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M ARCH 2013 I SSUE X ATŚŪLL F IRST N ATION

F RASER R IVER R UN The Soda Creek Indian Band will be closed Friday March 29, 2013 for Good Friday and April 1st, 2013 for Easter Monday. The office will reopen on Tuesday April 2nd , 2013

I NSIDE THIS ISSUE : Notice for Nomination Mtg.

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Letter of Interest

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Citizens Assembly

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Upcoming Events

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Media Releases

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Injury Prevention Calendar Contest

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Training Opportunity

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Staff Updates

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Happy Easter Everyone! Pesxuxem (snow melting month) March


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M ARCH 2013 I SSUE MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release, March 21, 2013

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (“NStQ”) Leadership Council today announced that it was finally compelled to take legal steps in relation to the Tsilhqot’in National Government’s court action commonly known as “Charleyboy v. the Queen”. Under the Charleyboy action, which was filed in 2003, the Tsilhqot’in National Government (“TNG”) claims aboriginal title over a massive tract of land. The Charleyboy claim area overlaps more than 75% of the established traditional territory of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw. “It is with great regret that we announce we have had to file for party status in the Charleyboy action,” states Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie on behalf of the NStQ Leadership Council. “This means we are seeking to get involved in the litigation, because it has the ability to profoundly affect the NStQ. This is not the way we like to resolve things, especially with a neighbouring First Nation group. We have tried, patiently and persistently, to find a solution to this matter through discussion and negotiation and those efforts have been rebuffed by the TNG. As a result of the Charleyboy action NStQ’s interests have been, and continue to be, compromised. We must now proceed aggressively to seek a resolution in the Court. The TNG is doing itself no favour by maintaining a position that has absolutely no basis in fact or law.” The Charleyboy claim area formed the basis for the Tsilhqot’in Framework Agreement (the “TFA”). The TFA is strategic engagement agreement (SEA) between BC, TNG and the Tsilhqot’in Nation signed in 2009. The $1.26 million agreement formalizes a single window for referrals on natural resource applications within the area that TNG asserts to be the traditional territory of its member communities. “The fact that the Charleyboy area forms the basis for the TFA is beyond ridiculous,” add Chief Louie. “What it means is that TNG is consulted on, and may be accommodated for, activities throughout most of NStQ’s traditional territory, including activities on NStQ’s own reserves. NStQ has been participating in the treaty process for nearly 20 years, making an effort to resolve our issues through honourable negotiation. That the province of British Columbia would, through the TFA, acknowledge and support a baseless claim is offensive in the extreme, and makes a mockery of the true concept of Aboriginal title in British Columbia. The territorial claim advanced by NStQ at the treaty table is based on detailed historical analysis of the territory actually used, occupied, and controlled by the Northern Secwepemc from time immemorial up to and including the first contact with Alexander Mackenzie in 1793 and the assertion of British sovereignty in 1846. ”


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The NStQ Leadership Council confirms that the NStQ application to be added as a party in Charleyboy v. The Queen is not a challenge to the Tsilhqot’in title case (William v. British Columbia et al.) which is now before the Supreme Court of Canada. In that case, the TNG has carefully made a claim to a portion of their traditional territory which lies to the west, and outside of, NStQ traditional territory. For more information on this media release, please contact: Peter R. Grant

Chief Ann Louie

Peter Grant & Associates

Williams Lake Indian Band

604-685-1229

250-296-3507

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013 1:53PM EDT

FIRST NATIONS VOW TO STOP PIPELINE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER OTTAWA -- An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines in the courts and through unspecified direct action. Native leaders from Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines. The first would tie the Alberta oil sands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the federal government is consulting with First Nations, and is ready to hear their concerns. "We're making every effort to respond to the concerns we have heard on the West Coast," he said after a caucus meeting. "I've had quite a few conversations with aboriginal leaders and aboriginal people. And I've found those conversations very constructive. They want to do the best for their communities and we want to do the best for their communities as well. So I remain very hopeful." Some of the chiefs brushed off the federal government's appointment this week of a special envoy to look at tensions between natives and the energy industry. Vancouver-based lawyer Doug Eyford is to focus on energy infrastructure in Western Canada, but some native leaders say he has no credibility. He is to examine First Nations concerns about the troubled Northern Gateway proposal, as well as the development of liquid natural gas plants, marine terminals and other energy infrastructure in British Columbia and Alberta.


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He will discuss environmental protection, jobs and economic development, and First Nations rights to a share of the wealth from natural resources. "He's going to be reaching out to find out more about their interests and their concerns and to look for ways that resource development can help improve the lives of aboriginals, create more employment, create more opportunities for communities," Oliver said. Some native chiefs, however, said Eyford has already failed. Although he is also the federal government's chief negotiator on comprehensive land claims, they said he hasn't accomplished much on that file. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said natives are determined to block the pipelines."It's going to be a long, hot summer," he said at a news conference. "We have a lot of issues at stake." Phil Lane Jr. of the American Yankton Sioux, said native groups south of the border will stand with their Canadian cousins. "We're going to stop these pipelines one way or another," he said. Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in northern B.C., said the pipeline opponents will never back down. "If we have to keep going to court, we'll keep doing that," he said.He said the stakes are high and go beyond native issues. "We're the ones that's going to save whatever we have left of this earth," he said. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said he hopes no one resorts to violent confrontation. "The rule of law applies," he said. "We are free to express our opinions. That's the genius of Canada but we do it within the respect of the rule of law. I think they will do that. I hope so." Chief Reuben George of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation on Vancouver Island said it's time to act against the federal government's resource development agenda. "We, as a nation, have to wake up," he said. "We have to wake up to the crazy decisions that this government's making to change the world in a negative way." Valcourt said it's not an either-or argument: "This is about responsible development. I think we have the genius in Canada to be able to develop our natural resources while protecting our environment." Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/first-nations-vow-to-stop-pipelines-one-way -or-another-1.1203617#ixzz2OC1kdLbj


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Victoria, Ottawa ink single environmental review agreement By Nelson Bennett Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:04am PST

nbennett@biv.com

Two new coal mines proposed for Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd could be the first projects in B.C. to get an environmental review by the province alone, rather than both the provincial and federal governments. The B.C. government and Government of Canada have signed a memorandum of understanding that eliminates the dual review process for some major projects, such as mines, which currently must go through both federal and provincial environmental reviews – a process considered unnecessarily bureaucratic. The two governments have wasted no time in putting the new process in place. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) issued a call Friday for comments from the public on the first application for “substitution” – the process of handing the review over to the province – for two new coal mines. The public has until April 4 to respond to the province’s request for substitution on the Carbon Creek coal mine west of Hudson’s Hope and the Sukunka coal mine south of Chetwynd. Under the new arrangement, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) can ask the CEAA for a substitution, and if granted, it would allow the province to conduct a single review. The province would be responsible for processes such as consultation with First Nations. Federal government agencies will contribute expertise but will not be in charge of the reviews. Some projects that are cross provincial boundaries – pipelines, for example – would likely still have to go through a joint review. Once the reviews by the B.C. EAO are complete, provincial and federal ministers will each make their own separate decisions. “Successive governments in British Columbia have actively pursued the use of our environmental assessment process for the federal process within the province,” said Environment Minister Terry Lake. “Both Canada and British Columbia have rigorous environmental assessment systems. The province’s businesses and communities alike will benefit from the elimination of the duplication involved in having two assessments for a single project.” B.C.’s environmental review process has been criticized in the past, however, as being less than stringent. The EAO approved the New Prosperity Mine proposal, for example, only to have the decision overturned by the federal government. And two years ago, B.C. Auditor General John Doyle criticized the EAO’s lack of due diligence in following up and monitoring projects after they were approved.


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P AGE 28 Lauren Mitchell

M ARCH 2013 I SSUE Employment Coordinator Report


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P AGE 30 Miriam Schilling

M ARCH 2013 I SSUE Economic Development Report


P AGE 31 Noella William

M ARCH 2013 I SSUE Temp. Family Connections Coordinator Report

Hello There I have been hired as the temporary Family Connections Coordinator. I will be working in this position till Sandra returns in June. I am very excited to be working for the band again. Please feel free to stop by or phone me if you have any questions or concerns I am located in the Soda Creek Health building. There will be some programs being offered one will be Family Fun Night on Tuesday at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The other program will be Youth nights on Thursday at 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Please contact me if you need more information or suggestions I am located at the health building. The Family night will be cancelled on April 2 as that will be Nomination Day. On a personal note I am extremely proud of Lance William, AJ Sellars, Darcy William, Malcolm Sellars, and Devon Porter for completing the BCAMTA training which was a 3 months program commitment for them. It was so good to see them all graduate and to be able to give a speech. Lance will be working very soon as a miner which just makes me so happy and he has started upgrading to get his dogwood. If anyone is interested in helping out with the Easter Celebration please call me at Health building 250-989-2355. Andrea Gilbert

Social Development Coordinator Report

Weytk Everyone! How have you all been doing? Great, I hope & pray. I have good news - we passed our Compliance Review with 100%! Whoohooo! I am so happy and proud that we worked together as a team and accomplished this awesome task. I will be setting up a meeting with all SA recipients to go over the new requirements needed. We can go over the Compliance Recommendations also. One is to have your Renewal Slips in by Midmonth: this month April 10th. I would like to send a huge Thank You to Sheri, Dawn, Brandi, and Cori, for all their assistance! And to all of you for your patience. Have an awesome Easter. Yours in Wellness, Andrea J


P AGE 32 Georgina Mortensen

M ARCH 2013 I SSUE Health Coordinator Report

The Health team has been working extremely hard to keep programming running smoothly while completing year end and planning for the New Year. Some of the programs which started in January are now finished or stepping into high gear for final wrap up. The Biggest Loser Challenge is now over so Congrats to those who completed this challenge and met some of their goals. This was no easy challenge so for those who could not meet their goals, be easy on yourself, you can challenge yourself to do better next year. The Sun Run is quickly approaching only three weeks away. The Xats’ull team is going to be doing plenty of fund raising and could use your support as we have 28 participants this year. These participants have been devoted to their team and to representing their community. When there has been snow, wind or rain they are out walking. Great Job everyone!!!! Welcome back “FAMILY FUN NIGHTS” and by request “YOUTH ACTIVITY NIGHTS”. All families are welcome to these events. Some youth activities maybe inclusive of 1925 years old participants as well, this depends on the activity. Please contact the Temporary Family Connections Coordinator for more information or schedules at the Health Station 250-989-2355. There are some great programs coming up for the next couple months; March 25th to April 2nd -Injury Prevention Calendar Contest March 28th from 1pm to 4pm -Easter Celebration March 28th from 5pm to 7pm -Honoring Family Celebration Dinner, @ Wildwood School. th April 17 ADP Luncheon-Presentation on “Non- Prescription Drugs” by the Nurses. More will be planned and advertised very soon. Have a great weekend and a wonderful Easter!

Georgina Mortensen Health Coordinator 250-989-2355 (ext 129) Email: health@xatsull.com


P AGE 33 Molly Yochmans

M ARCH 2013 I SSUE Support Counsellor Report

Hello Everyone, March has been a quieter month for me after a busy February. I’ve been enjoying the warmer temperatures, yet nights have still been cold. Recently on my way to work it was snowing. As I approached the Band Office turn-off from Mountain House Road I knew I’d have to make a speeding run at it, as is necessary when I know the hill is icy. Some mornings my speeding attempt is enough to carry me all the way to the top, but not on this specific day. First attempt I almost made it but slid back down, second attempt a little bit further; but still no go. Some mornings I’ve just parked by the mailbox and climbed the hill with all of my things, but this morning I was determined, I was not going to let that hill have the better of me! So I decided to try something different. I decided I would try to make a speeding run at it again, but this time backwards! And … It worked. So if something isn’t working for you in your life, something in your usual routine; then try doing something different. Try a different approach. It may seem new and strange, it may look silly, but hey if it works then you’ve found a way! Tuesday, April 16th 1:30 - 3:30pm I’ll be hosting a “Vision Board” Workshop at the Soda Creek Health Station. What is a Vision Board? Good question. A Vision Board is a tool used to direct focus toward your life goals and dreams. On a Vision Board you arrange images that represent what you’d like to achieve in your life. A Vision Board helps you explore what’s important in your life, set valuable goals, and provides you with a daily reminder of the steps you need to take to accomplish your goals. The purpose of a Vision Board is to determine what your goals and dreams are, and to keep you focused in order to accomplish your life ambitions. This workshop is for anybody and everybody who has dreams and wants to pursue them! This is a pre-register workshop so please call the Soda Creek Health Station to sign-up. Snacks and juice will be provided. INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGE: If something in your life is not working for you; try doing something differently, try a different approach. FUN FACT OF THE MONTH: Dogs have four toes on their hind feet, and five on their front feet. Molly Yochmans Support Counsellor 250-989-2355 (ext 117) Email: m.yochmans@xatsull.com “Believe that life can change, if you are ready.”


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