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FV Queens Reach finished iinang soundings departed Haida Gwaii waters April 2, leaving reconnaissance crews aboard the Haida Guardian anchored at K’iid Xyangs K’iidaay (Dolomite Narrows) and dive crews aboard Haida Spirit at Daajing Giids (Queen Charlotte City). Haida Fisheries will conduct further surveys once iinang finish spawning. Crews travelling along Duu Guusd (the west coast of … More IINANG (Herring) UPDATE 4
Haida Fisheries officers aboard the Haida Guardian joined the fishing vessel Queens Reach last week passing through Daa’ulgaay Skidegate Narrows to Duu Guusd the West Coast of Haida Gwaii. The crew measured iinang herring numbers at Kayy Kaahlii Port Louis and Ahluu Kaahlii Port Chanal and is completing tests at Chaahl’uu Kaahlii Rennel Sound. So … More IINANG (Herring): UPDATE 2
by Rhonda McIsaac — “Welcome to our Salmon trail. Welcome to our trails across this land, to our place,” sang the High Water Singers, welcoming 61 teams to the annual 17-and-under Junior All Native Basketball Tournament in Kelowna, Sunday night. The emcee welcomed the standing room only crowd and greeted each team as they entered … More Salmon Trail leads to Basketball Court
by Rhonda Lee McIsaac — The countdown is on in Gaaw. For the next 100 days, carvers working on the Totem in the Forest project will be working from sun up ‘til sundown– and probably under flood lights at night – to shape and shave their way into the heart of a ts’uu cedar. Kilthguulans Christian … More The next 100 days
Staff from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is looking at iinang herring health around Haida Gwaii again this year. DFO chartered FV Queens Reach to conduct the tests over 25 survey days. The seiner left Port Hardy the morning of March 8 and arrived at GawGajaang Louscoone Inlet March 9. Three test fisheries at GawGajaang and … More IINANG (Herring): UPDATE 1
This Women’s Day, the Haida Nation would like to honour the supernatural mothers of our Nation – Jiila Kuns, SG̲uuluu Jaad and K̲alga Jaad, who were on Haida Gwaii tens of thousands of years ago. Hundreds of clans descended from these three women. The resilience of the supernatural mothers ushered our families through time establishing … More Women’s Day
Rhonda Lee McIsaac — The Nass Valley has been the home of the Nisga’a for thousands of years. After a massive volcanic eruption in the 1700’s buried the upper Nass Valley the villages and landscape were forever altered by the lava flows. The salamanders which lived in the lakes and ponds and swamps were also … More Star above the bowl of the moon
Rhonda Lee McIsaac — Kura sniffed at the letter held by her human, Brett Merchant. It was an official letter from the First Nations Summit Political Executive inviting both of them for lunch to acknowledge their successful walk in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Kura, Merchant’s half-Siberian Husky, half-wolf would be … More A Walk Acknowledged
Rhonda Lee McIsaac — Skwa’al Frederick Hamilton Sr. celebrated his 96th birthday on February 2, 2017. He belongs to the Gaw k’iiwii Those born at Masset Inlet people of the Raven clan. His family crests are owl, Brown bear and flicker. Skwa’als family is a very accomplished, adventurous family. The family is related to Chief … More Tl’l X̱aaynang.ngas uu gina ‘yuwan iijii (To live is the greatest thing)
By Rhonda Lee McIsaac — HlGaagilda Skidegate adopted a new Haida health governance model for the Xaay DaGa Dlaang Society this past month and only a year since the Kaa Dllxaaws Naay Skidegate Band Council agreed to re-organize so that the Health Centre could become an independent entity. “It’s all come down to this one … More X̱aay DaG̱a Dlaang Society – New Health Governance model adopted
by Rhonda Lee McIsaac — What is your Haida name? Gidal-kint-gwaan (Little Doll Looking Around). My birth name is Sondra S. Segundo. Where do you come from? I come from the village of Hydaburg Alaska. I am from the Double-Fin Killer Whale crest, Raven Clan, Brown Bear House. My family is from the … More Use the gifts the Creator gave you!
The Collinson family are no strangers to the basketball court. Their athletic builds, high spirits and their keen interest make them quintessential sports enthusiasts. Natasha Collinson played basketball in her youth and is now coaching and assisting the Skidegate Saints Jr. Girls team in their drive towards the championships at the Jr. All Native in … More ‘The Beast’ is headed to the North American Indigenous Games
Graham Richard — A six-person team went to work on the script for the upcoming feature-length movie that will be filmed entirely in Xaayda language. Fluent northern dialect speaker Ilskyaalas Dolores Churchill and fluent southern dialect speaker GwaaGanad Diane Brown worked together from December 18-20 at SHIP in HlGaagilada. They had assistance from language champion … More Translation continues
The Skidegate Youth Centre is a far cry from a festival stage with strobe lights and chest booming bass. But in the small building a video projector sits on a black milk crate atop a folding banquet table at the front of the room with its bright light illuminating a white screen. A laptop covered … More Mob Bounce drops a verse