical learning experience that they have superithat IBM's new or IT skills," said IGNITE camps are Laara Mixon, Codesigned to deliver. chair of the First Nations Technology Council. From Lego "Technology and Aboriginal kids are a natural fit Robotics; to web as Aboriginal people are very visual learners." page design; to There's no question that the camps were a deconstructing comhuge hit with the kids, many of whom had no puters; the goal of these camps is to encourage Aboriginal youth to stay in school and consider a prior experience with computers. Diamond career in science and technology. "We're hoping Olsson-Delgado, the youngest camper at last to create a pipeline of students who will consider week's session thought the camp was great fun. a career in IT," said Rukhsana Syed, IBM She particularly liked the session devoted to computer games. Megan Elliott found the camp a Canada's K-12 Program Manager. "These kids, after all, are our great way to improve her web design skills. "I'll now be able to help update my band's Web site future." Launched as part of IBM Canada's nation- for the Tsawwassen First Nation." For eleven-year old Dakota Chase, of the al Aboriginal strategy, these three to five day Musqueam Indian Band, the camp was a definite camps have been modeled after IBM's successful EXITE camps that encourage girls to pursue high point of his summer. "It's cool," he said, "almost as good as going careers in technology. The IGNITE program, however, has been modified to meet the needs of to Las Vegas for my| Aboriginal children and their communities. IBM brother's wedding!" has not only partnered with local Aboriginal

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Province of Saskatchewan recognizes Metis Fishing Rights The Saskatoon Star Journal reported today that President David Chartrand. "The decision not to Saskatchewan Crown proseappeal will set a precedent and cutor Mich McAdam would the Province of Manitoba not appeal the recent R. V. should follow the path of Laviolette Court decision, as Saskatchewan, Ontario and he found no significant legal Alberta and recognize our errors after the case had been Rights". reviewed. Recently Indian and The monumental R. Northern Affairs Canada V. Laviolette decision released a poll indicating that cr t-x. r- u- Rights IT u± Jason Madden.Ron Laviolette, Teillet, aiiirms that *Fishing '. . , Meadow . ' lake, _ Jean , Sask Canadians support Metis ° ana, _. Clem_,Chartter, Harvesting Rights and would for the Metis People do prefer a government negotiating with the Metis exist. The Saskatchewan Provincial Court applied the concept of a regional community including People to work towards the implementation of the whole of Northwest Saskatchewan and Metis Rights, rather than forcing litigation. affirmed that Mr. Laviolette has the right to har- "Saskatchewan has taken the right steps, why waste the taxpayers money on fighting for a vest within his traditional territory. "I believe this is a step in the right direc- Right that is recognized in the Canadian tion. The Province of Saskatchewan has sent a Constitution and affirmed by the Supreme Court clear message that they recognize the rights of of Canada" explained President Chartrand, "This Metis People," said Manitoba Metis Federation is an important day for all Metis People and it brings us one step closer to ensuring our Rights are finally recognized by the Manitoba Aboriginal Relations Contracting Government". Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI)

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Metis Nation makes historic breakthrough with inclusion in federal Aboriginal Health Blueprint By Miles Morrisseau, Metis National Council A Special meeting between that the final outcome of this on-going First Ministers and jurisdictional positioning is the loss of Aboriginal leaders in lives within our Nation and the loss of advance of the First potential within this great country. Ministers' meeting on The historic inclusion of the Metis in Health, Prime Minister Paul this health blueprint is timely in light of Martin fundamentally the Supreme court of Canada's decision altered Canada's longstandin R. v. Powley which recognized and ing policy on Metis health. affirmed the existence and Aboriginal In a proposed blueprint for rights of the Metis Nation. Although the Aboriginal health, the Prime Minister laid out an Powley case dealt specifically with the issue of inclusive strategy which, for the first time ever, harvesting rights the implications are much will include the Metis people as equal partners in greater". federal Aboriginal health programming. "In light of Powley, government must underMetis National Council President Clement stand the Metis Nation and courts will not accept Chartier welcomed the Prime Minister's inclu- federal and provincial policies that ignore the sive Aboriginal health package. "For the Metis Metis Nation," said Metis national Council ViceNation, we believe that this is an important first President Audrey Poitras who also attended the step toward addressing the discrimination our Special Meeting. Vice-President Poitras added, people currently face in Canada's health care "We take today's announcement as a reflection of system. We embrace the opportunity to work this new reality and look forward to working in with Canada and the provinces from Ontario partnership with Canada and the provinces from westward in a "new era" of partnership in the Ontario westward to deal with the Metis health area of Metis health," said President Chartier. He care crisis." added, "This historic inclusion cannot be in While the commitment of resources to dealing name only. The Metis have witnessed many past with the Metis health care crisis is part of the initiatives where new Aboriginal' resources are solution, ensuring that the design and delivery of made available to great fanfare; yet we are left the blueprint meets the unique needs of the Metis on the sidelines after the communique has been Nation will be key. Metis Nation Minister of issued. Only time will tell whether this meeting Health, David Chartrand said, "We know that is actually a success for the Metis people. Metis-specific programs succeed in the Metis For years it has been understood that there is an Nation where mainstream an pan-Aboriginal Aboriginal health care crisis in Canada; mean- programs have failed. Utilizing the AHRDS, while Metis citizens have suffered for decades Metis governments across the homeland provide because of jurisdictional wrangling between the employment and job training opportunities that federal and provincial government with respect have led to thousands of Metis citizen finding to responsibility for the Metis. Last month, jobs or gaining the skills to find better jobs. It is President Chartier called on the Council of the changing lives. We need to work with the federFederation and the Prime Minister to end the al government and the provinces to create a sucresulting health care discrimination against the cessful mode to provide Metis specific health Metis Nation. President Chartier said, "First care. It would not only changes lives but save Ministers around this table should be very aware lives.

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A Canadian Hero Louis Riel If the answer is yes, this story of a great Canadian hero - Louis Riel - is for you. The Trial of Louis Riel tells the story of a courageous man who defied the political establish ment to stand up for the rights of ordi nary people. Although Louis Riel ultimately lost his life in an unjust trial for treason, his spirit lives on in the very fabric of our country. Riel is considered the founding father of Manitoba. He stood up for the Metis people and fought to have Alberta and Saskatchewan named provinces so their people could be repre sented in Parliament. His activism infuriated the Canadian government. In The Trial of Louis Riel you will learn about this great man and his sensational trial for high treason. This e-book is for you if... • ... you need accurate information about Louis Riel, his trial, or the Metis for a research project, a class, or a speech. • ... you are considering a career in law, politics, or activism. • ... you want to discover more about your heritage. • ... you want to learn the fascinating true story about the unjust execution of a great hero. Author George Goulet has a Master of Laws degree and practiced law for 35 years. He is the great grandson of Pierre Delorme, a member of Louis Riel's government in Manitoba, and the grandnephew of Elzear Goulet, a friend of Louis Riel's referred to in this book. The author and Terry Goulet, principal researcher and editor of the book, have given dozens of speeches about Louis Riel, his trial, and his Metis people. The author recently contributed expert information about Louis Riel to the CBC television series Canada: A People's History, and in October 2002, he was a guest pan-

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Are you proud to be Canadian? elist on the nationally televised CBC program The Retrial of Louis Riel. This e-book provides information of vital importance to anyone who wants or needs an understanding of Louis Riel's sensational 1885 trial for high treason. After giving background information on Louis Riel, the Metis, the Red River Resistance, and the North-West Uprising, The Trial of Louis Riel investigates and evaluates information from a legal and political point of view, including: • selection of the trial site and jury • testimony of witnesses judicial and political improprieties at the highest levels • the charges, conviction and execution of Louis Riel under an inapplicable ancient British statute • mistreatment of Louis Riel by his own lawyers • failure of Louis Riel to receive a full defence to which he was legally entitled • Prime Minister John A. Macdonald's blatant manipulation of the legal system • rejection of the jury's unanimous recommendation of mercy for Louis Riel

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LOUIS RIEL Be sure to sit in on George and Terry's roundtable talk during the Annual General Meeting in Fort St John. GEORGE R.D, GOULET

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Metis Veterans join " Spiritual Campaign" (Ottawa, ON July 27, 2005) Several years ago, the President of the National Metis Veterans Association Ed Borchert had a vision. Wouldn't it be wonderful to take a group of Veterans back to Europe to not only pay tribute to fallen comrades overseas but to hold a special ceremony to bring home the spirits of the dead soldiers to their ancestors in Canada. In this, the "Year of the Veteran" that vision will become reality. Metis, Inuit and First Nations Veterans will get a rare opportunity to take part in the "Calling Home Ceremony" in association with the Government of Canada through Veterans Affairs and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. In October, about 20 Veterans along with Aboriginal Spiritual Leaders, members of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, elders and youth will take a pilgrimage to the war cemeteries and battlegrounds of Europe such as Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach. The Calling Home Ceremony will incorporate customs and traditions of Canada's Aboriginal peoples. NMVA President Ed Borchert says, "This is a journey of remembrance, healing and closure for

the comrades and families of our fallen soldiers. Also, this is an educational journey for the youth who will travel with us and they will come to understand the sacrifices made and take what they have learned to teach others." David Chartrand, Minister of Social Development for the Metis National Council and President of the Manitoba Metis Federation says, "This is a very historic and important time for our people. It provides closure for our Metis soldiers who's blood was spilled protecting our country." Metis National Council President Clement Chartier says, "It's extremely important to remember the soldiers who fought and gave their lives for our freedom and it is hoped that through the eyes of our youth taking part in the "Calling Home Ceremony" their sacrifices will never be forgotten." The Aboriginal delegation leaves for Europe in late October and returns to Canada on November 4th in time for Veterans week. It's estimated more than 500 Aboriginal soldiers are buried in cemeteries throughout Europe. Thousands of Metis, Inuit and First Nations fought in the First and Second World Wars and Korean War.

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Message to Metis Citizens of British Columbia To the Metis Citizens from across the BC Metis Falkland (Thompson / Okanagan Region). Homeland, to our Elders, Veterans, Youth, The 2004-2005 year did not go without its Women, Children and Staff I welcome you to the challenges. I was required in September of 2004, MPCBC 2005 Annual General Meeting. It has to assume the responsibilities of Interim been an honour and privilege to serve the Metis President for the Metis Nation British Columbia. Communities as Interim President for the Metis I dedicated myself to fulfilling this position in a Nation British Columbia. I have also had the manner that would ensure the MPCBC could pleasure and honour to serve as the maintain political and corporate stabiliNational Minister responsible for ty. I strongly believe we have achieved Culture, Heritage and Language. this stability. I am extremely proud and I want to express sincere thanks pleased to showcase and share with our to the MPCBC Board of Directors, Citizens these achievements at this Local Presidents, and Staff. Their sup2005 AGM. The Annual General port, guidance, and assistance allowed Meeting is a time for all Metis citizens me to fulfill my duties and, together, to to reflect and make decisions in the best achieve the success we have all seen this past interests of the Metis Nation British Columbia. year. This past year, the MPCBC Board of Directors, I acknowledge the dedication and gover- Staff, Metis community leaders and I have develnance that the National Governing Member oped several legislative documents such as the Leadership has shown. It is with the support and Citizenship, Senate, Electoral and Metis Nation will of these leaders that together we will build a Governing Assembly Acts. The consideration strong Metis Nation of Canada. and ratification of these Acts is paramount to I thank the youth and women for their move the Metis Nation agenda forward. The strength, initiatives, and guidance in creating implementation of these acts will meet the goverdirection for today so that Metis youth and nance requirements set out in the 2003 resolution women will have a voice for tomorrow. I thank passed in Nelson, British Columbia when the them for their participation in their respective MPCBC Constitution was ratified. The Metis governance structures at all levels. Nation is on the verge of significant changes in I thank the Presidents of the local commu- terms of Federal and Provincial recognition of nities. Your leadership role in your community our governing structure in British Columbia. I serves as an invaluable component of building believe that the Metis Nation British Columbia stronger communities and creating service to has never been in a stronger position, especially Metis Citizens. Thank you for your support dur- with the recent signing of the historic Metis ing this past year, your hard work and dedication Nation Framework Agreement. I must encourage for the betterment of the Metis members in your all of our communities to work together in the community, and for assisting the MPCBC in their spirit of cooperation and fairness to build the leadership. future for the Metis Nation. The past year marked a significant and Please accept my sincere wishes for an monumental moment in establishing Metis enjoyable and safe event (Ki'nass Koimitin - I Rights in British Columbia. I extend sincere thank you) appreciation to Mr. Greg Willison, a Metis Citizen who fought in the Provincial Court of Thank you, British Columbia and established his inherent Bruce Dumont, Interim President Metis right to harvest within the environs of

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Message from the Executive Director for the 2005 Annual General Meeting (AGM) I want to begin by offering my appreciation to the MPCBC Board members, staff, and the Metis communities that continue to assist the governance and program development for the Metis Nation British Columbia. The MPCBC has continued to develop as a very strong Metis governing organization during 2004-2005. The MPCBC has maintained resources at levels achieved in 2003-2004 and has continued to seek several new governance opportunities to assist capacity development at the local, regional, and provincial levels. In 2004-2005 the organization also confronted challenges in many new and diverse areas. Pursuing Metis rights in British Columbia has been difficult and the MPCBC utilized a strategic approach to engage the Provincial Government. The MPCBC developed a media campaign, has submitted letters to the Premier, and participated in the First Ministers Meetings with the Federal and Provincial Governments in preparation for completion in 2005. The MPCBC also pursued Metis rights in the courts and in April 2005 our organization and Mr. Greg Willison were rewarded with the Willison court victory.

BCUMYC Annual Meeting Thursday September 22nd, 2005 12:00 - 1:00 Registration & Lunch (lunch will be catered) 1:00 - 1:30 Opening Prayer Opening Remarks & Housekeeping 1:30 - 2:45 Policies & Procedures 2:45-3:00 Health Break 3:00 - 4:30 Stone Carving 6:30 Meet & Greet Dinner

Friday September 23rd, 2005 7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet 8:30 - 10:45 Crown Counsel

The MPCBC completed consultations in an additional in 25 communities during 20042005 focusing on continued governance and the establishment of the centralized registry. The need to organize a six-step strategic governance implementation approach was crucial in 20042005. Furthermore, the establishment of a centralized registry due to the injection of multilateral funding was critical for the MPCBC. The MPCBC provided an overview of these processes during the community consultations and has continued to respond to community questions. The MPCBC had another strong year in 2004-2005 and I am truly excited with several new opportunities on the horizon in 2005-2006. The MPCBC has developed long term plans and will continue to work with the Metis communities in BC. I sincerely thank all Metis citizens for their commitment to our collective challenge and wish everyone a safe Annual General Meeting. Thank you, Keith Henry, Executive Director

Fort St, John Friendship Centre 10:45- 11:00 Health Break 11:00-12:00 Restorative Justice 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break (lunch will be catered) 1:00 - 2:00 Youth Suicide Workshop 2:00 - 2:45 Traditional Medicine 2:45-3:00 Health Break 3:00-4:00 Michif Workshop 4:00-4:30 Closing Comments Closing Circle Closing Prayer 5:00 - 6:30 Dinner @ North Peace Secondary School 7:00 - midnight Metis Idol @ Friendship Centre

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6:00 PM - Dinner Banquet

6. Acceptance of Agenda Day Two - Sunday September 25th, 2005 7. Appointment of Resolutions Committee (one representative per region)

8:30 AM - Breakfast Buffet

12:00 PM Lunch Buffet

13. Presentation on Financial Statements

8. Minutes from 2004 AGM 9. Presentation of 2005 MPCBC By-Election Electoral Code

14. MPCBC Annual 2003-04 Program Reports Metis Human Resource Development Agreement (MHRDA) Presenting: Minister Responsible for Education Employment & Training, Rick Wilmot Technical Support: Provincial Manager, Malonie Langthorne

10. Presentation of Willison Decision - Jean Teillet, Legal Counsel, Pape & Salter

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September 24th & 25th, 2005 Fort St. John, BC MWS-BC North Peace Secondary School Governance, Bruce Dumont Day Two - Sunday September 25th, 2005 Technical Support: Tripartite Coordinator continued. Cynthia Kolada Education Presenting: Minister Responsible for - Youth Education Employment & Training, Rick Minister Responsible for Youth, Tresley Tourond Wilmot Technical Support: Interim Coordinator, Cynthia Technical Support: Michelle Duncan, Kolada MPCBC Education Consultant - Cultural Development Aboriginal Employment Partnership Presenting: Minister Responsible for Culture and Initiatives (AEPI) Language, Rene Therrien Presenting: Minister Responsible for Technical Support: Cultural Development Education Employment & Training, Rick Manager, Henry Hall Wilmot Technical Support: Manager, Jeannie - Health Cramner Minister Responsible for Health, Rose Bortolon Technical Support: Provincial Coordinator, Marie Metis Commission for Children & Family y a n Humbeck Services (MCCFS) Presenting: Minister Responsible for Child & . B C _ M 6 t i s W o m e n ' s Secretariat Families, Kay Dahl Presenting: Minister Responsible for Metis Technical Support: MCCFS Executive Director, Women Rose Bortolon tvQa Storey Technical Support: Provincial Coordinator, Marie Van Humbeck Urban Aboriginal Teen Parenting Program (UATPP) _ Multilateral Presenting: Minister Responsible for Child & Minister Responsible for Natural Resources, Families, Kay Dahl D a v e Hodgson Technical Support: Provincial Manager, Larry T e c h n i c a i Support: Director of Natural Railton Resources, Dean Trumbley Registry Presenting: Minister Responsible for Registry and Governance, Bruce Dumont Technical Support: MPCBC Provincial Registrar, Heather Hallet - Tripartite Self - Government Negotiations (TSN) Minister Responsible for Registry and

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Metis Provincial Council of British Columiba Executive Council Bruce Dumont - Interim President, Vice President Elect Bruce Dumont was born in Olds, Alberta, May 1944 to mother Cecile Marie Dumont (Vaness) and father Joseph Ambrose Dumont. Bruce was appointed as an MPCBC Governance committee member and the Michif Language Provincial Representative for the MPCBC. He served as the Local President, Vice President and Director of the North Island Metis Association and was one of the founders and former Presidents of Red River West Rendezvous. Bruce Dumont was elected Vice President to the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) in April 2004, and he was appointed the Provincial Minister Responsible for Governance and Citizenship Registry on May 28th. Brace and Joanne live in Errington, B.C. He has four children, and eight grandchildren.

Kay Dahl - Director, Vancouver Island (Region l)Kay Reba Dahl was born in Innisfail, Alberta April 1947 to mother Mary St. Denys born in Preston, England and father Harvey St. Denys born in Calgary, Alberta. Kay joined the B.C. Federation of Foster Parent Associations in 1989 when she was elected to the position of Treasurer for Region 1. Kay was elected to the Provincial Board of Directors in 1995. She was elected to the position of Provincial President in 1998 where she served until retiring from fostering in 2000. Kay was the chief spokesperson for the BCFFPA representing foster parents at several political tables. Kay was elected Director to the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) for the Vancouver Island Region on April 17, 2004. Kay Dahl is the Provincial Minister responsible for Children & Families. Kay lives in Campbell River, B.C. with her husband, three adult children and five grandchildren.

Frazer MacDonald - Director, Lower Mainland (Region 2)Frazer MacDonald was born in Battleford, Saskatchewan to mother Dorothy Turner and father Edward Matheson MacDonald, both Metis. Frazer MacDonald served 32 years in law enforcement in Victoria and the Lower Mainland. He taught in the Police Academy at the Justice Institute for three years. Frazer was Chief Steward for six years for the City of Surrey. He served 12 years as a Police Union Executive, three of which he served as a Provincial President. Frazer was elected Director to the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) for the Lower Mainland on April 17, 2004. Frazer MacDonald is the Provincial Minister responsible for Housing, Justice and Social Programs. Frazer is the B.C. Junior Lacrosse Commissioner for the B.C. Lacrosse Association for the past 22 years and lives in Delta, B.C. with wife Viola, and two adult children.

Dave Hodgson - Director, Okanagan/Thompson (Region 3) David R. Hodgson was born in New Westminster, B.C. to mother Vera May born in Unity, Saskatchewan and father Percival Hubert, born in Hodgson,Manitoba. Dave served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1960 - 1963. He later worked in construction in the welding & mining industry. He sat on the Executive Board of the International Union of Operational Engineers Local 115 for 18 years. Dave retired from the union and worked his farm for 2 years. He ran for election for the MPCBC in 2000. Dave was elected as the Director for the Okanagan/Thompson Region in November 2000 and is currently serving his second term by acclamation. Dave Hodgson is the Provincial Minister Responsible for Natural Resources and serves as Treasurer for the MPCBC. Dave lives in Ashcroft, B.C. with his wife, two adult daughters, and five grandchildren. Rick Wilmot - Director, Kootenay (Region 4)Richard H. Wilmot was born in Islay, Alberta, to mother Marguerite Wilmot, nee Courte Oreille, born Burtonsville, Northwest Territories,and father Angus Wilmot, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Rick was selected Director for the Kootenay Region in April 2001 and is currently serving his second term. Rick attended Notre Dame University of Nelson and earned a Teaching Certificate. For the past 30 years Rick has been employed by Teck Cominco working as a Process Control Operator and has been active as a Trainer in processes, small equipment operation and required safety training. Rick is currently engaged in completing his BAdegree with emphasis on Metis studies. Rick Wilmot is the Provincial Minister Responsible for Education & Training. He is active in his community and serves on the Board of the Beaver Valley May Days Society- Chairperson for the last 15 years. Rick lives in Fraitvale, B.C. with his wife. Rose Bortolon - Director, North Central (Region 5)Rose Bortolon was born in Faust, Alberta to mother Alice Cunningham,born in Wabaman, Alberta, and father Francis Cunningham, born in Grouard, Alberta. Rose was a bookkeeper for her husband's company for 25years. She owned and operated a restaurant business for three years and a catering business for six. Rose has volunteered for 30 years in the health sector and has volunteered with the Prince George Metis Elders Society since 1992. A committee for Citizen of the Year recently nominated Rose Bortolon for the honour. Rose was elected Director for the North Central Region to the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) in November 2000 and is currently serving her second term. Rose Bortolon is the Provincial Minister responsible for Health,Women and Elders. Rose lives in Prince George, B.C. with her husband,and four adult daughters, and three grandchildren.

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Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia Executive Council Renee Therrien - Director, Northwest (Region 6) Renee Therrien was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba to mother Celeste Therrien (nee Huppe) and father Adrien Therrien. Rene's parents were both born in Manitoba and Renee was raised in the small village of Richer, Manitoba.Terrace spent most of his life logging in B.C. Presently, Reneis semi-retired and devotes much of his time to learning about the Metis cause, their values, traditions and lifestyle. He is a self-taught fiddler who has enjoyed entertaining at many Metis events. Renee was elected Director for the Northwest Region to the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) in November 2000 and is currently serving his second term. He is the Provincial Minister Responsible for Culture, Heritage and Language and serves as the Secretary of the MPCBC.Renee lives in Terrace, B.C. with his wife Anni, three adult children and three grandchildren. Dan Pope - Director, Northeast (Region 7) Daniel George Pope was born in Fort St. John, B.C. to mother Marie LaRiviere, born in High Prairie, Alberta, and father James Pope born in Peace River, Alberta. Dan pursued his journeyman in the plumbing and pipefitting trade. He has gained a great deal of experience in the oil and gas industry both as an employee and a business owner. Dan was elected Director for the Northeast Region on April 17, 2004. Recently Dan had the pleasure of hosting a Metis Economic Development Forum in Fort St. John. He believes the MPCBC has only just begun implementing improvements and the future looks very bright for the Metis Nation of B..C. Dan Pope is the Provincial Minister Responsible for Economic Development. Dan lives in Fort St. John, B.C. with his wife, three adult daughters, and one granddaughter.

Tresley Tourond - Minister for Youth Tresley R. Tourond was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan to mother, Brenda McAuley (Springer) and father, Art (Chico) Tourond. Tresley moved to the Lower Mainland in 1987 with her mother, stepfather Chris McAuleyand two of her three siblings. She is currently employed as an Office Manager for Optimum Studios Ltd. Tresley began working with the British Columbia United Metis Youth Circle (BCUMYC) as a Regional Representative in November of 2002. She was elected Chair for the BCUMYC under the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (MPCBC) in September 2003.Tresley sits on both the MPCBC Board of Directors as the Provincial Minister responsible for Youth Issues and on the Executive of the Metis National Youti| Advisory Council (MNYAC) as Co-Chair. She was appointed Southern B.C. Representative for the MNYAC, Tresley lives in Surrey B.C.

April McLean-Collart - Women's Representative April McLean-Collart was born in Prince Rupert B.C. to mother Alice McLean (Waite), born in Old Fort Rae, Northwest Territories and George McLean, born in Mission, British Columbia. She represented the Women's Action Committee while employed by the Provincial Government. She helped organize Regional meetings, educational sessions, and a successful Women's Conference while on this committee. She is presently a freelance photographer. April is a member of the Northwest Metis Association in Prince Rupert, a volunteer member of the Canadian Cancer Society, aBoard Member of the Prince Rupert Senior's Housing Society and Past President of the Prince Rupert Camera Club. April became involved with the B.C. Metis Women's Secretariat upon her election as RegionalRepresentative to Region 7 (Northwest B.C.) in September 2003. She was-elected by acclamation in February 2005. She was elected Chair of the. Metis Women's Secretariat in June 2005. April lives in PrinceRupert with her husband and enjoys visits with her daughter, son, and grandsons.

Bob Ducharme, Director of Metis Veterans of BC Born 16 October 1933, Craig Siding, Manitoba, of Metis parents, Bob began his working life cutting cordwood , and working on the railroad until he joined the Canadian Army. During his time in the Military he was decorated many times starting with a volunteer medal for enlisting in the Korean War. He also received a medal for service in Germany/NATO Force, the Canadian Forces (L) United Nations Peacekeeping Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, Service in Korea, the United Nations Forces in Cyprus, the 50th Anniversary, Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth 11 Golden Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration for crime-free Service. Bob Ducharme was also awarded the National Aboriginal Veterans Memorial Medal and several other Korea Veterans' Association Service Medals. (See Bob's autobiography on page 21 of this magazine.)

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Thank You The MPCBC thanks the Fort St. John Metis Society of British Columbia for hosting the 2004 - 2005 MPCBC Annual General Meeting. The Fort St. John MEtis Society was incorporated in 1996, by a small group of dedicated Elders and members. This group identified that the MEtis youth in the area were lacking guidance, education and a sense of community. Once incorporated, an office was opened and the Society hasn't looked back. Every year since incorporation the community has grown stronger. The youth are getting the opportunity to become educated and then bring this knowledge back to their community. With our Elders leadership and determined members, the Fort St. John MEtis society was able to revitalize their culture and go forward at the same time. The Fort St. John Society is committed to the health and advancement of their community. It surprises most people to hear that Fort St. John is both the oldest non-native settlement and one of the oldest native settlements in British Columbia. Fort St. John has grown since its beginning in 1794 as a trading post. Fur

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Merci traders, explorers and homesteaders settled in this vast northeast region of British Columbia with dreams of freedom and a better life. Region 7 is perhaps the last area of B.C. where MEtis traditions of hunting and trapping are still very much a part of everyday life. The MPCBC Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for the Fort St. John MEtis Society to allow the rest of the province to enjoy some of the bounty that they still reap, by preparing and serving traditional food, hunted and gathered right in their own backyard. The MPCBC AGM is a time for all MEtis of British Columbia to come together in a show of unity and strength. It is that this opportunity to host the MPCBC AGM will give the Fort St. John MEtis Society the opportunity to provide an outstanding venue and show what superb hosts the northern people are. As their region is large and their membership spread out, they hope to strengthen the bonds within their region as well as throughout the province by providing all the attendees and volunteers with a memorable experience.

Thank You from Interim President, Bruce Dumont I look forward to seeing old, and meeting new 1 thank all Metis delegates, Metis Nation faces over the next few days. leadership from across the homeland, Provincial and Federal government partners, and I give spe- Please accept my sincere wishes for an enjoyable cial thanks to the Fort St. John Metis Society as and safe event (Ki'nass Koimitin - I thank you) the host community for ensuring a successful 2005 Annual General Meeting. I want to thank Thank you, the MPCBC Board of Directors who has continued to showcase leadership throughout this past Bruce Dumont year and who continues to strive for the better- Interim President ment of their communities. I would not have reached this success without them. I extend sincere appreciation to the MPCBC Staff for their THE MPCBC hard work, dedication, and overwhelming support throughout this past year. I look forward to the Journey ahead with all of you!

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Linda Edgecombe, CSP presents ...

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JNote to Self....

The simple truth about what it takes to be successful! "Note to self is a phrase I say several times each day, mostly when I've learned something new, or forgot something I should have and do already know. You know the next time it happens reminder. Now if I were really good at this technique of learning as I go, you would think it would help me with my golf game. I'm 120 yards off the green, the flag is near the front and I can't remember from one hole to the next what club I used last time. Mind you, that's probably because I chat too much when I golf and do enjoy the occasional beverage from the beverage cart... see now I have digressed again! I am totally intrigued by the saying "Note to Self and it's link to how each of us moves towards the life we desire. Here are three truths about success and how you can incorporate them into your own goals and plans for your life, regardless of where you are at this time and place. Truth # 1 You can only be successful when you know who and what you are. Take an honest snapshot of your life. All that is good, all that could use some improvement, perhaps a few things that need a little tweaking. Make a list of all the roles you play. Mom, dad, boss, leader, sister, brother, volunteer, accountant, homemaker, friend, etc. Now put a rating besides each one. How would your friends describe you in each of these roles? How would you describe yourself? Which of these roles energize you? What roles would you like to drop if you could? Can you re-define yourself in any of these roles? Are you truly yourself when you play these roles and are you more YOU in some than in others? Why is that? What are some common values you find shine when you are more yourself in any of these roles? Note to Self: You can and will add and take off roles as you grow in your life. Truth #2 You must know the values you stand on if success is important to you. Most of us are not clear about our values and find

we flounder when opportunities come our way. We ask ourselves should I do it or not. When we are clear about how we see ourselves and the values we operate under, making decisions is easier. So make a list of all the things you find value in, in your home and work life.

Below are a few examples. Achievement Friendships Physical challenge Advancement and promotion Growth Adventure Having a family Power and authority Affection (love and caring) Helping other people Privacy Arts Helping society Public service Challenging problems Honesty Change and variety Independence Quality Close relationships Influencing others Quality relationships Community Inner harmony Recognition (respect from others, status) Competence Integrity Religion Competition Intellectual status Reputation Cooperation Involvement Responsibility and accountability Country Job tranquility Security Creativity Knowledge Self-respect Decisiveness Leadership Serenity Democracy Location Sophistication Ecological awareness Loyalty Stability Economic security Market position Status Effectiveness Meaningful work Supervising others Efficiency Merit Time freedom Ethical practice Money Truth Excellence Nature Wealth continued on page 20

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Choose 20 from this list and add your own. Whittle it down to your top 10, then your top 5. Now when making decisions daily on your home and work life, reflect on your list. The truth is, that when your life feels out of balance, it means you have made priorities that do not fall on the values you have set for yourself. Note to Self: You do not need to have the same top 5 values as your spouse or your kids; they should however, be in the same ballpark though. Truth #3 Know what success will look like, so you can recognize it when you are there. So many people run the treadmill of everyday, not knowing what a great day looks like even when it's hitting them on the head. We keep thinking just one more deal, one more clean room, one more lap in the pool. It' is really important to know for yourself, what success looks like. With or without money, with or without that perfect body you desire, with or without your kids getting on the deans list. Start a benchmark list. One that you will celebrate every time you get one more step towards your BIG goals. The key is to honor yourself for all successes; otherwise you will not

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appreciate the big ones when they come your way. This truth requires you to: Stop and be still for a moment to really look around you. It requires you to honestly be grateful for all that you have. (If this is when you now tune out, you are far too driven my friend and are on a crash course for burn out) Make a list of all the things you would like to do to reward yourself with as you move on your goals. Note to Self: As you read this short article, think about a couple of things that have happened today that you are grateful for. Success is closer than you think. My success barometer has always been when I can order what I really want on a menu without worrying about the price. (That would be the lobster). Then I know I am successful. So until then, I'm OK with ordering the seafood appetizer. Best Selling Author, Work/Life Balance Expert, Outrageously Funny Speaker ready to speak at your next conference. 1-888-868-9601 SS8H

Premier Edition Cover Photo Credit Award winning photographer and cinematographer, Rolf Hicker has been traveling the world for more than 20 years, capturing dramatic impressions of nature, breathtaking scenery, and sensational images of wildlife. From the white washed buildings of ancient Greece, to the resident killer whales of Vancouver Island in Canada, Rolf is well known for his work as a nature, landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer. With his photography experience spanning more than two decades, Rolf has gained respect for his artistic ability as well as his photographic expertise in both film and, more recently digital. Well known for staying abreast with technology, and the digital revolution, Rolf is well adept in the many facets of on, Roll is well adept in the many tacets ot

professional photography including the digi-f tal darkroom. | The quality of his work and high stan-1 dards he brings to the profession have been! recognized by professional associations ear-i ning him several international awards inclu-1 ding Gold for "Best Scenic" calender by| CMA. He was honored at the prestigiousl International Film Festival in Dresden when! he received the highest award in the category! "Best Nature Film". He has a wide range of| publications to his credit and his photos appe-1 ar regularly in books, calendars and magazi-l nes. 1 Rolf has also had photos published in the i National Geographic and Readers Digest. | -.-.r... „™-.r «

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Profile of Our Sergeant at Arms.

Bob Ducharme Born: 16 October,'33, Craig Siding, Manitoba. I grew up hunting rabbits and partridge and later deer for food for our large family. I Love Metis fiddle music since I was a young boy, mostly the Andy Desjarlais music of old time and I still love it today.There is not very many who can master the fiddle like Andy, he had a special way with adjusting the "D" string for the Red River Jig. I cut cordwood and pulpwood to help my family survive and when I was old enough I went to work on the Extra gangs on the railroads.I also picked blueberries and Seneca root to sell and went harvesting in my teen years. In 1952 I joined the Army and was told that I would go to Germany instead of Korea which I wanted but instead I ended up going to Korea and later to Germany. The Army life that I embarked upon was a very adventurous time,we didn't have very much in the way of equipment and had to improvise a lot. I was fortunate to become a good driver and later on Battalion Transport Sergeant wherever I became posted, except Quebec city where I was employed as a language instructor..! drove many different types of vehicles, motorcycles, small trucks ,large trucks,busses, tracked vehicles and became a booster for what is now called the Truckers' Road-e-o and Defensive Driving Program. I believe God had something planned for me all along, because through it all I met and married a very beautiful girl who would mother three children and stick with me for forty seven years this

year, and still counting. Another highlight of my life is that God has put me in touch with some very wonderful and special people. Today I am the BC Director of the Metis Veterans of BC seeking out ,researching and assisting Metis Veterans to bring about recognition and benefits that will hopefully compensate in some small way for the denial of equitable treatment many of them suffered after the wars. Upon moving to Nanaimo on my release, I became involved in helping start a hunter safety program,in BC that is widely used today in most places across Canada and the USA, it is called the C.O.R.E.Program. I was a Zone President in the BC Senior's Games for four years and Started a Manitoba Day Association with approx. 1100 members. I was a Union Officer in both the BC Department of Highways Ferries and later the BC Corrections. I suppose that if I had my life to live over againj would probably do the very same thing,except,I would ask Jesus to come into my life a lot sooner,in order to save the needless anguish and suffering so I may help others. My life was always very interesting,but some times there were hardships which can be prevented, and I would like to pass on especially to young people,that there is a place in this world for you and if you are having trouble finding it, please call on the wisdom of the Elderly, they have been there before. Bob Ducharme, Nanaimo, B.C., Metis Veteran Affairs Ph/Fax 1-250-756-2493

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Xarrv's Book "Kcvitvo ^^

Larry T a r r \ 7 Evans, F v a n c Fort T?r\r*t St Qt John I n V i n Historian Hictn North Peace Historical Society President

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The first book we'd like to introduce for recommended reading is "FACES IN THE FOREST, First Nations Art Created On Living Trees". This book was written by Michael D. Blackstock and at the time of the writing was Aboriginal Affairs Manager in the Ministry of Forests of British Columbia. Michel is Metis. This is the first comprehensive study of First Nations tree art. Faces In The Forest takes us into the sacred forest and reveals the mystery of carvings, paintings and writings done on living trees by First Nations people. Michael Blackstock, a forester and an artist, details this rare art form through oral histories related by the elders, blending spiritual and academic perspectives on native art, cultural geography and traditional ecological knowledge. The book takes us on a journey along the remnants of trading and trapping trails to tree art sites in the Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Tlingit, Carrier, and Dene traditional territories. The book concludes with reflections on the function and meaning of tree art. This book is of extreme interest in as much as it details a face of the Dunne-Za tree carving at Tumbler Ridge.


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This face actually showed up at the Fort St. John Museum where it resided for a number of years. The museum people were never comfortable with it and when we discovered it had been cut down in the Tumbler Ridge area and that their museum was willing to take it we gladly sent it to them. It is discussed in the book and was discovered to have been a grave marker on the east side of Flatbed Creek just outside of Tumbler Ridge. The photographs in the book show a beautiful and well carved piece which challenges the popular belief that only the west coast people had mastered the art of carving . This carving has the power and quality of the northwest coast art but it was created over 800 kilometers into the interior. It can be found on page 129 of the book. Check your local museum for JH^^ the availability of this book and if not in stock I'm sure they can order it.



Larry Evans North Peace Historical Society, Fort St John, B.C.







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Back to Batoche ~ 2005 Trail toward Metis Crossing in Alberta. The trail ride involves Metis from across the homeland and is a celebration of Saskatchewan's and Alberta's Centennial. Along the way, they will stop in communities for a visit and to talk about Metis history and culture. It's a historic step back in time that will culminate with the arrival at Metis Crossing, near Edmonton, where the Metis Nation of Alberta will open phase 1 of the Metis Crossing heritage site. Photographer Ian Roach is video taping the adventures for the Metis National Council and he will produce an hour video highlighting the Voyageur/Wagon trek.

They came by plane and car; they came by This story boat and wagon. From far and wide, thousands was taken gathered on July 21st to 24th to celebrate Metis from the history and culture at the 35th Annual Back to Metis Batoche Days. Again this year, Metis National National Council was proud to be a sponsor at this historic Council event. Back to Batoche Days was a time to set website. aside politics and business. There was plenty to For more enjoy and old friendships to renew. information Metis National Council sponsored Back please log to Batoche Day activities such as the prizes for onto Photos courtesy of Ken Fisher, the square dancing competition and the nightly www. m etis nation, ca Metis Matters Radio Show fireworks. For music enthusiasts, there was the annual Metis fiddling competition along with the search for the Metis Idol. Talented Metis from across the homeland Unsurpassed "Quality" In joined in the fun. And for anyone in the competitive spirit, there was A "Grand" Environment the horseshoe tournament and NORTHERN GRAND Metis Voyageur games. Overall, the participation and enthusiasm in the events was exceptional with Whirlpool & Sauna not only the competitors but the Heated Pool & audience showing true Metis spirExercise Room it. The wagon trek, organized by Saskatchewan Metis Toll Free: 1-800-663-8312 Wagon Adventures, then gathered Phone: (250) 787-0521 up the horses and the crew to 9830 - 100 Avenue â&#x20AC;˘ Fort St. John, BC begin a 32 day cross province adventure following the Carlton BY



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METIS WOMEN'S AWARENESS Workshop Location Nanaimo Duncan Port Alberni Courten a u Campbell River Surrey Vancouver Abbotsford Burnuby Langley Grandforks Kelowna Merrit Salmon Arm Vernon Kamloops Oliver Cranbrook Valemont Williams Lake Fort St. James Prince George Quesnel Smithers Prince Rupert Terrace Ft. St. John Ft. Nelson Dawson Creek Chetwynd


Information on Family Violence for Metis Women

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ATTEND A WORKSHOP IN YOUR COMMUNITY The Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia believes that violence and abuse have no place in Metis families or communities. Educational workshops for Metis Women are being held throughout the British Columbia in the fall of 2005. Come to this free four hour event to learn the: • History of violence against Metis Women • Magnitude of family violence • Effects of violence and abuse • Impacts on children who witness abuse and what we can do to help each other and our sisters

Abuse can h a p p e n to anyone • Children • Youth • Women • Men • Elders

Family violence is: • a person's suffering • a family's destruction • a community's responsibility * a Nation's struggle to heal

E v e r y M e t i s W o m a n is e n c o u r a g e d t o a t t e n d a w o r k s h o p in h e r c o m m u n i t y . See inside panel for a listing of workshop locations, or visit and click on the Women's tab. The Metis Women's Awareness Program is a cooperative project between the BC/Yukon Society of Transition Houses3 the Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia and the Metis Women's Secretariat British Columbia. This project was made possible by the support of the Ministry of Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services.


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PO You Have We are looking for Elders from the BC South Peace to tell stories for a DVD movie as part of a research project. Lei the generations to come hear about the past through storytelling.

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Fort St. John The Energetic City There is no greater place to work and play than beautiful BC's Fort St. John, where energy abounds in industry and community

Home to B.C.'s Oil & Gas Show - October 4, 5 & 6,2005 Register online The City of Fort St. John Welcomes the B.C. Metis Nation and wish them success in their AGM, 2005 MAYOR

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The premier issue of Whispering Winds. A Métis and Aboriginal culture magazine.

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