|Posted by Scott Luksys on December 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
I am sorry all for the kind of hiatus from posting anything. The month of November was an interesting one! I am now involved with the community on more of a full time basis instead of with the school. I won't go into that part.
Well, since being with the community and doing tasks all around, basically rebuilding many things in all sorts of development that were ruined from the flood last year. So, along with helping others do their tasks, I have been showing some of them how to do things that they just didn't know. Towards the middle to late of November, the river iced up and froze and the preperation of the ice road began. There was about 1-2 weeks when nobody could get across but after the second week, it was frozen enough to walk over or by use of ski-doo. It is still not quite ready for light traffic, probably in about a week or week and a half.
I have also got into sewing quite a bit and making my own messenger and tote bags out of canvas material. I have been handing out to certain people around the community. And Sara and I have started a sewing group here in the community which is awesome!
As far as posting any pictures, I attempted to upload some and the internet I am using keeps cutting out when I try to upload so unfortunately I cannot get anymore up here. (While I am here anyway)
I will be returning to southern Ontario later this month, but I am not sure if it will be before or after Christmas and then I am hopefully going to be off to Bogota, Colombia to see my special someone who I haven't seen in a VERY long time. I miss her so much. And possibly (more then likely) returning in March for the potential job in Toronto at the time.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on October 25, 2013 at 10:50 PM||comments (1)|
Well, I do realize that I have not published anything on here recently. There has been a bit of mixed emotions here between myself and my so called leader. All I can say is that I am glad that I had picked these other duties and tasks within the community.
And what a Friday night here in Nahanni it was! I was just working away in the wood shop when coming through the pager was an emergency situation. Man Down! Leg injury from a snowmobile incident. So, after getting him wrapped and ready, was transported to the health centre to get oxygen and IV hooked up, and then airlifted to Fort Simpson health unit.
After this, it made me bring up the need for a real patient transfer vehicle. And not the back of a pickup truck like was done today. It worked for now but if this were to happen in January at -35, I don't wish anyone would want to ride in the back of a truck, injured no less. There is a multi passenger van that is here, which I think holds 15 or 16 people, but I am suggesting that we get this vehicle into the community and the majority of the seats come out and this would be perfect for patient transfer and something to go the scene with. With it heated as well.
So I am off the Fort Nelson tomorrow with a few other people, many going for the lift because I haven't been out of town in a very long time. Actually, I have only been out once so far. So, whenever I can get out of here for a little bit, it's kind of a big deal.
Will try to update in a few days because with a haunted house and Halloween parties coming up, there should be something to yak about.
Yak at ya later.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on October 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (2)|
Well, It has been some time since my last entry but htis past week has been even more crazy! I have managed to pick up even more tasks, so I have responsibilites here at the school as well as within the community. A little of me really asked for it, but it is just mean that I may not be able to post as frequently.
This past week has been pretty quiet in the school due to no classes from Wed. to Fri., because the teachers were gone away at meetings. It was actually really nice because it turned out more quieter than usual. I know that it would be hard to do to be quieter because it is quiet as it is. However, after picking up some additional tasks with the Band community as noted previously, this past week was preperation of the temporary general store and I basically did most of the work. There were a few days that I didn't get to sleep until past midnight!
But I am proud to say that it is basically done and ready as far as setting up, the things left is for me to clean it and do an initial inventory and input it all to the database. The biggest time consuming things were having to go back and forth from the old store to the new store, and especially when I have to wait sometimes either for assistance or just for some type of vehicle to use. I will post pictures soon of the old store and the new one.
To go along with that, another task for the community is what I had mentioned before with joining the Nahanni Butte Fire Department. And my plan for this weekend is actually clean up our Fire Hall because over the past year, it had basically been used for storage with having the flood and all. And go through all of our equipment, uniforms, hoses, etc, because we get all new due to the fact of being too old to use anymore. I believe it is 10 or 11 years for the uniforms and they have to be replaced as per fire code. Just because the possibility of not having as much preotection. And the same goes for hoses and equipment as well, I am just not sure what the time frame is. Instead of throwing them in the land fill, I might be distributing them to the other Band workers, such as the service garage, water truck, maybe the power plant but they are run by the GNWT, so they may not really accept them. Either way, I am going to try to avoid just giving them to the landfill.
Other than that, things going on in the school has been pretty quiet like I mentioned with it being closed, and now that the Band has an actual Rec Coordinator, I myself don't have to be opening the gymnasium for the kids most evenings. I probably still will but only when Sara needs a break from it. This week coming up is Fire Prevention Week, so we are planning fire drills, fire safety, and possibly a "meet the team" with the community and Fire Department.
Today, being Saturday, will be Movie Night and I will be putting on a documentary called "After Kony: Staging Hope". I haven't seen it, put it should be good. Hopefully someone comes out to see it.
So I will attempt to post something on a weekly basis if not sooner, but no guarantees.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hi Again All!
Well, it has been a month into school and it is going pretty good. It is kind of taking a little stumble to get the kids to do their work but with a little bit of luck and perseverence, it will turn around for October!
This past week was the annual Cultural Week, dubbed as "Fall Hunt", but instead of us going out onto the land for the whole week, we made day trips out for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. On the way back into town on the first day (Wednesday), we did see a nice big Moose. With approaching close to it, we got 4 shots off but missed it. However, we did catch 2 giant fish though, so not a total loss. It was never a total loss anyway, because all 3 days turned out to be really good. On the final day, we got the canoes out and canoed down to our site and set up camp. It was a hard ride too because there was a HEAVY head wind with a strong current going against us. Took a long time to go a short distance.
Other than the Fall Hunt, not to much else was happening, just regular duties. The soccer invitational tournament that Fort Liard (the next community south) was hosting this weekend ended up cancelling on the Friday the 27th . So, we all were bummed from that.
A few unrelated things that happened with me were things that got me pretty excited. ABout a week ago, I had received an email from the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital saying I had been selected as a CAMPER for a 2 day retreat camp in Bedford, TX. I had applied for this a while back but frgot about it because I never heard from them in quite some time. Unfortunately, I had to decline for this time but I am back in the selection running for the spring for this retreat. I should be heading back south by then, that is my luck will still be with me and the job is there in Toronto! :-)
I have also started another program course (online) again. Well, it kind of a second part to the one completed last May/June. It is the MOOC, which is a Massively Open Online Course and it is on Applied Sustainability. Deals with water, waste, innovative ways on building homes, walkable cities, how to live "off the grid", and many different areas. With great discussions and forums with people from around the world taking part.
The first module is Water and Waste and it had videos of them at the Water Treatment Plant, the Material Recovery Facility and some great articles. To go along with this module, I am hoping to get an interview with one of the workers here at the Water Treatment Plant in Nahanni Butte to compare how things are done and add it to the discussion forums.
Also, with working with the community of Nahanni Butte, I am now on the Fire Department, so duties include many different things especially with Fire Prevention Week coming up! And I am also helping out with moving the General Store here in town because they need help installing shelving and getting things in order like inventory, etc.
Feel free to browse the photos and videos I have uploaded here and if you have any questions for me, feel free to drop a line (or 2). ;-)
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM||comments (1)|
The past few weeks, well, a week and a half acutally have been pretty crazy. Please feel free to go through any of my pictures through this site as I was finally able to upload pictures on here.
There has been a few big things happening here in Nahanni Butte! Back on 15 October, we were gracious enough to host many of the Parks Canada employees (they are based in Fort Simpson but their end of the trip was here) after they were getting back from a 10-day research trip out on the land to various different parks in the region. On this day, in part of their return, we put on a traditional Feast and Drum Dance. The feast was amazing, with 3 turkeys, sheep meat (stew), mashed potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, and much, much more! And I was the unappointed coordinator for some or most of it because for most of the day, no one was around to do anything. I really didn't mind though because as to most of you are aware that I do love to cook and clean. Baking........well not so much. I got one of the other ladies to make the pies and cake.
One good thing about all this is during the week (this past that is) is starting to get fairly routine. As far as class and school duties goes. Things are going ok but the students are still really difficult. Even the parents and community members say that that are getting worse, so it is not just me. From the start of the year, it was P.E. that I kinda dreaded because they didn't want to do anything because they were so used to having no structure and they would do whatever they wanted. But last week, has been getting a lot better. We did many different sports with different drills and I actually got them to stick to it for the entire period and I actually got them tired and sweaty!!
The event that I was really proud of and was the coordinator for was this past Friday 20 September. We has our annual Terry Fox National School Day Run. There was no fundraising as part of the school but the school itself will be making a donation to the foundation. Alongside that, I had coloured my hair 2 days before the Run, and then the night before, at Arts & Crafts night for the community, I had shaved my head!!!! There are pictures, but I am a little far away in the picture so I apologize for you not getting a detail shot!
This week coming up is suppose to be our annual Fall Hunt trip for the whole week but I am not sure if we are going. I am not getting a whole lot of information about it. In a way I really want to go because it is time out on the land and a time to see some of the old settlements through history and traditional methods of cooking, sleeping, etc. But the other side is that my hip and lower back is really bothering me due to the reason some of you know about, and camping and sleeping on a spruce bough bed. But we'll see. It will all turn out in the end.
There is also a Soccer Invitational down in Fort Liard that I would really like to have a few of the students go. Just the ones that are working hard and doing their work. Most of the students aren't really doing anything so they don't really deserve it, and that is next weekend.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
It has been an eventful week here in Nahanni Butte. At it is shaping up to get even better! Aside from the day to day things within the school, I have been busy out in the community in the evenings with activity nights at the gym/community center. I have found out that Floor Hockey is really liked, but I am trying to integrate some variety and slip some badminton, indoor soccer, basketball, and maybe even a yoga session every once and a while to have them exposed to just how beneficial yoga could be for overall mental and physical health.
I have gained yet another responsibility here, being the coordinator of the I.C.T. course. I'm still wrapping my head around what it entails exactly but basically it is any type of technology and introducing it within the school and the students. I am not sure what the acronym stands for but I am calling it "Information Computer Technology". Because the majority of it is regarding computers and the internet. So, apart from being the TA, coordinator of the students Community Service portion of school, especially the Grade 10's because they are required to complete a certain amount of hours to graduate. But we are incorporating it with everyone. In charge of the Wood shop after it had been flooded and no one has bothered to get it back in order until now, school secretary, substitute teacher (luckily I will get paid though), looking after the Grade 10's CTS credits, which is their extracurricular credits. I have also taken on the Recycling Program here in Nahanni Butte after it has been stopped for a few years. I am starting it up again for the vision of non-profit so all funds go back either for the students with a field trip or just right into the community whatever is needed.
As for a few of the "smaller" items on my duty list, I am to make a monthly newsletter on behalf of the school, showing what was done and what we partake in for that month. For example, this month we had the open house, cultural orientation days at the beginning of the year, the Terry Fox Run/Walk next week, the annual Fall Hunt, later today there are guests coming into town including people from Parks Canada for a traditional drum dance with a feast afterward. And it is shaping up to be a fantastic time. I large turkey dinner is planned with 3 turkeys. I am trying to my best to help where I can and also be a facilitator where I can fit in.
Where last Friday the 13th came in, and I went with two of the ladies to Fort Nelson, BC to the grocery store to get supplies. I went because they needed a driver and I was thrilled to just help out. It is a 3 1/2 hour drive south but it feels longer than that because you can't just put it in on auto-pilot, due to all the bears and buffalo's that cross the road and windy roads going through the mountains. But it was good to get out of town and it gave me a chance to pick things up for myself as far as food goes.
WE are still busy preparing unit and lesson plans so I am kept busy with that imputing things into databases. I am liking it actually because it is giving me that much needed "office experience".
Ciao everyone! Talk to you soon.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 8, 2013 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Here is another EXCITING thing that is happening in Nahanni Butte.
We are very close to having High Speed Internet!!
This is exciting because there are only a few places left in the NWT that hasn't got this type of internet. But also, to go along with that, having the ability to use cell phones here is coming as well. But that will not be until the new year because there is quite a bit more red tape on a federal level that has to be passed. But regardless, it is coming and we all from the community are looking forward to it and Uber-excited!
Good stuff happening in the coming weeks and months here. Will try my best to keep posted.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
It has been a while since posting anything so I will try to update without taking too much of your time. With the first official week of school being in the books, things are going really well. We are still pretty busy with planning of things but I think the whole year will pretty much be like that. I am glad that I at least have the Phys Ed schedule complete for this month so I have an idea of what were doing on a daily basis. Instead of having them just run around and misbehave. And Friday we all went for a hike for phys ed to change it up a bit.
As for myself lately, during the week has me fully jam-packed. With assisting the students with school work, off and on the computer with planning, making flyers for upcoming events, quizzes and tests, research of different events to plan for. I have also made up a schedule for activities within the community, and in the evenings, I have the school open for an hour and people can come in and hang out. Mainly it is just to use the computers for internet. And after that, I have something planned for at the gym for 2 hours. Everything from Wii Nights, card nights, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and arts crafts. Among others!
Last night was the first Movie night held at the school, and it was pretty good. It is really extremely hard to get input from the students. You ask them to decide mutually on something and there is silence. And when I choose something myself, they just leave saying they don't want to watch it. It is really frustrating!
After a little bit of that, we ended up putting on a movie called "Super 8". I haven't seen it before and found it ok. I made popcorn and juice for everyone. I have it scheduled for every Saturday night so hopefully next week will be even more successful.
And another big job/task I am working on is a recycling program for the community of Nahanni Butte. To get it off to a great start, it is going to be a fundraising effort because here in the Territories, there is money for recycling items such as pop cans, soup cans, milk jugs, juice boxes and cartons, beer and wine bottles. So I figure with my passion the environment and being green and healthy, as well as creating sustainable practises, this will be my time to create something good with my time here.
I still have to fill out some paperwork and talk with some people because there has been a few years where Nahanni Butte hasn't been a recycling depot because there hasn't been anybody to do it. So, that itself has been taking a lot of my time, and I haven't even told the students about it yet because it will be for them originally for a year-end school trip. And then after school, I hope to have things implemented so that the program stays and the fundraising dollars could go right back into the community. We are off to a flying start with beverage containers too because there are 3 gigantic canvas bags filled with plastic water bottles and pop cans. It was all from the Nahanni Butte General Store when it got ruined from the flood last year. But it is going to take some good hard work to sort them because they are all sealed but empty. So I think they either got frozen and expanded or something happened like that.
Anyway, that is a run-down on some of the things going on here. I still haven't left town since I got here but hope to hope to leave soon because I am running low on supplies. Food, goods, etc.
I hope all is good and wish everyone Happy Thoughts!
|Posted by Scott Luksys on September 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM||comments (0)|
Well, it has been a little bit since being on here and posting and entry. But only because there is so much going on here that has kept me really busy. And I suppose that I could always post something at night, right? Well, tiredness sets in after the majority of work gets done for the day that the drive to post anything gets low. :-)
With the start of the school year was officially last week Wednesday, we are ramping things up to go full gear this coming Tuesday. With helping set up yearly plans, unit plans, lesson plans, recreational activities within the community, like fun game and movie nights, it is going to be a exciting and fantastic school year here in Nahanni Butte!!
This coming Labor Day weekend is well needed for that extra day to help complete things. Our first community event will be the Terry Fox Walk/Ride. Our students and other community members will be either walking or riding their bikes. We will be walking through and around the entire town and will be ending at "The Arbor", which is a spot of community gatherings and rituals. And it will include the students shaving my hair as one of the items to do! Should be fun!!
Anyway, Here's to next time and talk with you all soon.
|Posted by Scott Luksys on August 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM||comments (1)|
Well, I managed to survive a week here in Nahanni Butte. It has been a while since posting anything because of internet connectivity here at the school. However, I probably would not be able to submit anything anyway with being so busy.
I have to learn to pace myself. But I like being "busy" because I am finding purpose and meaning again with my inner self.
The past three days have been cleaning and putting the school back in order and there was A LOT to be done! I did manage to get about 85% of it complete and I am proud because, really it was just me. I will post some pictures as soon as I am able to.
Sunday, 25 August was pretty much just clerical duties with helping Jeff with his lesson plan for the year and a lot of information has to be inputted into the computer and organized. I sort of like it because it gives me a chance to improve my office skills. But I still feel overwhelmed with things because with all the duties I'm doing now, I feel I won't be prepared enough for when school actually starts on the 28th August.
I am trying to work with preparation of the ideas I have, but I just feel like it is not enough. I just want everyone to know that I am doing the best I can do. To try to bring out the best in people.
Today, was the first of the two cultural days for just the staff. So, myself, Jeff, Laura and Katherine. (the two other teacher/instructors) We started off gathering things together this morning to go on a canoe ride across the river and find a spot to start a fire and make tea and talk. When we got to an appropriate spot, we set things up and went to gather wood for a fire. After starting said fire, we then just took a walk in the woods looking for various things. Things like Labrador Tea (leaves) for the tea, and different types of berries that are scattered sporadically around.
Tomorrow will be another staff cultural day and we will set up a traditional canvas tent and make a tent floor out of wood, as well as make bannock. A traditional food to this area, Dene Kede tribe.