Newsletter | May Edition | 2021

Updated: Jun 29, 2021


 

Table of contents:

Emergency Operations Centre Update

Health Update Stewardship Update

Central Coast Cumulative Effects Project Update

Percy Walkus Hatchery Update Communications Update

Capital Program Wharf Update

Job Postings


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EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE UPDATE

- Pamela Johnson, "EoC Director"

eocdirector@wuikinuxv.net


These are exciting times, like Dr. Bonnie Henry said in the update on Tuesday, the light at the end of the dark tunnel is getting brighter and we all have a great summer to look forward to here in Wuikinuxv Village and all of BC. We know we all want to get us back to normal and we are working hard on a plan that will be implemented soon. So that Wuikinuxv Nation may ease off of on some of our own restrictions.

Here is a friendly reminder for now, that we need to continue taking the precautionary measures and follow the current Wuikinuxv Travel Restrictions. Please be mindful that our children and some others have not been vaccinated and this is why we need to follow these guidelines for their further protection and prevention of transmitting the Covid-19 Virus.

Here is the current Wuikinuxv Nation Travel Ban to follow until it is updated:

  • Travel ban for all non members

  • Essential workers will be assessed on a case by case basis

  • Using the provincial deemed essential service

  • Travel ban regulations

  • Be a registered Wuikinuxv member or permanent resident

  • Have not traveled 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.

  • 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 are followed 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.

Here is an update of the Provincial Public Health Orders BC's Restart:

A plan to bring us back together - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Step 1: Starting May 25, 2021

The criteria for Step 1 is at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. Physical distancing and masks continue to be required in public indoor settings If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately


Step 2: Earliest start date June 15 The criteria for moving to Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. As of May 27, 2021

The province of BC is at 65.8% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1. Also over 500,000 people on Vancouver Island have been vaccinated with declining case counts and Covid-19 hospitalizations. We are definitely back on track for reopening Wuikinuxv Village and this is exciting news!


Full Plan Here:

A plan to bring us back together - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Wuikinuxv COVID-19 Bylaws Are Available to Read & Download HERE

Or go to: www.wuikinuxv.net/covid-19-info



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HEALTH UPDATE

- Marlou Shaw, "Health Director"

health_director@wuikinuxv.net


Wuikinuxv Health Report 2021

Hello everyone, I am happy to say we are near the end of this pandemic. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have not been able to do a lot of the programs due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Home and Community care:

This program's activities this year consist of the elder’s food program, home care, outdoor eldercare, and escorts out for the elders with a permanent escort request. This program is now reaching out for permanent workers, so it is fully functional. We are now budgeting for travel and $30/day for private accommodations. Our priority is to have this program up and running ASAP.

[ Elder Care Job Posting Here ]


Daycare:

We expect for this program to be running in July 1, 2021. We have hired a Champion Mom and an Early Childhood Educator (ECE).


Back to the Lands Program:

This program just had the first camping trip in February. We will be doing 2 Camping trips this summer. Filled with adventures and reconnecting with mother earth and self. One is for the youth and the other is for the adults.


Nursing Program:

We have decided we need 2 registered nurses (RN's) now and are now looking to get this program functional and accustomed to the Community’s needs. This has been an ongoing project. Paul Willie has taken over this program.


Mental Health/Clinician Opiate and Overdose Program:

This has been smoothly running with Lisa Kurytnik coming in consistently and is very well received. We have a harm reduction program that she is in charge of. We are looking now to fill in the position for an Addictions Support Worker coming in 2 weeks out of the month. Position to be filled in ASAP.

[ Addictions Support Worker Job Posting Here ]


JPB Program:

This is also another very well received program and is consistent with a Chiropractor, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist coming in regularly.


Mental Health Program:

This program we just had 2 medicine persons come into Wuikinuxv personally in May. They were so well received and we are looking at getting them in again real soon.


Student Program:

Starting this summer July 7th – August 17, 2021. We put in for a summer student program for our youth to do culture, traditional foods and traditional medications. This is equipped for 16 students to attend. They will need to mentor with their relatives. We have a food program set up for where they are staying. It is filled with songs and dances with WA. Camping and hiking and a lot of other exciting stuff. We are looking for a team leader position to be filled. This is a 6-week job posting.

[ Team Leader Job Posting Unavailable at This Time ]


Mental Health Coordinator Position is also available. We have funding for 1 year. They will coordinate all the programs and make sure they happen regularly


Community Health Representative (CHR) Program:

We are going back to shift work and looking for one CHR ASAP. We would like them to train with Level 3, Port McNeill Medical Clinic and Port McNeill Emergency Hospital. This is now advertised and ready to be filled.

[ CHR Job Posting Here ]


Trauma Program:

Grants to be started very soon. We received $258,000 for Trauma. This is a 4-part program available to on/off reserve. It is an amazing program that deals with intense trauma. We have top notch counselors coming into Wuikinuxv to do workshops. This is where the funding comes out for the mental health coordinator.

[ Mental Health Coordinator Job Posting Here ]


This is about all I can think of right now. I am happy to answer any questions. If I have forgotten anything please forgive me.

 

- Jennifer Anastacio, "Registered Nurse"

community_nurse@wuikinuxv.net


Introduction:

My name is Jennifer Anastacio. If you haven’t already heard, I am the newly hired Nurse (RN), here as of last month (April 2021). Also, for those who are not aware, I was the nurse here in Wuikinuxv between 2013-2016. I am so happy to see familiar faces and so excited to meet those of you I have not yet met.


I would love to chat and discuss how I can support you to meet your health and wellness needs, or to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to simply come in to say hello, I would love to see you!


I am usually in the community two weeks every month. Please feel free to schedule a visit with me at the Health Centre, or a home visit if you prefer. You will be able to see my schedule posted every month at the Health Centre.


I look forward to seeing you all.


ǧia'nakaci


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STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

FISHERIES UPDATE

- Andra Forney, "Stewardship Director"

stewardship_director@wuikinuxv.net


Summer is around the corner, and here at the Stewardship Office we are all busy working on projects out on the territory. This month the Guardians are monitoring the bears. This is our seventh year of luring bears to leave us some of the fur on the barbed wire traps. Our Fisheries department is busy with salmon projects. The Fisheries Technicians are taking care of the last of the hatchery fish as they get ready to head out to sea. Meanwhile, our Fisheries Manager is making sure all of the gear is ready for the many salmon monitoring programs that will start in June and last until the

frost returns. With so much work to do it is a good thing the days are long and the sun is warm.


What projects or activities are going to keep you busy this summer?Berry picking? Fishing for prawns?Canning salmon? Smoking salmon? Cooking salmon on an open fire?


Upcoming Meetings


Tuesdays – Fisheries Working Group Meetings

(watch Facebook or get in touch with Jason Slade for dates and times)


June 10th 2021 @ 1:00pm-4:30pm – Stewardship Committee Meeting

Agenda – Stewardship Office Work plans & Budget 2021


June 15th 2021 @ 1:00pm – Fun Workshop with Megan Adams on Cumulative Effects


June 24th 2021 @ 1:30pm-4:30pm – Stewardship Committee Meeting

Agenda – Bear and Salmon Research Update Referrals


New Staff Hired


Please join me in welcoming two new staff members who joined the Stewardship Team in May – Blaise Chartrand and Terry Walkus.


Climate Action Coordinator

In mid-May Blaise Chartrand started work as the Wuikinuxv Climate Action Coordinator. This is a new position for the Stewardship Office. Blaise will be working with other departments and the community to identify priorities and projects to work on in the coming year. Projects may include energy efficiency and upgrade work or climate adaptation projects.


Before coming to Wuikinuxv, Blaise has worked as a community volunteer coordinator in Vancouver, a native childcare worker and high school tutor for SD 86 in Port Hardy. Since 2005, he helped build the Big House, was a member of the Wuikinuxv Treaty Advisory Committee for five years and has been a teacher's assistant and custodian for the Wuikinuxv Elementary school for the last 7 years. He has also worked as a laborer, and has extensive experience in the logging, fishing, construction and agriculture industries. He has also studied at UBC, in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program and Visual Arts at the En'owkin Centre in Penticton.


The best way to reach Blaise is by email: climate_action@wuikinuxv.net or drop by the office in the morning for a chat.


Wuikinuxv Guardian Program

At the end of May, Terry Walkus became the fourth Guardian Watchman to join

Coastal Guardian Watchmen Boat

the team. Terry will be working as part of the Guardian crew alongside Alec Willie, Adam Nelson, Bo O’wadi. Supporting territory patrols, working on monitoring, research, enforcement, and management of Wuikinuxv Nation Territory.


Prior to joining the Guardian team Terry has been working to help with maintaining the containment booms and spill pads at the diesel spill site at RIC. Since 2019 Terry has worked in a variety of positions for the Wuikinuxv Administration. Please join all of us at the Stewardship Office in welcoming Terry in his new role as a Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchman.

 

Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchmen Find & Report Illegal Crab Traps Traps Seized by DFO

This spring DFO formally recognized the long-standing Indigenous closures, and have permanently closed commercial and recreational fishing for crab in Johnston Bay and at the head of Rivers Inlet. A couple of weeks ago while on patrol in Johnston Bay our Guardians spotted suspicious looking buoys. The Guardians investigated and found 2 illegal crab traps. Within 24 hours of submitting their report to DFO the illegal traps were seized.


Good work Guardians!




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Central Coast Cumulative Effects Project

Workshop with Knowledge Holders

- Megan Adams

megan.s.adams@gmail.com

250-902-2776


Yau Wuikinuxv,

In the Cumulative Effects project, our team is working to identify, map, and

predict threats to important species in the territory. We want to hear from you how you think salmon, old growth, bears, herring, crab, and seabirds are responding to all of the many impacts that are happening on land and sea. We also want to hear how you think they'll respond under different scenarios of future land and marine use.


We are looking for participants to share their knowledge by filling out a workbook during an online workshop on Friday, June 15th at 1pm. Megan will hand out a package (workbook, more information, some small gifts) to participants ahead of time. Honoraria are available.


Questions, comments, or RSVP to the workshop by messaging Megan Adams on Facebook or emailing her at megan.adams@ubc.ca. You can also get a hold of her in the village at 250-902-2776. More information also available on the Stewardship Facebook page.


Thank you!


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PERCY WALKUS HATCHERY UPDATE

- Heather Hewitt, "Hatchery Manager"

hhewitt@psf.ca


In the second week of May we released 53,736 Kilbella and 54,863 Chuckwalla Chinook fry from the sea pens into Kilbella Bay.


Marking and fin-clipping for the Wanukv Chinook ran from May 1st to the 13th. A total of 117,495 fish were coded-wire tagged and fin clipped for hatchery identification as adults. Approximately 240,000 fish were transferred to sea pens in the Wanukv bay on the 14th of May where they will be directly released into the ocean when they reach a weight of 5 grams.


A separate group of 60,000 Wanukv fish remain at the hatchery to be released

into the river when they also reach a 5 gram weight. We anticipate releases to be during the first and second week of June






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COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE

- Jonathan Nolan, Communication Specialist

commsupport@wuikinuxv.net


No new information from me at this time, but here is a list of website features for those who may have missed them.


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

  • Calendar function to keep track of meetings/events

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.


What's your preferred communication method?

Please refer to the survey linked here or email me directly at: commsupport@wuikinuxv.net


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CAPITAL PROGRAM WHARF UPDATE

- Clifford W. Hanuse, Capital Manager

capital_manager@wuikinuxv.net

WUIKINUXV NATION WHARF RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE AS OF MAY 28, 2021


INTRODUCTION

A Fisheries Act (FA) Letter of Advice from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and a Water Sustainability Act (WSA) Change Approval from the Provincial department of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNR) are required for the Project to proceed. Submissions have been made for both the Letter of Advice and Change Approval. The submission to DFO included both Project Options 1 and 2, while the application to FLNR was limited to Option 1. After reviewing the submission, DFO communicated that only one Option will be reviewed. Hatfield has discussed with Vince Harper, Section Head of Coastal Watershed Operations, at DFO and requested that they only review Project Option 1. The Wuikinuxv Nation Treaty Negotiation Team have been engaged to help speed up the environmental review process.


PROJECT OVERVIEW

Wuikinuxv Nation intends to repair and modify its community wharf (the Wharf) to enhance its ability to withstand debris flows and expand its usefulness to the community (the Project). Since its construction in 2006, the Wharf has sustained significant damage from large debris flows in the Waanukv River. Subsequently, a redesign and overhaul of the original debris boom was completed in 2011. Despite the new boom, the Wharf has been damaged by debris flows and requires further repairs and upgrades before it can be returned to service.


The Wharf is critical infrastructure for the Wuikinuxv Nation, providing community members access to their territory. The ability of community members to access food resources, such as their fishing grounds, is essential for continuing food security. Its importance is further heightened considering its role in receiving food items, fuel, and other essential supplies that must be shipped to the community by sea or aircraft.


Other docks within the community are too small and unprotected to provide sufficient access throughout the year, while the Oweekeno Small Craft Harbour facility (at RIC) is located too far to be reasonably accessed by community members.


In 2019 the Wuikinuxv Nation retained Westmar Advisors Inc. (Westmar) to assist in navigating upgrade options for the Wharf. Through application of a robust community engagement initiative, Westmar and the Wuikinuxv Nation developed two scenarios for upgrading the Wharf. Both involve increasing the width of the existing boat launch, adding another float, and replacing the access gangway. The scenarios diverge in their approach to enhancing the debris boom.

  • Option 1, which is preferred by the Wuikinuxv Nation and presents a more effective solution to debris management, involves creating a fixed debris deflection barrier consisting of pipe piles and interlocking sheet piles.

  • Option 2, proposes increasing the length, diameter, and orientation of the existing debris boom, adding a second barrier closer to the Wharf, and creating a lock- block reinforced abutment to support and provide access to the Wharf.

The Fisheries Act requires that Project works, undertakings, or activities (WUA) avoid causing:

  • the death of fish by means other than fishing; and

  • the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat (HADD) unless authorized by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

PROJECT LOCATION

The Wharf is located on the north side of Waanukv River next to Oweekeno Village, accessed from Paxsta Road, approximately 1.5 km upstream of Rivers Inlet and 3.5 km downstream of the glacially fed Owikeno Lake. Discharge from the Waanukv River is seasonally variable, with a distinct freshet that results in steeply increased flows, and reduced discharge during late winter. The mouth of the Waanukv River is freshwater habitat throughout most of the year but becomes brackish during periods of low flow. Water levels and velocities are tidally influenced, with reduced river velocity during high tide. The shoreline of the Project area consists of a grassy riparian area, running approximately 45 m up and downstream of the Wharf, where the vegetation then transitions to shrubs (Salix sp. and Cornus stolonifera) and trees (Alnus sp.).


PROPOSED PROJECT WORKS

Proposed upgrades to the Wharf will involve expansion of the concrete boat launch, addition of a new gangway and float, enhancement of the existing debris boom, and removal of accumulated sediment within the footprint of the Wharf. Two options are presented for the debris shield enhancement, Option 1 involving installation of a pipe and sheet pile wall and Option 2 involving the expansion of the current debris boom, addition of secondary boom, and construction of a lock-block support abutment. For an abbreviated list of works and details, see Table 1.


Boat Launch Expansion

During community consultation, the width of the boat launch was identified as being insufficient, and will be increased from 4 m to 6 m. This work will include using pre-cast cable concrete for works above and below the high-water mark (HWM). The total footprint of the launch will change from 40 m2 to 60 m2, Total expansion below the HWM will be 4 m2. Any required temporary construction support infrastructure (e.g., site office, generator, equipment lay down, etc.) will be located a minimum of 30m landward of the Waanukv River HWM, will not require any clearing or grubbing, and will be removed after Project completion.


Wharf Repairs Option 1

Option 1 was identified by the community as the preferred plan for improving the usefulness and stability of the Wharf. While this option includes only minor changes to the Wharf, it proposes a complete redesign of the debris boom, removing the existing boom and replacing it with a pipe and sheet pile wall. This option is predicted to be the most effective in preventing further damage to the Wharf, and to have the greatest longevity.


New Float and Mooring Piles

To increase the number of boats that can be moored at the Wharf, a new 2.5 m by 20 m float will be installed at the terminus of the existing Wharf. Eight new mooring piles will be installed for anchorage, and two lock-block river anchors (currently anchoring the Wharf) will be removed. Works above the HWM will include replacement of the existing gangway and repairs to the access deck. Repairs and replacement will not include expansion of either the gangway or the access deck, and no increase in footprint will occur.


New Debris Shield

Under Option 1, the current debris boom will be removed, along with two stiff-leg supports. The boom will be replaced with a new debris barrier composed of pipe and sheet piles. Approximately 46 24-inch diameter steel pipe piles will be installed in a linear design, running from above the HWM east of the Wharf to the western edge of the existing header float. Interlocking sheet piles will be installed in the space between pipe piles to form a contiguous wall. Sheet piles will not run the full depth of the water column, creating a gap at the riverbed to allow for fish passage.


Wharf Repairs Option 2

Option 2 proposes retaining the debris boom but upgrading its length. This will be paired with a re-orientation of the Wharf into a position running parallel with river flow. To achieve this, the existing access deck will be replaced with a lock-block abutment, which will anchor and provide access to the Wharf. Option 2 involves less pile driving than Option 1 but approximately 30 m2 of the lock-block abutment will be below the HWM.


New Float and Mooring Piles and Lock-Block Abutment

To re-orient the Wharf, a lock-block abutment will be constructed immediately to the east of the existing access deck. The abutment will be approximately 154 m2, with a lock-block perimeter and dredged Waanukv River sediment occupying the interior. Approximately 17 m2 of the abutment will be below the HWM. The new gangway and existing floats will be tied-into the abutment, and a new 98 m2 “elbow float” will be installed. Like Option 1, 8 new mooring piles will be installed for anchorage, and two lock-block river anchors (currently anchoring the Wharf) will be removed. Lock-blocks and infill material will be placed into position using a land-based crane, and the bed will be load-tested to measure settlement and to determine whether additional material is needed to achieve the required elevation. Densification of the riverbed is not likely to be necessary.


Upgraded Debris Boom

Under this design, the stiff-leg supports will be removed and replaced with 6 pipe pile-reinforced frames. The frames will provide additional support for the debris boom, which will reuse the existing booms, and add a new boom extending from the western edge of the Wharf to above the HWM, where it will be fastened to a pre-existing shore-based lock-block anchor. A secondary debris boom will be installed downstream of the primary boom, perpendicular to the river flow, and will divert any debris that breaches the primary boom away from the Wharf.


Sediment Removal

Since its installation, the presence of the Wharf and debris boom has reduced downstream river velocity, causing fine sediments to accumulate within the footprint of the Wharf. As indicated by community members, riverbed substrates prior to Wharf installation included gravel and cobbles, which have since been submerged under accrued fine sediments. To restore the original riverbed surface, and provide enhanced navigability, dredging works are proposed as part of the Project. This will require removal of the top 1 m of sediment, totaling approximately 2,200 m3 over 715 m2 for Option 1 and 2,500 m3 over 820 m2 for Option 2. Dredged sediments will be used to fill newly constructed lock-block abutment if Option 2 is selected; alternative disposal options will be investigated if Option 1 is selected.


It is possible that the debris barrier may reduce stream flow velocity in the footprint of the Wharf, potentially leading to increased sedimentation. If the Project is approved, a hydrologic study will be completed to model the impact of the debris barrier on downstream velocity and sedimentation rates, and whether maintenance dredging will be required following construction.


The preferred dredging methodology will be to conduct works via clamshell bucket operated from a land- based crane (i.e., no suction dredging). If tides and water levels do not allow this, a crane staged on a marine derrick barge will be utilized.


Means and Methods of Construction


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