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MLIB OCTOBER 2011

The Traveling Feather

WE, THE TSE’KHENE NATION (PEOPLE OF THE ROCK) ARE PROUD PEOPLE

NO.16

Enjoy t his months issue!!

Health Report emergency planning Head start


Contributors MLIB The Traveling Feather Adele Chingee, Cindy Preece, Vincent Chingee, Kandy Klijnsmit, Meaghan van Somer, Chris Kaip, Scott Taylor, Jodi Sharp, Eran Spence, Jeanne Hegel, Guy Rocheleau, Stephanie Rocheleau, Beth Cooper, Jenine Solonas, Ryan Bichon, Bob Inkpen, Geraldine Solonas & Marc P. Klijnsmit McLeod Lake Indian Band address: General Delivery McLeod Lake, V0J 2G0 Toll Free 1-888-822-1143

Newsletter Submissions Would you like to write something for The Traveling Feather? Please submit your story to mklijnsmit@mlib.ca

MLIB Newsletter No.16 The Traveling Feather is published up to 12 times a year. Members of the McLeod Lake Indian Band and the people of McLeod Lake can submit their news and pictures at mklijnsmit@mlib.ca

Office Opening Hours The McLeod Lake Indian Band Office is open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm.

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H ead Start News

Welcome back everyone, Georgina and I hope you had a great summer although the weather could have been a little nicer. We have been working hard putting together language and cultural activities, curriculum and new menu plans for the Grande re-opening of our Head Start program on October 11, 2011 we will be located in the old daycare building and we look forward to working with all of the children, families, elders and community members again. There have been some schedule changes and they are as follows:

Mondays 9am-11:30am Preschool (3-5 year old drop off program) 11:30am-12pm family lunch 12-1pm Family n Tots (parents must attend with child) Tuesdays 9am-11:30am Preschool (3-5 year old drop off program) 11:30am-12pm family lunch 12-1pm Playgym (parents must attend with child) Wednesdays 9am-11:30am Preschool (3-5 year old drop off program) 11:30am-12pm family lunch 12-1pm Sharing Circle and Crafts (parents must attend with child) ** If you have any questions about our program please call Jodi Sharp or Georgina Chingee at 250-7504415**

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Dear  Members,   It  was  great  to  have  so  many  of  our  Members,  Family  and  Friends,  Government  and  Industry   Representa=ves  a>end  the  McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  2011  AGA.    On  August  04th  (our  business  day)   we  had  118  family  and  members  sign  the  a>endance  sheet.    On  August  05th  we  had  228  members,   family,  and  staff  sign  in  and  take  part  in  a  wonderful  day  of  food,  fun  and  laughs.    In  addi=on,  we  had   98  Industry  Representa=ves  par=cipate  this  day  as  well.         Special  thanks  to  Jeanne  Hegel,  Barb  Hiene,  Kelly  McEachnie,  Stephanie  Rocheleau,  Jodi  Sharpe,   Chris  Kaip,  and  Cindy  Preece  who  were  the  2011  AGA  organizing  commi>ee.    I  would  also  like  to   thank  everyone  else  who  helped  out  to  make  our  2011  AGA  a  great  success.    Planning  the  AGA  takes   a  tremendous  amount  of  team  work  and  the  planning  process  usually  starts  in  April,  so  great  work   everyone!!   I  would  also  like  to  acknowledge  all  our  Industry  partners  who  donated  to  the  McLeod  Lake  Indian   Band  2011  AGA.      It  is  your  generosity  that  helps  assist  McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  to  get  our   Members  back  to  the  community  and  pay  for  other  associated  costs  for  the  AGA.    Thank  You!   Since  the  Elec=on  in  June  2011  Chief  and  Council  have  amended  the  annual  budget  to  focus  on   community  development  projects,  outdated  policies,  procedures,  codes,  and  bylaws.    Over  the  next   year  we  will  be  holding  community  mee=ngs  and  sending  out  ques=onnaires  to  gain  Membership’s   input  and  direc=on  on  the  McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  Membership  Code,  Elec=on  Code,  and  Chief   and  Council’s  Code  of  Conduct.   Approval  of  2011  Financial  Statements. On  August  15,  2011  McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  Chief  and  Council  approved  our  2011  Audited   Financial  Statements.    I  am  happy  to  report  our  financial  posi=on  has  improved  considerably.    The   McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  Audited  Financial  Statements  con=nue  to  improve.    The  2011  Financial   Statements  show  an  increase  of  7.8  million  dollars  in  net  financial  assets  (end  of  year)  and  annual   income  (net  profit)  of  4.8  million  dollars.  These  numbers  represent  solid  management  and   governance.    The  2011  Financial  Statements  are  available  to  all  Band  Members  upon  request.    If  you   would  like  to  request  a  copy  please  contact  the  Band  Hall  and  ask  to  speak  with  Band  Manager   Adele  Chingee.       Renego=ate  Oil  and  Gas  Commission  CPA Chief  and  Council  have  started  discussions  to  renego=ate  our  Community  Par=cipa=on  Agreement   (CPA)  with  the  Oil  &  Gas  Commission.    The  CPA  agreement  provides  capacity  funding  to  run  our  Land   Referral  office  in  Chetwynd  as  well  as  revenues  from  Oil  &  Gas  ac=vi=es  throughout  our  Tradi=onal   Territory.    In  addi=on,  the  CPA  outlines  the  consulta=on  process  between  McLeod  Lake  and  the  Oil  &   Gas  Commission.    The  CPA  was  first  signed  by  Chief  and  Council  in  2002,  amended  in  2003,  and  re-­‐ signed  by  Chief  and  Council  in  2007.      Chief  and  Council  will  be  appoin=ng  a  nego=a=ng  team  on   September  12,  2011  and  hope  to  have  the  CPA  finalized  by  April  2012. 16


Carp  Lake  Campouts  and  BBQ On  August  15-­‐17,  2011  McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  held  a  camp-­‐out  at  Carp  Lake  with  Elders,  Youth  ,   Members  and  RCMP.    This  was  the  second  year  of  the  campout  and  Constable  Joe  Plant  brought  the   RCMP  boat  to  provide  boat  rides  and  fishing  for  everyone!  Thanks  Joe!  A>endance  was  down  from   last  year  but  all  who  came  had  a  great  =me.     Social  Housing McLeod  Lake  Indian  Band  Social  Housing  program  has  been  running  a  deficit  for  a  number  of  years.   The  two  main  reasons  for  the  deficit  are  rental  arrears  and  the  CMHC  and  Indian  and  Northern   Affairs  policy.    Our  housing  department  expenses  are  more  than  our  revenues.    As  a  result  the   Housing  Commi>ee  and  Chief  and  Council  held  a  number  of  public  mee=ngs  in  the  community  to   consult  and  gain  direc=on  from  Members  to  develop  a  drag  housing  policy.  The  new  policy  outlines   both  the  Renters  and  Band  responsibili=es  in  regards  to  rental  payments  and  maintenance  for  the   protec=on  of  both  par=es.  The  major  impacts  of  the  uncollected  rental  arrears  are  that  we  are  not   able  to  build  new  housing  on  reserve  and  monies  that  could  fund  other  programs  go  towards   covering  the  housing  deficit.    It  is  expected  that  the  Chief  and  Council  will  approve  the  new  Housing   Policy  by  the  end  of  September.  If  you  would  like  to  request  a  copy  please  contact  the  Band  Hall  and   ask  to  speak  with  Band  Manager  Adele  Chingee.       Treaty  8  Se>lement  Trust  Deficit Chief  and  Council  and  the  Board  of  Trustee’s  con=nue  to  work  towards  resolving  the  Treaty  8   Se>lement  Account  deficit.    Due  to  fluctua=ng  world  markets  the  Treaty  8  Se>lement  Account  has   virtually  remained  the  same  level  that  was  reported  in  early  August  at  our  2011  Annual  Gathering   Assembly.    I  hope  to  provide  you  with  more  informa=on  and  progress  when  I  report  next  month. In  conclusion  I  would  like  to  wish  all  our  students  much  success  in  the  upcoming  year.    Good  luck  to   you  all!    And  to  all  our  hunters  out  there  .....  Good  Luck! Thank  you  for  your  =me  and  considera=on  If  you  have  any  ques=ons  or  concerns  please  feel  free  to   e-­‐mail  or  call  me  dorr@mlib.ca  or  250-­‐981-­‐1332 Sincerely,  

Chief Derek Orr

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September    2011-­‐09-­‐28 Jenine  Solonas Council  Report Dear  Members; Hello  and  welcome  back  to  the  beginning  of  fall,  my  daughter  has  been  exercising  her  rights  to  grade  one   this  month  and  I  can  see  we  have  challenges  in  that  alone.  !  Also,  I  would  like  to  acknowledge  my   brother  Shane  Solonas  for  being  a  great  person  to  the  community  of  McLeod  Lake  and  hope  your  day  is   brightened  by  this!;  you  certainly  deserve  to  be  recognized  for  your  generosity  and  kindness.  Thank   you  for  being  my  brother.  I  have  been  very  busy  with  the  mining  issues  these  days.    There  is  so  much  more  to  learn  as  that   industry  changes  everyday.   In  the  beginning  of  September  I  a>ended  the  Bri=sh  Columbia  Oil  and  Gas  Conference  in  Fort  Nelson,   B.C.    The  agenda  had  been  developed  to  feature  a  community  perspec=ve  on  the  oil  and  gas  industry   integra=ng  the  theme  “Communi=es  Leading  Change”. The  Mayor  of  Fort  McMurray  Melissa  Blake  told  her  story  about  the  obstacle  Fort  McMurray  has   overcome  and  where  the  town  stands  today,  this  was  a  great  example  of  Communi=es  Leading  Change   so  thanks  to  Melissa  for  sharing. Later  that  day  Honourable  Christy  Clark,  Premier  of  Bri=sh  Columbia  stopped  in  for  lunch  and  presented   the  agernoon  speech.  She  started  by  her  families’  first  speech,  and  then  admits  government  gets  in  the   way  of  job  crea=on,  government  doesn’t  create  the  jobs,  and  they  can  enable  and  impair  it.    She  also   said  Canada  is  trading  more  with  Asia  in  history  then  they  ever  did  with  the  United  States. Genng  out  of  the  way,  genng  the  goods  to  market,  helping  create  those  markets  for  our  goods. Now,  I’m  not  promo=ng  her  words  only  passing  them  onto  you  for  informa=on  from  where  the  premiere   is  coming  from  on  trading,  and  having  a  strong  workforce  to  help  with  what  Bri=sh  Columbians  want. Lastly,  As  I  looked  forward  to  the  Chief  of  Fort  Nelson  Kathie  Dickie  presenta=on  she  was  unable  to   a>end  due  to  her  loss  of  her  nephews.  My  condolences  went  to  her  family. The  drive  to  Fort  Nelson  is  approximately  eight  hours  and  four  hours  on  the  Alaska  hwy. September  12  –  Chief  and  Council  mtg.  McLeod  Lake

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September  14  –  Aboriginal  Awareness  with  the  College  of  New  Caledonia,  I’m  involved  in  crea=ng  a   curriculum  that  will  be  delivered  star=ng  in  November.  A  few  examples  of  what  it’s  about  are: •

To  assist  employees  to  build  trust  rela=onships  with  Aboriginal  people  and  their  communi=es

To  assist  employees  and  individuals  of  organiza=ons  gain  an  understanding  of  the  culture  of  McLeod   Lake  Indian  Band  (Tsekene)  and  Nakazdli  First  Na=on.

To  assist  organiza=ons/employees  to  understand  the  historical,  current  and  future  trends  and   challenges  of  the  two  First  Na=on  communi=es.

September  18-­‐20,  2011 Mine  Closure  Conference  (Lake  Louise) Topics  presented  included  a  wide  range  of  interes=ng  related  to  mine  closure. The  conference  provided  opportunity  for  networking  among  mine  closure  specialists  from  various  parts  of   the  world,  exchange  ideas,  share  research,  and  provide  a  forum  for  development  of  best  prac=ces  in  mine   closure. This  conference  taught  me  about  all  the  different  ways  that  mine  closure  really  exists  in  other  parts  of  the   world  and  how  they  manage  life  agerwards. Seeing  the  examples  and  learning  what  to  look  for  how  to  look  for  it?  truly  has  changed  my  view. I  do  know  that  I  will  s=ck  by  a  few  small  words  that  were  spoken  during  the  conference  “reclamaFon  starts   now!  Not  when  the  mine  is  closing.....” I  had  the  pleasure  of  mee=ng  Chief  Bev  Sellars  of  Soda  Creek  First  Na=ons  as  well  as  Chief  Bernie  Elkins  of   Esdilagh  First  Na=ons,  we  had  lunch  and  dinner  together  and  listened  to  their  community  stories.  I  look   forward  to  their  visit  to  McLeod  Lake. September  26,  2011  –  Fort  St.  John,  OGC  CommiPee,  the  nego=a=ng  commi>ee  for  MLIB  consists  of:   Jenine  Solonas,  Geraldine  Solonas,  Derek  Orr,  Fred  Inyallie,  Alec  Chingee September  29,  2011  –  special  Chief  and  Council  mtg.  McLeod  Lake September  30,  2011  –  CSC  mtg.  At  the  Mount  Milligan  Site  9-­‐4pm  where  I  will  be  speaking  my  concerns  on   reclama=on  as  well  as  showing  a  video  of  a  tragic  incident  may  2006  in  Kimberley  BC,  this  contains   important  informa=on  on  how  to  help  prevent  similar  incidents  from  occurring  at  other  mine  sites.

Thank  you  for  taking  the  Fme  to  read  my  September  report.    Stay  safe  and  be  kind  to  yourself.  ! Mussi Your  On  Reserve  Councillor  Jenine  Solonas

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Kandy Klijnsmit MLIB Newsletter No.17 will be available December 15th 2011 online at www.mlib.ca or, on request, in print at the McLeod Lake band office.


Traveling Feather October 2011