First Nations people have been celebrating who we are and our culture since time immemorial. When the Federal government banned the potlatch and ceremonies from 1884-1951, our culture had to go underground but was still practiced when possible.
After Johnathan Kay and Jean Chretien’s rather ignorant and demeaning comments about First Nations people needing to move from their communities in order to solve the youth suicide issue I thought I needed to respond.
On May 1, 2016, Nelson Keitlah passed into the world of the ancestors at the age of 83. Nelson was a member of the Ahousaht First Nation, whose territory includes Flores island off Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island where the Ahousaht now live.