Greetings to our members. We wish to inform you that our offices will be closed from Friday, October 8th to Monday, October 11th, for CSTC Day and Thanksgiving. We wish all of you a fun and safe long weekend.
(Unceded Territory of Lheidli T’enneh First Nations – Sept. 29, 2021) Carrier Sekani Tribal Council will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this Sept. 30 as a solemn reminder of the horrors experienced by residential school survivors and of those children who did not survive.
The impacts of the residential school system are ongoing and felt throughout our member nations. This day is set aside to honour survivors, their families and communities.
CSTC will be closed Sept. 30 to give staff and members much needed time to spend with loved ones and to participate in reflection and healing.
If you are in distress and need support, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society 24-hour Crisis Line at 1-800-925-4419.
After careful consideration, we at the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council have decided to postpone our Annual General Assembly. We want this AGA to be the best it can be, and believe that rushing it would do both itself and our members a grave disservice. We currently are in discussion about when the new date will be, and will inform everyone as soon as a new date has been determined. Thank you for your understanding.
The CSTC is a Non-Profit Organization located in Prince George BC, and is seeking to fill the role of:
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT – 3 Month Term
The primary purpose of the Executive Assistant’s position is to provide administrative support to the Tribal Chief, Board of Directors, and the General Manager. The Executive Assistant role requires excellent administrative skills and the ability to function efficiently as a support person to the political and administrative personnel of the Tribal Council. The position requires an ability to work with minimum supervision and in an orderly and efficient manner. The incumbent must be proficient in knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications, minute taking, and maintain a high degree of confidentiality. Report writing and business English skills are required, along with excellent interpersonal and team management skills.
Job Responsibilities/ Duties:
• Coordinates schedule of appointments for the Tribal Chief;
• Prepares all levels of briefing notes for the Tribal Chief;
• Exercises due diligence for walk-in clientele, and phone calls;
• Correspondence and material presentation;
• Responsible for ensuring that CSTC and Special Meeting Minutes, Motions, and related documentation are produced and distributed in an orderly, accurate, and timely fashion;
• Ensures that meeting packages are completed in a timely fashion for advanced distribution to the Board of Directors (Chiefs);
• Maintain confidentiality of information and files;
• Filing and administrative records management;
• Attends public forums, meetings, etc., as directed;
• Assists in the coordination of Tribal Council special events (AGA, Special Assembly, etc.);
• Coordinates travel advances and reconciles expenditures in accordance with the financial regulations of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council;
• Provides support/vacation coverage to other Administration staff as required
• Other related duties, as requested by General Manager.
Hours of work are to be from 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Minimum weekend and evening work, but will be given sufficient notice if required. Some travel will be required.
The Executive Assistant position requires post-secondary education in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. In addition, knowledge of traditions, values, and language of the Carrier Sekani people is required, along with an understanding and appreciation of relevant local, provincial, and national issues and concerns, as they relate to Aboriginal people.
Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license.
If you are interested in this term position submit a cover letter and resume by August 15, 2021, to:
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Attention: General Manager
Suite 200 1460 6th Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3N2
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Preference will be given to those of Aboriginal Ancestry per Section 16 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. People of Carrier Sekani are encouraged to apply.
(Stellat’en First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en and Ts’il Kaz Koh – Aug. 3, 2021) Three Carrier Sekani First Nations have collaborated to develop a regional, central dialect Dakelh language app aimed at increasing the number of Dakelh speakers and addressing loss of language in Dakelh communities.
Stellat’en First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en and Ts’il Kaz Koh jointly developed the app for Android users with funding from the Pathways Forward Agreement, an agreement made between the provincial government and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council to increase economic opportunities for Carrier Sekani First Nations while addressing decision-making, management and revenue sharing of lands and resources, and healing communities through socio-cultural work.
“Your language is your sense of belonging and identity,” says Eleanor Nooski, Nadleh Whut’en Language and Culture Coordinator. “Once the children start learning, there’s so much pride when the elders see it, and there’s a ripple effect in the whole community.”
The app is called ‘Dakelh nekhunik yats’ulhduk,’ which translates to English to mean ‘we will speak like our ancestors.’ It interfaces users with recorded pronunciations of the words spoken in a regional dialect of Dakelh. Traditional learning through oral history has been easily incorporated into the app.
A previous version of the app was developed strictly for iPhone, but was cost prohibitive for community members who cannot afford Apple products. The new app includes over 900 newly recorded words in a shared dialect between the three nations and is fully owned and copyrighted by the communities.
“Our language was never recorded and never written,” says Stellat’en First Nation Language Assistant Dennis Patrick. “It’s been a generation that’s lost virtually everything, and it’s important to know that when we learn this language, we’re learning about the land and who we are.”
Development of the app began in 2014, when elders and youth stayed in a hotel together to record Dakelh words for things like body parts, animals and phrases. In 2018, the three First Nations began collaboration on building the app for Android.
Collaboration between the three communities was key because the number of fluent speakers in each community varies, with Nadleh Whut’en having such low numbers, developing the app independently would have been very difficult.
Ts’il Kaz Koh Language Program and Culture Coordinator Sherry Tibbetts believes this app is an important part of healing through language and cultural activities. She is happy to be a part of the collaborative approach to teaching language in new ways.
“We live in a time when we have to be creative and innovative in everything we do,” says Tibbetts, who credits her close colleague for empowering her to take bold action to help her community. “I’ve been inspired by Karen Sharp. She taught me that everything you want to do, think beyond the impossible. When opportunity’s thrown at you, you take it.”
‘Dakelh nekhunik yats’ulhduk’ is available for download on Android.
(Unceded Territory of Lheidli T’enneh First Nations – July 6, 2021) After over 10 years of low returns for the Early Stuart sockeye salmon run, hope may finally be on the horizon for a resurgence. With the aid of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Inch Creek Hatchery, and the Takla and Tlazt’en First Nations, 60,000 sockeye smolts were released on June 8 in Gluskie Creek to help rebuild the salmon population.
Sockeye smolts released in Gluskie Creek
While the Early Stuart sockeye run has been low for over a decade, the Big Bar landslide in 2019 further endangered the species’ migration routes and population. This encouraged the Big Bar Landslide Response Team, a collaboration of DFO, The Province and First Nations, to team up with Inch Creek Hatchery and First Nations Groups from the Spawning grounds to help improve the population. Over 60,000 eggs were taken, fertilized, hatched and raised at the Inch Creek Hatchery in Dewdney, B.C. Once the smolts had reached 10 months of age, Inch Creek Hatchery brought the smolts up to Middle River to release the fish at Gluskie Creek. Representatives from Takla Lake First Nation, Tl’azt’en Nation, CSTC and DFO attended the release.
Kayleigh Patrick, Kimberely Alec, and John Alec Sr. looking over the release with DFO officer Kevin Laarman
The hope is that a portion of these 60,000 smolts will return in 3 years as full-sized salmon to breed and help raise the fish population. With easier passage through Big Bar, good ocean conditions and the right environmental conditions during migration, we should see an increase in the fish population for years to come.
If you or someone you know is a Residential School survivor in need of help, please call the Residential School Survivor Society’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-925-4419.
This July 1, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council stands in remembrance and solemnity with its member nations and survivors of the Residential School System.
This year has made clear to all what we already knew. Confirmations of unmarked graves and burial sites near Residential Schools are in the hundreds, with thousands more expected. One of the last of these schools, where 751 unmarked graves were confirmed, was not closed until 1997. This is not history. This is here and now.
With the tragedies recently laid bare, CSTC will not be celebrating. Instead, we will wear our orange shirts and spend the day in remembrance of those who were taken from us by the Residential School System and those who still live with the traumatic memories.
Today is about reflection. We can and should use this day to heal and grow.
Our office will be closed July 1 and we will resume regular operations on July 2.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and the Carrier Sekani First Nations are postponing the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, due to excessively high temperatures in the region.
If you are in need of a cooling centre in Prince George, please head to the POUNDS Project at 1126 3rd Avenue or the House of Ancestors at 355 Vancouver Street. They will be providing shade, cold snacks, and water until 11 p.m.
As western Canada continues to heat up, please follow these simple tips our to stay safe:
-Slow down. Excess motion or speed will both generate additional heat and increase sweating, which can lead to dehydration.
-Stay out of the sun. If you can’t get indoors, find areas of shade.
-If you have planned outdoor activities, postpone them if you are able.
-DO NOT attempt to drastically shift your temperature. If you are overheating, find a cool place to rest instead of a cold place. Rapid temperature shift can cause your body to go into shock.
-Drink lots of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Heat causes sweating, which can help keep you cool, but also rapidly depletes your body’s water supply. Stay hydrated.
-Dress appropriately if you can. Thin, loose material clothing that covers as much skin as possible is best, as it will let air cool you off while keeping the sun off your skin. Wide brimmed hats are also useful.
-If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks, especially if you are in direct sunlight. Take your breaks in the shade if at all possible.
-Use the buddy system. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can sneak up on the best of us, so having a friend who can keep any eye out for the symptoms is very helpful.
-Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat Exhaustion: Cool, moist, and/or pale skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. If symptoms are present, move someone to a cool area, remove any tight clothing, and apply cool, wet clothes. If conscious, provide with water, but make sure to drink slowly to avoid choking.
Heat Stroke: Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. CONTACT 911 RIGHT AWAY. Move to a cool place and use a cool bath or cool cloths to cool the body down until help arrives.
Please stay safe, everyone.
For those in need of counselling concerning the trauma caused by the Residential School System, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivor Society Emergency Crisis line at 1-800-721-0066.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council stands in solidarity with the Cowessess First Nation and survivors of the Indian Residential School System after the confirmation of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
Seven-hundred-and-fifty-one unmarked burial sites have been confirmed by the Cowessess First Nation. The Marieval Indian Residential School was closed in 1997 and partially demolished in 1999. This is recent history, and the scars these schools have produced live on in the lives of survivors and their families who now live with the memories of these atrocities.
These graves are blaring markers of colonial violence and a stark reminder of the genocide the Canadian government and the Catholic Church have committed against Indigenous peoples across Canada. The Catholic Church removed the headstones in a blatant attempt to erase the names and lives of those buried and to hide their crimes against Indigenous peoples.
CSTC prays that those who were taken can find peace, and honours those whose lives were taken from them.
Our community can never forget the horrors inflicted upon our people, but we must be strong. We must come together to heal and to forge a better future. We must make sure these actions are remembered, and more importantly, that they can never happen again.
If you are in need of support as the truth is confirmed, please speak to somebody you trust. For those in need of counselling support, you can reach the Indian Residential School Survivor Society Emergency Crisis, which is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-721-0066.
Our hearts are with the Cowessess First Nation and all survivors of the Residential School System today and every day going forward.
Submit your application by Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is currently seeking to employ up to seven technicians to assist with the
completion of the Fisheries program’s suite of projects. The successful applicants should be comfortable
working in a fast-paced, dynamic and detail-oriented environment, and have excellent communication
and time management skills. The technicians will work in a team environment as they will closely work
with a trained biologist and/or other technicians to provide field support for the collection, processing,
monitoring, preservation and analysis of samples, data and information.
The projects that technicians may work on are:
- Stellako DIDSON enumeration (Mid July – end of October)
- Endako Chinook enumeration (up to 10 days, starting Aug )
- Endako Chinook trap and fence (A few weeks during the year)
- Nadina Sockeye enumeration (Mid-September- mid October)
- White Sturgeon juvenile index sampling (August-October)
- Class 5 BC driver’s license. Will consider Class 7N
- Experience working on fish enumeration, fish monitoring, or similar projects.
- Experience working independently and in a team oriented collaborative environment.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends
- Must be comfortable and feel safe working in and around water
- Must be comfortable and feel safe working in all weather conditions.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to fulfill tasks that requires meticulous attention to detail.
- Physically fit, able to lift 60 pounds, in order to carry out field-based work for extended periods
- Possess phone and email.
- Level 1 First Aid and Transportation Endorsement certificate
- Pleasure Craft Operators License
- Swiftwater Rescue certificate
- Helicopter Emergency Egress certificate
Additional Assets: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Fish and Wildlife Technician diploma or equivalent.
- Experience in fish capture techniques and using field sampling equipment.
- Experience operating boats, ATV’s and driving on gravel roads
- Experience working with First Nations.
- Knowledge of general mechanics/small engine repair an asset.
Work will take place from mid-July until the end of October. Full-time, up to 40 hours per week, with
flexible hours (some evenings and weekends). Typical hours are 8:30am – 5:00pm (8.5 hour days with a
half hour unpaid lunch break).
Although preference will be given to Indigenous applicants (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit), all
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. In accordance with Section 16(1) of the Canadian Human
Deadline for this job posting is Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 5:00 pm. We thank all applicants for their
interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
Competitive wage, based on experience, certificates and training. Starting wage is $16.50/hour.
How to Apply
Interested candidates can send a current résumé with 3 references to:
Fisheries Program Manager
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Suite 200- 1460 6th Avenue, Prince George, BC, V2L 3N2
Submit your application by Monday, July 5, 2021
The CSTC is a Non-Profit Organization located in Prince George BC, and is seeking to fill the
RECEPTION /CLERICAL SUPPORT – CASUAL
VACATION COVERAGE & ON CALL
This position is responsible for the reception and clerical support services for the Administrative Department, for
vacation backfill and on-call coverage.
Preferred qualifications for the position include a post-secondary education and training in the business administration and office administration field. A minimum of Grade 12 and previous experience is required. Minute taking and business essential skills and interpersonal skills are also required. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in MS Word and Excel. A clear criminal record check is required for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- Must be available from July 26-30, 2021 and August 3-5, 2021
- Must be available to be scheduled for full days to backfill for administrative staff and be available for on-call assignments, possibly on short notice when required.
- Must have access to a reliable vehicle and hold a valid driver’s license.
Purpose of the Job
Specific duties are as follows:
Reception / Clerical Duties:
- Typing and word processing.
- Operation of CSTC office equipment.
- Provide telephone services, including maintenance of appointment schedules.
- Record and transcribe meeting minutes.
- Maintain all filing systems.
- Maintain library of technical reports.
- Assist the organization and scheduling of travel and accommodations.
- Respond to inquires and make referrals to appropriate staff and in the absence of appropriate staff provide response if able.
- Maintain office supply inventory.
- Prepare travel claims for all staff, as required.
- Create form documents for data, mail merge applications and distribution lists.
- Process all incoming and outgoing mail, faxes and other documents.
- Daily matching and reconciliation of purchase orders with incoming invoices to be forwarded to the Finance Department.
- Document and receipts of all incoming cheques and cash.
- Other administrative and clerical duties as required.
- Frequent time pressures and changing priorities.
- Frequent interruptions to respond to requests for information.
- Open office concept with distractions from foot traffic and telephone calls.
- Processing large columns of data with firm deadlines.
- Requires long hours of sitting at computer and reception.
Detailed description of duties:
- Prepares supply list as requested from staff for approval by the respected portfolio managers by:
- Preparing supply lists for staff when required.
- Receiving delivery and verify purchase orders and invoices of all CSTC office supplies.
- Maintaining office supply files.
- Maintaining a record of all stationary supplies and initiating supply orders as required.
- Conducting follow-up as required.
- Maintain office inventory and equipment by:
- Contacting appropriate service offices for maintenance repair of office equipment and furniture.
- Makes office arrangements for staff by:
- Obtaining itineraries of approved travel.
- Initiating vehicle rental or aircraft charters and hotel reservations as required.
- Provides clerical duties by:
- Providing photocopy services to the staff as required.
- Providing word processing services and other clerical services.
- Maintaining updated files.
- Providing receptionist services to the general public.
- Field inquiries and make referrals to appropriate staff.
- Ensuring public inquiries are answered in an efficient and pleasant manner.
- Ensuring incoming mail is routed to appropriate staff and filed accurately.
- Setting up a log for outgoing files to ensure files are returned.
- Ensuring mail goes out on a daily basis.
- Ensuring receipt of itineraries from staff on a weekly basis.
- Ability to record and transcribe minutes of meetings.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the
incumbent. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and/or skills
required of the incumbent.
If you are interested in this position, submit a cover letter, resume by July 5, 2021, to:
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Attention: General Manager
Suite 200 1460 6th Ave, Prince George, BC V2L 3N2
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will
Preference will be given to those of Aboriginal Ancestry per Section 16 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. People of
Carrier Sekani are encouraged to apply.
(Unceded Territory of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation – June 21, 2021) Carrier Sekani Tribal Council wishes its members and surrounding communities a joyous National Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Today marks the 25th anniversary of what was once known as National Aboriginal Day.
This day falls in the midst of two other important cultural markers; National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month. Given the cultural reverence of this time and in respect for Two-Spirited and other LGBTQIA+ people, we have much to celebrate. Our shared culture of acceptance, engagement and understanding is worthy of recognition on its own. As we honour National Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the midst of both National Indigenous History Month and Pride Month, we have three wonderful reasons to celebrate.
While it’s important to acknowledge our Peoples on this day, we cannot forget how much work there is still to do towards reconciliation. While this is a 25th anniversary, we as the Dakelh people have been celebrating our history since time immemorial. Every day, we can be proud of our history, our culture, our tenacity and our strength. Today is an important reminder of that fact.