Now that the Election is Over

Now that the election is over our real work begins. We must never cease trying to make conditions better for all of our people, not just the lucky few.

This is not a time to falter or to grieve our loss. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get back to work towards transparency, accountability and honesty to the governance of the Cowichan Tribes.

“We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd. We want substance in the place of popularity. We want to think our own thoughts. We want love, not lies. We want knowledge, understanding and peace. We will not lose, because we are not losers. We are lasers.”

Lupe Fiasco

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Nov. 2011 Election Results

Chief
Harvey Alphonse 322
Lydia Hwitsum 280
Stephanie Charlie 253
Shelley Thorne 185
Calvin Swustus 121
Kevin Thorne 32
Joseph Lambert 24
Samuel Wilson 24

Councillors
Darin George 433
Calvin Swustus 403
Chip Seymour 370
Cindy Daniels 365
Dora Wilson 346
Chuck Seymour 338
Joseph Albie Charlie 338
Arvid Charlie 333
Stephanie Charlie 331
Lester Joe 321
Diane Daniels 312
Diane Modeste 298

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Get out there and VOTE

It is critical that everyone who can should get to the gym today to vote. If you cannot get a ride let us know and we will try to get you a volunteer to bring you.

We are truly at a turning point in our history. Today could be the first day of a new, brighter future for us all. For that to happen, you need to vote!

Please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

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On the Eve of the 2011 Election

We all have something to offer to help our community. I want our community to really see each other again. We have amazing people, who can help make positive change. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us.

As Chief Arvol Looking Horse is quoted as saying, “Each of us is put here in this time and place to decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less?”

We are looking for real change. A new Chief and Council. A new perspective. DON’T JUST HOPE FOR CHANGE VOTE FOR IT.

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We all have something to offer to help our community. I want our community to really see each other again. We have amazing people, who can help make positive change. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us.

We can accomplish anything if we have our very basic needs met. If we have enough food, if we have a roof over our head and feel safe, we can work, learn and provide for our families. Let’s start that journey together.

We can no longer accept how we have been treated. We must change things so that our children have a better future. Each person rise and speak out. We can change our future by the decisions we make on NOV 29. VOTE FOR CHANGE!

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Community Engagement

Cowichan Elder

It is my strong belief that there are so many Elders in our community both on and off reserve whose knowledge we would really benefit from.

Our Elder numbers are not so great that we could not reach them. Our perspective would be that much stronger with the perspective of more of our Elders. I look forward to building those connections with our Elders who are not currently being engaged.

Our community is at a cross-roads in history. We have an opportunity to change the future for the better. It will require deciding that what has been done to date is not enough.

It will require stepping out of the comfort zone and electing a new approach, new thinking, based on those who have the best skills to bring this community out of the poverty, suffering, and loss of hope.

FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE vote SHELLY THORNE for chief.

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Free Tickets to the Capitals Game tonight!

To All Youth out there. I have 4 tickets to tonight’s game between the Capitals and the Victoria Grizzlies.

The first youth to come on gets the tickets. I am going out for a few hours and will check in later today. I can drop them off to you if you like. These were courtesy of Mark Thomas, who gave to me and my daughter but she is staying in Victoria tonight.

Youth have really begun to be involved in this campaign. I am proud of our group for inviting youth to attend meetings, share their views, get involve in reaching out to other youth.

It has been amazing and we need to make the move to introducing this as part of the process of not only chief and council but also at the administrative level of all the programs of Cowichan Tribes (like Education, housing, lands and Governance, health, Child and family services).

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Final Day to Submit Tobacco Tax Forms

REMINDER: Today is the final day to submit Tobacco Tax forms for the December 16th distribution. If you want this money before Christmas, better get it in TODAY 😀

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Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – Tribes members asked to talk finances

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – Tribes members asked to talk finances. From October 16th.

“There have been a number of concerns voiced by The yul shun um Mustimuhw group of Cowichan citizens following an audit meeting in July.

“Group spokeswoman Shelly Thorne pointed out while Cowichan is generating millions of dollars in own-source revenue, it’s being used to pay down the band’s debt, rather than supporting community programs and services. “

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Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – Tribes members seek answers at meeting

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – Tribes members seek answers at meeting. From August 26th.

“Repeated efforts to address and resolve serious issues with Cowichan Tribes administration and with chief and council has had limited success,” states a media release from the organizers, the yul shun um Mustimuhw group.

“Cowichan community members now are taking charge and have called this meeting to discuss the many concerns and issues that impact their livelihood.”

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