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Name:

Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson

First Nation:

Leqwiltokw Nation-Kwakwaka'wakw Territory

Resides:

Campbell River, BC

Age:

25

Favourite Quote:

"Culture will always and forever keep us strong."

I have a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University/College.  I have been a part of the Laichwiltach Culture Group for many years, and am very adamant about learning my culture and heritage.  I have been learning how to carve for a number of years now and, will continue to learn for many more years to come.  I started to carve at a small shed built by my grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., under the instruction of many of my uncles and cousins.  I have utilized many techniques and styles from each and every one of my uncles and cousins.  In learning the old styles of my grandfather Sam Henderson Sr., and the new styles of my uncles and cousins, I have tried to develop a unique style of my own.  My experiences are continuously expanding, and I am constantly learning new aspects of my language, culture and heritage. My goal in life is to learn and practice as much of my traditional culture and heritage as I can, so I can past it on to the next generation, as well as use the past of my ancestors, as a tool for building the future.

 

 I am 25-years-old and am a Wei Wai Kum band member.  I currently reside in Campbell River, with my wife of 4 years, Dayle.  I am currently working for the Hamatla Treaty Society as a Community Liaison, assigned to the Youth Committee.  I also sit on the Kwakiutl District Council Executive as their youth representative as well.  I am currently learning more and more about our people and how we are involved in the Treaty Process.  Since I have joined the Youth Committee and the HTS staff, I have become very enthused about learning and being a part of the whole process. 

 

Every day is a learning experience for me and I will do my best to pass on the knowledge to our youth.  

  

Name:

Yakweelus-Lisa Luscombe  

First Nation:

Quatsino First Nation - KwaKwaka'wakw Territory

Resides:

Quatsino, BC

Age:

Favourite Quote:

It is said that youth are the leaders of tommorow, but we believe that youth are the leaders of today!(BOLT youth project)

 

Lisa’s Profile:

 

I am a Quatsino First Nation band member (KwaKwaKa’wakw Territory) and I currently live on North Vancouver Island. In the KwaKwaKa’wakw Territory I am from the Kwakiutl, Tlowitsis, Tlaklasikwala and Quatsino First Nation.  My KwaKwaKa’wakw name is Yakweelus which means to “give a lot” and was passed down to me from my Great Granny Pearl Martin. My Nuxalk name Squxlikhwana was given to me from my husbands grandmother Delavine Schooner who’s from the Nuxalk First Nation and means to greet hunters, visitors, and guests into the Kimsquit village to feast.  

 

I attended Malaspina University College for three years working towards my BA in First Nations Studies and English Major. I’m currently attending school part-time to complete  my English Major and my goal is to become a High School Teacher. I would like to teach English and First Nations Studies.

 

I have 14 years experience working with youth in outdoor/indoor settings. I was involved with the Owitna’gula Rediscovery cultural youth camps in Port Hardy for 10 years as a Volunteer, Junior/Senior Guide, Board Member, and Camp Director. I also was a Substitute Teacher/Support Worker at Elementary and High schools across B.C for 6 years. I was also the Community Action Coordinator and Youth Worker for the Quatsino Band working with children, youth, community members and our elders. For the past three years I have worked full-time as a Youth Coordinator working with youth ages 13-24. Having all this work experience has allowed me to live all over B.C in Bella Coola, Greenville, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Williams Lake, Anahim Lake (Ulkatcho), Nanaimo, Duncan, Vancouver, and Port Hardy.

 

My interests are learning and practicing the ways of my ancestors, hunting, going out on my speed boat fishing/inner tubing, attending cultural events(potlatches & feasts), social events, hiking, camping, travelling, snowboarding, shopping, photography, cedar stripping, cedar weaving, everything and anything that is indigenous, spending time with my husband, family and friends.    

 

Currently, I’m involved with the BC Assembly of First Nations Building Our Legacy Together (BOLT) Executive Committee, First Nations Youth Caucus [First Nations Summit], ASCIRT Suicide Prevention Team and the North Vancouver Island Youth Harm Reduction Committee.

 

I dedicate my time to select projects and I am involved in and work to leave a legacy for future young leaders in B.C. I believe that the success of the projects I am involved in is due to teamwork and commitment to make a difference by everyone.

 

 

 
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