Youth Zone

Nine seats were filled in the public gallery of NLG’s legislative chamber by Nisg̱a’a youth observing the monthly meeting of the NLG Executive on January 24th. 

The young Nisg̱a’a are currently participating in the Nisg̱a’a Employment Skills & Training (NEST) Bladerunners Program.  A program funded by ACCESS to provide youth entry level training in the construction and mining industries.

"We involve cultural training as the baseline of all our programming", says NEST Pathways Coordinator Melissa McKay.  Prior to obtaining certification in the field of study, the students complete one week of cultural training to learn more about Nisg̱a’a culture and the Nisg̱a’a Treaty.  As part of their cultural training the cohort of youth received an overview of the Nisg̱a’a Treaty from former President Mitchell Stevens.  They then spent a half day observing the NLG Executive to learn more about government processes. 

President Eva Clayton and members of the NLG Executive extended a warm welcome to the youth.  "The reality is, you will be sitting here one day, so I am very encouraged to see that you are taking an interest in Nisg̱a’a Government", said President Clayton.

This is the third group of youth to complete the Bladerunners program.  Two other cohorts completed the training with a focus on hospitality and customer service in October and November 2017.

For further information on Bladerunners and other employment and skills training provided by NEST, contact their office at 1 250 633 2210 or toll free: 1 844 633 2210, email


Irene Doris Stevens from the house of Ksim Xsaan of the Ganada tribe in the Nisga'a Nation, has made Team BC and will compete at the North American Indigenous games in Toronto from July 16 - 23, 2017.

Irene's success has grown by playing school basketball and club volleyball on the same days from 3:00pm to 8:30pm. This involved running, drills, and scrimmages for 5-1/2 hours in the gym during week days. She traveled for tournaments and play days on the weekends and this helped to get Irene into really good shape to compete for a spot on the North American Indigenous games volleyball team u-16. Irene attended first NAIG volleyball try outs in Prince George 2016 and was asked to attend final NAIG selection camp in Kelowna March 2017.

Irene is fully supported by her dad who pays for her school sports fees all year and financially funds all of her school trips for school basketball, school volley ball and club volleyball. Irene thanks her dad, her band, her nation and her family for supporting her and believing in her.

Si'aamhl wilsim Irene!

Kristy Innes of Laxgalts'ap, BC is only 14 years old and she is an outstanding basketball player! Kristy has gone through 2 phases of Team BC training camps to be selected to represent British Columbia with the 16&U Team BC at the 2017 Indigenous Games in Toronto, ON.

Kristy is very passionate about basketball as she has been training since a small child.  In a recent CBC News article she says "I want to be the best" and that she is proving with her exceptional experience already.  Kristy is on the Greenville Timberwolves 17&U girls basketball team who had recently won the 2017 Jr All Native Basketball Tournament in March and she earned the Most Valuable Player award at this tournament.  Kristy also earned a number of individual awards and all-star awards in various other basketball sporting events. She plays for the high school teams in Prince Rupert where they have been successful in zone tournaments. Kristy is the daughter of Randall and Janine Innes, Randall is from Laxgalts'ap and Janine is from Kitkatla.

Congratulations Kristy, Luk'wil aam!



Kaisha Woods was recently selected out of 23 applicants to be a representative of the UBC Okanogan Austraila Program Ambassador.  Kaisha is in her 3rd year of Forensic Psychology before she receives her degree at UBC - Okanogan but has been attending the UBC for a total of 4 years.

(Photo Credit to: Kaisha Woods)

Kaisha is the daughter of Bertram Mercer and Cheryl Woods of Gitlaxt'aamiks but resides in Kelowna, BC where is currently studying.  She is from the Ganada Pdeek and hails from Wilps Niis Joohl.

The Nisga'a Nation commends Kaisha on a job well done with her continued studies and her recent opportunity to represent not only UBC Okanogan but the Nisga'a Nation as an Ambassador.  Si'aamhl Wilin Kaisha!



On January 27, 2017 - Elijah Azak received a congratulatory letter correspondence from Premier Christy Clark for receiving the 2016 Premiers Award for Aboriginal Excellence in Sport for his participation in basketball and soccer.

Congratulations and Si'aamhl Wilin Elijah!


Nisga’a Youth:

"My Health and My Health Services: A Nisga'a Nation Health Survey."

•       Reminder to Nisga'a youth, especially those  ages 13 to 15, to encourage you to complete the My Health and My Health Services survey.

•       The response is very good from other age groups and we need your help.

•       Ideally, we appreciate another 20 replies from the youngest youth, to better capture your priorities, experiences and health status.

Please take a moment to read the important survey briefing notes on this page. Then click "Next" at the bottom of the page to continue. Please be sure to complete your survey by December 10, 2016.


Because the best prize is your health. You are in charge of your spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health. The survey forms a part of the work legislated by the Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisga’a (WSN). Your answers, to as many questions as possible, will help shape existing and future health services for your health and that of your Nisga’a Nation.

14 OTHER PRIZES:  Besides your health, you may enjoy winning one of these prizes:

  • a generator (valued $1500-$2000),

  • 1 of 3 SAMSUNG Tablets (each $250),

  • 1 of 10 prizes of $100 Gift cards (groceries).

Prizes will be drawn approximately Dec. 19, 2016, for those who complete the survey and want to enter the contest.  One survey per person maximum. One prize entry per person maximum.

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