Women's Room

We ask all Nisga’a citizens to join us in honouring the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th.

In honour of this day, H. Mitchell Stevens, President of Nisga’a Nation stated, “In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, we honour the special significance of this day to the Nisga’a Nation and to the Women of our Nation.  As a matrilineal culture, we honour our matriarchs and Sigidim haanak’ who are our mothers, our aunties, our sisters, and our daughters; they are our partners, our leaders and central to our family life and to the economic and political future of our Nation. We stand in solidarity with all organizations in ending the violence against and the exploitation of women, and remain committed to promoting the full equality and participation of women in our governance and within our Nation.” 

The Women in today’s Nisga’a society play a major role as keepers of the Nisga’a language and culture.  As was stated during our 2014 Special Assembly, Nisga’a Women are the ‘back bone’ of the Nation.

Nisga’a Nation is participating and sponsoring several important programs and events which promote equality and ending violence against Women.  On March 24 and 25th, Nisga’a Lisims Government will participate in the upcoming wellness conference which will address many issues related to equality, respect, participation and ending violence and exploitation of Nisga’a Women.

The Executive of Nisga’a Lisims Government has adopted a motion to develop a strategic plan to end domestic violence and to develop long term solutions   As a result of this resolution, NLG is partnering with the Ending Violence Association BC and the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The Nisga'a Museum will be featuring a book launch reading by Sheila E. Sampare. The Dreamer: A book of collected poems inspired by life experience, Ms. Sampare will take you on a journey through the highs and lows of living in the Nass Valley. 

"Dances with wolves" Book Reading and Signing - November 14, 2014 from 7pm-9pm - Free Admission

Refreshments provided after reading.  Copies of the The Dreamer will be available for purchase, cash only.  Copies are also available at Misty River Books, amazon.com, kobo.com, indigo.com and traffordorder.com.

Read further here: http://www.nisgaanation.ca/event/dreamer-book-collected-poems-inspired-l...

 

 

 

 

Good Day from NEST,

Today we are happy to offer a Personal Discovery Series:  Career Planning Exploration within the Nass Valley. We are extremely excited to have joined together with Minerva Foundation for BC Women.

Combining our strength within the Nisga’a Nation to assist our women of all ages we are proud to offer through featured workshops:

  • Visioning and Values: create a vision and define your values to determine what your truly want and reach for with confidence.

  • Preference Assessment:  self-awareness, find what best suites you, identify possible barriers and road blocks

  • Communication: Awareness of others, learn how to be understood, understand the different kinds of communication

  • Managing Change: gain an awareness of how to manage change and success, learn practical tools to help manage change

  • Cover Letter and Resume writing: learn effective cover letter and resume writing techniques, and how to get noticed

  • Interview Skills: learn the necessary skills for a successful interview

  • Negotiation: Develop the communication style and learn the techniques needed for effective negotiation

  • Mentorship: Develop industry connections, more motivation

  • First Impressions: Learn how to present yourself in person and on paper in a way that creates a great first impression.

Workshops will be held in Laxgalts’ap Community Centre, lunch will be served each day along with child minding. We are happy to assist with any travel as needed.

Contact info on attached poster.

Read further HERE

Free Breast Cancer Screening at Nisga'a Valley Health Authority

Our bodies depend on us & sometimes we need a reminder to take care of them before something goes wrong

The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) provides free

Mammograms (Breast x-ray) to BC women ages 40—79

Door prizes—Healthy Snacks & Lunch

Contact your local CHR for an appointment

                                          We look forward to seeing you on the following dates:

Laxgalts'ap - Monday September 22, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Call Marylou of Karon

Gitlaxt'aamiks - Tuesday September 23, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Call Florence or Cherie

Gingolx - Wednesday September 24, 2014, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Call Tanya Stanley

Gitwinksihlkw clients please call Millie Azak

Your CCHR's are:

  • New Aiyansh - Florence Nisyok, Cherie Mercer

  • Gitlaxt'aamiks   1-888-233-2212 or (250) 633-5000

  • Gitwinksihlkw - Millie Azak

      Gitwinksihlkw     1-800-993-3513  or (250) 633-2611

  • Laxgalts'ap - Marylou McKay, Karon McKay

      Laxgalts'ap    1-800-991-5667  or (250) 621-3274 

  • Gingolx - Tanya Stanley

     Gingolx    1-800-991-5671  or (250) 326-4258

In a powerfully emotional celebration, Nisga'a women were honoured at the Special Assembly in Gitwinksihlkw on Wednesday May 7, 2014.  Women of all ages marched in to the Assembly hall with lit candles while a musical presentation featured photos of Nisga'a women past, present and future. 

"Today we celebrate and honor the economic, political & social achievements of women: Past, Present and Future. For generations, Nisga’a Women have been and continue to be the keepers of culture and traditions as they model through their faith, strength, prosperity, endurance, humility, compassion and courage

Historically, Nisga’a women were always the backbone of our political leaders in the pursuit of the Nisga’a Treaty.  From 1927 to 1951, the federal government enacted a provision under the Indian Act that prohibited First Nations from gathering and fundraising to discuss land claims issues.  It has been said that during that time our Nisga’a women often contributed their personal valuable possessions such as gold jewelry into a common bowl to assist with the fight toward a just and honourable settlement.  This immeasurable gesture on the part of our Nisga’a women was a significant contribution that eventually led to the success realized in the Calder Decision which forced the federal government to begin negotiations of land claims agreements with First Nations from across Canada.

Today, Nisga’a women are decorated in gold once again participating in all aspects of society. It is a passionate, powerful and transformative process that is to be honored and celebrated. With each decade, women are continuing to develop wisdom without exception, become more fascinating in her liberation from limitations and the ability to try something new in order to keep their spirit and curiosity. In support of each other and within each community she will leave you with the feeling that you are never alone. She will unknowingly show her support through a simple gesture such as a nod of the head, smile, a hug or an encouraging word.

Women of the future have a vision; to show courage, commitment and character. Many are pioneers in a variety of fields and all earned placement in numerous categories and endeavors.  We are reminded that it’s not about getting older; it is more about growing and seizing every moment in life and how it defines us, and believing that the impossible is possible; to continue to be life long learners.  Today, gives us a moment in time to recognize our Nisga’a Women…Past, Present and Future."

To view the album of the Honouring Women ceremony that took place at the Special Assembly of the Nisga'a Nation in Gitwinksihlkw, click HERE

Babies First Fill Program

Purpose

To assist new parents with the cost of prescription drugs while waiting for their child to be registered.  The program can provide a purchase order to most BC Pharmacies.  Parents can then pick up their child's prescription without having to worry about paying out of pocket for prescriptions.

For further information, visit the Nisga'a Valley Health Authority WEBSITE

Upcoming events for the Nisga’a Infant Development Program

  • Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC -  Monday, Dec 2, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at NCFS lower level
  • Gitwinksihlkw, BC – Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Salvation Army
  • Laxgalts'ap, BC – Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Daycare
  • Gingolx, BC – Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Head Start

Mom’s Pop’s & Tot’s at the end of each month. This is for families to come together for a meal and art activities. Locations for Moms, Pops & Tots in Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC will be in the Foods Room at NESS and the other Nisga'a Villages will be at the same location as the Baby Massage classes. 

For additional information please contact:

Jacqueline Gosnell

Nisga’a Infant Development Program Coordinator

5100 Skateen Ave

New Aiyansh, B.C. V0J 1A0

Ph: 250 633 2085

Fx: 250 633 2192

E: jackieg@nisgaa.net

 

The Nisga’a Infant Development Program

Will be offering

Baby Massage Classes

In Aiyansh

For Babies 0 to 6 MONTHS,

then alternate with babies 6 to 12 months                   

 

Where:  NCFS LOWER LEVEL (OLD BAND OFFICE)

When:  Sept 16 babies 0 to 6 months

            Sept 23 babies 6 to 12 months

Time:    1:30 pm

Please contact Jackie Gosnell @ 250 633 2085 or Cherie Mercer 250 633 5000

Hope to see you there

Thank you

 

Jackie Gosnell Nisga’a Infant Development Progrom Coordinator

Nisga’a Child & Family Services Office located at 5100 Skateen Ave

 Mailing Address: PO Box 231 New Aiyansh, BC V0J 1A0

Phone: 250 633 2085

 Fax: 250 633 2192

 Email: jackieg@nisgaa.net

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