Leq’a:mel First Nation
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.