northern secwepemc te qelmucw shuswap people of the north lexey’em “to tell a story” july 2017 – pellcwéw̓ lemten (lake fishing moon) august – pesxqéltemc (go to higher levels moon) aboriginal day 2017 a fantastic start-of-summer event! by brad mcguire photos: nstc/brad mcguire, gene cooper, edna boston in cooperation and partnership with june 21st, 2017 marked the 21st anniversary of national aboriginal day in canada, celebrating our strong, vibrant cultures and traditions of all indigenous peoples of this great country. on this day, all canadians come together to celebrate, understand and recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of first nations, métis and inuit peoples. back in 1996, indigenous organizations, the government of canada chose june 21, the summer solstice, for national aboriginal day. for generations, many indigenous peoples and communities have been celebrating their cultures on or near the date of the summer solstice – as it is the longest day of the year. the canadian constitution recognizes these three groups as aboriginal peoples, also known as indigenous peoples. although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs – and of course these distinct cultures and beliefs include all of the many first nations and métis peoples of our cariboo chilcotin coast region of british columbia. the northern shuswap tribal council (nstc) has proudly hosted and coordinated the regional aboriginal day celebrations in williams lake over the last decade. it started out with a picnic idea, with local region first nations sharing stories, memories and food - acknowledging what first nation peoples bring to our community while sharing many of their multicultural traditions. since its’ humble beginnings locally in 2010, year upon year the event has continued to grow in size and scope with a parade being among the additional events being added since year one. the smiles on the faces of the parade participants and spectators highlighted the start of a fantastic day in 2017! the celebrations in boitanio park began after the parade under a sky of scattered clouds and sun. edna boston of stswecem’c xgat’tem once again held the honor as the day’s emcee, keeping the park festivities on track, while nstc’s beth bedard skillfully handled parade marshalling duties. several brief speeches of welcome were heard on the park’s gwen ringwood mainstage by various indigenous leaders of our cariboo chilcotin coast region, as well as from local government representatives such as mayor walt cobb of williams lake. a definite highlight was the showcasing of amazingly beautiful star blankets made by the children of stswecem’c xgat’tem, of which one was raffled off to a lucky winner. aboriginal day is a very impactful day, as it brings together the many nations of our region, even though each may have differing views about subjects such as reconciliation, aboriginal rights and title, treaty vs. non-treaty – it is a day of friendship and good will in which all indigenous peoples of our region come together, proudly and respectfully showcasing themselves in the community - being inclusive and welcoming for all races, cultures and beliefs. many exhibitor booths filled the park with a variety of vendors selling and displaying clothing, beadwork and leatherwork, food, artwork, educational displays, as well as activities for the kids including lehal games, craft-making, and the extremely popular bouncy castle. 2017 also included the very popular second annual bannock belly competition, organized by kristina moller of aboriginal victims services. while the number of participants did not match 2016’s event, each competitor was on the top of their game competing to be the bannock belly champion; the proud winner was minnie phillips of xatśūll, who had to be coaxed into participating by her family during event. congratulations minnie! last years’ winner, rcmp constable kevin neufeld, who is of proud métis heritage, was very gracious in congratulating the 2017 champion. overall, the day was a resounding success and could not have happened without the generous support and volunteer efforts of many people and organizations in our communities. the nstc is so thankful to each and every one of them. kukwstectucw
indian residential school survivors society knucwentwecw society – who are we? a fun game of lahal being played at the 2016 knucwentwecw society’s thank you event held at williams lake indian band arbour - accounts receivable/ payable kandie laporte - finance clerk laurelee bennett – program supervisor kristy macarthur – child safety social worker terry keener - resource/guardianship social worker arlene adie - executive director current staff members are as follows: tanya meldrum – reception/ administrative assistant suzanna stobie - data entry deanna ahlstrom – upcoming events: caregiver gathering october 14th, 2017. this annual event will be held in the new soda creek gymnasium (at deep creek) this year, on october 14th (11:00am – 4:00pm). society knucwentwecw honors all caregivers of children and youth from our member communities. the event celebrates all who have opened their hearts and homes to care for a child or youth and is not limited to foster parents. knucwentwecw society provides child and family services to the community members of canim lake indian band (tsq’excen’), williams lake indian band (t’exelc) , sodacreek/ deep creek indian band (xats’ūll), and stswecem’c/xgat’tem first nation (canoe creek/ dog creek indian band) living on reserve, or in the city of williams lake. we are dedicated to working closely with communities to respond to concerns and to promote safe, healthy and sustainable families. current board members are as follows: representing canim lake band, delores theodore and lenora christopher. representing soda creek band, gordon keener and ellie sellars. representing williams lake band , lynne gilbert and virginia gilbert. representing stswecem’c/ xgat’tem, liz bill and carol archie. uniquely, the indian residential school survivors society has 8 resolution health support workers, 15 therapists, 1 counsellor, and 17 elders in the province of bc that provide culturally, spiritually holistically, and wellness services and programs that include fn traditions and protocols: counselling & therapy – survivors & families require ongoing counselling support and irsss provides a team of 10 rhsw’s province wide (penticton, kamloops, terrace, & vancouver) ready to provide many types of counselling – including: • individual, group or circle counselling • couples • family • crisis • art therapy (for children/adults) • smudging, sweat lodges, healing and medicine circles support & referral services - we have a group of province wide elders and cultural support workers that provide fn communities, irs survivors, intergeneration’s and their families with emotional support. educational and wellness workshops – indian residential school facts must be offered. we have offered workshops and presentations to non and first nation audiences including: • colonialism history & impacts of irs/ impacts of irs • anger management, • understanding trauma • traditional healings and medicines • assist the communities with crises situations. relevance, the four pillars are: alternative healing and intergenerational inclusion, organizational effectiveness and community relevance. williams lake office indian residential school survivors society 19a 2nd ave n williams lake bc v2g 1z3 phone: 250-305-2335 fax: 250-398- 9802 our williams lake staff are lorelei boyce, therapist johnathan w, therapist/rhsw please feel free to drop in any time and visit with our staff have coffee or tea and if you know you are in need of our services call ahead and make an appointment to ensure you meet with someone here. if you need to services any wear ells in the province please go to our web site and find services close to that location or you can call our office and we will help. web: http://www.irsss.ca northern secwepemc te qelmucw (nstq) leadership reacts to british columbia election results and formation of new government undrip, along with the implementation of the tsilhqot’in decision, and we hope to see those statements and promises upheld. the may 9th british columbia election has resulted in the province’s first minority legislature since 1952, the end of the liberal majority government that has led the province since 2001, and the first election in canada at the federal or provincial level that saw more than one green elected. ann louie, chief of williams lake indian band – british columbia’s impending new government must respect the promises made by current premier clark to visit with the nstq, in our territory, to follow-up on commitments made by her government to the nstq regarding our treaty concerns. clark promised to meet with us soon after the election. whether it is christy clark, or john horgan who wears the premier’s hat, it is imperative that reconciliation with first nations is achieved to ensure promises made by government will be followed through immediately. background: *nstq traditional territories comprise the four northern secwepemc communities of williams lake indian band (t’exelc), soda creek indian band (xatśūll), canim lake indian band (tsq’escen’) and stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation (canoe creek / dog creek). for more information please contact: patrick harry, nstq spokesperson phone (office): 250-440-5645 phone (mobile): 250-855-8621 email: chief@ canoecreekband.ca current liberal premier christy clark’s new cabinet was sworn in on june 12th. clark will recall the legislature on june 22 for a confidence vote that she’s expected to lose after the new democrats and greens reached a power-sharing agreement to allow the ndp to form a minority government. with this news, the leadership council of the northern secwepemc te qelmucw (nstq) have issued statements regarding their the provincial government and its position with regards to the bc treaty process. concerns with quotes: patrick harry, nstq spokesperson and chief of stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation – political change in bc has been long overdue. whatever formation government takes, and whomever our next premier will be, the nstq expects that our government- to-government expands and grows. there were many promises made prior to the election with regards to relationship page 2 lexey’em july/august 2017
july 1st, 2017 marks canada’s 150th birthday. canadians of all walks of life, ancestry, religious belief and race celebrate (or not) this historic date, and year, in their own way. as indigenous peoples of canada, let’s look back at the now famous speech chief dan george made on canada day in 1967 (canada’s centennial) at the old empire stadium in vancouver. the following is the actual record of his historic and passionate message: chief dan george (teswahno) 1899 - 1981 lament for confederation july 1, 1967 empire stadium, vancouver bc how long have i known you, oh canada? a hundred years? yes, a hundred years. and many many seelanum [lunar months] more. and today, when you celebrate your hundred years, oh canada, i am sad for all the indian people throughout the land. for i have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. i have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where the waters said come, come and eat of my abundance. i have known you in the freedom of your winds. and my spirit, like the winds, once roamed your good lands. but in the long hundred years since the white man came, i have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. the white man’s strange customs which i could not understand pressed down upon me until i could no longer breathe. when i fought to protect my land and my home, i was called a savage. when i neither understood nor welcomed this way of life, i was called lazy. when i tried to rule my people, i was stripped of my authority. my nation was ignored in your history textbooks -- they were little more important in the history of canada than the buffalo that ranged the plains. i was ridiculed in your plays and motion pictures, and when i drank your fire-water, i got drunk - very, very drunk. and i forgot. oh canada, how can i celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years? shall i thank you for the reserves that are left to me of my beautiful forests? for the canned fish of my rivers? for the loss of my pride and authority, even among my own people? for the lack of my will to fight back? no! i must forget what’s past and gone. oh god in heaven! give me back the courage of the olden chiefs. let me wrestle with my surroundings. let me again, as in the days of old, dominate my environment. let me humbly accept this new culture and through it rise up and go on. oh god! like the thunderbird of old i shall rise again out of the sea; i shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success -- his education, his skills, and with these new tools i shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society. before i follow the great chiefs who have gone before us, oh canada, i shall see these things come to pass. i shall see our young braves and our chiefs sitting in the houses of law and government, ruling and being ruled by the knowledge and freedoms of our great land. so shall we shatter the barriers of our isolation. so shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of our tribes and nations. the lexey’em welcomes your letters to the editor lexey’em welcomes letters from its readers. our newspaper cannot exist without community involvement. we want to hear from you. what are your thoughts on the content? what are your thoughts on the nstq treaty process? what are your thoughts on what is happening in your community? what are your thoughts about secwepemc culture & heritage? we also welcome and accept any photos, stories or articles you’ve written, artwork you have created, etc. although we cannot guarantee inclusion into the lexey’em, if your sub- missions are approved for publication, we will be sure to contact you ahead of printing deadlines. names may be withheld at your request, but all submissions must be signed and include your name, postal address, phone number and email address (if applicable). anonymous sub- missions will not be accepted. we reserve the right to edit submitted material for clarity, brevity, grammar and good taste. please send your submissions to: brad mcguire (northern shuswap tribal council) post: 17 south first avenue, williams lake, bc, v2g 1h4 email: email@example.com fax: 250-392-6158 all opinions expressed in letters to the editor are purely those of the writer and have no association whatsoever to the views and/or policies of the lexey’em, its editor, the northern shuswap tribal council and/or its first nations member communities, the nstq treaty society, or the williams lake tribune. the lexey’em is brought to you by the northern shuswap tribal council and the williams lake tribune. publisher: kathy mclean, williams lake tribune advertising: williams lake tribune editor: brad mcguire, nstc treaty department the lexey’em is an independent community newspaper, with bi-monthly issues published every second month by the williams lake tribune and northern shuswap tribal council. the lexey’em is available at the nstc office at 17 south first avenue in williams lake, as well as: three corners health society, knucwentwec child and family services society, williams lake public library, and at the cariboo friendship centre. you may also access it on the northern shuswap tribal council and nstq treaty group websites, or via each band office. it can also be sent out by email to members. if you wish to be on the nstq communications email list and you are an nstq registered member, please contact us at 250-392-7361 lexey’em july/august 2017 page 3 welcoming new staff members we welcome new stswecem’c xgat’tem treaty coordinator - dene moore i started as your new treaty coordinator on may 1 and i’m thrilled to be joining this great team. press reviews as a reporter for the canadian news agency for 16 years, i have written about and followed closely the many court victories, and historic agreements that are reshaping the reality for indigenous peoples in canada and british columbia. the agreement now being negotiated with the stswecem’c xgat’tem will be one of those milestones and i am grateful to be part of helping make that happen. born in quesnel, i grew up in wildwood and 100 mile house, where i recently returned following a career that took me from vancouver to montreal, st. john’s to afghanistan. i have most recently worked from a home office near horse lake as a freelance journalist for various publications, including vice, the globe and mail, maclean’s and yahoo canada. i look forward to working in the community and i’m trying hard not to be too distracted by the beautiful views in every direction. my door is always open and i welcome any your thoughts and suggestions as this community moves toward a future firmly within its own hands. we welcome new stswecem’c xgat’tem self-government coordinator – hank adams jr. secwepemc my name is hank adams. i’m and tsilhqot’in. i have insight in both cultures, but i raised as was mainly stswecem’c xgat’tem. i’m grateful to have this opportunity to be the self- government coordinator for stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation. my father (hank adam) has been a part of treaty for many years and former chief. the knowledge my father has accumulated over the years has been embedded in my brothers and i, over the years. my brother allan adams was theself-government coordinator for around seven years and has extensive knowledge, which i am currently learning. i acknowledge the hard work and dedication they have provided for stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation, in regards to treaty. i’m thankful to have that support from my father and my brother. i have a strong wife behind me (jennifer schuetze) for support and two daughters (taylor and shante) who motivate me to help provide a bright future for our youth. i’m excited to gain more knowledge and ready for this new journey.
xatśūll trail building continues…. photos: miriam schilling this year, we have received funding to build a long connector trail between soda creek and deep creek. we are very excited to connect our communities, our businesses and our two existing trail networks with a single-track mountain bike/ hiking trail. it is a big project, but we are very happy to be working on it this year. we have hired our trail crew of 5 trail builders and the project manager. we started the project with four days of trail building training and have since started building our connector trail. the crew is making very good progress and our project in on schedule. it has been great to see the incredible interest in our posted trail building positions for our project and we were able to hire additional on-call workers who have also completed the training. big thanks go out to our funding partners: rural dividend, northern development initiative trust, cariboo-chilcotin beetle action coalition trail construction is on schedule with the first section of trail completed being close to blue lake. if you are interested in seeing other photos of the project, you may find them online here: https://goo.gl/photos/ao9u8ts7hziw4c1a7 summer cultural events happening at xatśūll heritage village this summer, we plan to host a variety of cultural events, workshops and activities at the award winning bc tourism destination - xatśūll heritage village. from crafts to medicine gathering, dancing and drumming, to week-long hide tanning workshops, and to larger events such as our save the salmon pow wow. please check our website and facebook page for the calendar of events. come out and learn from, and with, our elders. great fun and experiences for the entire family! also, please contact us if you would like to be involved, or come to teach on site. check out our website: www.xatsullheritagevillage.com find us on facebook: www.facebook.com xatsullheritagevillage contact us at: 250-297-6502 page 4 lexey’em july/august 2017
away-from-home nstq “health & wellness visioning” this past may and june, the nstq treaty team trav- elled the province hosting community “health & well- ness visioning” sessions in prince george, kamloops, kelowna, vancouver, and victoria. these sessions were the first in a series of engagements to ask nstq community members for feedback in targeted areas, such as health and well- ness. these meetings will help the team to represent the vision of the northern secwepemc te qelmucw at the treaty table; to guide us toward a self-determin- ing future that is informed by the four nstq commu- nities and rooted in sec- wepemc values. former sxfn self-gov- ernment coordinator and vancouver meeting facili- tator allan adams sparked a conversation about tra- ditional ways by describ- ing how the secwepemc practice of wrapping and carrying babies was used to help develop the child’s senses and connection to the land: “before you walk, learn your senses. you you learned what xsusem smelled like. you learned what moose in the forest sound like. you are against your mother. you know how she breathes. you’re connected.” adams asked the group: “what did we used to do to get in shape?” the an- swers were as unique as the people--some nstq citizens grew up in culture, while others grew up in foster homes or without any teachings. one mem- ber commented: “i’m like a white indian. i don’t know what goes on the reserve because i never lived on the reserve.” it is impor- tant to remember that our members are unique and have different experiences, needs, and concerns. when planning for a healthy and self-sustaining nstq, every voice matters. one member described how her father regularly hustled her brothers out of the house before five o’clock in the morning to hunt. the group, she said, often spent the whole day walking the land and only returned af- ter dinner. “they didn’t just go and kill the first animal they saw. they would spend three days all over country,” she explained. another member remi- nisced about berry-picking with her mother and learn- ing to collect and dry other food from the land, as well as her mother’s huge po- tato and vegetable gar- den. “those are some of the memories i have,” she shared. all sharing is good and helps the treaty team to understand the different concerns and experiences of being northern sec- wepemc te qelmucw. for some, the focus is not on diet change or dental benefits but on that trau- matic experience that has had such lasting negative consequences for the bod- ies and minds of survivors and their families: residen- tial school. an nstq citizen shared her pain at the focus of federal residential school reconciliation on survivors of sexual abuse. for her, this focus is a gesture that is hurtful to the many who were traumatized by mental and physical, but not sexual, abuse at residential school: “everything was put into one bundle and it may as well been put in the trash.” meetings loca- tions were also very well received. in other in the kamloops ses- sions, facilitated in may by morgan christopher and in june by david archie, sev- eral members and elders an essential secwepemc value shared by many nstq citizens: “nobody gets left out. we’re not rich or any- thing just come together and enjoy ourselves.” like that. we whether you live in van- couver or vanderhoof, grew up on a reservation or with a foster family, know how to skin a deer or would rather not—you are secwepemc and we want to hear from you. nobody gets left out. you can view a schedule of upcoming engagement sessions in the fall of 2017 on www.nstqtreaty.ca the schedule can also be found in this issue of lexey’em on page 11. up next in octo- ber, engagement sessions focus on “education – nstq visioning”. we hope to see many of our urban mem- bers at these meetings. looking forward to a bright nstq future related shared their health and wellness stories associated with physical, emotional, mental and spir- itual connections. these meetings also became very personal and emotional. the future of our people, and the health of our peo- ple as we move into a fu- ture of self-determination, is profoundly important to our members and this feed- back is instrumental for the treaty team to fight hard at the treaty table for what the northern secwepemc value most in a post-treaty world. the nstq treaty team will continue to host these sessions as a way to hear from all and to make sure that these unique voices and concerns are brought to the treaty negotiations. making sure everybody is a part of the process is it- self a secwepemc tradition. speaking of her family gath- erings, a member expressed by dene moore, stswecem’c xgat’tem treaty coordinator i work in an office in xgat’tem sur- rounded by a mountain of binders full of information. historic court cases, traditional use studies, the minutes of technical working groups, land use poli- cies, economic development reports, chapters of the nstq agreement-in- principle. i like to think that every binder repre- sents a person who has dedicated a good portion of their life to self-gov- ernment and freedom for the northern sec- wepemc people. that’s a lot of people, a lot of work, and a daunting act to follow. over the past month, i’ve felt overwhelmed at times by the sheer vol- ume of work that has gone into this process so far – what must have been many sleepless nights, years’ worth of digging through the avalanche of red tape, the heated argu- ments, the miles logged travelling from meeting to meeting. forty-seven days on the job and the main thing i have learned is how much i have yet to learn! along the way to that revelation i’ve also picked up enough to become very inspired about what lies ahead. as one of my new colleagues pointed out, this treaty process is unique in the world. wars have been fought and continue to be fought today over the right to self-determination. but in secwepemcul’ecw, negotiated incre- mental treaty agreements are taking shape in all four nstq communities that will help us work through issues like rangeland and water rights. treaty-related measures are being put in place already, to help prepare for the transition to a self-governing, land- owning nation. the agreement-in-prin- ciple lays a solid foundation to usher in a new era for our four northern sec- wepemc communities. there remains a lot of work to do in finalizing details, like exactly what self-governance will look like for the nstq; the size and ex- act location of the treaty settlement lands over which nstq will have the right to make its own laws; what those laws will be; and the ongoing funding sup- port for key services such as healthcare and education. but most importantly, the agreement will bring to an end the domain of the 1876 indian act over the communi- ties. that is long over- due. in nearly two de- cades of working as a journalist across can- ada, i’ve heard people say that the in- dian act is broken. i don’t agree. based on many of the stories i’ve covered, i believe the act continues to this day to work exactly as it was intended– as a tool of assimilation meant to make life so miserable that indigenous peoples would be forced to flee. but the fathers of the indian act vastly underestimated the strength and ingenuity of aborigi- nal canada, including the northern secwepemc. now the end of the fight is in sight. nstq citizens are asking questions and offering expertise that will help shape the final deal with canada and b.c. the treaty coordinator for stswecem’c xgat’tem, i’ve joined an amazing group of people that i look forward to learning from and working with in the months and years ahead. as kukstemc lexey’em july/august 2017 page 5
northern shuswap tribal council and northern shuswap treaty society heartily congratulate all 2017 nstq graduates! stswecem’c xgat’tem secondary school graduates taylor adams, lake city secondary cole boston, lake city secondary brandon billy, lake city secondary lance johnny-billy, lake city secondary evelyn scherer (holt), norkam college /university graduates deidri sellars, human services, tru kamloops marlene billy, culinary arts, tru kamloops nikita billy, culinary arts, tru kamloops kyla billy, horticulture , tru kamloops dean tenale, water & waste water, tru kamloops helena kalelest, bachelor of general studies & development standard term certificate, tru williams lake darlene louie, development standard term certificate, tru williams lake dae-lyn bill, early childhood education, nvit tiffany pop, bachelor of social work, nvit rachel ferguson, early childhood education, northern lakes college tanisha rosette, esthetics, mccollege, kelowna angela browette, business administration, okanagan college, penticton ivan klemstrud, geomatics engineering, bcit, burnaby williams lake secondary school graduates tamara kelly • robert hunters college /university graduates geraldine bob – bachelor of general studies mary hill – bachelor of social work rhonda johnson – masters education jessica mack - bachelor of natural resource science kristy palmantier – bachelor of general studies larae wycotte – diploma youth justice larae dolan – bachelor of arts canim lake secondary school graduates yellowbird boyce, peter skene ogden sparrowhawk christopher, peter skene ogden kelsey daniels, peter skene ogden chloe pete, peter skene ogden autumn christopher, norkam secondary phoenix paul, norkam secondary atlan anthony, four directions secondary brett archie, four directions secondary college /university graduates atoine archie, bachelor of technology management, thompson rivers university stephanie archie, bachelor of social work, nicola valley institute of technology kyle boyce, college access program, confederation college ashlie daniels, bachelor of social work, thompson rivers university colby henderson, west program, northwest community college alisha sellars, bachelor of arts, northwest indian college delores theodore, social services diploma, university of the fraser valley 2017 distinguished tru alumni - community impact award accounting technician diploma ‘97 phyllis has been recognized for her unprecedented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her orange shirt day story. phyllis webstad’s extraordinary strength and resiliency has mobilized her community, and her work as the catalyst behind the movement known as orange shirt day has had far-reaching impacts. on sept. 30, 2013, webstad organized the first orange shirt day in williams lake to acknowledge the damage that canada’s residential school system left on generations of aboriginal families. the event spread across bc and canada, and now many communities have declared orange shirt day to honour the first nations people who have survived residential schools, remember the ones who did not and provide awareness to the younger generation. phyllis webstad page 6 lexey’em july/august 2017 soda creek deep creek secondary school graduates olivia baptiste, lake city secondary college /university graduates alicia gilbert, associate arts degree, tru/williams lake serenna sellars, sheri sellars, certificate in management studies, tru/williams lake lake city secondary. (serenna received bursaries from williams lake and district credit union and from fyi doctors. she also received a scholarship from scott [ag] estate. serenna plans on getting her bachelor of science in nursing (bscn) degree at tru.) orden mack, certificate in visual arts, vancouver island university / nanaimo. (orden plans to continue his schooling to obtain his bachelor of fine arts degree.) school district no. 27 (cariboo-chilcotin) first nations education department announcing 2017-2018 first nations role models the 2017-2018 first nations role models for school district 27 are shantae guichon and dallas george. both students attend lake city secondary school (williams lake campus) in grade 11. shantae is a member of the alexis creek indian band (tŝi del del). dallas is a member of eskêtemc first nation (alkali band). both students are outstanding members in their community and school. also, other northern shuswap student candidates whom are all role models are: terrance hubick-archie, canim lake band - grade 10, peter skene ogden secondary jaci joanne amut gilbert, canim lake band - grade 8, peter skene ogden secondary sharae wycotte, williams lake indian band - grade 11, lake city sec. (wl campus) aliza paul, eskêtemc first nation - grade 11, lake city sec. (wl campus) note: graduate photos included were provided to lexey’em editor prior to printing deadline. apologies to those graduates whose names and/or photos that were unavailable at time of printing.
nothing about us without us - circle of life, circle of love on march 20, 2015, a wonderful group of support people gathered at the tsq’escenemc gym. the purpose of this gathering was to talk with kat dodds and jada-gabrielle pape of hello cool world. first we talked about doing a ‘historical documentary’ of the circle of life (tsqlexs re wumec) hiv/aids support group and the 20 + years of service to the community, local organizations, high schools, and provincial conferences. nothing would happen without informing the group members what doing this video would mean, especially when it went out on the internet. without the consent of everyone who had committed twenty years to tsqlexs r wumec, there would be no video. hello cool world’s slogan “nothing about me without me” was exactly what was intended in this undertaking. the support group members expected to have a say over what went in or didn’t go into the video, how it was presented, and who would see it. this life changing day meant months of emails of rough cuts, transcripts, budgets, pre and post production data, and many, many requests for clarification, deletions, additions, and spelling corrections; that our “intentions and are reflected and respected in the final video,” and always with the objective in mind: • tell the story of the canim lake bands’ success at supporting those with hiv in their community in order to educate and inspire other communities to support people living with, and educate to prevent hiv. hello cool world filmed 4 days during and after the tsq’esnemc powwow in july, 2015. leading up to world aids day, december 1, 2015, there were drafts that had to be view, input requested, and changes made, then on to the next step, another almost final product. the community came out to celebrate the video “launch.” sound effects needed to be upgraded and small edits done. the video was very close to final production. with 2016 having been an especially busy year for both the community and hello cool world, everything came to a standstill while we attempted to contact those in the video over the course of the last year, circle of life, circle of love has been viewed at different gatherings to gauge its effect and get feedback; and we have had good to excellent reviews. for further information, circle of life hiv/aids support group can be contacted at the white feather family centre, 250-397-2717 or sheila dick, email firstname.lastname@example.org. noel christopher created our logo. virginia archie and mercedez boyce. elsie and antoinette archie. aboriginal youth internship program a life changing experience heather williamson is a cree and metis woman. she is a decedent from sturgeon lake cree nation in northern alberta but grew up on secwepemc territory in 100 mile house, bc. her spouse, allen christopher and their two children are shuswap from canim lake band. heather will be joining the tsq’escen treaty office for the summer as a treaty and natural resource sup- port worker as part of the aboriginal youth intern- ship program. prior to her placement here, heather spent the first nine months of her program working at the ministry of aboriginal relations and reconcilia- tion (marr) in victoria, bc. at marr, heather worked as an implementation and lands technician in the implementation and land services branch where she developed an aboriginal awareness program for new and current employ- ees. the aboriginal youth in- ternship program has been a life changing experi- ence for heather. she has grown professionally and personally as an aboriginal person. she enjoys proj- ect management and has found her voice that she has been given the chance to develop and share throughout this program. she has been given the opportunity to share this program experience with 24 other aboriginal youth leaders from across the province. heather would encourage any youth who want to grow profession- ally and continue to grow as leaders and bring their experience back to their communities to be a part of the aboriginal youth in- ternship program. in completion of the pro- gram, heather has decided to return to school to work towards her degree in jus- tice studies at royal roads university. circle of life annual aids walk september 13, 2010. lexey’em july/august 2017 page 7
re kekésu7, q̓iwens re múyqs, ell llík̓ens re stúwktsen. the spring salmon broke the hoop of the dip net and the string in the net. yelyált re keknécw ne ctspétkw7ten. the kokanee are tangled in the gill net. mút re xpé7e ne cyew̓ mén, tsqeqllests re lop. grandfather is sitting at the fishing spot, braiding the rope. kellpékstmens re tsq̓wmus m-llxúpes, m-qeqélstes re qné7e. great-granny dropped the sucker and thought it was funny. re 7imts sep̓qín̓s re sqlélten m-tsnestsestem cwitsctskucw. grandchild clubbed the salmon and brought to us. ec k kenmucw? yuwentec kucw es k̓úlems tk up̓s ell tk meníp. what are you doing? you slow us down from making a hook and harpoon spear. cketscus e sqit̓entem re xu7t̓ ne setétkwe. it is time to fish in the river for sturgeon. me7 tsemt̓smeqs re meníp, re wéwtsk ell re up̓s. the tip of the harpoon spear, fishing spear and gaff must be sharp. re sise7 up̓sem ne peséllkwe tk stiq̓sell. uncle gaffs steelhead in the lake. tek tseqw̓ músem ne ctetexwe7t te tswec. he fishes for suckers in a shallow creek. re kic ell re tsétse tsékwnem te cw7it te keknécw. older and younger sister is hold a lot of kokanee. klu7stwécwmens ne k̓wséltktens. they divided up with relatives. pyin te qelmúcw ta7 k stsíllens re skepqen̓. people of today don’t eat salmon heads. xyemstece re swéwll. re sqlélten ri7 re stsíllenkt. respect the fish. salmon is our food.b2 phrases and sentences phrases and sentences xyum te swéwll. a big fish. me7 illnen-k tek swéwll. will you eat the big fish. re qútst te sqlélten le7 te síllen. the fat salmon is good eating. re kútwe ec re tskwenwen̓stmes ne peséllkwe ell ne setétkwe. eel are caught in the lakes and rivers. ec k kenmúcw re setétkwe. what are you doing at the river. le7 te cyéw̓ men ne johnson re nexléw̓ stens. johnson ̓s bridge is a good fishing spot. cw7it re st̓sems re tsq̓wmús. sucker has a lot of bones. kectsétsme te sq̓ucén̓s re swéwll, me7 metéten re pus. give me the fishtail, i ̓ll feed the cat. estkic re xpé7e ne slec. grandfather falls in the fish slime. ep̓cw re kic te sts̓ém. older sister has a fishbone in her throat. q̓ yen̓téke k sqlélten ne stsq̓ey̓. draw a salmon on paper. xyum ell q̓utst re kekesu7. spring salmon is big and fat. k̓woyi7se ell qilqélt re písell. trout is small and pretty. le7 te s7íllen re sqlelten7úw̓ i. sockeye salmon is good to eat. nik̓énte re sk̓epqén̓ ell re sq̓ucén̓s re swéwll. cut off the fish ̓s head and tail. re tsuwet.s re sqlélten. life cycle of the salmon. w7ec ne ximétkwe re sqlélten. the salmon live in the ocean. cw7it te ek̓wens re sqlélten. salmon have lots of eggs. cw7it re písell ne tswec. there ̓s a lot of trout in the creek. ec re yewmes re síse7 ell sintse. uncle and little brother are dip-netting. tsiqw re splútsens re t̓sqwtsín. red-side shiners has a red mouth. p̓ixente re xu7t̓ me7 c7íllnet. fry the sturgeon and we ̓ll eat. cuy̓ e yewemkt ne q̓wemtsíns re setétkwe. let ̓s go dip-netting on the shore of the river. eliza archie memorial school creates & nurtures community garden by janice frank during the 2015/16 school year, eliza archie memorial school was awarded a grant from the whole kids foundation for the purpose of creating and nurturing a school and community garden. the grant was used for supplies and labour to build the garden enclosure, and to till the soil. we were also given an education kit that included lesson plans and organic vegetable seeds. the students from kindergarten to grade 7 participated in digging into the soil to make mounds, weeding, starting seedlings indoors in early spring, transplanting after the last frost, and watering the garden for the rest of the school year. it was maintained by parents/guardians, staff and kalei dixon - education assistant, works with jordyn boyce-archie and callie gilbert community members during the summer. in the autumn, the students harvested the fruits of their labour and saw first-hand that much of their food comes from the ground. the culminating activity was a delicious vegetable and hamburger soup made by the grade 5-7 class that was enjoyed by students and community parents and guardians. this school year (2016/17), the k- 7 students planted again with the same enthusiasm as last year. we have added two compost bins in order to add nutrients to the soil. the learning continues. delilah emile shovels, with lauryn boyce and students planting williams lake indian band excited about new downtown office special to the lexey’em re-printed courtesy of: williams lake tribune monica lamb-yorski williams lake indian band has opened up an office in downtown williams lake to house its natural resource management, economic development lands departments. and “it’s very exciting,” said band councillor willie sellars. “williams lake is the business hub of our band’s business, so it makes sense to have a presence in williams lakes’ downtown core.” sellars said essential services will continue to have offices at sugar cane, while the downtown offices will give wlib the opportunity to start marketing the residential and commercial spaces that will be available out on highway 97 at the band’s coyote rock development. “we’d love to have people who are interested in buying or building a home come by our new office to talk about our subdivision,” sellars said. “we also hope to have more regular engagement with realtors, lawyers and others to give them information about our lands management structure. we hope to start building late 2017 or early 2018.” (photo; left to right – kirk dressler, economic development officer / willie sellars jr., special projects coordinator / rhonda leech, lands & resource officer) chief ann louie, whose office will remain at the band’s sugar cane office site, said wlib is growing very rapidly. “we are in the process of planning for the construction of a new administration facility on reserve lands, but this downtown office gives us additional room to grow until that project is complete. it also allows us to have a presence in the downtown core, which is in the heart of our traditional territory.” initially, there will be 10 staff at the downtown location, but it is likely that contingent will grow within a few months. the 8,000 square foot office is located at #301- 172 north second avenue, in the space formerly occupied by taseko mines. economic development officer kirk dressler said wlib is leasing the third floor from the building’s vancouver-based owner, capital west. the wlib downtown office will also serve as a gallery for local artists and craftspeople and initially is featuring the art of laureen carruthers, kiera dolighan, linda bachman and erin domenko. “we hope to add more art as we go,” sellars said. “we’ve got lots of space and we really want to support the local arts community.” the wlib office features two boardrooms, which wlib will be renting to the public for meetings and other functions. office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. monday to friday, and staff at the downtown office can be reached by phoning the main office line at (778) 417-0190. lexey’em july/august 2017 page 9
fisheries update april and may were busy, we finished off our final report for our dfo contract and are now awaiting the final budget report, and so far everything looks good. we have also recently planned our bass assessment/eradication project. we attended two meetings, one with gibraltar mines on the tissue sampling project and we also attended a meeting with mount polley and scib & wlib natural resources departments. training the fisheries coordinator was enrolled in an fac course in early june. both the fisheries manager and coordinator will be seeking out a swiftwater rescue and operators course. fisheries act review update nothing new to report since last update. fisheries license we have received our fisheries license for the period of 1 jun 17 to 6 jul 17, the license is very similar to the one we received last year at this time. we will have received a new license for the months of july –september by time of this printed update in lexey’em, after in season run size estimates are calculated. betty price scib natural resources joint resource committee there was no joint resource committee meeting held in may, but there was one during the second week of june. communications on various topics have been kept up through email and telephone. the scib natural resources department to also attend the project site to see what is being done, betty price and kate hewlett joined us and also tried their hand at catching the bass. these tours were informational and educational. the bass project is expected to run to the end of june, most likely having been completed by the time you read this. meetings we attended two meetings in june, the first one with gibraltar mines and scib natural resources. this meeting was to discuss the salmon tissue sampling project we did last year and to discuss the continuation of the program this year and years to come. all in attendance agreed that the program should continue on this year and into the future. we discussed possible dates for the project and who would be involved. it will be very similar to last year’s project. gibraltar will cover the costs of the labs again and honorariums for community members who participate in the program. more meetings will be forth coming to finalize the plan for the project. we attended a meeting with mount polley mines, scib & wlib natural resources departments. this was a new experience for us as we have never been invited out to polley before. the mount polley team gave us an update on operations, water treatment, tailings storage facility to mention some. we requested that mount polley participate in a similar program we have with gibraltar for tissue sampling but the tissue sampling would be on large trout from quesnel lake. there was some hesitation on mount polleys part to even give it some consideration, but once explained that gibraltar mines is already doing this, they asked us to submit the program plan we have with gibraltar to see if they want to participate. water sampling contract we are currently working with gibraltar staff on our water sampling contract, which should be signed and ready by july. this project involves taking gibraltar environmentalists up the fraser river in our jet boat, to the diffuser where they take numerous samples of the water as part of their effluents effects monitoring program. we have participated in this project now for a number of years. the late spring and summer months will be busy working with the bass project, planning the catch monitor program and hiring catch monitors. we will also be starting the water sampling program and salmon tissue sampling program. for your information, andrew meshue nstc fisheries manager todd gale flnro and andrew meshue beaver valley bass project we started the project in early may, this project involves two to three technicians who attempt to catch and eradicate small mouth bass from the beaver valley watershed. we use angling and gill net for eradication. this year bc fish and wildlife invited the fisheries department out to assess the beaver valley bass barriers to prevent the bass from moving upstream into other lakes. flnro provided us with a scientific license this year to carry out the work, this is the first year they have issued us a license. we have agreed to assess above some of the bass barriers to ensure the bass have not made their way further into the system. we will share this information with flnro. as well we invited dfo out to the project site to learn what we do. linda stevens and robin mccollough attended and tried their hands at catching the bass. we had a request from www.treadpro.ca sugar cane treadpro willie sure, manager p: 250.296.4453 f: 250.296.4473 2579 cariboo hwy 97 s williams lake ranching rodeo history bc cowboy hall of fame history of williams lake museum of the cariboo chilcotin located in the tourism discovery centre 1660 s broadway ave open year round monday to saturday 10 am - 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technology corner by brad mcguire technology; - pc’s, laptops, tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, etc. – are increasingly taking over the majority of our lives in today’s society. for some folks, it’s almost incomprehensible of what life was like before the technology age started to grow expo- nentially, especially our teenagers and children who have never known the world without these techie devices that seem to rule our lives. if you are on your computer, smartphone, gaming device or ipod for hours and hours on end, it can lead to a tremendous amount of indirect stress and direct stress. this isn’t good for anyone! can too much cell phone use hurt your family relationships? while smartphones are an invaluable technology that has fundamentally changed the way we com- municate and get information, we must also under- stand that with anything good, too much of it can lead to problems. a growing body of research is highlighting the various drawbacks of overusing cell phones/smartphones and other mobile devices, in- cluding—ironically—the fact that all this communi- cation technology is actually pulling us farther apart and negatively affecting our interpersonal relation- ships. and, it’s not just kids and teens who are over- doing screen time. parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling. sometimes it’s better just to turn off that com- puter, xbox, or cell phone and leave it alone for a while. the world will survive and people can wait. go outside and enjoy some fresh air, and get back to your roots. go fishing, take your child swimming, cook your parent’s dinner, and mow the lawn for your grandparents or a neighbor in need. there is not much more rewarding and valuable experience than spending time with your family and friends, the old-fashioned way. so if you are a “techie zombie” that is glued to your computer, smartphone or gaming device for hours on end, stop what you are doing - take the time to enjoy the simple, natural pleasures of life and get back to your roots and nature! it’s prob- ably time to set your own personal limits for ‘techie screentime’. your family and friends will thank you (and you will thank yourself once you once again dis- cover face-to-face connections are more meaningful and personal). what is aboriginal victim services, and how can i help you? by kristina moller (avs) aboriginal victim services offers and services assistance to victims of crime of all ages and genders. valuable one of the main services is safety planning; this is done so that a victim can actively plan how to keep themselves safe and their children safe (if applicable) from the person who committed the abuse against them. i invite clients to come to my office and together we will write up a safety plan. details of this plan include; safety planning for an explosive incident- what to do to keep yourself safe during an argument or physical altercation. i also encourage clients to try to think of the triggers that can set them off as well as their partner and try to avoid setting them off. if an argument seems unavoidable, i plan, with clients , to try and have it in a room or area that has access to an exit and to keep away from the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere near weapons. safety planning also includes how to safely leave the relationship; i ask clients to identify who they can stay with after they leave and to plan a secure place for the children to go. lastly, i safety plan with clients on how to keep themselves safe from the abuser throughout the day; this includes when at work, school, home or when travelling. i urge clients to always remember that they have the right to an abuse free relationship including emotional, spiritual and sexual abuse. physical, if you are aboriginal and have been a victim of a crime, please feel free to get in touch with me by phone at 250-305-2350. i would be more than happy to help you through the process and answer any questions you may have. 2017 touring treaty meetings all meetings are 5:00pm—8:00 pm unless otherwise noted * signifies same date in two locations october 2017 theme: education visioning part 1 prince george october 16th (days inn) kamloops october 17th (coast hotel) * kelowna october 18th (sandman hotel & suites) * vancouver october 18th (sandman city centre) victoria october 19th (marriott inner harbour) november 2017 (christmas dinners) theme: education visioning part 2 prince george november 27th (days inn) kamloops november 28th (coast hotel) * kelowna november 29th (sandman hotel & suites) * vancouver november 29th (sandman city centre) victoria november 30th (marriott inner harbour) march 2018 •theme: to be determined prince george march 12th (days inn) kamloops march 13th (coast hotel) * kelowna march 14th (sandman hotel & suites) * vancouver march 14th (sandman city centre) victoria march 15th (marriott inner harbour) contact your band treaty team for more details stswecem’c / xgat’tem general delivery dog creek, bc v0l 1j0 phone: (250)440-5649 toll free: 1-888-220-4220 email: firstname.lastname@example.org xatśūll/cmetēm 3405 mountain house road williams lake, bc v2g 5l5 phone: (250)989-2323 fax: (250)989-2300 email: email@example.com tsq’escen’ po box 1030 100 mile house, bc v0k 2e0 phone: (250) 397-2002 toll free: 1-866-797-2277 fax: (250)397-2769 firstname.lastname@example.org email: t’exelc 2672 indian drive williams lake, bc v2g 5k9 phone: (250)296-3507 toll free: 1-877-856-3507 fax: (250)296-4750 email: email@example.com northern shuswap treaty society 17s. 1st avenue williams lake, bc v2g 1h4 phone: (250)392-7361 toll free: 1-888-392-7361 fax: (250)392-6158 email:firstname.lastname@example.org lexey’em july/august 2017 page 11
celebrate canada’s 150th year with a heritage driving tour in your own backyard! the cariboo regional district heritage steering committee develops a new interactive cariboo chilcotin heritage driving tour guide and map. courtesy of: emily epp, crd manager of communications go on a historical adventure this year and visit some of the cariboo chilcotin’s local heritage sites. the cariboo chilcotin is rich with history and the 44 sites featured in the “cariboo chilcotin historic driving tour guide & map” are only a taste of the historical gems the region has to offer. this exciting new guide highlights eight driving routes, including highway 97 from clinton to quesnel, highway 24 (lone butte area), likely road, keithley creek road, horsefly road, highway 26 to barkerville, dog creek road and highway 20 to bella coola. some of the featured locations include xat’sull heritage village, xgat’tem, churn creek protected area and st. joseph’s mission residential school site. plan your tour with the new mobile-friendly driving tour guide available at cariboord.ca/services/heritage. this interactive guide and map includes images, descriptions and google maps directions for each heritage site. a print brochure accompanies the digital guide as well. download a pdf version from the crd’s website at cariboord.ca/services/heritage. paper copies of the guide and map are also available at your local tourism centre or the cariboo regional district’s offices in 100 mile house, williams lake and quesnel. volunteers of the crd’s heritage steering committee have compiled the historic driving tour. the committee is working hard to preserve the heritage of the cariboo region so that its history can live on. join their efforts to raise the profile of heritage issues and increase awareness of heritage resources – they are always looking for new members. the heritage committee meets monthly in williams lake and all meetings are open to the public and interested parties. learn more at cariboord.ca/services/heritage or email email@example.com. camp under the stars this summer at whispering willows campsite submitted by: chris wycotte & jacinda mack whispering willows campsite is under new management and gearing up for a busy and exciting summer! whether your plans have you traveling through the cariboo, attending events such as the williams lake stampede, getting fit enjoying our countless mountain biking trails, or are just in need of a ‘staycation’ , you will love what we have to offer at whispering willows campsite. located just 15 minutes (22km) north of williams lake on highway 97, the campsite is a favourite resting area for rv and tent campers, boasting full access pull-thru sites with water, power and sewage - not to mention hot showers, beautiful sunset views and it’s all in a creek- side location for relaxation and privacy. daily, weekly and monthly rates are available. pets and horses welcome. for information page 12 lexey’em july/august 2017 and booking please contact 250-989-2311 or 778-267-0955 we hope to see you soon!