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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Parks Canada has money to spend on goods and services and they’re opening the door to First Nations to cash in.

“Big money goes out and not much of it goes to Aboriginal business,” said Sheldon Wickstrom, First Nations program manager, Parks Canada. He said there are...

Friday, May 15, 2015

The theme of the 2015 First Nations Spring Festival , held May 14 at Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS), was Always Learning.

The night’s performances came from schools across School District 70, as well there were displays of student art and projects on First Nations and a...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Does Huu-ay-aht First Nation need the consent of Tseshaht First Nation to proceed on the $30-billion Steelhead LNG project proposed for Sarita Bay?

It’s an interesting question; one of many that Tseshaht members put to Huu-ay-aht representatives last night at a community information...

Monday, May 11, 2015

Former NHL superstar Theoren Fleury brought his message of pain and redemption to youth at Alberni Athletic Hall on May 8.

Fleury was accompanied by Kim Barthel, whom he describes as the “Wayne Gretzky of therapists,” and who is co-author of “Conversations With A...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Alberni Valley Museum Regional Heritage Fair was held May 1 and May 2 at Echo Centre and the Alberni Valley Museum. The fair attracted participation from students from School District 70 and North Island. The heritage fair asks participants to take issues that are important to them, research...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Updated May 6:

Eager to cash in on a wealthy vacationers’ dream playground, developers are descending on the small town of Port Renfrew with big plans to turn it into a tourist mecca, much like Tofino.

But Pacheedaht First Nation and Port Renfrew residents have grown tired of...

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Mowachaht Tyee Ha’wilth Mike Maquinna welcomed British Columbia’s head of state, Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, to Yuquot (Friendly Cove), generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the province.

The Mowachaht contingent set off for the visit from Gold River at about...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Today in the BC Legislature, Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine, pushed the BC Liberals to do more to help protect aboriginal children from being removed from their families into care.

A federal fund for prevention services that has been available since 2007 has yet to be rolled out in...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On April 23 and April 24 at Maht Maht gym, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council hosted another in a series of strategic planning meetings that focused on the landmark Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title decision of 2014. That ruling marked the first time a Canadian court had recognized Aboriginal...

Thursday, April 30, 2015

On April 19, the Hesquiaht Place of Learning running group ran in the annual 10 km Vancouver Sun Run road race. The students at the Hesquiaht Place of Learning in Hot Springs Cove, along with Betty Lucas, have been participating in a “Learn to run/walk 10 km” program led by Mariah...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ron Dick Sr. recently logged his best-ever time at the Vancouver Sun Run, but that’s just another highlight in a six-year quest to improve his personal health and fitness.

Now 62, the retired forest worker is not only leaner and fitter since he set out to change his entire lifestyle...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Progress has been made in the long-anticipated run-of-the river hydro project that will generate not only a large amount of electricity for the power grid for Ahousaht First Nation, but also decades of revenue.

Trevor Jones, Ahous Business Corporation CEO, made the announcement in April...

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Tla-o-qui-aht faller was seriously injured in a logging accident on April 16, just one day after his sixth grandchild was born.

Jeremy Martin, 47, works for Island Pacific Logging Ltd. He was felling a tree when he was struck in the head by falling debris.

Martin, unconscious,...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Melissa Holt wanted her children to experience something she and her husband had not when they were kids: getting picked up from school and coming home to the smell of fresh baked cookies.

So after the birth of her second child, their first together, Melissa gave up her position as a...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May stopped in the city for a few hours, taking a speeder to McLean Mill for a short tour of the facility and talking with those working on a salmon enhancement project at the hatchery there.

She took time out to speak with Ha-Shilth-Sa about some of...

Friday, April 10, 2015

The second day of the Cultural Oppression workshop held at Maht Mahs gym was devoted to the subject of grief.

Facilitator Jane Middleton-Moz talked about first nations’ traditional methods of coping with grief and why they worked.

Aboriginal people across the continent shared...

Friday, April 10, 2015

A letter addressed to Gail Shea, minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, says the Herring Industry Advisory Board is being controlled by corporate interests at the cost of independent commercial fishermen.

The letter, dated April 9, says the “consensus advice” that the...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

It was an enthusiastic and engaged crowd that attended the first day of the cultural oppression workshop, titled From Legacy to Choice: Healing Trauma; One Life at a Time.

Facilitated by Jane Middleton-Moz, internationally-known expert on community intervention, the workshop was held in...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nuu-chah-nulth community wellness workers will have additional tools and supports to bring back to their people thanks to training they’ve completed through the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council’s Teechuktl (Mental Health) Program.

Over the past few months, 22 Nuu-chah-nulth human...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A graduation dinner was held at the Port Alberni Friendship Center on March 26 to celebrate the successes of 10 young adults who completed the Aboriginal Youth Employment & Training Program.

Funded by the British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the Urban...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Two cedar trees harvested in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations territory on Vancouver Island’s west coast have been donated by Western Forest Products (WFP) to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) totem pole project.

The donated cedars were delivered by WFP to VIU’s G.R....

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The EJ Dunn Girls Basketball team started their Spring Break and capped off their season by winning the Port Alberni Middle School Championships March 7, hosted at ADSS.

The format was a single day play-off tournament, which pitted the girls against the EJ Dunn Boys team in the opening...

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Tla-o-qui-aht man has completed a trail building program delivered by Parks Canada.

The skills Cory Charlie acquired during the three weeks of training will be used to build boardwalks and staircases on important and delicate pathways through the giant cedars on Meares Island.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Update March 16, 2015

For the record, Keith Hunter has told the province he will not be part of the “façade” of community consultation meetings with B.C. Timber Sales when, in fact, they aren’t taking place.

“I don’t want to be in the position...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The family of Joshua Billy received an update from the Campbell River RCMP informing them of the death of a suspect in his murder.

Campbell River Staff Sargent Troy Beauregard confirmed that investigators met with the Billy family March 11 to update them on the investigation.

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