With Canada’s sesquicentennial coming up in 2017, we asked you to imagine a better future for your community and country by creating projects that promote inclusion, belonging, well-being, healing and reconciliation. We were amazed by the response and are pleased to announce that eight projects will be funded in our region, totalling $35, 225 in community investment!
Community Signage Project
The Yuułuʔitʔatḥ Government (YG) has resolved to revitalize their language that is at 1.3% fluency and 5% semi-fluency. This project will bring the YG 2025 vision to be speaking the language again with confidence and pride by 2020. The Community Services Department under the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Language Program would like to initiate a language literacy/historical project that includes:
Nuu-chah-nulth exhibits for the Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum
Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Society
The TCHS is developing a museum to highlight the long history of the Clayoquot Sound region on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Although only 40% completed, the museum was opened to the public on August 17, 2016, and, since then, has received more than 450 visitors. The Nuu-chah-nulth people, the first inhabitants of Clayoquot Sound, have had a long and rich history and culture, and illustrating this is the next project for the museum. We intend to engage some of the local Tla-o-qui-aht, a branch of the Nuu-chah-nulth, in this project so that the exhibit will reflect the oral history of the people. The exhibit will have text in both Tla-o-qui-aht and English, and it will include audio-visual displays featuring Tla-o-qui-aht speakers. When completed, the museum will be a resource for both locals and visitors.
USS Quebec Trip
Ucluelet Secondary School
The USS Québec Trip is an educational trip that focuses on immersing the USS French students in the French language, history, culture and architecture of Montréal and Québec City, a UNESCO site of Canada. This year 10 students from USS, grade 11 and 12, will be participating in this biannual trip. Students are from Tofino, Hitacu and Ucluelet communities. Students have made a major effort to speak French, and have been able to use it while working in public places, with tourists on the weekends and during the summer. Many of them are employed by government and 5 of 8 tourism businesses in Tofino and Ucluelet where French is required and helpful. The students take pride in speaking French with confidence and in having the chance to discover parts of Quebec by participating in this trip. This trip helps them improve their French and their understanding of how our country has developed over the last 150 years.
Virtual Museum Project
Carving on the Edge Festival Society
The project goal is to gather images of Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts that are now housed in many museums, images may number many hundreds, and to expose them to the residents to gather stories and information on the cultural purposes of the pieces. In the spirit of artistic exploration, an adjoining printing workshop will be offered for youth and others to bring their responses and inspirations into an artistic medium.
District of Ucluelet
The Folklore Festival is aimed at strengthening our community by building an inclusive society which values differences and fosters a sense of belonging. It is an opportunity for our communities to promote intercultural understanding, pride and respect by its citizens sharing cultural traditions by means of storytelling, food, dance, dress, art and/or music. Our goal is to build a deeper understanding about people, places and events that shape our community and country. Residents of Ucluelet and the surrounding areas will be encouraged to research, document, interpret and present their living traditional arts and expressions of everyday life of their folk and ethnic communities. Children and youth will be inspired to learn and become globally aware of different cultural groups.
Heartwood Nuu-chah-nulth and French programs
Heartwood Learning Community Tofino
Our goal for this project is to bring French and Nuu-chah-nulth language and cultural education to the students in the Heartwood learning community. The Heartwood parent’s strive to enable a holistic education that inspires a deeper understanding of other languages and cultures within Canada. French from a National perspective and Nuu-chah-nulth when considering First Nation cultures within the Clayoquot Biosphere Region. We would like to implement a French immersion program that incorporates art, music and conversation for the children in two small groups delineated by age. In the Clayoquot Biosphere Region our children are privileged to live amidst strong, diverse, politically-active and culturally-rich First Nations, however, the exchange of language, history and culture either does not occur or is crafted and delivered within a Canadian education system. We would like to enhance the Nuu-chah-nulth education further by bringing in community members to teach cedar weaving, dancing and drumming to the Heartwood kids and any Tla-o-qui-aht children interested in participating. Raising children that are educated, aware and sensitive to other cultures will benefit our communities within the Clayoquot Biosphere Region and contribute to a stronger generation of Canadians that can approach the future with empathy for others.
West Coast Invasive Species Initiative
Central Westcoast Forest Society
This initiative is a partnership with District of Ucluelet, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nations, Ucluelet Elementary, Ucluelet Secondary School, and CWFS. We aim to eradicate the invasive Japanese knotwood patch at Big Beach in Ucluelet, plant 300 native trees and shrubs, host 2 volunteer planting days, and engage local classes from the elementary and secondary schools in habitat restoration, create 2 permanent interpretive signs, and engage Canadians in habitat stewardship through social media, communication, and reporting. The project has multiple stages and the funding received from Canada 150 Grants will be used to engage local community members in habitat restoration. Volunteer planting days will engage local community members as well as local schools in these conservation efforts, providing an educational experience.
Youth Inspired Harbour Clean up
Ucluelet Elementary School
The purpose of this project is to educate students on the issues of marine debris in our ocean and particularly in our community. We will work together with Emerald Sea Protection Society (ESPS) in the school on day one to educate students on locating and removing marine debris. ESPS will then use ROV equipment to survey underwater the local boat basin and other local docks. On subsequent days ESPS will return to the school to explain the findings and location of marine debris. The school will then go in teams to assist with the divers by standing on the docks to remove the debris to local trucks for recycle and garbage. By restoring our communities central area for local economy of fishing and eco-tourism we will be making part of Canada continue to be an ideal place to live and visit.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.