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Thursday, January 26, 2017

There will be no mining or industrial logging in Ahousaht traditional territory. That was the message the Ahousaht Ha’wiih (hereditary chiefs) delivered at a special event in Tofino on Jan. 25 as they revealed their Ahousaht First Nation Land Use Vision Plan.

“We will not...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Revitalization and Preservation of Language and Healing from Indian Residential Schools were the top priorities of a two-day gathering held at Tin Wis on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18.

Kaamath, Levi Martin, shared his knowledge, wisdom and experience of working in the field of traditional healing/...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cornerstones Thift Store is being closed by the Bread of Life Centre as of Jan. 31, and the charity will start a trial program to serve meals on weekends to those struggling with poverty, disability, addictions, and loneliness.

Rev. Minnie Hornidge, president of the Board of the Bread of...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Nuchatlaht leaders gathered on the courthouse steps in Vancouver Jan. 20 before filing a notice of civil claim that seeks official title of its territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island, basing the claim on the precedent set in June 2014 in the Tsilhqot’in decision.

The small...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Actions are speaking louder than words and they contradict the passionate reconciliation talk that Justin Trudeau delivered both before and after the Liberals formed the new federal government.

The government has filed papers seeking a judicial review of the Huu-ay-aht logging decision...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Language and Culture Team at Ditidaht Community School (Dorothy Shepherd, Cyril Edgar and Dave Mason) invited noted historian and artist Ron Hamilton to help the school create a curtain to represent the students and the story of the school.

The curtain will be used at all school...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Flowing west from the Vancouver Island Interior Mountain Range and emptying into Bedwell Sound to the north of Meares Island, the Bedwell River or Oinimitis, its original Nuu-chah-nulth name, is the subject of a juvenile salmon assessment led by Ahousaht First Nation and funded under the...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Port Alberni Friendship Center has transformed lower 4th Avenue with its newly-expanded facilities making room for a 50-space childcare centre.

The new daycare centre will be called Treasure our Young Ones and the bright new facility features first nations art in the etched glass...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Cermaq Canada has awarded their 2016 scholarships to 20 Ahousaht First Nation students, assisting them in achieving the post-secondary education they need to follow their career dreams.

As part of the Ahousaht/Cermaq protocol agreement commitment, Cermaq Canada in December allocated the...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cleaver Fletcher, a Tofino resident, was traveling in his 40-foot herring skiff to Tofino on the morning of Jan. 1 when he noticed a little boat leaving the government dock.

Fletcher was concerned about the boaters’ safety as the waters were choppy and the temperature had been on...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training Program opened its doors Dec. 15 to celebrate the successful completion of a five-week training program designed to assist people as they prepare to join the workforce.

NETP and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Social Development department...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

David Tom of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and about 40 of his family, friends and relatives, traveled from Tofino to Ditidaht First Nation on Dec. 21 to Tiic as (a proposal) asking Carl Edgar Jr. for the hand of his daughter Sarah in marriage.

As the cars made their way into the community...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert Dennis held up a framed piece of paper. It was a copy of a land transfer document, found when Huu-ay-aht First Nation was looking for the nation’s artifacts at the Royal British Columbia Museum. The intent was to repatriate those treasures back to the...

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It has been more than two years since a Nuu-chah-nulth father of six, age 37, was found beaten to death in a Campbell River carport. The surviving family has grown frustrated at the lack of progress the RCMP have made in the investigation.

Petrina Hildebrand and Jason Amos are Joshua...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"I am very pleased with yesterday's decision of the Specific Claims Tribunal in support of the claim by Huu-ay-aht First Nations for compensation for logging on their lands. This decision is a tribute to Huu-ay-aht leaders, over six decades, for their courage and their...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Specific Claims Tribunal released a decision Dec. 12 awarding more than $13.8 million in compensation to Huu-ay-aht First Nations for breaches of duty Canada committed between 1948 and 1969.

The Tribunal was established by the Government of Canada in 2008. It is a judicial body, like...

Monday, December 12, 2016

A huge crowd packed the halls of Tin Wis to celebrate Christmas.

Chief Counsellor Elmer Frank thanked everyone for coming and said it is always good to see our nation come together.

These past few days have been exceptionally cold here in Tofino, and as the members arrived to the...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This year’s Quu?asa Urban Healing Gathering for Victoria was held at Edelweiss House, and there was plenty of food and fun to be had.

The doors opened at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 and people were invited to snack and to socialize. Geraldine Edgar, Ditidaht elder, was there to teach people...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Nuu-chah-nulth families living in Nanaimo filled the St. Peter's Church Hall on the afternoon of Dec. 1 to enjoy an evening of family fun and turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Quu?asa and Teechuktl staff organized the annual event and designed it...

Monday, December 5, 2016

The clock is ticking on three blocks of fire-damaged timber on Dog Mountain now approved for salvage by Hupacasath First Nation.

The Dog Mountain Peninsula on Sproat Lake was ravaged by fire in July 2015. Ha-Shilth-Sa toured the site with Hupacasath officials and contractors on Dec. 2....

Monday, December 5, 2016

A crew is connecting power lines and installing lights at the main dock in Ahousaht. The project has been a long time coming, said Anne Atleo, Manager of Administration.

Several councils lobbied Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Small Craft Harbours (SCH) and the new lights have become a...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Today, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations declared its support for the Trudeau government's leadership on the economy, environment, and long-term reconciliation with First Nations.

One year into its term, Trudeau's government has had to make some tough decisions in advance of longer-...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dozens of proud parents and grandparents gathered at Ahousaht’s Thunderbird Hall on Nov. 24 to take part in the celebration of Ahousaht’s newest members, the 49 baby boys and girls born in the past two years.

According to Vicky Hayes, a resource worker employed with the Nuu-...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The B.C. government’s Nov. 22 announcement of a $516 million housing allocation supports the Westcoast Native Health Care Society (WNHCS) to move forward on their Westporte Expansion Project in Port Alberni, reads a press statement from the society.

The Society will add 10 complex...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Today, Canada approved the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, while dismissing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and committing to advance a tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip...

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