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August 2009 Edition Inside this issue: Message f r o m C hief Sella rs
Co u nc i l A c t i o n I t e ms
Ba nd A d m i nis t r a t o r
Co m m u n i t y Fishe r ies
Ea r l y S t ua r t M ig r a t i o n
A t t e n t i o n Fishe rs
Sac re d H ead w a t e rs Ga t he r i ng
BC H y d r o W o r ksh o p
As some of you may know our Band Administrator has resigned. We wish him the best in whatever he chooses to do but now we have a vacant position to fill. At our Council meeting yesterday we decided we needed to stabilize the community. If you look at other First Nation communities that are progressive you will note that at least one senior person has been there for many years. For example at Osoyoos Chief Clarence Louie has been there for over 20 years and at Canim Lake their Band Administrator has been there for over 20 years as well. We can't guarantee that we will have the same Chief for a number of years but we can look at having the most senior staff person, the Band Administrator, as the stabilizer.
Wal k i ng S t r o ng Pe r f o r m a nce C oachi ng
B o o ks A va i la b le f o r Loa n
Sub m issi o n—B i l l y Sella rs
T r ea t y Re p o r t
A b o r ig i na l D a y
I m p o r t a n t A n n o u nce m e n t
Wa te r Re p o r t
Sum m e r S t u d e n t W o r k e r
Sum m e r C hi l d r e n’s P r og r a m A ssis t a n t
X a t ’ su l l H e r i t age V i l lage U p da t e
Co m p le t e a W il l W o r ksh o p
Econo m ic De ve l o p m e n t Co o r d i na t o r
X a t ’ su l l H e r i t age V i l lage Ga t he r i ng
T hea t r e S ka m ’s Ca r i b o o B uc k a r o o
Educa t i o n C o o r d i na t o r
Fam i l y C o n nec t i o ns C o o r d i na t o r
H ea d S ta r t C o o r d i na t o r
Em p l o y m e n t C o o r d i na t o r
Message from Chief Sellars
The plan is to hire one of our Xat'sull Band members as the Band Administrator. A Band Member will have a vested interest in our community and will stick around for more than one or two years. We have many members who might be interested but who are not quite qualified for the job so over the next few weeks we are going to work with the Tribal Council to put together a solid training package. Before the next election we will have one of our own fully trained as the Band Administrator. This will provide stability for the direction community members have given, stability for ongoing projects, stability for the staff and stability for any new Chief and Council. Continued on Page 2...
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We will be sending out e-mails, flyers etc. once we have a training package put together. It will take a few weeks to take a look around and see what is available so stay tuned. In the meantime take a look in the community and encourage those who you feel would make a good candidate to apply once we put out a posting. I am hoping we can get a trainee in by the 1st of September. We have our Council meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month. It has been great to see some community members attending. I think they find the atmosphere pretty friendly. If you have any questions or concerns we have a time slot at the end of the Council meeting where you can raise your concerns. We are discussing issues that affect you directly so please feel free to drop by. I hope your summer is going great and your gardens are growing well. Mine is stunted but I haven't put as much time into it as I should have. I had to go out and look for the plants I planted in between all the weeds the other night. Unfortunately my Gardener (Bill) was running for the AFN National Chief position so he did not have time to exercise his green thumb. I think he was an excellent candidate for National Chief but I only have one vote and there are over 600 Chiefs across Canada who vote. He was knocked out in the first ballot so he obviously did not win. Oh well, that is the life of politics. Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer. Bev Sellars
Council Meeting Action Items
A number of community members have expressed concerns about vehicles speeding on Mountain House Road. Band Council met with the RCMP and the Ministry of Transportation during the July 15th Council meeting and discussed these concerns. At Council's request, the Ministry of Transportation is looking at improving signage along the road. The RCMP will be enforcing the speed limit on a more regular basis.
Band Administratorâ€”Bill Young A few youth have been playing inside the Pioneer Log Homes yard at Deep Creek. Nothing has been stolen or damaged recently. Pioneer foreman Sam Peterson is concerned that the youth may hurt themselves. He said someone tried to get inside the cab of one on the cranes earlier in the summer. As it is dangerous for youth to play around equipment, we ask that parents make sure their children stay away from the Pioneer yard altogether. Thanks for your cooperation.
Community Fisheries Representative â€” Noella William Hello There Well it must be getting close to the Fishing Season because it is the only time that I submit to the Newsletter!! I would just like to remind everyone that yes, it is getting close to fishing season and that itâ€™s the time to look at last yearâ€™s equipment, like tie up ropes. It would be advised that you replace the ropes that you use to tie up with if they are damaged, frayed, old, or have nicks from the rocks. I would advise getting a thicker rope not the cheap yellow rope as it would not hold your body weight. We have just finished taking a Swift water training course. It taught us how the force of the water and the speed that it is flowing affect us when in the water. If a 100 lb person fell into the water and the water speed is 3 km, it would be like trying to pull a 300 lb person out of the water. So please think about your safety while at the river or even before going to the river! Some of the catch monitors will have at least 1 trained swift current monitor for each site. I would like everyone to remember that the river will be closed for the month of July as usual. Work will be done on the Early Stuart trying to rebuild the stock. They are trying to fertilize the Stuart Lake to see if that will help the salmon. Fertilization is very expensive and trying to plan how to fertilize such a large lake is also a challenge. I would also like to say that I have enjoyed working as the Community Fisheries Representative and I hope that everyone has a great summer. I am leaving the position as the CFR and moving away from Deep Creek. I will be back when the river opens up to do some fishing and visiting.
ATTENTION FISHERS: REWARD FOR RETURNED RADIO TAGS If you catch and keep a Fraser sockeye or chinook with a spaghetti tag and with a hole in the adipose fin, remember to look for an antenna coming out of the mouth. Remove the internal transmitter and the spaghetti tag and contact LGL at once at the TOLL FREE phone number listed below. Individuals returning transmitters to LGL along with information on time and place of capture will be sent the complete tracking history of the fish and their name will be entered into a $1000 lottery once for each transmitter returned.
TOLL FREE: 1-866-221-3444 This sockeye and Chinook radio-telemetry study is being conducted by the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, in conjunction with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and LGL, from April-September 2009. Approximately, 400-500 sockeye and 50-150 chinook will be radio-tagged at sites along the Lower Fraser River between Crescent Island and Yale to assess in-river migration rates, survival and spawning destinations for all tagged fish and detection efficiencies for tagged sockeye passing the Mission and Qualark hydroacoustic arrays. Detailed temperature data will be obtained from each transmitter recovered from fisheries or spawning areas. Information obtained through your cooperation will directly contribute to improved management and conservation of Fraser River sockeye and chinook. If you have any questions related to this study, please call the following phone number: 1-866-221-3444. Thank you for your interest and cooperation!
BC Hydro & BC Transmission Corp Regional Workshop—Tony Mack On July 5th, 2009 I travelled to Kamloops to attend one of many regional workshops on the subject. My main purpose of attending was to learn and come up to speed with what these two large corporations are up to for the future to ensure that we are strong participants in activities that may and will take place in the future. BC Hydro is a commercial Crown Corporation owned by the Province of British Columbia. BC Hydro is one of North America’s leading providers of clean, renewable energy, and the largest electric utility in British Columbia, serving approximately 95 percent of the province’s population and serves 1.7 million customers. Electricity is delivered to customers through an interconnected system of transmission lines and distribution lines. BC Hydro’s net income was $369 million in 2008, compared to $407 million in 2007. BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) was established in 2003 and is a Crown Corporation as well, 100 percent government owned and operated. BCTC is responsible for planning, construction, operating and maintaining the BC Hydro owned electric transmission system. BCTC operates a state of art control centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; where the supply and demand of electricity is balanced in real-time and is continuously monitored in search for any disturbances and/or outages. To give you and idea of BC’s Bulk Transmission System: There are 18,589 kilometers of transmission lines, 292 switching, distribution and capacitor stations, 1 primary control center and 1 backup control center, 169 microwave and fiber-optic sites, 75,000 hectares of right-of-way and is interconnected to Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. In my perspective, the two corporations are planning for the next 30 years into the future keeping in mind supply and demand. The Province of British Columbia holds high potential in energy generation and transmission therefore the energy sector is being focused on aggressively at an International level. My goal as a young leader is to participate and to represent our interests as a First Nation, major players like these corporations are into large-scale projects that are planned over a long period of time and I believe that it is important that we become a major player in activities that may or will take place in the future. I feel that there are only a few dominant industries out there at this present time and they are: oil and gas, mining and energy. As First Nations in the province of British Columbia, I recommend that we all maintain a high-level of participation including shared decision making, co-management, environmental monitoring and overall, revenue sharing. It will take some time for me to get on top of everything that these corporations are up to, but I am committed to continuously studying and researching until I am up to speed with what they are doing so I can participate at the level they all operate. It is always my principle to keep in mind the health of my people, our youth, our elders and our families including plants and animals; to ensure that they are taken care of and are in a constant healthy state of mind mentally and physically. That is the fuel that will propel my work until the end of my time. We are strong and determined and we have to know that. For further information on the topic visit: Inquiries: email@example.com or call 1.877.461.0161 BCTC Website focused on Long-Term Planning – www.bctransmission2040.ca
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Current 10 Year Capital Plan (includes State of the Transmission System Report): www.bctc.com/regulatory_filings and/or BC Utilities Commission - www.bcuc.com BCTC Planning Reports and Studies www.bctc.com/transmission_planning/engineering_studies_data/ If you have any further questions, concerns and/or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Anthony Mack Aboriginal Youth Intern â€“ Soda Creek First Nation Aboriginal Youth Internship Program 2008/2009 The BC Public Service Agency Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Mining and Minerals Division | Policy and Sustainability Branch Tel: 250 989.2323 Email: Anthony.Mack@gov.bc.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking Strong The Walking Strong Group will once again be Walking on Mondays at 12:00 PM. Please let me know if you need a ride.
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Community Member Submission — Billy Sellars Super weytk enewi7’ everyone. Its good to know everybody is den-free and out taking in the flip side. Myself? I’ve put writing on the back burner since Dad passed away and I know he wouldn’t want that so I thought I better get back at it. Plus, I feel kinda selfish having so many stories, info and such, and not passing them along. Dad’s memory was so vivid up until he passed, and though I remember a lot, it’s still only a percentage of what he relayed to me. With that on record I’d like to start with a eulogy-type opening. Dad was born Albert Sellars Jr., September the first, nineteen twenty-seven to Albert John Sellars and Adele Sellars. The first of what came to be fourteen children. When Dad came into the world and opened his eyes for the first time they were a milky bluish-green. Old Granny had a look and figured Dad would never see when he grew. Thank God that prediction didn’t come true. Also, as a baby Dad was rubbed down with bear grease by the Old Folks. That being Old Granny and some of the other old Aunties at the time. This, they said, would bring him strength of the bear as he grew to be a man. Which, by the way, turned out to be very much true. Some of Dad’s earliest memories were of him and Auntie Dianne out in the bush playing with nothing but sticks and acorns. He mentioned that there were no such things as babysitters for them those days. Another is of him following Old Granny up to the 153 Mile on foot (her on horseback). They would go up there to pick up her pension cheque, which was a mere six dollars. That six dollars was a lot of money though in those days, I guess. Enough needed for the necessities necessary to get by. Yet another is of him driving a team of horses out Comer Meadow when he was all the age of five. They were haying I guess, and I’m just trying to picture his little self manning those reins. Dad said that by him being raised with and by the old women, he was able to speak our language pretty well by the time he was old enough to go to school. Where unfortunately, that privilege was taken away. One of Dad’s adolescent memories was of him and Uncle Herman running to work every morning down to the Richmond Farm (the ranch down lower Soda Creek). They’d work all day and then run home. Dad attended the St. Joseph’s Mission until the completion of grade nine, where he said most of that was just plain labour. Dad left the mission to begin a career of jobs almost too numerous to list. Some of these were, returning to the Mission to work, where he met our mother Alice Gilbert. Working on the railroad where he recalls swinging a nine pound hammer with one arm. Dad worked at several mills. After I don’t know how many years of experience, Dad was offered a job whereby he was mainly required to push buttons. A wonderful opportunity he passed up to return home to help raise the family. Breaking horses at the 150 (40 head strong) with his good partner Nelson Elkins. This is where he must have acquired his talent for riding as Dad was an excellent saddle-bronc rider. He led the parade on his horse Jerry in nineteen forty-nine or so. I forgot to ask whether or not it was before or after he got married. Dad was married when he was 21 and began his life of fatherhood in 1950, beginning with Arnold and rounding out with myself. Six brothers and five sisters (to the best of my knowledge). Dad also told of going out firefighting when refusing to do so resulted in doing time until the fire was out, although I’m certain he welcomed the idea of work itself. Haying using horse and wagon and stacking poles were the means by which Dad was accustomed to. Farming and ranching were a couple of the things he was brought up doing and it was probably in his blood. Another was hunting, trapping, and fishing. This, in particular, being his niche as Dad loved the bush (nature) so much. Cutting ties in the dead of winter (40 below and more at times) with Mom (Gramma) and Grampa (the Old Guy), which is what Dad sometimes called him, is what he preferred. I imagine either because of brittleness of the wood or just bathing in the ability to withstand such conditions. I think the latter. These are a few of the things Dad did for a living. I could go on but I don’t want anyone nodding off or anything, so I’ll come back to it at a later date. Before I do though, I’d like to bring back one of my own favorite and first memories of working with Dad. I was thirteen or fourteen and I got ousted out of school. Mom said that if I wasn’t going to school I might as well go to work with my Dad. He was fencing the reserve boundary at the time. Young, energetic, with muscles to be made and knowledge to be gained, I was more than willing. Man! Some of the sasquatch-ing and billy-goating we did during the hottest and wettest months of the summer you can only try to picture. Myself, along with Cathy, Agnes, Sandy Billy, and John Michel (Cruise as well I believe) were fortunate to have this time with Dad as well as accomplishing the task of maintaining the imposed boundary. I look at the dilapidated state of the fence now and feel a bit saddened, but proud most of all. There were still things Dad wanted accomplished. He said that the mind was willing but the body wasn’t able. I’ll leave you with that for now. So till soon, try to be good but be careful.
Treaty Report — Sarai Schuk Hello from the Treaty Department! Many of you all are already aware of what has been going on with the Treaty process but this is a great opportunity to make sure everyone is informed. In the month of June, the Treaty teams from all four bands met for a week at NSTC to gather and prepare information and maps for the Counter Offer Presentation to British Columbia and Canada on June 24 th at Canim Lake. It was a busy week of preparing maps, double-checking land selection and making sure everyone was on the same page of the process. June 24th was the Counter Offer Presentation. There was a great turnout of over 120 members from the four communities at Canim Lake. British Columbia & Canada heard the presentation and just said that they would have to take some time to go over the counter offer before commenting on it. Their response to the counter offer is expected during the week of negotiations in September. There has also been some work done on the Honorarium Policy recently. There was a concern that Honorarium was being paid out to people who didn’t have a vested interest in the NStQ Treaty. Since they could not become registered Band Members, the money being paid to these ones would be debt incurred by the members of NStQ. There was also a concern about To find the United the age of youth receiving honorarium. As well, the policy stated that reports are required in order to receive honorarium cheques. This was never formally implemented. Nations Due to these discrepancies, there was a questionnaire that members attending the Declaration on June 11th Treaty Working Group meeting were requested to fill out. From the information gathered, the honorarium policy has been updated to reflect that information. the Rights of
The following changes have been made and implemented to the Honorarium Policy: Honorarium will only be paid to those who have a vested interest in the NStQ Treaty. For example, they must already have NStQ Status, are eligible to receive NStQ Status, or, have under-aged dependants who are NStQ Status. (Honorarium had been paid to spouses of members of NStQ even though they were not eligible to become NStQ Status)
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Honorarium will only be paid to youth over the age of 16. (Previously the age was 12) Reports from meetings attended by youth & adults (elder’s are exempt from submitting reports unless they choose to) must be submitted before receiving the honorarium cheque. (This was on the previous policy yet was never actually implemented) So, this is an update of some of the events going on during the past couple months. There are no meetings scheduled that I am aware of at this time because of British Columbia & Canada using July & August to review the Counter Offer. There was some talk of meetings being held in each of the communities with the Chief Negotiator, Jim Doswell, so that everyone could have the opportunity to ask questions and become more informed with everything. When I find out any dates or plans, I’ll send out an email to everyone I have email for. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list for upcoming meetings and to receive the newsletter electronically, just send me a quick email to email@example.com Take care and we’ll keep you informed to the response to the Counter Offer.
Aboriginal Day Celebrations I attended the Aboriginal Day celebrations and was impressed with the Parade down Main Street except it was too short and Xatâ€™sull did not have a float in it. After the parade, they gathered the Chiefs together at Boitanio Park and asked us to say a few words to those attending the celebrations. During my remarks I said that next year Xat'sull was going to have a float in the parade and I challenged the other First Nation communities to put one in as well. Chief Ann Louie later suggested to me that maybe Sugar Cane and Xat'sull could put one in together. That is something we could consider. I would love to start working on it now so that we are the best float there. We could also put it in the Williams Lake Stampede Parade. If you have any theme suggestions or ideas please e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org I don't want to post a meeting over the summer holidays, everyone is out fishing, hunting, swimming, camping or whatever but think about it and I will call a gathering for those interested in September. Bev
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT Homecare town trips on Wednesday's have to be booked 48 hours in advance and the appointment bookings can be between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donna Dixon the CHR will be on annual leave from July 17th to August 4th. There will be no medical trips during this time. If you have any questions regarding this please call the Health Clinic 250-989-2355.
Water Report Hello everyone, hope things are going well with everyone. I will be away for the next two weeks on holidays. I’m very excited to get away this year. Gordon Houle will be backing me up. When I get back August 4th I will be meeting with the Electrician, and will be putting in a new turbine pump at the Soda Creek pump house. The pump is going to be here by then. They have to fly one in for us, or we would have had to wait longer. Thanks for everyone’s patience.
Summer Student Worker—Geraldine Bob Weytkp, I am working here as the Summer Children's Program Supervisor while Jan is on holidays. I look forward to working with the children, as I work with some of them during the school year. I am enjoying all the fieldtrips and the days we have with our elders. Our children are learning traditional teachings and history from a variety of elders in the community. I will be returning to school in September to continue on with my education as well. In the short time that I have been here it has been wonderful to work alongside Denise and Rylee, how lucky the children are to have these people in their lives. I would also like to take this time to thank Jess Mitchell for driving us everywhere on our fieldtrips. To all the families in the community have a wonderful and safe summer.
Summer Children’s Program Assistant—Rylee Mitchell Hi my name is Rylee Mitchell, I’m 13 years old. I am the Summer Children’s program assistant. We have a lot of fun activities planned for the summer. I really enjoy when we all go on field trips. And I really think I can do this job right. I have been having fun playing and swimming with the children. I have been very helpful with the Children and helping making breakfast and lunch sometimes. And I look forward to all the fun Activities we have planned for this summer.
Xat’sull Heritage Village Update—Melanie Bingham Things have slowed down quite a bit this month. However, we have been getting a lot of walk-ins. There is always maintenance to be done too. We are in the midst of a couple projects. I am currently putting together an annual gathering to be held at the Heritage Village for all community members and also re-building one of the pit-houses. I love my job more and more every day that I come. I am constantly learning new things and growing a greater appreciation for who I am and where I come from, by working this close with my ancestor’s history, the elders of today and the forever growing Aboriginal Tourism Industry.
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Economic Development —Rhonda Shackelly Weykt, I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and this beautiful warm weather. I know I certainly am, when I get a chance. As most of my summers, I have been quite busy, working on some different projects. The powwow is next weekend, so we are getting prepared for this community event. Xat’sūll Heritage Village The Heritage Site is doing well; we have people dropping in every now and again. The staff down there is doing a great job, and I am happy that I can depend on them, because it gives me more opportunity to do other things. Melanie and Mike are planning a community get together for the month of August, so please check out the posting that will be in this newsletter. We will also be a hosting a play from a theatre group called Theatre Skam, of whom are situated out of Victoria BC. This will be very interesting to see, as we have not had a theatre group at the site before. To help pay for the group to be at the site, the tickets will cost $15.00 per person, so I hope to see a lot of community members there! I have included a summary of what the play is about in this newsletter. An application has been submitted to Northern Development Initiative for some improvements at the village for the next 2 years, so I hope that we will hear back from them soon with some good news. I have been attempting to do some packaging with other operators, but yet to see bookings through this. We have a group of youth staying at the village on the 16th of August, so feel free to come down and meet some people. There have been some incidents where alcohol bottles have been found around the centre fire at the village, and community members are coming to the site intoxicated. The site is an alcohol free site. We ask that you do not bring alcohol or other substances into the village. This is a spiritual site; many of you may scoff, but to those who believe that it is, please respect our request. Xat’sūll 10th Annual Traditional Powwow Once this newsletter goes out, our Powwow will be completed, hopefully as a success. I just want to thank those community members who have stepped forward to help prepare for this event. I greatly appreciate it, as it takes a lot of burden off my shoulders. It also shows commitment to your own community and pride. It teaches our youth to appreciate those around us, by lending a helping hand. Xat’sūll Cultural Society Summer has been very busy for all of us, and it makes it difficult to meet as a Board. As most of you know, Noella has moved onto greener pastures, thus, there is another opening as a Xat’sūll Cultural Society Director. Teena Sellars has coordinated a couple of trips out in to the territory to collect Balsam Bark, as well as GPS culturally modified trees. Her presentation will be available to community members. Angling Guide Opportunity I am currently working with a guiding outfit that would like to apply for angling days on our behalf, and train 3-4 members to be guides. The specifics have not been ironed out as of yet, but I am just wondering if any community members are interested in an opportunity like this, before I pursue it any further. In conclusion You can always find me here in my office, contact by phone or email if you have any questions, or if you have suggestions, or you just want to come by and share some stories. I just want to give my son and daughter a pat on the back for their success in school. Jordan has been on the Academic Honor Roll and Effort Honor Roll every report card period this past year, and will be going into Grade 7 in the fall! I am so proud of him. Trinity has made it on the Effort Honor Roll as well, every report period and will be going into grade 3. She also made a giant leap this year and spoke to her teachers and has been talking to her friends. For those who don’t know Trinity, she is extremely shy and has not spoken in school until this year, so it’s a big milestone for her…even though she yaks up a storm at home. Mikayla will also be going into Grade 9 in the fall. How time flies!? I also want to congratulate my little sister Geri-lynn on her engagement; wedding will take place in summer of 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta. Birthday wishes going out to Thomas Phillips for the 3rd, and Geri-lynn for the 5th. Enjoy your summer Xat’sūll!! Kukstsemc!
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Education Coordinator—Cindy Charleyboy Weytkp! Summer is in full swing and our Summer Children’s Program Participants are having a great time! Hopefully our Elementary, Highschool and Post Secondary Students are all enjoying their summer break. Education Banquet We will be celebrating our Grads and all our students at an Education Banquet on Monday, August 10th at 5 pm at the Youth Centre (Old Restaurant at Soda Creek). Those needing a ride in the Van to and from the Barbecue can contact Lauren Mitchell at 250-989-2323. Post-Secondary Funding Update Applications for ongoing Post Secondary Students were due March 31, 2009 and new applications from those wanting to attend college or university this year were due by May 31, 2009. We would like to thank everyone who applied as this shows great courage and ambition in reaching toward your Educational Goals. The initial Post Secondary funding we will receive has already been spoken for with our ongoing students. We have 8 full-time students that have been approved for ongoing funding. We will also be sponsoring 2 Masters Students for Tuition & Books from the surplus of another budget. We currently have 4 students on the waitlist for full-time Post Secondary funding. 2 applications were denied due to the information that was submitted. I have received several complaints from perspective students and from students’ families that feel frustrated that they are not receiving funding. Unfortunately, if you do not apply for funding, you will not be given a place on the waitlist. The Education Committee can only review the applications that are submitted, so it is very important to apply. If a family member is concerned about an individual’s application they can make an arrangement with the individual to come and meet with me. I am open to that as long as the individual agrees otherwise I cannot discuss an individual’s file. Our application to INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) for Post Secondary Funding was more than double what we normally qualify for and we should find out by August 11, 2009 how much additional funding we may receive. Based on what has been approved in the past, we hope to be able to sponsor a couple new full time students and to provide funding for tuition and books for a few students who want to attend parttime. Please keep in mind that it’s always good to apply and keep your name in the waitlist in case some funding is freed up. Also keep in mind that some of our ongoing students will be graduating next year, and this will open up more funding. Summer Employment The Education Department hired 2 summer students, Rylee Mitchell and Geraldine Bob, to work with the Children’s Summer Program. Rylee is a community member and will be returning to high school in the fall. Geraldine is from the Williams Lake Band and has family ties with the Soda Creek Band. She is an ongoing student with the Cariboo Chilcotin Weekend University and has her Language Certificate, among many other qualifications for the position. We are very lucky in that Geraldine is able to teach the language, Secwepmcstsin, every day to the youth in the Children’s Summer Program. Denise Tait (nee Sellars) is the Head Start Coordinator and is working alongside Geraldine and Rylee with the Children’s Summer Program. Any Head Start participants that wish to join in with the activities and field trips with the Children’s Program are welcome to attend with their parents. Until next time, I wish you all the best in achieving your goals!
Family Connections Coordinator—Sandra Sellars Hello everyone, hope you’re all enjoying your summer. I know the kids from the summer program are having fun, I see them running around laughing and smiling. I would like to congratulate David and Lonnie for getting summer jobs with the community. They successfully completed a six week youth training in June 2009 at Three Corners Health Services Society. June 2, 2009 we had a Golf and Fun Day set up with the RCMP, Council and youth to do some positive role modeling and relationship building with the youth in our community. Six RCMP Officers (four were First Nations Community Policing) three Band Council members and twelve youth were mixed into teams for the day. Most teams had two youth, one RCMP officer and one Band Council member per team. Prizes were given out for top score, lowest score, top three teams and the youngest player award. Everyone received a gift, including the cooks and our driver. Youth Ball Hockey at Wildwood School ended June 18, 2009. We will be playing at the Basketball courts at Columneetza starting July 21, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to play, we do not have an age limit now that we will be playing in an outdoor area. The youth are trying to access a bigger gym for September 2009 to June 2010, we will know by the end of this month. June 24, 2009 I attended Leigh Anne Sellars graduation in Ashcroft, BC. Leigh Anne has been on her own for the past year and I would like to congratulate her on following her dreams and making the commitment to graduate. Leon travelled from Minnesota to attend Leigh Anne’s grad and Brent travelled from Nemiah Valley to be with his sister. Leigh Anne’s graduation was split into a two day event and Lauren and I just attended her graduation ceremonies on the Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday, June 25 Leon and Brent attended the family dinner banquet and Leon was Leigh Anne’s escort to her Prom for that evening. Lauren and I presented Leigh Anne with graduation gifts from the Education and Family Connections Departments on behalf of the Band. I really enjoyed spending the day with Leigh Anne and her brothers. I will be posting photos of Leigh Anne’s grad, Brent’s grad, Golf and Fun Day, Youth and Family Center Opening and the Youth Ball Hockey team on the Xatsull website for anyone interested in checking them out. I attended the Aboriginal Day events at the Gibraltor room on June 19, 2009. Terry Jr. Isnardy, received an award and cheque for his poem and Wildwood School also received a monetary cheque for Terry’s win. I have been working on a rental agreement for the Youth and Family Center so we can rent the Center out for meetings. I helped chaperone the summer program to the movies on the 26th of June and spent some time with the kids at Kiwanis Park. Jeannette was presented with a cake for her last day before her summer break. August 10-13, 2009 TCHSS is hosting a Youth Culture Camp at Camp Likely on Quesnel Lake. Any youth aged 13-18 is welcome to register. Parental supervision is required. They will be swimming, canoeing, orienteering, carving, archery, survivor games, cultural teachings and lots more. If you are interested please pick up registration at Health Center. Continued on Page 22...
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August 18, 2009 the RCMP will be bringing a roll over simulator to our community. They will also be having a child safety restraint demonstration on the same day. Have a great day and hope you enjoy the nice weather.
Head Start Coordinator—Denise Tait Weytkp! Everyone Hope everyone is having great summer, getting pretty hot now a days. The summer children’s program has been keeping us quite busy this month. The kids have went to a celebration out to Gustafson’s lake with Kncwentwecw Society, has spent a couple of days down at the youth centre, identified plants around the new sweat houses that are being built and took samples and then they learned how to say them in shuswap. This is Donna and Teena’s project, so they will be making the signs and then the kids will be painting them for the plants that were identified. Went out to horsefly with Teena to learn about the Balsam trees, mini golfing, went to the movies and water park in town, we go to the lake every Friday. Went on a history tour with Jess Mitchell to take pictures of the old buildings and we will be developing a calendar about it. I have been approved for our science and technology camp, which we will have Jolene Sellars teaching about the fish, bugs and land. The first three days will be down at the creek and then one day developing a booklet in English and Shuswap, so the kids have some information to take home and then the last day will be a celebration at Blue Lake with a celebration luncheon. So if you are interested please come out and take part. Please come out for the luncheon we will have lots of food. I have attached a calendar for August so you can see what we will be doing. Until next time have a good summer. August 2009 SUNDAY
ALL HEAD START CHILDREN (AGES 0 -5) ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY OF THE SUMMER CHILDREN’S PROGRAM EVENTS, BUT THEY MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR PARENT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM OR EVENTS, PLEASE CALL DENISE OR LAUREN AT 989-2323 ANYTIME 2 Drying fish will be taught by Cecilia Derose →
3 Stat Hoilday
4 Movie Day & Water Park
5 Drying Fish Heritage Site Picnic Cecilia 9 - 4
6 Drying fish Heritage Site Picnic Cecilia 9 - 4
9 Cultural Week →
10 Lahal Tourney Drumming & Singing
11 Scavenger Hunt
12 Making Medicine book Cecilia 9 - 4
13Picking choke cherries/ preparing them Cecilia 9 -4
16 Pit cooking & Tanning hides will be taught by Cecilia Derose→
17Tanning Hides Pit cooking Heritage site Cecilia 9 -4
18 Tanning Hides Heritage Site Cecilia 9 - 4
19 Tanning Hides Heritage Site Cecilia 9 - 4
20 Tanning hides Heritage Site Cecilia 9 - 4
21 Tanning hides Heritage Site Cecilia 9 -4
24 Bowling Day Water Park
25 Lake day
26 Youth Center Games Day
27 Crafts Day
28 Last Day of Program Party
Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up your child/children from the program each day.
Employment Coordinatorâ€”Lauren Mitchell Hello Everyone, Hope you are enjoying the hot summer days. We have hired our 4 summer students for the positions in the previous newsletter, Congratulations to Geraldine Bob, Summer Childrenâ€™s Program Supervisor, Rylee Mitchell, Summer Childrenâ€™s Program Assistant, David Morin and Lonnie Russell, Maintenance Workers. It is great to have you all here working for the Band and thank you for all your hard work over the past month. I have had a few new and returning clients this month for job search, training search and help with resume writing or updating, cover letters and interview skills. I have done a support letter for Eric Brigden, he has developed a Placer Mining Training that will soon be offered at Thompson Rivers University and College of New Caledonia. I have had some clients that are interested in taking the training and it has been developed for laid off forestry workers due to the depression. After the interest shown, I knew that it was important for me to write the letter for the training so that it can be offered to our Employment clients. If you are interested please give me a call and I will give you all the information and contact numbers. They have canceled the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program due to clients not meeting requirements or dropping out of the Program. When you stop in to see me please make sure that you have time to fill out forms, everyone who comes in must fill out a new client intake because it is mandatory for our records. Employment days are Tuesdays and Thursdays only and you can book an appointment by phone anytime (250) 989-2323 Ext: 105 Check out the Job Board, it is updated weekly or as job postings are faxed or emailed in!!!