Page 9

Leq’a:mel First Nation

Page 9

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

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009  

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009

Advertisement