Month: July 2013


Preparation For Kluskus Pow Wow

Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation is gearing up for the 2013 Pow Wow! The original Arbor in Kluskus had collapsed, but the members of the community are working hard to have the new Arbor complete by the time of the Pow Wow on August 9th – 11th!


Christmas in Kluskus

The Kluskus children performed a Christmas carol for their families and friends to end the school period for time of rest, family time, and holiday spirit. They were also greeted by a very special guest last Christmas, Santa Klaus who was sure to bring the Christmas spirit.IMG_3739 IMG_3747

International Indigenous Conference

Many members of the Kluskus Band took part in the annual International Indigenous Leadership Gathering in Lillooet in 2009.  Many important speakers come to bring their own personal vision to the Gathering including; Spiritual Healers, Humanitarians, Artists and Social Activists such as David Suzuki, seen here with Junie Baptiste of the Kluskus community. IMG_1267 IMG_1266 IMG_1260 IMG_1254 IMG_1198 IMG_1194 IMG_1186

Maureen Boyd’s Blackwater Experience



Maureen Boyd a member of the Lhtako Dené Nation sat down with us today after her return from a two week shift in the blackwater camp as an assistant to the head chef there.  Serving between 75 and 100 people, two to three times daily, Maureen works split shifts, two weeks in and then two weeks out.  She marveled at the quality of food and accommodations provided for employees… “it was amazing, if I could stay out there all year round I would. Nice clean rooms with my own TV! It was so nice out there, I couldn’t find a single thing to complain about”, she told us.

More and more job opportunities are popping up, especially for the aboriginal communities nearby. Members of the Bands are encouraged to apply! Maureen said she also got to go on her very first helicopter ride which she found incredibly enjoyable. It seemed as though Maureen’s experience was great overall! She really encourages others to come out!


Now Announcing the 4th Annual Gathering and Pow Wow in Kluskus!!!

Now Announcing the 4th Annual Gathering and Pow Wow in Kluskus!!!

  This August everyone is welcome to attend the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation’s  annual Gathering and Pow Wow from Thursday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th. The Pow Wow will take place on the beautiful Kluskus reserve. Come and enjoy traditional music, singing and dancing. Activities will include 50/50 draws, raffles, and cultural family events!

For Directions Please call (250)-992-3290 or contact us by email at !

      E V E R Y O N E   I S   W E L C O M E!!!!


Regalia making in Kluskus!


This past week the children from the Kluskus school made beautiful regalia! The beautiful and brilliant dance outfits that the kids wear to Pow Wows have a very personal story to tell. Each piece of the regalia signifies something unique and special to the dancer and may be a treasured heirloom passed down through the generations.


His Honour visits Kluskus!


On June 2, His Honor Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point of British Columbia and Bob Blacker, Rotary International and former Lieutenant Governor (2008-2009), along with Rotary Club members of Quesnel, Liz Neave, Steven Rollins, Keith Corbett, Rebecca Beuschel of Quesnel Literacy and Jadyn Koldeweihe Miss Tré Spa a candidate for Miss Quesnel, travelled to Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation (Kluskus) to have dinner with the elders and band members.

During the visit, the Lieutenant Governor and Rotary Club members met with the school children and presented them with books from the Quesnel Literacy Program.  The visiting dignitaries commented they had never seen such an organized and structured class room.

The Lieutenant Governor drummed and sang while the school children sang O Canada in Carrier. The whole community and visitors also sang happy birthday to the community’s oldest elder Matilda Chantyman who turned 95, June 3. Organizers of the visit thanked everyone for travelling to Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation (Kluskus).


Here is His Honour Lieutenant Governor Steven Point of British Columbia posing with our oldest Elder Matilda Chantyman.

Our Lady of the Forest Catholic Church

Lady of the Forest was built on the premise of spiritual healing.


The Lady of the Forest Catholic Church, a name given by Bishop Monroe of Kamloops, BC was built as a result of many Prayer meetings held by our Elders.  The Elders concluded that the spiritual component of the Medicine Wheel or The Sacred Circle had been forgotten in their attempt to bring healing to the community. To bring healing to the community they decided to tear down the old church and build a new one for their people.

So we are pleased to announce that this past year a beautiful new log church was constructed in the village!  It is a beautiful building inside and out, and has been a nice addition to the community. Nearly all of the community members identify themselves as Catholic, and nearly all are baptized Catholics. There are plans to have the Catholic priest from Quesnel visit the community about once a month.

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Back In Time

Some beautiful restored old photos of the Cassam family out in Kluskus.  Rose Cassam, William Cassam, Mary Cassam, Roseanne Cassam, Veronica Cassam, David Jimmie.