Youth Zone

Today we held a Treaty/Governance brainstorming session with youth from Gitwinksihlkw Village Government and our NLG youth summer students at Nisga'a Lisims Government. The youth drafted ideas on how they want to learn about the Nisg̱a’a treaty, areas of governance and youth programming. This group also observed the Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisg̱a’a (WSN) sitting on Monday July 29th. We welcome input from all Nisg̱a’a youth programs to contribute ideas on the delivery of youth programming within our nation. T’ooyaksiy n’isim and Si’aamhl wilsim̓ to this group for continually reaching out and contributing to Nisg̱a’a Youth Engagement initiatives. 

 

 

Congratulations and Si'aamhl wilin to Sydnee Nisyok on her silver medal in the 2019 Indigenous Child Author Competition and UNESCO Child Ambassador for her story 'The Important Message'. Sydnee is the daughter of Walter and Loretta Nisyok and is Ksim Ganada from Wilps Ksim Xsaan. Sydnee's full story will be released at a later date. Attached is the link to her acknowledgement: 

http://www.vofg.org/news/2019/7/16/the-unesco-voices-of-future-generations-project-congratulates-and-recognizes-the-results-of-the-2019-indigenous-child-author-competition

On January 16, 2019, Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School (NESS) students made a visit to Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) to tour the Legislative Chambers and to hear about Nisga’a history.  Upon the tour, they were greeted by the Enrollment & Eligibility Committee elders, the Communications Department. The students were presented with words of encouragement, history of Nisga’a Land, and how the Nisga’a Tribal Council (NTC) and the Nisga’a communities, laid out the foundations of health, education, and governance for the benefit of future leaders.

It was the NTC and SD#92(Nisga'a) that initiated school field trips to the many Annual Fall Assemblies where they were granted opportunity to partake in the framework of the Nisga’a Treaty as well. Furthermore, it was the NTC that brought career workshops to NESS which resulted in the many professions seen today. Most importantly, the NTC performed many sacred ceremonies alongside students of NESS to carry on the Nisga’a language, culture, and traditions in absolutely everything they do to unify community as a whole.

It certainly was an honor to have the NESS students make their first 2019 visit to the NLG Chambers, many more to come. The respect shown and their adherence to the chambers was like a strong sense of belonging, identity, and authority.

Si’aamhl wilsim on your brave introductions.

Dakota Price was honoured Sunday evening at the ISPARC Premiere's Awards for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. Dakota was one of nine Northwest Regional Recipients to receive the prestigious award and also one of the youngest. "14 year old Dakota Price is a basketball and volleyball athlete from the Nisga'a and Haida Nations. Dakota's first time playing in a high level volleyball club, they took first place at the BC Club Volleyball Provincials, first place at school volleyball taking home the zones banner. Second place at the school basketball zones, she also participated in the Invite-Only Jr. NBA Next Combine Series. She also participated in the BC Summer Games/Team Northwest, it was the first time in the history of the BC Summer Games that the Northwest team entered. She has received Nisga'a Tribal Tournament all-star, Female Athlete Award at school and has volunteered to help younger kids play basketball at youth camps. She is passionate and dedicated to her sports. Dakota is an honour roll student, she participates in traditional dancing, native women's fitness groups, serving tables at feasts, helping her grandmothers in the smokehouse, cedar weaving and canoe journey's. Her goals include, continuing to play sports, training to stay in shape, and would like to eventually get a scholarship in basketball." - Introduction to her award from ISPARC. Congratulations Dakota!

NLG’s Nisg̱a’a Youth Engagement Coordinator Leslie Robinson in collaboration with Nisg̱a’a Village Governments and Nisg̱a’a Museum staff planned a challenging, fun and exciting day of learning for Nisg̱a’a Youth on August 22nd.  The Nisga’a Amazing Race began in the Nisg̱a’a Village of Gingolx at 9am and commenced up river to the Nisg̱aa’a Museum, each Nisg̱a’a Village Government and community centre ending at the final stop, Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government.  The challenge of each leg of the race is for our Nisg̱a’a Youth to engage with Village Governments and NLG staff to learn facts about all things Nisg̱a’a. 

The concept of the race was to challenge our Nisga’a Youth to learn about the nation, Nisga’a treaty and the respective Village governments. To highlight what surrounds us, the beauty of where we live. One of the main components of the race was for the youth to introduce themselves in Nisga’a to the elders and to record each introduction. They were to walk 4 laps with elders in each community. Upon completion of the laps they gifted each elder. They conquered grizzly hill, they learned about the Nisga’a Museum. They showed great sportsmanship throughout the day and completed the race in a timely fashion. One of the final tasks was to submit all of the photos and the videos of the race. The youth ran this race with such respect and dignity. It was an inspiring day to see each of the participants complete the tasks set out. Thank you for taking part in the Nisga’a Amazing Race.

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