Ahneen,  How is everyone doing? The summer just flew by very fast…   There have been so many events.  I would just like to say sorry for not being able to do my article the last couple of issues; senior management is quite the busy job.  A lot of activities and decisions in the last 3-4 months have certainly kept the calendar moving rapidly.

 

I would like to say thank you to all chaperones who helped out with the Elders trip back in July; it was a great trip and a pleasure to see all the Elders enjoy Spokane, Washington.  They enjoyed the stay at the Quest Casino and Resort.  Not only did they partake in a daily meeting, they also enjoyed the casino, Julyamsh pow wow in Post Falls, Idaho, museum and of course, shopping.  Next year will be interesting as to the next destination the Elders will choose… Suggestions?  I would like to say a special thank you ConocoPhillips for their $40k contribution towards the cost of the trip.   Also, in August some students took a memorable trip to Disneyland, California.  It was enjoyed by both the young and old who participated in that trip.  Hopefully, we see another trip happen next summer for the students; it will require major fundraising and planning. 

Hats off to the organizers, sponsors and chaperones.  Hiy Hiy. 

 

The summer student program went quite well with major changes in the program.  As started this year, the students of 2014 will be required to finish their studies.  Incompletion of school will not be a reward; therefore, it is imperative all students take their education very seriously and look to their future.  The application process will require an application be filled out by the end of the school year of 2014, from the ages of 14 years and up, followed by a job interview.  There was 2 days of extensive workshops to end the program; the following facilitators gave their institutional information to the young minds:  Kathy Davis (Grant MacEwan University), Constable James Hanson (Rocky RCMP), Alison Tremblay/Jerome Yellowdirt (Confederacy T6 Health), Firman Latimer (Business Center), Irene Kootenay (YTC College),  myself (Administration), and of course, Chief Darren Whitford ended the student program by giving the students a straight forward and heart to heart talk about the importance of Education. 

 

I would like to welcome aboard Kathy Breaker, of the southern reserve Peigan, as Principal of our School for the 2013-14 campaign. She brings the school, a new approach with emphasis on culture and heritage.  The leadership really want our students to be exposed to our way of life, at the same time making learning a priority.  I am confident that our new Principal will make a major impact to our students.

 

It is with great honor to announce that the O’Chiese First Nation Inaugural Pow-Wow 2014 will be held the weekend of June 27-29, 2014.  Our annual Treaty day will kick off the celebration on June 26.  I am really excited for this upcoming event.  It’s been a long 3-4 years of planning, construction, and landscaping of our grounds to make this event possible; long overdue.  We will be asking the community members for assistance with forming a pow-wow committee to plan for this event.  If you are interested, please feel free to contact me. 

 

We had a community meeting on the days of September 23-24, 2013.  It went quite well with most programs updating the members of how each program runs, some provided financial updates, and of course the future plans.  We also decided we will issue our annual December PCD’s on December 10 (a little earlier than usual), the office will close from December 20/13 to January 5/14.  Thanks to all the members who came out.  Hopefully our next community meeting will see more members present. This is important as the purpose of these meetings are to keep the community informed of what is current with each Program. It is slated for November 21 with an emphasis on the Audit the past 5 years.  It is also anticipated we have an open house the following day (22nd) in Edmonton to inform our off reserve members.

 

Now for the more recent, with good weather to continue into this month of October we anticipate paving the road from the south bridge up to the youth camp road.  As everyone knows, the project began last year and expected to finish next year.  Hopefully this will put pressure on the County of Clearwater to pave the 17kms from the “Texas Gate” to south bridge in the very new future.  Another exciting venture on O’Chiese.

 

Finally, it is with great sadness to hear the passing of a very compassionate and well-loved staff member of the Health Centre, Sandy Livingston.  My heart and condolences go out to the long time staff member.  Health Centre will not be the same without the caring lady who was a friend, mentor, co-worker, counsellor, and Nurse to many of our community members.  Take care Sandy, the Creator has called upon another great person.  Thank you for all your guidance and generosity.

Thank you all for your attention! If you ever have any questions or concerns; please feel free to email me at allan@ocfn.ca

 

Thanks again!

Sincerely, Allan Littlejohn,  Band Manager