CONTRIBUTION · 11th February 2010
Sylvia Jessie Stephens
Advance polls on March 18, 2010. Deadline to get in your mail-in ballots is February 23, 2010 and that is the same deadline for change of address forms. If you have moved from one place to another, fax in your forms.
Eric Nyce - Platform
I am a Nisga’a born Engineering Technologist, who graduated from The University College of the Caribou, Kamloops, BC with a Diploma in Engineering Design & Drafting Technology. Throughout Victoria you will find subdivisions that have been designed, drafted, construction overseen and inspected, by a Nisga’a. Investors met deadlines, and profits were made, hundreds of houses were built for families who wish to make a life for themselves and it was a Nisga’a who ensured during the process that the rules and regulations were met. In Kitimat existing infrastructure is properly taken care of, new developments are approved and tax dollars from the hard working people of Kitimat are managed and directed towards the needs of the city, by a Nisga’a.
The potential of Nisga’a throughout the province and world become a reality each day. I have left my people and gained the skills needed to contribute to my nation. My canoe has landed and with it I bring the skills needed to help Nisga’a realize their potential. I see a Nisga’a Nation that cuts its dependency on others.
In May of 2000 Nisga’a people were given the opportunity to change. Have we changed anything? Or have we just shifted power and responsibility?
If elected President I will stand to give Nisga’a an opportunity. I will give back what was stripped from many of us generations ago, a sense of purpose. We all have the skills and tools needed to help our Nation become a modern day version of the Nisga’a people of the past.
Job creation is a HUGE aspect of my campaign. I realize that unemployment levels in the Nation are unacceptable. I will not stand for job created with no purpose. I hope to create an economy that meets the needs of our entire Nation. We have grown to be dependent on others so much that we cannot see our potential.
Do you ever ask yourself why you drive 100kms to get food? Wonder why you have to wait until the end of the week to cash a cheque? Why you can’t move away without “moving away”? If you’ve left your village, are you welcomed back or do you feel like an outsider? Why are the only jobs, government jobs?
I have a vision a NEW COMMUNITY that unites our nation. Removes the division in the nation and brings together the 4 villages on a daily basis. That gives the members who were forced away a sense of belonging and more importantly a reason to come home. I see Nisga’a run businesses that meet the needs of the entire nation and are showcased for all to utilize. I see a community that meets the expanding housing need of our nation with home ownership being an option, not the only option.
In order to make this a reality we need to make sacrifices. Reduce the unnecessary spending that we have grown accustomed to over the past few decades. I stand to reduce the current system that calls for 36 elected officials and to make better use of these people skills. Make cuts to needless spending before cuts to important services like Health and Education. Evaluate the two-tier style of Government and its ability to provide the Programs and Services to the people. I will fight to make the nation’s governments more accountable for spending.
I hope that my vision of a new beginning is enough for you to vote for me as your President.