Edition: August 2010
August 19, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 4
Supporting Elders and Seniors to Live Well at Elders Gathering
When the Adams Lake Band hosted the 34th Annual Elders Gathering from July 13-15, 2010 in Salmon Arm, traditional territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, the Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat (SHLS) was there to meet the Elders and provide healthy living information and resources.
SHLS hosted an information booth at the Gathering, to promote provincial government resources for older adults, such as the BC Seniors’ Guide, the new SeniorsBC.ca website (including a new page of resource links for Aboriginal Elders and seniors), and the Health and Seniors Information Line (toll-free province wide: 1-800-465-4911; in Victoria call 250-952-1742). Many of the estimated 3,000 Elders in attendance stopped by to pick up information and share their views on healthy living.
B.C. National Aboriginal Day Celebration, June 21, 2010
On June 21, the Province joined individuals, organizations and communities across B.C. and Canada in celebrating National Aboriginal Day.
Event organizers Christie (L), Karen (R) and Patricia (centre) of MARR’s Aboriginal Relations Committee
The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) organized an event at First Peoples House at the University of Victoria for Aboriginal staff across government. Lekwungen (Songhees)
Elder Butch Dick provided a blessing, his son Bradley acted as MC for the day, and attendees were given a traditional welcome to the territory.
Granny Eva’s Baked Bannock
By Eva Hanso
Starch, Serves 30
6 cups whole wheat flour
6 tsp baking powder
1 cup canola oil
1 cup skim milk powder
1 tsp salt
4 cups water
By Margret Harborne
Main, Serves about 19 (or less if not including head, tail and fins)
“When we’re talking about fish that’s salmon. If we’re talking about halibut, we’ll say halibut... or cod or anything else. But fish is salmon.” - Ron Wilson
1 whole salmon (about 7lbs)
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine
¼ cup green onions
Recipes reprinted with permission from the Elders of All Nations Cookbook: 2nd Edition with Diabetes-Friendly Recipes, 2008 brought to you by ADAPT (Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness, Prevention and Teaching Program), Vancouver Native Health Society, and the Elders Program at Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
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Aboriginal Elders and seniors are recognized as an important resource in communities across the province, with extensive experience and wisdom to offer. Government is committed to ongoing engagement with Aboriginal organizations, and works to ensure that the interests and perspectives of older Aboriginal people are communicated to us through the Seniors’ Healthy Living Advisory Network, and reflected in our healthy living tools and resources. I am very pleased to present this special issue of the SeniorsBC e-newsletter, with a focus on Aboriginal Elders and seniors.
On June 21st, the provincial government joined organizations and individuals across Canada in celebrating National Aboriginal Day. More recently, the Province participated in the 34th Annual Elders Gathering, July 13-15, in Salmon Arm, both to learn and to share information and resources. In addition, in order to support access to online information for older Aboriginal people, and their families and communities, a page of resource links for Aboriginal Elders and seniors has been added to the SeniorsBC.ca website.
This September 15-18, the BC Seniors’ Games will be held in Campbell River and the Comox Valley, traditional territory of the of Laich-kwil-tach and K’ómoks Nations. The Seniors Games are an opportunity to promote healthy, active lifestyles and social participation for B.C.’s incredible older athletes, for those who attend and support the event, and for the many volunteers who help to make the Games such a success. For more information, please visit www.bcseniorsgames.org.
Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport
COSCO Delivers Health Promotion Workshops at 34th Annual Elders Gathering
Gail Harmer, Sheila Pither and Sylvia MacLay from the Council of Seniors Citizens’ Organizations of British Columbia
COSCO was recently invited to take part in the 34th Annual Elders Gathering, in Salmon Arm, where the organization hosted an information booth and delivered seven workshops. Sheila Pither, COSCO Treasurer and Health Literacy Coordinator, was pleased by the turnout, and noted that workshops on healthy eating, chronic diseases, and medication awareness were particularly well-attended. She hopes that COSCO’s attendance at the Elders Gathering will lead to more requests for COSCO workshops in Aboriginal communities.
Since its first health promotion workshop on fall prevention was offered in 2007, Sheila Pither estimates that COSCO has presented some 200 workshops to over 4,000 recipients. Nineteen different workshops are currently available, with several more under development.
Meet J.D. and Ethel Billy!
Interviewing a King and Queen can be challenging - especially when they are as popular as J.D. and Ethel Billy of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation. The interview took place at the 34th Annual Elders Gathering in Salmon Arm and was interrupted countless times as delighted ‘subjects’ stopped to greet the honourary royals and take their photograph.
Adams Lake Band Elders J.D. and Ethel Billy were chosen as King and Queen of this year’s Gathering, for qualities like leadership and community spirit. Others elaborated on how Ethel and J.D have touched their lives. One young girl thought they were elected King and Queen for being very knowledgeable and friendly. Another Adams Lake Band member described them as strong cultural role models who teach the language and actively transfer their knowledge. Both Ethel and J.D. have been instrumental in promoting sobriety in their community and have been sober for decades – a fact held in high esteem by other Band members. Ethel and J.D are seen as honourable, truthful, down-to-earth and everybody’s friend.
As the King and Queen they led ceremonial songs and dances and started each day with a prayer. The Stó:lo Nation was elected to host the 35th Annual Elders Gathering in 2011, and J.D. and Ethel Billy passed their crowns to the new Stó:lo King and Queen as part of a moving closing ceremony. J.D. and Ethel kindly took time to answer a few questions.
SeniorsBC: How were you chosen as King and Queen of this year’s Elders Gathering? What are some of the qualities you are being honoured for?
Ethel: Each year a band elects a King and Queen to represent their people before they present their bid to host the next Elders Gathering. We may have been elected because we know a lot of people and are active Elders. We work with the Adams Lake Band Elders Group, hold family circles and have been involved for many years at the Round Lake Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre. J.D was a founding board member of the Round Lake Treatment Centre, and was a drug and alcohol counsellor for the Adams Lake Band for many years.
TIP: “Are you working within your target heart rate zone? Your target heart rate zone (training zone) is the range between 60% and 80% of your maximum heart rate. Working within this zone gives you the maximum health and fat-burning benefits from your cardiovascular activity” To learn more about your heart rate – check out the heart rate calculator at www.actnowbc.ca/seniors/heart_rate_calculator
2010 BC Seniors’ Games, Comox Valley and Campbell River
September 15 -18, 2010
Come out and support the 23rd annual BC Seniors’ Games! This multi-sport event is one of the largest Games organized in the Province, hosting approximately 3,500 participants, aged 55 plus from across BC. For more information visit the Comox Valley / Campbell River event website at www.2010bcseniorsgames.ca or www.bcseniorsgames.org
UBCM Conference, Whistler Conference Centre
September 27 - October 1, 2010
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual convention will recognize and share lessons learned from the Olympic Winter Games, nurture new relationships and capitalize on the forward momentum felt across the province. Organized around the theme Forging Gold Medal Standards, this year’s event will also see community leaders reflect on relationships with First Nations neighbours and mark new bonds built with community organizations, intergovernmental partners and other local governments. For more information visit: www.ubcm.ca
National Seniors Day / International Day of the Older Person
October 1, 2010
In June, Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors) designated October 1 as National Seniors Day (NSD) through the bill “Celebrating Canada’s Seniors Act”. The bill and the NSD honour and recognize the contributions of older Canadians as builders of the country.