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Exciting news from Alaska is that jobs advertised throughout the state quadrupled between 2012 and 2014 to over 92,000 positions. The need for Truck Drivers has exploded and Healthcare, IT, Engineering, and Energy jobs have expanded quickly. Employers are advertising as far away as Ohio and the East Coast in order to fill these positions.

Companies that are hiring the most employees in these and other positions include the following list, but jobs are also available in the Yukon Territory, especially in Whitehorse in the southern part of the province and among the 14 First Nations reserves and settlements.

  1. Knight Refrigerated Trucking
  2. Barr Nunn Transport – Trucking
  3. C.R. England Trucking
  4. Providence Health & Services
  5. Roehl Trucking
  6. Peace Health System
  7. HDR – A global engineering, architecture, planning and consulting firm.
  8. HCA – Healthcare
  9. University of Alaska
  10. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  11. Soliant Health
  12. Nana Regional Corporation, owned by Native Alaskans
  13. The State of Alaska.

 

Yukon Territory employment advertisements target professionals able to deliver health services to the Aboriginal populations among 14 First Nations reserves and other settlements. However, the provincial capital of Whitehorse advertises other jobs as well.

See the links below for locations, hiring companies, and jobs needing effective workers:

Job Boom in Alaska 2012 – 2014… Advice on Jobs through 2020

Aboriginals and Cities in Canada;s Yukon Territory

Many in Canadian First Nations communities are starving because of the long distance to cities with grocery producers – conservation measures of been cut by the federal government and food animals and fish are declining around the Hudson Bay. In addition, peoples in Northern Ontario Province live in ramshackle huts covered with plastic sheeting on the shores of James Bay, part of the Arctic Ocean.  They have no school for their children. Companies can come in and rent reservation lands without the permission of the tribes throughout Canada– Where does the money go?

Canada supports 600+ First Nations reserves, since a British royal proclamation in 1763. The related $11 Billion given by the Canadian federal government is not enough to relieve hunger and joblessness among peoples whose lands were confiscated illegally and rented illegally in some places even today.

Aboriginal protests of the Idle No More movement peaked January 11, 2013 with the promise to the federal government that all transportation routes to and from the Alberta oil tar sands would be blockaded.

Pictures already show 1000s of native people and their supporters crowding onto highways and streets to completely block traffic. Semi trucks have been driven onto major railroad tracks and parked. In South Dakota, natives have blockaded highways to stop illegal tar sands transport from Canada that was enabled by illegal waiver of trucking fees by a state official. Residents all along the Keystone pipeline route protest, because they were promised that only crude oil, not tar sands with their greater possibility of leakage would be transported through the pipe.

Read more about a national action day to be held in late January 2013:

via Historic First Nations Protest Against Broken Treaties In Canada 

Although popularly known as “totem poles” by a general public educated by biased advertising and some cheesy promotion of faux new age  activities, these carved poles are not called totem poles in their Indigenous Peoples’ native languages.  They have been carved for many hundreds of years and unnumbered generations of trained pole-, canoe-, and mask carvers in a several nations around the entire Pacific Rim. Add to this, some Peoples in interior Russia.

Carved poles are made from red and yellow cedar trees, often using the entire tree. Spruce has been used as well, and an amazing story of one particular famous spruce is included below.  Spruce is also used to form woven hats.

Carved cedar poles contain likenesses of the Power Animals, which include animals of air, land, and sea; people; and spirits.  Each pole is a remembrance and an homage to  the power animals in place on it as well as to the family and clan of the owner that commissioned the pole.  They also capture events in history and may honor an entire community.  Carved poles are not idols to be worshipped, but documents of communication. Some people carved tablets, others carved trees. Carved poles are story tellers and as such, are considered people.

The Power Animals change in appearance a bit from Alaska to British Columbia mainland, to Vancouver Island, to the Queen Charlotte and other islands nearby and change again in Washington and northern Oregon.  Carved poles are different around the Hawaiian and Polynesian Islands, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and Amur in Russia. 

Masster Carvers come from many nations among the First Nations and Native Americans, but a few of these Peoples are prolific. Interestingly, the greatest carvers that we know are of combined Native and European blood. Since poles last only about 100 years as a result of decomposition, it is difficult to know what happened along these lines before 1700.  There is only a hand drawn sketch or two from the early 1700s in one particular location. The rest of the related history is based in the oral tradition and many of these languages are becoming extinct.

Today, master carvers are appearing among native and non-native cultures and earning a good living in the carving arts.

Several false reports about the history of Indigenous Peoples in North America are drawing attention from misinformed readers that accept anything on the Internet as true. The fault lies with the educational systems failing to teach individuals how to read historynews, and sales literature and how to recognize the difference.

Much of these come from a tourist guidebook written for commercial gain and the promotion of tourism. While entertaining and longer than usual guidebooks for tourists, it remains limited in that it is not based on the facts gathered by archeology during the past several hundred years and does not include any interviews or other data from the ethnic groups involved.  It was written without them. Better information is readily available here:

Totem Poles in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand and Japan before 1700

CONFLICT WITHIN A NATION: Traditions vs. Commercial Gain:

The Kahniakenhaka Mohawk Nation Council vs. the St. Regis Council of Akwesasne Mohawk
It’s going around again and this time it is hitting the classroom as Holiday Season homework for children and youth.
 
The SPAM EMAIL warning readers that there are not 100 words for snow in a First Nations language is only anecdotal, unresearched,  and harmful.  SPAM EMAILS that tell you there ARE 100 words are just as bad. Don’t believe either one of them, but read the actual research to date at the link below.  You’ll be surprised.
 
Don’t let your kids be made fools by homework assignments or their friends’ SPAM emails.
 
Sincerely,
Careerping MS – First Nations/Native American Researcher 

Hubris and the 10,000 Words for Eskimo Snow

Additional History:

These traditional recipes from Native Americans and American Farmers in the New Nation of the 18th and 19th centuries are good-tasting and use local products and ingredients.

          Winnipeg was incorporated into a giant Unicity in 1971 – 1972, combining several smaller communities into the Capital Region of Manitoba. This organization of cities and towns has spurred economic growth and cultural development in all of the places around Winnipeg.  It is a tourist meccas, but also attracts new businesses and residents. At the end of Summer 2010, 5000 jobs were available inteh Winnipeg area in Internet-based postings.

Winnipeg Travel and Employment

New infrastructure in the 2000s included twin bridges across the Red River and a vital archeological site in Downtown Winnipeg. One of the bridges is a foot bridge and both lead across from Downtown to the French sector called St. Boniface. Historical, entertaining, and dining attractions are excellent on either side of the bridges and in the middle of one of them as well.  Winnipeg is a must-see big city.

Vulcan AB, Canada became the

Official Star Trek® Capital of Alberta

in February 2010. The City has a brand new website that is a stimulating and comforting place to visit for ST:TOS fans and those that love all the franchise features and other SyFy as well.

The City and County of Vulcan are based in this sort of tourism and always full of costumed visitors and entertainers. The Vulcan Welcome Centre is no exception.

Sci-fi visitors often travel a bit more with help from the Captain and crew of the Vulcan Centre and enjoy the Badlands Region, the surrounding Canadian Prairies, a Giant Saamis Teepee, a number of glacier expeditions, and a host of National Parks.

Of course, the annual VulCon or GalaxyFest and Spock Days sci-fi convention draws big-name guests.

Canadian Resort Vacations

Canada is the land of great, beautiful waters, according to every nation of First Peoples and Native Americans of the North. Join them in spending time in British Columbia for a weekend getaway to Victoria or a week long ski trip to Whistler.  Cruises are a journey to another world and the Columbia Icefield Glacier is like being at the North Pole, but among friends and helpful tour professionals. Every inch of British Columbia you’ll see is likely to be beautiful. 

Vancouver operates many of the venues that were active during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, although the First Nations’ exhibits and businesses are slightly dispersed.  Sports venues for skating and skiing are as active as during the Games and the curling rink is now a major swimming recreation complex. Across the water by ferry is Vancouver Island and the City of Victoria. The City is full of attractions, from Parliament, to whale watching, to historic hotels and international cuisine.  The downtown mall is interested and fun. Book stores and First Nations shops are everywhere, and you can enjoy buskers performing on many streets.  BC lighthouses are very interesting as well. British Columbia is huge and varied, and you’ll find many things to remember.

In 2010, Canada is good because it hosted both the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics in Vancouver BC with the help and partnership of the Four Host First Nations for the first time in history.  Indigenous Peoples,  Canadian history, athletes, and returning war veterans all joined together in the same place to celebrate life and sports with many nations.

What’s So Good About Canada? 

In addition to the excitement on the Far West border, Canada offers unique events and history in every one of is nations and territories. The article at the link above provides several examples for each one.  Whether you’re planning a vacation, a history buff, or a student in need of information, this article can help.

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