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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Mr. Speaker, as this is my first opportunity to rise in this House, I want to thank the people of Courtenay-Alberni for their faith and trust, by electing me as their Member of Parliament.

On October 25th the Leviathon II sank off my home community...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

President Deb Foxcroft and Vice President Ken Watts of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council presented Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a woven cedar Whaler's Hat during a gathering of chiefs held in Gatineau, Que. today.

A Whaler’s Hat had also been presented to Trudeau’s father...

Monday, December 7, 2015

Update 10 a.m. Dec. 8.

From Tseshaht Chief Councillor Hugh Braker: We have just finished a 10 conference call with all agencies. The flood danger has passed. The Somass will be downgraded to a high stream advisory. Tseshaht Emerg. Management office is standing down.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Guests of Ahousaht’s Charlie family gathered at the Esquimalt Longhouse on Nov. 28 to witness an historic event; the transfer of a chieftainship from father to son.

Chief Hanuquii Edgar Charlie said he has serious health issues and would normally have hosted his potlatch in home...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Port Alberni Build My Business Together program wrapped up on Dec. 1 at the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation office.

The program offered a series of 12 workshops with instructor Jay Silverberg, in partnership with the NEDC. A similar series recently wrapped up in...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

People who love local, sustainable seafood have more to smile about as a new partnership forms on Canada’s West Coast.

The NCN Cannery LP has joined Gerard St. Jean as a shareholder in Nanaimo, BC based St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse.

NCN Cannery LP is owned by a...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dwayne Mazereeuw describes a terrifying hour in churning waves near Vargas Island. He and his wife Elisa Kasha had traveled to Tofino for a quick get-away, the first since their children were born. They boarded the Leviathan II, a whale watching tour boat on Oct. 25. The boat was hit by a rogue...

Monday, November 30, 2015

A simple child grows to be a simple man, is sacrificed and hanged unjustly, leaving nothing of his life behind but a legacy of sorrow.

Until now.

Kahtkayna, a “simpleton of inferior rank… so worthless that not one woman of his tribe would take him as a husband,”...

Monday, November 30, 2015

“Nationally, one out of seven children lives in poverty. That goes up to one out of three in the Alberni Valley. That is not acceptable.” ~NDP MP Gord Johns

Port Alberni--Nuu-chah-nulth members spoke up and they spoke loudly when the presenters opened up for...

Monday, November 30, 2015

~ B.C. is the only one of 10 provinces that does not have a child poverty plan in place

~ One out of five B.C. children lives in poverty

~ The poverty rate in the Alberni Valley] is 18.5 per cent, 26 per cent higher than the national...

Monday, November 30, 2015

Members of the Tatoosh family joined some long-time maritime history buffs to unravel the history of the little boom boat that bears their name.

On Nov. 26, the Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society hosted a Maritime Heritage Night at the Hutcheson Gallery to introduce their latest...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A small dog sleeping on a porch bench was snatched by a wolf in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 in Ahousaht. Leon Titian, 28, was up late watching movies when he heard activity on the porch. He raised the window blind to see a wolf standing at the top step of the two-storey flight of stairs...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Students at Haahuupayak School got a hands-on lesson on our solar system thanks to a visiting scientist from the National Research Council of Canada.

The visit took place on Nov. 24, and came through the Scientists and Inventors in the Schools program, said principal Gio Musatto.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The Alberni Athletic Hall Association is in need of members and they are looking to the Nuu-chah-nulth community and to younger people to join.

Richard Lucas has been on the AAH Association Board of Directors for more than five years and says he is the only first nations board member....

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ahousaht Chief Councillor Greg Louie said he is relieved to hear that the body of the young Australian tourist Raveshan Morgan Pillay has been recovered at Vargas Island near Tofino. He said he’s sure the family will now be at peace knowing that their son, brother and boyfriend will be...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

MLA Scott Fraser is hosting a Community Forum on Poverty from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Port Alberni Friendship Centre, in partnership with the Alberni Valley Community Foundation and the Alberni Valley Health Network.

The goal of the forum is to open a discussion on poverty...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hundreds gathered in the tiny town of Lake Cowichan on Nov. 14 to witness the historic raising of the first totem pole in decades.

Tyee Ha’wilth Sha e’lum (Cyril Livingstone) and his family hosted the event and were proud to give a beautifully carved totem pole to the people...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Since March 2015, the five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations—Ahousaht, Ehattesaht/Chinehkint, Hesquiaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht—have been in the BC Supreme Court (BCSC) seeking implementation and full recognition of their proven Aboriginal rights to fish and sell fish from...

Monday, November 16, 2015

The high school at Gold River is a unique place. For a school of just under 90 students, it’s been the site of great effort to build bridges of mutual understanding and respect between peoples.

Gold River, remote by some standards, sits near the terminus of the Muchalaht Inlet on...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hupacasath First Nation will take centre stage at Maritime Heritage Night on Nov. 26 at the Hutcheson Gallery.

The Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society is hosting the event, with the theme of “Boom Boats.” The star of the show is the newly-restored boom boat “Tatoosh,...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A young woman with roots in the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw communities took part in a four-day demonstration in Ottawa to demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take bold action on climate change, including committing to a freeze on tar sands expansion.

Researcher and...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kekinusuks Judith Sayers has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy BC.

Sayers, who is currently an adjunct professor with the Peter Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, while operating her own consulting business, Sayers Strategic Advice, has...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tasha Sam has been honoured for working “magic” with the developmentally delayed children she supports at Nuu-chah-nulth Child and Youth Services.

The 28-year-old Tseshaht member was one of four early childhood educators honoured at the annual B.C. Aboriginal Child Care...

Monday, November 9, 2015

Uu-a-thluk, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Fisheries program, has launched a Marine Traditional Knowledge (MTK) mapping project to record and map marine habitat that is important for fishing, food, culture, and the spiritual well-being of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.  ...

Monday, November 9, 2015

After an intense first day of band business at their annual general meeting Nov. 2 to 4, the people of Ahousaht took a much-needed comedy break.

On Monday evening the people gathered to watch a pair of first nations comedians poke fun at pretty much everything.

The event started...

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