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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...

Monday, June 13, 2016

Staff of NETP (the Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program) opened the doors of their Port Alberni offices June 13 to invite people for a tour of their facility and to see what they have to offer.

Operating since 2010, NETP offers training and employment readiness services to all...

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council executive, President Debra Foxcroft and Vice President Ken Watts, presented First Nations Summit Task Force member Ed John with a traditional rattle in recognition of his hard work on behalf of Indigenous people over the years.

Watts took the opportunity...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Nuu-chah-nulth oral history was used to emphasize the need for earthquake monitoring and, better yet, prediction.

Naomi Yamamoto, minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, told Ha-Shilth-Sa the devastating mega-quake that struck the West Coast of Vancouver Island in January 1700 left...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Students and Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker Jason Sam celebrated the end of the Ucluelet Secondary School classes by thanking all the people that came in to teach them throughout the year.

On June 8, Sam invited guest teachers to the school garden to enjoy some tlup-chus (a traditional...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ditidaht First Nation hosted the fifth annual TRC Paddle Days June 8 and June 9 at their home in Malachan with participation from about 160 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 from five B.C. schools (Ditidaht, Haahuupayak, Pacheedaht, Windsor House, a school from north Vancouver, and Saturna...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

8:45 am Thursday: Tseshaht First Nation Office

At the edge of the Somass River, Scott Lorette of the Vancouver-based Heavy Urban Search And Rescue team is setting up a mobile water desalination/disinfection system.

According to the Exercise Coastal Response...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

As part of the ongoing coverage of Exercise Coastal Response, Ha-Shilth-Sa was invited to cover the arrival of the elite Vancouver-based Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team.

According to the exercise scenario, a Magnitude 9 earthquake struck at 7:45 am Tuesday, followed almost...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

At 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Twenty minutes later, a 20-metre tsunami surged up Alberni Inlet, causing catastrophic damage all the way up to the City of Port Alberni.

Don’t feel bad if you missed the shaking...

Monday, June 6, 2016

A celebration was held at the Nanaimo St. Jean's Cannery and Smoke House on June 3 to commemorate the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation’s purchase of majority shares of a family-owned island-based cannery.

St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse has operated their...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dr. Richard Atleo, a hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, will be honoured for his academic and environmental leadership when he receives an honorary doctor of education degree on June 15 at 2:30 p.m. from the University of Victoria.

He helped to create the First Nations Studies...

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A significant totem pole given to Cowichan Tribes decades ago has been restored in an effort to preserve its beauty and extend its longevity. Carved by late Arthur Thompson of Ditidaht, a renowned artist who was instrumental in the fight for justice for residential school survivors, the pole has...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This week in Vancouver, more than 400 First Nations leaders, front line workers and representatives from Aboriginal children and family organizations gathered to meet with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) at the BC First Nations Child and Family Gathering.

Meetings...

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