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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It was orientation day Sept. 1 for students attending North Island College campus in Port Alberni. The day was a rainy one, and students huddled in the Aboriginal gathering place outside the school for scheduled speeches.

Luke George of Tseshaht is the aboriginal education advisor at the...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Uchucklesaht Tribe Administration/Thunderbird Apartments complex is nearing completion on the site of the historic Somass Hotel on Argyle Street.

On Monday, as a city work crew set up to complete the main sidewalk, Ha-Shilth-Sa toured the facility with Uchucklesaht Chief...

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Tseshaht elder is suffering less pain thanks to a power lift chair donated to her by the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation.

Euphrasia Dick suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, causing pain and limiting her mobility. Her husband Alfred has his own health issues and gets...

Monday, September 12, 2016

There’s an old proverb that tells us it takes a village to raise a child. This summer’s Uu-a-thluk Science Camps brought that message home as children ages eight to12, elders, and youth participated in science and knowledge-based learning in Nuu-chah-nulth communities, with several...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Residential school survivors and their families gathered at Papermill Dam in Tseshaht traditional territory to welcome in a new school year and to find healing from memories of school years past.

The Teechuktl (mental health) event began with lunch at noon on Saturday, which allowed...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Update: On Sept. 13, Ha-Shilth-Sa contacted the Nootka Detachment of the RCMP for an update on the progress being made on the investigation into this incident.

Cst. Walker told us that this has become a priority file with the six members of the detachment, as well as an...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

– The 2016 Tic-Kaa ii-Kwink (Northern Region Summer Games) was hosted by Kyuquot/Checlesaht First Nations during a weekend of glorious summer weather that saw families enjoy three days of sports, socializing and culture.

Coordinated by Allison Vincent, the games started on the...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns is inviting his Nuu-chah-nulth constituents to take part in a series of three Town Hall meetings on Electoral Reform, starting in Port Alberni tonight, Sept. 6.

The meetings are part of a national process to change the way Canadians elect their...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

 'Who is JOB' is a video series sponsored by energy drink company Red Bull starring Hawaiian surfer Jamie O'Brien.

The latest, roughly nine-minute, video in the series was shot in the unceded traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations in Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal...

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....

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