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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, said it’s not fair that B.C. has not been provided its fair share of funding under the Enhanced Prevention Focused Approach,a federal child welfare initiative that works to prevent children from being taken into care.

It...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rugby Canada star Phil Mack and his Vancouver Island Thunder youth organization held a skills camp for Nuu-chah-nulth youth on May 24 at the Port Alberni Black Sheep facility.

Mack, a member of Toquaht First Nation, recently completed a grueling season with the national Rugby Sevens squad...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Budding basketball star Memphis Dick is looking forward to her next big challenge when she takes to the court with Team BC in Kelowna on May 23 and May 24.

Last fall, the young Tseshaht hoopster was selected to take part in the North American Indigenous Games, which take place this July...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

For Sonia Somerville, it was hockey that led to her role as a nurse with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Nursing Department.

Having moved from Gold River and living in Port Alberni, Somerville’s four children were in the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey program. It was through the...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Linda Gomez-Seitcher has taken over as Program Coordinator for Enhanced Service Delivery and the First Nations Job Fund within the NTC Health Promotion & Social Development Department and the Nuu-chah-nulth Employment and Training program ( NETP).

Gomez-Seitcher most recently served...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As a community health nurse in the remote community of Ahousaht, Karyn Bernard has to draw on an extensive collection of skills. When the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council offered her the job five years ago, it was a role she had contemplated since before her nursing education began.

“I...

Monday, May 12, 2014

After Jackelyn Seitcher graduated from high school in Ucluelet in 2002, she worked seasonally at the local fish plant for a couple of years. That was enough to convince her that she needed post-secondary education to build a career.

Seitcher is the daughter of Debbie Mundy and the late...

Monday, May 12, 2014

When Randy Ginger had to make a career switch, he banked on a host of administrative skills he didn't even know he had.

Ginger works as the Non-Insured Health Benefits clerk in the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Health Promotion & Social Development department. The NIHB...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Delivering health care services to Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, many of which are based in remote villages, can be a daunting task. Just ask Robert Cluett, program coordinator for Non-Insured Health Benefits.

NIHB falls under the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Health Promotion...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

They’ve only been paddling for three years now, but the young people of Ditidaht Nation are dominating in canoe competition.

Eight of the 15 young people from the nation who attended a selection camp for the North American Indigenous Games have been given the nod for the 36-member...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A young Tseshaht woman has won an award at the Cowichan Aboriginal International Film Festival for a documentary film about aboriginal teen parenting.

Nicole Watts, now 21, became pregnant at the age of 15. As a young mother, Nicole sought out resources for teen parents in Port Alberni...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Matilda Atleo is quick to tell you she is not a nurse, but her job is to help people in the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations stay healthy and, if they are already sick, to help them manage their illnesses.

Officially, Atleo is the Senior Community Health Development Worker for the Nuu-chah-nulth...

Monday, May 5, 2014

Victoria Watts, manager for Health Promotion and Social Development, has served as the Nuu-chah-nulth Community Engagement Hub Coordinator as part of her position for the past four years, and she is now shepherding her department through the transition as the First Nations Health Authority...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Former Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council treaty manager Cliff Atleo Jr. is the winner of Yale University’s 5th annual Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

Atleo is in his fourth and final year of his academic studies. He is finishing...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A multi-year, multi-million-dollar project that partners tech giant IBM with Ocean Networks Canada holds the promise of enhanced safety on the B.C. coastline, as well as educational and employment opportunities for Nuu-chah-nulth youth in remote communities.

Ocean Networks Canada operates...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is held annually in late April. It’s an opportunity to focus the attention of Canadians on the importance of vaccinations for all ages. In Canada, immunizations have saved more lives than any other health intervention at this...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces, territories and partners. The emergency preparedness initiative is to prepare families to...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Men ages 14 and up are invited to attend a fun and interactive workshop that promises to explore healthy masculinity and anti-violence leadership.

The In Safe hands (ISH) project will be facilitated by Dallas Hodge, a martial arts instructor and single father raising his daughter and son...

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Weeping Cedar Woman made her long-awaited return to Tofino on Easter Weekend, after an extensive restoration led by the original artist, Godfrey Stephens.

The five-metre tall carving was unveiled outside Tofino Community Hall on April 20 as part of the public celebration of the Tla-o-...

Friday, April 25, 2014

On Monday, April 21, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chief Councillor Moses Martin took a party of guests to the site of a confrontation between logging giant MacMillan Bloedel and those opposed to the company’s plans for Meares Island.

It was 30 years ago—April 21, 1984—that...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A strong earthquake centered about 20km off the coast of Kyuquot rattled homes and damaged a government dock on the evening of April 23.

The magnitude 6.7 quake struck at 8:10 p.m. as Kyuquot families were visiting one another and kids were out playing.

Kyuquot resident Daisy...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation celebrated the 30th anniversary of its declaration of a Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park on Meares Island with a gathering at Tofino Community Hall on April 20.

The 1984 declaration struck the first blow in a comprehensive fight to establish the right of First Nations...

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...

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