Dear Band Members,

We are very happy to introduce you to the fifth weekly newsletter of Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band!

With this newsletter, we aim to keep all our Band members informed about the latest happenings, events and news within the community. We are distributing this news letter by email, so please encourage everyone to get their email address, so they can be added to the list.
Weekly Updates - March 6, 2017
Interior Health News Release
Carfentanil presence confirmed in Interior Health.

The deadly drug carfentanil is now confirmed to be present in Interior Health. This comes following a positive carfentanil drug test in the Kootenay region reported by Health Canada and a positive carfentanil urine test in the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap region reported by LifeLabs. The drugs tested by Health Canada were illegal imitation oxycodone tablets with the markings CDN 80. The drug involved in the positive urine test is unknown.

“These recent findings confirm our suspicions and anecdotal reports that carfentanil is present in IH communities,” said Dr. Trevor Corneil, Chief Medical Health Officer with Interior Health. “Carfentanilb has also been detected in other parts of B.C. and may be responsible for the spike in overdose deaths seen at the end of 2016.”

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid normally used as a sedative for large animals like elephants. It is similar to fentanyl but can be 100 times more toxic; one or two grains the size of salt grains can be fatal to humans.

There is no reliable way for people to know with certainty if fentanyl, carfentanil or other potentially toxic components are in illegal drugs. People who use drugs are advised to abstain when possible, or to take measures to prevent overdose. Overdoses caused by carfentanil require larger quantities of naloxone and are more likely to be lethal.

Not using drugs at all is the best way to avoid overdose and other health impacts. Interior Health recommends people abstain from using any type of illegal drug, if at all possible. If abstaining is not an option, the following tips can help reduce the risk of overdose:
  • Don’t mix different drugs (including pharmaceutical medications, street drugs, and alcohol).
  • Don’t take drugs when you are alone, have a sober buddy with you. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
  • Use less and pace yourself. Do testers to check strength - take a small sample of a drug before taking your usual dosage.
  • Keep an eye out for your friends – stay together and look out for each other.
  • Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it. A list of locations to get a kit can be found on the Interior Health website.
  • Recognize the signs of an OD: Slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
  • If someone thinks they may be having an overdose or is witnessing an overdose, follow the SAVE ME steps and call 9-1-1 immediately, do not delay.
For more resources and links related to overdose and substance use, clickhere.
Kamloops RCMP - Do You Know How to Keep Your Teen Safe from Drugs?
Kamloops RCMP is offering a free public parent information session.

Recognizing that many parents and family members of teens are feeling overwhelmed trying to keep their children safe in today’s world of drug use, the Kamloops RCMP will be delivering an information session on how to keep your teen safe from drugs.Learn about:
  • Current trends in teen drug use
  • Tips for parents to keep their teen from using drugs
  • What to do if your child is already experimenting or addicted to drugs
The information session will also include a question and answer period with representatives from the RCMP and Mental Health & Addictions counselors.

This free information session will be on March 6th at 6:30 pm at the Henry Grube Centre.
Job Opportunities
Position:Fisheries Assistant 1 (term position)

The Secwepemc Fisheries Commission (SFC) of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (SNTC) is seeking an individual to assist the Director of Fisheries in the implementation of fisheries management programs by providing technical support to member communities of the SNTC. Clickherefor more info.

Lake Babine Job Posting

Please clickherefor a job posting from Lake Babine Nation for an Intermediate Fisheries Biologist. Deadline for applications is March 31.

Kinder Morgan Jobs

We would like to inform you of the below Kinder Morgan operations employment opportunities posted today that may be of interest to your community members:

New Job Postings
  • Land Coordinator, Terminals (term role) – Calgary (#14651)
  • Project Manager, Terminals – Calgary (#14677)
As an equal opportunity employer, Kinder Morgan Canada actively encourages applications from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, Aboriginal Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

If you know a potential candidate for these opportunities, please encourage them to apply online throughour website.
TteS Career Fair- March 8th
Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Strategy
Job Bulletin - Monday, February 27, 2017. Clickhere.
Message from Wendy Parker, Band Manager
The Band Office is currently out of stock for status cards. It could be over a month before we receive a new supply.

This is happening due to the directive from Ottawa which states that all card stock has to be accounted for across Canada before new card stock is sent out.

We will update the Newsletter as soon as status cards are available.
Clinton Lariat
We are going to try and regularly post a copy of the Clinton Lariat.To see it clickhere.
Q’wentsin Health Society Newsletter

To view the February 2017 Q’wentsin Health Society Newsletter clickhere, or visit our website.

To view the March 2017 Q’wentsin Health Society Newsletter clickhere, or visit our website.
In Perspective
View onlineHere.

IPS Executive Update

Well, the Society has been busy with the BLOOM project and I am happy to report that this cohort appears to have made a smoother transition.Overall, the Society has been busy with meeting deliverables of our contracts including the:
  • Aboriginal Social Work Training,
  • INAC Ending Violence Training targeting youth,
  • Caregiver Training,
  • Travel Contract for ASW participants,
  • Finalizing the deliverables for theAboriginal Non-Profit initiative, and
  • Delivering our Social Enterprise Training –Cultural Perspectives Training.
Cultural Perspective Training (CPT) is the Society’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. In delivering the CPT, the Society’s goal is to build local relations that are grounded in culturally appropriate practicesand create and more understanding of impacts of colonization leading to improved relationships with Aboriginal people. Participants in this training have been impacted and experienced a shift in their thinking about Aboriginal people.

If you would like more details about any of our training, or how our training could be customized to meet your need please phone the Society at 250 391 0007.


Linda Lucas
Executive Director
Indigenous Perspectives Society
Thank You!

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