Letter of Introduction

My traditional name is WELTIMIYE (my apologies for not having the SENCOTEN alphabet to spell my traditional name properly). I’m commonly known as Brenda Bartleman. I reside on the TSARTLIP Reserve on my late father’s land.

I was born in Victoria, BC. I am the oldest to my two younger brothers. I was brought up in Sooke for a couple years. Shortly after my brother, Kevin, was born, we moved to the interior of BC, where my late father, Ralph Bartleman, found employment in the forest industry. We resided in the Cariboo for the majority of my younger years. My youngest brother, Blayne, was born in Quesnel BC.

My father attended Kuper Island Indian Residential School from a tender age to when he was a teenager. He then went to St. Catherine’s Indian Day School, in Duncan BC., where he lived with his older brother and wife, Gabe Bartleman and Evelyn in Koksilah.

I have worked very hard in achieving certificates and diplomas in counselling skills and a certified substance abuse counsellor. I have worked with our aboriginal people for many years and continue to do so today. I am involved in our community activities and events, and I sit on different committees within the WSANEC territory.

I am currently assisting TSARTLIP Indian Day School community members with their applications to the INDIAN DAY SCHOOLS CLASS ACTION CLAIMS SETTLEMENT and the EXTENSION FORMS. These documents are due JANUARY 13, 2023, 11:59 PM PST.

If you wish to contact me, you can reach me at the TSARTLIP Health office: 250-652-4473 or my cell 250-882-1003.

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