Youth Zone

A Nisga'a Youth Elijah Braden Azak of Gitwinksihlkw, BC but currently resides in Terrace, BC was recently recognized for his achievements in sports, school and a role model in his community in SageStrong Athletics.  The non-profit organization SageStrong Athletics was established to promote physical activity and a healthy life style through sports.  The Nisga'a Nation recognizes and encouages Nisga'a Youth to meet their goals in a positive healthy manner and Elijah is doing just that.  Please see the photo with the description of Elijah's achievements.

Si'aamhl Wilin Elijah and Congratulations on your achievements!

Jamie Nole - a 23 year old Nisga'a/Tahltan artist was announced 1 of 7 recipients of the 2016 YVR Art Foundation's Youth Artist Scholarship.

Jamie, who is currently a student at Northwest Community College's Frieda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, was celebrated with the other recipients at an Awards Reception at YVR on May 27, 2016.

Nole was presented with $2,500 of her $5,000 scholarship at the May awards reception and will receive the remainder as she progresses on an artistic project that she will present to YVR in May 2017 that will then be placed on display at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.  Jamie's proposed project is a traditional Nisga'a bentwood box cradle.

For a young artist, Jamie has achieved a lot.  Many of her multi-disciplinary, beautiful works of art can be viewed on her website, 'Injane's Art Life' including the captivating 'Pregnant Frog Woman' painting seen above.

"As a Northwest Coast Artist I take a modern approach to the traditional form line using bold colors and slight differences," Jamie states on her website.  "My intent is to continue with the age old cultural practice of story-telling within my designs.  Art has always been a part of my life; I live in creativity and seek new ways to improve my skills."

Jamie is Ksim Ganada and is the daughter of one very proud mother Brigitte Watts, originally from the Nisga'a Village of Gingolx and residing in Terrace.

Si'aamhl wilin Jamie!  Congratulations on your impressive artistic achievements!




Exploring Wellness through Culture
a Youth Empowerment Initiative

As First Nations people we have a legacy of health and wellness in our culture. This initiative gave us the opportunity to awaken the legacy and shine a light on the strength we have to pioneer our future. Engaging youth and elders created an environment that built spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical strength. The culture and teachings shared by elders and mentors as they shared their lives with us encouraged us to live a strong, healthy and balanced life.

Grant Initiative: “Winter Wellness Grant” from First Nations Health Authority – thank you. With this we were able to purchase tablets which were given to the youth to put their presentation together; after their final presentation the youth were gifted the tablets to assist them with future projects, school work, etc.

Who: 4 Youth ages 15 to 19

What: A four week program where youth built mentoring relationships with their peers, elders and teachers in our community who equipped them with tools and understanding of wellness within our culture. The final outcome is a presentation from the youth to the community on what wellness through culture means to them at a Celebration Luncheon on March 9, 2016.

Where: Nisga’a Lisims Government, Terrace Office – Thank you to our staff & NLG for supporting this initiative

When: January 11, 2016 to February 23, 2016

Time: Two sessions per week, from 4 to 6 pm over a 5 week duration

Program Objectives:

  • To build healthy relationships between youth and elders/mentors/teachers

  • To increase the cultural understanding of youth and how it applies to building a healthy life

  • To increase physical literacy in youth/elders through incorporating Fit Nation

  • To incorporate the use of technology to build leadership skills

  • To inspire youth/community members to be life-long learners of their culture and to incorporate it into their lives

Thank you to everyone who supported the initiative:

Youth: Arianna Robinson, Dakota Gray, Corwin Fisher, Natalie Venus
Elders: Larry Derrick, Diana Smith, Louisa Gray, Gerald Robinson
Youth Leaders: Teanna Ducharme, Leilani Wright
Workshop facilitator: George Verde
Staff at Terrace Nisga’a Office
FNHA for the grant
School District 92
for donating 4 culture books

Today marks a special day when students recieve special honour awards for the 1st Semester. There were 70 awards handed out to students at the Nisga'a Elementry Secondary School. Keep up the great work!

Sa’amhl wilsim!

What’s It About

Forum is about one week that may very well change the rest of your life.

It’s about giving smart and engaged 15 – 19 year olds a chance to experience Parliament Hill and supports them in using their voice. In Ottawa, on the Hill, with other equally dynamic youth.

It’s about getting inside—deep inside—Canadian politics and public affairs and seeing what running the country looks like up close. It’s about learning how to collaborate and share ideas, then turn them into real community action.

Beyond the history books, beyond the news channel and beyond classroom debates, there’s a lot to discuss. Your voice can make an impact now.

Forum is also about inspiring youth to understand the dynamics and issues of their communities for three month before coming to Ottawa. For six months after their Ottawa experience youth are supported in having an impact and expanding their networks.

If you have ideas, if you think, read and talk about what’s going on in the world. If you have something to say—say it at Forum. Be a Voice.

Read further at the Forum website to see how you can participate!

The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) currently has a Family Day photo/video contest, with a deadline of January 24 for submissions.

Read further information at the link below:

It was a journey of a lifetime for two Nisga’a Youth that travelled to South Africa in early October.

Brenna Doolan of Gingolx is Ksim Gisk’aast from Wilps W’ii Laxha and Leilani Wright of Gitlaxt’aamiks is Ksim Laxgibuu from Wilps Duuk’.  Both currently reside in Terrace and ventured to Johannesburg, South Africa to participate in World Equip 2015.

Read more about Brenna and Leilani at the link below:


Pictured is Kleanza in her 400 im at far westerns on her way to qualifying for canadian age group nationals in the event. 

Nisga’a Lisims Government is proud to have supported Kleanza Cathers from Gingolx to compete in the Far Western Championship swim meet in San Jose, California. There were 1,700 of some of the best swimmers in their respective age groups from across Canada, USA and Mexico in attendance.


Kleanza, 13 years of age, competed extremely well in the 13–14 girls division. She swam to her personal best times, and attained two more tough national time standards for her age group, for a total of three personal best times. Kleanza is only the second swimmer from northwest BC to qualify in three swims for age group nationals.


The Far Western Championship meet is consistently one of the fastest age group meets in the USA. In its tenth decade, the Far Western Championships saw Olympic and World Champions, including US Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, compete in it as age group swimmers.


Her mother, Laverne Cathers (maiden name Smythe), provided us with a photo of Kleanza swimming in the 400 metre event on her way to qualifying for the Canadian age group nationals in the event.


Laverne went on to state, “We just wanted to say a big thank you for your support of Kleanza…” Nisga’a Lisims Government provided a financial contribution to support Kleanza’s participation in the event from the Sports and Recreation fund, which is open to application from all Nisga’a citizens, particularly our youth, who are competing in sporting events.


Our congratulations to Kleanza for achieving these amazing milestones.

Si’aamhl wilin Kleanza – continue to swim well!

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