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NNTC Open Fishing Forum 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Parish Hall (Lytton)

10am – 3pm

Presentations:
Post Season review and preseason review by DFO Chinook, Sockeye, Pink Salmon, Coho

Come see our displays

Participating Displays:

• Coho in the Classroom
• Department of Fisheries and Oceans
• Restorative Justice
• Ghost net Removal

Snacks and Refreshments available…. Lunch will be provided….

For more information you can contact NNTC at (250) 455-2711

Come out and your name will be entered for a Door Prize
(Must be there to claim prize)

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Ticks and Lyme Disease-Preventing disease by taking precautions

What are ticks?

Ticks are tiny bugs that feed on blood. In BC’s Southern Interior, the most common species is the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Dermacentor andersoni). It is about the size of a small pea and is not known to be a carrier of Lyme Disease.
While not considered common to the area, the Deer Tick (Ixodes pacificus or I. angustus) has been linked to a handful of Southern Interior Lyme Disease cases. The adult deer tick is the size of a sesame seed (2.5-millimeter diameter),
oval, and has a flattened body before enjoying a blood meal. When engorged with blood, the eight-legged arthropod is about the size of a small pea and blue-black in color.
Most tick bites do not result in disease because most ticks are not infected with disease-causing germs. If a tick is carrying disease, the germs that cause the disease are injected with the tick’s bite. Tick bites like any insect bite
should be treated seriously since infection can occur due to the break in the skin.

Avoiding ticks
Walk on cleared trails wherever possible.

Wear light colored clothing, tuck your shirt into your pants and tuck your pants into your boots or socks.

Put insect repellent containing DEET on all uncovered skin. Re-apply as frequently as directed on the containers. See BCCDC’s Insect Repellant Poster.

Check clothing and scalp (covered or not) when leaving an area where ticks may live.

Regularly check household pets for ticks.

How to safely remove ticks
Do not do anything that can stress or crush the tick’s body. This may cause it to inject its stomach contents into your blood. Follow the steps below:
Using needle nose tweezers, gently grasp the tick close to the skin. If you find it difficult to remove the tick do not use grease, alcohol or heat to remove the tick. Visit your doctor.

Without squeezing, pull the tick straight out.

After removal, clean the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic cream.

If you find one tick, check very carefully for others.

Notify your doctor if you notice any rash or unusual health problems later.

Other resources
BC Health Files information on Tick Bites & Disease

BC Center for Disease Control information on Lyme Disease

Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

Relieve seasonal allergies with these tried-and-true techniques.

By Mayo Clinic Staff  (Link to Article here)

Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay
fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. But before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf, try these simple strategies to keep seasonal allergies under control.
Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers
To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms (allergens):
Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.

Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.
Take extra steps when pollen counts are high

Seasonal allergy signs and symptoms can flare up when there’s a lot of pollen in the air. These steps can help you reduce your exposure:
Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the Internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.

Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

Keep indoor air clean

There’s no miracle product that can eliminate all allergens from the air in your home, but these suggestions may help:
Use the air conditioning in your house and car.
If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

Medical Transportation – Basic Information

DoctorThe Medical Transportation program is funded by Health Canada as part of the Non Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB).

The goal of the program is provide some help for First Nations (with status) people in getting to and from medical appointments.

The program is not funded to meet all medical transportation needs. It is meant to help those who need the most help, get to appointments that are medically necessary.

We have a medical transportation van that is funded to take our community members to the doctor, dentist and other specialist appointments. There are some very strict rules about how the program is run and how it is accessed.

Rule 1: If the van is available then it must be used. If people choose to not use the van when it is available then there will be no travel expenses paid.

Rule 2: Travel in the van must be approved and booked in advance. The travel must be for medical purposes that are covered under BC Medical or NIHB.

Rule 3: If the van is unable to take you to an approved medical appointment you can apply for help with the cost of travel. This also has to be approved in advance, unless it’s a  medical emergency.

Help with travel costs is just that – help – it does not cover all expenses and it doesn’t cover all travel.

To book all patient travel call Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Office at:

1-866-455-2711

Book as far in advance as possible and at a minimum of 48 hours before your appointment.

When you call to book transportation to a medical appointment there is information we need before the trip can be approved and booked. The following are some of the question you will be asked.

  1. Does the person have a status number? – MT like at NIHBs is only for those with a status number. If a community member without status needs transportation to a medical appointment we may be able to take them with a funded rider. In other words we can still take them but only as long as we have someone with status going in that direction on that day.
  2. Is the appointment covered by MT – MT is only for trips to appointments covered by NIHB or BC Medical. For example, if you have been in a car accident or injured at work then ICBC or WCB will have to payyou’re your transportation to related medical appointments.
  3. Find out who, what, where, when and why– The information on the booking form needs to be completed before booking the van.
    1. your full name and contact number,
    2. where you need to be picked up,
    3. when your appointment is,
    4. approximate length of time needed for the appointment,
    5. where the appointment is,
    6. the reason for the appointment i.e. dentist, heart specialist (we use a code sheet to help figure out the best fit)
  4. Check the booking calendar to see if the trip is possible – This is where it can get a bit confusing and in some cases we may need to speak with our driver to see if he can fit you in.
  5. If the van isn’t available – Then we still need the information above and we use an additional form that has the mileage information. If this is a trip that can completed in one day they you can claim for 20 cents per km for the round trip. To make the claim you will need to bring back the confirmation slip from the medical professional you have seen. It needs to go to be submitted before money can be paid out.

If this is longer trip, overnight or multiple nights – There are several rules in place about this and are in addition to the above requirements. Call Tribal for more information.

NIHB is sticky about their rules but do have a good information line and website. If you want more information from them directly call them at:                  

1-800-317-7878 

Website information >  Medical Transportation Benefits

You can download this as a printable pdf flyer by clicking here > FTISS MT flyer Sept 2012