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Simpcw & Gitsegukla First Nation Sign Historic Declaration to Recognize, Respect and Stand-up each Nation’s Child Welfare Jurisdiction
PRINCE GEORGE – The Simpcw First Nation (Simpcw) and Gitsegukla First Nation (Gitsegukla) came together today in ceremony, drumming and songs to sign a Declaration that signifies a commitment to recognize each nation’s inherent jurisdiction for their children and families.
A solemn commitment to Knucwentwécw (“to help each other”), and, hlimoo gwalk’a (“to help all”) for the wellbeing and best interests of our Simpcw K wesk’wséltkten (“Families”), and Gitsegukla will ‘naa t’ahl (“Families”) is enshrined in the co-created Declaration. In keeping with traditional practice, Gitsegukla traded sockeye salmon for Simpcw’s Tcwesétmentem (“Walking Together”) Agreement – the only legally binding child welfare agreement of its kind in British Columbia.
“I am filled with a deep sense of happiness remembering our Simgigyet (Hereditary Chiefs) who fought bravely in the face of great adversity for our children and family’s jurisdiction that the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed in the landmark Delgamuukw-Gisday wa decision.” said Chief Annie Howard, Gitsegukla (Wiistiin). “We honour them
through the exercise of our traditional trade and enter this Declaration to self-determine how we will work with other Nations based on our Ayook (laws) for the well-being and best interests of our children and families.”
“Simpcw has been developing our Yecwemintem re kwseltkten-kt (“Looking After Our Relations/People”) law through a comprehensive members’ engagement process that included discussions concerning Canada’s ‘Conflict–Stronger Ties’ provision that our Elders immediately recognized sets up fights between Nations when we have
children with ancestral belonging to two Nations, or, if a Simpcw family resides in another Nations’ territory,” said Kukpi7 (Chief) George Lampreau, Simpcw. “Our Elders instructed us to go work with other Nations and develop an agreement that sets out our own self-determined path forward, which today we have achieved.”
“My husband is a Gitanmaax community member, and my children have connections to both my Simpcw community, and to the Gitxsan Nation through their father,” said Alison Green, Simpcw Councillor. “It is especially important to me that my children and family have connections to both Nations and opportunities to learn, practice and enjoy both cultures and spend time on both territories. I am extremely excited to bring our Simpcw Youth to Gitsegukla to participate directly in the salmon harvest that was what brought us together.”
Toby Howard, Simoghet Xsgogimlaxhae shared, “I was groomed in the traditional ways and learned from my parents who took me on the land, and to the Feasts where the hosts knew where to put you, why you were there; that is where our ways are passed along. We are born into our Mother’s Clan and our Father’s Clan has responsibilities. Government doesn’t understand or respect our ways, this Ceremony is what needs to happen to strengthen our old ways, how we do things for a long time, it’s good to see it come back to life again.”
Original Press Release March 20, 2023: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/nations-in-british-columbia-sign-agreement-to-take-over-jurisdiction-of-child-welfare/
Are you looking to find an awesome career? Where do you start? The Gitanmaax 9th annual Get Connected Career Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with funding agencies, education institutions, and local employers.
The fair is design to help you find a career path that matches your skills. Learn how to use these resources to start planning for your future.
The Gitanmaax Career Fair will provide you with the chance to talk to professionals in your field of interest, and network with potential employers. You will have the opportunity to learn about different career paths, and gather valuable information about what it takes to succeed in your chosen field. If you have any questions, ask!
The Bus leaves the Gitsegukla Learning Centre at 12:00 PM, that way you to can ride with your friends to attend the Career Fair.
After a productive and informative day, the bus returns to the community at 3:30 PM. This gives you plenty of time to reflect on your new insights and plan your next steps while getting ready for the Dance @ 6:30! (See below)
After the Career Fair, there will be a few hours to get ready for the dance in Gitanmaax.
The Bus leaves the Gitsegukla Learning Centre at 6:30 PM and will return at 10:30PM.
You’ll be meeting local businesses and other representatives of meaningful career paths. Find out how you can build your employability skills.
The DJ Dance after will be a great way to wind down after an informative day. Don’t miss this chance to grow your network, attend the Gitanmaax Career Fair and start building your future!
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Call the Learning Centre: 250-849-8451, Contact Us, or Email Joe if you have any questions or concerns regarding the bus.
Regarding the Career Fair, call Pansy Wright Simms at 250-842-5297.
|January 31, 2023: Gov of Canada Announced Decriminalization|
of Certain Opioids for Personal Use. Read GBC’s Response Here
|Good Food Box & Salvation Army Hampers: Monday, February 13th|
* Have your totes at the gym before Friday, February 10th *
|Renewal Slips Due: Friday, February 3rd|
Income Assistance is released: Wednesday, February 15th
|Heather Barnes @ Band Office: Wednesday, February 8th from 1-4 PM|
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|Upcoming for IA Clients: Building Service Worker Program (Feb 6-10)|
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|The Band, Health and Education will be closed:|
February 20th for BC Day
|Upcoming Dates and Notices from Learning Centre: Career Fair & Dance, |
HSS Course Selection Dates, Grad Mailing List, Other News… PG 10
|Full-Time Job Posts: Bus Driver, Water Tester, Wellness Worker, |
Principal, General Labourer, Language & Culture Teacher
|Casual Job Posts: School Cook, Custodian, Health Receptionist,|
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Dear Community Members,
We would like to share with you some important updates regarding the recent decriminalization of personal possession of certain illegal drugs in British Columbia.
Effective January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026, adults (18 years and older) in B.C. will not be arrested or charged for possessing small amounts of opioids, crack and powder cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA for personal use.
The Health Canada exemption is effective from January 31, 2023 to January 31, 2026 and decriminalizes:
It is important to note that this decriminalization does not give anyone the right to sell or distribute drugs in the community.
The possession of drugs, including those covered by the exemption, remains illegal such as on school grounds, around the gym during special events
The Band Council is aware of the legal changes and is actively taking steps to protect the community by amending policies and by-laws to address these changes.
We are closely monitoring this situation and taking action to protect our community by updating our policies and by-laws.
Our goal is to ensure that everyone is aware of the legal changes while also keeping a watchful eye on drug trafficking in the village.
We encourage all Community Members to take advantage of the Health and Social services that are available to you.
Please also be mindful of the continued illegal status of drug trafficking and possession of more than 2.5 grams of these drugs.
The Gitsegukla Band Council
Read Full Official Notice Here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/overdose/decriminalization
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Feb 9, 10-4PM, Dance to Follow at the: Get Connected Career Fair in Gitanmaax
Feb 10, HSS Valentines Dance, bus provided.
9:00 AM – Grade 9’s last name A to M
12:45 PM – Grade 9’s last name N to Z
9:00 AM – Grade 10’s last name A to M
12:45 PM – Grade 10’s last name N to Z
9:00 AM – Grade 11’s last name A to M
12:45 PM – Grade 11’s last name N to Z
9:00 AM – ALL GRADES make up and Grade 12’s Returning last name A to M
12:45 PM – ALL GRADES make up and Grade 12’s Returning last name N to Z
If you have an Off-Reserve Grad Member, please get a hold of Joe Sampare to add them to the Off-Reserve Grad List. A phone number and mailing address is needed, as well as Grad Photos once received, so we can add their pictures to our Grad Wall at the Year End Awards.
HSS Grad Student contracts are due Feb 23rd.
Contact Marina for HSS grad photos happening. Or any other HSS Grad related questions. Marina.Rubinato-Denny@cmsd.bc.ca
If your child has a disciplinary meeting, Joe is available to attend the meetings with you, if you’d like. He can also arrange the meetings on your behalf if that is more comfortable for you.
Hey pet owners and members of the community,
The love and friendship our furry friends bring to our lives is irreplaceable. But we must remember that as pet owners, it’s our job to train our dogs and keep them safe.
Our children’s safety becomes reality by keeping our pets safe.
That’s why Council wants to remind everyone the importance of the Dog By-Laws passed on August 9, 2016. Council passed these by-laws to establish safety measures that protect our community.
There is a growing concern of dogs roaming free. There have been reports of dogs biting kids at school! That’s very concerning, which is why we will enforce this By-Law.
Keep our kids and walking community members’ safe by:
We ask for your cooperation and understanding in ensuring compliance with these dog by-laws. Check out the by-laws attached to this notice.
We’re always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Please use our General Contact Form or email Trevor.Morrison@gitsegukla.net.
Let’s work together as a community- it’s going to take all of us taking the necessary steps to keep our community safe and enjoyable.
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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2023
Housing Coordinator – Posted March 2022
Admin Receptionist (Casual) – Posted June 2022
O&M Worker (Full Time) – Posted Oct 2022
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Health Receptionist (Casual) – Posted June 2022
Homemaker (Casual) – Posted June 2022
Community Health Nurse (Full Time) – Posted Nov 2022
Community Wellness Worker (Full Time) – Posted Nov 2022
Water Quality Tester (Full Time) – Posted Dec 2022
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Nov. 30 our phones stopped getting calls! This is an issue that is being sorted out with TELUS as fast as we can.
The Home Page has a button that calls our temporary number.
Gitsegukla First Nation’s FB page can call directly from the mobile app as well.
If using a landline, it may be long distance and require a 1 at the beginning.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
Thank you for your patience as we sort out this issue.
Auditor 2022 Presentation
This year’s AGM will be on November 18th, 2022 @ Gitsegukla School Gym at 5PM.
Dinner will be Provided, and Live-Stream TBA for those unable to attend in person.
Door Prizes are Available, See post below:
AGM 2021 can be found on our Facebook Page to review.
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