Category Archives: Saik'uz

Aboriginal Week photos




Neighbourhood Space is the Place to be!

Friday – Swing into Spring!

We are hosting a kick-off for our newest programs at The Space — Good Neighbours Days and the Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP). We will have a Barbeque, Coffee, Conversation, a Celebration Cake — and in the afternoon, Bingo for Elders and Seniors.  The ongoing programs will also be featured: Volunteer Vanderhoof, Vanderhoof Seniors Connected, and the Youth Centre. Come join us!

Saturday – Luck of the Irish Intergenerational Games

Join us for the Luck of the Irish Intergenerational Games Day! There will be lots of fun and games for all ages: Pool, foosball, board games, and cards. Look out for door prizes as well. Special guest appearance by local archer Colton Loewen!

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January/February Events in Vanderhoof!

Check out these events happening in Vanderhoof!:

  • Head to Neighbourhood Space every Monday and Friday, 10am-1pm, for Good Neighbours’ Day! Enjoy some soup or sandwiches and a hot cup of coffee while shooting some pool or catching up with your neighbours!
  • Check out the Saik’uz and Settlers Legacy Project Discussion Session! Join us at the Neighbourhood Space (on Highway 16, next to Subway) for a series of informal gatherings to discuss specific events and time periods in Vanderhoof’s history. Everyone is welcome to participate and share their experiences, thoughts and memories. From January 26th to March 1st, 2012. 7-9pm. See dates below.

All Five Levels of Government Visit the Neighbourhood Space!

Good Neighbours Committee members meet with Federal and Provincial Government Representatives. Left to right: Saik’uz First Nations Councillor Cora McIntosh, Bulkley-Nechako Regional District Chairman Gerry Petersen, Diversity Coordinator Reg Mueller, Vanderhoof District Grantwriter Janice Baker, Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, Saik’uz First Nations Chief Jackie Thomas, Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris, NVSS Vice Principal Ken Young, Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen,  and Charlyne Smilinski from the College of New Caledonia.

MLA John Rustad, Reg Mueller and MP Dick Harris

MLA John Rustad and MP Dick Harris talk to students about their future political aspirations

MLA John Rustad, Saik'uz First Nations Chief Jackie Thomas and MP Dick Harris

MP Dick Harris talks to Youth Centre students

Saik’uz Elders Share History

Saik’uz Elders went over the history timeline with writer Michelle Roberge at a focus group on Tuesday. They shared a wealth of information and made corrections and suggestions for the coffee table book about Vanderhoof and Saik’uz.

Call for Submissions – Coffee Table Book/DVD!

The Good Neighbours Committee is seeking photographs, videos and quotes by residents of Vanderhoof and Saik’uz for the Vanderhoof Diversity Project Coffee Table Book and DVD.

The purpose of the book and DVD is to present how immigration into the Nechako Valley, from the First Nation people thousands of years ago to the most recent immigrants of Vanderhoof, have each added to the greatness and richness of the area.

Your images (still and motion) and quotes may be included in this project and shared with the community and those considering Vanderhoof as their new home. In particular we are seeking:

of hunting, water sports and activities, church gatherings, fall fair, Saik’uz First Nation events and gatherings, spring and summer outdoor activities.

of churches and church gatherings, Saik’uz First Nation events and gatherings, images that represent diversity in our community, bike park, spring and summer activities, youth.

Written answers for the following questions:
How did you come
to Vanderhoof?
Why did you stay here?
What is your definition of inclusiveness
What words do you use to describe our community?

Please make sure your answers are 20 words or less per question.

Submit your photos or written answers to (please limit photo submissions to five per subject). Call Anna at 250-567-8042 if you have video clips. For more information on the overall project, please call Charlyne at 250-567-3211.

Sharing Our Stories

Join the Facebook group for “Vanderhoof Stories”

Lisa Striegler writes,

“If you live in Vanderhoof, you have a story of how you, or your family before you, came to be here. I’d like to hear it! I’m doing research for a play on the history of Vanderhoof, and the more stories I have, the better able I will be to authentically represent that history in the play.”