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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

For Hupacasath First Nation, an interruption in their on-reserve garbage collection has led to the creation of a brand-new residential/commercial waste-hauling business.

HFN Environmental Waste Disposal Services has been providing both services on-reserve since June, with five employees...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The children of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation gently wrapped blankets around the shoulders of their young cousins who were being welcomed home on Aug. 10.

Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih, elected leaders and community members had greeted the children on the beach at Esowista. The children...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lone Cone Hostel and Campground was buzzing with activity on Aug. 12 as the Ha’wiih and people of Ahousaht prepared for a visit from British Columbia Premier Christy Clark.

People cooked salmon over fire pits while drummers sang in the blazing summer sun. Children sang, played...

Monday, August 15, 2016

In a ceremony held on the beach at Esowista Aug. 10, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation honoured their newest babies and their parents.

The parents and the little ones were introduced to the community. Then Thlyik Carol Frank wrapped the babies in shawls that she had made.

See our...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hands up for the Tlu-piich Games! It’s time to volunteer for this annual event, which runs from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14.

Nuu-chah-nulth people have a strong tradition of pitching in to help when called. Many volunteer every year at the Games, but there is always room for more people to...

Monday, August 8, 2016

A refreshing summer drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people who gathered at Yuquot (Friendly Cove), the historic homeland of the Mowachaht for the annual summer camp called Yuquot Spirit Summerfest.

A large field by the church was packed with dozens of...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Carla Halvorsen-Lambert is the proud owner of a new boat charter business thanks to her determination and help from the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC). Action Packed Charters began operating in the Alberni Inlet and Barclay Sound in early July and has enjoyed a remarkable...

Friday, August 5, 2016

“Welcome home. It’s good to see you… I’m Grandpa,” said Pat Charleson Jr., sitting around a fire at Hesquiaht on Aug. 3.

He was greeting his young relatives who he had never met before. The children, in the care of Usma, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Tlu-piich Games are just around the corner. Games staff are working feverishly to prepare and organize the popular summer events held in the Alberni Valley, this year from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14.

Richard Samuel is back this...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Staff at the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council office had the chance to pick up some tasty baked goods on Thursday, and to help raise money for an upcoming Canadian Cancer Society/Cops for Cancer fundraising event.

NTC Health Promotion Worker Matilda Atleo set up the table, which featured a...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Qaamina Sam said he was fishing today for the first day of the T'aaq-wiihak fishery and had just dropped his lines.

“There you go Stan; lines are all out,” he said.

Then a phone call came to say that Stan, Qaamina’s father, had passed away. So Qaamina traveled...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Following a major drug seizure and a rash of local overdose deaths, two Nuu-chah-nulth women decided to take action, setting up a street protest outside apartments on Third Avenue.

Co-organizer Gail K. Gus said the goal of the protest was to confront the drug dealers and the drug users...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Haahuupayak School was born to deal with the systemic problem of racism in the public school system.

“Our kids were labelled as soon as they walked through the door,” said Richard Watts, one of the five original board members of the Haahuupayak Society, which is gearing up to...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The site of the Tseshaht winter village of Tlukwatkwuu7is was the scene of an unveiling ceremony hosted by the Port Alberni Port Authority (PAPA) and the City of Port Alberni on July 21.

Known informally as the “Somass Strip” development, Thursday’s opening marks the...

Friday, July 22, 2016

A total of 16 teams teed off at Alberni Golf Club on July 21 for the Sixth Annual Swing Fore Tlu-piich fundraising tournament.

The event has become one of the main sources of funding for the annual Nuu-chah-nulth Tlu-piich (Summer) Games, said coordinator Richard Samuel.

“The...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Tlowitsis First Nation traditionally had a relationship to the environment which revolved around the resources of the waters throughout our territory which was used as a means of travel, as well as a rich and abundant source of food that was used both for sustenance and cultural purposes....

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A star-studded expedition to protest the B.C. salmon aquaculture industry has no plans to visit Nuu-chah-nulth territory on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced the six-week tour, called Operation Virus Hunter, at a press conference in...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer-time fun! Days to walk the beach, sit by the fire to roast marshmallows, sing, hit the drums or watch the kids play tag or go swimming. There are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy the evening sunsets or each other’s company. And now, there’s more.

Cha ma piis...

Monday, July 18, 2016

In Ahousaht et al vs. Canada, the Trial Judge found that economic trade in fish happened regularly, in substantial quantities, and was integral to Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations cultural practices.

Today, Nuu-chah-nulth Nations collaboratively work with stakeholders at West Coast...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Betrayal? "It is," said Tyee Ha’wilth Maquinna Lewis George about a statement by federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould.

On July 12, the minister told the chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations, gathered in Niagara Falls, that Canada would not adopt into law the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Representatives of a specific claims tribunal have travelled to Ahousaht First Nation this morning to get the lay of the land. The group spent the last two days at Tin Wis in Tofino hearing testimony about lands that were removed from Ahousaht's use by the Crown, granting them instead...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It would have been about 10 in the morning July 11 when experienced fishing guide, 44-year-old Neil Sherwood, fell overboard during a charter in an area called the Whales Tale, near Kyuquot.

The only other person aboard was an 82-year-old man who didn’t know how to operate the boat...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Canada Day long weekend began for Ahousaht on June 30, when the locals welcomed home canoes carrying children in foster care.

The canoes landed on the front beach and each child was blanketed before joining family members.

According to a grandparent, the kids in care came home...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council is sad to learn of the passing of friend Ian Hinksman, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his extended family and friends at his loss.

Ian, who left us on June 23, worked over his lifetime on behalf of Aboriginal people, despite many personal...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hundreds of people filled the Maaqtusiis School Gym to witness 14 graduates receive their high school diplomas. The grads entered the gym on the arms of escorts, taking their seats on the beautifully-decorated stage.

Principal Joe McHale acted as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed everyone...

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