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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

They managed to win a prestigious championship a few years ago and now basketball coach Bruce Lucas is hoping his charges can add to their glory.

Lucas coached the Homiss Wolves, a boys' team that won the BC Junior All Native Basketball Championships back in 2011. That event featured...

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brandon Olebar, dressed in a T-shirt and hat adorned with Native designs, headed out the door to meet his wife and to get something to eat.

It wasn’t an ordinary day.

Olebar, a Nuu-chah-nulth/ Sto:lo man, had been released from prison Dec, 20, 2013 in King County, Wash...

Monday, January 27, 2014

By the time J’net Cavanagh crossed the stage as one of nine aboriginal graduates in the Class of 1987 at Alberni District Secondary School, she had already been identified as a leader of the future.

In December, the Ahousaht First Nation member, who is the daughter of Stella August...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Canada’s Oldest First Nations newspaper celebrates 40 years of bringing news to members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations this month.

The first four-page edition rolled off the presses on Jan. 24, 1974, and it did not even have a name, according to an editor from those early days Bob...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The foundation for a sculpture to commemorate residential school students was laid Jan. 15. The sculpture will sit between the Tseshaht Long House and Maht Mahs Gym.

Artist Connie Watts invited the children from Tseshaht's t'aatnee?is Daycare to leave their marks on the piece of...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and its 14 member nations welcomed the support of the Coastal British Columbia Guide Outfitters Association and Pearson Kal Tire of Port Alberni in the effort to apprehend and prosecute the individual or individuals responsible for the illegal and unauthorized...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The people of Ditidaht First Nation are fighting back against the gutting of financial supports for remote communities by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Last week, 57 on-reserve Ditidaht families each received a post-Christmas Good Food Box as part of a new initiative...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Tseshaht Chief Councillor Hugh Braker helped organize a work crew to split and deliver firewood to the community’s elders today. There were about 20 homes on the list, said Braker as he piled firewood into the box of a pick-up.

There were 10 carloads of volunteers onsite by 10...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Call it destiny: Basketballer Shania Sabbas was born in Victoria in 1997. The city was celebrating the fourth edition of the North American Indigenous Games. This summer, she will take to the court in Regina when the city hosts NAIG 2014.

Shania, a member of Kyuquot-Checklesaht First...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Uchucklesaht Tribe hosted an education/career forum at Athletic Hall on Dec. 18, open to all students in the Alberni Valley.

The event featured a keynote address by Caledonia Fred of the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, plus a hall full of booths representing the many...

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

“I am honored to be here to hear these witness statements regarding this horrific crime, which in my mind reeks of cruelty and injustice.”

The statement was part of the address by Dr. Dorothy Sam Williams, chief of staff at West Coast General Hospital and chair of the...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Survivors of the notorious Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS), supported by family members, packed Maht Mahs gym on Wednesday for a forum on the “Hunger Experiments” conducted at the school in the 1940s and ‘50s.

For the 200-plus people who attended, their first...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The director for the B.C. & Yukon Region of the Canadian Red Cross spoke to residential school survivors and their families to clarify the role of the Red Cross in the notorious “Hunger Experiments” which took place between 1947 and 1952 at six residential schools, including AIRS...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Quu?asa team members, who help people deal with the terrible legacy of the residential school system as part of the mental health department of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, took a meal to the patrons of the Bread of Life Kitchen in Port Alberni Dec. 9.

It was the second annual...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Family came together to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Nan Hilda Hansen Dec. 6 in Campbell River.

The event was held at the United Church, and the room was decorated in purple and gold; purple because it is Hilda’s favorite color, said El Nicolaye. And gold because she has a heart...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The five Maa-nulth Nations acquired new powers under a memorandum of understanding with the province signed Tuesday morning in the Tseshaht Great Hall.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad joined the chiefs of Huu-ay-aht, Kyuquot-Checklesaht, Toquaht, Uchucklesaht...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Update as of Dec. 10, 2013 2:45 p.m.: A recent report from a Facebook Vancouver Island hunting site that an elk poacher had been arrested in the Nitinat Lake area with the carcass of a cow elk in the back of his truck is untrue, said Sgt. Ben York of the Conservation Officer Service....

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The 15th annual KUU-US Crisis Line Society Festival of Trees is now underway.

Each year, local merchants, organizations and families are invited to decorate a Christmas tree, which is then donated to a needy family.

“We have different agencies in the community, such as the...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NTC President and Vice-President present NTC Education Declaration to BC Leadership; BCAFN, UBCIC and Summit. See our education declaration from September at http://www.hashilthsa...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ha-Shilth-Sa readers are invited to the Bread & Butter Loonie-Twoonie FUN!draising Event, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Gyro Youth Centre. All proceeds go to the Bread of Life soup kitchen, which serves nutritious meals five days a week to those who are struggling in poverty or...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It started with a call to the RCMP about an 11-year-old girl who had been attacked and bitten by a pack of dogs in the remote village of Kyuquot. The following day, responding officers assessed the situation and removed two male dogs, one a three-month-old puppy, from the village. The two dogs...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Update: 10:31 a.m. Nov. 25

The Sud’s Benefit Loonie Twoonie held Nov. 23 at Maht Mahs raised more than $8,000 for the extended family of Bob Suds Soderlund in the Philippines. Their homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

“The benefit for Suds’ family was an...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Saanich Junior B hockey club has forged a new relationship with the five Wsanec First Nations, with help from an emerging star player with roots in the Nuu-chah-nulth community.

On Nov. 14, members of the Peninsula Panthers joined Sidney RCMP and Central Saanich Police Service for a...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dozens of Ditidaht First Nations members took part in Wellness Week activities that brought resource people to the community to share health information.

The idea came from discussions between Ditidaht’s clinical counsellor Donna Brown and Ruby Ambrose, southern region coordinator...

Monday, November 18, 2013

A member of Hesquiaht First Nation has earned a B.C. Aboriginal Business Award for her consulting firm, which specializes in social and economic development for First Nations communities.

Carol Anne Hilton is the CEO of Transformation International, which is based in Alert Bay. On Dec. 5...

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