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Not far enough or the start of something better? Papal apology draws mixed responses | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
07/30/2022
Not far enough or the start of something better? Papal apology draws mixed responses | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Not far enough or the start of something better? Papal apology draws mixed responses | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Today the Pope concludes his five-day visit to Canada, leaving behind mixed feelings among First Nations communities after he apologised for the pain caused by the residential school system. Pope Francis made stops in Edmonton, Iqaluit and Quebec City July 24-29, addressing former residential school...

Mowachaht/Muchalaht plans a welcome house as a ‘launching ground’ for tourism in Nootka Sound | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
07/30/2022
Mowachaht/Muchalaht plans a welcome house as a ‘launching ground’ for tourism in Nootka Sound | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Mowachaht/Muchalaht plans a welcome house as a ‘launching ground’ for tourism in Nootka Sound | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation is one step closer to building a new welcome house in Nootka Sound, with funding support from Island Coastal Economic Trust’s Capital (ICET) and Innovation Program. The Ahaminaquus Welcome House will function as a visitor centre, community hub and museum. It will a...

Salmon initiative pledges to partner with Nuu-chah-nulth, after council demands immediate consultation | Ha-Shilth-Sa Ne...
07/25/2022
Salmon initiative pledges to partner with Nuu-chah-nulth, after council demands immediate consultation | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Salmon initiative pledges to partner with Nuu-chah-nulth, after council demands immediate consultation | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Nuu-chah-nulth representatives can expect more meetings with high-level DFO officials in the future, according to the head of a $647-million federal initiative designed to turn the tide of Pacific salmon declines. This was the reassuring message from Sarah Murdoch, senior director of the Pacific Sal...

‘A lot better than winning a millions dollars’: Lifelong Yuquot resident recognized with lively gathering | Ha-Shilth-Sa...
07/21/2022
‘A lot better than winning a millions dollars’: Lifelong Yuquot resident recognized with lively gathering | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

‘A lot better than winning a millions dollars’: Lifelong Yuquot resident recognized with lively gathering | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

While Canada struggles to come to terms with its colonial past, the life of Ray Williams serves as a critical reminder of the old world that rapid development took for granted – and what teachings should be preserved for future generations.

Grieg Seafood completes land-based hatchery expansion in Gold River | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
07/13/2022
Grieg Seafood completes land-based hatchery expansion in Gold River | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Grieg Seafood completes land-based hatchery expansion in Gold River | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

The first transfer of juvenile Atlantic salmon has been made to Grieg Seafood BC Ltd.’s Gold River Hatchery Expansion Project, which was completed this spring. Grieg Seafood BC is part of the Norwegian multinational Grieg Group and operates 22 fish farms within the province. As one of the largest ...

First monkeypox case confirmed in Island Health, risk to the general public is very low
07/09/2022
First monkeypox case confirmed in Island Health, risk to the general public is very low

First monkeypox case confirmed in Island Health, risk to the general public is very low

One case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Island Health through laboratory testing at the BC Centre for Disease Control. The person resides in the south island. Island Health public health teams are conducting follow-up. The risk to the general public is very low.

Ha-Shilth-Sa | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
06/24/2022
Ha-Shilth-Sa | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Ha-Shilth-Sa | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Days before nearly all of B.C.’s salmon farm licences were due to expire, the DFO has granted them licence to operate for another two years, as Can

West coast expedition explores deep-sea habitat never seen before | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
06/21/2022
West coast expedition explores deep-sea habitat never seen before | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

West coast expedition explores deep-sea habitat never seen before | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Deep under the ocean’s surface off the west coast of Vancouver Island lies a mountain range of around 50 underwater volcanoes – measuring from 1,000 to 3,000 metres high. These seamounts, as they’re more accurately named, are the reason earthquakes and tsunamis threaten British Columbia’s co...

Grads look to brighter future after proving they’ve made it | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
06/19/2022
Grads look to brighter future after proving they’ve made it | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Grads look to brighter future after proving they’ve made it | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

As Wayne David walked across the stage during the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) Graduation Ceremony he took a bow. The crowd gathered at the Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) whistled and cheered for the 58-year-old man who had just graduated with an adult high school diploma. For David...

What was announced as “the largest, most transformative investment in salmon by any government in history” is largely Fi...
06/16/2022
DFO funds itself for ‘transformative’ salmon initiative, says Council of Ha’wiih | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

What was announced as “the largest, most transformative investment in salmon by any government in history” is largely Fisheries and Oceans Canada funding itself, leaving those who rely on the species out of decision making, according to concerns from West Coast First Nations.

What was announced as “the largest, most transformative investment in salmon by any government in history” is largely Fisheries and Oceans Canada funding itself, leaving those who rely on the species out of decision making, according to concerns from West Coast First Nations. This is how Canada....

Mysterious traps reveal complex fishing practices | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
06/04/2022
Mysterious traps reveal complex fishing practices | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Mysterious traps reveal complex fishing practices | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

A heavy mist chills Nootka Sound one morning in mid May, as Ray Williams scans the rugged shores he has known for his whole life. With the motorboat resting in shallow water, Ray’s son Darrell has jumped from the vessel’s driver seat to search for a painting on a rocky cliff that Ray encountered...

Framework developed to advance modern treaty implementation in B.C. | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
06/01/2022
Framework developed to advance modern treaty implementation in B.C. | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Framework developed to advance modern treaty implementation in B.C. | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

The Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations has developed a framework with the province to advance treaty implementation in British Columbia, which was announced on May 24. It is the first of its kind within the province and renews B.C.’s commitment to effectively implement modern treaties, according...

Northern Nuu-chah-nulth embark on a journey to ‘reawaken the spirit’ | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/27/2022
Northern Nuu-chah-nulth embark on a journey to ‘reawaken the spirit’ | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Northern Nuu-chah-nulth embark on a journey to ‘reawaken the spirit’ | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Over the past 18 months, the northern Nuu-chah-nulth region has been coming together to participate in a series of land-based trauma treatment programs. Centered around collective healing from colonization and the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system, 196 people have been...

Nootka Sound Watershed Society receives funding to evaluate salmon habitat | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/26/2022
Nootka Sound Watershed Society receives funding to evaluate salmon habitat | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Nootka Sound Watershed Society receives funding to evaluate salmon habitat | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

In April Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced over $30 million dollars in support for 22 projects under the British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund (BCSRIF). The investment from the federal and provincial governments is designed to support monitoring, research and planning to better...

The history is in the trees as Nuchatlaht trial unfolds | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/21/2022
The history is in the trees as Nuchatlaht trial unfolds | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

The history is in the trees as Nuchatlaht trial unfolds | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Unlike the empire that claimed sovereignty over Nuchatlaht territory and other parts of British Columbia in 1846, the Nuu-chah-nulth nation did not document its history with written records. Although the legacy of habitation on Nootka Island was transferred from one generation to the next orally, ot...

Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' acquire expedition company with 50-year track record | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/18/2022
Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' acquire expedition company with 50-year track record | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' acquire expedition company with 50-year track record | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

With the aim of developing a more “sustainable, conservation-based economy”, the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nations have bought a tourism business with 50 years of operating in its territory. On May 10 the First Nation’s KCFN Marina and Campground Limited Partnership announced the a...

Our work as interdisciplinary researchers studying aquatic food systems shows that these claims exaggerate mariculture’s...
05/14/2022
Farming fish in fresh water is more affordable and sustainable than in the ocean

Our work as interdisciplinary researchers studying aquatic food systems shows that these claims exaggerate mariculture’s true potential, and that increasing mariculture in a sustainable way is fraught with challenges.

We see freshwater fish farms as a better way to help fight hunger and bolster food security. In our view, governments, funders and scientists should focus on improving aquaculture on land to help meet the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals....

Freshwater aquaculture has grown steadily over the past three decades. Asia is at the center of this boom, accounting for 89% of world aquaculture production, excluding plants.

The most important species groups – carp, tilapia and catfish – are herbivorous or omnivorous, so they don’t need to eat animal protein to thrive. While they may be fed small amounts of fish to speed growth, their mainstay diet consists of inexpensive byproducts of crops like rice, groundnut and soy, as well as natural plankton.

It’s relatively cheap and easy to grow freshwater fish in small earthen ponds....

Raising marine fish is a different proposition. The harsh ocean environment makes production risky, and the biology of these species makes many of them difficult and costly to breed and grow.

Most marine aquaculture species are carnivores, so they need other fish as part of their diets. About 20 million metric tons of fish caught each year is used instead to feed farmed fish. It’s a contentious environmental and ethical issue, as some of these fish could otherwise be food for humans.

Aquaculture is a growing source of healthy protein for millions of people around the world, but there are big differences between farming fish on land and at sea.

Pope to visit Canada in July to apologise for residential schools
05/14/2022
Pope to visit Canada in July to apologise for residential schools

Pope to visit Canada in July to apologise for residential schools

Pope Francis will visit Canada July 24-30, the Vatican said on Friday, a trip during which he is expected to personally apologise for the Catholic Church's role in running residential schools where many indigenous children were abused.

Walter’s Cove Resort reopens in Kyuquot | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/14/2022
Walter’s Cove Resort reopens in Kyuquot | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Walter’s Cove Resort reopens in Kyuquot | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

After being closed for two years over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nation’s resort is reopening this summer with a larger facility and future plans to become more than a fishing lodge.

Real estate, seaweed and premium water: Uchucklesaht updates economic development plan in a world changed by pandemic | ...
05/14/2022
Real estate, seaweed and premium water: Uchucklesaht updates economic development plan in a world changed by pandemic | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Real estate, seaweed and premium water: Uchucklesaht updates economic development plan in a world changed by pandemic | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government (UTG) has completed a review of their progress 10 years after the implementation of their treaty and now plan to diversify economic development ventures to better support approximately 300 citizens.

Nurses remain committed to Nuu-chah-nulth communities, despite the profession’s widespread shortage | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newsp...
05/09/2022
Nurses remain committed to Nuu-chah-nulth communities, despite the profession’s widespread shortage | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Nurses remain committed to Nuu-chah-nulth communities, despite the profession’s widespread shortage | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Nurses have been called “the backbone of health care,” but more support and recruitment is needed for the profession to overcome increasing workloads and staffing shortages. Meanwhile on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the nurses who have shouldered the last two years of a pandemic remain co...

Children as young as 12 are being sold bootleg vodka, says Ahousaht couple | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/05/2022
Children as young as 12 are being sold bootleg vodka, says Ahousaht couple | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Children as young as 12 are being sold bootleg vodka, says Ahousaht couple | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Qaamina and Ruth Sam are demanding that vodka be banned from the village, following disturbing incidents of pre-teens being found extremely intoxicated and the death of a young family member due to alcohol-related liver damage. Two days before she died in 2020, Helen Frank, a young mother, called he...

Old growth summit stresses management over profits | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper
05/03/2022
Old growth summit stresses management over profits | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

Old growth summit stresses management over profits | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

As the province undergoes a transition in the management of old growth forests, the importance of territorial stewardship over logging profits was stressed during the Anacla Old Growth Summit on April 28. This was the message from the hosting Huu-ay-aht, who held the summit for over 100 who ventured...

Port Alberni, BC - The Report of the BC Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act was released yesterday. Their main...
04/29/2022

Port Alberni, BC - The Report of the BC Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act was released yesterday. Their main cure for all the issues with police is to establish a provincial police force for the province, make sure the ills of RCMP policing are addressed and to put in place better policing. Is this the answer, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council asks? We understand this is a starting point, the proposed Community and Safety Act is to be based on values of decolonization, anti-racism, community, and accountability. Integral to this work, and consistent with DRIPA, is ensuring Indigenous people and Nations are engaged in the drafting of the legislation. This will be critical to the success of the new act.

The Nuu-chah-nulth have been plagued for generations, and particularly in the past few years, with our members being shot and killed by police, as well as deaths in custody, MMIWG, long-awaited arrests on killings/murders, lack of culturally safe procedures, and the lack of trauma-informed practice. We have been calling for no more deaths by police, better training for de-escalation and trauma-informed teams to deal with mental health issues. We continue to work with the RCMP to find better ways of working together, especially in relation to cultural training by our own people and finding ways to instill how valuable our people are to some officers who don’t seem to care.

President Judith Sayers said, “I have reviewed the 11 recommendations of the committee and most of them cover what we had proposed to them when we met the committee. But I question the length of time it would take to establish this police force that will address racism, better training and putting in place mental health and addictions as well as other complex social issues with a focus on prevention and community-led responses. We need changes in policing now.”

The proposed act promises the direct input into their police structure and governance, including self-administered services. President Sayers comments that, “we have not had great success to date in working collaboratively with the province on the implementation of UNDRIP and aligning laws to it, and wonder how successful this would be. But if we can change things for the better in policing, now is the time to take the chance and to do it.”

Vice-President Mariah Charleson added, “The final report issued by the BC Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act and the 11 recommendations made is only words on a paper until we see direct action to end the racism and colonization that persists through police/RCMP services. Our people are literally dying at the hands of our ‘justice’ system. This needs to end now. It is my hopes that this final report is the starting point to a long overdue transformation of an inherently racist system that has continued to negatively impact First Nations people at disproportionate levels.”

Time is of the essence for Nuu-chah-nulth. We do not want to see more shooting deaths by police, higher incarceration rates, and negative relationships and perceptions of the police. We need our Nuu-chah-nulth people protected now by police and most importantly, treated with respect, free of racism and discrimination. If a new body of police can do this, then we can support it. If not, then let us continue working with the RCMP and improving their services. We cannot wait another two years for legislation and then the putting in place of a new policing body.

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