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Monday, April 14, 2014

A pair of totem poles will soon grace the entrance to Vancouver Island University’s Shq’apthut building, a gathering place used for cultural events and feasts. It is the indigenous space at VIU, a home away from home for aboriginal students.

The carving will be carried out by...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rob Oldale remembers what it was like to be young, unemployed and on the outside looking in. He brings that insight to his role as Senior Coordinator for the BladeRunners youth training program, which has been delivered by NETP since 2007.

The BladeRunners program is funded under the...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations that won the landmark First Nations commercial fishing rights case called Ahousaht Nation et al. vs. Canada are putting their brand on seafoods they are entitled now by Canadian law to catch and sell.

The T’aaq-wiihak has its own brand with its own...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NETP employment counsellor Corinne Moore’s cultural and spiritual connection to the Nuu-chah-nulth community runs deep.

The daughter of Denny and Sarah Durocher, Moore attended Haahuupayak School where she learned the Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture alongside her First Nations...

Monday, April 7, 2014

When your mandate is to introduce people to the trades, it doesn’t hurt to hire a tradesman. Just ask NETP Special Projects coordinator Dave Watts Sr.

As coordinator, Watts is in charge of setting up training projects in Nuu-chah-nulth communities “from Kyuquot to Ditidaht....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Aaron Edgar Sr. stood out as a class leader from the beginning, so it was a natural fit for him to be chosen as emcee for the graduation of Ditidaht’s students from the a-m’aa-sip Essential Skills program. A ceremony was held March 28 in the community.

When somebody asked in...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Former residential school students who applied for and received CEP (Common Experience Payment) through the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) are now eligible to receive non-cash IRS (Indian Residential School) Personal Credits to be used for educational programs and...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

With the overwhelming numbers of aboriginal children populating child welfare systems across the country, Canadians might be surprised to learn that a federal initiative announced in 2007 to prevent on-reserve children from entering care in the first place has yet to be rolled out in British...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

For Betty Knighton, the goal isn’t teaching people what to learn, it’s about teaching them how they learn.

Knighton is a program assistant with NETP’s a-m’aa-sip Essential Skills program, which seeks to unlock each client’s learning potential by uncovering...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

For Andy Callicum, the timing proved perfect: when the Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program (NETP) cast about for a new supervisor, the young Mowachaht-Muchalaht member had built up a solid resume in the private sector as an employment counsellor and had already proven his skills in a...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On March 27, 1964, the largest ever recorded earthquake in North America struck near Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The 9.2 quake violently shook the earth for nearly three minutes and generated a series of tsunamis that would fan out across the Pacific Ocean to places as far away as...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In Edmonton it’s the first day of the last National Event that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will hold, yet even after years of hearings and disclosures by residential school survivors, there remains troubling questions about what really happened to the children in those schools...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council would like to thank CUPE 118 for its generous contribution of $1,000 to the Elk slaughter reward for information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the illegal and unjustified Elk kills in Nuu-chah-nulth...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just give B.C. one—one representative to co-draft the First Nations education legislation, said Greg Louie, president of the First Nations Schools Association in British Columbia.

He was responding to a comment made by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt while he visited...

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program is moving to a bright new facility at the end of this month.

Located at 4090 Eighth Avenue, the new office will become part of a service complex that includes the provincial ministries of Social Assistance and Child & Family Services...

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Skidegate Junior Saints have three-peated as champions in the boys’ division at the 2014 BC Junior All Native, their third title in three years.

The Saints beat the Van City Junior Boys basketball team 86-49 in a Friday afternoon game at the Kamloops University gym.

The...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Children and caregivers flocked to Maht Mahs Gym for Spring Break Family Camp, which ran from March 17 through 21.

On Thursday, organizer Gail K. Gus said the all-day event had attracted between 50 and 75 children each day.

“But not the same kids every day,” she added...

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Maaqtusiis Magic quest for the 2014 BC Junior All Native boys’ title has ended in defeat with a loss of 98-90 to Van City in an evening game at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops. The loss gives Magic fourth place in the tourney.

“The guys played their hearts out to...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hesquiaht Storm has been knocked out of the 2014 BC Junior All Native Basketball Tournament.

The Storm lost 49-42 to Haisla in a semi-final game on Thursday afternoon and has placed fourth in the tournament.

“We could have advanced to the finals if we did a few things...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If the Maaqtussis Magic and Hesquiaht Storm are going to reach the boys' and girls' finals of the 2014 BC Junior All Native Basketball Championships then they’re going to have to go through the back door.

Magic lost 74-67 to Lytton’s Tlkemcheen Warriors in a Wednesday...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tseshaht First Nations played host to federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt March 19 who came to the territory with a commitment of $1.469 million for a 3.3 km sewer expansion project on the reserve ending at Tseshaht Market. The sewer expansion will link to the Santu housing...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In what could go down as one of the tensest nail-biters in BC Junior All Native Basketball tournament history, the NCN Lady Warriors beat the Heiltsuk Nation 56-55 in overtime.

The score alone though belies a game that was full of drama and intrigue, not to mention excitement.

In...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nuu-chah-nulth teams hit the floor running on Day One of the 2014 BC Junior All Native Basketball tournament in Kamloops. Two of those teams have their eyes set on championship wins this year.

In the boys division, the Maaqtussis Magic beat the Terrace Wolverines 78-55 in their first game...

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Nuu-chah-nulth Nations’ Feb. 21 court victory to prevent commercial herring fishing in waters off the West Coast of Vancouver Island was front-and-centre as the First Nations Summit met last week.

As bands from every region of British Columbia gathered on Musqueam territory, one...

Monday, March 17, 2014

The opening ceremonies are over, the welcome speeches done and now all that is left is for games to tip off and basketballs to hit the floor.

Forty-five teams—21 girls and 24 boys—are competing in the 2014 BC Junior All Native Basketball tournament, which is being held in...

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