Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the 34th weekly newsletter of Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band!

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Weekly Updates - October 6, 2017
Steven Tresierra: What’s Happening in Our World of Energy

Sometimes it’s important for us to look at what’s going on in the wide world around us. Sometime it’s hard to know what’s going on globally, from our small and quiet part of B.C. There are many things underway that will change our lives. Let’s talk a bit about energy today. 

Indigenous People were not the ones to create the huge demand for energy, invent, or promote the various forms of energy that have made so much growth possible in this world. Oil from whales, coal and oil and gas from deep in the earth, hydro and nuclear power – all forms of power, have been created by the newcomers to satisfy their needs to build, develop, grow and survive.

With that said, we as Indigenous People are part of this modern world and we depend on electricity to light our homes, gas (in some cases) to heat our homes and oil / gasoline to get us from one place to another. Many of these forms of power and systems have only been developed in just over the last one hundred years. They have quickly transformed the planet and the way all people live. 

When we look at an energy source such as oil and gas, there are some that claim that it has made society better off in many ways, fed more people of the world, created products that make life easier to live and improved the lives of many people. There are two comments I have on this. This is true. It has done these things. Our lives have improved with the use of oil and gas or “hydro-carbons”. With that said, as our elders remind us, if we overuse something it can also have a negative impact on the earth and humans. 

Over the last thirty years, it is clear that the world as a whole, is using far too much coal and oil and gas. This has contributed to the warming of the planet, resulting in impacts – which are felt by all people and especially Indigenous people. We need to acknowledge the gift of energy that was given to us. At the same time, we have to act on the knowledge that we have gained about the negative impacts – the unintended consequence of using too much coal and oil and gas. If the world continues to rely an increasing way on carbon-based forms of energy, we are going to be in trouble. We are already starting to see this happen. Our children and grandchildren will live in that changing world. 

Elders from across the world knew that change was happening, as they observed the changes that were taking place on the land, over their lifetimes. The majority of the world’s independent scientists have come to agree. The world is waking up to the reality. The more fossil fuels (like coal and oil and gas) that are burned, the more carbon is released into the atmosphere, the more the world warms and the greater the impacts on the earth and people. 

This is a very political issue. Many of the world’s countries understand this and are changing direction and working to switch to non-carbon based forms of fuel or renewable energy. The nations of the world agreed in Paris just about a year ago to take steps to limit the world temperatures from rising. 

As we have seen, some of the counties that benefit from producing coal, oil and gas – like the United States don’t want to change too quickly as they think the Paris Accord will cost them vast sums of money to change to renewable energy, result in job losses and put them at an economic disadvantage compared to other countries.  President Trump and his new administration are not prepared to carry on with the Paris Climate Accord that was signed by former President Barak Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and the majority of the other countries of the world. 

We will see how this goes. More and more the large cities, provinces, states, companies and Indigenous Nations are simply moving forward and doing their part to work towards a sustainable energy future, where we rely less on coal, oil and gas and more on renewable forms of energy such as electricity produced from wind, water, the sun and the heat already in the earth.

So, for we as First Nations, we must deal with the realities that oil and gas is still part of our lives. There will be oil and gas drilling. There will be pipelines. We need to create business relationships and work with oil companies that cross our land, like Kinder Morgan. We must and we should build relations with the oil and gas sector and create economic opportunities that will help our families, community and nation become more self–reliant and not dependent on government programs. 

At the same time, we must also take steps to look at how we can become involved in helping the earth and society make that transition, to a low carbon future with a cooler planet. What can we do as a nation? Should we look at how we could partner with a company to create solar power in our territory? Can we and should we look at smaller forms of hydro power on our rivers that protect fish and fish habitat? Should we look at geo-thermal sources – tapping the natural heat within the earth? 

Let’s talk about this at community meeting in near future. The Council, administration and I want to know what you think and obtain some direction about these matters, how we can do our part and how we could benefit economically as a power producer using the natural resources within our traditional territory. 

Thanks for spending time to think about these important issues. I look forward to hearing from you and developing a plan together. 

Chief Steve.  

PS – Have a look on the next two pages to see the exciting and fast pace of change in the energy sector and how it will help create a healthier and safer world for all. 
October 2017 – Energy Transition Outlook From the Strategic Research Section of DNV GL based in Oslo, Norway 

“Changes are coming so fast, they will surprise many people”

“Global energy demand will plateau (stabilize) from 2030”

“Oil demand will flatten from 2020 to 2028 and go to a significant decline… the shift to renewable energy will be quicker and more massive than most people realize”.

“The energy transition will not be difficult to finance”. 

“The first major change that will have huge implications for the energy sector is that, perhaps for the first time in human history, global energy demand is about to plateau. And this will happen in the 2030s”. 

“There are three main reasons why DNV GL expects energy demand to peak – lower population growth (note – as more and more people move into cities, the less they farm, the higher the education level and lower birthrate), slower and more sustained economic growth and reduced costs for creating electricity from solar and wind power”. 

“Solar and wind will rapidly become cheaper than fossil fuels. As a result, renewables will expand to make up 44% of primary energy supply by 2050.” 

“Natural gas is the only fossil fuel that will see growth (14% from now until its peak in 2035)”

“Oil demand will decline by 38%”. 

“Coal will decline by 73% until 2050.” 

“The oil demand peak (levelling of oil use) is mainly caused by ….a very rapid shift to electric vehicles (EVs)….EVs will win out because of their superior performance and – in time – lower costs….EVs have so many advantages.”

“We will also need to decarbonize heat, so it makes sense to store the surplus renewable energy, for example to heat water with it or to convert it into gas, to be used for heating. It is not yet clear what the most economic route will be.”

The implications of the energy transition for the energy sector are obviously huge. “One important implication of peak energy demand”….“is that competition will increase. The energy market will become much more competitive and cost-driven.”

Another, perhaps surprising, finding is that, thanks to restrained demand, overall investment in energy won’t have to increase, despite the transition. “Major investments need to be made”….“but the amount of money the world spends on energy does not change much. The total number will be lower relative to GDP. That’s a pleasant surprise: we can afford the transition.”

“That’s the good news. The bad news, says Alvik, is that in spite of all these huge and rapid changes, they still won’t be enough to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. “Still more extraordinary efforts will be demanded from the energy sector to tackle the climate change.” 
First Nations begin court challenge against Trans Mountain pipeline

Similar court challenge derailed Enbridge's Northern gateway pipeline
CBC News Posted: Oct 02, 2017 11:41 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2017 6:07 PM PT

First Nations, environmental groups and local governments appeared in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver Monday continuing their fight against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation says the federal government failed to consult or gain consent of First Nations for the expansion of the oil pipeline, so they have little choice but to try to protect their land and water in the courts."Sixty years ago when this project was established, we had no legal recourse. That era has come and gone in this country," he said." We're going to demand a higher bar of engagement that leads to true environmental assessments that look to First Nations consent."

Seven First Nations, the cities of Burnaby and Vancouver, and two environmental groups are asking the court to overturn the federal government's decision to approve the expansion of the $7.4-billion pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. Both the B.C. and Alberta governments are interveners in the court action, on opposing sides of the argument. A decision against the project would send it back for assessment, a move that would cause lengthy delays. It is rare for Canada's judiciary to review pipeline approvals. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.

Consultation, Environmental Concerns

Ahead of Monday's hearing, First Nations and other groups outlined their reasons for opposing the project at a news conference. Tsleil-Waututh Chief Maureen Thomas called Burrard Inlet the "heart and soul" of the Nation's food supply and way of life. She said the risks of environmental damage due to the pipeline expansion were too great. "The majority of the people probably see us as 'those nuisance Indians' again, getting in the way … trying to stop different projects from moving forward," she said.

"Without this territory within this little small part of the world, we won't survive as the Tsleil-Waututh people, and that's what I'm fighting for." Campbell, Chief Harvey McLeod of Upper Nicola Band and Chief Lee Spahan of Coldwater Indian Band added their concerns that consultations were inadequate and approval of the project was premature. "We feel that we have been totally, totally not heard," McLeod said.

Misty MacDuffee with Raincoast Conservation and Karen Wristen with Living Oceans Society said the increased tanker traffic and noise from the project could mean extinction for southern resident killer whales. "This disturbance will happen regardless of oil spills and ship strikes and cannot be mitigated," MacDuffee said. She said the NEB erred when approving the project by not giving enough weight to its impacts on whales.

With files from The Canadian Press, Megan Batchelor and Reuters
Basic Security Training: The Secwepemc Education Training Centre
Ceremony to Celebrate the Nicola Valley Indigenous Court 
WPCIB Thanksgiving Break Notice

Please note that the WPCIB Office will be closed on Monday October 9.

We will be open again on Tuesday October 10 at 8:00AM

Have a great weekend!

From Chief and Council and the Staff of WPCIB 
Ohenten Kariwatekwen:Thanks Giving Address

As is customary among the Haudenosaunne people, they begin each meeting or gathering with the “Ohenten Kariwatekwen” or Thanksgiving Address. In this greeting, they acknowledge the contributions of all elements of creation and say thank you. At the end of each meeting they close with similar words. The following version of the Thanksgiving Address was sent by the Mohawk Nation and the Haudenosaunee Grand Council via Chief Jake Swamp to the Fourth Russell Tribunal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, November, 1980.


We who have gathered together are responsible that our cycle continues. We have been given the duty to live in harmony with one another and other living things. We give greetings that our people still share the knowledge of our culture and ceremonies and are able to pass it on. We have our elders here and also the new faces yet to be born, which is the cycle of our familie-for this we give thanks and greetings. Now our minds are one.


We give greetings and thanks to our Mother the Earth-she gives us that which makes us strong and healthy. We are grateful that she continues to perform her duties as she was instructed. The women and Mother Earth are one-givers of life. We are her color, her flesh and her roots. Now our minds are one.


We greet and thank the medicine plants of the earth. They have been instructed by the Creator to cure our diseases and sicknesses. Our people will always know their native names. They come in many forms and have many duties. Through the ones who have been vested with knowledge of the medicine plants, we give thanks. Now our minds are one. We give greetings and thanks to the plant life. Within the plants is the force of substance that sustains many life forms. From the time of the creation we have seen the various forms of plant life work many wonders. We hope that we will continue to see plant life for the generations to come. Now our minds are one. We give a greetings and thanks to the strawberry plants. We see them when the wind becomes warm again on the earth; the strawberries are indeed hanging there. And it is also true that we use them, that we drink the (straw)berry water. Now our minds are one.


We have been given three main foods from the plant world-they are the corn, beans, and squash the Three Sisters. For this we give thanks and greetings in the hope that they too will continue to replenish Mother Earth with the necessities of the life cycle. Now our minds are one.


We give thanks to the spirit of waters for our strength of well being. The waters of the world have provided many things-they quench our thirst, provide food for the plant life, and are the source of strength for the medicines we need. Now our minds are one.


We give thanks and greetings to the animal life. They are still living in the forests and other places. They provide us with food and this gives us peace of mind knowing that they are still carrying out their instructions as given by the Creator. We therefore give greetings and thanks to our animal brothers. Now our minds are one.


We acknowledge and give greetings to the trees of the world. They too continue to perform the instructions which they were given. The maple trees are the symbols as the head of the trees. It is the maple trees that provide us with sap for our syrup and is the first sign of the rebirth of spring. The trees provide us with shelter, shade, and fruits. Long ago our people were given a way of peace and strength and this way is symbolized by the everlasting tree of peace. Now our minds are one.


We now turn our thoughts toward the winged creatures. They have songs which they sing to help us appreciate our own purpose in life. We are reminded to enjoy our life cycle. Some of the winged are available to us as food and they too are carrying out their responsibilities. To us the eagle is the symbol of strength. It is said that they fly the highest and can see the creation. We show our gratitude for the fulfillment of his duties. Now our minds are one.


We listen and hear the voices of the four winds. We are assured that they are following the instructions of the Creator. They bring us strength. They come from the four directions. For this we give greetings and thanks. Now our minds are one.

To the Thunderers we call our Grandfathers we give greetings and thanks. You have also been given certain responsibilities by the Creator. We see you roaming the sky carrying with you water to renew life. Your loud voices are heard from time to time and for the protection and medicine you give, we offer our thanksgiving. Now our minds are one.

Our thoughts now turn to the sky. We see the sun, the source of life. We are instructed to call him our Eldest Brother. With the sun we can see the perfect gifts for which we are grateful. Our Brother sun nourishes Mother Earth and is the source of light and warmth. Our Brothers is the source of all fires of life. With every new sunrise is a new miracle. Now our minds are one.

During the night time we see the moon. We have been instructed to address her as our Grandmother. In her cycle she makes her face new in harmony with other female life. Our Grandmother Moon still follows the instructions of the Creator. Within these are the natural cycles of women. She determines the arrival of children, causes the tides of the oceans and she also helps us measure time. Our Grandmother continues to lead us. We are grateful and express our thanksgiving. Now our minds are one.

The Stars are the helpers of Grandmother Moon. They have spread themselves all across the sky. Our people knew their names and their messages of future happenings even to helping to mold individual character of mankind. The Stars provide us with guidance and they bring the dew to the plant life. As we view the beauty of the Stars we know that they too are following the instructions of the Creator. Now our minds are one.

The four powerful spirit beings who have been assigned by the Creator to guide us both by day and night are called the Sky Dwellers. Our Creator directed these helpers to assist him in dealing with us during our journey on Mother Earth. They know our every act and they guide us with the teachings that the Creator established. For the power of direction, we give greetings and thanks to the Sky Dwellers. Now our minds are one.

We now turn our thoughts to the Creator himself. We choose our finest words to give thanks and greetings to him. He has prepared all things on earth for our peace of mind. Then he said, “I will now prepare a place for myself where no one will know my face, but I will be listening and keeping watch on the people moving about the earth.” And indeed, we see that all things are faithful to their duties as he instructed them. We will therefore gather our minds into one and give thanks to the Creator. Now our minds are as one.
Pre-Law Outreach "See Yourself Here"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017; 5-7 pm
Third Floor of Old Main RM. 3772

Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law and the Thompson Rivers University Black Law Students' Association invites you to "See Yourself Here." 

"See Yourself Here" provides students from all backgrounds and
academic levels with the chance to learn about the law school admission
process and how to put together that perfect application.

Guest Speakers include: Craig E. Jones, Head of Admissions for the Faculty of Law, & Hodson Harding, 2L and Outreach Director for TRU BLSA

Food & beverages will be served on a first come first serve basis. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cemeka Douglas, TRU BLSA President|
Hodson Harding, TRU BLSA Outreach Director|

*If you or anyone from your department or club is interested in attending please e-mail us with your approx. numbers!
First Citizens Fund: Student Bursary Application Form

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