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- Paul Willie, Tribal Manager
- Alexander Chartrand, Treaty Manager
I am glad to present an update from your Treaty Office that is set out in 2 sections: Treaty Negotiations, and Treaty Administration.
We continue to make in roads on changing Canada’s policy on the loss of the Taxation Exemption, allowing Wuikinuxv to continue not paying taxes on income, goods and services. We continue to work on the new model for funding a self governing Wuikinuxv Nation, including a huge increase in yearly funding and adequate infrastructure to support our government.
We are focusing on a framework for “Waanukv Sockeye”, including the recognition of our right to sell, which will provide a financial contribution to Wuikinuxv economic self sufficiency and to the Katit Community directly. We are also very close to achieving our vision of 100,000 m3 of forestry volume on an annual basis and re-establishing Wuikinuxv governance over forestry in our territory.
Finally for Specific Claims that go hand in hand with Wuikinuxv negotiating Comprehensive Claims, specifically compensation for taking the RIC lands from us for the establishment of the cannery, and for the logging road that was expropriated to move logs from the Wuikinuxv Lake to RIC. We look forward to getting closure on those two important issues.
We now are allowed to work from our Offices, the Wuikinuxv Administration & Treaty Offices, with no one getting COVID-19, and that is good. Katit Community Members all got fully vaccinated, congratulations to all!!
The Nation has a new financial system called Zyntax that the Treaty Office is transitioning to and training on; that is great, pretty good as this will provide greater
accountability for all Department managers and Treaty Manager; thanks to Wuikinuxv Nation Council, and top management for their leadership.
Good news on the Audit Front, as we will be caught up on all previous years audits, this fiscal year - this will allow us to secure our funding and get access to additional sources of funds for say housing construction and even borrowing monies at a lower rate.
I got an invite to join the students for a couple of nights out to Dnlabis (Clam Beach) and see our students enjoy and explore their Territory, maybe next year go up to Qvii (Quay). Thanks to Jordan and all who helped make this a successful trip, gianakaci!!
And a final note and you may have seen Notice for the upcoming Nanakilla/Treaty Assemblies on Zoom, hope to see you all, take care Wuikinuxv!!
OOWEKYALA LANGUAGE PROJECT
- David Stevenson, Project Manager
We are pleased to let you know that we have been successful in obtaining funding for our work to continue to revive the Oowekyala (’Wùik̓ala) Language for another year.
Terry Reid is the coordinator, he will continue to work to digitize the previously produced language learning materials. George Johnson will continue 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.
In addition, Alec Willie, will continue 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. There are currently 9 stories available on the First Voices web page. 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.
We will continue our online language classes in September. If you are interested in joining our language learning club, please contact Terry.
Here are some useful phrases you can practice:
a̓gvàx̌thas - "Who are you?" or "What is your name?"
Name - thanugva - "I am _________"
a̓gvàx̌thit̓as - (response) - "And what is your name?"
gàyaqəlanugva Wàanukv - "I am from the Wannock River"
or Waànugvax̌siwa - Rivers Inlet
When talking to another Wuikinuxv you can say :
gàyaqəlanugva gvùkvas _______ I came from the house of
Haìlhamas - The Walkus, Anderson families
Nùmaskas - The Johnson Family
̓Wugvàlas - Thompson(Albert), (Maggie Bernard), Chamberlain.
Zìxsiwalas - Hanuse, Bernard
a̓gvaì q̓aìsqiasu’us – "Who are your parents"
gvùkvəll̓anugva - "________ I live in ____"
option1: "la tx̌s village" (city name)
option 2: "la m̓ə̀nciy̓as" (local tribe name)
màyudhəmnugva tx̌s - "I was born at"
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.
- Jason Slade, Fisheries Manager
Wanukv Sonar Update
The total Sockeye Salmon escapement to date based on sonar counts from 09 to 20 August 2021 is 322,700.
The run timing observed in 2014 - 2020 indicates that 99% of the total Sockeye Salmon return should have passed the sonar sites by midnight on August 20.
UPCOMING DOCTOR DAYS
- April Shea, Practical Nurse
Please send an email to schedule your appointment for doctor days.
Next In-Person Doctor Days
Departments/Programs/etc with no updates this month:
Emergency Operations Centre
Percy Walkus Hatchery
That's it for this months newsletter, we will see you September 30th!
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