Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the 36th 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 - October 20, 2017
Community Water System Open House

Community Water System Open House Survey 

Simpew First Nation Career & Job Fair
Q'wemtsin Health Society Influenza Clinics 

Q’wemtsin Health Society Influenza Clinics

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
11 am – 6 pm 
At: Q’wemtsin Health Society 

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
3 pm – 6 pm 
At: WPCIB band office

Any questions, please call the Community Health Nurse at QHS (250-314-6732).

The influenza (flu) vaccine helps protect against viruses that cause the flu…make sure that you get your flu vaccine to protect yourself, your family and those around you from getting the flu!
Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band to Reaches Out Westkam Gold Corp.

The Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band recently provided comments in relation to the proposed Ajax Mine that is to be built just to the south of Kamloops. At this time, the WPCIB views the Ajax Mine, as currently proposed, as not supportable and potentially dangerous to the health and well-being of many people. The mine would clearly infringe the rights and title of the WPCIB, being part of the Secwepemc Nation. The WPCIB has made its issues and concerns known to the governments of British Columbia and Canada and will maintain a watching brief on government decision-making. Should Crown agencies approve the Ajax Mine over the objections of First Nations, the WPCIB anticipates additional litigation. 

In parallel, the WPCIB is prepared to work in good faith and engage with companies and the government in relation to other proposed projects, such as WestKam’s Gold Corp’s ‘Bonaparte Project’. The mine property is located just a few kilometers from the WPCIB. The mine property was first explored in the 1980’s. In 2016, the Government of BC approved a bulk sample allowing for 10,000 tonnes of ore to be excavated. This test activity was halted in late 2016 due to the company requiring additional money and depressed ore markets. 

The WPCIB will extend a hand to WestKam and offer to participate in engagement and consultation activities in good faith with the view to weighing the relative impacts and benefits of proposed exploration activities and a mine development plan.  The WPCIB is prepared to work with other Secwepemc communities given that the land is subject to the collective title of the Secwepemc Nation. 

Due the proximity of the mine to the community, the fact that the mine is adjacent to important water bodies and that the area is actively and currently used by WPCIB members, WPCIB will insist on deep consultation and accommodation to ensure that the cultural, environmental and socio-economic issues, concerns and interests of the WPCIB are fully and substantially addressed. 

We will also be also working to ensure that the WPCIB obtains professional and technical assistance so that the community can understand the potential risks of the mine to the land, water, air, animals, fish and people in the engagement and environmental assessment process. The WPCIB will provide updates to the community as matters progress. We look forward to reporting to you that good progress is being made with WestKam and Crown agencies in the coming weeks. 

Chief Steve Tresierra 
Cease and Desist Letter to Canada Pacific Railway 
WPCIB Involved in Discussions on Elephant Hill Fire Recovery

The Elephant Hill Fire – A Major Impact on this Region and Secwepemc Lands
This past summer’s wildfire situation has had a  terrible impact on people’s lives, this region and the lands of the Secwepemc Nation. The WPCIB continues to extend our sorrow and prayers to families and people that lost so much in this fire. 

This past week, Chief Tresierra participated in a meeting with the Minister of Forests and other Secwepemc communities to discuss the impact of the Elephant Hill Fire and what recovery efforts are needed in the area.

Rebuilding of communities and infrastructure is key. Further, restoration of the damaged eco-system of the region will also be key. Many animals, critical to our culture and way of life, such a moose, were killed and have shifted out of the area impacting families ability to feed themselves. The loss of more forest in our watersheds, following on the heels of the pine beetle epidemic will also have long last effects on fish and fish habitat. 

It is important for the WPCIB community to be involved in these talks and recovery efforts and work alongside our neighbors, local government and our fellow nations. As further details emerge on the direction of recovery initiatives and strategies, the WPCIB will share these with the community and encourage direct community input as we move along. 
Thank You!