Newsletter | April Edition | 2021


Table of contents:

Emergency Operations Centre Update Head Start Update Oowekyala Language Project Update

Percy Walkus Hatchery Update Communications Update

Capital Program, Fiscal Year 2020-2021Update

Health Update

I.T. Update

Job Postings



- Pamela Johnson, EoC Director

Friendly Reminders and Tips:

The Wuikinuxv Nation 14-Day Isolation period is extremely important in keeping our community safe. Especially with increasing numbers of cases and risk of Covid-19 variants.

Here are some important tips to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and it's variants in our community:

  1. People who are vaccinated ARE NOT exempt from isolation requirements, as we have yet to achieve community immunity

  2. You and anyone in your household are required to ISOLATE and closely monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days upon entry into Katit (Wuikinuxv Village)

  3. DO NOT have visitors at your home and do not visit others in their homes while in isolation

  4. DO NOT visit public buildings like the Band Office, stores, or schools. This also means going to get freight from the boats and planes. If you have supplies arrive, please opt for the band van or arrange for someone who is not in isolation to pick up your freight until your isolation period of 14 days is complete

  5. Walks, drives, and boat rides are allowed but do not interact with anyone outside of your household and wear a mask when other people are nearby.

  6. Please continue to always wear a mask/face covering when in contact with people outside of your household and keep 6ft apart

Thank you all for your support and tremendous efforts in preventing Covid-19 and it's variants from entering our community. Please continue to be diligent and take proactive measures to ensure all of your safety.


- Stronger province-wide restrictions -

The PHO (Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry) has strengthened province-wide restrictions. These restrictions came into effect March 29 at 11:59 pm and last to May 25 at midnight. They include:

  • The variance allowing indoor religious gatherings and worship services between March 28 and May 13 is suspended

  • Indoor low intensity group exercise classes are cancelled

  • Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed

  • Workplaces with a COVID-19 exposure may be ordered to close for a minimum of 10 days

In addition to the orders, the PHO strongly recommends:

  • Working from home whenever possible, unless it is essential to be in the workplace

  • Keeping your child home from school if they feel sick or have any sign of illness

  • Getting testing immediately if you or anyone in your family feels sick

- Masks in schools -

All K to 12 staff and all students in grades 4 to 12 are required to wear non-medical masks in all indoor areas, including:

  • At their work stations (desks)

  • On school buses

  • Within and outside learning groups

- Indoor gatherings -

No indoor social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or, if you live alone, your core bubble. For example:

  • Do not invite friends or extended family inside your residence or vacation accommodation

  • Do not host a party or event inside your house

- Outdoor gatherings -

Up to 10 people can gather outdoors. For example:

  • Up to 10 people can gather at a park, beach, or in the backyard of a residence

Do not gather with several groups of new people. Stick to the same people. Continue to use COVID-19 layers of protection and maintain physical distancing. Patios and outdoor areas at restaurants, pubs and bars are not included as places to gather with 10 people at one table.

Under the EPA, an order restricting non-essential travel between certain regions of the province is in place until May 25 at midnight. This includes travel for:

  • Vacations, weekend getaways and tourism activities

  • Visiting family or friends for social reasons

  • Recreation activities

- Travel regions -

The order combines B.C.'s five health authorities into three regions of the province. Travel into and out of the regions for non-essential reasons is not allowed and is now prohibited by law. The regions are:

  1. Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health)

  2. Northern/Interior (Northern Health and Interior Health, including Bella Coola Valley, the Central Coast and Hope)

  3. Residents from the Hope area can travel to Chilliwack for essential goods and supplies

  4. Residents from the Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast area can travel to Port Hardy for essential goods and supplies

  5. Vancouver Island (Vancouver Island Health)

- Enforcement -

The goal of the order is education and reminding people about travel restrictions.

If the restrictions need to be enforced, police can issue a fine. At the discretion of police, people not obeying the travel restrictions may be subject to a $575 fine.

Police will not be engaging in random checks. Periodic road checks may be set up at key travel corridors during times associated with leisure travel to remind travelers of the order.

People from outside the province who are traveling to B.C. for non-essential reasons can be subject to the same enforcement measures.

- Reasons for essential travel -

Essential travel between regions is allowed. Essential reasons include:

  • Returning to your principal residence, moving or helping someone move

  • Work, both paid and unpaid (volunteer)

  • Commercial transportation of goods

  • Getting health care or social services or helping someone get those services

  • Court appearance, complying with a court order or parole check-in

  • Exercising parental responsibilities

  • Child care services

  • Attending classes at a post-secondary institution or school

  • Responding to a critical incident, like search and rescue operations

  • Providing care to a person because of a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment

  • Visiting a resident (as an essential visitor) at long-term care or assisted living facility

  • Attending a funeral

  • Traveling under a PHO variance. For example, BCHL

Do not go on long trips within your region. Now is not the time for overnight vacations away from your community. Stay close to home. Visit your local beach, hiking trail or park.

- Additional measures -

Additional measures are in place to support the restriction on non-essential travel, including:

  • Increased signage on highways and at border crossings reminding travellers of current restrictions

  • Hotels and resorts eliminating or cancelling bookings from out-of-area guests


Wuikinuxv Nation current Travel Ban in effect

- Travel Restrictions -

Travel bans for all non-members. Essential workers will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

- Travel bans regulations -

  • Be a registered Wuikinuxv member

  • Have not travelled outside of Canada in the past month.

  • Show no symptoms of illness. Including but not limited to:

  • Cough

  • Fever

  • Shortness of breath

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • Agree to self isolate for a minimum of 14 days

  • Be able to provide in writing confirmation that you have secured a place to stay for the duration of your time in the community and throughout a potential quarantine. A minimum of 2 weeks worth.

  • Be able to bring sufficient resources (food, medication, household supplies etc.) to support yourself during your time in the community and throughout a potential quarantine. At least two weeks worth. o Have agreement from the household you will be staying at that should you begin to show symptoms of COVID – 19 they will also quarantine themselves from other community members.

  • Have a history of compliance with past COVID - 19 measures.

We will be working with local transport companies to ensure compliance with these measures prior to booking any travel into the community.

Please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, as these practices will have the most significant effect on keeping our community safe in this time.

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- Hope Johnson, "Champion Mom"

- Logo Contest winner -

We would like to thank everyone who entered the contest and to our 4 amazing judges ( 1 from each family pole ) for making the logo contest a great success! The winners have been contacted about their prize winnings. We will also work on getting the logo redrawn digitally to get a high quality render.

Head Start Logo
Logo Contest Winners

- Easter -

We had a fun and socially distanced Easter Egg hunt for the kids this year on Saturday April 3rd. There was 100% mask participation, and 100% fun! Can't wait for next year!

- ’Wùik̓ala Book - The ’Wùik̓ala first words book for infants and toddlers is taking a little longer than expected. For now it's still a work in progress. Thank you for your patience!

- Family Survey -

There is also a short 2 minute survey available on the website for the families on and off reserve to give input towards the Head Start program and what they would like to see going forward.

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- David Stevenson, "Project Manager for the Oowekyala Language Project"

The current Oowekyala Language Project started in 2018 with funding from the First Person’s Cultural Council. Terry Reid began work to digitize the previously produced language learning materials. He is able to do so because he is a fluent speaker and he is able to read and write in Oowekyala (’Wùik̓ala). George Johnson was hired to record words and phrases in ’Wùik̓ala. He is also working on adding words from the dictionary, a Short Classified Word list, that was created by the linguist John Rath, back in 1984 to our First Voices web page. All of these words were reviewed by myself, Hilda Smith, Evelyn Windsor, Norman Johnson, and Roy Hanuse and transcribed into ’Wùik̓ala back in the 80s. Each of these words needs to be digitized and recorded and edited and posted to the ’Wùik̓ala web page.

In addition, we have hired Alec Willie, to provided technical computer support and manage the web page and Stephanie Henry to draw illustrations for the Simon Walkus stories that we are working on. Terry has been working on adding the stories told by Simon Walkus that were transcribed and published back in 1982 by John Rath and Evelyn Windsor Walkus. There are currently 2 stories available on the web page to the membership with another 3 stories being worked on. There are other stories and songs recorded that will be added to the ’Wùik̓ala web page. We will continue to archive, transcribe and present as much ’Wùik̓ala words, phrases, songs and stories as possible.

Our attempts to start an in-person Language Club were delayed by the COVID restrictions. After a delay, we were able to start a weekly online language lesson. It has 5 regular students. We hope other people will be interested in joining the lessons. The original plan was to include only elders to enable them to retrieve the ’Wùik̓ala that they heard as children but lost at residential school. However, we also opened it up to anyone interested, so we have 2 novice speakers as well. All of the elders participating are remunerated by an honorarium. Terry organizes the lessons, I review them for accuracy, and George pronounces them for clarity. If you are interested in joining our language learning club, please contact Terry.

The best way to start learning ’Wùik̓ala is to go to the First Voices web portal where you will find our ’Wùik̓ala web page. Click on the link “Learn Our Language” and then choose the "Alphabet" link to hear the alphabet spoken by Hilda Smith. If you listen to the audio files you will become familiar with how to read and write and pronounce Wùik̓ala. I hope more people will take an interest learning ’Wùik̓ala. Let me know if you have any questions.

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- Heather Hewitt, "Hatchery Manager"

Over the course of the month 108,590 Kilbella and Chuckwalla fry are now marked and in the sea pens. Thank you to the Guardian Watchmen for the help with transporting them.

Wanukv Fry

The marking crew from Bella Coola will be returning to the hatchery on May 1st to fin-clip and tag 100,000 Wanukv Chinook. After marking is completed, 240,000 Wanukv Chinook will be placed in the sea pens to grow to an average weight of 5 grams before release.

A further 60,000 Wanukv fry will remain at the hatchery to be released directly into the Wanukv River when they have reached 5 grams in weight.

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- Jonathan Nolan, Communication Specialist

- Website -

Earlier in the month the website and emails went down for an extended period. Unfortunately some of the Email settings had failed to carry over when I switched to the new website. However, together with Ray the I.T. Admin, we were able to get it working again and I'm happy to say things have been running smooth since.

My focus this month outside of that issue has been two things. The first being the mobile website layout. Currently when you access by mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) you load the Desktop website. While this version works just as well on mobile, you end up having to navigate it a little more awkward due to the sizing. To help make the mobile experience smoother I have been working on a mobile-specific layout now that the main site is up and running.

My second focus was on user permissions. These do various things, but a good example of what they can do is the "Employee Resource" page. As of now, only users whom are both signed up to the website, and marked as an "employee" have permission to view those resources. Another example is on various peoples names on the website (if they've chosen to make their profile public) you may see a "badge" that shows off things like their job title. This is to make employee's more easily identifiable than regular community members.

Some features of the website include:

  • Account Sign-Up to make a User Profile

  • Users who sign up can comment on News posts

  • Write or Comment on Forum posts

  • Access the Members page, this page shows other users on the website where you can follow each other and keep in touch

  • Access your personal user profile where you can upload a profile picture, cover picture, write about yourself, and keep track of your posts

  • Access other users profiles (this is an opt-in feature, profiles are private by default)

  • Forums for people to communicate on

  • Making posts, sharing images/videos, commenting on posts

  • Frequent updated news, which will be shared on official Wuikinuxv social media channels as well

  • Resources for both community members and employees

The website will continue to change and grow with time. If you have any feedback or feature suggestions please let me know!

- Newsletters -

Every month will have a Newsletter posted on the last business day that encompasses the important events for that month.

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Please refer to the survey linked