northern secwepemc te qelmucw shuswap people of the north lexey’em “to tell a story” 2018 march - pellsqepts (spring wind moon) april - pesll7ewten (melting moon) mark the date! 8th annual citizens’ assembly april 17 & 18 / williams lakes’ elks hall two days, two keynote speakers, two lunches, one dinner, evening comedy show! attend both days – don’t miss it! spring is in the air observing kamloops indigenous court in action by irene gilbert on january 11th and 12th, helen henderson, jesse archie, virginia ‘jean’ archie, barbara archie, mitch theodore and i, traveled to kamloops to attend the indigenous court. we witnessed two people go through their sentencing circle (although the room was not in a circle per se, rather it was set up exactly in a court room setting). there were two sentencings that we observed, one – a 67 year old gentleman and the other - a fifteen year old youth. the panel was the judge, defence attorney, crown counsel, the accused, and the elder advisors. the benches were filled with supporters. the court recorder sat behind the panel. i found the environment less intimidating. first the crown counsel presented his charges and then his recommendations for sentencing. then, the defense lawyer presented on behalf of his client, after which the accused was given the floor to answer to the panel. once the accused were given the opportunity to speak on their own behalf, the four elders - first nation women - asked questions of the accused and gave their opinion on their circumstances. they were able to ask questions of the accused directly and freely gave advice on what steps they could take to make amends on pictured left to right: irene gilbert, barbara archie, virginia archie, mitch theodore and jesse archie their journey to reconciliation. here, the elders were able to draw on their cultural wisdom and pass along any knowledge they deemed fit for the defendants. counseling, cultural camps, treatment, mentorship programs are some of the examples of what is available for resources to the defendants. the judge then takes into consideration everyone’s views and directs his sentencing to the defendant. both defendants were able to have their supports stand up for them: youth workers, family support workers etc. i found the setting very open and welcoming. the first accused was an elder gentleman who had only one support person in court. he did not show up in the summer time for his court date, a breach in court terms. his was first charged with driving under the influence with no license. over the years he had a long record of no shows to court and addiction problems. he said he was leading a sober life and was in a healthy relationship. all this was taken into account when he was handed his sentence. jail was unavoidable for him because he was previously circle – sentenced where the court allowed him to do his 14 days in increments (over the weekend), except he failed to show up to do his time. his main issue was not having a vehicle to get to court. the second accused was a fifteen year old male who had many supporters. his pre- sentence report was received as one of the best ‘pre-sentencing’ reports ever. he was charged with ‘break and enter’. this young man fell into a funk over the summer of wildfires, with his single mom leaving him so that she can work in a cooking camp for six weeks. he found himself in situations where adult influence played a factor in his downward spiral. both the defense and crown counsel spoke highly of the youth. everyone wanted to support him and ensure his success. his case will be followed up with a review and then in one year, he will receive his blanket. the indigenous court is being proposed for williams lake where we would have secwepemc representation on the panel. we have another field trip planned for march 7th, 8th and 9th, 2018. overall, our trip was very informative and well received by our members. goodbye luncheon – cathy verhaeghe 27 years with nstc the staff and board of directors gathered for a casual luncheon at the northern shuswap tribal council boardroom to honor the many years of service finance manager cathy verhaeghe has given the tribal council and its four nstq member communities. we wish cathy well in her new adventures and we hope to see her when she drops by the office for ‘code red’ visits from time to time. nstc board of directors presents cathy with a gift from the tribal council - a framed chief dan george print that cathy has eyed for many years. pictured left to right; wlib chief ann louie, cathy verhaeghe, clib chief michael archie, scib chief andrea gilbert, sxfn chief patrick harry. on behalf of stswecem’c xgat’tem, chief patrick harry presents cathy with a stunning star blanket.
emergency meeting on indigenous child welfare by karen marshall, nstq child & family services program coordinator it was a great honour to be asked to go to this meeting by t’exelc chief ann louie when she was unable to attend. i witnessed some remarkable statements, heard some inspiring stories and felt some frustration at listening to platitudes delivered by a few. fortunately, the latter were few and the former two, more frequent. the following is a summarization of my notes taken while attending the sessions. opening remarks federal minister of indigenous services, jane philpott: - we need to disrupt the status quo by funding prevention programs and services, reducing poverty, providing more child care options, family supports, trauma informed training and family reunification. - us tribal courts have been largely successful and we should be looking at some version of that here for custody and removal decisions. - we have to consider federal legislation to support fn jurisdiction and self-government. - this is a humanitarian crisis that cannot continue. - all orders from the chrt will be fully implemented. they are costing that out now. - the work of tripartite tables across country needs to accelerate. national chief of the assembly of nations, perry bellegarde: - we need to put pressure on the finance minister to ensure resources. - q to provincial ministers: what has gotten done? inuit tapiriit kanatami (itk) president, obed natan: - this is a human and community issue as well as jurisdictional - we need to do more as individuals and communities. - poverty and lack of mental health services a major issue. - match needs to services. - challenge is lack of ability to implement our words (no $). - fundamental lack of respect reflected in funding decisions. session 1 what should be part of reform (first nations)? • children in care need to be returned with the resources necessary to support that. • bc: federal prevention $ not disbursed ($15m promised 2 yrs ago). call on federal govt to release these funds. • focus on urban members and their needs also - partnerships with urban agencies - partner with fn courts - wrap around services • true partnerships with provinces lacking • children in case often have high special needs and this needs to be addressed in terms of funding and services (in many cases life-long) • look at prevention in community as being from birth onwards ottawa / january 25-26, 2018 • redefine child welfare • $ for legal representation of children in care in justice system. not child welfare provided lawyers (conflict of interest) • remember we can do no worse. recognize we will be under more scrutiny. • technology is an issue; provinces want data integration with their systems. • we must hold the pen for policies and standards; not the provinces. • need to deal with grief & loss for individuals, families and communities. session 2 - community well-being panel native womens’ commission: - taking children by force is a continuation of residential school thinking; funneling our children to the justice system and incarceration. - removal rates are higher off reserve. - the courts play a role and this needs to be addressed. - fn should take the lead in developing national child welfare data collection. - build evaluation processes based on traditional knowledge of wellness. - evaluate increases in protective assets. - bring children home to specialized homes as a transition plan. group home with respected, cultural caregivers who can work with family and child/youth to ease transition or for when no family member can take the child but could have a relationship with them. - need to assess reasons for voluntary care agreements. - implement. stop planning and talking; that’s just repeating what’s been done. - ‘supports’ not ‘services’ that imply inability and build in power imbalances. - use traditional concepts of life stages to plan supports. - early childhood should be the foundation; starting pre- birth with young parents. session 3 - advice for canada chief wayne christian, splatsin first nation: - by-law for child welfare based on traditional law. - mcfd cancelled recognition 8 years ago. - remove section 88 to prevent provinces from imposing - eliminate 20.1 funding formula. - have a poverty reduction strategy. - stop flowing $ through the provinces. - nation to nation does not mean the provinces should be included. mark wedge, tarcross-tagish first nation: - we have a self-gov agreement. - our family act puts resources into supports and re- educating about traditional relationships and values - treaty creates funding agreement issues but puts fn law paramount. - be proactive in moving forward, even when province drags feet. dalhousie professor: - the chrc decision on the case brought by fncfcs allows the federal government to not accommodate the provinces. - consider by-laws as an interim measure - federal legislation (nicwa) would pre-empt provincial. federal minister of crown-indigenous relations and northern affairs carolyn bennet: - for youth, language and culture is the way home. contractors, forestry, liability, equipment, silviculture & ranch insurance - including youth who are “not one of the good kids” on youth councils. - fn putting on homecomings. - from the grandmothers: * we have jurisdiction, not the govt. * stop punishing children for the adults’ failures. * resource children and communities. * we know how to think like you, now you need to learn to think like us. * the honour in caring for someone’s child has been lost. * address poverty, historical trauma, housing, infrastructure, health and education. * men must stand as protectors * mental health reform; recognizing spirit. * language is foundational. day two - commitment for action federal minister of indigenous services, jane philpott: - stressed the importance of bringing children home. - foster care: system of lost souls. - need for urgent reform by true partners. - shift away from compliance to prevention and early interventions. - support for fns to draw down their own legislation. - federal legislation to protect rights. - need to work on data collection and reporting. - regionally specific planning and solutions. - funding actual costs for prevention within delegated agencies. - children have a right to be raised by their family, in culture and language. - fully implement jordan’s principle. national chief of the assembly of nations, perry bellegarde: - seek processes that unite rather than divide. - human rights crisis: if provincial government not acting than consider provincial hr complaints. inuit tapiriit kanatami (itk) president, obed natan: - reunification is critical. federal minister of crown-indigenous relations and northern affairs carolyn bennet: - sections 3, 7, 8, 9 of undrip: we are in breach but are committed to fix. - section 35 of the constitution applies to all jurisdictions. - cannot interpret poverty as neglect. - move from denial to recognition of rights; including drawing down of legislation. - apprehensions at birth have to stop. - trilateral tables: this is urgent work; not every 2 months discussions. first nations leadership roundtable federal minister of indigenous services, jane philpott: - we must work as fast as we can to turn this around and end the crisis. regional chiefs: - special needs children and the need for life-long supports. - nation to nation must take precedence over tri-lateral negotiations. - fear that provincial funding will decrease as federal $ increase for zero net gain. - fn citizenship laws need to apply. - predictable, long-term funding. - funding based on need to repair the harms done. * equitable funding plus damages done by provincial child protection. * forensic analysis to determine these costs. - nothing about without us. - need investments in housing and schools to bring kids agencies group customer service first foremost! & ph: 250-398-9033 • toll free:1-888-696-1855 fax: 250-398-9063 • email@example.com unit d-280 n. 3rd ave. (3rd & cameron) home. - stop legalized child trafficking. - we are coming for our children…we’re not asking, we’re telling you. - jurisdiction is our biggest impediment. treaty should be bilateral. - call for inquiry into child removals (sask) page 2 lexey’em march/april 2018
indigenous services minister unveils 6-point plan to improve first nations child welfare system source: the canadian press canada’s indigenous services minister, jane philpott, unveiled a six-point plan to tackle systemic issues with the country›s first nations child welfare programs at an emergency meeting with provincial and indigenous leaders in ottawa held thursday january 25th, 2018. the plan is part of a shift away from a system that critics say favours the appre- hension of children — taking at-risk kids away from their parents — rather than one that focuses on preventing family problems in the first place. to that end, philpott said one part of her plan will be directing bu- reaucrats to change the programming focus to prevention and early intervention. programs for teen parents, rehabilitative family services, substance abuse treatment, warnings about fetal alcohol syndrome and other education campaigns are just some of the prevention programs used in some ju- risdictions. “unfortunately, many children are re- moved from their homes when they could have remained at home if more prevention services were available,” philpott said in a speech to those assembled at the summit. “we must find ways for the removal of children in such extraordinary numbers to be stopped. effective approaches to family reunification should be expanded. children should remain with their families and their kin whenever it is humanly possible.” but, as federal funding is currently struc- tured, dollars are often tied to just how many kids are in state care which some be- lieve turns these young people into “com- modities.” philpott acknowledged thursday such a system is “perverse.” david chartrand, the president of the manitoba métis federation, welcomed the shift in federal policy and said money needs to flow now to stem the tide of indigenous children taken by authorities. “if we’re going to do anything about it we better damn well start finding the solu- tions today. we’re one of the richest coun- tries in the world and yet here we are still trying to figure out, ‘how do we find pre- vention money.?’ we need to start working with these families because their children should never be taken,” he said. but it’s not just cash that’s needed, char- trand said, or other government supports. “these families are broken, my friends. they’re not going to be repaired tomor- row morning, they’re not going to be re- paired when we walk out this door. they’re not going to be repaired if the minister gave us another billion dollars. it’s going to take time and it’s going to take us internally to start fixing that problem.” u.s. has done better, says philpott while less than eight per cent of all ca- nadian children aged four and under are in- digenous, they accounted for 51.2 per cent of preschoolers in foster care in 2016. philpott also vowed to fully implement all of the legal orders from the canadian human rights tribunal (chrt), namely spending more to improve the quality of care and end racial discrimination in fund- ing choices. after the 2016 landmark ruling was handed down, advocates said at least $155-million needed to be spent immedi- ately to end years of underfunding. budget 2016 provided some $635 mil- lion over five years in new funding for child welfare services, but most of that money is back-loaded to 2019, and 2020, a year after the next scheduled election. $71.1 million in new funds flowed in 2016-17 and $99 million will follow in this fiscal year. indigenous-crown relations minister carolyn bennett, who, until august 2017, oversaw the child welfare system, was re- luctant to invest more money into a broken system in desperate need of reform. philpott also suggested federal legisla- tion could soon come to codify changes. as it stands, federal funding is largely based on a deal the government signed with ontario in 1965. the cost-sharing funding formula reached in that deal has been ap- plied in other jurisdictions, with the federal government footing the bill for on-reserve first nations children in care while provinc- es chip in for indigenous children in urban areas. “many have noted that the u.s. has done better than we have on reforming child wel- fare for indigenous peoples — in part due to federal legislation,” philpott said, adding indian tribal courts have exclusive control over custody proceedings and the place- ment of children. the full six-point plan: 1. continuing the work to fully implement all orders from the canadian human rights tribunal; 2. shifting the programming focus to pre- vention and early intervention; 3. work with our partners to support com- munities to draw down jurisdiction in the area of child and family services, including exploring co-developed federal legislation; 4. supporting inuit and métis leadership to advance culturally-appropriate reform; 5. developing a data and reporting strategy with provinces, territories and indigenous partners; and, 6. accelerating the work of trilateral techni- cal tables that are in place across the coun- try. a day after this story broke (january 25, 2018); we look at the following excerpts from a follow-up story to the emergency first nations child welfare meeting: provinces hold off signing agreement on in- digenous child welfare provincial ministers assembled in ot- tawa for an emergency meeting on first na- tions child welfare held off on signing a final agreement to transform a “broken” system friday, saying they need more time to con- sider the fundamental reforms the federal government is proposing. indigenous services minister jane phil- pott unveiled a six-point action plan yester- day, ahead of the two-day meeting, which would commit the provinces to “drawing down” jurisdiction. in plain terms, that means the provinces eventually handing over control for child welfare to indigenous communities. none of the provincial ministers in the nation’s capital signed on to that plan. “i think the will is there,” philpott said. “i think we are agreed on the core issues that have to be addressed. we weren’t able to reach a point of agreement that people could put down on paper and sign their names to. “i don’t think that’s anything to be dis- couraged about, because i absolutely be- lieve everyone is understanding the sever- ity of this problem.” crown-indigenous relations minister carolyn bennett made an impassioned plea to the provinces friday to devolve child wel- fare so as to avoid provincially mandated agencies stepping in and taking at-risk chil- dren and placing them in non-indigenous homes for care. there is a fear that the current sys- tem — regularly seizing children from their jane philpott, federal indigenous services minister. families and communities, and placing them with foster parents — replicates the mistakes of the indian residential school system and the sixties scoop, as it alienates kids from their traditional language, culture and support networks. “[we have to] move to a system where nations and inuit … take back control of their futures. we look forward to a day when first nations, metis and inuit no lon- ger have to claim their rights,” she said, adding the numbers show the system, as it is currently constituted, simply doesn’t work. “ultimately, the communities have the solutions and they need to be listened to,” bennett said. “we know that communities with the lowest apprehension rates are the ones where they have taken it into their own hands. the dollars need to go to children, families and communities, not to lawyers to apprehend children, and agencies and non- indigenous foster families. that’s where the money is going now.” she also said poverty has to stop being used as a reason to take indigenous kids away from their parents. “no more of this automatic stuff because there’s no bed- rooms or not enough cupboards of there isn’t a fire extinguisher and we’ve been saying this for two years … let’s just be real about the racism and discrimination that is going on in these decisions that are being taken, and it just has to stop,” she said. in canada, funding models vary, with many provinces carrying the financial load for first nations children who live off reserve despite federal responsibility for status in- dians. critics also say provincial rules and regulations on child welfare prohibit indig- enous communities from designing their own systems of kinship care and family re- unification. lexey’em content deadlines northern secwepemc te qelmucw welcomes canada’s long-overdue move toward true reconciliation the northern secwepemc te qelmucw (nstq) commends prime minister justin trudeau for his commitment to renew the federal government’s broken relationship with indigenous communities by formally recognizing and implementing indigenous rights. the promised rights recognition and implementation of rights framework – developed in cooperation with the indigenous community of canada – is a welcome and long-overdue move toward reconciliation this country. “the northern secwepemc te qelmucw have been trying to negotiate a treaty with canada and british columbia for more than two decades. our efforts and good faith have been frustrated time and again, as changing political winds on indigenous rights blow the process off course. we have constitutionally protected rights in under section 35 of the constitution act that must be fully implemented. the nstq have spent millions in court proving this,” says chief patrick harry, spokesperson for the northern secwepemc te qelmucw and chief of the stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation. “we can only hope that this government is the government that truly intends to bring about change by finally recognizing our rights under section 35, and that this commitment makes its way to the negotiating table and ultimately to our communities, to our families, and to the children that will create a new indigenous future.” the nstq looks forward to working with the governments of canada and british columbia on this and other measures that will mean real change for ours and other first nations. lexey’em march/april 2018 page 3
supreme court of canada has backed up the williams lake band’s claim to land within city of williams lake if “some vague indication of satisfaction” does not constitute informed consent. this is the first time a decision of the specific claims tribunal came before the top court. before the advent of the tribunal, first nations felt the crown acted as defendant and judge in assessing and validating specific claims. the tribunal has the power to award story re-printed for lexey’em courtesy of ipolitics.ca (published february 2, 2018) by leslie mackinnon the supreme court of canada has backed up the williams lake band’s claim to land denied to it by british columbia when the province was a colony of great britain. the land in dispute is in the downtown of the city of williams lake and in its stampede grounds where the famous annual rodeo event is held. but this was not a claim fo=r title for the land, rather for compensation for its loss a century and a half ago. the top court’s decision was split with a five person majority headed by chief justice richard wagner. two judges dissented from the decision, and two dissented in part. williams lake, population 10,500, is about 550 kilometres north of vancouver in central b.c. the williams lake band has a reserve there, but it claimed an additional parcel of land at the foot of the lake consisting of nearly 2,000 acres. the band made its case before a special tribunal set up in 2008 by the federal government to adjudicate historical grievances of indigenous groups. in 2014, the tribunal – known as the specific claims tribunal — agreed with the band, ruling the colony had acted dishonourably in not granting the band the territory, and that canada, once confederation occurred, was responsible for the colony’s actions. the case arrived at the top court because the federal court of appeal, in a 3-0 decision, overturned the tribunal decision. a key issue before the courts is whether canada could be liable for the actions of a colony in pre-confederation times. the top court found that it could. writing for the majority, wagner said, “the tribunal reasonably found that both the imperial crown (great britain) and the crown in right of canada (after confederation) owed, and breached, fiduciary obligations to the band in relation to the protection of its village lands.” the williams lake band’s claim reaches back to the period when b.c. was being settled by mostly british settlers. between 1860 and 1883 white settlers displaced band members in an area known as the “village lands” used by the band. settlers were barred from acquiring reserved land, or land settled by natives, but, in this case, they seized and occupied the “village lands” where the williams lake band, then consisting of fewer than 150 people, had settled. the federal government, in its brief to the top court, says that by 1881, after b.c. joined confederation, canada did provide the band with more than 4,000 acres around williams lake. this area did not include the “village lands”, but records show the chief – chief williams – was said to have “expressed himself satisfied and thankful that the land question was now settled.” the williams lake band, in its brief, said, compensation it validates a land claim, but the amount is capped at $150 million. it’s not known how much compensation the williams lake band will receive, but justice malcolm rowe gave a hint of how the amount might be determined in his partial dissent. rowe mentioned the 4,000 acres awarded to the band in 1881. that allotment, he wrote, “may have mitigated the damage suffered by the band,” noting the tribunal has also taken the land grant into account. “this is potentially significant at the compensation stage,” he said. justice russell brown and former chief justice beverley mclachlin, in a strong dissent, along with rowe and justice suzanne côte, in a partial dissent, disagreed with the majority, as they concluded the tribunal did not establish a legal reason for finding canada liable for a breach by a colony. *williams lake indian band celebration notice* just prior to going to press, we received word that williams lake indian band will be hosting a: supreme court ruling - victory celebration location: elizabeth grouse gymnasium at sugar cane date: friday april 6th time: to be announced for more information - please contact the band office at 250-296-3507 child and family traditional research integral to creation of a post-treaty future by heather williamson the honour i have had to interview various elders and knowledge-holders in our four nstq communities and i am humbled and grateful for the stories and experiences they have shared with me in their traditional knowledge of children and families. the following , are tidbits taken from my ‘child & family research traditional knowledge study’ brochure: objective the primary objective in this study is to document/record and understand how community members view family structures and relationships and their traditional ways of protecting and enhancing families. sourced from: stsmemelt secwepemc nation project interview there is a set of questions that will be asked in the interviews, with additional questions as new topics arise. confidentiality forms will be included to sign, and an audio recorder will be used (upon permission from the interviewee) to record the interview. i have a respectful and specific process for conducting the interviews, which i can share with you at your request (or you may request a copy of my research study brochure). about the project this work will contribute to establishing laws for nstq child and family self government. this project is designed to record clearly, objectively, and to a very high standard, the traditional knowledge and laws about children and family health held by nstq members from tsq’escen’, t’exelc, stswecem’c xgat’tem and xat’sull. this research may include stories and accounts about more recent events, as well as the impact of the residential school system and other government sponsored actions that affected the families and children of the nstq. these are important to our history and to show how things have changed. underlying these accounts is the knowledge of the traditions. this work involves identifying elders and page 4 lexey’em march/april 2018 knowledge holders in each of the four communities and interviewing them on the traditional stories and laws of children and family. (contact heather williamson if you wish to receive a copy of her traditional research study brochure) if you are a knowledge-holder in this area, and i have not yet reached out to you, i welcome your input. please feel free to contact me, as i would love to meet you hear your stories as you share your knowledge. with gratitude and respect, heather williamson – nstq traditional researcher p: 250-392-7361 ext: 227 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
nstq treaty table – update report upcoming events include: the 8th annual nstq citizens’ assembly to be held in williams lake at the elks hall on april 17th and 18th. fantastic keynote speakers are now being confirmed. event will include lunch both days and also a dinner prior to a ‘special guest’ experience in the early evening of day one that you won’t want to miss. make plans to attend both days! a coming home ceremony to be scheduled in the summer (date tba). nstq community land tours to be scheduled in the summer (dates tba). nstq treaty team, clockwise from back left: kenneth bateman – nstq chief negotiator, hank adams – sxfn self governance coordinator, chris wycotte – wlib treaty manager, rick archie – wlib self governance coordinator, dene moore – sxfn treaty coordinator, tony morgan – wlib treaty communications coordinator, gordon keener – scib treaty manager, beth bedard – nstq treaty manager, elizabeth pete – clib treaty manager; not pictured: helen henderson – clib self governance coordinator thompson/okanagan outreach liaison news buckie bates home visit - osoyoos by charlotte gilbert secwepemc. phyllis said it sounded so good. johnson, my wonderful partner, irvine came with me thank heavens, as the roads were a mess. we got up and decided just to head straight out from penticton and bolt to osoyoos. the snow storm was less stormy as we got closer to osoyoos. we arrived 15 minutes early for our 10:00 am on appointment the morning of saturday february 17, 2018. it was quite the wintery scene this fine day. they had prepared a delicious lunch for us. buckie and his mom, phyllis his mother, phyllis bates was there this time; she is 91 years old and very alert and mobile. i sat beside phyllis, introduced myself and explained my family tree to her and then she finally placed me. i asked her if she spoke secwepemc and she said hardly, so i then asked if she would like to hear some and asked irvine to speak i went through the urban member child & family survey with phyllis and explained that she could assistance from maureen and buckie for a response if she did not know what to say. seek buckie filled out his survey himself; asking for an explanation about various questions once in a while. on his survey he wrote “thank charlotte gilbert for being helpful”. phyllis and buckie’s wife, maureen phyllis has quite the sense of humor. when we were leaving, maureen dropped an open package of cookies and phyllis said “that’s how the cookie crumbles”. she and i had a good laugh together. i had a good visit with buckie bates and his family. it is always fun when i go to buckie’s. 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 march/april 2018 page 5 as well as action, documented court decisions that pertain to indigenous rights and title such as the tsilhqot’in decision. it is up to all of us to now hold them accountable their commitments – by way of action and by seeing this process move forward at a much faster pace than we’ve been accustomed to. to is another very positive development the away-from-home urban meetings that are now scheduled for march and june, with developing plans to also hold them in september and november 2018. they are being in prince george, held kamloops, kelowna, vancouver, victoria and ‘new’ in abbotsford for our fraser valley resident members. we will also be scheduling meetings locally for our cariboo membership, and they will resume soon in williams lake (dates tba at later time). there are now urban outreach liaisons working in both kamloops (charlotte gilbert; servicing the thompson/ okanagan membership region) and vancouver (mike tarbaj; servicing the greater vancouver, fraser and valley vancouver island areas). charlotte and mike are urban/away- contacting from-home members to conduct surveys and gather other ideas and recommendations for the treaty team, while also ensuring that members are about upcoming meetings and events. many urban members have requested a secwepemc language & cultural component be added to these meetings. we are moving forward with this request and are now planning to bring language speakers and elders to various upcoming meetings, on an alternating location basis, to provide our urban members with a connection to the culture and language. informed by beth bedard, nstq treaty manager the nstq treaty team and the new chief negotiator, kenneth bateman, are continuing discussions with british columbia and canada at the treaty table. negotiation meetings are held on a monthly basis for two to three days. our nstq negotiations schedule has now been established up to march 2019. please contact your treaty manager if you are interested in attending any of these negotiation sessions. the is 6 the and team treaty (stage fully prepared to move into stage 5 (final agreement) treaty negotiations, of which is the second-to- last stage of the treaty process – implementation). canada is prepared for stage 5, nstq is prepared for stage 5, and now we are waiting for bc’s approval to move forward into stage 5, which should happen shortly. team is optimistic about moving forward with negotiations, after several delays. the federal provincial governments now have stronger mandates to move forward with the reconciliation process for first nations. prime minister has stated that both levels of government have now accepted and are prepared to implement the principles in the united nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples (undrip). this declaration establishes the minimum standards for indigenous rights internationally and include principles such articles three and four which include the right to self-determination and includes the right to be self-sufficient and to follow their own path politically, economically, socially and culturally. trudeau the federal and provincial governments have also accepted the recommendations of the truth and reconciliation commission to calls
stswecem’c xgat’tem winterfest 2018 living healthy & having fun! fun for all ages written by kelyn paul / photos: kelyn paul well it’s come and gone again. stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation celebrated its 6th annual winterfest in dog creek on january 24, 2018. as in past years, it has been a great success. with the snow blowing in, it made for a difficult task to get to our regular location on the mountain. the roads from stswecem’c were covered in snow, but everyone managed to arrive for all of the winter fun. by kelyn paul photos - kelyn paul stswecem’c xgat’tem first nation proudly promotes a healthy community, and a part of being healthy is having fun. on january 28, 2018, sxfn members ventured off to mt. timothy for day of skiing. it gave them an opportunity to spend quality time with their family and fellow community members while enjoying the fun and the great company. on january 31st and the two wednesdays following, bowling was scheduled at cariboo bowling lanes as we participated in our very own sxfn bowling tournament. though the weather and icy roads were a challenge, we only had to re-schedule once. to see everyone compete and show off his or her skills made it all so memorable. down. it was great to see everyone enjoy with a little competition. by late in the afternoon, prizes were handed out before everyone made their journey home. i’m sure everyone is looking forward to next years’ event. i know i am. as you read this in the march/april edition of the lexey’em, we acknowledge that winter recreation is definitely fun, but it’s been a long winter and hopefully it is now ending, with the smells, sights and sounds of spring in the air. the event began with the early-birds racing for the hill to have a few test runs before entering their homemade sleds in the annual sled competition. this year’s theme was animals. everyone was challenged to make a sleigh completely out of recycled materials –with an animal in mind- to zoom all the way down the steep hill. judges scored them on speed, distance, and if their sled represented any animal. in the end, sieanna harry claimed victory and took home a sled for her prize. also, congratulations to all of everyone who participated. after the delicious lunch had been served, kayla jasper from three corners health services society coordinated a relay race that involved snow shoes. each contestant partnered up -one youth and one adult, and they raced through the snow to reach a target, then return to their check-point to remove them and race to the hill to slide page 6 lexey’em march/april 2018 sieanna harry, sled contest winner! photo - cheryl pope there was also the opportunity to go tubing at spruce hills resort (formerly the hills health resort) on february 17, 2018. the resort was very welcoming and the weather was perfect. thank you to everyone at sxfn who came to the event and those who helped make them such a wonderful success. nstc community services update by loretta weingart, community services coordinator here’s an update on my programs for the last few months. i have been to two trainings since november 2017. the first training that i attended was for the indian registry program, which was four days of training held in kamloops. after completion of this training, i have taken on the indian registry administrator position for three of the nstq communities. on january 24, 2018 i attended the stswecem’c xgat’tem quarterly citizens’ assembly to assist with the secured certificate of indian status application. i assisted with 9 applications. on january 31, 2018 i spent the day at dog creek health centre and did 15 status cards for members, which was a very busy day. i enjoyed being able to visit one of the communities to provide service and have had positive comments on my visit. in february i attended the electoral officer training; two days for the indian act and one day for the first nations elections act. i am taking on my first community election in february/march 2018 and am looking forward to the experience and working with the community directly. status card days are still held on friday’s; appointments are required. please call me at the office to book an appointment. with the intention for the laminate cards to be phased out, it has been recommended that the secure certificate of indian status (scis) applications be filled out. please feel free to visit my office for assistance with this application process. it is much easier today to fill an application out; in the past you had to have all supporting documents to send with the application. they have recently changed the supported documentation required, so you now need your current i.d copy and that is sufficient to complete your application.
skiing. it gave them an opportunity to spend quality time with their family and fellow on january 31st and the two wednesdays following, bowling was scheduled at cariboo bowling lanes as we participated in our very own sxfn bowling tournament. though see pink shirt day 2018 while february 28th is designated as “pink shirt day” (and will have passed by the time you read this in the march-april issue of lexey’em), it is important to raise awareness and be vigilant against bullying in our society - every day throughout the year. nstc staff support the pink! northern shuswap tribal council in-office staff supporting pink shirt day left to right; brad mcguire, loretta weingart, laura blair, beth bedard, noella william, heather williamson, bonnie slack (not pictured; dave feil, andrew meshue, christy smith and betty price.) bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. the nstq supports programs like pink shirt day; those that foster children’s healthy self-esteem well into adulthood. now a movement celebrated across the globe, pink shirt day had humble beginnings where it was inspired by an act of kindness in small-town nova scotia. here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident: “david shepherd, travis price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[they] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new grade 9 student by distributing pink t-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘i learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says mr. price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ so mr. shepherd and some other headed off to a dis- count store and bought 50 pink tank tops. they sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. as they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. his face spoke volumes. ‘it looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ mr. price recalled. the bullies were never heard from again.” — globe & mail 2018 focus: cyberbullying out-of-office nstc support staff linda mattson karen marshall nstc fisheries staff arthur john jr. sellars, fernando john, colten wycotte • family status (if they are from a single parent family, adopted family, step family, foster family, non-biological gay or lesbian parent family) • marital status (if they are single, legally married, common-law spouse, widowed, or divorced) • physical and mental disability (if they have a mental illness, learning disability, use a wheelchair) in today’s digital world, it can be impos- sible to escape online bullying, whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumours, sharing embarrassing informa- tion and photos, or threats. this year, pink shirt day is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness - be- cause we know that nice needs no filter! what is bullying? (information courtesy of red cross canada) bullying is a form of aggression where there is a power imbalance; the person doing the bullying has power over the person being victimized. in additional to any physical trauma incurred, bullying can result in serious emotional problems, including anxiety, low self-esteem, or de- pression. types of bullying • physical bullying: using physical force or aggression against another person (e.g., hitting) • verbal bullying: using words to verbally attack someone (e.g., name-calling) • social/relational bullying: trying to hurt someone through excluding them, spreading rumours or ignoring them (e.g., gossiping) • cyberbullying: using electronic media to threaten, embarrass, intimidate, or ex- clude someone, or to damage their repu- tation (e.g., sending threatening text mes- sages). bullying vs harassment bullying and harassment are similar, yet different: • harassment is similar to bullying because someone hurts another person through cruel, offensive and insulting behaviours. • harassment is different from bullying in that it is a form of discrimination. what is discrimination? discrimination is treating someone dif- ferently or poorly based on certain char- acteristics or differences. bullying turns into harassment when the behaviour goes against canada’s human rights laws and focuses on treating people differently be- cause of: • age • race (skin colour, facial features) • ethnicity (culture, where they live, how they live, how they dress) • religion (religious beliefs) • sex sexual orientation (if they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or heterosexual) secwepemc geographic: speqmic to visit carl’s blog page go to: http://www.carlarchie.com/blog taken from the carl archie blog – 2018 speqmic is the secwepemc word for swan. i chose this to be my first secwepemc geographic blog because there seem to be a lot of natural connections. first, the photograph i took of swans was about a year ago during the coldest time of the year. second, it’s my mom’s favourite bird. and lastly, there are a lot of secwepemc connections to the swan, the least of which is that my community’s principal village was called “pellspeqmic”. the pair of swans in the photograph is of trumpeter swans. the picture was taken on the thompson river where the north and south thompson rivers meet. trumpeter swans were once on track to extinction back in the day, but have since made a comeback. there are now estimated to be up to 400 trumpeter swans on the south thompson which is remarkable considering they were once extirpated from this region of bc. it speaks to the resilience of our land and wildlife. there are also tundra swans on the south thompson. they are seemingly identical except that tundra swans have a small yellow dot on their beak below their eyes. there are estimated to be up to 600 tundra swans. they spend their winter on the south thompson because it provides excellent habitat. it’s relatively ice free and there are a lot of plants available to eat because it’s a slow moving river. cottonwood and shrub riparian habitat are very important to their survival. riparian habitat is being lost to bank erosion due to high speed boating on the river. as i mentioned earlier, pellspeqmic is the name of canim lake band’s historic principle village. james teit says it was located approximately 6 miles from the head of canim lake on the south side. this would place it near the mcneil ranch and roserim beach. teit also states that the lake was originally called kolila. i’m not sure what it means, but there was a chief of tkemlups who had a similar name, kwolila. he was the chief who negotiated the fish lake accord between the secwepemc and okanagan nations. teit says there were three principle villages, one of which is near where the current reserve is, and would actually be where the canim lake ranch currently is. there was a third one teit writes as pelta’laxen. i’m not sure what this means. the current name, canim lake, comes from the chinook jargon word for canoe. this blog is based off of some of my personal adventures – by no means authoritative or academic. in the future it will be a mix of some of the places i’ve traveled, a bit about the land/animals, and a bit about our history. i would love to know your thoughts. did you like this blog? is there something you would like me to write about? about the author: carl has been actively involved in re- imagining nation building. he has travelled extensively throughout secwepemc territory and in secwepemctsin. is fluent lexey’em march/april 2018 page 7
shuswap stories and phrase translations the man who married sat’uen [this case is taken from a story entitled “the man who married the sat’uen” in teit, james. the jesup north pacific expedition, memoir of the american musuem of natural history, the shuswap, publications of the north pacific expedition, volume ii (leiden: ej brill, 1909; new york: ge stechert 1909), pp 722-724] a lad was badly treated by the people, who always scolded him, gave him the worst food to eat, and old things to wear. he felt much grieved because of his treatment, and left his village. he wandered south along the fraser river, remained a little while in each village that he passed, and continued his journey, passed beyond columbia river, and eventually arrived in the country of the sat’uen. there he came to many houses on a large grassy plain. he entered the first house, which was occupied by a very old man and his grand-daughter. they asked him where he had come from, and what he was doing there. he answered, “i am a shuswap. my country is far away to the north. i have wandered south to see the world”. the old man said, “i know your country. we rest there every year going north”. the young women asked him to be her husband: so he stayed with her all winter. one day in the early morning she said to him, “in ten days all the people will make ready for their journey north. you will go with us and see your own country”. the lad was glad to hear this. one morning the chiefs blew bone whistles, and all the people put on their crane dresses, and blew their whistles in imitation of the cries of cranes. they flapped their wings, and then ascended and descended in the air. thus they acted for four days, morning and evening. the women said to her husband, “the people are now practicing and making ready for the journey north”. she had done the same as the other people. then the man said to himself, “this numerous people, whose houses cover the plain, are, after all, the cranes that i used to see pass my home every spring. i shall be deserted. they will all soon leave here, my wife among the rest”. his wife knew his thoughts, and said “we shall not leave you. we shall take you along”. on the following morning all of the birds came, and each plucked a feather out of its body and out of one wing, and gave it to him. his wife fastened them to his body, and he was now able to fly. she also gave him a whistle made from the wing-bone of the crane. for two days they trained themselves, flying up and down above the houses, and on the next morning they flew away on their northern journey. the man, his wife, and father-in-law followed a little behind the others. this is the reason why three birds are always seen flying behind the others. when they reached the shuswap country, the cranes asked the young man where his home was. he named a place near horse lake, where his people were living at that time. the crane people alighted and camped near there at night. page 8 lexey’em march/april 2018 this is the reason why cranes always rest there on their passage north or south. his wife said, “go to your friends’ camp and visit them, but return at daybreak.” he spent the night there, told his adventures; and heard all the news that they had to tell. at daylight he left saying, “i am now going to join my wife.” the people followed him, and saw him fly away with the cranes, who were going far north to their breeding grounds. in the fall, on their way back, they camped again near the people; and the man visited his friends, taking with him his wife and children. on the following morning they all flew away south, to the land of the cranes. thus the man visited his friends for many years on his passages north and south, until his relatives had all died, when he came no more. he stayed in the land of the cranes, and became as one of them. he had many children. me7 yucwmenil̓e – k! taking care of baby (print/copy: george littlechild’s ‘sacred lady and her baby’) me7 yucwmentséc re skw̓ imém̓ elt: me7 yucwmeníl̓e-k! english: you will look after baby. you will look after it! cw7éwsente re skw̓ imém̓ elt! lecús ri7 te skw̓ imém̓ elt. núnxwenxw-en re yews tuwíwt-en ri7? english: cradle the baby! it ̓s a pretty baby. is it a girl or boy? ts̓úm̓ qsente! english: kiss him\her! lémente! english: comfort him or her. metéke re skw̓ imém̓ elt! cw7ítes k smetéc! english: feed the baby! feed him or her lots! píqwente! wetk̓c! axté7! cwescwesús! english: look! he threw up! yikes! emútste, me7 ép̓sencwes. tspals te his face is messy. skw̓ imem̓ elt ri7. english: sit him down and wipe him. he is a messy baby.
nstq housing alliance team news 2018 invasive species council forum: indigenous workshop highlights in the january/february edition of lexey’em we featured xatsull and stswecem’c xgat’tem. in this march/april issue of lexey’em, we feature housing updates from our other two nstq communities. t’exelc first nation (williams lake indian band) housing update weypkt williams lake indian band is looking forward to a very busy year, after the wildfires of 2017 which put a major hold on a lot of projects the housing department was looking to complete over the summer.we are ready to pick up where we left off. the housing department has a busy looking year ahead. we are currently working on a new construction for the home that was lost due to the wildfires - great progress is being made and we are looking at a completion for may 31, 2018. renovation season is also almost upon us and those who were slated for renovations last year, but did not receive the services due to the wildfire situation, will have their applications submitted this year. we are excited to get these going. also, a reminder to community members if you ever have questions in regards to renovation programs that you could be eligible for, or just have questions in general, feel free to stop by our office, give us a call, or email and we would be more than happy to provide you with the information you are looking for. the housing alliance has also begun the process of sitting down with the treaty negotiation team to discuss exactly where housing falls within the treaty process; we are encouraging community members who may have any questions in regards to this to please submit them to the housing department so we can bring them with us to our meetings to have them answered. holly wycotte, housing manager p: 250-296-3507 ext 130 e: email@example.com deidri camille, housing coordinator p: 250-296-3507 ext 174 e: firstname.lastname@example.org tsq’escen’ first nation (canim lake indian band) housing update wey’tk my name is tiffany boyce and i have been working with the canim lake band as the housing/finance clerk since september, 2016. here in canim lake we have: 81 - band owned rental homes 3 - privately owned homes this fiscal year we have been working on 15 major renovation projects of our rental homes. these renovations include flooring, roofs, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, electrical, drywall, siding, windows, water supply/ drainage system, hot water tanks, wood stoves, furnaces, ceilings, chimney’s. during the year we have also continued to fill regular work orders. i would like to extend an invitation out to our members renting, or not renting, to come in to the office if they have any housing related questions. housing applications are available at the canim lake band receptionist desk. if you need any help with filling them out please come into see me. tiffany boyce, housing/finance clerk p: 250-397-2227 e: email@example.com words of the last speaker of the evening, ms. geri collins. geri has a long history of dealing with government and supporting indigenous entrepreneurs, and told success stories that made starting up a business seem within reach. invasive species are a real threat to our way of life and can get out of control quickly if they are not dealt with swiftly, using a long-term plan to monitor treatment. the iscbc has applied for funds to work with indigenous communities, starting with developing a custom integrated plant management plan with a partner indigenous community and then hiring up to four community members to carry out the plan on the ground. stay tuned for more information on this very exciting opportunity. to find out more about invasive species, or to join our indigenous invasive species network, please visit our website at bcinvasives.ca or email jake archie at firstname.lastname@example.org. by jake archie the invasive species council of bc is heeding the call for invasive species management in indigenous communities. for the third year in a row, the iscbc has organized a workshop tailored to the needs of indigenous communities as part of its annual forum, held in richmond every year. this year the february 5 workshop was funded in part by indigenous services canada (formally aboriginal affairs & northern development canada) through a contract that also saw the creation of a “soil fill and relocation guide” and supported presentations and meetings in various indigenous communities across the province. the workshop - indigenous land stewardship & traditional uses: building tools, networks & support for invasive species management- was well attended by 35 participants from all over the province, thanks to indigenous services canada and pacific coastal airlines, who provided some complimentary flights. forum delegates mingle the workshop began with a roundtable of introductions and a focus on key invasive species threatening each community. a main goal of the workshop was to review and provide input to a first draft of the revised indigenous toolkit for invasive species management. we will receive additional input via email submissions and through our indigenous invasive species network conference call(s), with the final toolkit being released in late march, 2018 (email jake archie at liaison@bcinvasives. ca if you would like to review a draft copy). japanese knotweed issues on her nations complimentary coffee was served by the spirit bear coffee company, an indigenous owned company. cathy galligos, tla’amin first nation spoke about current invasive species land, including a major japanese knotweed problem and their multi-year strategy to combat this highly invasive and destructive plant. nicci bergunder, matcon civil constructors inc. spoke about business opportunities and species., highlighting joint ventures between indigenous communities and industry as a great way to manage invasive species while being able to hire local indigenous workers. the workshop ended by sharing a gourmet meal and listening to the wise invasive xwexwne creations louise alphonse, owner phone 250-574-8002 email: email@example.com • beadwork • moccasins • photographer embroidery • screen printing promotional products f o u r w i n d s d r i v i n g s c h o o l c r e a t i n g s a f e d r i v e r s w w w. f o u r w i n d s d r i v e . c o m 497 n. 11th avenue • ph: 250-392-5078 • fax: 250-392-5739 k e r r y c h e l s e a t h e o r y / p r a c t i c a l i n s t r u c t o r 2 5 0 - 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shows. that kind of passion is an incred- ible asset to the longevity of your career. it may take some trial and error to find a po- sition and career that you feel passionate about, but in the long run, you’ll benefit. a role that requires stress overload most jobs are stressful once in a while. that’s the consequence of having people rely on you to get your work done. the real issue arises when the stress never re- ally seems to go away. if a potential role seems to include stress as just “part of the job,” consider that a red flag. with any new job comes the stress of adjusting and learning, but if it seems like employees ac- cept being under constant pressure and stress as the norm, you may want to look elsewhere. underpaying jobs it may be tempting to accept a shiny job offer and settle for a slightly lower sal- ary than you were expecting, but it’s im- portant not to choose a role where you’re being underpaid. it’s one thing to take a pay cut if you’re switching industries or starting a role that’s brand new to you, but it’s entirely different to feel like you’re not being properly compensated for the value and experience you’re providing to the company. that will only spell resentment long-term. not sure what’s fair? check out randstad’s 2018 salary guide https:// www.randstad.ca/salary-guides/ to get a ball park range for how much you can ask for in a variety of tech jobs across canada. technology corner ten things to consider when looking for your next job in tech source: mashable.com finding a new job in tech is never a simple process — especially when you add hap- piness to the list of things you want. more than any other time in history, we’re look- ing for careers that not only financially support our busy lives, but also provide value and leave us feeling fulfilled. it’s not always easy to evaluate whether a potential tech job is right for you. al- though it takes time to adjust to a new role and company, there are certain things you can look for during your job search that will signify your next opportunity will be a rewarding one. what to look for feeling pride in the company one of the best ways to know whether or not a certain company is the right fit for you is to explain the company to someone else. if you find yourself feeling excited, energetic, and proud to describe the work a particular company does or its core be- liefs, you know that you’re off to a good start. having a sense of pride in your em- ployer doesn’t just make you feel good. it can motivate you to work harder since you truly believe in the overall goals of the company, as well as how your role contrib- utes to the bigger picture. work on projects that are meaningful to you it’s important that the projects you take on have meaning to you. do you pre- fer to code, but a big portion of your new job will be focused on project manage- ment? perhaps that’s not the best fit for you. think about what makes you enjoy coming into work each day. do you have a chance to contribute to the larger mission of the company? are you being given proj- ects that add value to your team and make use of your skills? although each day will bring new challenges, facing those chal- lenges is easier when it’s something you believe in. a culture that feels comfortable in addition to the actual work you do, a company’s culture is equally as impor- tant when it comes to career happiness. ideally, the culture meshes well with your personality and you find it easy to commu- nicate and connect with your coworkers. company culture also involves work-life balance — including things like vacation policies, exercise benefits, and flexible work hours. every company is different, so don’t be afraid to ask about the culture and gain firsthand insight from current employees during the interview process. opportunities for growth something we might not always think about when we land a new job is where we could go next. a great way to evalu- ate growth potential is to see if the com- pany offers any opportunities to learn new skills, whether it’s on-the-job learning or formal classes and workshops. the struc- ture of your team also provides a glimpse of growth opportunities, specifically if there are positions above your current level that you could work towards. leaders you trust although the structure of tech com- panies isn’t always linear, the people you work under, both directly and indirectly, can greatly influence your experience. there are many qualities that define a strong leader —intelligence, strong com- munication skills, being approachable — but it’s also essential that you can trust your manager. communication is a large part of trust, so it’s definitely a good sign if top leaders are continuously informing the rest of the company about any impor- tant news or changes. a competitive salary we’ve all heard the phrase “money can’t buy happiness,” but making enough to pay your bills does provide stability and comfort. make sure you’re being properly compensated for the work you’re doing and the level of expertise you’re bring- ing to the role. during the job search or interview process, research salaries for the specific role you’re interviewing for so you’re in a strong position to negotiate. need help pinpointing what a fair salary looks like in your profession? randstad’s 2018 salary guide can help you narrow down a figure (note: see last paragraph of article for web address). what to avoid the wrong management style as mentioned before, the person you work directly under has a big impact on your work life. if you find yourself unhappy with your superior’s management style, that may be a sign that this job isn’t for you. in order to truly feel fulfilled in a role, you want to ensure you and your manager work well together, and that he or she treats you with respect, offers learning op- portunities, and expresses interest in your career growth. everyone’s preferred man- agement fit is different, so it might take some time to gain a full understanding of this aspect of your new job. work you tolerate just because you don’t absolutely hate the work you’re doing doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right fit. simply tolerating the work you do each day isn’t enough to sustain a long-term, rewarding career in the tech world. did you know that 73% of professional developers choose to code non-work-related projects in their spare time? 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away-from-home treaty meetings new time! all meetings now 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm come enjoy a nice meal together and participate by listening, sharing ideas and providing your feedback. march 2018 stage 5 ahead! - a changing political environment session 1 prince george march 26th (coast inn of the north) kamloops march 27th (coast hotel & conference centre) kelowna march 28th (coast capri hotel) vancouver march 28th (sandman city centre) victoria march 29th (marriott inner harbour) new! abbotsford march 29th (sandman hotel & suites — 32720 simon avenue) june 2018 stage 5 ahead! - a changing political environment session 2 prince george june 4th (coast inn of the north) kamloops june 5th (coast hotel & conference centre) kelowna june 6th (coast capri hotel) vancouver june 6th (sandman city centre) victoria june 7th (marriott inner harbour) new! abbotsford june 7th (sandman hotel & suites — 32720 simon avenue ) stswecem’c / xgat’tem general delivery dog creek, bc v0l 1j0 phone: (250)440-5649 toll free: 1-888-220-4220 email: email@example.com xatśūll/cmetēm 3405 mountain house road williams lake, bc v2g 5l5 phone: (250)989-2323 fax: (250)989-2300 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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:email@example.com contact the treaty team at your band office for more details. lexey’em march/april 2018 page 11
* attention all nstq members * does your band have your current contact information? information to your band office? if you have specific instructions for how you want your information to be used (or not used), or how you prefer to be contacted, you can let us know when you submit your updated and current contact information. we want you to be as informed as possible regarding band business, community events, emergency preparedness, treaty progress, mailing of each lexey’em newspaper, and more. without current contact information, it becomes increasingly difficult to reach out to each of you. ◊ why is it important for you to provide the most current, up-to-date contact information to your band office? answer: we want you to be as informed as possible regarding band business, community events, emergency preparedness, treaty progress, mailing of each lexey’em newspaper, and more. without current contact information, it becomes increasingly difficult to reach out to each of you. ◊ how will my contact information be used? answer: if you have specific instructions for how you want your information to be used (or not used), or how you prefer to be contacted, you can let us know when you submit your updated and current contact information. ◊ what about treaty information and use of my contact information? answer: whether your personal opinion on treaty is pro or con does not matter. if we don’t have your most current information (and how it can or cannot be used) then you will not have an opportunity to provide input and ideas for treaty negotiations, or have “your say” by being able to cast a yes or no vote when the final treaty vote is held. ◊ what if my residency changes a lot, and what if i live away from home? answer: this is the main reason we need ‘you’ to update us. without specific changes of address, phone number, email, etc. being provided to your band office every time you move from one address to another, we are unable to reach you and it is extremely difficult to obtain new contact information for you to continue to keep you an informed nstq member. it is becoming more difficult than ever for us to be able to contact away-from-home nstq members due to severely outdated contact information. please help us to inform you. if you are unsure which contact information is on file with your band office, please contact them today! a good practice would be to contact your band office at least once per year to ensure your information is current and correct. (band contacts found on page 5.) number, email, etc. being provided to your band office every time you move from one address to another, we are unable to reach you and it is extremely difficult to obtain new contact information for you to continue to keep you an informed nstq member. it is becoming more difficult than ever for us to be able to contact away- from-home nstq members due to severely outdated contact information. please help us to inform you. current information (and how it can or cannot be used) then you will not have an opportunity to provide input and ideas for treaty negotiations, or have “your say” by being able to cast a yes or no vote when the final treaty vote is held. if you are unsure which contact information is on file with your band office, please contact them today! a good practice would be to contact your band office whether your personal opinion on treaty is pro or con does not matter. if we don’t have your most this is the main reason we need ‘you’ to update us. without specific changes of address, phone page 12 lexey’em march/april 2018