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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDGE luftaday, June 2s, 19.4 Trainees from 16 to 60 years Native instructors aid reserve drivers QUESNEL, B.C. (CP) The automobile age is beginning to arrive legally on Indian reserves of British Co- lumbia's interior Cariboo country Some native Indians who have been driving without licences for years, mostly on reserve and other remote roads, and others who were unable to drive because they speak no English, are being trained to pass provincial tests by four Indian instructors Margery Dixon, 24, of Canim Lake, Gladys Murphy, 27, of Prince George, Leona Charleyboy, 29, of 100 Mile House and her husband Jerry, 22, have already taken the theory portion of their program to reserves and trained 93 students. Seventy-seven passed, have learner's per- mits and are waiting to get onto the roads Two cars were recently acquired with funds made available through the federal ARDA program and one already is equipped with dual controls for driver training. The other will be shortly Ernie North, manager of the Interior Native Driving School and secretary of the Quesnel Tilhcum Society, the native friendship centre that originated the idea, said the trainees range in age from 16 to 60. "Some never drove because they couldn't read ANDERSON SUPPLIES LTD, WARNER, ALBERTA Sales 642-3845 Parts 642-3944 I-NEW1974MODELS- I G.M.C. TON {4 Wheel Drive] 2 G.M.C. 3A TON (Pickups) Heavy Duty Camper (Special) 4 G.M.C. TON (Pickups) 2 Beautiful Buicks (Loaded) 1 Le Mans Buick (fully equipped) TRUCKS 1973 JIMMY 4 WHEEL DRIVE 1971 FORD V2 TON PICKUP 1970 CHEV Vz TON PICKUP 1964 CHEV V2 TON PICKUP 1965 FORD TON PICKUP USED CARS 1971 VALIANT 1971 DATSUN COUPE 1957 PONTIAC SEDAN or write he said. "But our instructors can give them an oral test in their own dialect, writing down their answers." The four instructors speak one or more of the three most common Indian tongues of the central interior Chilcotin, Shuswap and Carrier. Stu- dents with no English are trained in recognizing the symbols on road signs "We'll try to do most of our road training in Mr North said, "so they are acquainted with city driving Being able to drive is al- most essential on outlying reserves which are far from towns and such vital services as ambulances. "But Nazko, for in- stance, has only two valid driver's licences among 150 said Mr. North The community, about 50 miles west of here, is typical of Indian reserves in the area A ccommodation Mr. North said organizers hope to enable students from outlying reserves to stay at friendship centres in towns where they train in traffic. The theory training already given on the reserves has been anything Continued P. 16 Watch your speed Four native Indian driving instructors are shown with equipment they trained at New Westminster before getting their qualifications. They will take modern driving theory and practice to Indian reserves in the B.C., interior, where drivers licences are few. From left are: Margery Dixon, Glady Murphy, Jerry Charleboy and his wife, Leona. 4 en DISC BRAKE SERVICE CENTRE We machine DISC ROTORS and stock new Rotors, Brake Pads, and Repair Parts for Disc Brakes! Battle Potato Beetles BRAKE DRUM MACHINING AND GRINDING New Drums, Oversize Brake Linings and Brake Paris available from stock. FAST SERVICE! For complete details contact: BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD, 205 10th Street South Phone 327-8587 or the GARAGE or SERVICE STATION NEAREST YOU! GUTHION Spray Concentrate Fast knockdown Long-lasting control Easy to use Apply any time Colorado potato beetles hit, up to 7 days before harvest. Saves money Order from your supplier now. RESPONSEability to you and nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Ortvc la. ;