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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The site of the Tseshaht winter village of Tlukwatkwuu7is was the scene of an unveiling ceremony hosted by the Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) and the City of Port Alberni on July 21.

Known informally as the “Somass Strip” development, Thursday’s opening marks the...

Friday, July 22, 2016

A total of 16 teams teed off at Alberni Golf Club on July 21 for the Sixth Annual Swing Fore Tlu-piich fundraising tournament.

The event has become one of the main sources of funding for the annual Nuu-chah-nulth Tlu-piich (Summer) Games, said coordinator Richard Samuel.

“The...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Tlowitsis First Nation traditionally had a relationship to the environment which revolved around the resources of the waters throughout our territory which was used as a means of travel, as well as a rich and abundant source of food that was used both for sustenance and cultural purposes....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A star-studded expedition to protest the B.C. salmon aquaculture industry has no plans to visit Nuu-chah-nulth territory on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced the six-week tour, called Operation Virus Hunter, at a press conference in...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer-time fun! Days to walk the beach, sit by the fire to roast marshmallows, sing, hit the drums or watch the kids play tag or go swimming. There are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the evening sunsets or each other’s company. And now, there’s more.

Cha ma piis...

Monday, July 18, 2016

In Ahousaht et al vs. Canada, the Trial Judge found that economic trade in fish happened regularly, in substantial quantities, and was integral to Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations cultural practices.

Today, Nuu-chah-nulth Nations collaboratively work with stakeholders at West Coast...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Betrayal? "It is," said Tyee Ha’wilth Maquinna Lewis George about a statement by federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould.

On July 12, the minister told the chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations, gathered in Niagara Falls, that Canada would not adopt into law the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Representatives of a specific claims tribunal have travelled to Ahousaht First Nation this morning to get the lay of the land. The group spent the last two days at Tin Wis in Tofino hearing testimony about lands that were removed from Ahousaht's use by the Crown, granting them instead...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It would have been about 10 in the morning July 11 when experienced fishing guide, 44-year-old Neil Sherwood, fell overboard during a charter in an area called the Whales Tale, near Kyuquot.

The only other person aboard was an 82-year-old man who didn’t know how to operate the boat...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Canada Day long weekend began for Ahousaht on June 30, when the locals welcomed home canoes carrying children in foster care.

The canoes landed on the front beach and each child was blanketed before joining family members.

According to a grandparent, the kids in care came home...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council is sad to learn of the passing of friend Ian Hinksman, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his extended family and friends at his loss.

Ian, who left us on June 23, worked over his lifetime on behalf of Aboriginal people, despite many personal...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hundreds of people filled the Maaqtusiis School Gym to witness 14 graduates receive their high school diplomas. The grads entered the gym on the arms of escorts, taking their seats on the beautifully-decorated stage.

Principal Joe McHale acted as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed everyone...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

“Reconciliation is akin to paddling a canoe. Unless everyone is working together, you are not going anywhere,” said Wilfred Cootes, representing the Uchucklesaht Tribe.

Cootes, along with representatives of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, City of Port Alberni, and...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Victoria Aboriginal Cultural Festival was held June 17 thru June 19, and includedspectacular performances on an outdoor stage in the plaza at the Royal BC Museum. Each day started with performances from the two local host nations, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and followed with shows...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 16 marked a preschool graduation celebration for 14 Tla-o-qui-aht children ages four and five.

Carol Frank, education coordinator, organized the event which was held at the Tin Wis Conference Centre.

Throughout the school year the children are taught the Tla-o-qui-aht language...

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Coming of Age party was held in Ahousaht on June 18 for two girls and two boys. Jolie Franks, daughter of Iris Frank and Patrick Dick, Keyondra Frank, daughter of Sharon and Walter August, Jamal Campbell, son of Ivy Campbell, and Brandon Mark, son of Ramona Mark and John Mark were celebrated...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ahousaht member Georgina Sutherland, and by extension, Nuu-chah-nulth culture, took centre stage at the John Howitt Elementary School's year-end assembly on June 23.

Three Howitt students, Payton Lucas of Hesquiaht First Nation, Hayleigh Watts (Tseshaht) and Jaden Warner (Huu-ay-aht...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Staff and students at Haahuupayak School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony  June 22 to honour five residential school survivors who made a significant contribution to the school.

When the Indian Residential School Survivors Settlement was finally paid out, Joe Charleson Sr., Phillip...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Tseshaht man has composed a celebration song that he intends to donate to all of School District 70 when school resumes in September.

Aaron Watts stopped by at Ha-Shilth-Sa with his five-year-old daughter Niamaya. He said he had been talking to newly-elected Tseshaht Chief Councillor...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government celebrated National Aboriginal Day by hosting a Wellness Fair at Alberni Athletic Hall on June 21.

Acting as emcee, Uchucklesaht Ha’wiih Thomas Rush welcomed attendees to the event, which he acknowledged was taking place in the traditional...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

To all our Nuu-chah-nulth people,

On June 21st, we take the time to honour all Indigenous people across Canada. We celebrate and share our culture, our songs, our dances with not only each other but with our non- Aboriginal friends, neighbors and communities with great pride. We do this...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Updated: June 22, 2016 2:50 p.m.

The Ahousaht Search and Rescue Team invited the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) to the community June 20 to demonstrate some maneuvers for saving people in distress in a marine environment.  

And the RCAF brought with them a Cormorant...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Harvesting cedar for basket weaving requires knowledge, skill, physical wellness, and to know when and where to pick, and not to over harvest in one area.

It is not good to venture out on your own and it's not good to strip a cedar tree of all its bark. Stripping the tree...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Quu?asa team from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Mental Health department hosted Picnic in the Park for urban Nuu-chah-nulth living away from home in Port Alberni. The event was held June 15 at Harbour Quay.

Organizer and outreach worker Justin Dorward, who works with urban...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ahousaht’s Maaqtusis Schools' Sports Day was held June 6. The day started out with the 50m race, and went through the 100, 200 and 400 metre races.

Relays and spin and run games and a marathon race were also held. The school saved the fun games—the Spoon and Ball and...

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