Witnessed a hate incident or hate crime? Report it!

The Vanderhoof Good Neighbours Committee (GNC) is raising awareness about emotional supports for people who are victims or witnesses of a hate incident or hate crime.  

Funded by the Province of BC through the Organizing Against Racism & Hate, GNC provides:

  • Guidance to those who have experienced or witnessed racism and hate
  • Contact information of community partners and organizations who can offer assistance
  • Leadership in anti-racism and anti-hate educational programs

Report it!

Victims or witnesses of a hate incident or hate crime should report details to the RCMP and may contact the Good Neighbours Committee for guidance to additional emotional supports. Contact 250-570-8472 or via email at lstriegler@csfs.org  All communications are confidential.  

Not located in the Nechako Lakes region? Find Organizing Against Racism & Hate resources in your community.

What is a hate crime?

According to the Canadian Criminal Code (sections s. 318s. 319. And s. 430.) hate crime is defined as a crime motivated by hate, based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

All hate crimes should be reported to the RCMP. We encourage victims or witnesses to the Good Neighbours Committee for additional supports.

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident is a non-criminal action committed against a person or property, motivated by hate, based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

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Theatre for Living šxʷʔam̓ət (home) Forum Theatre – Coming Soon!


‘ilhoh uztoodelh pronunciaton

Do you love Vanderhoof’s new mural and the ‘ilhoh uztoodelh – Walking Together theme but wish you knew how to pronounce the Carrier words?

Saik’uz Elder Arlene John can help! 

Mural Unveiling

What a great event!  Thanks to the Saik’uz and Vanderhoof communities for supporting this great project.

Mural and Shelter

mural 14A new mural is about to be installed in Vanderhoof!  The Good Neighbours Committee and Saik’uz Elders group would like to invite everyone to attend the ‘unveiling’ ceremony at the corner of Hwy 16 and Kenny Dam Road on November 14, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.  Refreshments will follow at the Firehall where we will celebrate the collaborative work that has resulted in the mural and the two new transit shelters that will keep commuters coming and going from Saik’uz protected from the elements.

The corner of Hwy 16 and Kenney Dam is a location commonly used by people waiting for rides to Saik’uz.  There is no protection from the elements – sun, rain, wind, or snow – nor are there safe places to sit while waiting.  In 2016, with the announcements of the Hwy 16 bus routes, the Good Neighbours Committee (GNC) began pursuing the installation of a shelter there.  The GNC saw this as not only a shelter from the elements but as a bridge across the barrier that often divides the two communities of Saik’uz and Vanderhoof.

In her Carrier Cultural Competency workshop, instructor Sarah John speaks about the Great Nine Mile divide between Vanderhoof and Saik’uz.  She describes the feeling Saik’uz people may often have when descending the Nechako Ave hill into Vanderhoof.  Speaking of her own feelings, she and others like her may feel tense, uneasy and worried about “how will we be treated in Vanderhoof today”?  We kind of put on an emotional armour.

Speaking about bridging the gap between the two communities, Sarah shares a lesson learned from her mother who had read a book by an indigenous author named Marie Battiste.  Her mother, Colleen Erickson, described that people often visualize “bridging the gap” as a single bridge with a two-way street and a small flow of traffic, while a relationship is many bridges.  Sarah uses this lesson in her workshop and speaks to the twinning of the Simon Fraser bridge in Prince George as an analogy, as the two bridges allowed for greater flow of transportation, which can be seen as a greater flow of communication.

As projects tend to do, this one grew, into two shelters – one at the corner of Hwy 16 and Nechako Ave and one at Saik’uz Veteran’s Park, and before long, a mural was also added.

Meetings with Chief and Council and staff of Saik’uz, the District of Vanderhoof, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the RCMP were encouraging as everyone was in full support of the project.

The first shelter was installed at the Saik’uz Veteran’s Park on November 1 and the second, at the corner of Hwy 16 and Nechako Ave on November 2.

The mural became a collaborative project between the Good Neighbours Committee and the Saik’uz Elders Group, and supported by the District of Vanderhoof and the Four Rivers Coop.  From the start, the Elders vision was to create a mural that celebrated a time when settlers and Saik’uz people worked together.

Perhaps the time the Elders were envisioning is best described by former Chief Adanas Alexis in the book Vanderhoof the Town That Wouldn’t Wait. Chief Adanas Alexis (in his nineties at the time), was speaking to Sister Mary Paul about the area at the bottom of the hill on Nechako Ave (around Fourth Street to Stoney Creek where it meets the Nechako River).

“I know this place very well.  When I was a teenager, 75 years ago, I hunted, fished, played and camped all around here.  We called it Kelcucheck then.  You know why? This is where our little river – Stoney Creek – runs into the big Nechako River.  So that Kelcucheck means river-mouth.    

Shortly before I was born, the government agent, Peter O’Reilly, came and marked out limits for our village.  The idea was that we could own and live only on that reserved land set aside by the government.  We didn’t realise then what was going to happen to the rest of the land we lived in.  Back in the 1890’s none of this seemed to bother us.  When the government men left, we hunted and fished as our ancestors had – even as far south as Bednesti Lake, 30 miles from here.  There was still nobody to say “Get off our land’.  But as I grew older, things began to change.

 Probably the coming of the railway here in 1914 made the greatest change in our lives.  One end of the line started in Edmonton and the other end up in Prince Rupert.  The two lines met at Fort Fraser.  My father, Eugene Alexis, was called the Captain.  He got the contract for clearing the right-of-way for the railroad in this area.

 Even before the railway was finished many people had already come to settle in Kelcucheck.  As they marked off the boundaries of their homes, we slowly discovered that we could no long roam where we wanted.  I think some of the people were scared of us or maybe they were shy, like we were.  Others were really good friends.  We taught them how to trap.  We helped some to clear the land and even build their homes.  When they first settled, many had hard times.  We did too.”

The GNC put out a call for submissions of artwork, elements of which were included in the final mural.  Saik’uz Elder, Arlene John said, “It took a long time to come up with the design, I just loved the teamwork.  So much time was taken to think of the mural elements, to demonstrate what we felt, the meaning behind it.  I hope people will see that: the clans, the language.   We wanted to portray the values we want to see going forward – more collaboration, more partnerships between Vanderhoof people and Saik’uz people.  The bus was a partnership too.  We are taking positive steps, we’ve come a long way.”

The mural was painted by local artists, Annerose Georgeson and Michael Rees, and will be installed on the former Kwik Save building at the corner of Nechako Ave and Hwy 16.  The public is invited to the unveiling celebration on November 14, at 1:45, with a reception to follow at the Fire Hall.

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Under Our Skin

Under Our Skin

Under our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race?

Brief Description:
Video and storytelling project based in Seattle has people define controversial words – like racism, ally, diversity – in their own words. Spend some time exploring this very powerful project!

“We decided to examine words and phrases that we noticed people using — and interpreting — very differently. Then we invited 18 people who represent a mix of backgrounds and perspectives to our video studio to talk about what those expressions mean to them. In a few cases, our subjects suggested terms we hadn’t included and we added them in subsequent interviews. Our conversations went well beyond the words into the experiences in each of the interviewees’ lives. They often lasted several hours, and were insightful, thought-provoking, honest, at times funny — and sometimes uncomfortable. We invite you to share the videos with friends, family, colleagues, students — and let us know what results from that. We’d also like to hear your ideas for future coverage because this is the beginning of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation with you, our viewers.”

Breaking Down White Priviledge

This video describes an event where a woman experienced discrimination based on her race and how the situation was affected when her sister in-law stepped in and used her ‘white privilege’ to start a discussion about what was happening and why.

The Staircase of Oppression

An engaging TedTalk on how stereotypes can quickly lead to discrimination, and what the impact of power and privilege is in our society. Angela provides honest examples to help us reflect on our own experiences of power and privilege.


This Multicultural learning event and dinner is part of a larger Racism Awareness project funded by the Province of British Columbia and hosted by the Nechako Creative Communities Collective (NC3) and the Good Neighbours Committee. The larger project included presentations of excerpts of ‘Mirrors” – a play about how the settler community unconsciously perpetuates hurt against Indigenous peoples in our region.


Each performance was followed by a facilitated dialogue so that the audience could process the scenes they saw and we could all share together how to be better neighbours to each other, which is what we ALL want, regardless of background.


The Dinner is the culmination of 5 cooking/learning workshops where participants got to learn about each other’s cultures/ethnic origins, through the medium of food (something else we ALL want!).

Mutual understanding, curiosity and learning created an atmosphere of generosity and belonging for everyone. Come to the dinner and share in the process!

“What in the World is Going On” evening

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What in the world is going on?

Sima Brenner from Israel will provide insight about what is going on in Israel and the Middle East.

Tues. June 10th
7:00 – 9:00 pm
at the Space (next to Subway)



Rocks & Trees exhibit at Minerals North

The lobby display.

Artists Elizabeth Miller, Annerose Georgeson, Maha Sukkau and Pam Sholty.

Elizabeth Miller and one of her paintings.

Art rock assemblage made by Nathan Hasse. and painted rocks by Martha.

More than 20 artists exhibited more than 250 artworks.