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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Several First Nations of British Columbia have signed a joint declaration to protect herring in their territories.  The statement of solidarity is based upon their common interest in protecting, restoring and the long-term sustainability of ocean resources and ecosystems in their...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hupacasath First Nation (HFN) is saddened by the current situation on ʕiił-či-y̓ak (Dog Mountain). The name ʕiił-či-y̓ak derives from the traditional use of dogs to chase muwač (deer) down the mountain. Once down the mountain, the deer were shot for food.

Hupacasath Nation has used Dog...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ahousaht Ha’wiih hosted a grand opening celebration of their newest economic development venture, Lone Cone Hostel & Campground on a bright and sunny June 26.

Lone Cone Hostel and Campground is located on Meares Island at the old Ahousaht village site called Matsquiaht.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Friends and family came from near and far to celebrate nine graduating students of Maaqtusiis School. Grad ceremonies were held June 25 at the school gym.

Emcee Alec Dick congratulated the graduates as they embark on new journeys and promised the community would always be there to support...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hupacasath First Nation and the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce are inviting the public to Victoria Quay for a very special Sunset Street Market on Canada Day, July 1.

The Sunset Street Market takes place each Wednesday evening through early September from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and...

Monday, June 29, 2015

About half a dozen residential school survivors took part in a walk on June 23 to raise awareness about the residential school system and its legacy and to honor other survivors. They started on Highway 4 at the Tofino highway junction and walked nearly 20 km to their Esowista home, where they...

Monday, June 29, 2015

The students of Ditidaht Community School took part in Wellness Day activities as part of a First Nations Health Authority initiative. The event took place in the school gymnasium on June 18 and was open to the community.

Tables were set up around the gym, each offering the children fun...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tsawout First Nation has accepted a $50,000 contribution from the New Relationship Trust to host the 39th Annual B.C. Elders Gathering.

NRT chair and Tseshaht Chief Councillor Tapoo'scho'ah Hugh Braker presented Tsawout Chief Elected councillor Harvey Underwood with the cheque at...

Monday, June 29, 2015

The provincial government is contemplating a ban on recreational fishing in Vancouver Island rivers and streams because of “extraordinarily” low water levels, said Andy Thomson, Area Director Fisheries and Oceans Canada, South Coast. 

He asked Nuu-chah-nulth...

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Nuu-chah-nulth Hereditary Chiefs and the delegates of the Council of Ha’wiih Forum on Fisheries are saying #ENOUGHALREADY to the federal government for stalling and outright refusing to work to implement the Nuu-chah-nulth’s Supreme Court of Canada’s court-affirmed right to...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Heat Wave coming! Make sure to care for yourself and family

 

Submitted by Matilda Atleo

Source: Government of Canada

 

Many places in Canada are experiencing extreme heat events, often called “heat waves.” Extreme heat can put your health...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Parks Canada hosted a celebration that honored past and present employees of the West Coast Trail Guardian program at Alberni Athletic Hall on June 19.

Dozens of First Nations guardians were joined by family, friends, chiefs and councillors as they celebrated the successes of the mutually...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Breaking: Press Statement from Hupačasath First Nation (HFN):

Hupačasath First Nation has successfully encouraged other stakeholders to halt fishing in the Somass River system. HFN has been concerned about the escapement and well-being of the fish in their waterways and advocated the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The four men running for the position of regional chief of the BC-Assembly of First Nations made a last ditch appeal to the voters June 24 in Vancouver. After criss-crossing the province visiting communities to speak about their platforms, a final candidates’ forum was held at the end of...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Elder and Hereditary Chief Robert Joseph has called on the BC-Assembly of First Nations to create a new portfolio for its organization that will focus on holding governments’ feet to the fire to implement the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Ambassador for...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Eleven members of Nuu-chah-nulth Nations took to the stage at the Alberni District Secondary School’s auditorium on June 18 for the 2015 VAST graduation ceremony.

A total of 45 students completed the School District 70 Alternative program, of whom 21 were of aboriginal heritage....

Friday, June 19, 2015

Uchucklesaht Tribe hosted an Aboriginal Day of Wellness event at Maht Mahs Gym on June 19.

Organizer Charlotte Rampanen said the focus was on health, with a focus on First Nations traditional knowledge.

“I applied for a grant through the First Nations Health Authority,...

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Conservation Officer Service was quickly able to track a hungry cougar that was prowling near the entrance of the Tsaxana reserve near Gold River June 17, but not before the cat provided some worrying moments to area parents.

Jackie Jack had come upon the cougar when she was driving...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Updated: June 23.

An Ahousaht water taxi operator and his passengers are lucky to be alive after the boat they were traveling in ran out of fuel and ended up on the rocks in the early evening on June 15. The water taxi had seven passengers aboard, including two children.

According...

Friday, June 12, 2015

Teachers and students of Gill Elementary School celebrated National Aboriginal Day June 10, a few days early, but for good reason.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in Canada on June 21, but Gill is in its last days, preparing to close due to a reconfiguring of the local school system...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Representatives of Ahousaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Uchucklesaht, Tseshaht and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council are among those who have signed a declaration admonishing Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt for failing to stand during an ovation June 2 when the Truth and Reconciliation...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ditidaht’s fourth annual TRC Paddle Days June 10 and June 11 was a fun-filled event, with five schools and 130 visitors to the remote First Nation community taking part.

Paddle Days grew from a Truth and Reconciliation program that helped restore canoe skills on west coast waters,...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Parks Canada is inviting past and present West Coast Trail Guardians and their families to a 20th anniversary celebration of the highly successful program. The celebration will take place in Port Alberni on June 19 at the Alberni Athletic Hall.

According to Laura Judson, Parks Canada...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Failure to Involve Local and Indigenous Communities in Natural Resource Decisions Can Produce Disastrous Results

A global network of researchers from universities, aboriginal organizations, and community groups is calling on governments, businesses and other organizations...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Is it an ancient carving or a message from the spirits of Tseshaht ancestors? These are questions being asked after Tseshaht Beachkeeper Hank Gus posted fascinating images of a face etched in the rocks of Reeks Island.

Gus said he and his coworkers had been searching for the Face in the...

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