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MLIB

NOVEMBER 2010

NO.11

The Traveling Feather

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

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Christmas Ham Bingo Christmas Card Contest Monthly Reports Gang Awareness Presentation McLeod Lake, November 2010


Contributors MLIB The Traveling Feather Chief Derek Orr, Cindy Berg, Margie Alec, Tamara Dugan, Holly Currah, Ken Solonas, Jodie Ware, Jamie Lee Ware, Terra Tylee, Yasmin Ali, Adele Chingee, Jennifer Weightman, Jolene Solonas, Kandy Klijnsmit, 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

Website and email address www.mlib.ca tchingee@mlib.ca

MLIB Publiction No.11 The Traveling Feather is published 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

Hi, my name is Chris Kaip and I am the Band Social Worker for McLeod Lake Indian Band. I provide advocacy and support to Band members involved with MCFD as well as liaising with other service providers. Providing referrals, outreach services and home visits is an integral part of this position. I also provide support to Residential School Survivors and their families and, if needed, referrals to appropriate resources to address the residual effects of this experience. I maintain appropriate clinical, client and administrative records. I assist on reserve band members with applications for BC Housing in Mackenzie and Prince George. I enjoy working for McLeod Lake Indian Band and look forward to working with the members of MLIB in the future. If you are interested in a Food Hamper from St. Peters Pantry please contact me at 250-750-6853. We will meet at the Band Hall and travel to Mackenzie to access this service. You will return with a food hamper. The St. Peters Pantry is held every third Wednesday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This position is funded through proposal writing

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

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I am a Capricorn, whom loves to play ice hockey, softball, go swimming, enjoys Native Arts, meeting new people and long walks on the beach J As you may or may not know, to date there has and will be more opportunities for employment, so please feel free to ask for help if you need it, if it’s about updating your resume, if it’s helping you acquire the certain contacts for job placement, anything at all, this is why I am here, for you, please remember that when you do send your resume in, to include your valid certificates, driver’s licence & driver’s abstract, to access most fields in the workforce, you will need the following certificates, H2S Alive, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ground Disturbance & First Aid Level 1, I hope to hear from you, my contact information is ksolonas@dcclp.com, office 250 788 3120, cell phone 250 788 6745. I will be doing a powerpoint presentation at the next MLIB Quarterly Meeting in December on the 3rd, 4th & 5th, I hope to see you all there, thank you for your time.     Working for a better way of life

Executive Assistant Duz Cho Construction LP Office 250 788 3120 Fax 250 788 3188 Cell 250 788 6745

s a n o l o S Ken

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Chief Derek Orr’s Monthly Report Dear Members, I hope you are all well and enjoying the fall season. Please be advised that McLeod Lake Indian Band has scheduled quarterly meeting for December 03, 2010 in Vancouver, December 04, 2010 in Prince George and December 05, 2010 in McLeod Lake. Details of time and location are currently being planned and we will send notification by mail and post on the website when details are finalized. Treaty 8 Trust On August 10, 2010 McLeod Lake Indian Band received notification from our legal counsel, Doug Morley, that McLeod Lake Indian Band’s application to amend the Treaty 8 Trust Loan calculation was denied. The purpose of amending the Trust was a possible solution to take care of the Trust deficit. Since notification of the decision MLIB has been in contact with McLeod Lake Indian Band’s Board of Trustees and the Public Guardian to start an alternative process to deal with the Treaty 8 Trust deficit. Site C On September 19, 2010, after Membership Consultation, I travelled to Victoria to protest BC Hydro’s Proposed “Site C Dam” on behalf of the McLeod Lake Indian Band. McLeod Lake Indian Band, Doig River, Halfway River, West Moberly, Chiefs paddled into Victoria’s harbor, in a handmade dugout canoe, to hand deliver a declaration to Premier Gordon Cambell. The declaration opposes the propose Site C dam and was signed by most of the BC Treaty 8 Chiefs as well as many other Treaty 8 Signatories in Alberta. The canoe was then packed up and placed on the Parliament Building lawn. Our delegation was welcomed by the host Nations Songee and Esquimalt. Also in attendance was Grand Chief Stewart Phillip as well as a group of about 350 people which included environmental associations and various other groups. In addition, all the First Nations, including McLeod Lake Indian Band had a small delegation of Members. The event was a great success. 5


Thompson Creek Minerals On September 10, 2010 I met with Kevin Loughery, the CEO Thompson Creek Minerals. At that time Thompson Creek Minerals was exploring the purchase of Terrane Metal’s Mt. Milligan Project, which is located within the Claim Traditional Territory of the McLeod Lake Indian Band. On October 20, 2010 Thompson Creek Minerals finalized the purchase of Terrane Metals and is moving forward to construct and operate the Mt Milligan Mine. McLeod Lake Indian Band looks forward to working and developing our relationship with Thompson Creek Minerals. On Thursday October 28, 2010 McLeod Lake Indian Band held a luncheon to welcome Thompson Creek Minerals to our Traditional Territory and allow our members a chance to meet the new owners of Mt Milligan. On November 02, 2010 Federal Government granted Federal Authorization for the Mt Milligan Project to proceed. Shortly after the announcement of Federal Approval, Duz Cho Construction, in partnership with Ledcor, was awarded our second the contract to construct the First Phase of the Mt. Milligan Mines Site. Estimated value of the contract is 24 million dollars. I will also be giving a presentation on the Mt. Milligan Socio-Economic and the Provincial Revenue Agreement at the quarterly meetings on December 03, 04, 05, 2010. Mt. Milligan Socio-Economic and Provincial Revenue Sharing Agreements will be very beneficial for the McLeod Lake Indian Band. In fact, it is a tremendous success that we were able to negotiate these agreements. The amount of the benefits we have been able to secure for our members is considerable. We have set an example for other First Nations in achieving real revenue sharing from the Province while maintaining a high degree of protection for the environment which is so important to us. University of Northern British Columbia I have been asked to put my name forward to run for a position on the on the Board of Governors for the University of Northern British Columbia. The Board of Governors is a Board of fifteen elected individuals appointed from Province that work together to reach the University’s vision and goals. Although there is no guarantee that I will be appointed I am honored to be identified as a possible candidate. On November 25, 2010, I have been asked to speak at the University of Northern British Columbia. The focus of the workshop will on Governance, Development and Tourism. 6


Hunting Camp On October 15-16, 2010 I attended the McLeod Lake Indian Band Hunting Camp that was set up at the Weedon Lake boat launch. Although it was cold and late in the season there was a good attendance by a number of elders, youth and Members. There were about 20 people that attended the camp throughout the weekend. Albert Chingee was successful in shooting a young moose on Saturday night. Albert then divided the meat and shared with a number of our elders and members. It was great to spend some time with our elders, share some grub, and have some laughs. I would like to thank everyone who attended and I’d also like to send out a special thanks to Geraldine Solonas, Ryan Bichion, and our forestry crew for planning and setting up the camp. On a personal note, our destination wedding and holiday could not have come at a better time. It was great to finalize the Mackenzie Pulp mill deal and the Mt. Milligan Revenue sharing deal which allowed me to concentrate on some rest and relaxation with our family. Hawaii was absolutely wonderful and was more than I ever expected. Our family landed in Honolulu on August 28, 2010 at about 2 am and made it to our hotel by about 4 am, had a quick snooze and went down to Waikiki beach. The sky was bright blue and you could tell you were in a tropical paradise just by the smell in the fresh humid air. Hawaii has a spectacular horizon that allows you to see the earth is round. It was amazing! It took a couple of days to get to know where everything was, but by the end of the third day we the area pretty much figured out. The main purpose of our trip was to get married on September 01, 2010 and we had a spectacular wedding ceremony on the white sandy beach of Waimanalo Bay, just a few kilometers North of Waikiki. Arlene and I were married a little after 2:00 pm. It was a balmy 28 degrees with a warm breeze blowing off the ocean and a blue sky as far as the eye could see. Our bare feet were firmly planted in the warm sand as we exchanged our vows in front of our children, family and friends.

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In addition to our wedding we also made a list of all the events and sights that we wanted to see and we planned to alternate beach days and activity days. Our list of events included our wedding, the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Pineapple Factory, Pearl Harbor, and Hanauma Bay. Ten days was not a lot of time to see all that we wanted, plus have a wedding, but because our planning we were able to visit and see all our planned activities. Arlene and I also managed to take a morning and travel up to the North Shore and swam with a 10 foot Bull Shark and 6 foot Sand Shark. We were put in a cage and the sharks came with a foot of us. It was pretty awesome! On our first visit to Haunuma Bay Logan and I went snorkeling and we swam upon a sea turtle eating the coral reef. The turtle was at least 3 feet long and 2 feet wide and could have cared less that we were watching. This was my first trip out of Canada and it was an absolutely spectacular wedding and vacation that our family will never forget! The pictures tell it all! (Soon to come!) In conclusion, I look forward to speaking and sharing all this information and much, much, more with all our Members at the Christmas quarterly meetings coming up on December 03, 04, 05, 2010. Time and location of these meetings will be mailed out to all Members and posted on our website.

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Thank you for your time and consideration.

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THANK  YOU!   tĞ͕^ĂďƌŝŶĂ͛ƐĨĂŵŝůLJǁŽƵůĚ like  to  thank  all  those  that   came  out  to  help  us  in  our   time  of  need.  It  was  a  very   difficult  time  and  we  appre-­‐ ciated  each  and  every  one   of  you  that  came  out.    

SABRINA  MARIE  TYLEE   December  23,  1977ͶJanuary  22,  2010   She  was  a  daughter,  a  mother,  a  granddaughter,  a  sister,  an  aunt  and   an  angel  who  blessed  us  with  her  presence  from  day  one.     Loving  mommy  to  her  "little  tribe"  Alyssa  (13),  Justin  (11),  Jasmine  (9),  Annabelle   (7)  and  Sophia  (4).     Cherished  only  child  of  her  father,  Verne  Solonas.  Cherished  daughter  of  Anita   Vallee  (Bernie);  beloved  granddaughter  of  Josie  Tylee.     Devoted  sister  to  Wiona  George  (Darren),  Jodie  Ware  (Edwin  Berle)  and  Jamie  Ware   (Josh  Wilson);  Sabrina  was  the  oldest  in  a  beautiful  circle  of  sisters  and  her  loss  will   be  immeasurable.     She  was  also  a  proud  auntie  to  Ethan,  Taylor,  Emma  and  Sydney.     Sabrina  also  leaves  behind  her  soul  mate,  Warner  Jakumeit.     Sabrina  is  survived  by  heartbroken  aunts,  uncles,  many  cousins  and  countless   friends.  She  affected  so  many  lives  in  her  32  years  and  30  days.     Sabrina  lit  up  a  room  with  her  grace,  intelligence,  beauty,  kindness  and  strength.   She  loved  to  dance,  laugh,  learn,  cuddle  and  could  magically  kiss  away  owies.     Now  she's  gone  to  fly  with  the  angels  and  guide  her  children  from  above.     We  are  left  to  mourn  as  this  tragedy  is  ours  to  bear,  but  may  we  have  the  Creator's   grace  and  strength  to  remember  Sabrina  with  joy  and  gratitude  in  our  hearts  for  the   privilege  of  knowing  and  loving  her  even  for  a  short  while.     We  love  you  Bina  and  will  miss  you  forever  and  always.    

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Schizophrenia Information Session With Kim Dixon From the Schizophrenia Society

Learn  how  schizophrenia  affects   the  individual,  the  family,  &  the     community.       What  is  it  like  to  live   with  schizophrenia?     What  resources  can   be  accessed?     How  to  get  help?  

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November 18th 10 am³1 pm Lunch provided


Good day to you all, I hope is well. It has been brought to my attention that some people have some questions about the on reserve renovations, where the funding is coming from and how the houses are picked. The housing department applies for funding through Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation and Indian of Northern Affairs Canada. We give them the list of houses and what renovations need to be done. They then send their own inspector to inspect the houses. They decide which renovations need to be done and to which houses. This year we were approved for units 35, 41, 45, 51, 53 and 54. These renovations include; new roofs, siding, doors, windows, flooring, all being energy efficient. There is also a Replacement Reserve Acct, how this acct works is, we have to put a percentage of our mortgages into this acct with specific rules and guidelines that we have to follow. And because some of our mortgages are being paid off soon, we have to use these funds to renovate these units as we will not be able to get any funding to do so in the future. I hope that this notice has answered your questions and please, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call me at the Band Office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Thank you for your attention and understanding with this matter. Mussi Cho,

s a n o l o Jolene S Housing Coordinator McLeod Lake Indian Band Tel: 250-750-4415 ext. 863 Fax: 250-750-4420 Email: jsolonas@mlib.ca

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Christmas Ham BINGO December 12th, 2010 AT 2PM In the Gym Rules: There will be one ham to be won per game. In the event of more than one winner per game, the winner of the ham will be determined by call-off; the first of the winners to have a number called wins the ham and the others get a consolation prize. We will have 10 games, the last one being a blackout jackpot. The jackpot prize will be a Christmas food hamper (ham, potatoes, gravy mix, pineapple, corn and pumpkin pie all in a foil roasting pan). Cards will be $1 each. There will be maximum 2 cards each until all have had a chance to buy theirs to be sure everyone gets a chance to play. We will be using the “dabberless cards� with the sliding windows. At intermission, you have the option of swapping out your card if any are left over.

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Wellness Support Worker, PGNFC-�ACYWP Dear Community Member, I hope this letter finds you well (and more prepared than myself for the fall/ winter weather that is upon us!). I know that we may have already met through my role as a Youth Worker with the MLIB, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into your community, and to thank you for the chance to begin getting to know the children and youth here. I also wanted to let you know about my second role in working with MLIB children and youth, which is as a Wellness Support Worker. In my Wellness Support Worker role, I am employed by the Prince George Native Friendship Centre (PGNFC), under the Aboriginal Child and Youth Wellness Program (ACYWP). My responsibilities as a Wellness Support Worker include providing workshops, groups, referrals, and talking to children and youth one-onone. I am always open to ideas about how to promote the overall well-being of MLIB children and youth. Starting in November, I will be holding regular office hours during which I will be available to children and youth if they would like to talk, or need some extra support. I will also be starting up a monthly story circle geared toward children ages 5-9; and their parents, grandparents, or other family members are invited to join us. Youth aged 12 and up will be invited to participate in monthly Youth PRIDE Nights, which will feature games, activities, healthy snacks, and opportunities to learn about youth-relevant topics and to gain valuable skills. Office hours and upcoming workshops or events will be posted on the youth department door. I am also available to support caregivers in finding resources, accessing programs, and even just to listen. Please feel free to stop by and see me at the band hall, or e-mail me at tdugan@mlib.ca if you have any questions, concerns, ideas for workshops, etc. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be here, and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone more.

Take care and Mussi Cho!

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To my family of the McLeod Lake Indian Band It is with mixed feelings that I stand here in front of you today. I have worked as your CHR for nearly six years. As many of you know, I grew up with many of you in McLeod Lake. My children grew up with many of your children. When I came here to work at McLeod Lake I didn’t feel like I was a stranger. I have had special long-term relationships with many of you. You need to know that I love you all very much and I want the best for you all. You are just as much family as my own biological family. My time working for McLeod Lake Indian Band has been very rewarding. I have learned so much in the past six years. The band members of McLeod Lake have been very good teachers for me. I will never forget any of you because I will cary you in my hearts always. I am embarking on a new chapter in my life. I have been offered a job working in a camp as a cook. It’s been a long time since I’ve cooked so we’ll see how long this job lasts!!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my awesome supervisor Meaghan Van Somer and all of my nice co-workers. And most importantly, I would like to thank the band members of McLeod Lake for accepting and including me into your family. This is not good-bye. I will be back to visit, so hopefully when I knock on your door, You will still recognize me. I am leaving McLeod Lake feeling more enlightened and a better person thanks to all of you. Thank you!!

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Sun Run 2010 This year was extremely hard as we lost an important contributor to the health of my family. Usually Mid January, the training for the Vancouver Sun Run starts and like prior years; I was stoked. I phoned my sister, Sabrina to get her on board, we agreed that since we were lacking in the whole ‘exercise’ department; we would train together and keep each other in line. However my world like so many was turned upside down the night of January 22, 2010; my sister, Sabrina Marie Tylee died in a snowmobile accident just outside of Carp Lake. As I write this, I find it extremely hard to remember that first month after she was gone but as you can probably tell, I didn’t train. I kept telling myself that of all people, she would want things to continue on but I couldn’t go to the gym without her. We were suppose to train under Jessica Erickson, for the College of New Caledonia, for the Honor Your Health Challenge. The thought was put into my head that we should go for her, as a family, something she really enjoyed to do. We didn’t really get ‘motivated’ until end of April and it was only after us three sister, (Myself, Wiona & Jodie) decided to go forward did we try to get donations to help cover costs. Of course we wanted whoever decided to come to come and join us and because it was such a big hit, we’ve decided we’ll go every year in her honor. I’m not going to lie, it was very hard to participate without Sabrina but with so many of us, it felt like she was with us in heart & spirit. I am so proud of the family! Grandma Josie, Anita, Jessica, Jared, Alyssa, Justin, Jasmin, Annabelle, Sophia, Josh, Sydney, Jodie, Edwin, Taylor, Emma, Wiona, Daren, Ethan, Lionel, Aunty Pearl, Nathan Findlay, Vanessa I am very thankful for McLeod Lake Indian Band, Duz Cho Logging, Duz Cho Construction L.P and Royal Trust, as they all donated some funds for our travels, so Mussi Cho for making all of this possible.

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MLIB Elders Program

Geraldine Solonas

Danachea! Hope all is well with you. September 1st began with an Elder policy committee meeting between Gary Gurnsey, Evelyn Patsey, Jodie Ware, Michael Solonas and myself going through the draft policy and guidelines and discussing the reasons why such a document may be required; the required Elders’ input; some requirements of what makes an ‘Elder’ and the steps required to continue working on this document. Please note that this draft was accepted in principle by the Band Council on July 19th, 2010 which means the Elder program must adhere (follow) and accept the policy as of that date. During this time, the theatrical group, Street Spirits, came in from Prince George and met with the Youth Dept. and Band Social Workers on working with the youth and staff doing an ‘interactive’ play for the community that evening. Then ten Elders met in the NRC boardroom for several mini workshops on ‘Wills & Estates’, ‘Pensions & Investments’, ‘Safety & Self-Empowerment’ and ‘Benefits of Health & Fitness’. It was great to see them stay there until 4 p.m. and be involved, asking questions and generally enjoying themselves. The workshops were followed by a community dinner at 4:30 p.m. catered to by Grizzly Inn. Much thanks to them. Then the play started a bit before the scheduled time of 6 p.m. It was a play on issues in the community, such as alcohol abuse, stealing, lying, disrespect to Elders and how things can happen as a result. The play was redone a second time and the audience stopped the play at any given point they thought should be changed for to a positive aspect rather than the initial negativity. There was youth as young as seven years of age giving opinions, and quite a few different scenarios ended up being suggested. It was an awesome evening and someone suggested more such activities should be brought to this community. On September 9th, the Canadian Wildlife Service gave a presentation on Boreal Caribou in the NRC boardroom and there was a good turnout of members: Chief Orr, Virgie I., Albert and Vera, Alfred S., Gilbert C., Gordon P., Destiny B., Novalee B., Patrick P., Tania S., Alice C., Jeremy C., Harry C., and Justin Chingee. It is amazing and great to see how much knowledge some of our people like Harry and Justin Chingee have on this. Discussions were on the development of a national recovery strategy for caribou under the Species at Risk Act and that traditional knowledge of the local First Nation must be part of the planning. There will be a committee struck to keep on top of this issue and to provide information to the Canadian Wildlife Service.

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On September 13th, there was a PAC meeting at lunch time to discuss the start up of the Head Start program. I attend these meetings in case there is anything pertaining to activities Elders may become involved in. I am sure there will be Elder involvement when the program is up and running smoothly. Later that day, there was another Elder policy committee meeting held in PG. Discussions were on: having Madam Justice Boyko involved with drafting of the policy; what activities may justify receiving an honoraria; doing a survey; the importance of retaining our language; usage of the terms ‘Elder’ or ‘Senior’; using a word(s) in our language to show respect for someone who carries knowledge and wisdom of our people; document must have the Elder’ input; what should the policy be called; showcase Elders; vision, mission and values of policy must be developed by the Elders themselves through a strategic planning session to discuss what the Elders want and how to get there; possible retreat for the planning session at places like Ness Lake, Camp Elkness, etc.; celebrate Elders in this planning process; strategic planning should be done with consultant; and, next meeting date. Please note that the draft policy was mailed to current Elders to age fifty-five and over in August for you to read and contact the Elder coordinator with any concerns. I have only heard from about five Elders about their disagreement with the change of the age.

There was an Elders’ meeting in ML on September 15th. This will be the last meeting for the Elders until more funding is found for the Elder program. On September 17th a group of Elders met in Bear Lake with John Belhumeur and Michael Schuss of Canadian International Minerals Inc. to check a possible mine site near Wicheeda Lake (which sits at the beginning of the Rocky Mountain Range) for economic rare earth deposits, used in green technology for items such as hybrid vehicles, flat screen tv’s/monitors, cell phones, iPods, and such electronics. China has dominated the market for the rare metals required, using over 70% for their own use and there aren’t any rare earth mines in North America. Bolero rep, Nick Horsley, said “It would be a big industry kick for that whole area and definitely beneficial in terms of a long-lasting industry because the size of this thing looks like it could be a hundred year project (“The Prospector Investment and Exploration News” Oct. 2010 Vol. 20, No. 5 edition, The Aboriginal Miner (a report on this venture). I was amazed at the interaction Michael and John had with our Elders throughout the day. Mr. Schuss stated that he goes to the First Nations of the traditional area for knowledge which cannot be compared to people such as geologists.

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Band Manager Report Danachea Tsek’hene Family, as usual McLeod Lake Indian Band continues to be involved in many opportunities for the Band in general and the members. I must confess, there is never a dull moment as each day brings successes and challenges. We should always keep in mind that we are indeed ‘all family’ and with family, comes respect. Since the AGA, the Band celebrated, along with Thompson Creek Metals, the Socio Economic Agreement. Which brings MLIB to the forefront and extends opportunities to this generation and future generation? Chief and Council held a ‘meet and greet’ with the CEO’s of Thompson Creek in October. We’re very excited to begin our relationship with Thompson Creek and will work diligently to implementing our agreement. MLIB Council worked hard in their negotiations and met with members prior to the finalization of this agreement. If members choose not to attend the scheduled information sessions, they’re choosing not to have a voice. So for future agreements, members are encouraged to participate and provide input and concerns into the various projects. MLIB Chief and Council faced strict timeframes to these negotiations but prevailed and the agreement was finalized. As a reminder to all members, Chief and Council are elected members who represent the Band as a whole. As members we entrust the Chief and Council to negotiate on our behalf and make decisions on our behalf. We can assure the members that these negotiations were performed in that manner and that professional people were involved to give advice and direction to the Council. There was another twist as Council was also negotiating a Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Province of BC. We can appreciate the work for the parallel negotiations for the same Mt. Milligan Project. I would like to request Band Members that get information on FACEBOOK, remember that contents on FACEBOOK are not censored, so you can be receiving outlandish and misleading information. Most times, the information posted on FACEBOOK will be from individuals who were not involved in the projects. As individual band members, you owe it to yourselves to seek out the truth. We encourage you to call the office and ask these questions to Chief Derek Orr, the Band Manager or any other staff. The staff can write down the question or concerns and leadership will get back to you. You deserve to hear the truth and the only way you will receive it will be from the Band Office. To assist the members MLIB Chief and Council and administration informs the member using our communication tools, such as our website, monthly newsletters, scheduled community meetings, regular Chief and Council meetings, etc.

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As reported, we do have our challenges, Chief and Council and the Band Manager were victims of a crime as a member had uttered threats and charges were brought against the accuser. MLIB has a Zero Tolerance Policy and these threats had to be taken seriously. MLIB is not set up for Restorative Justice, perhaps it’s a system we may resort to in the future; the Band may want to investigate this versus the individuals going thru the Court system.

had witnessed something so moving and touching, it brought the community together. I remember years ago, when our community members use to gather together to meet, to laugh, to work together. I know as a community we still have it within ourselves to have togetherness, unity, and caring. That afternoon I saw a community. MUSSI CHO.

This is a friendly reminder to all members any use of any MLIB Public Office, such as the Band Office, NRC Building and Day Care, has to be approved by the Band Manager. Anyone entering MLIB Public Buildings without written permission from the Band Manager is trespassing and will be dealt with accordingly. The Band Manager has been flexible and worked with various groups as they seek permission to use the office for meetings and group activities. We have information there was an unauthorized meeting held at the office on November 7th. This is very concerning, because there is sensitive and private information at the office. As a result of the breech, Administration has taken steps so all assets of McLeod Lake Indian Band is protected. I would like to end my report in a positive manner in informing you of a situation when the community came together to assist one of our members who was suffering from illness. It was very moving to see members meeting to discuss and voice our concerns and talked about solutions to assist the ill member. There was input from members who normally never speak up but that day, they did. I

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Hello Everyone,

The British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BC AMTA) is another agency that is available to help and their address is 108 -345 Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops, BC. The job coach is Leonard Jackson and his contact number is (250) 314-9959.

The Employment and Training department has been undergoing some changes. These are things that are being upgraded for the benefit of the MLIB client to get the correct training and support. Firstly, the department will be assessing members before any training intervention is delivered. PGNAETA has an assessment called TOWES and this is the model that the MLIB E&T department will be using. This is not a test and it simply helps the department in how best to assist the client.

The Government has changed the funding names. The funding we have received until March 2010 was called the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Association (AHRDA). This has been changed to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). This new training name comes with many new forms and procedures on how we do training. I have new PIF’s, there will be 12/24/48 follow-ups with clients after training. If you have been trained, you must use this training and find a job. You will not be eligible for training for 6 months, after this you may apply again.

Secondly, when the department receives notice of training, we will proceed by getting a training call to the members. If the member is interested in this training, the name will be added to an interest list. The Department will see if they have had an assessment done and then the name will be forwarded to the department selection process.

I am setting appointment times for the TOWES assessment, so please give me a phone call to get assessed. I am sending members to the nearest ASETS providers to get assessed.

The department had to raise the bar so we can send the right person to the training that is applicable to them. The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (ASEP) have developed training agencies and societies that are open to Aboriginal people that are looking for training in Mining.

If you need any more information regarding the new procedures of the E&T office, please do not hesitate to call me at (250) 750-4415 or 1-888-822-1143 or email me at malec@mlib.ca

The Pacific Trail Pipeline has developed a society called the PTP ASEP Training Society. They are located at #300 – 1460 6th Avenue in Prince George. For the McLeod Lake Area, the job coach is Penny Perlotto and her contact number is (250) 561-1115.

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Margie Alec Employment and Training Officer

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During the first week of October, I met with Cecile Voyer starting a biography on her, followed by a Elder Policy committee meeting in ML with Jodie Ware, Gary Gurnsey, Evelyn Patsey and myself; I then met with Chris Kaip and Scott Taylor about setting up a hunting camp as soon as possible; met with the AbEd workers along with Jodie and Margie Alec to discuss cultural activities with Elders and students for this year; took a drive out to Weedon Lake with Scott and Tracy (LTCA/Homemaker) for the possible hunting camp base as some people think the spot we selected on the Nation Arm is a bit far, one and a half hours away versus half hour to Weedon Lake; and, we got final date to have church services starting at the Band hall on Sunday, October 24th at 2 p.m. We were blessed by the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment & Training Association who donated an employee’s time and expenses (value of $2,000) to work with the Elders on a planning session in the near future for which I drafted a funding proposal this week. The second week of October began with Thanksgiving Day; then I had to contact Elders who could be interviewed (on short notice) by “The Prospector” (mining magazine), Aboriginal dept., about the site visit to a mountain next to Wicheeda Lake, which is situated about an hour and a half drive behind Bear Lake; I submitted the funding proposal for the Elders’ planning session to Canadian International Minerals and Conoco Phillips Canada; and, finalized arrangements with the Band Social Worker, Chris and NNADAP Worker, Scott for the upcoming community hunting camp. Much thanks to Ryan Bichon and his crew, Wiona and Lionel, the camp was set up by Friday afternoon. I went to the hunting camp on Friday evening, and during the days on Saturday and Sunday. Albert Chingee and wife, Vera spent the weekend at the camp and everyone else: Eugene & Doreen Isadore; Lawrence & Agnes Solonas; Josephine & Terra Tylee; Virgie Inyallie; Bernie & Anita Vallee; Sam Jr.; Jason, Jolene & family; and, I drove back and forth to the camp. The nights were chilly so we plan to have the camp begin during the last week in July to mid-August in the future before the hunting season begins and when it is much warmer. The hunters said there were too many hunting camps throughout the area. The time spent at the camp went extremely well, people telling stories and having a good time, constantly eating, drinking tea or coffee along with our great Indian humour and everyone pitching in to help with cooking, hauling and butchering the calf moose shot by Albert C. and cleaning up at camp break up. The moose meat was given to those at the camp and a few others. The third week began with me going to Cecile Voyer’s place to clean, cut and package what was left of the calf moose to give out to some of the Elders. Then I received a positive response from John B., of Canadian International Minerals who wanted to know where to send a $4,250 to for the Elders planning session. Felt good to receive a positive response so quickly. I thanked John and Michael for their quick response which showed their commitment to working with our people. 26


Presenter: Cpl. Mike Moyer, “E� Division Aboriginal Gang Unit

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Sharon Solonas called on October 18th and said the language Master Apprentice proposal was approved and the First People’s Language Culture Council contacted her and said they will be working directly with her and Agnes Solonas and the Band will not be involved at this point. She said both her and Agnes were excited and happy this would be starting soon. The project requires them to speak 300 hours totally immersed in the local Tse’khene dialect, attending training sessions as directed, drafting a work plan for every 50 hours of language immersion (what activities they will be doing), self-evaluation after each 50 hours, signing two agreements that they understand what the project requires, evaluation by a committee after each 100 hours, and, providing continuous reports as required. You may see them walking about the community doing activities, you may watch them, but please do not bother them as their time together must be accounted for as totally speaking the local dialect. I will also be videotaping once in a while to capture their work on video clips to show their progress. If you are a semi fluent speaker (speak some, understand some) and would be willing to make a commitment to work with a fluent speaker, please let me know and I will make every effort to find funding to do this. This week has been busy working with Erin of the LRO to set up a meeting between the Elders and Tera Environmental to discuss Traditional Land Use values and issues along TransCanada’s proposed extension of the Groundbirch Pipeline between Chetwynd, Dawson Creek going towards Fort St. John. The Elder had to have knowledge of the area from working with the Land Referral Office previously and have knowledge of traditional land use issues to be invited to this meeting. I am proud of our Elders who said they wish more detailed information of the proposed pipe line; they want to meet with the bosses of TransCanada who will be building the pipeline soon; and, they want Elders to be directly involved with the monitoring of this area through the environmental assessments and throughout the project. Mussi cho to Tracy, Conservation Officer, Mackenzie, BC who gave the Elders seven, yes seven, quarters of moose, which were confiscated. I found Elders and others who could take the meat right away as some of it had been hanging for a few days already and was glad members were available. I left a message for Tracy that we could use more wild meat if possible. There was also a meet and greet with Michelle Gunter and Robert Ryan of CNC of Mackenzie. Michelle has recently been hired as their Aboriginal Advisor/Liaison and Robert Ryan is the Aboriginal Economic Development officer. With regards to Elders, we discussed language issues and the possibility of CNC becoming involved in creating a language program involving McLeod Lake, Tsay Key and Kwadacha and others who are of similar dialects. We need all the help available to pursue avenues to have our local dialect taught and used more and more for the benefit of this and future generations. Please continue to use the firstvoices.ca link to learn our local Tse’khene dialect. 28


Throughout this week a great deal of time was spent on arranging the Elders’ planning session on November 9th & 10th at Ness Lake Bible Camp. Much thanks to Michael Schuss and John Belhumeur of Canada International Minerals Inc. who donated $4,250 to the Elders for the planning session. nd Upcoming Elder birthdays for November is: Mary Prince on the 22 ; and for December are: on the 16th and Harry Chingee on the 29th. Mussi cho for your time in reading this and have a great Veteran’s Day! Much blessings and thanks to all of our members who served and have gone on before us and to those who are still with us. Those who have served in any of the military, armed or navy forces anywhere should let us know so that you can be formally acknowledged each year. Provide me with a brief on where, when and why you served, along with a picture (if possible) in uniform for the future.

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Danache’a, Where has the time gone? Lol It is such a beautiful time of year, winter is just about upon us… ! The department has been very busy, I have had the opportunity to set on Interim Elder Board Committee, Planning Committee and back working with the Aboriginal Education Workers in Mackenzie, BC. I work very closely with my two staff members; Margie Alec and Geraldine Solonas. I do my best to ensure a timely response, youth are my top priorities, it has been fast paced couple of months but very exciting. The E/T Department has had many new developments, please make sure you check out her report and/or call in, if have any questions. The Elders are gearing up for a Strategic Planning Session to commence early next week at the Ness Lake Bible Camp (facility) and work towards their visions/mission statement. It’s the first time we have done this and I look forward to hearing/ reviewing their comments. Good Luck to Geri and to the Elders that are able to participate!!!! Elementary/Secondary Update - No school supplies cheques offered this year for off-reserve members. - Did mail out in mid-August to all students requesting Elementary/Secondary Financial Assistance Form to be still filled out accordingly. As of September 2010, I had 88 students registered with MLIB Education Department. - Received 18 requests for school fees/bus passes assistance – all approved. Post Secondary Update - At this time, I have 19 students registered with MLIB Education Department, taking various program, various levels. o 15 full time sponsorship (includes monthly living out allowance, tuition and books/supplies)  6 university level  6 college level  3 upgrading o 4 part time sponsorship (includes tuition and books/supplies)  2 college level  2 upgrading Youth Update - To date, 20 requests have been approved for Extra Curricular Activities at $200.00/each. - These funds do not accumulate over the years; students/parents are encouraged to access before the specified deadlines. There are new forms developed, please email or me for more details me at jware@mlib.ca. Thank you for reading my report, any questions or suggestions, please feel free to call me at (250) 750-4415 or by email jware@mlib.ca. In Friendship,

Jodie Ware

Supervisor of Education & Employment/Training

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New Speeding & Driving Laws McLeod Lake Indian Band is developing a new Policy for employees who drive Band vehicles because of the new legislation that took effect last month. We care about our employees’ safety and members’ safety and to that end, we are instituting a ‘zero tolerance’ policy when it comes to speeding and/or driving Band-owned vehicles while under the influence. Employees who do not adhere to these conditions will not be permitted to drive and will be subject to our progressive discipline. In addition, drivers of Band-owned vehicles that transport employees or Band Members will be required to take an approved Defensive Driving course by January 1, 2011. Winter road conditions will soon be upon us and we want our passengers and drivers to feel safe and to have the best tools possible to react to any road condition. If you would like more information, please come in and talk to Holly. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Holly Currah Human Resources Manager McLeod Lake Indian Band

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Danache'a Everyone! It's been a few months since you have heard form me and I'm glad to share what has been keeping me busy with MLIB and personal things!  In MLIB there has been some progressive and positive steps forward!  As most of you have heard by now, if not sooner, MLIB signed the Agreement with Mt Milligan and Revenue sharing with the Province of BC as well as with Thompson Creek/ Terrane Company.  Elders and Band Members attended the Rally in Victoria against the Site C Dam in our territory.  MLIB was part of the team that was able to get the Mackenzie Pulp Mill back up and running.  Our Trust is climbing back up from the economic Hit over a year ago, and MLIB is in the Plus again!!  These are some of the BIG events that have or are occuring for the MLIB Band, C&C and Administration.  Not to be overshadowed are the Membership milestones and achievements in Education, Training, Jobs and of course the blessings of our Newest little Members!!

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There is a Lot going on for MLIB and I hope you can all make the regional


There is a Lot going on for MLIB and I hope you can all make the regional Quarterly Meetings in early December in Vancouver, Prince George and McLeod Lake for find out the details!  But you can always contact me to ask, talk and find out about them!! Also to keep in mind is the up coming elections this Spring!!  We won't know who all will be running until the Nomination time is up but here again is some food for thought and discussion.  When you are thinking about running, and I say this from recent experience, please keep these criteria in mind! • Do you have the time to put your full attention to the C&C position- I found when I was first elected I had a full time job and this kept me from personally attending the regular C&C meetings and having to call in.  It is not bad to have to call in, it saves money but I do find it more beneficially to be in person.  Plus I was not able to attend the "other" meetings on behalf of C&C and the MLIB Membership, like provincial and national first nations conferences and meetings that would update MLIB on current information for say Health or Education and the missed out networking opportunities.  Now with a young family I find I have some more time then before as well as having my lovely son with me which also has some benefits and restraints. • The skills or willingness to learn/ train - the first year really is a tough year to get caught up in passed issues, partnerships and information, if you have not been aware of them before.  I am glad to know what I do know and as I have mentioned it before, this is really investing in a Band Member to know all the politics, Admin and welfare of MLIB.  So please realize that a whole NEW C&C every 3 years may or may not be the best choice to keep starting and stopping new View points and projects.  Representation is also key, we need to have a C&C that represents everyone Respectfully and well at any time!  I have taken about 8 flights with various MLA's, Premier Gordon Campbell and his Cabinet and Government officials from the different ministries, so even when I wasn't "IN" a meeting I could still be representing MLIB.  I am now more up to date and aware of our Forestry and Construction business, Our Negotiation stance with Companies and Government projects, our newer Ventures such as Wind power and more recently Conservation and Reclamation for our Lands.  Plus there's reading, knowing and changing our Admin policies with the Managers which is a big task in itself.  I have not forgotten about the Trust either, that takes sometime to grasp among the other monthly Admin and Project financials to go over.  All these topics are again relate to the fact that you need your full attention for this position to be effective and to keep MLIB progressive!!

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The Personality for being a Team player - The C&C are not a special or popular group, I have found that what is thought of by others as just it being a financial benefit is actually more time away from your family, lots of travel time and your energy is not all your own anymore......but the energy required and the benefits are awesome when as a team you decide, with you fiduciary responsibility, to go ahead with a project and it's Positive!!!  So there is not a lot of time for personality conflicts and drama in the C&C.   So it comes down to Who will bring their best side forward to work for the whole Band Membership and our future generations!

These are a few things to consider as the up coming Election closes in for those wanting to run in the Election and for ALL of us to Vote for!!  I have also realized you can not please everyone, and that the Majority of Band support will not equal 100% but that is why the C&C positions are like being a social worker, you have to know something about a lot of different things, be available, flexible, and approachable, do the work right away and listen to a variety of people, information and view points and some how NOT take it personally all the time or take it home with you.  I am still honored to be in this position, it is one of the more rewarding things I have been a part of.  To learn more about my Community, Culture, Family, Strengths and Identity!! I am still Living in Sooke BC and renovating our Home.  My Young family is amazing, Nowa is a fun and happy boy!!  I am so happy for our Newest MLIB members and families, what an AMAZING part of Life, I have a whole new appreciation for Family and Happiness!! Mussi Cho Everyone and I look forward to hearing from you on Questions or Concerns and See you in December time!!! Sincerely,

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You Are Invited To a

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If you would like to attend the Vancouver Meeting, please call Jeanne Hegel at 250-750-4415 To RSVP by November 29th.

Fri, Dec 3rd, 2010 - Vancouver Best Western Chateau Granville Hotel 1100 Granville Street 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Christmas Dinner 7::00 pm - 9:00 pm Quarterly Update

Sun, Dec 5th, 2010 - McLeod Lake

Please RSVP to Jeanne Hegel at 250-750-4415

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Quarterly Update 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Christmas Dinner

Sat, Dec 4th, 2010 - Prince George

CHILDCARE PROVIDED AT THE BAND HALL

McLeod Lake Indian Band - Gymnasium

Days Inn 600 Quebec Street 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Quarterly Update 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Christmas Dinner CHILDCARE PROVIDED AT THE HOTEL

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How the Band Administration Works

Budgeting The budgeting process for MLIB has just begun. McLeod Lake Indian Band operates within its Financial Bylaw, which was approved in a referendum by Band Members. Band departments identify revenues and needs. The comptroller takes the Departmental wish lists and prepares a summary of income and expenses. This summary is presented to the Finance Committee who reviews and recommends a final budget. Because the needs of the Band are often greater than the income, reductions in departmental budgets are made. The recommendations of the Finance Committee are presented to Chief and Council, who review and recommend changes that reflect the vision of Council. Once in agreement, the budget is set and is posted for the Trustees and Membership to comment. With all comments considered, a final budget is decided by Chief and Council in March for the Band’s fiscal year which is April 1 to March 31. The budgets provide a guide for managers to administer programs. Sometimes, new income is found or new expenditures are identified. When this happens, needs are made known to the Finance Committee, who recommend changes to Chief and Council. If Council agrees, the budget is changed and funds are re-allocated. Chief and Council are responsible for the revenue and expenditure of the Band. It is the responsibility of Administration to work within Chief and Council approved budgets and to identify to Chief and Council when changes should be made. The Financial Bylaw outlines how expenditures may be made and under what authorities. McLeod Lake Band is required by its Financial Bylaw and the Government of Canada to have its financial transactions audited, with results made known to Membership and Government. Our Auditor is Deloitte LLP of Prince George who presents the audited statements of the Band to Membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Band’s financial statements are confidential to membership. Members may view these statements by contacting the Band.

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Youth Department Info for November Travelling Feather/ MLIB Website

Two youth, along with chaperone Barb Heine, attended the Dreamcatcher Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, October 15th – 17th. Highlights included inspirational dance performances, interesting seminars, and an opportunity to make dreamcatchers.

The annual youth Hallowe’en party was held on Saturday, October 30th. Children and youth enjoyed games, snacks, crafts, pumpkin carving, and treats.

Youth Homework Nights: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4pm – 8pm @ the band hall School-aged children and youth are invited to come out & work on homework, eat dinner, and enjoy some fun activities. There is also a monthly draw! Each evening, children and youth who choose to either read or complete homework for 20 minutes will have their names entered into a draw to win a gift certificate at the end of each month.

MLIB Christmas Card Contest! Youth ages 12 and under are invited to design a Christmas card and enter a contest for a chance to have their design chosen as the official MLIB Christmas Card for 2010! Deadline: Wednesday November 17th at 4:00pm (Marc – please note that a poster will be forward to you as soon as possible!)

Wellness Support – Tamara Dugan •

(See letter to the community)

The first Children’s Story Circle was held on Thursday, October 21st. Monthly story circles will be geared toward children ages 5-9, and will include stories, discussion, crafts, and healthy snacks. Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to join us. Dates and times of upcoming Children’s Story Circles will be posted on the Youth Department door.

The first Youth PRIDE Night was held on Thursday, November 4th, from 4-6pm. The theme of the night was “Back-to-School Balance.” Activities included games, snacks, and discussions and visuals regarding the need for balance in order to maintain physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual wellness in our lives. Dates and times of upcoming Youth PRIDE Nights will be posted on the Youth Department door. Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. 37


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Newsletter & Website Update Newsletter A little later in the month than normal, but here we are! And as always I am the last to write my report on the newsletter and website. We decided to do a Newsletter half November because, like last year, we are planning the December newsletter to go online just before Christmas recess. The December issue of The Traveling Feather will be a newsletter with a year summary, a memorial, a 2011 horoscope and much more. As always I would like to ask all of you to send your pictures, stories and reports. The deadline for the next issue will be December 17 at 4.00 pm.

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Website Our website is still going strong. Many hits a day and our list of subscribers keeps growing. Most of the pages have been under construction because we did some re-styling on the website. Deadline for submission of content for all the departments is the end of this month. As soon as we have all that information we will be able to finish the MLIB website.

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MLIB Newsletter No.7 will be available December 20 2010 online at www.mlib.ca or, on request, in print at the McLeod Lake band office.


The Traveling Feather 11-2010