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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...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tseshaht First Nation has rejected a four-year Tsu-ma-as Fishery Agreement as proposed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), but it will not disrupt the 2016 sockeye fishing season.

On May 26, Tseshaht announced that it would not sign the agreement “until fair representation and...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Directors of West Coast General Hospital received an unusual request for the return of an oil painting gifted to the hospital during the 1970’s. The request came from a young Ditidaht woman, who said she was the daughter of artist Thomas Joseph Jr. and she had nothing to remember him by....

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016

Trace the journey of halibut, from ocean to plate

This year, consumers will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase Ha’oom Wild Seafood’s Puu?i or halibut – available for the first time since inception of the business in 2012...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Students and staff of Zeballos Elementary Secondary School greeted hundreds of guests that honoured their invitation to take part in their school potlatch.

School buses began arriving in Zeballos on the morning of May 26. Guests came from Port Alberni, Gold River, Kyuquot, Coal Harbour...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Students of Port Alberni’s AW Neill Elementary School spent the week of May 17 to May 20 learning about Nuu-chah-nulth culture through hands-on activities, including projects that they’ve been working on throughout the year.

Prior to Aboriginal Awareness Week the students,...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nuu-chah-nulth women gathered at Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp for three days of fun, friendship and the chance to reconnect and learn from one another.
The event started May 17 and women were promised the opportunity to learn about traditional healing, partake in self-care and indulge in...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tseshaht First Nation has elected its first-ever female, and youngest, elected chief councillor.
Cynthia Dick, who turns 27 today, was elected May 12 along with Corey Anderson, Hugh Braker, Melanie Fred, Jennifer Gallic, Luke George, John Gomez, Eunice Joe and Trevor Little. She is one of...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tla-o-qui-aht member Ann Barker, 56, begins her day early in the morning by having her favourite cup of coffee, does her household chores and sets out for her walk.
 The sun, bright and warm, is a delight for Ann, but she walks no matter what the weather conditions may be. It’s...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A suicide crisis support service which began in Port Alberni back in 1993 has won a $400,000 per year contract from First Nations Health Authority (VIHA) to expand services throughout the province of British Columbia.
According to FNHA, KUU-US services are for First Nations, by First...

Friday, May 13, 2016

A lunch was held for the graduates of a new national initiative that pairs experts in the field of aquatic resources with those interested in a career in the fishing industry.

The learners received their certificates on May 13 at the Tseshaht Administration building, with the exception of...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Fire Safety experts arrived in Ahousaht May 11 to spend two days working with senior Maaqtusiis Secondary students and interested community members on home fire safety and firefighting training.

The Fire Prevention Boot Camp, spearheaded by First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tribal Council looks forward to immediate consultation on implementation and action

The former federal Conservative government previously called the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) an aspiration document, while the new federal...

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