Ha-Shilth-Sa June 30, 2011

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Canada’s Oldest First Nations Newspaper - Serving Nuu-chah-nulth-aht since 1974 Canadian Publications Mail Product Vol. 38 - No. 13 - June 30, 2011 haas^i>sa “Innteresstinng Newss” Sales Agreement No. 40047776

Congratulations Grads! By Debora Steel Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Hupacasath—The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council held a celebration that

honored 76 special guests on June 18. It was the annual commemoration of success in education, and friends, family and other supporters filled Hupacasath’s House of Gathering as a tribute to the accomplishments of Nuu-chah-nulth Grade 12 graduates.

The hall was decorated in spring green and white for the event. Cedar boughs hung over the front entrance, and balloons flanked the doors through which the graduates would march when introduced by emcee Judith Sayers. An RCMP honor guard accompanied

the graduates to their place of honor at the front of the room. Peggy Tatoosh, a post-secondary graduate that would also provide the keynote address that day, said a prayer to open the event. Continued on page 4 and 6.

Hundreds attend local Aboriginal Day celebrations By Denise Titian Ha-Shilth-Sa Reporter Port Alberni–Staff and volunteers at the Port Alberni Friendship Center (PAFC) kicked off their National Aboriginal Day celebration with a free, delicious barbecue salmon and steamed crab lunch at their 4th Avenue facility June 21. The center was abuzz with activity both inside and out. Kids played around the bubble machine while a live band played out back. Elder Kathy Robinson and her family prepared the traditional-style barbecue salmon, which was splayed on cedar sticks and cooked over an open fire. Lunch tables were set up both indoors and out to accommodate the hundreds

that showed up to enjoy the feast. PAFC staff and volunteers served up plates of homemade salads and seafood while vendors sold anything from arts and crafts to home baked goodies. Other tables were manned by service organization representatives who offered information about health and education. Elder Ben David welcomed everyone on behalf of the Friendship Centre and he asked the people to observe a moment of silence as they remembered the late Lance Ambrose and his family. Sharean Van Volsen and Trevor Little warmly welcomed guests on behalf of their first nations, Hupacasath and Tseshaht, respectively. Elder Ray Samuel said a prayer then invited drummers to join him in the singing of an Ahousaht dinner song. Continued on page 9.

Inside this issue... New treaty manager joins NTC table.........................Page 2 Vast and Choices grads all smiles...............................Page 3 Volunteers need for Tlu-piich......................................Page 8 Community & Beyond................................................Page 10 Mowachaht/Muchalaht honor young women........Page 11

Haa-huu-payak School’s Animal Kingdom performance was a highlight of the Port Alberni Friendship Centre’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations June 21. If undeliverable, please return to: Ha-Shilth-Sa P.O. Box 1383, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M2

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