Malahat Nation partners with Safer Ocean Systems to host Marine Courses at Malahat Nation

The Government of Canada started the Marine Safety Equipment and Training (MSET) Initiative in October 2020 to respond to concerns of Indigenous communities along the Trans Mountain Expansion Project marine shipping route. The program’s goal is to improve vessel safety and provide marine safety equipment and training to First Nation community members.

Malahat Nation was awarded funding from the Marine Safety Equipment and Training (MSET) Initiative earlier this year. To kick off the program, the Environment Department reached out to community members at the Open House on July 4 to ask members if they were interested in signing up for marine courses.

On August 18, 19 and from August 29-September 1, Malahat Nation partnered with Safer Ocean Systems based in Nanaimo to host the marine courses for Malahat members on reserve. Courses included the Marine Emergency Duties (SDVBS), Marine Radio Operators Course (ROC-M) and the Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) course. 

SVOP Course at Malahat Nation. Pictured: Barb Thomas and Kenneth Charles practicing chartwork skills for the SVOP Course.
SVOP Course at Malahat Nation. Pictured: Barb Thomas and Joan Seymour tying a bowline knot during the SVOP course.

A total of 18 certificates were obtained by Malahat community members who successfully completed these courses. They learned various skills including chart work, knot tying, using marine navigation buoys, fire safety on vessels and use of marine VHF Radios.

SVOP Course at Malahat Nation. Pictured left to right: John Harry, Barb Thomas, Joan Seymour, Robert Oakes (instructor), Kenneth Charles, Samantha Daniels, Andrea Daniels

These certificates are required for many careers in First Nations government, whale watching, ferries, Coast Guard, fishing, and other marine industry jobs. Many of them do not expire.

The Environment Department is currently accepting applications and interest from the Malahat community for the next round of courses. Email meghan.tomlin@malahatnation.com for more info.

Freezer Jam Recipe

Freezer Jam is one of the easiest recipes out there and it’s the perfect time of the year to go out and pick up some fresh summer berries to stock up the freezer with some jam for year-round use! This recipe is easy to make and the perfect learning experience for beginners, it only takes seven steps, requires no cooking and can be made within 30 minutes.

The best thing about freezer jam is that the recipe can be used with any berries, individually or mixed, you are in complete control! You can go on a hunt around the community for blackberry picking, or you can go to the store and pick up some other berries. If you are interested in making jam with fruit (peaches, apples, pears, etc.) please follow a recipe with Certo that requires cooking, there are many recipes on google!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups of white sugar (granulated)
  • 2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice
  • 1 package of Certo (liquid pectin)

Directions:

  1. Berries: place 4 cups of berries into a bowl, crush them with a potato masher or fork. If desired, strain the mashed berries through a metal strainer for a seedless jam and remember to make sure it still adds up to 4 cups.
  2. Sugar and Lemon: add in 2 cups of sugar and 2 tbsp of lemon juice to the crushed berries and stir until combined.
  3. Certo: add in one package of certo (liquid pectin) stir thoroughly
  4. Let the batch sit for 10 minutes
  5. Fill the jars: use a ladle to fill jars, leave 1 inch space at the top for room to freeze and put lids on the jars
  6. Store the jam: let the sealed jam sit in room temperature for 24 hours then put jam in the freezer for use up to one year, store in the refrigerator for up to 7-13 days.
  7. Enjoy!

Ways to serve jam! The list is endless but my top recommendations are jam on fried bread, waffles, toast, pancakes, or whatever the heart desires.

We would like to thank Linda Martin for sharing her recipe with the community.

First Nation Health Authority canning guide: https://www.fnha.ca/WellnessSite/WellnessDocuments/FNHA-Canning-Foods-Your-Guide-To-Successful-Canning.pdf#search=canning%20guide

Introducing Environment Summer Interns

In July 2022, the Malahat Environment Department welcomed three summer interns to help study aquatic habitats! Steven Henry, Amanda Harry and Dylan Harry are helping with several projects in the Environment Department. They are learning about the many important species that live in the Salish Sea, restoring sensitive habitats in Malahat marine territory, clam garden restoration, and southern resident killer whales. Steven, Amanda, and Dylan will help to protect valuable resources of the ocean for Malahat Members. See introductions from the new interns below.

Amanda

Hi, my name is Amanda Harry I am from Malahat Nation. I am 15 years old, and in grade 10. I go to Frances Kelsey secondary school, class of 2025. I’m passionate about canoe pulling, I paddle with Malahat nations canoe club SalmonArrow. This is our second year of SalmonArrow being out on the water in 20+ years. I have just started my internship with Desiree and Tristan at the Environment Department. During this internship I will be learning more about the marine habitats, clam gardens, and killer whales in Malahat. This summer I am very excited to learn about the aquatic habitats such as kelp forests, eelgrass, intertidal eelgrass and different types of mammal species in the Saanich inlet.

Dylan

Hi, my name is Dylan Justin Harry. I am proud to be a part of Malahat Nation’s Environment Department. I’m a graduate from CVOLC open learning/Frances Kelsey Secondary School of 2022. I’m very happy to be back as an intern in the Environment Department with Desiree and Tristan for the summer, learning more about the marine habitats, clam gardens and killer whales. I am enjoying what we are learning about the Malahat Nation’s beach, how we could take care of eelgrass, and seeing intertidal eelgrass. The Environment Department Internship is very open with nice people to teach us how to get a license to fly the drone and drive a Boat.

Steven

Hi, my name is Steven Henry, I’m from Malahat Nation, I’m 17 years old, I graduated from Frances Kelsey in 2022. One of the things I’m passionate about is canoe pulling with SalmonArrow Canoe Club. The second thing I’m passionate about is soccer, I’ve been playing for 15 years. A third thing I like to do is traveling, and I’m planning on getting my heavy machinery operator course with Coast Mountain Resources. I have just started my Internship with Desiree and Tristan at the Environment Department and I’ll be learning marine habitat’s, clam gardens, and killer whales/orcas. I’m excited to learn about different species and kelp forest, Eelgrass/Eelgrass meadow/intertidal eelgrass, mammal species in the Saanich Inlet.

Malahat Nation’s Historical Archive

’uy’ skweyul / Í SȻÁĆEL / good day. 

The Lands department would like to share with the me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ community some details on the upcoming Historical Archive. This digital archive will allow the community to access information related to Malahat’s history from your own computer.

The structure for the Historical Archive is formatted similar to Wikipedia but with all Malahat related information. There will be two different levels of access to the site, one will be available to the public where non-community members can visit the site to learn more about the Nation. The second level will be password secured and protected and will include information viewable by Malahat community and staff only.

The Historical Archive will include subjects such as:

  • Language (SENĆOŦEN, hul’qumi’num, samish)
  • Recordings and documents
  • Books and reports relating to land and marine knowledge
  • Information on Malahat history

Understanding there are sacred teachings and protocols to be followed, there are ongoing discussions on what is to be included within this Historical Archive.

As this project progresses there will be more updates in the future, if you have any questions or input please contact Kate Richey in the Lands department at kate.richey@malahatnation.com

Planning for Medicinal Garden

’uy’ skweyul / Í SȻÁĆEL / good day.

The Lands department would like to share with the me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ community the ongoing Traditional plant garden project that has been in the works. The goal for this project is to give our community members an opportunity to educate themselves on plants that are in the surrounding area, or were historically in the area.

In the late-fall of 2021 the Malahat Traditional Researchers began interviewing knowledge keepers from me’luxulh / MÁLEXEȽ, quw’utsun and W̱SÁNEĆ. The information being gathered is surrounding the education of harvesting, where to find plants in our territory, and the traditional and medicinal use of these plants. The Teachings being shared will be used to educate our hwulmuhw mustimuhw (First Nation people) and most importantly our youth, to pass this knowledge on to future generations.

Planting season will begin in the spring and moving forward the Lands department will provide updates on the project. The intention come summer and fall is to provide educational sessions and workshops on plant harvesting and medicine making.

If you have any knowledge you would like to share about plants, specific plants you would like to see in the garden, any plants you wish to learn more about, or any general questions or input please contact Kate Richey In the Lands department at kate.richey@malahatnation.com

Marine Stewardship at Malahat Nation

The Environment Department has some exciting updates of their work!

The video below explains how the department is using Salish Sea Initiative funding to connect Malahat members to the marine environment, as well as supporting stewardship which helps Malahat protect the environment.

In December, Samantha Daniels and Dwayne Goldsmith finished their first semester at VIU in the Marine Stewardship Program. The Department also welcomed in a new Program Coordinator, Megan Tomlin, who will be helping coordinate some of the environmental programs. The Ghost Gear Program was announced and we now have a remotely operated vehicle (it’s like a robotic unmanned submarine) to look for lost fishing gear and debris.

The Environment Department is now equipped with a “Lifejacket Library” from Transport Canada, we have 19 lifejackets of different sizes that we can lend out to member who need them on the water. There are now three fully trained, on-water oil spill response personnel in their department.

Vacant Rental Unit Available

The Housing Department would like to notify you of a vacant rental unit available!

The Unit is a 1 bedroom located in the fourplex on Jesken Road, the unit will have a washer/dryer, fridge, stove and dishwasher included. Shaw available upon request.

Requirement minimum 2 years of Membership to be eligible for Housing.

Occupancy can be single, couple, single or couple with a child under 6.

Applications must be submitted by Feb 18, move-in will be April 1st.

Please update existing Housing application if needed.

Applications available on the Malahat Website here or physical copies in the Lands & Housing Office. Feel free to contact housing@malahatnation.com for more information.

The available unit is on the top right side of this fourplex

Intro to Rental Agreements

Rental Agreements are here for your protection!

The purpose of a Rental Agreement is to define the rights of the Tenant, and the responsibilities of Malahat Nation to maintain an enjoyable and safe environment. The importance of paying Rent helps ensure that future repairs and maintenance are completed for the upkeep of each Rental Unit, as well as the safety and well being of those living in the Rental Unit.

 An in-person meeting will be set before entering a Rental Agreement for the Tenant to ask any questions, and for the Housing Department to explain further details of the Rental Agreement and the Housing Policy. Each Rental Agreement describes the Tenant’s responsibility for Rental payments, regular Rental Unit maintenance, utility payments, and any services provided to the Rental Unit by Malahat Nation, (Ex. Garbage pickup, snow removal.)

Rental Agreements are signed by Chief Administrative Officer, or the Housing Manger if authority is given. All Tenants must sign a Rental Agreement; the Housing Department will keep original Rental Agreements and provide copies to Tenants.

 If the Tenant is receiving income/social assistance, the Rental Agreement must be provided copies of the Band Social Development Worker (BSDW) in the Community Programs Department by the Tenant to ensure eligibility for Shelter Allowance payments; If approved by the BSDW, this must be communicated with the Housing Department.

Rental Agreements will be reviewed and renewed each year by April 1st, if a Rental Agreement is not renewed, the Rental Agreement will remain in effect as a month to month tenancy on the same terms; which may be terminated by the Landlord or the Tenant at anytime by providing a 30-day written notice.

Tenants and/or the Housing Department will update Rental Agreements when needed to reflect any policy updates, or changes to the list of occupants, Tenant contact information or Rent rates.

Please comment below if you have any questions!