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Leq’a:mel First Nation August 2009

While we encourage members to be a part of the newsletter and submit ideas and stories, we reserve the right to edit any submissions for grammar and sensitivity. Inside this issue: Secure Certificate of Indian


SCIS Information


Chief’s Update


Chief’s Update


Planning is underway for building a longhouse in the community. The Leq’a:mel Cultural Committee has been fundraising for quite some time, and as the days pass, they get inches closer to fulilling the dream of providing a place for the community to gather and grow together as one.

Housing Update


Health and Environment


Health and Environment


Water Sampling, Leq’a:mel Cultural Society


With one mind and one heart, lets’e mo:t - lets’e th’a:le, the cultural committee will continue to lourish and bring together the community in a positive atmosphere.

Announcement: Congratulations


Leq’a:mel Elders Update


For an update on the longhouse development, please see page 10 for a submission from Shawn Gabriel.

Student Appreciation and Honouring of Graduates


Youth Program Update


Summer Kids Club


SA/E.I. Workshop


Leq’a:mel Cultural Committee: Longhouse

Sto:lo Nation Health Update 16 2010 and Beyond Hiring Fair 17 Back to School Barbeque


August Birthdays




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Secure Certificate of Indian Status

ATTENTION Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS) Application Processing by INAC’s Mobile Application Centre (MAC) Team

Band Members: 16 and older Sto:lo Nation Bands, Soowahlie Shxw’ow’hamel, Skwah DATES: August 18,19 & 20, 2009 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM PLACE: Shxwha:y Village Community Hall 44680 Schweyey Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 5M5 Aug18: Aitchelitz, Shxwha:y Village, Tzeachten, Skowkale, Squiala Aug19: Matsqui, Leq’a:mel, Sumas Shxw’ow’hamel, Skawahlook Aug 20: Soowahlie,Skwah Popkum, Yakweakwioose Please try to make it on the day set aside for your band. If you are unable to make it on the day set aside for your band you can come on one of the other days

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SCIS Information The Secure Certiicate of Indian Status will allow card holders to cross the US -Canada border by land and water without having a passport. The INAC Website reports that “The SCIS will be similar in size to a credit card and contain an individual cardholder's details, as per the above prototype pictures, plus the date of issuance of the card. The magnetic strip on the back of the SCIS will contain no more information than is already clearly visible on the card. The back of the card will contain the machine readable zone as shown in the above picture.” The card will also have a holographic design. People may choose to not share their information with US Customs Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency may choose to not have a machine-readable zone on their card. Without a machine-readable zone, the card is not considered an acceptable document when crossing the border by land or water. Leona Kelly and other Indian Registry Administrators will be holding a Mobile Application Centre to process advanced applications for the SCIS. As stated on the poster on Page 2, they will only process band members applications who are aged 16 years and older. This is to accommodate as many as adults possible that may need the SCIS for border crossing, as children under the age of 16 do not require a passport for land and water entry to the US. To be placed on the sign-up list for the Secure Certiicate of Indian Status, please call reception at (604) 826-7976, or toll-free at 1-866-626-7976. You may also email reception at Application forms and instructions may be picked up at the band of#ice, or at building # 7 Sto:lo Nation. Leona has asked that those who are signed up for SCIS day to have their application forms illed out before they process them at Shxwa:y. When illing out the applications, please refer to these guidelines: • Please ill out the application form completely, using no abbreviations or initials. • Do not sign or date the application form. • If you require a statutory declaration concerning a lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed CIS/SCIS, please ask reception for a form. Please be advised that you will be required to have three pieces of ID: - Your previous valid certiicate of Indian Status Proof of Birth (original birth certiicate, long or short form) One other form of valid ID (government issued) If the name of the applicant recorded in the Indian Register is different from the name of his or her identity documents, the applicant must show an original court or Vital Statistics document. Applicants may need two duplicate passport-type photos, signed by an eligible guarantor conirming the applicant’s identity.

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Update from the Chief

Chief Alice Thompson

Family Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference (FAC-TOR): I am happy to say that we have inally come together to begin the necessary discussions on the Family Advisory concept. This item was discussed not only by community members over the past years but also was identiied by most if not all of the Council candidates prior to this year’s Council election. While this concept started in the late 90’s we have struggled to come to terms with what that would look like for our community. In terms of what our needs and direction are for 2009 I can see this concept having a very close connection to the necessary changes that we will need to make with our Election Regulations. The question we need to ask ourselves is how do we see having a larger Council being better for us when perhaps we are now thinking that a smaller council with a larger Family Advisory Committee would be a better it in 2009? Questions we need to ask ourselves if things are not working, why are they not working and how can we change this? We need to look at where we are, where we want to be and what it is we need to do that will get us there. The FAC-TOR, DRAFT #3 will be forwarded out to community in preparation for our follow up meeting. A date has yet to be identiied but in the meantime we need to take a serious look at how we vision this Family Advisory committee and Council working together. We need a good basis to continue on with this concept so that we can then identify where we need to amend the Election Regulations, all keeping in mind what our needs of today are and how this ties into our visions for the future. A number of items come into play with both the Family Advisory and the Council structures and we would need take a serious look and consider what the implications are with regards to inancing of these positions, how families identify their representation, keeping budgetary controls on positions that exist for Council and what that would look like with implementation of another structure if there is to be remuneration. Keep all of these things in mind when we come together for our next FAC-TOR meeting. I know that we all had some homework to do and I hope that we are prepared for some more candid and open discussions at the next meeting. Social Housing: Our irst quarterly meeting to speak speciically on Social Housing issues was held on April 29th 2009. Our next meeting has yet to be identiied. At that meeting we will be doing follow ups to the April 29th meeting as well as presenting to membership some recommendations with respect to some of the Project #3 units as well as seeking some discussion/direction on recommendations that we are proposing as Policy amendments with regards to Transfers and Wills. Our irst recommendation that we are seeking the support of membership is the 15 year minimum requirement (tenant has to have resided in and paid into a unit for a minimum of 15 years before they may be considered for having the house and land transferred to them at mortgage maturity). We also heard the message from

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membership loud and clear to “enforce policy” when it came to addressing tenants who refused to pay rent, who have not met with the Residential Property clerk to make arrangements for addressing their arrears situation. As Council we reconirmed this commitment to the membership at the April 29th meeting and again at our recent Council meeting that we will stand by policy. I have also encouraged fellow council members that if we have community members approach us about “getting a letter of eviction” we will then refer them to speak with the RPC to make arrangements or to sign a new agreement. This Council fully supports the enforcement of Policy by the RPC and will do what is necessary to be accountable to the 420 members it represents. Another key area that we will be working on to address the social housing deicit (which I will call a Deicit Recovery Plan) is to focus on only addressing repairs that are necessary to maintain the home to a liveable standard, to work with tenants who are in arrears on a repayment plan, and to support the RPC with policy enforcement. This is just a start to addressing what the housing program owes the band as a whole. The debt didn’t accumulate overnight, so I don’t expect that it would be recovered overnight. But with membership support for policy enforcement we will get there. Land Code implementation/BC Hydro and TELUS permit: As some of you may recall we hit a bit of a hurdle with Hydro and TELUS back in November of last year. As Hydro and TELUS look for more certainty over being able to service our reserves part of the process is to ensure we have up to date permits that allow them to enter our reserves to do the work. We were going along ine until our two sewer projects ran into a stumbling block AKA BC Hydro. They were not prepared to energize the two projects with out a new permit in place. As we met with BC Hydro and TELUS to discuss what our next steps would be; Council has been working with Legal Counsel, at Hydro’s expense, on the appropriate wording that would encompass the best interests of the band. A number of new issues emerged and as we work towards having these addressed this meant having the implementation of our Land Code set aside. We are rounding the corner of ironing out the last few details of the permit, once this is signed off the Minister of Indian Affairs will then sign off the Individual Agreement which will trigger not only the funding but a number of tasks which we will need to come together to conclude. So as we ramp up to do these tasks, one of the biggest one that needs to be dealt with from Council to the Administration level is to post for the Lands Manager position. This position will have very deined responsibilities, must have the necessary skills and qualiications for the position and will be a key person in the process for the development of our Land Use plan, for the coordination of our Lands committee and for working towards the matrimonial real property law. This posting should be out fairly quickly and the turn around and

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Housing Department

Helen McElroy Property Administrator

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we are having which brings to mind a few home maintenance items. Blackberry bushes need to be trimmed back from the house. Their creeping vines can cause major damage to the siding and house drainage tiles. Cut back the little tree saplings before they get too big and out of hand. Remember to clear the cobwebs from your basement ceilings as these are a ire hazard. If you are stock piling winter wood, ensure that there are no wood piles in your carport. Neglect of these items can nullify your house insurance. There were an over-whelming number of proposals submitted to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Indian & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for the housing renovation projects under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The proposal submitted to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was accepted and a CMHC building inspector will be out in the next week to inalize the scope of the renovations. These repairs should be started in late August. The INAC proposal was rejected for the 2009 – 2010 time-frame but will be re-submitted for 2010 - 2011. Please keep in mind your garbage bag weight when you are illing the bags. If the bags are too heavy Lorraine has to leave the bags as she cannot lift them into the back of her truck. If the bags are left behind, it is up to the tenant to break the contents in to 2 bags. Thank you for your cooperation. Now that the sewer systems are hooked up, there are a few items that are NOT to be lushed in the toilets. Please do not dispose the following in the toilets as they plug up the grinders: Women’s feminine products Condoms Baby diapers Elastics With the extreme hot weather, there is now a complete ire ban throughout the province. No campires or burning barrels are allowed. Please comply with the ban as ines can be levied. Have a safe and happy summer. Respectfully Helen McElroy

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Brenda Williams, Health and Environmental Education Submission Hello, my name is Brenda Williams, I come from Skwah First Nation. I will be working here for the Summer as the Health & Environmental Education Program Leader. A few of my job duties are to create ways to help the Leq’a:mel Band Office to become more Environmentally Friendly. I have created a Composting bin at the band office to help eliminate kitchen waste and turn it into a valuable soil for use in gardening. A few of the summer students are clearing the trail located at the end of Moq’wem and will be maintaining other trails to promote Walking for the community members. Along with those I have also been submitting articles in the newsletter regarding health and environment tips. I am located at the band office if you have any ideas or tips.

BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST SCONES 3 3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/3 c. shortening 2 tbsp. cold butter 1 c. blueberries 3/4 c. milk 2 eggs In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening and butter using a pastry blender or 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add blueberries and toss lightly to distribute. In a separate bowl using a fork beat together the milk and eggs until well blended. Using a large spoon gently stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture. With floured hands gather the dough up and place on a floured surface. Sprinkle the top lightly with additional flour and pat the dough out to a thickness of about 1/2 inch. Using a 2 1/2-inch fluted or rounded cutter, cut the scones out (dipping the cutter in flour before and after each one) and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet. Gather up the scraps and cut additional scones until all the dough is used. Sprinkle the tops of the scones with granulated sugar and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Do not over bake or scones will be dry. Serve with blueberry butter. Recipe follows.

Tips on Recycling Rent items you use infrequently. Educate others about the 3R's. Donate your old clothes to charity. Use cloth or paper bags. Compost! Escape waste by purchasing in bulk. Refuse to purchase over packaged products. Earn extra cash by having a yard sale Use a refillable mug or glass Share your newspapers, magazines and books. Establish a recycling program in your office. Rechargeable instead of disposable batteries. Eliminate the purchase of disposable products Consider packing lunches in reusable containers. You can make a difference. Choose products containing recycled materials. Lend support to local recycling programs. Encourage your friends and family to follow your good example.

BLUEBERRY OATMEAL SQUARES 2-1/2 cups (625 mL) rolled oats (not instant) 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) all-purpose_flour 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown_sugar 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated orange rind 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1 cup (250 mL) cold butter, cubed Filling: 3 cups (750 mL) fresh blueberries 1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated_sugar 1/3 cup (75 mL) orange juice 4 tsp (20 mL) cornstarch Preparation: Filling: In saucepan, bring blueberries, sugar and orange juice to boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Whisk cornstarch with 2 tbsp (25 mL) water; whisk into blueberries and boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cooled, about 1 hour. In large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, orange rind and salt; with pastry blender, cut in butter until in coarse crumbs. Press half into 8-inch (2 L) square parchment paper–lined metal cake pan; spread with blueberry filling. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture, pressing lightly. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until light golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool on rack before cutting into squares.

(Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Ways to Keep Fit and Get Active To become more active throughout your day, take advantage of any chance to get up and move around. Here are some examples: • Brisk walking • Jogging • Bicycling • Swimming • Aerobic dancing • Racket sports • Rowing • Ice or roller skating • Cross-country or downhill skiing • Gardening • Take a short walk around the block • Rake leaves • Play actively with the kids • Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator • Mow the lawn • Take an activity break - get up stretch or walk around • Park your car a little farther away from your destination and walk the extra distance These activities can be done in short spurts -- 10 minutes here and there. Alone, each action does not have a great effect on your health, but regularly accumulating 30 minutes of activity over the course of the day can result in substantial health benefits.

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Brenda Williams, Health and Environmental Education Submission

Making your own compost is an easy way to reduce waste and provide cheap nourishment for your garden. The irst step in getting a compost heap going is accumulating material to be composted. Keep a 5-gallon pail with a lid on it just outside the back door or under the cupboard. You can keep it in the kitchen if you want, but make sure the lid has a good seal; you don't want to attract any lies or other insects. I use that pail to collect all my day-to-day kitchen scraps that are not animal based – that is, things that are not meat or dairy. I include things such as banana peel, coffee grounds, tea bags, scraps left over from the salad, those scraps and ends from vegetables, all of the ends from broccoli stems, all the ends any onions chopped up or any vegetable, the brownish outer leaves, and the wilted parts of anything. I collect all that stuff in a big bowl as I cook and take it outside to the pail. Then, once a day, I empty that bucket into the next container, which is my large compost container. These come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. It can be a compost bin. But it could also be a compost drum that you turn with a handle, or even just a pile in your backyard. The important note: If you do decide to start a compost pile in your backyard and you don't have a lid on your compost, you must cover it with dirt regularly. You can't have raw melon rinds out there and different scraps in plain view, uncovered, or you will attract lots of pests that you don't want, including cockroaches, raccoons, maybe even rats. What you do want to invite into your compost are beneicial critters: earthworms, grub worms, friendly bacteria and fungi. They're going to break down the matter that you put out there in your compost pile or bin or drum. And you do that by getting the right combination of nitrogen and carbon. Fortunately for me and everybody else, you don't need to know the exact ratio of nitrogen to carbon. The way to achieve that ratio without remembering the number is simply to have your compost be half green and half brown, and to keep it wet. Just put in layers, half green and half brown. What do I mean by green? By green I mean: • Green grass clippings • Green plant matter from the garden, things you trim off while doing your gardening activities • Green weeds you've pulled • Green table scraps, like the ends of broccoli and lettuce • Seaweed and pond algae count as green materials too, if you have a pond By brown I mean: • Grass that has wilted or gone brown • Plants that have gone brown and wilted and died • Brown leaves • Pine needles • Shredded twigs • Straw or sawdust (though you'll need to avoid sawdust from wood that has been treated with chemicals) • Shredded paper – it can be good to add some shredded newspaper to your compost from time to time Keep your compost moist, but not soaking wet, and turn it occasionally. If your composter is a drum, you just turn the handle. If it's a bin or a pile, get out the shovel and turn over the materials manually. Over time, you will have roughly the right ratio of nitrogen to carbon, and you'll have great compost. Remember that when we're talking about kitchen scraps, you can't compost meat or any bones. You also can't compost most animal waste, at least not from carnivores, because it contains pathogens and stuff you don't want around your food. On the other hand, if you have herbivores, like bunnies, you can add their waste to your compost pile. In fact, animal waste from herbivores can be a great way to get your compost really hot right away – in other words, to get that matter decomposing quickly. It's like starting a yogurt with a speciic culture. To start compost to get it really hot right away, go to a pony ride and get some horse manure and add it to your compost. Boom! Your compost gets ired up right away. Cow manure and chicken manure work too. The funny thing is, there won't be any smell from this stuff, because you'll cover the animal waste right away. It'll be in the centre (at the core) of your compost pile, making everything start decomposing very quickly. And you'll have usable compost for your garden in as little as a month.

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Water Sampling Hello , most of you know who I am, for those that don’t, I am Dawn Styran. I am, along with Gary Paul, one of the community based water monitors in Leq’a:mel First Nation. We have been doing routine sampling of the water since May of this year . We gather water samples at least once a week from each of the water systems on the reserve. The most common question I have been asked since doing this is why do we need to test the water? We test the water because as mandated in the Safe Drinking Water Act, for any community that provides water to people to be able to prove that is good, clean and safe for consumption . We send the samples that we gather to the Centre for Disease control where they test it for total coliforms and ecoli. They then send the reports to Canada Health who sends them to the Band ofice. We DO NOT have any issues with our water, this is not in any way meant to sound alarming . I just wanted to let you know that we are doing this and we may show up at your door to gather a sample from your house . If you have a private well and live on reserve we would appreciate if you could contact Helen or Kim at the band ofice to let them know so we can ensure that we test your systems as well . Dawn Styran

Leq’a:mel Cultural Committee Hello Family, There have been questions asked about a long-house, and that the cultural committee is planning to build sometime in the future. I say “sometime” for a number of reasons. The irst and foremost reason is due to a shortage of funds. The entire funds raised over the past number of years does not even cover a third of the cost to build the long-house. So with what funds we do have available to build with, we plan to begin building the kitchen. The kitchen roughly will cover an area of 3400 square feet at 80’x40’. For the second time we have requested support from chief and council to build a home, apply for a free use permit with the Ministry of Forest Range and to approach major tenure holder for donations. We have recently applied for a charitable number which gives the cultural committee the opportunity to apply for funds through other agencies and for donations. I mentioned the second time because it is a tough go at fund raising and over the past years we got caught up in just fundraising and it also gave us the time to prepare ourselves to grow as a community. I have heard from elders that our community at one time had the largest long-house. Some ten years ago the plan to build a long-house began. Our dream, our bliss, our euphoria is not to convert everyone to become spiritual dancers but to bring the community together in one place to practice our traditions and our culture; to be humble and patient in each other company; to share our prayers with each other and the community. I could go on with the reasoning, but we plan to continue to walk slow and take baby steps while building a community home; a place to share space. I hope I have answered some questions and I hope I have raised more questions. At any time you can come to participate with sharing knowledge and to ask questions. Come and participate with everyone on Monday night at the band ofice. It is a potluck dinner that starts about 6ish. Vice-President of the Leq’a:mel Cultural Committee, Shawn Gabriel

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Congratulations Sean! Congratulations Sean - Graduate of 2009. Sean recently competed at a BC Provincials baseball tournament in Victoria, B.C. and has been chosen to take part in the Nationals in New Brunswick during August 11th-18th. Sean has been playing baseball since he was six years old in 1997. The picture below to the left shows Sean pitching at age 9, and the pictures below to the right are of Sean pitching at age 18. Submitted by Eleanor Cook, Sean’s Nana. “To say we are proud is an understatement.”

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Elders Update

We had our irst meeting on Sunday- July 26, 2009 at 5 o’clock. In attendance: Susie Lewis, Murial Shepherd, Lawrence Kelly, Sam Kelly, Gerry Kelly Some of the discussion points were as followed: Report to group-I secured a base amount of funds from the New Relationship Trust Fund in the amount of $2500 for the Elder’s group To look at organizing to attend the next Elder’s gathering in 2010, I believe that Adams Lake Community will be hosting further detail will come out later. To start up a crib/whist night and alternate the weeks from the Deroche Community Association. This will start up in October – April (Watch for advertisement) Set up a monthly $5 meal, advertise to general public-fundraiser Offer to teach the youth to make perogies and can start fundraiser sales, if interested let me know. Look into cross-community trips (get to know other First Nations) To go on outings, need to participate in the fundraisers. Look at hosting a Strawberry Tea next year Our next meeting will be on August 26th – 7pm Location will be Leq’á :mel Boardroom 43101 Leq’á :mel Way (entrance via 43201 Lougheed Hwy) Deroche, BC Light refreshments/snacks will be provided. Any questions, feel free to contact me, Barb Leggat at the ofice 604 826-7976 or on my cell phone 604 217-1537 Also our ofice has a toll-free number 1 866 626-7976 My e-mail is: If you could give me a call and let me know if you can make it or have any other comments, please do so. I would also like to express that this invite is going to all Elders on and off reserve and understand that being able to come here maybe a barrier due to distance, but want to include all in the information.

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Wednesday August 19, 2009 6:00 pm LFN Gym Dinner to start, ceremony to follow. We would like to honour students’ accomplishments, so please let us know your child’s particular talent!

Congratulations Grads of ‘09!

10 SKC 10am-12pm Age 3– 15

24 SKC 10am– 2pm Age 3– 15










ALL FIELD TRIPS ARE GIVING PRIORITY TO BAND MEMBERS, please 16 Deroche 17 SKC call about availability, 10am-12pm most trips are limited to 15 Fun Days Age 3– 15 youth participants.


If you have any questions PLEASE CALL the Band Office and Ask for Sammy Kelly

Leq'á:mel First Nation 43101 Leq'á:mel Way, Deroche, BC, V0M 1G0 Phone (604) 826-7976

25 Indoor Activities Age 9– 12 ALL DAY

18 Indoor/Outdoor Activities Age 3– 8 ALL DAY

11 Rod Fishing & Hotdog Roast 10a.m. – 3p.m. Age 5– 18

4 Indoor Concert @ Gym 8-9:30p.m. (ALL AGES)


Science World Age 6 & Up Leaving at 10:30am


Silver City Cinema 1- 4p.m. Age 13-18

6 SKC 10-12


26 Outdoor Activities Age 13– 18 ALL DAY

27 SKC 10am– 2pm Age 3– 15

19Indoor Activities Age 20 Outdoor Activities 9– 12 Age 13– 18 ALL DAY ALL DAY

12 Indoor Activity @ Gym All Ages

5 Sto:lo Nation Children’s Festival 9am- 2pm (Age 2-12)


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15 Deroche Fun Days




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Youth Program Update— Update—Sam Kelly Jr

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Summer Kids Club

Fraser House promotes education and community awareness of addiction issues, with a focus on prevention and early intervention in a non judgmental home atmosphere.

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Come and join us on Aug 12th 2009 9 am -11:30 am Snack and Refreshments will be served.

To be eligible for this program you must: Be a EI recipient or have had an EI claim in the past three years or parental claim in the past #ive on Social Assistance This program is speciically for SA and EI eligible participants who: Are experiencing challenges to gaining appropriate employment Have disabling conditions Are aboriginal Are new immigrants or visible minorities

Own Your own Business, be your own BOSS!!!

There is limited seating so if you wish to attend leave your name and phone number at the ofice; Terry-Ann will be in touch with you a.s.a.p. 604-826-7976

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Immunization Clinics The Health Nurse from Sto:lo Nation Health will be in the ofice on Tuesday August 11, 2009. The clinic focus is “k shots” for all children entering kindergarten who will require immunization prior to entrance. If you have a child in need of this immunization, please contact Angi Peters at the LFN Band Ofice on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 1-877-411-3200 to schedule an appointment. In addition to immunizations, she will also be offering TB Screening. As the clinic is on a Tuesday, anyone who is screened for TB will need to come back Thursday so the nurse can check the reaction. Anyone interested in getting any of the following are asked to contact us at the band ofice so that we could put the request into Sto:lo Health accordingly: • TB Screening • Tetanus Boosters If you have any health related questions or concerns, Michelle Patchett is the Sto:lo Nation Health Services Community Health Nurse for Leq’a:mel First Nation. She can be contacted at: Telephone: (604)824-3200; Toll Free: 1-877-411-3200 Ext. 3216 Email: Immunization Clinics will be held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Next clinic: September 8, 2009.

Sto:lo Nation Health Services Doctors Wednesdays - Pediatrician 9:00 am - 12:00 pm To book an

Dr. Ebash & Dr. Harries specialize in children's health from ages 0-18 years of age. This is a drop-in clinic generally on a first come first serve basis, but does accept appointments.

appointment with one of the doctors/nurse practitioner, please

Thursdays - family doctor 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Dr. Fox is a family physician available for people who do not have a family doctor, or are unable to see their family doctor. His clinic is by appointment only.

contact Sto:lo Nation Health front desk at: (604) 824-3200

Fridays - Nurse Practitioner 9:00 am –12:00 pm (times may vary)

or toll-free at 1-877-411-3200

Anjie Gibson is a nurse practitioner with a Masters Degree of Science in Nursing, specializing in men and women’s health. Nurse Practitioners can diagnose, prescribe medication, order tests, and manage illnesses and pregnancies. She is accepting new patients, and is available by appointment only. **Anjie will be away from June 26– August 14, 2009.

All three clinics are located at: Building #7 - Floor 1, 7201 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G5

Addictions Worker We would like to welcome the new addictions worker for Leq’a:mel First Nation, Dena Silver, who will be replacing Nita Van Allen while she is away on medical leave. Dena will be here Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. She can be reached at 1-877-411-3200.

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Hiring Fair

Chehalis Employment Assistance Services also serves the Aboriginal Community members of Leq’a:mel. If you would like to book an appointment with Robin Chapman, please call her at 604-7965536 or contact Shannon at the Leq’a:mel Band ofice at 604-826-7976 and she will contact Robin for you.

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Annual Back to School barbeque

BACK TO SCHOOL BBQ Family & Friends All First Nations welcome

When: Sept 19, 2009 Where: Tzeachten Hall Time: 1pm-4pm For: First Nation Contact Martha Fredette 604845-2710 or Helena Paul 604824-2476 Brought to you by the Sto:lo Tribal Council, Sto:lo Youth Council and Sto:lo Nation Health

To Register for talent contest call Helena Paul

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August Birthdays

Happy Birthday! Brandy Blakeborough

Kobe Louis

Isabelle Bouchard

Shirley Louis

Bryan Bozak

Norma Martin

Sakura-Katarina Brezina

Nicole McLellan

Roger Clark

Melissa Morris

Cody Diablo

Jacqueline Palmer

Rochelle Dyck

Lisa Palmer

Natasha Ens

Jonathan Paterson

Honey-Dawn Faircrest

Curtis Paul

Julie Ann Fitzgerald

Darius Paul

Evan Galt

Gary Paul

Bradley Green

Henry Paul

David Green

Amy Reinhardt

David Hill

Wanda Riopel

Taylor Jasper

Melinda Bambi Seymour

Theresa Jasper

Philip Sherwood

Emily Kelly

Terra Solomon

Grace Kelly

Niccole Somerville

Joseph Kelly

Barbara Still

Ryan Kelly

Dawn Styran

Camielle Laslo

Krystal Thompson

Heather Leggat

Frances White

Aaron Louis

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August 2009 Sun







1 Deroche Totems Narcotics Anonymous mtg from 7-8pm LFN Boardroom

First Step to Fitness (Gym) 9 - 9:50 am




3 BC Day Office Closed


5 First Step to Fitness 6:30-7:20 pm (Gym)


First Step to Fitness (Gym) 9 - 9:50 am

11 Immunization Clinic, Boardroom 10 am

12 First Step to Fitness 6:30-7:20 pm (Gym) SA Success Workshop 9-11:30 am (Gym)




19 First Step to Fitness 6:30-7:20 pm (Gym) Student Appreciation Dinner 6 pm (Gym)


26 First Step to Fitness 6:30-7:20 pm (Gym) Elders Meeting Boardroom 7 pm



24 25 Craft Night (Brdrm) 5:30-7:30 pm Chief and Council Mtg 6 pm


31 Craft Night (Brdrm) 5:30-7:30 pm

8 Deroche Totems Narcotics Anonymous mtg from 7-8pm LFN Boardroom

10 Craft Night (Brdrm) 5:30-7:30 pm Chief and Council Mtg 6 pm

Craft Night (Brdrm) 5:30-7:30 pm


14 SA Improv Workshop 9am-3pm (Gym)

15 Deroche Totems


22 Deroche Totems

Narcotics Anonymous mtg from 7-8pm LFN Boardroom

First Step to Fitness (Gym) 9 - 9:50 am

Narcotics Anonymous mtg from 7-8pm LFN Boardroom

First Step to Fitness (Gym) 9 - 9:50 am



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Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009  

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009