My name is Bruce Allan. I come from the Stellat'en First Nation and I belong to the Ts'umusyoo Clan in the Nadleh/Stella clan system. I am working as the Education Advisor for the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC). I previously worked on a residential school healing project with the Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) in Vanderhoof. As well, I currently instruct First Nations Studies at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) on a part-time basis.


College of New Caledonia (CNC)

As part-time instructors for the First Nations Studies course at CNC, Marlene Erickson and I were invited to participate in a Professional Development opportunity from May 5-22, 2005 in China. We attended the Zhejiang Forestry University (ZFU) in Lin'an City. Marlene and I will be more than happy to provide presentations on our trip to Shanghai, Lin'an, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, and Huangchan (Yellow Mountain). We found the people in China to be very friendly, respectful and curious. Thanks to the Professional Development Committee for allowing us this opportunity to explore another culture. We also would like to acknowledge Mr. Paul Blom from the CSTC office with his assistance and his important contacts with the university.

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

The last quarterly meeting and AGA was held from July 7th and 8th, 2005 in Vancouver. Our new employee, Cheryl George was able to attend this meeting. As well, we had invited an employee from the McGregor Model Forest office, Brandon Prince was also able to explore some research sites in Vancouver. Some upcoming events for FNESC include an Education Conference in November 2005 and the Language Tour of New Zealand. Check their website for more details. Some developments are being made in the long dormant Carrier Sekani Education Authority (CSEA). FNESC was able to fund a summer project that Cheryl George is working on this summer. Other issues including residential schools, language and post-secondary education are also being worked on.


Yinka Dene Language Institute (YDLI)

We are currently hiring a Language Facilitator for YDLI in partnership with CSTC. The facilitator will be responsible for bringing in more funding for the Institute. We also need to need to keep track of the important information stored at the YDLI site in Sai'kuz.

First Peoples' Heritage, Language, and Culture Council (FPHLCC) has also funded a small project with CSTC and YDLI. This project will conclude by March 2006.

Check out the website: www.ydli.org