Monday, June 24, 2013

From November 2013 to January 2014, Port Alberni will once again be hosting a group of 18 Canada World Youth (CWY) volunteers from Vietnam and across Canada.

The volunteers’ three-month stay in the community will be the second stage of a CWY educational exchange program. The first half of the program will take place in Vietnam from August until October 2013.

Lisa Jaster has begun working in Port Alberni to begin laying the groundwork for the program, building upon the successes of last year’s program. This year the program will focus on health, youth employment, and entrepreneurship. There are three ways for interested parties to be involved with volunteers during their stay:

1. Become a host family for two volunteers, one from Canada and one from Vietnam.

2. Offer two volunteers work placements that will give them hands-on work experience.

3. Volunteer your personal resources (i.e. offer transportation for volunteers, help Lisa with initial program set up and promotions, provide Lisa with great ideas on how the participants can be involved in community activities).

Integration into a family and volunteer work with local organizations and initiatives are key goals of the program. They allow volunteers an opportunity to learn about the region, as well as the local lifestyles and culture.

What Canada World Youth looks for in host families is an openness and enthusiasm to share their home life with two young people, and to allow their lives to be enriched by these new relationships. Host families receive a weekly allowance of $180 for accommodating two volunteers, one from Vietnam and one from across Canada.

CWY is also looking for organizations interested in welcoming two young volunteers into their community initiatives, to help them acquire hands-on work experience and job skills for the future. Possible work placements might include those involving health sectors, employment services, educational initiatives or community development.

If this interests you or you would like more information, please contact Lisa Jaster at (250) 918.9155 or  ljaster@cwy-jcm.org.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Alberni Wrestling never does anything half way and their 2013 Summer Wrestling Camps are another example. The local powerhouse program hosts their annual Kids Camp July 2-4 and their Elite Camp July 4-7. Both camps appear to offer fantastic opportunities for their participants.

The Alberni Kids Camp has been in existence for over 25 years and is free to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 who want to try out the sport.  Letters have been left at every local elementary school the past two weeks when Alberni wrestlers have visited the schools to conduct introductory sessions. Information and forms can also be found on the club’s website at www.alberniwrestling.ca.

The Kids camp sessions run 10 am to noon each day in the main ADSS gym. Participants do not need to register in advance nor do they have to commit to attend all three days. Just show up with gym strip and clean runners and registration forms will be available for parents to fill out on the spot. Younger children must have parents stay in case they can’t handle the activities.

“Our Kids Camp is a gift from us for children who want to try wrestling in a fun and safe environment,” said club Director Tom McEvay, “many of the coaches are our current high school and middle school wrestlers as well as a few alumni.  Experienced adult coaches will also be on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.  Kids Camp is where most of our wrestlers got their start including Olympian Travis Cross.”

This year the transition to the Alberni Elite Camp will happen on the final day of Kids Camp on July 4th. The youngsters will wrap up at 12 noon that Thursday at the same time the experienced wrestlers arrive for registration and check in. Mat sessions for the Elite Camp get underway on July 4thfrom 1-4 pm.

The Alberni Elite Camp has added several new features this year, the most notable being a full dormitory and meals option for out of town participants at the new ADSS.  “We decided that with the incredible facilities the new school offers that it was time to make the camp a full meal deal,” added McEvay, “we have always had billeting for out of towners but the dorm option really adds another dimension. The wrestlers will eat well with Dave’s Catering providing the food.”

Another added attraction this year will be the presence of an all-star team of wrestlers from the eastern US. The team will comprise young wrestlers ages 12-16 from primarily the state of Ohio and a few neighbouring states. These will be tough training partners for camp participants as many are state medalists in their age groups. Local spectators can come out and watch a competition between the Americans and other camp wrestlers on Saturday July 6that 7:30 pm.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery

Date: June 21st 2013

Time: 10:30am – 5pm

Guest Artists:

Erich Glendale – Kwakwaka’wakw Carver

Randy Atleo – Ahousat Carver

Tim Paul – Master Carver from the Heshquiaht Nation

Come and observe artists at work. A great opportunity to discuss the meanings and values of how First Nations culture can translate into art to enrich the soul. There will be fresh bannock, coffee, and other refreshments available for the public.

  • Erich started carving in 1990. He carves in yellow and red cedar. He carves rattles, sculptures, bowls, talking sticks and started carving jewelry in 2006.
  • Randy began his journey in 1997 with the guidance and support of his Uncles. He carves paddles, masks, panels, and hand paints his works. He gets some of his inspiration from Ron Hamilton, who is a family friend and teacher.
  • In 1975, Tim Paul began carving under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Ravens Studio in Victoria. From 1977 to 1992 he worked at the Royal British Columbia Museum, and later became the first carver from outside of the Hunt Family to hold the position of senior carver. Tim Paul has accepted and initiated many prestigious totem pole commissions including the Great Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec and in Auckland, New Zealand. He has several works of art throughout the world, which expresses the voiceof his people.

Gordon Dick, Artist/Owner has succeeded in his dream of building and owning an art gallery to promote local First Nations artists. Unfortunately he will not be in on Aboriginal Day, as he is doing a live exhibition in Germany.

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery opens from 10:30am to 5pm every day.

For more information, contact Nina Harada, who is temporarily managing the gallery at 250-723-3425 or art@gordondick.ca

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Press Release:

Last week on June 5 to 7, the Federal Court of Canada heard oral arguments from the Hupacasath First Nation and the Harper Government on Hupacasath’s legal action regarding the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA).

In response to First Nations concerns of infringement on their inherent Aboriginal Title and Rights and lack of consultation the Hupacasath First Nation was compelled to launch a court challenge under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.

The Government of Canada argued that there must be causal link between the ratification of FIPPA and the adverse effects on Hupacasath First Nation Title and Rights to proceed with consultation. Furthermore, the Harper Government held that no Aboriginal group had requested consultation with respect to any of the Canada’s 24 FIPPAs with other countries or that negotiations with respect to Canada-China FIPPA had been available to the general public via the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website since 2008.

“It is well-documented that FIPA was negotiated in secret and First Nations and Canadians first heard about this agreement when it was signed in 2012.  This agreement is significantly different then the other 24 FIPPA’s Canada references.  China already has and will continue to grow its investments, assets and projects in Canada and consequently we take all the risk in this agreement.  It will allow foreign investment to trump the Title and Rights of First Nations and take full advantage of Canada’s much weakened environmental standards,” said Chief Bob Chamberlin, Vice-President of Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

“It is unbelievable that Canada has argued that consultation requires a ‘request’ from a First Nation. The Constitution and common law require the Harper Government to meaningfully consult and accommodate our interests where a decision has the potential to infringe our inherent Title and Rights as guaranteed by section 35 of Constitution Act, 1982.   Consultation does not require a ‘request,’ written or otherwise to trigger the Harper Government’s fiduciary duty to consult First Nations,” Councilor Marilyn Baptiste, Secretary-Treasurer of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs stated. “Canada endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 which states that ‘Canada shall consult and cooperate in good faith with indigenous peoples in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them”, clearly Canada has failed to do so in this matter.” 

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs concluded, “First Nations and Canadians are extremely concerned with FIPPA and its wide implications including infringements on our inherent Title and Rights and the ability to allow foreign corporate interests to take advantage of the weakened environmental protections to proceed with the rapid expansion of resource development on un-ceded First Nation territories.  Through this agreement, China will be granted protection and would thus greatly increase their investment in the development of the Alberta tarsands, pipelines, mining projects and other resource development projects, all at great risk to our Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty rights, but ultimately at great cost to the environment that all British Columbians and Canadians share and treasure.  We will fight to defend this valued legacy that represents the ultimate birthright of our children and grandchildren.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rosie Marsden from Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council will be at Laichwiltach Family Life Society, 441 4th Ave., in Campbell River on June 11th, 2013 between 1:00 – 4:00 to issue status cards. The cost is $5.00 for 4 pictures which can be shared between 2 people.

She can only issue status cards to members from these Bands:  Ehattesaht, Kyuquot, Hupacasath, Huu-ay-aht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Nuchatlaht, Tseshaht & Uchucklesaht.


For those 16 yrs and older:   If you have the following ID you only need to present One:  Canadian or US passport, IF you don’t then you must provide one valid (not expired) Picture Identification or if it has expired, it cannot be expired for more than 6 months or it will not be accepted ie: Status card, B.C.I.D. Driver’s License, Firearms License or Student I.D. with digitized photo, Employee I.D, with digitized photo AND either birth certificate, care card, marriage or divorce certificate – so 2 pieces of I.D.

For those 15 years and under:   A birth certificate, care card or student I.D. AND 2 pieces of parents I.D (1 picture). 

Status cards cannot be issued without necessary Identification.  ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOCOPIED  I.D. OR SIN CARDS ACCEPTED. (Nor certified photocopies).  I.D. must be intact.


***Once we start taking applications for the Secure Certificate of Indian Status you will need your birth certificate, minors 15 and under will need the birth certificate with parental information  ***along with the above requirements.  We are hopeful  this will happen sometime this year, so please be prepared with the necessary ID requirements.

Thank you for your cooperation, Rosie Marsden, Indian Registry Administrator


Friday, June 7, 2013

At the 10th Annual General Meeting of the BC AFN, to be held on June 27, 2013 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC, there will be an election for the BCAFN Male Youth Representative. Attached are the Election Guidelines for this position, including the Nomination Form and Acceptance of Nomination Form.

Please note that the deadline for the nomination period has been extended to June 14, 2013.

If you wish to nominate candidates please forward the prescribed documents to the Electoral Officer at the email address or fax number indicated in the Election Guidelines no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 14, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact the Electoral Officer at:

Debra Hanuse, BCAFN Electoral Officer

c/o Suite 507, 100 Park Royal South

West Vancouver, BC

V7T 1A2

Tel: 604-618-8396

Fax: 604-922-7433

Email: debrahanuse@gmail.com

Web: www.bcafn.ca

Monday, June 3, 2013

The NTC Society Members will conduct an election for the NTC President and Vice President on September 23, 2013 at the NTC AGM, at Maht Mahs Gym, in Port Alberni.

The President will oversee issues external to the NTC such as lobbying and negotiating with the government. The Vice President is responsible for “national” issues, which are those issues internal to the NTC (e.g. First Nation communities, NTC board and committees).

Eligibility shall be determined in accordance with established criteria:

 Only members of a NCN First Nation are eligible to serve;

 Nominations must be in writing and supported by signatures of a minimum of 20 persons who are 16 years or older, and are registered members of a Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation;

 The successful candidate shall serve as President or Vice President for a four year term from September 2013 to the September 2017 Annual General Meeting.

Qualifications: Completion of a diploma or degree in a related field an asset; Experiences in areas of: First Nations culture, traditions and governance; NCN issues; Lobbying; Negotiating; Dealing at both the government and community level; Media Relations; Budget and Contract Development.

Attributes: Excellent oral and written communication abilities; Basic computer literacy; Strategic and analytical thinking; Problem-solving; Conflict Resolution.

To obtain a mandatory nomination package – contact:

Beryl Guerin, Electoral Officer

Telephone (604) 317-6225 or (604) 261-3136 after 4:00 p.m. or email bguerin@shaw.ca

Closing Date: July 26, 2013 @ 12 noon

Late or incomplete nominations will be deemed ineligible (NO EXCEPTIONS).

List of eligible candidates will be provided to NTC First Nations by August 2, 2013 @ 12 noon

Nomination packages may be delivered to the NTC Office up until the deadline the attention of:

Beryl Guerin, Electoral Officer

c/o NTC Executive Director

PO Box 1383, 5001 Mission Rd.

Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2

Thursday, May 23, 2013

LING 180A: Dynamics of Indigenous Language Shift (1.5 Units)

Effective approaches to language revitalization begin with an understanding of the context of language shift and

loss. This course provides an introduction to the human dynamics associated with Aboriginal language shift and

language loss, including the profound psychological, intellectual, and spiritual effects on individuals, families,

communities, and cultures.

LING 180B: Issues, Principles and Practices in Language

Revitalization (1.5 Units)

This course introduces contemporary issues, principles, and practices in the revival, maintenance and revitalization

of Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world. Participants identify community assets supporting

individual, family, and community language revitalization.

Instructor: Peter Jacobs

Dates: Monday August 19 to Friday August 30, 2013

Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: North Island College in Port Alberni

Fee: $505.80 tuition + $100.00 program fee (total fees $605.80)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

First Nation Communities Read is pleased to announce that Indian Horse is its 10th anniversary community reading selection. Written by Richard Wagamese and published by Douglas & McIntyre (Vancouver), Indian Horse is a novel that is uniquely Aboriginal in voice, spirit, and substance.

Indian Horse is the story of Saul Indian Horse. Readers meet Saul as an adult and travel with him back through his childhood, youth, and early adulthood as he seeks to come to terms with a past that threatens his present and future.

Saul's story is riveting as it unspools through life on the land, family displacement, residential school isolation, affirmation/ self-preservation in sport (hockey), betrayal, abasement, and a wandering that leads, ultimately, to the beginnings of a restoration of spirit and self.

A jury of librarians from First Nation public libraries in Ontario, with coordination support from Southern Ontario Library Service, selected Indian Horse from more than 35 titles submitted by Canadian publishers. An announcement of five strong shortlist contenders preceded the selection decision.

In arriving at its decision, the jury stated, “We are delighted to add First Nation Communities Read endorsement to the significant recognition Indian Horse has already received. The book is strong, humane, and engaging. It is written with immense skill, grace, and power.”

The First Nation Communities Read program, launched in 2003, is the contribution of the First Nation public library community in Ontario to the community reading movement. Through the titles it promotes, First Nation Communities Read increases awareness of Aboriginal authors and illustrators, and encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and the publication, sharing, and understanding of Aboriginal voices and experiences. For its 2013-2014 year, the program focuses on adult and young adult literature.

First Nation Communities Read times its title selection announcement to support National Aboriginal History Month (June) and National Aboriginal Day (June 21) programming and awareness initiatives.

Supported by a provincial and territorial governments' partnership initiative, public libraries in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories will promote First Nation Communities Read during 2013-2014 with a poster featuring Indian Horse and 21 other adult and young adult titles endorsed by the jury. 

First Nation Communities Read encourages bookstores and libraries of all types across Canada to participate in its 10th anniversary celebrations by stocking and promoting Indian Horse and other 2013-2014 jury-endorsed titles.

Friday, May 17, 2013


17 May 08:04

OTTAWA – Well-respected Manitoba aboriginal leader Elijah Harper has died.
Harper was 64.
He passed away early this morning from a heart attack due to complications from diabetes.
Harper’s wife, Anita Olsen Harper, his children Bruce and Holly, stepchildren Karen Lawford, Dylan, Gaylen and Grant Bokvist, released a statement.
"Elijah was a wonderful man, father, partner. He was a true leader and visionary in every sense of the word. He will have a place in Canadian history, forever, for his devotion to public service and uniting his fellow First Nations with pride, determination and resolve. Elijah will also be remembered for bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together to find a spiritual basis for healing and understanding. We will miss him terribly and Love him forever."
Harper was born in Red Sucker Lake, and became chief of the reserve when he was just 29 years old. He went on to be an NDP MLA and MP from Manitoba, including sitting briefly in the cabinet of Manitoba Premier Howard Pawley.
Harper’s most well-known moment however was when he stood in the Manitoba Legislature in 1990, held up a single eagle feather, and voted no to the Meech Lake Accord. His vote killed Meech Lake, and led to him being chosen as Newsmaker of the Year in 1990.
Harper has long been considered one of the most well-respected aboriginal leaders in Canada.

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