Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 17, 2014
AFN Welcomes Court Decision to Extend Deadline for Indian Residential Schools Personal Credits for Education Program
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is pleased with today’s court decision to extend the deadlines for the Indian residential schools personal credits for education program, and wants to see existing administrative concerns addressed quickly so that residential schools survivors can more easily access the program.
“I’m pleased that all parties to the Settlement Agreement have agreed to extend the deadlines and that residential schools survivors will now have additional time to apply to the personal credits program,” said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “The Assembly of First Nations has pressed for this extension in response to the serious administrative concerns expressed by survivors and family members across the country. The extension does not solve all the challenges of the program, but it will allow us more time to continue to offer support to survivors interested in using the credits for education programs and services.”
New deadline dates will be determined once the court order is signed by all parties, but today’s court ruling will allow for a two month extension from the date of the court order to submit the personal credits acknowledgement form and a five month extension from the date of court order to submit the personal credits redemption forms. All education programs and services must be concluded by August 31, 2015.
“Despite the administrative challenges, it is important to acknowledge that there are many survivors and family members using creative approaches to setting up initiatives to strengthen language, culture and healing,” said AFN NWT Regional Chief Bill Erasmus who leads the work of the AFN Executive Committee in the area of residential schools. “AFN’s goal is to help ensure every CEP recipient has the information they need to apply for the personal credits, including exploring all options whether it be giving it to a family member or contributing to a group initiative.”
As of December 4, 2014, approximately 24,000 of approximately 79,000 eligible Common Experience Payment recipients had submitted applications.
The personal credits for education program, offered by the Government of Canada is the final phase of compensation to Indian residential school survivors as set out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) of 2007.

For more information and resources please visit www.afn.ca or direct link at http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/personal-credits.

(613) 241-6789 telephone / téléphone (613) 241-5808 fax / télécopieur
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.
Contact information:
Jenna Young Castro AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or jyoung@afn.ca
Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or agaron@afn.ca

For assistance with your Personal Education Credits application please contact our NCN Resolution Health Support workers:

Richard Watts, Richard Lucas and Lisa Watts at 250-724-3939 or 1-888-624-3939

Friday, November 21, 2014

Update from Qua?asa department Jan. 19, 2015

Important Deadlines Personal Education Credits Re: Residential School Settlement

The deadlinefor CEP recipients to submit a Personal Credits Acknowledgement Formhas been extended: Postmarkedby March 9, 2015.

The deadline for educational entities and groups to submit Redemption Forms has been extended: Postmarked by June 8, 2015.

Thedeadline for completion of courses or activities supported by Personal Credits has been extended to August 31, 2015, thus allowing additional time to access educational opportunities.

If you know anyone that needs help in getting the forms and/or filling the forms out, send them to the Port Alberni Quu?asa office @ 5017 Argyle Street. There are three people to assist. They are Lisa Watts, Richard Lucas and Richard Watts. Phone numbers are 250-724-3939 or toll free at 1-888-624-3939. They are happy to help.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased with a court order granting interim relief which will allow former students of Indian residential schools to submit their applications for personal credits for education programs until a final decision is made on a deadline extension.

In response to administrative concerns expressed by former residential school students and their families, AFN has urged the Government of Canada to consider extending the deadlines. An Order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia yesterday allows applicants to submit their Personal Credits Acknowledgement and Personal Credit Redemption Forms for processing until a final decision is made by the Courts. The Court Order authorizes Crawford Class Action Services (which is administering the personal credits on behalf of the Government of Canada) to keep accepting and processing applications and redemption forms. A final decision to extend the deadline for applications has not yet been reached.

“We’re pleased the Court is providing additional time for former students to submit forms while parties to the IRSSA work toward a final decision on an extension,” said AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus who leads the work of the AFN Executive Committee in the area of residential schools. “We understand the administrative process for accessing the Personal Credits has not been easy and this is why we are doing all we can to assist former students and their families.

Despite these administrative challenges, we acknowledge that there are many people using creative approaches to setting up initiatives to strengthen language, culture and healing. AFN’s goal is to help ensure every CEP recipient has the information they need to apply for the personal credits, including exploring all options whether it be giving it to a family member or contributing
to a group initiative.”

AFN Liaison Coordinators, who have been in every region since February offering information to former students interested in learning more about the program and advising on applications, will continue to offer assistance to former students and their families. Other resources, links and instructional videos will continue to be available at www.afn.ca or directly at

The personal credits for education program, offered by the Government of Canada is the final phase of compensation to Indian residential school survivors as set out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) of 2007. It provides a one-time value of up to $3000 to former residential school students who have received the Common Experience Payment to be
used for personal or group education programs and services provided by approved educational entities and groups. The program was announced in January 2014 with an original deadline of October 31, 2014.

For more information on the personal credits program, applications and timelines please contact Crawford Class Action Services at 1-866-343-1858 or at www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca.

For more information on the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and personal credits for education watch "Moment of Reckoning - Turning the Page on a Dark Chapter of Our Shared History" – a short film documentary speaking to the significance these and other events in achieving reconciliation http://youtu.be/FlEhRy_m1kU.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Effective October 1, 2014, transit fares are changing in Port Alberni. Cash fares will all be $2. Having one fare for all helps eliminate the most common negative operator and customer interactions, fare disputes.

While cash fares are going up $.25 for adults and $.50 for seniors and students, long-term fare products like 10 ticket bundles and monthly pass continue to provide deep discounts for regular transit users.

Adult tickets (10) will cost $15.75 or $1.58 a ride. Senior and student tickets (10) are $13.50 or $1.35 a trip.

Adult monthly passes remain unchanged at $48, while senior and youth monthly passes are $25.

DayPASS, which allows for unlimited transit travel in a single day, will also be one price at $4.25.

The last fare change in Port Alberni was in 2003.

For more information on transit in Port Alberni please call 250.723.3341 or consult www.bctransit.com/regions/pta

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hello Nuu-chah-nulth Council Members and Associates:

I am the Casting Director on an upcoming Destination B.C. tourism campaign, which will be shooting in the Tofino area soon. I am looking to connect with specific First Nation residents who might be interested in participating in this type of work. We are specifically seeking four strong and experienced traditional rowers amongst our cast as well as a Male Elder with his young Grandson. Please review the cast breakdown and feel free to suggest individuals or to forward my casting notice, at your discretion. I have contacted the T'ashii Paddle School and Spirit Eagle Traditional Canoe Adventures to source the experienced canoe teams.

Fee free to call me anytime if you have questions.

Thank you for your assistance!

Louise Mackiewicz, C.D.C.

Casting Director ~ Destination B.C. campaign

The Casting LIne Canada Inc.

604-377-5196 cell

604-676-3172 home office



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Provincial Aboriginal Hockey Committee seeking to fill two vacancies

The 2015 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC) will be held in Halifax, N.S. from April 27 to May 2, 2015.  The NAHC is the premier event for Aboriginal hockey in Canada, profiling elite Provincial and Territorial teams from across the country. The NAHC encompass both a male and female championship for teams consisting of Bantam/Midget aged hockey players.
The Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council is recruiting Aboriginal hockey leaders from across BC to fulfill two (2) vacancies on its Provincial Aboriginal Hockey Committee.  The provincial committee assists with the planning for Team BC’s 2015 NAHC season, including selecting coaching staff.  The committee shall also provide guidance and support regarding general Aboriginal hockey development opportunities and initiatives.
This is a volunteer role.  Committee meetings are conducted via teleconference approximately once a month.  Committee members have extensive experience with minor hockey, at a competitive level, and have specific knowledge of Aboriginal hockey development.
To apply to serve on the Committee, please forward your name, contact information, bio/background, and reason for applying, prior to 4PM (PST) Friday, September 19, 2015 to:
Lara Mussell Savage
Manager, Sport Development & Competitions
Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council
Email:  teambc@bcaafc.com
Phone:  250-388-5522 (toll-free 1-800-990-2432), Ext. 233

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Aboriginal Arts Development Awards (AADA).

AADA grants support First Nations and Aboriginal arts through four programs: Individual

Emerging Artists, Organizations and Collectives, Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations and Arts Administrator Internships and Mentorships.

Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to their practice in any discipline—visual, music, dance, theatre, literary or media arts – and can work in traditional or experimental forms.

Application forms and guidelines are now available on the FPCC website. The deadline for all programs is October 31, 2014.

In 2014, FPCC received 103 applications from around the province and provided 65 grants totaling $758,250 in support. A similar level of funding is anticipated for 2015.

A Peer Adjudication Committee selects recipients from the many deserving proposals through a rigorous review process.

“It’s always inspiring to see the range of talented and dedicated applicants, and to see the brilliant work being done,” said Cathi Charles Wherry, FPCC Arts Program Manager. “Thankfully, increased support for the program in 2014 meant that we were able to distribute grants to more projects than ever before. There is a growing understanding of and value for the creative work of Aboriginal artists.”

Since 1996, FPCC has been delivering the AADA grants through a partnership with the BC Arts Council. Support for the program has also been provided by the New Relationship Trust (NRT) since 2009, and, beginning in 2013, a third funder has come on board—the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

“The support of our partners is key to this program’s success,” said Tracey Herbert, FPCC Executive Director. “We are so grateful to the BC Arts Council and NRT for their long-standing support, and thrilled that we can now support additional grants, thanks to the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. These donors understand how critical this type of financial support is to artists and arts organizations.”

The AADA grants are one of the few sources of funding directed specifically toward Aboriginal and First Nations arts in B.C. Projects in all regions of the province, including remote communities, can gain access to support that may otherwise be unavailable. The benefits are usually multi-faceted. For example, one Sharing Traditional Arts project supported in 2014 allows TlaA'min (Sliammon) artists to travel to Cortes Island to work with Klahoose people providing mentorship in traditional cedar bark gathering and weaving, carving, and wool weaving.

“The goal is to work towards creating traditional objects that are both functional and artistic,” says Tla A’min artist and project coordinator Betty Wilson. “As we work together to create something, the language is also used as much as possible. Another benefit has been the discovery of familial kinships amongst participants.”

For more information about the recipients of the 2014 Aboriginal Arts Development Awards grants, and to download current guidelines and application forms, visit fpcc.ca/arts/programs.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a B.C. Crown corporation with the mandate to support First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts, cultures and heritage. FPCC has distributed more than $23 million to BC Aboriginal communities over the past 23 years. For more information, please visit www.fpcc.ca.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Starting today, parents of public school students 12 years old  and under can register at http://bcparentinfo.ca/ to receive $40 per student for each day school is not in session due to the ongoing labour disruption in B.C. public schools.
The Temporary Education Support for Parents (TESP) program is intended to help parents with the added cost of learning and supervision for the duration of the labour disruption.
Parents and primary caregivers are eligible to apply. Primary caregivers can include step-parents, legal guardians, foster parents, host parents for international students, caregivers with temporary custody arrangements, and family members who normally care for the student, such as grandparents.
To register parents and primary caregivers will need to provide the name, address, date of birth, school district number and school for each eligible student. 
Payment will be made by cheque in a single payment mailed to the address provided during registration. Most payments will be processed within 30 days after the month that the labour disruption ends. Payments for students attending kindergarten, and for students who are new to B.C. public schools, will also be made after the labour disruption ends, once enrolment for the current school year can be confirmed.
Eligible parents will have four months from the end of the month in which the labour disruption is settled to register for the temporary education support. No new registrations will be accepted after this date.
Quick Facts:
* For those without access to a computer, registration by paper form is also available by calling 1 877 387-3332 or 250 387-3332.
* The payment is not taxable and will not affect provincial and federal tax credits and benefits such as the new BC Early Childhood Tax Benefit, BC Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit, Sales Tax Credit or the federal Canada Child Tax Benefit or GST credit.
* The payment will not impact other provincial support assistance such as income or disability assistance, child care subsidy, subsidized housing, MSP subsidies, or Fair Pharmacare.
Learn More:
B.C. Parent Info website: http://bcparentinfo.ca/

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Strength of the Indian Nation Is In Their Women,

No Nation Is a Nation Unless There Are Women to Bear the Children of the Future”


Nuu-chah-nulth Women, givers of life, are Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers, Granddaughters, Aunts, Nieces, Sisters, Teachers and Friends.

We treasure the values and traditions we have been taught; they have sustained us during the many changes throughout history;

We take pride in our culture, heritage and traditions, and we honor and respect our Elders and their teachers;

We are responsible for the health and safety of our children and our families, and we seek to ensure that our children will always be protected;

We believe in the strength of our family ties, and assert our right to always retain the love of our immediate and extended families;

We have the right to be respected in spirit, mind, and body and to live free from sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse;

We have the right to love and be loved, care and be cared for, protect and are protected;

We have the right to be heard and to be treated as partners in our relationships with family and friends;

We have the right to be individuals, to make our own choices and to pursue our personal goals;

We respect ourselves, and we will be respected;

We will teach our children by example, and we will ensure the well-being of future generations of Nuu-chah-nulth is not jeopardized in any way;

We recognize changes in our society, and we will call upon our strengths to live with those changes in a manner consistent with our traditions and values;

We will maintain integrity and pride in being Nuu-chah-nulth Women.

“Honoring and Respecting Our Women”

Adopted at the 1989 Nuu-chah-nulth Annual Assembly

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Federal Court of Appeal will hear arguments regarding the Hupacasath First Nation v. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada and the Attorney General of Canada, with respect to the pending ratification of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (FIPPA). The Federal Court of Appeal will hear arguments in Vancouver on June 10, 2014.

Brenda Sayers, a representative of the Hupacasath Nation stated "Hupacasath remains steadfast in our commitment to defend the people, the land and our constitutional rights for present as well as for future generations. We firmly believe the FIPPA will have a deep and profound impact on our inherent Indigenous rights and for all Canadians who cherish the environmental heritage we inherited from our grandparents."

The Hupacasath First Nation presented arguments to the Federal Court of Canada in June 2013 stating the FIPPA was an infringement on inherent Aboriginal Title and Rights. The Hupacasath felt compelled to launch a legal challenge citing their title and rights as affirmed by Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.

"The Union of BC Indian Chiefs refutes the main thrust of the Government of Canada's argument that there is no 'causal link' on our constitutionally-enshrined and judicially-recognized Indigenous Title, Rights and Treaty Rights during the ratification process of FIPPA. If that is a fact why is Harper citing this case as a primary reason his government has not ratified FIPPA?" said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

"We've heard from thousands of people across Canada who are deeply concerned that the Canada-China FIPPA would give China's state-owned oil companies the ability to undermine democratic decisions about our environment, health and economy," said Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca. "We've seen thousands crowd-fund the Hupacasath legal challenge because we stand together for our democracy and a renewed relationship between nations."

Steven Tatoosh, Hupacasath Chief Councillor said  "Hupacasath has heard the call from many Canadians of all walks of life expressing their concernsabout FIPPA. It is an honour to answer the call. We graciously thank all of our supporters for trusting in Hupacasath to champion this important work"

The Hupacasath First Nation was supported at the Federal Court of Canada with legal affidavits from Serpent River First Nation and the Tsawwassen First Nation along with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the Chiefs of Ontario. As well, Leadnow.ca, the Council of Canadians, Avaaz, BC Federation of Labour, BC Teachers Federation, Canadian Auto Workers, Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union, KAIROS and ForestEthics fully supported the Hupacasath First Nation legal action.

Friday, May 2, 2014

It is with shock and sadness that we receive word that A-in-chut, National Chief Shawn Atleo, has resigned from his position with the Assembly of First Nations. We at the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council are very proud of A-in-chut. He carries himself with dignity and honor. He is a hero in our Nuu-chah-nulth communities who remains humble, living his life by two important principles, iisaak (Respect, with caring) and hishuk ish tsawalk (Everything is one.)

“Shawn has always made young people a priority in his work,” said NTC Vice President Ken Watts, “and has provided youth with hope by empowering them with the knowledge that anything is possible.”

He has worked hard over many years in a difficult environment, in challenging economic times, and with a divided First Nations leadership across the country.

“The announcement was a surprise today,” said NTC President Debra Foxcroft. “We acknowledge A-in-chut for all his work.‎ He is a role model, not only in Nuu-chah-nulth territories, but for many people across Canada, and indeed around the world. He was and will remain a mentor to many.”

“On behalf of Ahousaht I am very saddened to hear the news,” said Ahousaht Chief Councillor Curtis Dick. “It comes as a shock to our community and leadership. I give thanks for his service, sacrifice and commitment, for the years of dedication to our people across Canada and for his leadership, determination and passion for our rights and title issues.”

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council would like to thank A-in-chut for his many years of service, and wish him well as he moves forward. Kleco, Kleco.

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