Youth Zone

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.

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!

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