Tag Archives: Namgis Nation

Mass arests at the 1921 Potlatch

By Catherine Lafferty, the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Almost 100 years ago, while many gathered with family members to exchange Christmas presents, several dozen Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people were arrested for holding a winter gifting Potlatch of their own.

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Indigenous leaders and environmentalists speak out about Gold River road use Dispute

Campbell River Mirror, Local Journalism Reporter

Indigenous leaders and environmentalists are standing behind a Gold River-area First Nation in its dispute with one of Vancouver Island’s largest forest companies. 

North Island hereditary chiefs and the environmental advocacy group Sierra Club B.C. have expressed their support for Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation (MMFN) who are caught in an ongoing feud with Western Forest Products (WFP) over trespassing and road use compensation. 

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Fish farm providing Salmon smolts to Kuterra

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kuterra, North America’s first land-based fish farm, has formalized an agreement to procure salmon smolts from ocean-based farmers Cermaq Canada for the next four years.

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U’mista Cultural Centre

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The scent is unmistakable. Warm, dry cedar stills the air in the potlach room that’s full of Kwakwaka’wakw masks and regalia. If it weren’t for electric lights and the hum of climate control, it would feel like time didn’t exist.

The potlach room at U’mista Cultural Centre on Cormorant Island (home of the ‘Namgis First Nation) is designed somewhat like a big house. Museum-goers enter from the back and work around the room counter-clockwise, like a dancer would at a potlach ceremony.

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Namgis WIn Salmon Farm Appeal

North Island Gazette, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has decided in favour of ‘Namgis First Nation’s allegation that Fisheries and Oceans should have consulted them before issuing a salmon farm transfer licence to Mowi in 2018.

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