Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the 19th weekly newsletter of Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band!

With this newsletter, we aim to keep all our Band members informed about the latest happenings, events and news within the community.   We are distributing this newsletter by email, so please encourage everyone to get their email address into, so they can be added to the list.
Weekly Updates - June 12, 2017
WPCIB Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement Clarifications

The following explains the Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement which was signed by WPCIB and how they apply to the Band and its Asserted rights.


Over the years the Province of BC has developed many agreements such as Accommodation Agreements and Forest Tenure Agreements to provide income and timber tenures to First Nations throughout BC.

Prior to 2003, there was no provision by the Provincial Government in legislation, to share income or Forest Tenures with a First Nation. Under legislation established in 2003, Bill 28 was developed to purchase Tenure from Licensees in the Province and then deliver the purchased tenure to a First Nation. To provide Forest Tenure (Licenses) and Revenue Sharing an agreement or agreements had to be developed which were supported by newly developed legislation. This agreement and the Forest Tenure Opportunity Agreement (FTOA) provide the ability to the Province, to extend Revenue and Tenure. Before these agreements and Bill 28, First Nations in the Province did not share in the Revenue or Forest Tenure. Last count 198 Nations or Bands had signed agreements out of 201 in the Province.

Aboriginal Rights:

One of the misconceptions related to these agreements are that a Nation or Band gives up its Aboriginal Rights by signing the agreement. In fact, this is not true as the Where As or first section of the agreement states that WPCIB has Aboriginal Rights in its identified Traditional Territory and in the Definitions (section 1.1) Aboriginal Interests are defined as Rights and Title and Aboriginal Title which are defined in Section 35(1) of the Canadian Constitution. 

Therefore, by signing either of these agreements a Nation or Band is not giving away or diminishing their Aboriginal Title or Rights under the Constitution.


Section 7.2 states that Revenue Sharing Payments are An Accommodation for Forestry Activities that may take place in the Territory. What this means is that the payments are only one means to help recognize that WPCIB is entitled to receive revenue for the activities, during the time of the agreement as it is an infringement on Rights and Title. At no time is it Total Accommodation for what is happening or what has happened in the Territory relating to Resource Development. The Band is fully entitled to pursue the past and future additional accommodation, for what has and is happening in the Territory. 


The way the consultation on Resource Development works is, a Referral is sent to the Nation or Band whose Territory the activity is taking place. This Referral usually has a 30 or 60-day response time to express the concern a Nation or Band has regarding the activity. If the FN does not respond to the Referral then silence is approval and the activity takes place as a permit is issued. By responding through consultation, you are able to raise concerns regarding infringement or negative impacts and have a more fully informed discussion about what’s going on. Also, if you don’t respond you are supporting the notion that you don’t have Aboriginal Rights in the Territory, in a future Court Case. Therefore, it is very important that responses are sent out to Referrals. The Revenue Sharing Agreement helps form proper responses, through the ability to hire a Lands Person with a portion of the funds provided.

If you have concerns about the amount of activity or the type of activity there are provisions to bring them forward and slow or stop the development. The signing of these agreements does not give the Province a Rubber Stamp to approve permits. 

By not responding through consultation you are providing the Rubber stamp for the Province to move forward, however they feel on projects.

We hope this helps to explain the Revenue Sharing and Tenure Agreements that WPCIB has entered into, similar to almost every Nation or Band in the Province. Although the agreements are not perfect, they do provide a recognition that FNs must be recognized in any Resource Development.

In addition, the Forest Tenure Agreement will also provide significant benefit through profits from the license harvesting to help the membership of WPCIB.
Whispering Pines/Clinton Education/Membership update

  • K-12 nominal roll on-reserve students for 2016-17 is 9 students, we assist with education requirements thru INAC nominal roll funding
  • WPCIB on/off reserve has two grade 12 students pending graduates
  • We were able to acquire proposal driven funding for all K-12 and able to provide reading and literacy gift cards
  • Communication has been established with private school(s) for off-serve education requests
  • Continually attend Aboriginal Education Council and Aboriginal Advisory Committee meetings thru-out the school year to enhance Aboriginal education in school district 73 & 74 for all Aboriginal students.
  • Attended Local Education Agreement conference regarding INAC funding requirements and follow-up review of WPCIB’s  LEA’s with schools districts.

Post-Secondary and Trades:
  • Continue to accept and review funding requests for academic and trades programs.  Communicate with students and education institutions on requirements and pre-requisites.  Education committee will be evaluating applications.
  • Attended yearly FNESC post-secondary conference for updates on INAC funding and reporting requirements.
  • The submitted funding request for INAC additional general pool for all post-secondary students.  
  • Currently reviewing WPCIB Post-Secondary Student Assistance Policy to meet Canada Student Loan and INAC post-secondary guidelines.  Communicating with other First Nations in the school districts and First Nations Education Steering Committee to gather more information for post-secondary policies.
  • Submitted Summer student work experience application for eligible secondary and post-secondary students.

  • Status card stock has been reduced to all First Nations – INAC Ottawa headquarters is restricting allocation - this is the beginning of the phase out of laminate cards to the secure certificate of Indian Status cards.  Vancouver regional office has indicated the phase out may begin by 2018.  Membership departments directive is to encourage band members to apply for the SCIS.
  • Our current WPCIB band membership has increased to 162 - all Band Change Reports are posted at the band office as required by INAC policy.
  • Update on Bill S-3:  the supreme court has given the federal government to July 3, 2017 to amend the Indian registration due to gender equity inadequacies as a result of the Bill C-31 in 1985 and Bill C-3 in 2011.  This change to Indian registration may result in 35,000 more Indian registrations in Canada.
2017 National Aboriginal Day

We would like to hear what band members would like to do so celebrate National Aboriginal Day.    If you would like to provide your ideas, or take the lead in setting up our own activities, please contact Wendy at the Band office. 

First Nations Health Authority

"Tobacco Nation” Podcast Series Features Personal Stories to Inform and Inspire People to Rethink Commercial Tobacco Use.

Tobacco Nation is hosted by Wawmeesh Hamilton, award-winning reporter and member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni.

To support World No Tobacco Day, the FNHA has created and launched the "Tobacco Nation" podcast series. Each episode in the four-part series features candid and moving stories about tobacco. All stories are told by First Nations people living in BC.

"These podcasts are a testament to the power of story," says Tobacco Nation host Wawmeesh Hamilton, an award-winning reporter and member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni. "Stories teach us about the world around us and show us the proper way to do things. They give us strength; they can heal. This is what we are exploring in this series."

Read more and listen here!

FNHA, Canadian Institute for Health Information Collaborate to Enhance Health Care

The FNHA and CIHI sign pact that brings together the best of both worlds

The FNHA and Canadian Institute for Health Information have formalized a partnership aimed at supporting better health outcomes for First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.

The partnership will centre on improving access to data, analyses and expertise, as well as data governance, management and quality, to improve the health and wellness of First Nations living in BC. 

Read more here!

New Environmental Health Resources

The FNHA Environmental Public Health team has just released three new resources for First Nations communities. Contact your local EHO for print copies or find them online through the links below!

Food Safety: Community Events

Food Safety: Foodborne Illness 

Prevent Illness by Washing Your Hands

These and other resources are available on the FNHA website here

Bringing Decision-Making Closer to Home: A Health and Wellness Planning Ecosystem

Tsilhqot’in National Government Health Manager Connie Jasper and FNHA’s Director of Planning Leanne Martinson and Trish Osterberg, Fraser Salish Regional Director have co-authored an article in a special Indigenous planning edition of Plan Canada, the national Canadian Institute of Planners planning magazine.

The article, “Bringing Decision-Making Closer to Home: A Health and Wellness Planning Ecosystem,” highlights a BC First Nations Planning Approach, Regional Health and Wellness Planning in the Fraser Salish Region, Tsilquotin Nation level planning in the Interior Region, and joint investment planning through Joint Project Board. 

Read it online here!

June 7! BCPSQC and FNHA Cultural Safety Webinar with Northern Health! 

Join Hilary McGregor - Lead, Knowledge Translation and Community Engagement, and Victoria Carter - Lead, Engagement and Integration from Northern Health’s newly branded Indigenous Health team, along with Sandra Garbitt and Verna Howard - Community Engagement Coordinators from the FNHA - for the next installment of the FNHA and BCPSQC Cultural Humility Webinar Series.

The team will present an overview of Northern Health resources that support cultural safety, along with specific examples of resources and initiatives developed and undertaken by local Aboriginal Health Improvement Committees.

JUNE 7, 2017 - NOON - 1 P.M.

Read more and how to join here! 

WATCH: Towards a Ten-Year Population Health and Wellness Agenda

Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer of the FNHA and Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer with the Ministry of Health presented: Towards a Ten-Year Population Health and Wellness Agenda - at Gathering Wisdom for a Shared Journey VIII.

Watch it here! 

Grad and Regalia Clothing Drive - June 8 in Vancouver

"Students work hard all year and not having something special to wear shouldn't impact their special day."

The Grads and Regalia clothing drive is asking families, men, women, groups, former students, and organizations to donate new or gently used grad outfits, gowns, suits, shoes, or vests.

Traditional regalia items are especially welcome for male or female, all sizes small to extra large.

Donations can be dropped off at the: Raycam Community Center at 920 East Hastings. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Friday, or Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information call: 604-235-1403.

Procurement Opportunities

Mobile Medical Unit

Closing Date: June 21, 2017 4:00 pm Pacific Time
More info here.

Delivery of the 8 Module Curriculum - FNHDA Certification Program
Closing Date: June 22, 2017 4:00 pm Pacific Time
More info here

Job Opportunities at the FNHA

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Location(s): Vancouver
Deadline: June 2, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Job description

Health Benefits Assessor (2 Term Vacancies)
Location(s): Vancouver
Deadline: Friday June 2, 2017 at 4:00pm
Job description

Executive Assistant to CNO
Location(s): Vancouver
Deadline: June 6, 2017 at 4:00pm
Job description

Payroll Supervisor
Location(s): West Vancouver
Deadline: June 7th, 2017 at 4:00PM
Job description

Panorama Nurse Coordinator (2 Positions)
Location(s): Vancouver
Deadline: June 13, 2017 at 4:00pm
Job description

Home Care Clinical Practice Consultant
Location(s): Vancouver
Deadline: June 16, 2017 at 4:00pm
Job description

Dental Therapist
Location(s): Northern
Deadline: Open Ended Posting
Job description​

BC First Nations and Aboriginal Health Job Opportunities

Community Outreach Worker

Organization: Yale First Nation
Location(s): Fraser Canyon to Lower Mainland
Job description

Medical Office Assistant
Organization: Snuneymuxw Health Centre
Location(s): Nanaimo
Job description

Harm Reduction Counsellor - Indigenous Focus
Organization: Aids Vancouver Island
Location(s): Victoria
Job description

Regional Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator
Organization: Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council
Location(s): Victoria, BC
Job description

Fraser East Traditional Wellness Program Developer
Organization: Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council
Location(s): Lytton, BC
Job description
Opportunity For An Apprentice Carpenter Skeetchestn Housing Department 

DEPARTMENT: Public Works, Housing and Capital Projects

POSITION TITLE: Apprentice Carpenter

  • Reporting to the Journeyman Carpenter and the Housing Manager, the Apprentice Carpenter is responsible for
  • assisting in completing building and renovation work in accordance with the BCBC 2012 guidelines. The Apprentice
  • will learn by helping the journeyman and other employees, and will be required to enter into the BC ITA
  • program if they successfully pass the probationary period. They will also assist in ensuring that project completion
  • dates are met in accordance with the project outlines created by the Housing Manager. Additionally, they will keep
  • track of time cards and report on the progress with the Housing Manager. They will work jointly with other trades
  • necessary to complete the projects, and will coordinate their efforts in a professional manner and ensure project
  • completion in accordance with the objectives of the Housing Department.

  • Internal relationships are maintained with the Housing Coordinator and the Manager.
  • External professional relationships with Housing Clientele.

  • This employee will direct report to the Journeyman Carpenter, and also to the Manager of Public Works, Housing, and Capital Projects.
  • Performs all responsibilities and duties in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Physically capable of undertaking various heavy-lifting job duties
  • Keep a daily log of tasks
  • Prepare a preventative maintenance schedule
  • Participates in setting both short-term and long-term construction goals.
  • Ensures that materials and construction meet CMHC standards, National Building Code and the BC Building Code.
  • Performs other Band jobs as required.
  • Assists the journeyman carpenter in all projects
  • Daily log and documentation of vehicle usage; reporting any concerns to Maintenance Supervisor.
  • All other duties as specified by Manager of Public Works, Housing, and Capital Projects
  • Performs all responsibilities and duties in accordance with Skeetchestn Band Administration Policies and Procedures.
  • Ensures all Policies and Procedures as set out by WORKSAFE BC are implemented and followed. 

  • Conducts repairs as identified by Manager of Public Works, Housing, and Capital Projects
  • Assists to conduct annual Social Housing inspections as per CMHC policy.
  • Carries out all repairs to Housing/Social Housing units as identified from inspections.
  • Assists in preparing estimates for required materials, supplies and labour for given projects
  • Prepares site analysis and provides recommendations to the Manager.
  • Monitors progress and makes suggestions regarding changes to construction activities as required in order to meet budget and time deadlines.
  • Ensures that materials and construction comply with CMHC standards and the BC Building Code, and all other applicable codes.
  • Learns minor tasks in plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.

  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations communities, culture and issues are an asset.
  • Knowledge and compliance with the Workers Compensation Act and its regulations.
  • Ability to work under time constraints and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to carry out and follow purchase order procedures.
  • Must possess strong supervisory skills.
  • Must be available for on-call work.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent

  • Maintains confidentiality in respect to information and is aware that he/she holds a position of trust with respect to confidential information as required in the discharge of his/her duties.
  • Attends meetings as required for the proper administration of duties.
  • Takes training when required and available by department funding.
  • Valid Learners BC drivers’ license (or better) with clean driver’s abstract.
  • Must submit a driver’s abstract on an annual basis and a copy of driver’s license.
  • Completes Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) upon hiring.
  • Must be able to complete First-Aid Level I
  • Must undergo a criminal record check upon hiring.
  • Must be able to pass annual Drug and Alcohol testing or intermittent testing upon request and immediately after any incident involving operations of Band assets.

Please forward resume to:
 HR Skeetchestn Indian Band
 PO Box 178, Savona, BC VOK 2JO
 Tel: 250-373-3493 Fax: 250-373-2494
 Resumes accepted until the position if fulfilled.
For a more detailed job description call the Skeetchestn Indian Band at 250-373-2493.

Thank you for your interest but only those candidates selected will be contacted. â€‹

Member of BC Aboriginal Justice Council

Applications are being sought from persons interested in participating as a member of the BC Aboriginal Justice Council.  The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC (NCCABC), BC Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN), First Nations Summit (FNS), and Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) are seeking to fill 1 vacancy for the remainder of the current term ending on July 14, 2018.

This position closes on June 15th.  To see the entire posting click/go here
Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Strategy Job Bulletin
Updated Food Recall Warning - Various brands of pie and tart shells recalled due to E-coli O121

Ottawa, June 2, 2017 - This food recall warning is issued to include products associated with recent flour recalls. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Harlan Bakeries - Edmonton is recalling various brands of pie and tart shells due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products
Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
No Name Sweetened Tart shells 570 g Best before dates:
2017 DE 21
2017 DE 23
0 60383 10429 0
Great Value Deep Dish Pie Shells 380 g Best before date:
2017 DE 23
6 28915 08589 1
Great Value Tart Shells 570 g Best before date:
2017 DE 22
6 28915 08591 4

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

It is not safe to taste or eat raw dough or batter regardless of the type of flour used, as raw flour can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as E. coli O121. Food contaminated with E. coli O121 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.

In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Learn more about the health risks

Sign up for recall notifications by email, follow us on Twitter, or join the CFIA community on Facebook
View our detailed explanation of the food safety investigation and recall process.


This recall was triggered by findings by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
CADD Training Opportunity
Q’wemtsín Health Society Job OpportunityQ’wemtsín Health Society Job Opportunity
Employment Opportunity
Receptionist / Medical Office Assistant (MOA)

Temporary, Casual (min 2 days/wk)

Job Summary:

This position contributes to the efficient day-to-day operations of the organization by performing a variety of clerical and medical office administrator duties. Answers general and specific inquiries related to programs and services from clients, other doctors, staff and the public and assists medical practitioners with the smooth operation and flow for patient visits and care. 

  • Provides receptionist duties and front desk coverage
  • Scheduling client appointments, confirming appointments, maintaining medical records (electronic and hardcopy)
  • Assists Senior MOA’s with additional duties as assigned
Qualifications & Skills:
  • Medical Office Administrator certificate and a minimum of two years’ relevant experience
  • Demonstrates ability to utilize and understand Medical Terminology
  • Ability to use a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality in working with others
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Word and Excel applications
  • Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work in a team setting
  • Knowledge of Secwepemc culture is an asset
Additional Requirements:
  • Possess valid British Columbia driver’s license and submit current drivers abstract
  • Reliable transportation (not on bus route)
  • Recent clear Police Information check with Vulnerable Sector screening
Please forward your cover letter, resume, references listing and all certificates/diplomas and/or transcripts that prove you can meet our educational skills and abilities to:

Q’wemtsín Health Society
Attn: Human Resources Department
130 Chilcotin Road
Kamloops, BC  V2H 1G3

E-mail:   Please forward your cover letter, resume, references listing and all certificates/diplomas and/or transcripts that prove you can meet our educational skills and abilities to:

Q’wemtsín Health Society
Attn: Human Resources Department
130 Chilcotin Road
Kamloops, BC  V2H 1G3


The deadline for this posting is Jun 14, 2017

We thank you all for your submissions.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

The deadline for this posting is Jun 14, 2017

We thank you all for your submissions.
Only qualified candidates will be contacted.
Kamloops Indian Band Elementary Teacher Job Posting

To view the posting click or go here.
Early Childhood Educator Assistant Job Opening 

General Labour Job Posting

General Labourer - Entry Level Technician 

Do you have a can-do attitude and like to keep busy? Do you want to do something different? Are you motivated by a rapidly changing environment and ambitious goals? Then we have a position for you! About the Company Did you know that mining is one of Canada's most important economic sectors? Canada is one of the largest mining nations in the world and mining is a multi-billion dollar industry. ALS operates a network of laboratories that analyze samples for the mining industry. We are a global company with competitive wages, a robust benefits program, and excellent career growth.

If you’re passionate about working in a team environment, then we want to hear from you. Previous laboratory experience or post-secondary education is not required. Full training will be provided! 

Location: ALS Geochemistry, Kamloops 


We have immediate openings for various positions. You could be involved in: 
  • Working with light industrial equipment to crush rock and mining samples and prepare them for analysis; 
  • Learning and using industry leading procedures and processes in analytical testing; 
  • Engaging in our safety culture to meet and exceed safety standards; 
  • Challenging yourself to meet quick turnaround commitments. 
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team; 
  • Basic English communication skills (written and verbal); 
  • Be clean shaven for Personal Protective Equipment (respirator); 
  • Able to stand for a full shift and work in a hot and dusty environment; 
  • Able to lift up to 50lbs at various times throughout the shift. 
For Further Details:
  • Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online no later than June 13, 2017; 
  • We would like to thank everyone for their interest in ALS, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted; 
  • For the employee referral bonus program this position is eligible for a Level A bonus award. 
ALS welcomes and encourages applications from people with all levels of ability. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

ALS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee are both recognized and valued.

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Chief and Council Activities

In addition to the regular management of individual portfolios, last week Chief and Council:
  • Chief and Council Meeting
  • Met with Enbridge to review and improve upon the 2002 Spectra agreement
  • Held aa special review of band operations and dyke maintenance.
  • Established additional Joint Venture partners.
  • Worked with Enbridge to ensure our joint venture partners and WPCIB get our share or work in our territory.
  • Participated in another search for missing and murdered women in Enderby, BC
Thank You!