Friday, January 26, 2007

Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations Community Loses Hall

The tiny Pacific Northwest coast First Nations Nisga community at Kincolith in British Columbia experienced a sad Christmas as a fire destroyed their community centre. The loss is devastating to the village which used the hall for feasts, weddings, and other community events. "Our basketball players practise in there, starting at 6 a.m. in the morning. The community building is used for the elders' walk; the women do all their cooking in there for the community. It's used for memorial services and big, big feast events like stone movings and it's [used] just for celebrations," said Rose Oscar.

The village of 350 held all of its Christmas celebrations in the building. Luckily, the children's Christmas presents had not been moved to the centre. Let's hope that they will be able to rebuild a much needed hall soon.

See Free Spirit Gallery for wonderful Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art.

No comments: