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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tseshaht First Nations Chief Councillor Hugh Braker is pressing the BC government for answers.

Braker issued a letter March 9 to John Rustad, minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. The letter comes after a meeting with Rustad where Braker raised two points that required...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

On Feb. 26, the Tseshaht First Nation joined the B.C. Supreme Court class action lawsuit Gottfriedson el al v. Her Majesty the Queen. This lawsuit is commonly called the Residential School Day Scholars lawsuit. The Tseshaht First Nation has joined the lawsuit as a Band Class claimant.

The...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

On Feb. 20 at the Pinecrest United Church in Campbell River, ćuuxiit (Gilbert John Sr.) honored his late wife Kateri’s memory. She was taken from the family a year ago after many years of struggle with her illness and a few years in a rest home.

Gilbert faithfully walked, or ran,...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Howard family of Mowachaht/Muchalaht is one of those large, loving families of 15 children, according to Bill Howard, born to Ambrose and Helen Howard.

Helen’s roots came from Hesquiaht with the Jones family.

Their lives changed on July 6, 1979 when two of the young...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Nadine Janice Marshall (nee: Keitlah), 48, was an Ahousaht woman living in Victoria, B.C. until her death in the summer of 2012.

Nadine was born to Nelson and Ida Keitlah and one of her favorite stories, according to youngest sister Margaret Dick, comes from the night Nadine was born....

Monday, March 7, 2016

Tsesaht First Nation held a baby welcoming at Maht Mahs gym and in the longhouse on March 5. 

Gail K. Gus-Williams, an organizer working with Debbie Frank of Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council's Child and Youth Services, helped make the day a reality.

Gus-Williams said the...

Monday, March 7, 2016

About 40 members of Hupacasath First Nation took part in a community earthquake/tsunami emergency response exercise on March 5.

Participants first assembled at the House of Gathering at 10 a.m. for a briefing from project manager David Hewson.

“They are scheduled to return...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District chief administrative officer Russell Dyson held a media briefing on an upcoming earthquake/tsunami response exercise.

It is scheduled to take place in Port Alberni this June through Emergency Management B.C.

The meeting took place on March 2 at...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Gemma Headstart Program in Kyuquot for children up to age six is picking up steam, said coordinator Devon Hansen. It opened its doors Jan. 14 with funding and advice from First Nations Health Authority.

Devon works closely with FNHA, which recently shared ideas on how to increase the...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

On a cold rainy day Feb. 28, about 100 people came out to join in the suicide prevention walk at Bob Dailey Stadium in Port Alberni.

Emcee Cliff Atleo opened the event with a prayer. Laura Moras, mother of late Daniel, who the walkers were commemorating, and his siblings were in...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

If you have a family, finding the time to file your income tax and benefit return can be a scheduling nightmare. Save yourself the headache (and possibly some money) this filing season by taking advantage of the electronic services the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers to easily claim the many...

Friday, February 26, 2016

On Feb 21, Gisele and Tsimka Martin presented Hugh Braker with a chuputz to thank him for helping their dad Joe Martin with a human rights complaint back in the year 2000. Joe had been fired from his job for attending the Makah Whale Feast in June 1999.

The complaint was eventually...

Thursday, February 25, 2016

There was an enthusiastic round of applause Feb. 24 for the graduates of the Introduction to the Building Trades program when instructor Jim Lawson talked about the work that Miles Keitlah and Ron Dick Jr. had achieved.

"We have a check-list that I go through when I provide the...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Duane Howard, the Mowachaht/Muchalaht actor who played the lead aboriginal role Elk Dog in the film The Revenant, has been invited to attend the 88th annual Academy Awards. The 2016 Academy Awards is being held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Howard...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Emergency Response B.C. has announced it will conduct a four-day earthquake/tsunami response exercise in Port Alberni this June.

In advance of the provincial exercise, Hupacasath First Nation has announced it will conduct its own full-scale emergency response exercise on March 5.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

In January, Kadin Snook started as the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation Fisheries Coordinator. Originally from Gold River, Kadin is the grandson of Larry Andrew and a member of the Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation.

Kadin was also a Uu-a-thluk intern for 2015. Under the mentorship of...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Award-winning author and energy industry critic Andrew Nikiforuk will deliver a presentation at Echo Center at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Titled “The Reality of LNG: Fracking, Earthquakes and Fractured Economies,” Nikiforuk paints a grim picture of how the industry affects communities...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

For the second time in less than a year, First Nations Wildcrafters co-owner Keith Hunter has charged that B.C. Timber Sales has failed in its duty to consult with public stakeholders, this time over five proposed cut-blocks in Tseshaht First Nation’s traditional territory.

Hunter...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sanford Williams, a talented Mowachaht master wood carver, has made another major donation of one of his pieces to the Canucks for Kids Fund.

Sanford’s last donation to the fund raised more than $1,000 at the Dice & Ice gala and auction. It was a stunning retro goalie mask...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Young Ahousaht mother Margarita Frank spent a hectic Feb. 11 in the hospital tending to her two-year-old son who underwent dental surgery.

The surgery went well, but there were some complications in the recovery room when the boy’s oxygen levels dropped.

“He was fussing...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lisa and Craig Devine are volunteers at the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Community Garden, which was started in August 2015. Funding for the garden comes from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

With the help of Matthew and Eric Seitcher and Joe Martin, the Devine’s built the garden...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Car Crash update:

John Frank Jr., 41, said he was out with his family on the evening of Feb. 10, the night he and his son were nearly struck by an out-of-control car.

He and his wife Savannah and three of their children had been out at the swimming pool then stopped by KFC...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The theme of the next Maritime Heritage Night at the Hutcheson Gallery is Ch'apats, which means canoe in Nuu-chah-nulth. The Port Alberni Maritime Heritage Society is hosting the event on Feb. 18.

The central exhibit of the event is a dugout canoe, recently appraised and donated to...

Friday, February 5, 2016

A video posted this week on YouTube has a number of people speculating on what is going on in the flat ground near the mouth of the Somass River.

Local nature guide and columnist Sandy McRuer has titled it the Boiling Meadow. On the video, wherever McRuer focuses, the partially flooded...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kaaceema, a foodbank located at Esowista for Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members, began operations in April 2015.

Volunteers Marie Atleo  and Deb David recognized the need to establish a food bank in the community, because members were having difficulty finding rides to the Ucluelet...

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