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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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Video: The Battle Of The Great Bear Rainforest

by subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Sept 28, 2015

In the 1990’s the Nuxalk Nation engaged in a campaign of direct action, to stop logging on their traditional lands, also known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Nuxalk Hereditary Chief Qwatsinas, was at the forefront of this struggle.

To find out more about how the battle for the Great Bear Rainforest was hijacked by Greenpeace and other environmental NGO’s visit – offsettingresistance.ca

https://vimeo.com/140809902

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

Coastal Guardian Watchmen confront armed trophy hunters to save grizzlies

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai'xais Nation.

Coastal Guardian Watchmen on the lookout for trophy hunters on the Great Bear Rainforest coast in 2010. Photo by Doug Neasloss with Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation.

“Sometimes it gets nasty,” said Jason Moody, a patroller from Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola.

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

Super Bowl wager of native mask upsets Nuxalk

Nuxalk Seahawks maskNuxalk First Nation was never consulted about the use of a mask that inspired Seahawk’s logo

CBC News, Jan 28, 2014

A Super Bowl wager between two art museums in Seattle and Denver may not happen, after it upset the B.C. First Nation with a connection to the deal.

When the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday, the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum were planning to bet a major work of art on the outcome of the game. Read the rest of this entry

Nuxalk First Nation pulling out of Northern Gateway pipeline review

By GORDON HOEKSTRA, Vancouver Sun, April 5, 2012

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

The Nuxalk First Nation of Bella Coola announced Thursday it is pulling out of the federal review process of Enbridge’s proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline.

The Nuxalk, who had signed on as interveners but had yet to provide evidence, say they are withdrawing because of the federal government’s recent pronouncement to shorten the review, and the review panel’s handling of recent hearings in the neighbouring community of Bella Bella. Read the rest of this entry