Women's Room

In a powerfully emotional celebration, Nisga'a women were honoured at the Special Assembly in Gitwinksihlkw on Wednesday May 7, 2014.  Women of all ages marched in to the Assembly hall with lit candles while a musical presentation featured photos of Nisga'a women past, present and future. 

"Today we celebrate and honor the economic, political & social achievements of women: Past, Present and Future. For generations, Nisga’a Women have been and continue to be the keepers of culture and traditions as they model through their faith, strength, prosperity, endurance, humility, compassion and courage

Historically, Nisga’a women were always the backbone of our political leaders in the pursuit of the Nisga’a Treaty.  From 1927 to 1951, the federal government enacted a provision under the Indian Act that prohibited First Nations from gathering and fundraising to discuss land claims issues.  It has been said that during that time our Nisga’a women often contributed their personal valuable possessions such as gold jewelry into a common bowl to assist with the fight toward a just and honourable settlement.  This immeasurable gesture on the part of our Nisga’a women was a significant contribution that eventually led to the success realized in the Calder Decision which forced the federal government to begin negotiations of land claims agreements with First Nations from across Canada.

Today, Nisga’a women are decorated in gold once again participating in all aspects of society. It is a passionate, powerful and transformative process that is to be honored and celebrated. With each decade, women are continuing to develop wisdom without exception, become more fascinating in her liberation from limitations and the ability to try something new in order to keep their spirit and curiosity. In support of each other and within each community she will leave you with the feeling that you are never alone. She will unknowingly show her support through a simple gesture such as a nod of the head, smile, a hug or an encouraging word.

Women of the future have a vision; to show courage, commitment and character. Many are pioneers in a variety of fields and all earned placement in numerous categories and endeavors.  We are reminded that it’s not about getting older; it is more about growing and seizing every moment in life and how it defines us, and believing that the impossible is possible; to continue to be life long learners.  Today, gives us a moment in time to recognize our Nisga’a Women…Past, Present and Future."

To view the album of the Honouring Women ceremony that took place at the Special Assembly of the Nisga'a Nation in Gitwinksihlkw, click HERE

Babies First Fill Program


To assist new parents with the cost of prescription drugs while waiting for their child to be registered.  The program can provide a purchase order to most BC Pharmacies.  Parents can then pick up their child's prescription without having to worry about paying out of pocket for prescriptions.

For further information, visit the Nisga'a Valley Health Authority WEBSITE

Upcoming events for the Nisga’a Infant Development Program

  • Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC -  Monday, Dec 2, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at NCFS lower level
  • Gitwinksihlkw, BC – Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Salvation Army
  • Laxgalts'ap, BC – Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Daycare
  • Gingolx, BC – Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 - 1:30 pm Baby Massage or Mother Goose Program at Head Start

Mom’s Pop’s & Tot’s at the end of each month. This is for families to come together for a meal and art activities. Locations for Moms, Pops & Tots in Gitlaxt'aamiks, BC will be in the Foods Room at NESS and the other Nisga'a Villages will be at the same location as the Baby Massage classes. 

For additional information please contact:

Jacqueline Gosnell

Nisga’a Infant Development Program Coordinator

5100 Skateen Ave

New Aiyansh, B.C. V0J 1A0

Ph: 250 633 2085

Fx: 250 633 2192

E: jackieg@nisgaa.net


The Nisga’a Infant Development Program

Will be offering

Baby Massage Classes

In Aiyansh

For Babies 0 to 6 MONTHS,

then alternate with babies 6 to 12 months                   



When:  Sept 16 babies 0 to 6 months

            Sept 23 babies 6 to 12 months

Time:    1:30 pm

Please contact Jackie Gosnell @ 250 633 2085 or Cherie Mercer 250 633 5000

Hope to see you there

Thank you


Jackie Gosnell Nisga’a Infant Development Progrom Coordinator

Nisga’a Child & Family Services Office located at 5100 Skateen Ave

 Mailing Address: PO Box 231 New Aiyansh, BC V0J 1A0

Phone: 250 633 2085

 Fax: 250 633 2192

 Email: jackieg@nisgaa.net

This is a valuable test to help us detect cervical cancer early. The best time to have this done is between days 10-14 of your cycle (this is counting the first day of  menstruation as day 1). 

If by chance you no longer have a menstrual cycle, you can come in at anytime  during the month. Please contact our clinic at 250-633-5000 to book an appointment with Connie or Barb.

Thank you so much and we look forward to keeping you healthy and happy!



Starting on May 29, the Nisga’a Women’s Footprints to Wellness Workshop was held at the Laxgalts’ap Community Centre.  It was a two-day healing workshop facilitated by Melissa Myer 2 day Workshop which began at 8:30am and went to 4:30pm each day.  According to the conference materials, Ms. Meyer’s uses an approach called the Psychology of Vision – a path of the heart that has helped tens of thousands of people around the world through seminars, one-to-one coaching to improve their lives, relationships, and health by giving them an understanding of themselves and others. A total of 84 Women of all ages, from grade 11 and 12 all the way to elders, attended these sessions.


Guided by the conference theme ‘if we heal our women, we can begin to heal our Nation”, the workshop promoted and encouraged:

  • Group healing
  • Individual Healing
  • Confidence Building
  • Tools for individuals to help themselves process trauma
  • Psychology and Vision
  • Emotional Healing


One of the intentions of this event is to explore fundraising to hold a similar future workshop to be hosted in Gitlaxt’aamiks.



Saksgum Gandidils

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Spirits

Handle With Care

Free Breast Cancer Screening at Nisga'a Valley Health Authority


Our bodies depend on us & sometimes we need a reminder to take care of them before something goes wrong.

The Screening Mammography Program (SMP) provides free Mammograms (Breast x-ray) to BC women ages 40-79

Door prizes - Healthy Snacks & Lunch


Contact your local CHR for an appointment

We look forward to seeing you

Gitlaxt'aamiks Monday -- July 15,, 2013
9::00 am—4::00 pm

Laxgalts'ap Tuesday -- July 16,, 2013
9::30 am—4::00 pm

Gingolx Wednesday -- July 17,, 2013
9::30 am—4::00 pm

This conference is a follow-up to the initial Nisga'a Women's Conference that was held and is a joint initiative of Nisga'a organizations including LVG, NVHA, NLG and SD #92.

Laxgalts'ap Community Center
Laxgalts'ap, BC
May 29 and 30, 2013
8:30am to 4:30pm daily

If you're interested in attending this amazing healing workshop, please contact any one of the following people:

"If we heal our women, we can begin to heal our Nation."


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