NEWS RELEASE · 24th October 2011
Absolutely. I have stated on my facebook page that we need to be working much closer with neighbouring communities, including the First Nations villages and reserves.
I think there should be a standing invitation to first nations councils to attend ours, I hope that they would offer the same in return. A quarterly meeting between council and first nations councils I think would benefit all of our communities and the region as a whole.
We all suffer from many of the same challenges society wise, homelessness, education, healthcare, limited resources etc... I think it could be beneficial to everyone to be able to come together and share ideas, commitments, experience and knowledge. We will never start thinking outside the box until we are willing to step outside the box.
My other idea is have a large gathering of the Northwest. Similar to UBCM, Conventions etc... but for representatives of the Northwest to gather and WORK together. No retreat. Lets get down to business together. We can not teach our children and youth to work together, learn together and grow together until we as adults model this.
Furthering that idea, we could include groups/representatives from other diverse communities as well.
The more minds and hands we have working toward a common goal the more broader and stronger we will be to tackle the journey to those goals.
It is definitely not always easy working with a large group with vastly different solutions, but when the common goal is there and we are respectful, inclusive and welcoming I think the work is worth it.
PS Bruce Martindale is a current city councillor.
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 24th October 2011
I am interested in this report. It depends on your definition of homeless. I consider couch surfing, over crowding, and shelters homeless. There is also a difference between homeless and chronic homeless. Reserves struggle with the same housing issues as the city. Not enough. But many people who struggle to find housing, who are suddenly homeless etc... migrate to local urban areas where there is at least some resources for them.
It is true there are a couple who have chosen this because it is now where they are comfortable. One of the residents at 1811 east Lake in seattle had been there for two years and still slept on the floor in a sleeping bag for fear of becoming comfortable and used to a bed again and having it taken.
We can not begin to guess how others feel, we might only ask them ourselves to understand better.
Invitations to band council meetings.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 24th October 2011
I sent a reply to a band council directive on March 29, 2011, via a band "manager," regarding what I perceived to be a life changing issue, at the time.
It is now October 24, 2011.....and I have been disrespectfully ignored and lied to. Paid civil servants/administrators must remember to try not to turn into "politicians" when doing their civic duty. Band council meetings are exclusive and hard to get "invited to." Old, defeated politicans from every level and party salivate at a possible "invitation," to a Tsimshian band council meeting. Money, money, money....and our hapless band councils are ill-equipped to respond functionally, in this changing world.
We are again open to massive abuse, pain and exploitation. Yes, I believe we have much to gain and learn from transparent and open communications. I may be wrong, but I bet all the "mayors" have huddled already. We'll see.
I still have faith that I will get my hearing.
Band councils are like no other councils I have come across. The template seems entrenched. Thank God we live close to cities, like Prince Rupert and Terrace. We hope to be a blessing to you too. We love going to town, and we are really good people. Our young ones are at the same risks downtown as yours, and go to the same schools.
If Terrace City Council receives an invitation to a Kitsumkalum Band Council meeting before I do, can I forward my concern with you? I am a Terrace property owner, and a Tsimshian/resident/employee of Kitsumkalum Band. I have been waiting since March for an invitation. Democracy looks different here, and a strong cultural renaissance killed the Tsimshian treaty process.
Times are definitely changing. God's blessings on the Tsimshian Nation. We are rich, and don't let anybody tell you differently. We love Terrace!
Comment by Stacey Tyers on 24th October 2011
They can come like any other member of the public. I do not think they should have a vote at the table and that should be stipulated as they are not elected. But I think they should be invited into the discussions more frequently. Much like we should not have a vote at their table.
But just because you attend council does not mean you are free to join the discussion. And they should be on matters that concern them.
As I stated though I do think getting down to priority planning with the First Nations is very important. That might be better suited to convention style means as discussed above, or maybe it is better suited for them to attend council... that will have to be looked at and discussed. However, more often than not in First Nations culture one must be invited to the table before they show up. It's the polite thing to do.
I was'nt aware.
Comment by James Ippel on 24th October 2011
I have not yet heard of homelessness on the Native Reserves surrounding Terrace. I was under the impression that Terrace has a stranglehold on the homeless situation. I say this, but with reservations. I saw a post on this website of a study being done about 1 1/2 years ago, and it was determined at that time there were really only about 3 or 4 bonifide homeless people in Terrace. The rest who were classified as "homeless" had places to go, a couple even owned homes, but preferred the street life.
Everyone, who wishes to access it, has the right to education, healthcare, and assistance in various fields (A.A, N.A, etc).
It is heartening to see that some want to help the less fortunate, but if they don't want help, we are banging our heads against the proverbial wall.
Can they not come?
Comment by Mr. Peters on 24th October 2011
Correct if I am wrong, but can not anyone come to city council meetings or is there some sort of invitation that one must receive?