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Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs issue letter in opposition to gold prospecting

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Nuxalk House of Smayusta banner at Bella Coola, central coast of ‘BC’.

The letter, dated January 18, is addressed to Goliath Resources Ltd.

by Caitlin Thompson, Coast Mountain News, Jan. 22, 2019

Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs have issued a letter outlining their staunch opposition to reports of gold prospecting in the Bella Coola area.

The letter, dated January 18, is addressed to Roger Rosmus, CEO of Goliath Resources Ltd., the company who is heading up the prospecting and exploration. Read the rest of this entry

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Kimberly Mack, B.C. Woman, Claims Illegal B.C. RCMP Search After Threat To Seize Kids

RCMP car logoBy Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press/Huffington Press, Sept 24, 2015

BELLA COOLA, B.C. — A First Nations woman from British Columbia’s central coast is suing the province after two Mounties allegedly threatened to seize her three young children if she didn’t let them search her vehicle for marijuana and crack cocaine.

Kimberly Mack will appear in provincial court in Bella Coola Thursday asking to be compensated $15,000 for what she alleges was an illegal search that failed to turn up any drugs.

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Nuxalk Warrior Colette Schooner Passes On To Spirit World

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Colette Schooner (Aluusta).

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, March 7, 2015

A strong Nuxalk woman, warrior, mother, and land defender, Colette Schooner, also known by her Nuxalk name Aluusta, passed away on March 4, 2015.

Born on October 29, 1980, Colette was just 34 years old. She was a mother to two children, a boy and a girl, ages 7 and 4 years old. Aluusta fought a year long battle against cancer before passing on.

Colette will be mourned by many people in both the Nuxalkmc nation as well as the Indigenous resistance movement. She participated in numerous land defence struggles throughout her life, including the 1997 Nuxalk blockades at Ista (King’s Island) at the age of 16, as well as the reclamation of Scw7cwlk, where she helped build a traditional pit house in an area targeted by logging. Read the rest of this entry

Nuxalk celebrates eulachon with Sputc Ceremony

Nuxalk carry the Sputc totem pole through the village of Bella Coola.

Nuxalk carry the Sputc totem pole through the village of Bella Coola.

by  Caitlin Thompson , Coast Mountain News, April 7, 2014

It has been decades since the waters of the Bella Coola have been black with eulachon and the riverbanks buzzing with preparations, fishing and people. But that loss hasn’t dampened the appetites people still have for the small fish and its coveted grease. Read the rest of this entry