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Chiefs leave biosolid panel

Chiefs leave biosolid panel 


Wayne Moore - Apr 12, 2016 / 10:33 am 

Chiefs representing First Nations in the Nicola Valley have walked away from the provincial biosolids panel review.

Since the signing of a collaborative engagement protocol a year ago, the Nicola chiefs and provincial representatives have met numerous times to negotiate terms and membership of the scientific review.

The review surrounded the possible dumping of biosolids in the Nicola Valley.

The two sides have not been able to come to an agreement, prompting the chiefs to walk away from the panel review.

In a press release, the chiefs contend the most recent government proposal rendered First Nations' participation that of observers only.

The proposed review was to be conducted by a small group of hand-picked agrologists and biologists, groups they say are, to a large extent, controlled by the government. 

They went on to say agrologists are heavily dependent on work provided by the biosolid industry and, therefore, are in a conflict of interest.

The chiefs stated they would like to focus on green, sustainable, alternatives to land application. Methods of dealing with the waste issue that does not endanger the health of the land or jeopardize the health of future generations.

A little more than a year ago, some residents in the Nicola Valley were outraged when learning treated human waste from the Regional District of Central Okanagan was being dumped on land west of Merritt.

The chiefs say they again stand by a moratorium they enacted a year ago on the dumping of sludge in the valley. 

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Band Hall Renovation Grand Opening Ceremony, and Special Band General Meeting

Nooaitch Indian Band members are invited to the Band Hall Renovation Grand Opening Ceremony, followed by the Special Band General Meeting on April 26th, 2016. Supper is going to be provided, and there will be a chance to win door prizes!


3:30 – 6:00: Band Hall Renovation Ceremony

3:30: Smudging

4:00: Welcome & Opening Remarks by Chief Marcel – Inclusive of history of the Band Hall

4:15: Opening Prayer in Nlaka’pamcin

4:20: Hand Drummers – Welcome Song followed by Happy Song

4:30: Summary of Completion of Project by Band Manager

4:40: Facilitator Sharing of Process for Future Teachings

4:45: Closing Prayer

4:55: Closing Hand Drum Song

5:30 – Close: Band General Meeting

5:30: Supper/cake

6:00: Meeting Called to Order

a. Review and Adoption of Agenda

b. C.N.A. Language Project – 30 minutes

c. Guest: Urban Systems – Steam 1 – Housing Assessment Results

i. Update

ii. Open Discussion

d. Guest: Scott Flamand – First Nation Market Housing: Housing Policy – review and discussion

i. Update

ii. Open Discussion

e. Fencing Project – open discussion - require decision

f. Nooaitch Election – change time of year held

g. Motion to adjourn meeting


Community Notice — April 15, 2016 

Sohkicewan Productions Ltd - film crew is coming to Nooaitch community to do film on River Of Silence, based on true story of an aboriginal missing woman.

The shootings will take place by Little Box Canyon and at Ko’waintco & Brian’s home residence. The film crew will start shooting from April 16 to 27th, 2016.

They will be set up their film crew base at Ko'waintco &Brian Michel's property, 3170 Shackelly Road. The film crew is made up of 30 to 33 people, some are actors & others film crew members.

If you are interested in volunteering to stand in, when they do a scene around a fire (possibly on April 26th, 2016), contact:

Micheal Auger, Film Director MDM
Phone: (604)-440-4295
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If you are unable to reach Micheal, leave your name and phone number with Ko’waintco Michel
Phone: 250-378-2190
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We want to hear from you!

There are a lot of exciting things happening with our community — and we want to make sure Nooaitch community members know what is going on. Over the next several months we are going to be communicating about community events, projects that are happening in our territory and more!
In order to get community members the most up to date information and also ensure we hear your concerns, we have upgraded our communications tools. Watch out for new ways to get information from through email, phone messages, social media and community meetings — and very soon our meetings will be broadcast live on the internet so our off-reserve members can participate too!
Coming Soon: Members can expect information about the Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) project regarding Biosolids in our territory. Also, we will be talking to members their opinion about the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

So keep an eye out for more information here on the NIB website, on our Facebook Page, updates in your email, on the phone… and more!
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