Issue 7, Volume 1 - December2009
Voice of the
Janet Smellie/TTC Staff photo
Lessons from long ago
Students from Watson Lake get a taste of Teslin Santa visits Teslin!
culture during unique school exchange
Grade 6 students from Johnston for Christmas, We didn’t get out un-
Elementary in Watson Lake were til June.” General Council 3-4
in Teslin on December 9th to take Madeleine and Mary Johnston
part in a school exchange aimed at urged the students to take advantage
sharing the history and culture of of the opportunities before them to
Teslin. learn their First Nation language.
The exchange took place at the Tes- “We got punished in school when
lin Tlingit Heritage Centre where we spoke our language,” Madeleine
Teslin Elders Madeleine Jackson, said. “I just about lost my language.
Mary Johnston and Wilma Magill If it wasn’t for my Auntie who kept Moose Collaring
were on hand to share their first- drilling it into my head, I wouldn’t
hand experiences of what life was be able to speak Tlingit today. You Project underway 7
like when they were growing up. kids are so lucky to have teachers
“You don’t know how lucky you that know the language and you
are to be able to go to school in your have us Elders’ who can teach you. Seven Tlingit Artists
community,” Madeleine told the So take advantage of that.”
students. “When I was your age I In the New Year, students from to represent Yukon at
went to residential school that was the Teslin School will be travelling 2010 Olympics 12
far away from our language and our to Watson Lake to learn about their
culture. They never send us home culture and heritage.
Voice of the Teslin
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Message from the CEO
It has been a pleasure serving you as Chief this year. On behalf of
Executive Council, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and
a prosperous and healthy New Year. It has been a challenging year
for many of us. Those families who have been touched by death or
illness will be in our thoughts over the holidays.
We have been working hard over the past year and are excited about
the exciting challenges that await us in the upcoming year.
TESLIN TLINGIT COUNCIL
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General Council - December 2009
Members of General Council, who gathered in Teslin on December 4-6, got a lot
accomplished in moving the government forward for the next five years.
The proceedings began with swearing in two new members of Executive Council.
General Council member Isabelle Dewhurst was sworn in to replace Dakhlawedi
member Kim Smarch. Kukhhittan member Sandy Smarch was sworn in to replace
Clara Jules. The following is a summary of events over the three days.
Teslin Outfitters Limited (TOL)
During the first two days, members discussed in detail This issue was also seen as one of the top nine pri-
the future of Teslin Outfitters Limited. orities facing TTC by Citizens who took part in the Vi-
The business has been experiencing losses in the past sioning Workshops held October 27-29, 2009.
few years due to low animal stocks and a downturn in TTC’s Executive Director Doug Hogan made a pre-
the economy. Following an indepth presentation of a sentation to General Council. Hogan said because this
review of TOL, General Council agreed to transfer the type of referendum is such a significant undertaking,
business from the TTC Trust back to Tle’Nax T’awei planning should begin by January 2010 in order to have
Limited Partnership (TTLP) who will embark on an ag- the referendum results in and any necessary legislative
gressive campaign to sell the business. changes completed in time for the Leadership of 2012.
He said the enumeration process will involve find-
Administration of Justice ing and contacting each TTC Citizens, updating contact
General Council was updated on the status of TTC’s information and creating a database. It will also involve
enacting a Peacemaker Court and Justice Council Act. deciding who is eligible to vote, establishing voting
Over the last four months Chief Peter Johnston and TTC procedures and agreeing to what percentage will con-
Justice Negotiators have been diligent in their lobbying stitute a binding majority.
efforts with the Government of Canada and the Yukon
Government. This lobbying is to ensure both govern-
ments, who initialled the agreement in March 2002,
stick to the original schedule of ratification.
The Administration of Justice Act took 10 years to
negotiate and provides for the affirmation of TTC au-
thority and jurisdiction in relation to courts, corrections
and enforcement as reflected and recognized within the
TTC Self Government Agreement.
TTC Negotiators are hoping the agreement, once rati-
fied by the Goverments of Canada and Yukon will be
able to be implemented in the Spring of 2010.
Leadership Selection Referendum
General Council members gave a firm mandate to
Executive Council to go ahead with plans to conduct a
referendum on how TTC chooses its leadership.
This mandate stems from a petition presented to Gen-
eral Council at the AGA in July 2008 requesting Gen- TTC Elder Wilma Magill is a dedicated Citizen who
eral Council consider introducing a voting system open attends almost all public TTC meetings. Magill says “I
to all TTC Citizens for the selection of Chief Executive love these meetings because there’s so much to learn
Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. about our government.”
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Strategic planning session held
“It does my heart good that culture and heritage are going
to be recognized. It’s been a long time coming.
We’ve got our foot in the door. Let’s keep it up.”
On the final day of General Council (December 6)
members were involved in a unique “hands on” exer-
cise in priority setting that will give TTC’s Executive
Council and Management Board direction for the bud-
get and strategic planning now under way.
Facilitated by Mike Lewis, who has been working
with TTC for more than two years, the day began with
the 25 members of General Council separating into
groups. These groups, with technical support of mem-
bers of Management Board, independently reviewed
the priorities and goals set out at the October 2009 Vi-
sioning Workshop held in Teslin. Categories included
Governance and Organizations, Culture and Heritage,
the Economy, Land and Environment and People and
After setting specific goals for each priority, the mem-
bers then voted on which ones the government should
focus its efforts on most for the upcoming budget plan-
“This process allows us to take the next step which
includes independent department planning and next
years budget,” says Chief Peter Johnston. “The idea is
to also incorporate these goals into the five-year plan-
ning Executive Council and Management Board are
now working on.
After all General Council members voted, it became
clear that Governance and Organizations received the
biggest number of votes, followed by Heritage and Cu-
ture which received a close second when it comes to
priorities. The Economy, Land and Environment and
“I”d like to recognize that the work we did today
confirms the work we did last October with Community
Visioning,” said Director of Heritage and Culture Tip
Evans at the close of the day.
“It’s really heartening that we’re on the right track and
by getting everybody’s views we’ll be able to build a
better budget and a better government from this.”
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Santa offers a gift to Zethaniel Bosely-Hallet.
Zethaniel’s Mom Sherylyn Bosely was on hand to
help her son.
Kayce Saligo receives his special
gift from Santa.
Santa takes time to visit with Blade.
Leigha Douville with Santa.
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with Kim Melton
Moose collaring program
shows productive results
Some of you may have seen moose wearing yellow This time around we weren’t able to locate one other
radio collars around off the South Canol. These collars cow who had twins in June; we found and saw fourteen
were put on in March 2008 for a joint project between of the collared cows between the June and November
UNBC, YTG, TTC and the TRRC designed to look at flights.
moose habitat use throughout the seasons, and to see We know from local observations that a fifteenth cow
what differences there are in what areas bulls and cows whose collar isn’t working is still alive, with a calf, on
choose at different times of the year. the Teslin River (thanks to Bert Goodvin).
While we have a broad understanding of this from It’s been really exciting to watch the cows move
local and traditional knowledge, technology lets us see throughout the last year and many of them are almost
where each moose goes each day. We can show these exactly where they were this time last year.
movements on a map with different habitat types to If you have any questions on this project, please con-
give us a better understanding of what areas they need tact me at 867-390-2532 ext 429.
at different times of the year, especially as the climate Keep an eye out for Hunter Reports in the mail, and
and vegetation are changing. don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions!
Another part of the project is to locate the cows three
times a year from the air to see how many calves are Kim Melton,
surviving. I just finished the fall flights and am happy Fish and Wildlife Officer,
to report a set of twins still alive, but only one cow with Teslin Tlingit Council
a single calf (compared to three in June).
A joint moose collar-
ing project has been
launched with TTC to
help and track the moose
populations on TTC tra-
Kim Melton/TTC Staff Photo
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2009-2010 PSE/AHRDA STUDENTS
STUDENT NAME Univ/College Program of Study
ALARIC, Ryan Simon Fraser Univ. Bachelor of Arts
ALARIC, Kara Blanche McDonald Hairdressing
BAILEY, Brent Red River College Business Admin. - Diploma
BAILEY, Tessa Univ. of Calgary Natural Sciences Degree
BECKLEY, Michelle Yukon College YNTEP
BOB, Mary Blanche McDonald Masters Make-Up Diploma
BOLTON, Candice NAIT Bach. Business Admin.
BOLTON, Janet Thompson Riv. Univ.
BOSELY, Elizabeth Yukon College Masters-Multidisciplinary
CALLAGHAN, William Sundog Retreat Journey Far Program
CARNELL, Stacy Red Deer College Legal Assistant Studies
GROAT, Cheryl Grant McEwan Coll. B.A. of Science
HAJASH, Meagan Concordia Univ. Art Ed.
HALL, David Univ. of Lethbridge Kenesiology
HALL, Timothy Mount Allison Unvi. B.A. of Arts
HOBBIS, Barbara Yukon College Masters-Multidisciplinary
HOGAN, Blair UNBC B.A.. Of Marketing
HORNE, Whitney Univ. of Calgary B.A. of Science
JACKSON, Donedin Lethbridge College Office Administration
Johnson, Tyler BCIT Apprentice Plumbing
JOHNSTON, Floyd Yukon College Office Administration
JULES, Connie SFU- Kamloops Prg. Linguistics
JULES, Jacqueline Univ. of Manitoba B.A. of Nursing
JULES, Leon Teslin Campus YC College prep.
JULES,Santana Teslin Campus YC College prep.
LINDSAY, Johnathan Columbia Academy Recording & Sound Design
MINET, Chantai Univ. of Alberta B.Sc. Psychology
MORBERG, Calvin Sundog Retreat Journey Far Program
SHELFANTOOK, Bryan DevStudios 3D Animation Sept. 2008
SHORTY, Emma Univ. of Alaska Language Teaching Methods
REED, Gregory Yukon College Pre-employment Welding
THOMPSON, Edmond Langara Collegte Arts & Science U-transfer
WOOD, Davida Yukon College YNTEP
Wurtak, Jonathan BCIT FCAW test for welder Cert.
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with Blair Travis Hogan
TTC’s marketing student joins
UNBC Board of Directors
I just thought I would share some of my most memo- their hardest to be as prepared as possible.
rable moments and accomplishments that occurred at There are 10 teams for UNBC each representing the
school over the last year. None of which would have different disciplines of business (marketing, finance,
been possible without your care and support through- tax, MIS, entrepreneurship, etc) and each team con-
out the years. sists of three members. At the competition, all Not-
Late last year, four group members including myself For-Profit teams for instance, compete against each
entered UNBC’s Annual Business Plan Competition. other. We are put in an isolated room and given a 10-
We had three months to create an original business 30 page case study, outlining an organization, its his-
plan at a professional level. These business plans were tory, its current operations, its current problem etc. We
then submitted to a panel of experts who deal with have three hours to read, solve and create a 20-minute
business plans every day, who would have a week to power-point presentation to be presented to a panel of
review them. Each group had to then present or pitch experts/judges outlining our recommendations.
their idea to the panel, very much like the TV show This event is considered a skill fair, because many
“Dragon’s Den”. corporate headhunters attend these competitions in or-
The panel loved our idea, which was for a high-end der to scout the up and coming talent.
aboriginal themed holistic spa resort. We placed first Also, after weeks of campaigning in and around
overall. We won $1,000, received a write up in the UNBC, I was elected to be the Undergraduate Student
newspaper and were awarded a large trophy which Representative on the UNBC Board of Governors.
is currently on display at the School of Business at The voter turnout was amazing, with a combined total
UNBC. of over 330 votes (well over the 60 total of last elec-
This success really set the tone for me, giving me tion).
motivation to bring my schooling to the next level. It This honour is one of the greatest privileges an un-
also gave me the courage to tackle many more of the dergraduate student can have while attended school. It
extra-curricular opportunities available at our school. means I attend all the Board of Governors meetings,
This year I was selected to be captain of the JDC West representing all undergraduate students on all major
Not-For-Profit Business Strategy team. JDC West is school issues like budget approval, tuition costs, and
the largest annual undergraduate business competi- future planning.
tion in Western Canada, with over 11 major universi- I just wanted to thank you all once again for all your
ties and colleges in the competition. We are currently care and support, which has allowed me to pursue all
in training until the competition set for January 15- of my dreams and ambitions. I hope someday soon I
17, 2010). The event will be held right here in Prince will be able to legitimately be able to contribute back
George for the first time ever, so all teams are working to my community and home.
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Mayor Clara Jules....
I would like to offer my best wishes to all of
you for the Christmas season. I know we all
had a very sad time in the Summer and Fall
with some of our Elders and young people
that passed on from our little town. I know it
is something that just doesn’t go away over-
night. I would like to take this time to let you
all know that I pray every day that we will
have happier days ahead of us. I wish you
all a very Merry Christmas.
May God bless you all and bring joy to you
in the New Year.
Financial planning at your doorstep
It is this time of the year, when we are all doing our your head financially.
New Year’s resolutions. What could we do better in our A major advantage of living on a budget is that it
lives, what would bring us one little step closer to the relieves a great deal of financially related stress. It is
light at the end of the tunnel? always fun to spend money at the time of purchase but
To have full control of our personal finances is a big it is not nearly as fun when the bill comes. When this
challenge and might be YOUR New Year’s resolution. happens, some people resort to using credit cards to
A Personal Budget is a financial plan, which sets limits pay of other cards. Other times people pay their bills
on the amount of money that will be spent on each cat- and then choose to obtain “payday advance loans” to
egory of expenses in a given month. get them through until the next check. Both of these
A good budget will take into consideration such fac- situations cause a viscous cycle of debt and growing
tors as: the amount of income being received, outstand- interest. A Personal Budget can help ensure that an
ing debt to be retired, retirement savings and an emer- accumulation of debt is prevented and money will be
gency fund. available throughout the entire month.
A great benefit is that a budget portrays an accurate TTC Finance is offering personal one-to-one sessions
idea of how much an individual can actually afford to for people who are interested in having their personal
pay for various consumer items. Whether it’s a house, finances under control. Call Matthias to make an ap-
a truck, an ATV, Snowmachine or a new big flat screen pointment. He will assist you in creating your Personal
TV, a person will be able to determine whether or not Budget and in keeping track of your earnings and ex-
a certain purchase will fit within their monetary con- penses. You can reach Matthias by phone 390-2532
straints. This acts as a safeguard against getting in over ext.496 or via e-mail Matthias.email@example.com.
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Five Mile Point Culture Camp, Atlin, BC
The Taku River Tlingit First Nation funded a
Tlingit Culture Camp from July 6th to August
14th 2009 whereby eight boys and two girls
attended the six week culture camp. The
culture camp was held at Five Mile Point in
0 Atlin. Four coordinators worked with the
ir.ca children and had a wonderful summer – not
tualMinin one day with rain and plenty of swimming.
Traditional activities included picking and
canning soapberries, picking and making
Funded in part by the Government
of Canada’s Sector Council Program
raspberry jam, and learning how to cut
salmon and smoke it. There was a tense
moment with bears visiting the camp and
having to take the children into town. A
Memory Book was completed by each child
with a DVD of pictures for the parents at a
final BBQ picnic. Over 40 simple Tlingit
conversation phrases and counting to 20
were taught and the children picked up the
TTC Holiday Hours language with relative ease.
As a reward for their accomplishments, the
TTC will be closing its Teslin Heritage Centre donated gifts and
awards were presented to each child. We
offices from December 25, 2009 to send our sincere “Gunalchéesh” to the
January 5, 2010. If you have a Teslin Heritage Centre for their donation of
housing emergency please contact
The Capital Department
Signed by John D. Ward, Spokesperson,
334-6957 Taku River Tlingit First Nation
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Tlingit artists gearing up for 2010 Olympics
The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) is pleased Teslin Artists -
to announce its partnership with the Four Host First Na- Olympic Bound
tions (FHFN), and the signing of a Memorandum of Heather Callaghan - Performing
Intent (MOI) designed to achieve unprecedented ab- Artist & Feature Artist
original partnership in the 2010 winter games. As set William Callaghan - Performing Artist &
out in this document, CYFN will be working together Feature Artist
on exciting initiatives including a Games-time Aborigi- Duane Aucoin - Performing Artist
nal Pavilion. Sharon Shorty - Performing Artist
“We are honored to become a contributing partner in Bev Morris - Visual Artist
the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion. The 2010 Winter Games Jean Taylor - Visual Artist
is an excellent opportunity to bring Yukon First Nations Ken Anderson - Visual Artist
arts, culture, business and tourism industries to the
world stage”, Said CYFN Grand Chief, Andy Carvill . from all regions of Canada.
The FHFN are the official hosts of the 2010 Games, Live events will include Inuit throat singing, Métis
which will be held within the traditional and shared tra- jigging, hoop dancing, as well as contemporary Aborig-
ditional territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish inal performances.
and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Yukon team coordinating the Yukon First Nations
Centered on a 65-foot high inflated multi-media 2010 is led by Yukon’s Katie Johnson and Charlene Al-
sphere, known as the Stratosphere, the pavilion will use exander. Their team comprises expertise and skills in
the latest technology to showcase the diversity of Ab- product and business development, marketing, training
original art, business, and culture from across Canada. and capacity and creative programming.
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal visitors will enjoy this This Pavilion will be the Aboriginal gathering place
experience in the relaxed, informal setting of the Pavil- at the biggest potlatch the world has ever seen. It will
ion. open in February 2010 and run throughout the Winter
Special “theme” days will showcase Aboriginal groups Olympic Games.
Staff at TTC’s Heritage Centre underwent two days of extensive planning in December
to create their workplans for the upcoming budget. Plans include conducting a language
survey and creating a stronger purchasing policy for their gift shop that will focus on
promoting and marketing Tlingit artists.
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NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES
Teslin Tlingit Council commits to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. To
this end TTC will be enforcing the provisions of Policy 7.3 Substance Use. Please review this
policy to reacquaint yourself with the provisions.
Please take particular note that:
1. Effective immediately there will be renewed commitment to enforcement and no
tolerance for any substance use at work in any of TTC offices or on any work site in
accordance with Personnel Policy 7.3 attached.
2. When a Director, Manager or Supervisor suspects or has a report that an employee is
under the influence at work or is using drugs or alcohol at work, it will be the
responsibility of that management employee to remove the employee from active duty
immediately. It will be the responsibility of that management employee to ensure that
the employee is taken home safely or that s/he is delivered to the facility that
administers drug/alcohol testing.
3. The discipline process will be initiated and may result in dismissal.
We cannot stress strongly enough that there is no place for substance use at work. Employees
under the influence pose a safety risk to themselves and co workers and should their behaviour
result in an accident or injury, significant liability lies with management and those who could
reasonably be expected to report the risk to their supervisor.
Let’s all lead by example
ISSUED BY MANAGEMENT BOARD
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Barb Nimco offers counselling service
to TTC Staff. For an appointment
please call 668-4048.
The Elders Council meets the first
week of every second month. The next
meeting has been scheduled for Feb-
ruary 3, 2009. For more information
please call John Peters Sr. at 390-2532
Tlingit Dance lessons are offered ev-
ery Wednesday afternoon from 3:30
to 4:30 at the Teslin School Gym.
gifT shop Martina Baker offered a selection of designer clothing at this year’s
annual pre-Christmas craft sale at the RecPlex. Dozens of tables
were booked to allow Teslin residents to sell their wares.
TTC is currently updating its Citizen
The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
gift shop is open and continues to up- mailing list as well as its e-mail address
date its stock. Open during regular list. If you have moved or changed your
TTC office hours, call Lisa Dewhurst
at 390-2532 ext. 382 for more infor- mailing address please let us know or
mation. There will be a special win- all mail sent to you will be returned to
ter sale beginning November 2 until
sender. Please call 390-2532 or e-mail us
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Gord Curran/TTC Staff photos