On Friday, June 21st, Kayla Frank organized a “Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day Celebration” adding some local pride to National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations happening across the country. The event was supported by CBT’s grassroots Culture Neighbourhood Small Grants program. Check out Kayla’s words about the event below:
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day Celebration 2019
On June 21, 2019, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust through a Culture Neighbourhood Small Grant sponsored an event at The Tofino Botanical Gardens where I, Kayla-Anne Frank, facilitated a few traditional games of “Lahal,” and organized to have a traditional salmon cookout known as “klupčus.”
The event started off with an introduction and a brief statement about my family history and how the game of Lahal came around.
There was a table at the event representing The Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter and there was a volunteer there named Nicole Holman there for a majority of the afternoon.
Janis McDougall, a CBT committee member, spent the entire duration of the event present and observing the crowd behavior. Janis said that I, Kayla, had a strong gracious presence interacting with the guests that flowed through the gardens during the event.
I was able to teach 5 different parties about the game “lahal,” and most of the guests stayed around to enjoy the salmon and halibut feast.
With the $500 granted from Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, I was able to purchase groceries and supplies to make June 21st a memorable day to local residents and tourists from afar.
At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Brooke Wood for all of her assistance in helping this dream of a National Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration come true. I truly had an amazing time facilitating this event and I could not have done it without the support of Brooke, Leah Morgan, Naomi Seitcher and Elmer Frank.
Elmer Frank is a local fisherman who was generous with his time, product and knowledge. His vessel MV Karemarena has earned The Oceanwise certification from The Vancouver Aquarium due to his environmentally conscious practices.
In closing, I can proudly say that The Nuu-Chah-Nulth Day event at The Tofino Botanical Gardens was a great success, and I would like to thank everybody who was involved in the decision making for the generous sponsorship from Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.