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Saik'uz First Nation

Saik'uz (translated as "on the sand"), or Stoney Creek, is a Dakelh nation whose main community is located on a reserve 9 km (6 mi) southwest of Vanderhoof, British Columbia along Kenney Dam road.

Saik'uz First Nation
Band No. 615
Stoney Creek
PeopleDakelh
Headquarters135 Joseph St, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A1
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Land
Main reserveStoney Creek 1
Other reserve(s)
  • Poison Bay 2
  • Laketown 3
  • Old Country Meadow 4
  • Clustalach 5
  • Noonla 6
  • Tatuk Lake 7
  • Sinkut Lake 8
  • Corkscrew Creek E. 9
  • Corkscrew Creek W. 10
Land area32.35 km2
Population
On reserve346
Off reserve637
Total population983
Government
ChiefPriscilla Mueller
Council
  • Alison Johnny
  • Jacqueline "Jackie" Thomas
  • Jasmine Thomas
  • Rodney Teed
Tribal Council
Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council
Website
http://www.saikuz.ca/
A small totem outside the Saik'uz Potlatch House

Contents

The Saik'uz First Nation has a number of amenities, including a Band Administration Office where the Chief and Council make decisions on issues like housing, education, and forestry. The new band office is located in the new subdivision, which was previously an elementary school. Beside the band office is a daycare. The multiplex community hall is a building for traditional native dancing and annual general meetings (which all members of the community may attend). It is also used for extra-curricular activities like volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, and other social gatherings. Saik'uz First Nation is also home to a local health station, which provides the community with drug and alcohol counseling, parenting programs, and a community kitchen. The reserve also has a volunteer fire hall in case of emergencies, and a convenience store called G&F market. It has a gas bar (Which is closed for the time being) It sold canned goods, pizza, snack foods, and fresh milk as well as locally produced native crafts. There are three water pumps located in various parts of the reserve where community members found water before electricity. Today, water is stored in a Green water tower on the reserve. The reserve also honours its veterans with a memorial park to commemorate their service in the two world wars and the Korean War. Saik'uz also has a baseball field and holds many tournaments and is home to the "RD boys" and "the Tigers".

There are currently twenty-one elders living on reserve. One of the nation's most famous elders was Mary John, Sr. Her 1989 memoir "Stoney Creek Woman" won the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Historical Writing, and she was also the recipient of the Order of Canada.

Another well-known elder was Sophie Thomas, known for her expertise in herbal medicine.

And the late Celena John was also a prominent leader among the Carrier Sekani people.

The two largest sources of employment are the forest products industry and the band government. As in many First Nations communities, the unemployment rate is high. The band also operates several businesses.

The Saik'uz potlatch house was built by the Stoney Creek Elders' Society on the shore of Nulki Lake. The potlatch house is a large log building that can hold 200-250 people, big enough for holding weddings, dances, meetings, and education courses. The Potlatch house is more than a building, as it serves important ceremonial purposes including governance, economy, social status, and other spiritual practices. Upstairs are the main hall, a small kitchen, and two bathrooms. Downstairs are a larger kitchen and several offices.

Cabins along Nulki lake, near the Potlatch House

Aside from the house itself, surrounding facilities consist of eight cabins, a shower house, a boat launch, a smoke shack and a workshop. There are six people hired year round to keep the camp ground and potlatch house running smoothly, including a manager, a bookkeeper, a cook, a cook's helper, and two campground maintenance men.

One of the sources of revenue for the potlatch house is Bingo which is held every Wednesday. The Bingo night was started in the late 1980s by two women from the Saik'uz reserve. Past jackpots have included a truck and cash prizes up to $20,000. Other sources of revenue are the campgrounds and the boat launch, which hold an annual fishing derby which usually happens on May Long Weekend in the spring. In 2006, the 16th annual derby offered the highest prize to date: $5000. Other prizes are donated by various business in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas.

Saik'uz is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.

  • Moran, Bridget and Mary John, Sr. (1988)Stoney Creek Woman. Vancouver: Tillacum Library.
  • Moran, Bridget (1990) Judgement at Stoney Creek. Vancouver: Tillacum Library.
  • Poser, William J. (2021). Saik'uz Whut'en Hubughunek (Stoney Creek Carrier Dictionary). Stony Creek, British Columbia: Saik'uz First Nation. seventh edition.
  • Young, Jane and Alex Hawley (2002)Plants and Medicines of Sophie Thomas: Based on the Traditional Knowledge of Sophie Thomas, Sai'kuz Elder and Healer. © Sophie Thomas.

Saik'uz First Nation
Saik uz First Nation Language Watch Edit Saik uz translated as on the sand or Stoney Creek is a Dakelh nation whose main community is located on a reserve 9 km 6 mi southwest of Vanderhoof British Columbia along Kenney Dam road Saik uz First Nation Band No 615 Stoney CreekPeopleDakelhHeadquarters135 Joseph St Vanderhoof BC V0J 3A1ProvinceBritish ColumbiaLandMain reserveStoney Creek 1Other reserve s Poison Bay 2 Laketown 3 Old Country Meadow 4 Clustalach 5 Noonla 6 Tatuk Lake 7 Sinkut Lake 8 Corkscrew Creek E 9 Corkscrew Creek W 10Land area32 35 km2PopulationOn reserve346Off reserve637Total population983GovernmentChiefPriscilla MuellerCouncilAlison Johnny Jacqueline Jackie Thomas Jasmine Thomas Rodney TeedTribal CouncilCarrier Sekani Tribal CouncilWebsitehttp www saikuz ca A small totem outside the Saik uz Potlatch House Contents 1 Amenities 2 Prominent Members 3 Economy 4 Affiliation 5 Bibliography 6 External linksAmenities EditThe Saik uz First Nation has a number of amenities including a Band Administration Office where the Chief and Council make decisions on issues like housing education and forestry The new band office is located in the new subdivision which was previously an elementary school Beside the band office is a daycare The multiplex community hall is a building for traditional native dancing and annual general meetings which all members of the community may attend It is also used for extra curricular activities like volleyball basketball floor hockey and other social gatherings Saik uz First Nation is also home to a local health station which provides the community with drug and alcohol counseling parenting programs and a community kitchen The reserve also has a volunteer fire hall in case of emergencies and a convenience store called G amp F market It has a gas bar Which is closed for the time being It sold canned goods pizza snack foods and fresh milk as well as locally produced native crafts There are three water pumps located in various parts of the reserve where community members found water before electricity Today water is stored in a Green water tower on the reserve The reserve also honours its veterans with a memorial park to commemorate their service in the two world wars and the Korean War Saik uz also has a baseball field and holds many tournaments and is home to the RD boys and the Tigers Prominent Members EditThere are currently twenty one elders living on reserve One of the nation s most famous elders was Mary John Sr Her 1989 memoir Stoney Creek Woman won the Lieutenant Governor s Medal for Historical Writing and she was also the recipient of the Order of Canada Another well known elder was Sophie Thomas known for her expertise in herbal medicine And the late Celena John was also a prominent leader among the Carrier Sekani people Economy EditThe two largest sources of employment are the forest products industry and the band government As in many First Nations communities the unemployment rate is high The band also operates several businesses The Saik uz potlatch house was built by the Stoney Creek Elders Society on the shore of Nulki Lake The potlatch house is a large log building that can hold 200 250 people big enough for holding weddings dances meetings and education courses The Potlatch house is more than a building as it serves important ceremonial purposes including governance economy social status and other spiritual practices Upstairs are the main hall a small kitchen and two bathrooms Downstairs are a larger kitchen and several offices Cabins along Nulki lake near the Potlatch House Aside from the house itself surrounding facilities consist of eight cabins a shower house a boat launch a smoke shack and a workshop There are six people hired year round to keep the camp ground and potlatch house running smoothly including a manager a bookkeeper a cook a cook s helper and two campground maintenance men One of the sources of revenue for the potlatch house is Bingo which is held every Wednesday The Bingo night was started in the late 1980s by two women from the Saik uz reserve Past jackpots have included a truck and cash prizes up to 20 000 Other sources of revenue are the campgrounds and the boat launch which hold an annual fishing derby which usually happens on May Long Weekend in the spring In 2006 the 16th annual derby offered the highest prize to date 5000 Other prizes are donated by various business in Vanderhoof and surrounding areas Affiliation EditSaik uz is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Bibliography EditMoran Bridget and Mary John Sr 1988 Stoney Creek Woman Vancouver Tillacum Library Moran Bridget 1990 Judgement at Stoney Creek Vancouver Tillacum Library Poser William J 2021 Saik uz Whut en Hubughunek Stoney Creek Carrier Dictionary Stony Creek British Columbia Saik uz First Nation seventh edition Young Jane and Alex Hawley 2002 Plants and Medicines of Sophie Thomas Based on the Traditional Knowledge of Sophie Thomas Sai kuz Elder and Healer c Sophie Thomas External links EditSaik uz Carrier Dictionary First Voices Saik uz Carrier Home page Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Saik 27uz First Nation amp oldid 1020353300, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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