A long time ago when I was surfing the web and finding people to communicate with I encountered an awesome lady in western Canada. As I got to know her and her family I realized how special these people were because they lived for family and had a closeness I had never experienced before.
Gloria Fred is a member of the Tseshaht First Nation people and a friend I am blessed to have. You can read about the Tseshaht people here. And you can see one of their bulletins with Gloria's name at the bottom of page 3 here. She is sharing about patient travel and on page 7 about retinal scanning regarding diabetes. She lives in Port Alberni, B.C.
One of the interesting things I learned about Gloria and her people is their love for Salmon. They live near a river that flows out into the ocean and when the salmon are running they work night and day catching as many as they can that will be smoked, canned, frozen and made ready to last them until the next run. They also eat all of the fish including the scales. She says that is why they have such thick black hair.
Also a long time ago there was a time when you could actually speak to people all over the world by simply dialing their telephone number and could talk to them by using a microphone. I also had a headset to make it more user friendly. It was fun talking to Gloria like she was so close. I miss those days.
I mentioned above that she lives in Port Alberni, BC. That made me want to move to Port Angeles, WA for a number of reasons. You can go here to read about the area and it even references the book/movie Twilight as that was where the movie was made. It has the benefit of the coast and the mountains that keep the climate very comfortable and it is just a ride across the bay to where Gloria could be visited. The weather is talked about here.
Sadly Gloria's husband died a few years ago but she does have a large family and they are very close and supportive of each other. I hope you will check out the links and get a glimpse of a tribe that may not be known by many people outside of Canada. Not really sure how far it would be from my friend Belle who also lives in western Canada. I am sure she will let me know.