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2018 Municipal Election Fact Sheets

Municipal elections create opportunities to talk about local issues that matter. Municipal plans, policies, and programs are not neutral. They affect different people in different ways.

The Kitimat and Haisla Community Vitality Advisory Group and Research Team has developed a Housing Fact Sheet and an Employment Fact Sheet to encourage candidates running in the October 2018 District of Kitimat municipal election to speak about how they will work towards better housing and employment strategies. Each fact sheets explains:

  • the need for approaching housing and employment in a more inclusive way;
  • how each are currently being approached in the District of Kitimat; and
  • how those approaches could be improved.

We ask that community members ask their candidates to advocate for legislation, policy and practice commitments that encompass a more comprehensive approach to housing and employment in the District of Kitimat.

The Wellbeing Experiences of Women in the Haisla Nation and the District of Kitimat

Logo created by Miriam Windsor, a beautiful strong woman from the Haisla Nation.

Women’s wellbeing is multi-faceted, and affected by a range of social, interpersonal, economic, and
political conditions.

The Wellbeing Experiences of Women in the Haisla Nation and the District of Kitimat report is the culmination of a research project between Tamitik Status of Women, Haisla Nation, and the University of Guelph focused on understanding what life is like living as a woman in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village. By speaking to 130 women and young women from Kitimat and the Haisla Nation, the report details themes that emerged from these conversations, which include: physical environment, appropriate housing, discrimination, social isolation, technology, education, Indigenous culture, and migration, among others.

The full report documents:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. The Wellbeing Experiences of Women in the Hailsa Nation and the District of Kitimat Full Report

“For too long, the lives and experiences of northern women and girls in what is now Canada, have not been carefully considered in the face of community change. In places like Kitimat and the Haisla Nation’s Kitamaat Village, that are close to major resource extraction and development projects, people are deeply affected by the “boom” and “bust” economic cycle. Some people benefit, but many people do not. For example, when a few people with access to high paying jobs can easily afford goods and services, costs increase, and people without the same access find it harder and harder to afford basic necessities like food and shelter.”

Christmas Angel Program at Tamitik Status for Women

Angel Tree Program

Tamitik Status of Women’s Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts to children ages 0 – 17 who are in low-income families living in Kitimat and Kitamaat Village.  Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may apply for their child(ren) to receive one Christmas gift off of their Christmas wish list.  Proof of age is required via child ID (BC ID, Status Card, etc…).  All gifts will be distributed to families in the first week of December. Pick up applications at Tamitik Status of Women, 350 City Centre (above RBC and BMO) between 10 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday – applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Big Thanks to CANMEC

TSW would like to give a big thank you to CANMEC for their generous donation.

We were recently invited to CANMEC’s celebration luncheon as they had completed their part of the modernization project!  At the end of the luncheon they presented us with this $2000.00 donation. We couldn’t be more thrilled and appreciative of such a helpful contribution.

Thank you BC Lions

Thank you BC Lions!

And Sponsors Oviatt Contracting, LaPointe Engineering and Cedar Ridge Construction

Rolly Lumbala, Fullback and Travis Lulay, Quarterback from the BC Lions were in Kitimat on Wednesday, March 12th. They were here to be a part of the Be More Than a Bystander Program and did presentations at Mount Elizabeth Theater.

A breakfast meeting was held at the Firehall Prior to the presentation at the theater. Following the breakfast the BC Lions football players went to the highschool and did a presentation with the grade 10-11-12’s and then breakout groups with about 25-30 students where they were able to work on skills to be more than a bystander!

Be More Than a Bystander, is a groundbreaking partnership between the BC Lions and Ending Violence Association (EVA BC ) and is aimed at substantially increasing awareness and understanding about the impact of men’s violence against women with the goal of building mutually respectful relationships between men and women.

Human Rights Day

December 10th celebrates human rights that are shared across the globe and how far we have come in making human rights as all, as well as acknowledging there is still more work to be done. The aim is to educate people, especially youth on the importance of human rights for all so that we can keep the battle going. Many activities will be held at this time associated with the cause and activism surrounding it.

As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

more info here