Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the 28th 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   manager@wpcib.com, so they can be added to the list.
 
Weekly Updates - August 14, 2017
Change of Weekly Newsletter Day

In order to bring Band Members the most current information, we are changing the Weekly News Letter publishing days from Monday to Friday.  While this week’s newsletter is arriving on Monday, August 14th, next week’s newsletter will start the Friday run, arriving on Friday, August 25th.
 
Transmountain Expansion Pipeline Project Update

The Chief and Council wishes to provide an update to the community about the status of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline Project. 

As you know the Project was approved by the Government of Canada and Kinder Morgan has been working to address several 100 conditions related to environmental protection, providing further detailed plans, completing studies and working with First Nations to ensure that there environmental and economic interests are addressed. 

Kinder Morgan is also working with prime contractors (the companies that would manage and oversee the construction) to finalize contracts. 

Recently Kinder Morgan’s CEO stated that construction would start as planned and they wish to complete the Project at the of 2019 and have oil flowing to the shipping terminal in Burnaby, BC. It is possible that we may see some clearing and lay down work start in WPCIB territory this fall. 

However, there are still some important issues that could impact the project. Environmental groups, citizen groups and First Nations have launched 17 court cases against the Project. All the cases have been rolled up and will be heard together at the same time. It is expected that the hearing will start this October. 

There are additional challenges. In addition to this, this summer the NDP and Green Party formed a coalition government and are now in power of the Government of BC. The two parties have vowed to fight the Project and announced this week that they will be intervening in the cases. 

The Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and Trans Mountain argue that the BC Government cannot interfere with or halt the Project as the Project falls under the authority of the Government of Canada. 

The WPCIB Chief and Council are keeping a close eye on these matters. In the meantime, the WPCIB and Kinder Morgan will be working to ensure that if the Project does proceed, that Kinder Morgan works to fulfill the financial, business, employment, and training commitments it has made to the people of WPCIB. 

Transmountain Terminal, Burnaby BC 
Wildfires Still Burning Through Southern Interior

British Columbia is still in a state of emergency as the forest fires continue to burn out of control in the province.

As of last week, there are currently 146 fires burning in B.C., most that were started by lightning strikes. To date, the fires have burned approximately 604,000 hectares and has displaced thousands of people, with an estimated 6,000 still on evacuation order and more than 300 buildings destroyed.

The BC Wildfire Service states that the current fire situation is heavily dependent on weather and situation is expected to continue, until the weather shifts and rain can help halt the fires. In the meantime, fire-fighting crews are working to contain fires and direct fire away from communities. 

Conservative MP Todd Doherty of Cariboo-Prince George, states “This is going to take a long time for us to recover from…..people’s lives have been put on hold, and some people’s lives, at least property-wise, have been devastated. This will be catastrophic to our region, in terms of our industry. Whether it’s our forest industry, whether it’s our tourism industry, whether it’s our overall regional economy is going to be hit so hard. It’s going to be trying times that’s for sure.”

Prime Minister Trudeau was recently in the area to get a first-hand view of the devastation and to help focus federal government assistance and aid to the region. The federal government has contributed $27-million in federal funds towards the wildfire relief efforts. Mr. Trudeau has promised to match the province’s funding for wildfire evacuees through a donation to the Canadian Red Cross. Red Cross is providing $600 for every family displaced, another $600 every two weeks until families can return home, and upon return another $300 per household for groceries or cleaning products, for example. According to the Canadian Red Cross, 50,000 people in the province have registered to receive assistance.

Thus, far the fires have not affected the immediate WPCIB community on the North Thompson. The WPCIB administration continues to monitor the situation and is participating in government notification and government updates. 
 
Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Job Opportunities

Position: Governance Assistant
Organization: Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
Reporting to: Tribal Director
Wage: Level II

POSITION PROFILE:

The Governance Assistant will provide administrative assistance to the Tribal Director, Director of Governance and support in the day to day operations, all activities and events of the ART department, and supporting staff. This individual will also provide administrative support in the advancement of the Secwepemc Nation- BC Hydro Relationship.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:
  • Completion of grade 12 or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in an office setting
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of computer programs such as Word, Power Point, Microsoft Excel and Outlook
  • Good organizational skills and record keeping
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Organize meetings, events and activities, the logistics, agenda, minutes and related communication for the ART department, Governance Director;
  • Maintain and respond to correspondence related to Aboriginal Rights and Title, BC Hydro and the Columbia River Treaty;
  • Administrative support to the 11 signatories of the Secwepemc Nation- BC Hydro Relationship Protocol Agreement, including Joint, Steering and Executive Committees;
  • Organize travel/accommodations for the Governance Director, ART department, and support staff;
  • Assist receptionist and provide front desk coverage as requested;
  • Perform office related errands, including shopping to assist daily functions for the department;
  • Prepare notices, posters & other advertising materials as required;
  • Assist receptionist with registration, travel, meals, and accommodations for community members for conferences and workshops related to the ART department and support staff.
STANDARDS OF SERVICE:
  • Maintains confidentiality of professionally acquired information.
  • Provides service in non-judgmental and in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Is accessible, accountable, cordial and responsive in all manner of communications for the SNTC.
  • Presents themselves professionally in the workplace and when conducting business for the SNTC; keeping in mind at all times s/he represents the SNTC in a manner of professionalism and integrity.
CLOSING DATE:

In accordance with the SNTC Human Resource Policy, the first priority will be to hire qualified persons of Secwepemc ancestry. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.
We invite applications to be submitted to the SNTC attention Bonnie Leonard, Tribal Director no later than August 18th, 2017. Cover letter and resumes can be submitted by fax, mail or email to the following addresses:

680 W Athabasca St.
Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
Facsimile: 778-471-5804
Email: ea@shuswapnation.org

The Shuswap Nation Tribal Council thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position: Director of Governance
Organization: Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
Reporting to: Tribal Director

POSITION PROFILE:

The Director of Governance is responsible for working collaboratively with leadership, community members, and all staff in the Aboriginal rights and title department of SNTC to develop a Nation governance structure that will be representative of the Secwepemc Nation as a sovereign government body. The Secwepemc National Government body will be constructed based upon traditional Secwepemc values and traditions and guided by leadership and community members. The ultimate goal of the Secwepemc National Government body will be to operationalize so that leadership can effectively engage directly with Canada and British Columbia Nation to Nation on various subjects and issues. The Director of Governance will participate in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the Nation to Nation governance work. The Director shall ensure that Nationhood and Nation based actions and decisions are categorized clearly as Nation matters and will avoid community (band) governance matters. The Director of Governance will oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the governance structure.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Training:
University degree preferred with specific focus and training in governance development and 3-5years directly related experience.

Experience:
  • Experience working independently and in a team oriented environment;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in First Nation organizations and project management.
Personal Qualifications and Other Skills and Knowledge:
  • Extensive and current knowledge of Secwepemc culture and challenges. Well versed in the current state of First Nations social and political issues and knowledge of Secwepemc customs and traditions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
  • Technically competent with various computer software programs such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel and Outlook.
  • Must demonstrate exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct business and represent the SNTC and the Secwepemc National Government.
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
  • Focus on Client Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information, and activities.
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Identify, assess, and inform the leadership of internal and external issues that affect the Secwepemc Nation efforts to re-establish traditional government structures.
  • Foster effective team work within the Aboriginal rights and title department and the Secwepemc Nation.
  • Represent the Secwepemc National Government at community activities and meetings and to enhance the profile of the Secwepemc National Government body.
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization.
  • Oversee the effective day to day operations of the Aboriginal rights and title department to ensure efficiency and effective uses of all resources, both fiscal and human capacity.
  • Draft correspondence, briefing notes, reports, and policy for approval by the Tribal Director or Tribal Chief as directed.
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, and execution of special projects from time to time.
  • Determine staffing requirements for the Secwepemc National Government and make recommendations, including strategic plans and succession plans.
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resource policy.
  • Coach and mentor other staff members as appropriate to improve performance.
  • Work with staff to develop a comprehensive budget to conduct the work necessary to operate a government office.
  • Research funding sources and write funding proposals.
  • Administer the budget and monitor monthly cash flow.
  • Communicate with leadership, community members to keep them informed of the work of the Aboriginal title and rights department as it relates to governance.
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community members, advisory groups, leadership and other governments.
Standards of Service:
  • Maintains confidentiality of professionally acquired information;
  • Provides service in a non-judgmental and in a culturally sensitive manner;
  • Is accessible, accountable, cordial and responsive in all manner of communications for the SNTC;
  • Presents themselves professionally in the workplace and when conducting business for the SNTC; keeping in mind at all times s/he represents the SNTC in a manner of professionalism and integrity.
  • Accountability
  • The Governance Director – Is accountable to the council of chiefs through the direct professional supervision and support provided by the Tribal Director.
CLOSING DATE:

In accordance with the SNTC Human Resource Policy, the first priority will be to hire qualified persons of Secwepemc ancestry. Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.’

We invite applications to be submitted to the SNTC attention Bonnie Leonard, Tribal Director no later than Friday, August 18th, 2017. Cover letter and resumes can be submitted by fax, mail or email to the following addresses:’

680 W Athabasca St.
Kamloops, BC V2H 1C4
Facsimile: 778-471-5804
Email: ea@shuswapnation.org
 
The Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band (Band) Job Posting - Maintenance Manager
 

WHISPERING PINES/CLINTON INDIAN BAND
615 Whispering Pines Drive
Kamloops, BC
V2B 8S4

Phone: (250) 579-5772
Fax: (250) 579-8367

Job Posting - Maintenance Manager
Posting Date:  August 11, 2017
Deadline Date:  September 01, 2107

Key Accountabilities and Scope:
The Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band (Band) Maintenance Manager provides overall leadership and hands-on care for the maintenance and preservation of Band capital assets and facilities.  Reporting to the Chief and Council, the Band Maintenance Manager will oversee all aspects of the maintenance, preservation and safety of Band assets, ensuring that all activities are conducted in a respectful and responsible way and that decisions and actions meet the wishes of Chief and Council, while complying with established policies and procedures.

General areas of responsibility include:
  • Supervision – Supervise WPCIB employees and contractors responsible maintenance and water monitoring activities.
  • Reporting – Log daily maintenance activities and report these activities to Chief and Council weekly.
  • Housing – Prioritize and report to Chief and Council with estimated cost proposals for repairs and maintenance deemed necessary to provide suitable accommodation for the residents of the Band housing.  Manage the contractors that perform the approved work, or self perform the work, as decided by Chief and Council and Maintenance Manager.
  • Out Buildings - Prioritize and report to Chief and Council with estimated cost proposals for repairs and maintenance deemed necessary to preserve the Band’s assets.  Manage the contractors that perform the approved work, or self perform the work, as decided by Chief and Council and Maintenance Manager.
  • Roads and other Infrastructure – Submit and manage budgets and activities approved for maintenance of the roads and other infrastructure to ensure a safe environment for those residents and visitors.
  • Water – Manage and maintain the water supply and testing program.
Experience Requirements:

# Extensive experience in a management role, ideally for a First Nations organization, with responsibility for: 
  • Project management and delivery
  • Estimating
  • Budgeting
  • Human resources management and evaluation
  • Supervision of unskilled labour
  • Supervision of outside contractors
  • Program evaluation
# Knowledge and hands on experience of construction and maintenance practices through a wide scope of disciplines including:
  • Equipment operation
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Drywall
  • Framing
  • Welding
  • Roofing
  • Painting
  • Installation and repair of Windows and Doors
  • Road building and maintenance
# Ability to establish good working relationships, both internally and with external stakeholders

# Ability to manage conflict using sound judgment

# Effective written communications skills, including the ability to prepare reports, estimate, and budgets 

# Experience as an intermediate user of the Internet and software applications such as Word, Excel, etc.

# Possesses cultural awareness and sensitivity
Demonstrates a dedication to the role 

# A valid BC Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle

This is a full time/part time position.  To apply, please send resume to manager@wpcib.com.
 
Aboriginal Skills Employment & Training Strategy (Asets) Job Bulletin

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Director of Lands and Natural Resources Job Posting - Anacla Government Office

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Adams Lake Job Postings

Chief and Council Activities
 
In addition to the regular management of individual portfolios, last week Chief and Council:
  • Monitored wildfire status, and managed band emergency preparedness.
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