Message from Chief Clem Seymour
In the last fiscal year, we had a few more homes built, we did a lot of planning with where we are going with our college, and with our school. We want to help bring back balance and take care of our future of our children and our children to come.
The development corporation is still in its infancy. They have been doing a lot of planning and trying to feel their way through what they can do to help, and take care of some of the projects moving forward on behalf of Seabird. I’d like to thank them for the gas bar, which is now 1 year old.
What they are really planning out there is some light industry. They’ve already got Stqó:ya over there. They are looking to build on the composting we have over there. That’s very important – understanding how we take care of things.
For the last 20-some years, Seabird has come a long way with our College. We probably had close to 15 graduates from the community in Grade 12. That’s a huge improvement for the last 50 years that I know of. Our people have taken a stand – that education is very important moving forward.
When it comes to our Health Department, for me, it’s the enjoyment of watching other communities come to Seabird looking for their services, and having Seabird taking over their services. That’s always been very important. To me, health belongs to all of our people – it doesn’t matter where they come from.
Our Lands department is going to become very important and understanding how we register the land. I know the lands committee is still working toward how to take care of that. The other thing is figuring out what home ownership is really about.
When it comes to our youth, right from Early Childhood Education, all the way through to high school, what we try to build on is their strengths and their wisdom. Where do they want to fit in? That’s always been very important. To me, we can’t leave anyone behind. We’re always looking for ways on how we can take people along.
I want to mention the capacity of our whole staff. We now have over 300 staff members. We’re always looking at other ways we can grow to help take care of our people.