Invitation to parents, grandparents, foster parents and Caregivers

Panel seeks citizen input for Huu-ay-aht solution.

Huu-ay-aht wishes to develop “Made-in-Huu-ay-aht” solutions that will help keep our children safe, happy, healthy, and connected to their Huu-ay-aht families and culture. An independent, four-member panel has been appointed to explore and recommend changes and improvements to child and family services for Huu-ay-aht families.

The panel has respectfully requested that Huu-ay-aht citizens meet with them to share stories and experiences. The panel needs to hear and learn from our people and from all caregivers for our children to understand what is working and what is not working for Huu-ay-aht children and families.

The Panel wishes to hear from us about:

  • You or your families experiences with child and family services,
  • Stories you have been told that guide or anchor a Huu-ay-aht way of caring for children and families,
  • Your thoughts and ideas about how to bring our children home and keep them safe, happy, healthy, and connected to our Huu-ay-aht culture.

The panel is open to meeting in whatever way people feel safe and comfortable to discuss these important issues, for example, with individuals privately and confidentially, with family groups, and in community gatherings.

The panel will also be available to meet in a variety of locations (e.g. Anacla, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Vancouver). For those who prefer to provide input to the panel in writing please send your written comments to the panel at the email address below.

The first community gathering with the panel will be:  

Sunday             and             Monday
January 15                          January 16
12 to 5 p.m.                         9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the Cedar Wood Lodge, 5895 River Road, Port Alberni, B.C.

Meeting Materials 

Agenda

Community Services section of the Strategic Plan

Everyone who has information to share is encouraged to come. Please contact the panel at hfnpanel@gmail.com.

Register now for the First Responders Program in Anacla

The Bamfield/Anacla First Responder Training Program will take place from April 25 to 30, 2016. The community expressed an interest in developing First Responder capacity recently. So, at this time, committed candidates are needed to fill 18 available spots .

Please note that nine of the spots are reserved for Huu-ay-aht Citizens, as per the Nations’ funding requirements. This five-day course will take approximately seven hours per session, with breaks for lunch and coffee. Food and beverages are going to be provided. There is a written and practical examination on the final day.

This is a great opportunity being delivered by the Nation, in partnership with the Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC), as the first step in potentially offering a series of courses in Anacla that would ladder up to paramedic training in the long run. In the short term, it helps to build capacity to handle emergencies in the area.

Registration:
Amelia Vos – Environmental Technician
amelia.v@huuayaht.org
Phone: 250.728.3414, Ext. 119

Fresh Food Program is on hold

The Fresh Food Box is currently on hold. The program is a non-profit alternative fresh food distribution system that started in May 2015 and was paid for, in part, through a one-time funding opportunity that the Nation received called the LNG Generations Fund.

We are currently working on ways to locate funding to continue the program for another year and during this year develop a longer term solution.

We will advise citizens as soon as we have further information.

 

Fresh Food Box Program on Hold

 

 

Christopher Williams explains why he admires Tayii Ḥaw̓ił Derek Peters

Tayii Ḥaw̓ił Derek Peters is Christopher Williams’ uncle. Christopher has found a role model in him. In this digital story, he explains how Derek has supported and cheered him up (čumqstup) in difficult moments of his life.  This young Huu-ay-aht talks about how to overcome intergenerational effects of colonization and Residential Schools through praying and “Native Pride.”

 

High wind and heavy rain warning for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning

Amelia Vos, Environmental Technician, shared this weather report. Heads up to everyone working in the field, crossing harbour or driving on the Bamfield road. High wind and heavy rain are expected later today. Look out for your neighbours and prepare for severe weather and potential power outage. For any questions about the Huu-ay-aht emergency preparedness plan, please contact Amelia via email (amelia.v@huuayaht.org) or phone 250.728.3414 ext.119

Weather Event Impacts:
Potential for tree damage, power outages, and localized urban flooding.

Weather Event Estimated Start Time and Duration:
Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning.

Description:
After today’s run-of the-mill low pressure system, a deeper more intense storm system will approach the west side of Vancouver Island Wednesday afternoon. Strong winds and moderate precipitation is expected over the South Coast beginning late afternoon Wednesday into the early morning hours of Thursday.

  • The strongest winds are expected along the west side of Vancouver Island.

 

  • Southeast winds up to 80km/h are forecast for the west side of Vancouver Island including Tofino and Bamfield.

 

  • A strong wind warning might be issued for the west side if the current forecast holds. Hurricane-force wind warnings will likely be issued for the West Coast Vancouver Island South marine forecast region.

 

  • Total rainfall amounts of 50-80mm are expected along the west side of Vancouver Island, the North Shore Mountains and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

 

  • The freezing level will rise from 900m to 1500m with the approach of the storm so most of the precipitation will fall as rain for elevations below 1500m.

 

  • Strong winds are also expected to spread into the Georgia Strait Wednesday night.

 

  • Additional wind warnings and rainfall warnings may be issued as the make-up of the storm becomes more certain.

 

Confidence Level:

Moderate – Weather models have had particular difficulty with the intensity and path of recent storms. There is relatively good agreement among the various models for the strong winds and moderate rainfall amounts. As always, forecast certainty will increase with the approaching storm. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings as they will change.

Recommendations:
Prepare for potential power outages. Ensure culverts and storm drains are free of debris. Monitor forecasts and alerts for updates.

For updates and alerts:
Environment Canada Forecasts: www.weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html

Environment Canada Alerts: www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Marine Forecasts & Warnings: http://weather.gc.ca/marine/region_e.html?mapID=03

BC River Forecast Centre Flood Warnings & Advisories: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm

Environment Canada Weather Blog: www.avalanche.ca/weather<http://www.avalanche.ca/weather>

 

Source: Matt MacDonald

A/ Warning Preparedness Meteorologist

Prediction and Services Directorate  – Operations West Meteorological Services of Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada (EC3)

401 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC  V6C 3S5

(604) 664-9264

matt.macdonald@canada.ca