Category Archives: Lifestyle

How COVID impacted Tofino’s resorts

By Melissa Renwick, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Tofino, BC – Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn has been closed since November 2020. 

The decision was made in the interest of the “safety of our staff, our community of Tofino and the surrounding First Nations populations,” said Charles McDiarmid, managing director of the Wickaninnish Inn.

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SRD welcomes first Indigenous Nation to the Board

At its April 14th meeting, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board. welcomed the first Indigenous Nation to the board.   

The Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations (KCFN) was one of the five  First Nations that signed the Maa‑nulth First Nations Treaty in 2011 and the only one whose lands are within the SRD. ( The other Maa-nulth Nations are members of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.)

One of the directions mentioned in this treaty was that First Nations should interact and join should join their Regional Districts.

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Women’s Resource Centre Update

In March 2021 I had the opportunity to interview Tanya Henck and James Foster about the work they are both doing in support of women on Cortes Island. This article presents some highlights from that interview. (For a more complete story, listen to the radio version.)

Tanya is the founder and coordinator of the Cortes Island Women’s Resource Centre; readers/listeners may remember her from a previous interview in April of 2020. At that time, official acknowledgement of the Covid-19 pandemic was just ramping up. Almost a year later — and what a year! — I asked Tanya how her work had been affected by the pandemic. Did the Centre have to shut down?

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Video: wisdom of K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw cultures

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A new video series by the Kumugwe Cultural Society highlights the voices of K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw people whose stories encompass the strength that comes with practicing a living culture, and the urgency of preservation.

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