Deneth etie, Teneal Nole Osh ye’h.
I have lived in our Tahltan territory most of my life 30 years; with the only exception of living in Smithers for 4 years during school. I see the struggles of being in the area and seeing families come and go first- hand.
I want to represent our family as that Voice in the North. I have been married for 13 years and my husband is also a member of the Tahltan Nation, his family is very cultural and traditional, we live the culture and teach our children and others. We have 2 children aged 9 and 12 and, in our community, there is very little for them to do; we must make things happen for them.
I have never really been involved in the politics of our nation, however over the past 8 years seeing how our communities are impacted by change, I feel that my voice is just as important as the next person. I honestly felt intimidated by leadership roles due to the abuse people endure in these roles. After much thought and self-reflection, I figured if I can be a housing manager, criticism is nothing new to me, as my current position is very critical.
I like transparency and I am very vocal with my concerns and give praise where praise is needed. I am very motivated and take great pride in what I invest my time into. I’m very passionate and feel strongly that we need a voice in the north on Tahltan territory because we see what’s happening and we are directly impacted by any decisions that are made. I am the future generation. It’s my turn to step up, I am wanting the mentorship from my family to help me grasp my leadership skills. Therefore, I am putting my name forward to represent our family and hope I get your support. My interest is only to ensure that our children have the same chance to live and love their territory as much as I do.
I would like to point out that I created the Eth’eni family group YEARS ago in an attempt to fill the communication gap that we had and it has been successful; however I would like to have more family connections, meetings, gatherings to keep our family connected both with political updates and most of all to get a better understanding of what our family wants and needs are.
I am not one to make rash decisions without guidance. I have many ideas on how I can connect with family, and meeting everyone is a priority as we have a long list of members that live off the territory that a lot of us have not met. I would love to have the opportunity to be the one to fill that gap. I feel there is a big importance and a benefit for someone in the area to hold this position. I also plan on using my knowledge of the culture and traditions when sitting at the table for these meetings as I have been living this lifestyle for a long time. My family harvest the food from the land, and we live here year-around, we know the struggles firsthand being here year-round. This brings a strong passion due to the struggles we face daily in our little communities, but also the rewards of being able to call this our full-time home.
I come from a line of strong women, my direct line is Mary Etzerza, Daisy Henyu, Verna Callbreath, Hazel Sharko and myself. I will do my best in advocating for our family if I am supported in being the Eth’eni family rep!