Young Alice strikes a pose for the camera, while Freddie looks over Christmas trees at the Quu'asa urban gathering in Campbell River Tuesday. In the following photos Julie and Robert John weave cedar, while Trina Williams and Earl Smith enjoy a hot meal served by NTC President Judith Sayers and others on hand. Many families attended, including Mike Walkus, Lisa Mark and their young ones (pictured), as well as Jason Edgar-Smith and his infant relative. Information and screenings for diabetes were also offered by NTC staff, including nurse Jeannette Tremblay, who assessed 11-year-old Jason Edgar-Smith. (Denise Titian photos)
Qu'asa hosted the first of five December urban gatherings for Nuu-chah-nulth-aht in Campbell River on Tuesday, Dec. 5, bringing approximately 100 people from several generations to the Thunderbird Hall.
The afternoon and evening events included culural ceremony - with singing, drumming and dancing - as well as sharing a hot meal. Updates and information from the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council was also provided, with diabetes screenings to help participants identify risk factors.
Another urban gathering is scheduled for Thursday in Vancouver, followed by one in Seattle Friday and Saturday, a gathering in Nanaimo on Dec. 14 and one in Victoria Dec. 15.