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F RASER R IVER R UN Community Working Group When: January 29, 2013 Where: Deep Creek Community Hall Time: 5 PM – 9 PM Williams Lake Seniors Village: Is looking to hire in their Housekeeping (night and day shifts), and laundry dept. (Night shift). Please call Raymond the General Manager at Seniors Village in Williams Lake Phone 3053302 if you have any questions.

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THIS ISSUE :

Upcoming Events

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Tips from a Survivor

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Debbie Peterson’s Article

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The Biggest Loser Challenge

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Chiefs Report

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Staff Reports

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Dentist at the Soda Creek Health Station The dentist will be out on January 28th and 29th, 2013. Please call the Health Station to book an appointment Pellkweťmín (buckskin sewing month) January


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Where: Prince George,BC When: July 8th to 11th, 2013 If you are interested in attending this year, please contact the Health Station @ 250-989-2355 or stop by to confirm your participation. Must be an Elder to qualify for this FUN.


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WORRIED ABOUT GETTING SICK? Six Prevention Strategies to Use Every Day Preventing any illness, including the common cold, begins with the following six basic prevention strategies: 1. Think of hand washing as a survival skill. 2. Never touch your mouth, nose, or eyes without washing your hands. 3. Teach your kids not to share food and other things that go in the mouth, as in

guzzling milk from the carton or double dipping chips. 4. Encourage family members to cover their mouths with a tissue when they cough or

sneeze and to dispose of the tissue themselves. No time to grab a tissue? Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow instead of your hands. 5. Avoid sharing personal items like toiletries, towels, and pillows. 6. Get proper rest and good nutrition to improve resistance and bolster immunity.

NOROVIRUS Since October 2012 there have been higher than expected cases of gastroenteritis (stomachrelated virus) when compared to this time in 2011. This has been observed not only in BC but worldwide. The main symptoms of norovirus include sudden onset of nausea, cramping, chills, fever, vomiting and diarrhea that usually last for one to two days. Norovirus is very contagious so if you think you have it, stay home from work or school, especially if you are in settings like child care, health care and food handling. Clean up any vomit or diarrhea spills with a bleach solution. CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE (C. difficile) C. difficile is the most frequent cause of infectious diarrhea in Canadian hospitals and longterm care facilities, as well as in other industrialized countries. C. difficile usually doesn't infect healthy people. C. difficile spores can live on hard surfaces for months or longer. They get into the body when you touch a surface contaminated with the invisible spores and then touch your mouth. Symptoms include watery diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain/ tenderness. INFLUENZA Influenza virus infects the lungs therefore is called a respiratory illness. The most common symptoms of the flu are a cough and fever that comes on quickly, as well as feeling tired, body aches, and headache. The vast majority of the viral strains circulating this year are covered by the influenza vaccine. If you would like the flu shot please contact the nurse at Three Corners 250 398 9814.


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J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Living Through Sandy: Tips from a Survivor: By Frantz Ostmann on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

I found this listing to be right on the money. It reflects the challenges and the duration of an event. Someone sent me this via an email so I'm using the attribution that came with it. Look at your own disaster preparations and see what you need to do to "improve" on what has been done already. And, if you have not done anything, see Tip #3! 1.The excitement and coolness wears off around day 3 2. You are never really prepared to go weeks without power, heat, water etc. Never! 3. Yes it can happen to you. 4. Just because your generator runs like a top, does not mean its producing electricity. 5. If you do not have water stored up you are in trouble. a. A couple of cases of bottled water is “NOT” water storage 6. Should have as much fuel as water: a. Propane b. Gas c. Kerosene d. Firewood e. Fire starter, (kindling, paper, etc) 7. Even the smallest little thing that you get from the store should be stocked up.. (spark plug for the generator, BBQ lighter, etc) 8. If you are not working, chances are nobody else is either. 9. I was surprised how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. I am not talking about someone cutting in line at the grocery store. a. 3 people were killed at gas stations within 50 miles of my home. b. I did not say 3 fights broke out, 3 people were killed. 10. Cash is king (all the money in your savings means nothing) 11. Stored water can taste nasty. 12. You eat a lot more food when you are cold 13. You need more food than you think if your kids are out of school for 2 weeks 14. Kids do not like washing their face in cold water. 15. Your 1972 Honda civic gets to the grocery store as well as your 2012 Escalade… but the Honda allows money left over for heat, food, water, a generator, fire wood, a backup water pump, you get the idea.. 16. The electrical grid is way more fragile than I thought. 17. Think of the things that are your comfort, your escape, a cup of hot chocolate, a glass of milk and a ding dong before bed, etc. Stock up on those too. You will need that comfort after day 3. 18. You quickly become the guy in the neighborhood who knows how to wire a generator to the electrical panel, directly wire the furnace to a small generator, or get the well pump up and running on inverter power or you are the guy whose Master’s degree in Accounting suddenly means nothing. (Love you Steve!) 19. A woman who can cook a fine meal by candle light over the BBQ or open fire is worth her weight in gold. And women, whose weight in gold, would not add up to much, usually die off first. Sorry skinny women. 20. It takes a lot of firewood to keep a fire going all day and into the evening for heat. 21. All the food storage in the world means nothing if your kids won’t eat it. 22. You might be prepared to take care of your children and their needs, but what about when the neighborhood children start to show up at your door?


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23. Some people shut down in an emergency. There is nothing that you can do about that. 24. Your town, no matter how small is entirely dependent on outside sources of everything. a. If supply trucks stop rolling in due to road damage, gas shortages or anything else you could be without for a long time. 25. In an emergency Men stock up on food, Women stock up on toilet paper. 26. I was surprised how many things run on electricity! 27. You can never have enough matches. 28. Although neighbors can be a great resource, they can also be a huge drain on your emergency storage. You need to know how you are going to handle that. It is really easy to be Bob the guy who shares on Day 3, not so easy on Day 11. This is just reality speaking. 29. Give a man a fish he eats for that day, teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry again.. Now I get it. 30. All of the expensive clothes in the closet mean nothing if they don’t keep you warm. 31. Same goes for shoes… Love you Honey!!!! 32. You cannot believe the utility companies. They are run by politicians!! Or so it seems, 33. Anything that you depend on someone else for is not avail anymore. 34. Quote “A man with a chainsaw that knows how to use it is a thing of beauty” lol 35. Most folks don’t have any emergency storage. They run to Wal-Mart and get water and batteries and then fill their tubs with water. That is it. A lucky few will get a case of ramen and a box of pop tarts. That will be your neighbors supply. (Especially if you live outside of Utah) 36. Fathers, all the money you have ever made means nothing if you can’t keep your kids warm. 37. Mothers, everything you have ever done for your kids is forgotten if your kids are hungry. 38. You really do not want to be the “Unprepared Parents” The kids turn on you pretty quick. 39. Small solar charging gadgets will keep you in touch. Most work pretty well it seems. 40. Most things don’t take much power to operate. a. Computers, b. Phones c. Radios d. TV e. lights 41. Some things take a ton of power to operate. a. Fridge b. Toaster c. Freezer d. Hot plate e. Microwave 42. When it gets dark at 4:30 pm the nights are really long without power. 43. Getting out of the house is very important, even if it is cold outside. Make your home the semi warm place to come home to, and not the cold prison that you are stuck in. 44. Someone in your family must play or learn to play guitar. 45. Things that disappeared never to be seen again for a very long time. a. Fuel, of all kinds b. Matches, lighters of any kind etc. c. Toilet paper d. Paper plates, plastic forks and knives e. Batteries, didn’t really see a need for them. (How about flashlights??? I guess) f. Milk g. Charcoal h. Spark plugs (generators) i. 2 stroke motor oil, (chainsaws) j. Anything that could be used to wire a generator to the house. k. Extension cords l. Medicines (Tylenol, Advil, cold medicine etc) 46. There was a strange peace to knowing all I had to do each day was keep my family safe, warm, and fed, but my peace was someone else’s panic Story can be found online at: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/livingthrough-sandy-tips-from-a-survivor-010513.html


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“Idle No More” Racial Backlash: By Debbie Peterson I’ve spent these past few weeks reading article after article, post after post, tweets after tweets regarding #idlenomore. Its exhausting looking at the negative comments, that suddenly meld into racial chatter rather than having a real “Political Debate”. CBC addressed their concerns about the community blog on January 8, because they started to see that it was going beyond a real debate into blatant racism. They actually had to change their guidelines: “Any of your content that is offensive and likely to expose an individual or a group of individuals to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age or mental or physical disability is prohibited.” There are a few newspapers out there that are being scrutinized for being bias against racial groups, particularly regarding idle no more protests. “Death of Racism” protest accuses the Calgary Sun of racism, because of the comments and polls that are being published by the paper. The University of Guelph explains in their radicalization pamphlet that, “Racism is such a part of our society, that it can be seen as the ‘normal’ way of doing things. Racist ideology exists at the individual, institutional or systemic, and societal level” The paper exemplifies institutional racism, because of the under- and misrepresent of racial groups (in this case First Nation groups) in the dialogue they publish. But the media isn’t the only place you can find racism, its all over our online communities like Facebook and Twitter. The key is to recognize it “in order to combat their effects”. Gemini award winning actress Michelle Thrush combats their effects by organizing a mock funeral for racism called “Death of Racism”. The 660 News Radio covered her statement in which she states, “…the polls that are taking place that are encouraging racism and that are giving brand new permission to stir up the hate pot.” As a First Nation woman, I have faced racism throughout my life. I’ve been called a brownie, a squaw and Pocahontas (in a derogatory manner). I’ve seen racism in many forms, most recently was last year. My husband and I were in Victoria, awaiting the birth of our niece and one of the nurses decided to share some of her ignorant stereotypes with the family, while my sister in-law was in labor. I was appalled, but not surprised that this was still going on today. The nurse was surprised to hear that the family was Native, because they had fair skin and green eyes. She also was astonished that most of us were highly educated. In which she made the assumption that we must get it from our white side. The family was very offended and my brother in-law responded by saying, “race has nothing to do with it, it’s the way we were brought up.” The negative image that the nurse constructed in her head about native people was being dirty and lazy. Kim Anderson (2000) writes, “Native woman seeking justice against the violence in their lives are overshadowed by the image of the squaw.” The nurse works in a hospital that takes in many First Nations women daily. Her image of how native people are can overshadow the care she is supposed to perform on her patients.


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“Idle No More” Racial Backlash: By Debbie Peterson Now back to “Idle No More” racial backlash that we see in the press. I would like to address a comment that was made on the Canadian Awareness Network regarding Bill C-45. Lee agrees that he cannot believe the racial remarks that he is reading, but then he goes on to say: “….by poorly do you mean that a government had to step in to care for your people because you couldn’t and so that now brings you to where you are today? Stolen children??? You were taken from abject poverty and raised in a successful, caring household with good food, education, health care….and you feel you were wronged because you lost your “culture”? Your culture was obviously one of abuse and neglect when you were removed from it for your own good, what are you complaining about? We in the “outside world” have been observing your excesses and abuses for years, all while we have watched you fritter away the benefits you were given and very few of you make the effort to better yourselves on your own, you have no idea how to break your own destructive cycle. Out of frustration you blame everyone else around you, because you flatly refuse to be accountable for your own actions.” My mother was taken away and put into residential school at four years old. She did not suffer from a broken home, her mother provided well for her the best she knew how. Her first language was Tsilhqot’in, and she was forced to speak English, by forced I mean whipped into speaking English. Her mother resorted to alcoholism, and until you know how it is to lose your children and live in an oppressed state of being then you shouldn’t judge how some people handle depression. And I would hardly call the Residential School “a successful, caring household with good food, education, [and] healthcare.” Harpers full apology on behalf of Canadians for the Indian Residential Schools system explains that, “Two primary objectives of the Residential Schools system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture. These objectives were based on the assumption Aboriginal cultures and spiritual beliefs were inferior and unequal.” What Lee doesn’t seem to realize is that he wants to further assimilate us, and glorify the existence of the Residential School. How did “Idle No More”, a movement that wants to address severity that Bill C-45 has on the environment, get to being about First Nation and their refusal to better themselves? Richard Nerysoo said it best when he addressed the Berger Inquiry in 1975 (Scott, 2007): “If our land is destroyed, we are destroyed, if your people take our land you will be taking our life… Now the time is here that we must say “no more”. At stake is the survival of our Indian nation. If we have to fight for our survival we will .” Today we are still fighting to keep our natural resources clean from pipelines and oil companies. Leaders like Richard and Spence are not afraid to speak up for us, all of us, because this will affect everyone! Not just First Nations. The time was then, and it is now that we should “Idle No More”.


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APACC Biggest Loser Health and Fitness Challenge 2013 for Soda Creek Community The Aboriginal Physical Activity and Culture Circle (APACC) is a National Non- Profit Organization, which works to promote health living, health and fitness in Aboriginal Communities across the Nation. This is an eight week program that would be open to anyone in the community or staff. This is a program membership registration would be sponsored, along with individual progress would be overseen by the Soda Creek Health Station. Objective: This program is to encourage and support the community members and staff to successfully accomplish their individual healthier life style goals. Some of these individual goals maybe be different for everyone, for example; losing weight, being more physically active, improved nutrition, and to gain knowledge about healthier lifestyle choices and options. General Information: Those who are participating will have to register into the program by filling out registration at Health Station by January 21st 2013 at 12:00pm. The Health Station Programming will sponsor the community members in way of paying the registration fees of $20. There is progress tracking that are necessary to complete weekly and monthly reporting. Weigh-ins and measurements are done three times during the eight weeks. Individuals could have this be done privately with the Health Nurses, through the Soda Creek Health Station. The participant will then have results submitted to APACC representative Dr. Rosalin Miles. Dr. Miles is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a registered Kinesiologist. Participants will be responsible for adhering to the general rules and guidelines of the APACC Biggest Loser Health and Fitness Challenge 2013. Participants will also be responsible for their progress and other costs during the challenge duration. There will be a healthy meals and additional health and fitness information or supports, provided at the Health Station for the two last Weigh-ins and Measurement days.


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The First Weigh- INS and Measurement Days Monday January 21st from 12pm to 3pm and Wednesday from 12pm to 3pm at the Health Station. Please call to reserve a time if you like. At the end of the eight weeks there is an award system after submission of final reports and forms have been sent into APACC. There is also a cash prize for the 25% of the total registration fees will go to Golden Eagle Award recipient. There will be other award certificates and cash prizes as well for other categories. Goals: This program will: Encourage and support participants with achieving their personal health and fitness goals. Motivate participants to engage and support each others’ in their goals. Support and/ or provide information about health and fitness, good nutrition and positive benefits to healthier lifestyle. Will encourage individual accountability to personal health and progress. Allow participants to work on achieving their goals at their own pace, and ability. Inspire self determination and empowerment. Help create the foundation for participants to continue their progress of achieving and reaching new challenges after the programs eight weeks. APACC Biggest Loser Health and Fitness Challenge, information sheets and registration forms, are also available online or at the Soda Creek Health Station. You can also contact Aboriginal Physical Activity and Culture Circle by emailing on going to their website at; http://www.a-pacc.com/


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J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Councilor Report (pt.1)

In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I try to motivate people, I hope, by example - and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.--------First of all, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and are off to a Happy New Year! My family and I had a good time together. I have had some people ask me if I am running for council again this spring. And I cannot say for sure right now if I am or not. I can say I have learned A LOT in the past 2 years! I can honestly say it took at least 1 year as a member of council before I started to really feel like I was aware of everything our Band is involved in. With that being said, my interests lie with the Band’s internal business much more heavily than its external activities. While some of the external issues affect the Band in the big picture it is our challenges internally that will cease day to day operation thus decreasing our overall ability to be successful. So for me, the past 2 years have been about identifying what’s not working for our Band internally on a grassroots level, where the tire meets the road, etc, etc. It has not been without its hurdles! There are still MANY things the Band can do to improve itself and this message has to come from our leadership and trickle down throughout our staff and hopefully to our community members. We have said goodbye to some staff and hello to new faces but change is inevitable and we must try to maintain some consistency to avoid further hardship on our members. This is difficult when new staff is struggling with the pace each position has in store for them. And unfortunately some will flourish in that pace and others will move on. What the Band could use is a Human Resources position to assist in providing consistency with orientations; training, creating new positions where needed and evaluating the positions that already exist. This would take some of the load off of the Band Administrator that typically shoulders the majority of the responsibility for the Band’s staff. At least in my eyes this needs to be the Band Administrator’s responsibility to oversee and manage day to day staff issues and concerns with Council’s influence when requested by Administrator. One of the challenges the Band faces is the lack of consistency throughout the past 20 plus years. Every time the leadership changes the Band faces too many changes throughout the entire organization some necessary changes and some unnecessary. This is a stumbling block for all Bands not just Soda Creek. I commend those in the past who have tried to provide some consistency by creating by-laws and employee policies this is a good place to start. But we as leaders need to be held accountable too and we have had others create roles and responsibilities for our Council in the past but continually the challenge is the lack of follow through and lack of abiding by any one such document. My biggest concern becoming a council member was the lack of direction I received as a NEW council member. There was none. I am fortunate to be a quick study and to have my education to support me so I never really felt lost in any situation but I had to strive to set goals for myself so I could be as up to date as possible on issues our Band is facing. I pride myself on being a problem solver and I am extremely organized so there were some changes that we needed to make at council level for me to be satisfied with what we faced at our table on a biweekly basis. There were many changes I initiated and many more we wanted initiated but again due to our lack of ability to follow through and to be accountable some of those things fell to the wayside and I am not pointing any fingers because we, as leadership, are all responsible to make things happen. We cannot sit in such a position and only be responsible for our own ideas thus we have to work together so the community as a whole can benefit not just run our own agendas. This is a challenge for Soda Creek. This has been an ongoing challenge for this council and I am sure many other communities face this challenge on their councils as well. Everyone has great ideas and great knowledge but in my opinion are in leadership positions for the wrong reasons. I have struggled with this opinion because I


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do realize they are POLITICAL positions and require the political finesse that some people are just better at than I am. I am not POLITICALLY motivated to be a council member I am a community member motivated to be an AGENT OF CHANGE for my community. I strive to try and ensure all are treated fairly even those who consider me their enemy because at the end of the day it is about justice and equality and what is in the best interest of the Band as a whole. Every member needs to have the same opportunity as each other or no one will move forward and we will continue to step on each other to try to get ahead. There were many things done in the past that cannot be undone so strategizing new approaches for some old mistakes requires a great deal of planning so we may be proactive in our future endeavours rather than reacting to present situations. The concept of being proactive seems to be a struggle for the Band when everything is usually dealt with in a reactive manner. Council’s feet are always held to the fire regarding opportunity. As a council member, I am reminding others that what we do for one we must at the very least consider to do for another. However, saying that not all council members are privy to what happens on a day to day basis and this is troublesome and challenging for building a team environment within our council when situations that affect decision making are not communicated appropriately. These are only some of the challenges we have faced in the past 2 years. Council had made a decision to try and rectify some of the challenges by meeting with a mediator and building upon a strong document that was created in 2006 to assist in improving such items as: Communication. Communication between council members needs to be one that shows respect, honesty, fairness and openness. We need to improve our communication with the Band Administrator and with the community that will again be built on the concept of respect, honesty, fairness and openness. Council with the assistance of the Administrator and staff are trying to develop policies and procedures on good governance to outline decision making and when decisions are to be made. This was my concern that decisions need to be made only at a duly convened council meeting. We want to clarify the Chief and Council Roles and Responsibilities so it can be used as a tool to orientate new council members. Again, because I was not orientated to my role this was identified as a gap. We want to develop clear, structured guidelines to eliminate real, perceived, or potential conflicts of interest specifically with council and furthermore with staff and further still with community members. Guidelines that deal with identification of conflicts of interest and further a process to deal with conflicts of interest. This has been done with Band employees but yet to be clearly identified for Chief and Council and this continues to be a problem that needs to be solved. In summary, there is still A LOT of work to be done and with all of this being said I am still unsure if I am running for council in the spring but I do want the members to know this council is putting effort forth to make the Band and the leadership and the staff more accountable to the membership and vice versa the membership needs to have responsibility in how the Band operates as well through their opinions and ideas: good or bad the Band needs to hear it. It is unfortunate that all we hear is complaints about our Band but it something to hear anything at all because many members will simply say nothing and hope things get better or simply stop caring and this is only a detriment to our children because it is their future we are affecting. Things will never improve if we do not use our voices to make change happen. This is all I have to say for now if anyone wants to email me please feel free to do so at c.sellars@xatsull.com. I am open to feedback and I am especially open to hear any comments, questions or concerns you might have for me or my role. Kukstsemc, Carmen D. Sellars, RN, BScN, Council Member


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J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Comprehensive Community Planning Report (pt.2)


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Elaina William

J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Education Coordinator Report (pt.3)

Employment Coordinator Report

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a good holiday break and that you all are doing well. J I have been doing good, keeping busy as a bee myself. November and December were very busy months for me. BCAMTA kept me quite busy in November, everything worked out great and there are 8 candidates in the program. They are doing very well and are enjoying their program a lot and look forward to everyday that they attend. December was busy as well; I worked on my quarterly report for CCATEC that was due not long before our holiday. I dropped in on the BCAMTA candidates and took a few pictures of them for my quarterly report and they all had nothing but good reviews for the program. I also volunteered to help with the Christmas decorating of the community hall, it was fun and we all had a lot of expectations and I think it looked amazing. The whole festivities of the Christmas dinner were excellent and the gifts were hopefully enjoyable. When I came back from my holidays I returned to the busyness that is our workplace and wrote up the EAS proposal so that this position would continue for the following year. I am also attending the Microsoft Office Excel 2010 course at TRU that is going for the next month, every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 3:30pm – 6:30pm. If anyone is interested in BCAMTA or if you have any questions give me a call or drop by any time I’m here from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesday, Wednesday I’m here from 8:30am – 3:00pm until February 13th 2013 then I will be returning to my regular hours.


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Molly Yochmans

Support Counsellor Report

Happy New Year Community Members!

It was excellent to be able to have some time off but I am happy to be back. This month I will be spending time brainstorming and coming up with ideas for workshops and events for 2013. As I’ve mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I very much welcome community member’s ideas for presentations and programs that they would like to see happen. Please don’t feel shy if you have an idea. Just give me a call or come on in for a coffee. I am still planning on having a workshop for “Living Life to The Full” as I mentioned last month. If you are interested in this program please contact me and I will be happy to fill in the details.

INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: This winter go out and join in on healthy activities and events. During winter depression stats go up considerable, and often people tend to isolate themselves when feeling blue. Getting together with others is healthy and provides encouragement and support. Sometimes getting out is the hard part, but once you do, it is well worth the effort. Participating in events and activities is helpful in beating the winter blues. FUN FACT OF THE MONTH: Certain frogs can be frozen solid, then thawed, and survive. Molly Yochmans Support Counsellor Soda Creek Indian Band 3405 Mountain House Road Williams Lake BC V2G 5L5 250-989-2355 (ext 117) 250-989-2301 (Fax) Email: m.yochmans@xatsull.com

“Believe that life can change, if you are ready.


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J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Housing Coordinator Trainee Report (pt.1)

Weyt-kp, I would like to start off by apologizing for not having any submissions into the newsletter for so long, I have been busy with some day-to-day administrative tasks and some training also. Anyways, I am glad that the weather of -20 has warmed up; just hoping things don’t get too slushy out there. So what I have in my submission dates back to October, if you do not enjoy the read, you are welcome for the extra fire starter, ha-ha-ha. Back in October the Community Consultative Group that was made up of Rhonda Phillips, Sandra Sellars, Sheri Sellars and Cst. Matt Shearer had finalized at our table the draft Letter of Expectation for SCIB, there were a couple more changes that were made after we had done our revision and now we are waiting for it to be signed. Also, had began the work on the then vacant houses, we now have two of them occupied with thanks to the help from two of our community members with them aiding in repairs. At our October Housing Alliance Meeting we had discussed that some firefighting training might be available in the future, once I know more details, I will surely update the community. We were also supposed to be entering into some training with CMHC so that there can be more workshops available to our Bands, but seems that CMHC has too much on their plate at the moment, so we will not be entering into an agreement with them for the time being. In November I had attended a “Client Counselling” workshop by CMHC, I had learnt a lot from this course, not just from the facilitators, but also the other Housing Coordinators and Leadership that had attended. It was awesome to see the diversity between each Band and how the mind sets are so different, from issues in regards to; late rental payment charges, evictions, budgeting counseling when a Tenant is consistently delinquent, repairs and maintenance and vehicle policies they implement so that there are no vehicles on their reserve that don’t run or cannot be insured. One Band involves the family head of repeatedly delinquent Tenants to sit down in a meeting and prevent them from eviction and help explain that their rental and arrears payments are required for them to stay in their home and if they do not listen, the family head is present when they are doing their evictions to show support for the Band and Housing Department. The Band I am speaking of also has no Housing arrears due to this process, I thought this was creative but also a bit hard to swallow, but it is always positive to hear that a Band has no housing arrears. The vehicle policy that is implemented at another Band was begun because they were worried about the safety of their young children and also the nearby water sources where the vehicles toxic liquids might be leeching into the water. I will also be attaching to my submission a copy of the Monthly Spending Plan for budgeting that I had received at the workshop, which I had found helpful for myself at home. At our November Housing Alliance meeting we had discussed the biggest challenges that we in the Housing Department are facing with the implementation of the new Policy and Chapter 2: Subsidized and Band-Owned Rental Housing; common challenges were, that all requests for repairs and maintenance have to be in writing, the Tenant’s responsibility in maintaining the house, explaining to the Tenants budgets for each phase and how we process housing applications. We also had discussed if any Bands


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J ANUARY 2013 I SSUE Housing Coordinator Trainee Report (pt.2)

were looking into any new builds, it appears that none of us are due to the amount of arrears we all have, but Canoe/Dog Creek are playing around with the idea and were also going to be starting meetings out in their community. In December’s Housing Alliance meeting we had started off the meeting by discussing Flex Housing, it is when one household has no longer enough occupants to fill a house or afford the minimum rent and where another household has expanded and cannot fit into the house without overcrowding their household, so the two houses switch houses, so it works out best for the both of them. Unless there is no other household that wishes to switch when there is a household with not enough occupants or cannot afford to live in their house, they would have to find a paying roommate or if worst comes to worst, move out of the house. None of the Bands have a policy for this, but we are looking into drafting one up and to be implementing as soon as possible. There was also some discussion on making wait-lists for Housing made public, but it was not supported by other Housing Alliance members since there are privacy issues and also if we can take off people from the wait-list for arrears issues, that is how they (the prospective Tenants) maintain their eligibility is by making the payments on time, if they go back on their agreement, it would be void until they start making their monthly payments again. Priority lists for renovations (ex: Elders, health and safety, disabled, families and single households or if it is a first come, first serve basis) were discussed and we are looking into drafting a policy around this and having it reviewed and passed by Leadership. There was also a talk on the confusion with DIA homes and ownership. Community members feel that it is their home, it is only historically considered “privately-owned”, but the community member does not own the house unless there is an Ownership Agreement signed with the Band. It is a Band house on Band land, which is only designated unless there is a Certificate of Possession for the land. The INAC subsidy is for the house, not the person so it is the houses subsidy, unless there was a personal mortgage taken out on the house for construction. TRU will also be re-running the Basic Home Maintenance Training again along with CCATEC, so as soon as I know more I will be sure to post it in the office. ** Note: I will be out of the office from January 22-25/13 and will be attending some training Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6:30 until February 13/13, so please be patient if you are trying to get in touch with me then, leave a message with your name, number and a brief description of why you are calling and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I will also be starting to take an Admin Day each month, it will be the last Monday of each month, so January 28th will be the first of my Admin Days and February’s will be the 25th, if any issues arise, leave a message or an e-mail and I will return it when I can. Kukwstsétsemc Le7-cwiye ell me7 wiktelmen. Brandi Phillips Housing Coordinator Trainee (250) 989 – 2323 ext. 103 E-mail: housing@xatsull.com


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Georgina Mortensen

Health Coordinator Report

Happy New Year Everyone Health has some programming for those in community looking to kick off the New Year with a health challenge or two. The sun run will be starting January 20th 2012. I you are interested please meet at the health station Sunday January 20th, 2012 at 9am. Please dress for the weather as the training will be starting with this Sunday. If the Sun Run is not the challenge you are looking for Health has offered to assist individuals in the Aboriginal Physical Activity and Culture Circle (APACC) Association’s Biggest Loser Challenge. This is an individual challenge and is a success plan which is about what the participant’s goals are for a healthier well being. The Health Program has include the information in the new letter, so please check it out and contact the Health Coordinator with any questions. The Health Coordinator and Staff have also been busy with regular programming such as; the ADP luncheons, ADP Town Trips, Medical Travel services, Support Counseling service promoting, and planning for the upcoming year’s action plan. Don’t forget that February is Heart month and the Health Station will be hosting the Hearts at work day February 6th, 2013. The health nurses will be heading up the festivities of health information, and more. Lunch will be provided so stop in and get healthy. Have a great weekend and remember to be safe about your health.


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Weytkp, hope all is well and that you and your family enjoyed the Holidays. I would like to thank all of the staff/volunteers who assisted with the Christmas Celebration this year. Thank you to the generous donations from the following sponsors: Taseko Mines Limited $1,000.00 Three Corners Health Services Society $500.00 Ron Rasmussen $300.00 Goldfields $250.00 Knucwentwecw Society $250.00 Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd $250.00 Northern Shuswap Tribal Council $200.00 Deep Creek Enterprises $100.00 Matrix Research Ltd. $100.00 Dollar Dollar— variety of door prizes Kens’ Restaurant—2 $25.00 certificates Council has set the following dates for Community Meeting for 2013: February 26 April 23 July 23 October 22 The meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. and dinner at 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the Departments will do presentations and that we will have guest speakers for each meeting. We will be having a draw for computer desktops at the meetings which will include a desktop, monitor, keyboard and mouse. The desktops have either been donated by other organizations or refurbished by the Band. I will be taking a Refresher Training Session for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program on January 24, 2013. The following provides some 2013 Filing Season Tidbits There are some very important changes this year as the Government of Canada focuses on electronic cost-saving measures: Telefile has been discontinued. Specialized returns have been eliminated and are unavailable for the 2012 tax year (e.g. T1S-C (credit filers), T1S-A (seniors)). The only tax return available will be the T1 General return.


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There will be no personalized tax return packages or label packages mailed out this year. If required, tax packages can be ordered online (as of January 14th) or through CRA forms warehouse toll-free number – 1 800 959-2221, or picked up at the postoffice or some Service Canada offices (beginning of February). Note that the 2012 tax return, schedules and Guide are now available for viewing/downloading on the CRA website at: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/formspubs/t1gnrl/menu-eng.html I am enrolled in the Canadian Training Resources Professional Minute Taking Workshop on February 4, 2013 in Kamloops. This intensive one-day workshop teaches participants how to take concise, accurate minutes that capture the tone and discussions of both formal and informal meetings, as well as the decisions made. I take meeting minutes for the Chief and Council meetings held every second Tuesday at the Health Station (next meeting January 22, 5:30 p.m.) and for the Department Head meetings held the first Friday of each month and once per year for the Budget meetings for the Department Heads who administer a budget. My schedule has been revised and I will be working in the Finance Department once per week until a Finance Assistant is hired. The change will allow me to assist the Band Administrator and Council more. Exciting news is that we are looking at hiring a Consultant to assist Jacinda and Miriam with updating our website. The 37th Elders Gathering will be held July 8 to 11, 2013 in Prince George which is quite a bit closer for our Elders to travel. Georgina, Health Centre Coordinator, is the contact person for this year and I look forward to assisting her with getting things started.

Take Care and Enjoy the rest of the Winter Season. Roxanne Stobie, Office Manager


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