July 7, 2022
First Nations cultural studying may give college students grad credit
B.C. is increasing its exterior credentials program (ECP) to incorporate First Nations language and tradition applications towards highschool commencement.
The province introduced the transfer efficient Friday, July 1, which suggests First Nations will have the ability to create and approve their language and cultural applications to be acknowledged by the Ministry of Schooling and Childcare.
“The ministry is happy to work in partnership with the First Nations Schooling Steering Committee to allow college students to obtain credit score towards commencement for First Nations language and tradition educating that takes place outdoors of their common college program,” mentioned Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Schooling and Youngster Care in a information launch.
“This new exterior credential possibility acknowledges the dear studying alternatives that First Nations present to youth of their communities.”
Bella Coola athletes heading to B.C. Summer time Video games
Bella Coola can have 10 athletes representing the neighborhood and the Zone 8 Cariboo-Northeast workforce on the upcoming B.C. Summer time Video games in Prince George July 21-24.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie College coach Alex Boileau mentioned the athletes have labored laborious in practices and might be doing a fundraiser (automotive wash) to assist with fundraising in mid-July so keep tuned for extra data.
“We may also hold you posted on their expertise and outcomes, we now have a robust contingent of athletes from Bella Coola, who’re striving for private bests, medals and probably a championship.”
BC Summer time Video games athletes from Bella Coola embrace sisters Ayanna and Annika Parr enjoying basketball and Thompson Beloin, Declan Ratcliff, Morgan Boileau, Shaylen Moody, Isla Hodgson, Markus Hembruff, Nathaniel Schooner and Danny Legault competing in monitor and discipline.
August 4, 2022
Injured hiker and second climber rescued by BCVSAR close to Mount Waddington
A pair of hikers have been rescued from a distant space close to Mount Waddington on Friday, July 29 after certainly one of them turned injured by a falling rock.
The 2 hikers have been climbing between Serra Peak 4 and 5, close to Mount Waddington when one climber was struck by a falling rock within the arm and leg, mentioned a spokesperson with Bella Coola Valley Search and Rescue (BCVSAR).
When the pair realized the injured climber had a big gash that was bleeding profusely, they activated their SPOT/Inreach SOS.
Upon receiving the SPOT/Inreach notification the RCMP alerted BCVSAR and the group was paged out at 2:09 p.m.
Entry Helicopters had a machine working within the space of Bella Coola and as soon as BCVSAR was activated was in a position to transport the rescue workforce.
August 18, 2022
Chief raises alarm over ambulance staffing
An absence of BC Ambulance paramedics meant Bella Coola RCMP needed to transport a deceased lady in a physique bag, behind their pickup truck to the hospital, on July 23, Samuel Schooner, Chief of the Nuxalk Nation, mentioned.
Schooner, who spoke to Black Press Media on August 15 about ambulance staffing considerations, mentioned as a result of ambulances have been greater than two hours away, RCMP officers responded to the medical name the place the 52-year-old lady was in cardiac arrest.
The officers offered CPR for greater than an hour earlier than a physician from BC Ambulance Companies, over the cellphone, pronounced her lifeless.
As soon as the declaration of loss of life was made, cops then needed to acquire a physique bag from Bella Coola hospital to move the physique behind a police automobile to the morgue.
On the time of the emergency, there have been no paramedics on obligation in Bella Coola. The closest ambulance was in Anahim Lake, which based on Google Maps, is one hour and 43 minutes away. Nevertheless, Schooner mentioned it takes longer than that to journey between the 2 places.
“Two hours if we’re fortunate, relying on highway situations.”
Coast Guard Science-at-Sea Expedition attracts inquisitive Bella Coola residents
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Sharing Science-at-Sea Expedition visited the Bella Coola Harbour on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Locals had the chance to tour the CCGS Sir John Franklin, meet the captain, crew and scientists.
There have been Coast Guard demonstrations, hands-on science shows and enjoyable video games, giveaways and refreshments.
The expedition befell over 10 days and the ship visited 5 communities on the Central Coast, mentioned Michelle Imbeau, communications advisor for the Canadian Coast Guard Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
“Bella Coola was the final neighborhood visited earlier than the ship turned again south.”
September 1, 2022
B.C., feds share price of $5M Bella Bella airport highway realignment, bike path venture
The Heiltsuk First Nation is receiving $1,276,570 in provincial funding, together with $3,829,711 in federal funding, for the Heiltsuk Airport Highway Realignment venture.
NDP MLA Jennifer Rice mentioned the infrastructure funding will construct a extra resilient neighborhood in Bella Bella by establishing a brand new two-kilometre highway to hyperlink the neighborhood and the airport, and convert the prevailing highway to a devoted pedestrian and bike path.
“There are solely two methods folks can get out and in of Bella Bella: by way of air or water. Any enhancements to make these providers extra accessible are vitally essential to the residents and can assist allow tourism and financial improvement in Heiltsuk territory,” mentioned Jennifer Rice, MLA for North Coast. “These highway upgrades will guarantee secure, easy transportation for everybody who visits Bella Bella by air.”
Bella Coola River kayaker rescued
A kayaker reported lacking on the Bella Coola River Saturday night, Aug. 20, was positioned by search and rescue on the shore simply after midnight.
After getting caught up in a logjam as a result of present, the kayaker managed to tug himself off the logjam and stability his manner out, mentioned Bella Coola Valley Search and Rescue (BCVSAR) vice-president Andrew Stapleton.
“It was a miracle as a result of that kind of scenario is often a loss of life sentence,” Stapleton instructed Black Press Media.
Making it to the shore in between Walker Island and Grant Highway, the kayaker constructed a small hearth with a lighter and waited for assist.
September 29, 2022
Bella Coola ambulance service had protection for under half of July 2022
The Bella Coola ambulance was solely in-service 52 per cent of July, Lesley Pritchard, communications for BC Emergency Well being Companies (BCEHS) said in an e mail.
The in-service common over the previous yr was increased, at 75 per cent, however was nonetheless equal to 1 week per 30 days with out ambulance providers.
A recently-retired paramedic in the neighborhood, Jeffrey Snow, blamed the shortage of protection on a brand new staffing mannequin that was launched final fall.
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