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8TuesdayJune24201414064DG3Albertanscannowregisteronlinetobecomeanorganortissuedonor.Onedonationcansaveuptoeightlivesandimprovethelivesof75others.TosupportthemanyAlbertanswhowishtobecomedonorswevecreatedanewonlineAlbertaOrganandTissueDonationRegistry.Registeryourintenttodonatebyvisitingmyhealth.alberta.caRegisteringtobeanorgandonorhasneverbeeneasier.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGResidentialschoolsurvi-vorswhowererecipientsofsettlementmoniesarenoweligibletoaccessthenalportionoftheircompensa-tionintheformofeduca-tioncreditswhicharenotonlyforindividualspursu-ingpost-secondarystudiesbutalsocommunitieslook-ingtobuildprogramsaroundlanguageandculture.RecipientsoftheCommonExperiencePaymentCEPissuedundertheIndianRes-identialSchoolSettlementAgreementmayaccesscred-itsofupto3000eachasawaytotrytoregainwhatwastakenawayduringres-identialschoolsaccordingtotheAssemblyofFirstNa-tionsAFN.Thisisaresultofthesur-plusfromtheoriginalsettle-mentagreementandatthetimethattheagreementwasnegotiatedtheydeterminedthatiftherewereasurplusinthefundstheywouldallocateittowardspersonaleduca-tioncredits.Sowereatthatphasenowwheretheeduca-tioncreditsarekickinginsaidShannonMonkPayneAFNspersonalcreditsliai-sonfortheYukonNWTandAlbertaregion.Underthetermsandcon-ditionslanguageandcultureisanoptionforcommunitieswhowanttopooltheircred-itsandthewholephilosophybehinditissomuchofthelanguageandculturewastakenawaysoheresanop-portunitytobringitbacktothecommunityortoenhanceandcelebratethepositivesandthewonderfulaspectsoflanguageandcultureshesaid.CreditscanbepooledbycommunitiesForthosewantingtousethecreditsforpersonalfor-maleducationtheprogramrecognizesuniversitiestech-nicalinstitutesK-12schoolsearlychildhoodeducationcentresandaccessessen-tialskillscoursesandcanbeusedfortuitionbooksandothercourseexpenses.Thosewhowishtopooltheircreditswithothersinthecommunitycanalsoputthefundingtogoodusebycoordinatingaprojectplanthatcanbeusedtopro-motelanguageandculturewhetherthatbecreatingnewprogrammingorprovid-ingthosefundstoexistingorganizationsincludingFirstNationsgovernmentsorprojects.Thoseprojectscanincludeculturecampshealingpro-gramson-the-landactivitiesceremoniestraditionalfoodandmedicineharvestingorartsamongothers.Somepeoplearepool-ingtheircreditstogetherasafamilyandlookingtodosomecampingandon-the-landactivitiessomepeo-plearepoolingtheircreditsthroughtheschoolbecausethatsanotheroptionforaccessingthecredits-en-hancingthelanguageandcul-tureactivitiesthatarealreadyinexistencesomecommuni-tiesaretalkingaboutstartingupnewlanguageprograms.Itreallyvariesanditsreallyuptotheindividualcommu-nitytodeterminewhattheywantfortheirhealingPaynesaid.Peopleareaccessinginthewaythatmakessenseforthem.Tobeeligibleforcreditsprogramsmustbeusedtoaddresstheharmsresultingfromresidentialschoolsincludingintergenerationaltraumaandcanincludesuchelementsaslanguagerestora-tiontraditionalknowledgepersonaldevelopmentca-pacitybuildingforcommu-nitiesoraddresstheneedsofspecialgroupslikeyouthwomenandelders.DeadlinesapproachingfastPaynewhowasinFortSmithlastweektoprovideinformationonthecreditstopeopleattendingtheDeneNationalAssemblysaidthedeadlinetousethecreditsisquicklyapproachingandencouragescommunitiestobeginplanningsooniftheyhopetocreateagroupedu-cationplan.Oneofthechallengesthatwerendingisthetime-framesareveryverytightPaynesaid.Soinordertoaccessthecreditsforfor-maleducationitreallyre-quiresthatpeopleareeitherinschoolrightnoworabouttostartschooleitherforSep-temberorforJanuary.Thedeadlineforindividu-alstosubmittheirAcknowl-edgementFormsismidnightonOct.312014.ForgroupsformsaredueatmidnightonDec.12014.AllfundsmustbespentbyApr.302015.Paynesjobalongwiththreeotherliaisonsacrossthecountryistomakesurecommunitiesareawarethatthecreditscanbeusedforpurposesotherthanpost-secondaryeducationinthehopethatthemoneywillgotowardslegacyprojectsthatbenetfuturegenerations.Weregoingintothecom-munitiesandsayingYouhavesomanyCEPrecipi-entssoratherthanthrow-ingthatmoneyawaythinkabouthowthecommunitycouldbenetPaynesaid.Apartfromraisingaware-nessaboutthemoneysex-istencePaynesaidthebig-gestchallengeishelpingcommunitiestodealwiththeadministrativeburdenofmakingtheapplicationsasthereisoftennoadditionalfundingincommunitiestohiresomeonetodotheworkofcoordinatingtheplanad-ministeringthecreditsandllingoutthebudget.Itsareallyonerouspro-cessandpeoplegetreallyoverwhelmedshesaid.DespitethechallengesPaynesaidthereisalotofinterestamongcommunitiestoaccessthefunds.WehavealotofFirstNa-tionschiefsandcouncilsandgovernmentsthatarereallyinterestedinsupportingthisprocessfortheirpeoplesotheyresayingtheyregoingtomakeitworkbutitisim-portantthatpeopleunder-standthereisanadminis-trativeburden.MorefundsavailabletoresidentialschoolsurvivorsCreditscanbepooledbycommunitiesforland-basedculturalprogramsEducationFundingShannonMonkPaynepersonalcreditsliaisonfortheAssemblyofFirstNationshandsoutinformationoneducationcreditsforresidentialschoolsurvivorstopeopleattendingtheDeneNationalAssemblyinFortSmithlastweek.PhotoMeaganWohlberg