about us

Nawalakw is a well-rounded social venture
in the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw Territory of the
Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia.

Envisioned as a dual-purpose, world-class eco-tourism lodge on the Hada River estuary during the summer, the project will deliver traditional healing programs and teachings in all aspects of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw  language and culture for the balance of the year, largely sustained by profits from the Nawalakw Lodge and Healing Village to fund programming.

This multi-phase project will create presence and environmental stewardship in our traditional territory and create pride in our people.

Nawalakw and related businesses will employ over 100 people from local villages and the surrounding Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw territory, while protecting the biodiversity of this sacred place, and ensuring its legacy lives on in our children and children yet unborn.

nawalakw culture camp

Following initial fundraising and tremendous momentum since the project’s inception in 2019, construction for Phase One of the project is underway. We will host our first school groups in early 2021. Nawalakw Culture Camp can house up to 24 students, their teachers, and up to 12 support staff, and will focus on year-round cultural programming and language revitalization.

Healing Village and Sustainable Destination Development

Our purpose is to be a force for good, to create a thriving community and protect the lands of our ancestors for generations to come. In this spirit, our programs will provide healing and wellness for our people and our lands in a sustainable way.

The second development phase will expand the site to include a main lodge, individual cabins, wellness centre, outdoor facilities, an interpretive centre and a healing village. These facilities will be designed to provide early immersion language, training and certification programs, and healing programs in partnership with BC First Nations Health Authority.

To support ongoing and expanded language and healing programming, we will welcome and connect visitors to this supernatural territory by sharing our stories, our challenges, our efforts – and of course – our culture. To us the most important part of this journey is an immersive experience, by keeping things simple, authentic and enriching. Our supernatural lands create space for day-to-day concerns to fade into the background, bring perspective, and shift our values.

nawalakw interpretive centre

An interpretive centre, retail space and gallery showcasing local artists, and housing for those doing land stewardship programs at Nawalakw are part of our long-term plans.

vision, mission and values

Our communities have experienced waves of generational trauma that have left lasting impacts. We believe now is the time for reconciliation and healing, to reconnect to our language and land.

To create a social venture that is a catalyst for healing, connection, and sustainable Indigenous enterprise.

Gratitude
Unity
Culture
Accountability

To reconnect our people to our origins, our culture, our land, and to create and support Indigenous businesses to sustain and instill pride in our nations.

now is the time

For a cultural and economic revival of the surrounding communities.

To reinvigorate the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw language and culture.

To become the first place on earth where kwak̓wala, a language on the brink of extinction, will once again be spoken fluently by youth and elders alike.

To create Indigenous-led businesses as a force for good in our community.

To balance purpose and profits.

To create a model that can and will be replicated by other Indigenous communities anywhere else in the world.

our team

K’odi Nelson, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hereditary chief, adventure guide, and language and culture teacher, K’odi is the Nawalakw founder and visionary. Hailing from Alert Bay, BC, K’odi is an internationally renowned cultural steward of the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw. A sought-after dancer and song-keep who has mastered all the great dances of the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw, he is an accomplished artist and often designs traditional regalia for Potlatches and commissions.

Prior to founding Nawalakw, K’odi was lead tour guide for Sea Wolf adventures, an indigenous-owned adventure tour operator and also the Kwakwakwa’wakw cultural leader and language teacher at the Gwa’sa̱la Nak̓waxda’x̱w school.

K’odi is a former pro-soccer player, playing in the Canadian Soccer League for the Winnipeg Fury in 1993.

“The first Nations people have endured successive waves of traumatic disruption that have threatened our very existence. My hope and dream is that Nawalakw will serve as a catalyst for social change and become the first place on earth where the kwak̓wala language is again spoken immersively.”

Krista Johnson, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

G̱ilakas’la
Nugwa’a̱m Krista Johnson. Gayutła̱n lax̱a Ḵwikwa̱sutinux̱ dłu’ Dzawada̱’enux̱w dłu’ Da̱’naxda’x̱w.
My name is Krista Johnson. I come from Gilford Island, Kingcome Inlet and New Vancouver. My parents are Sandy Johnson and Stephanie Willie. I was born and raised in Alert Bay B.C. I moved away for ten years to finish my schooling and worked a variety of jobs from housekeeping, fish plants, to a net mender. I moved back to Alert Bay in 2018 and started working in the Shoprite Alert Bay deli. K’odi approached me then and told me he has something big coming up and to go see him. I didn’t go see him right away. I went to go work out in Gilford Island to go build trails out there for them. After that project was over I became a student supervisor for the summer students that went out to Gilford. During these times I also started attending band meetings and started becoming more interested in what was going on in our territories and with our people. I then registered for a course to become a GIS/GPS map technician because I became rather interested in the trail project and what I could do for my people. I was accepted into the course and finished it with a GIS/GPS Mapping technician certificate. I visited K’odi and listened to the vision he has for our people. It sparked a great interest in me. I have been working with Nawalakw since December 2019. I was one of the first employees as an executive assistant. I have watched it grow and grow into such a great team. It’s been such an honour being a part of such a great team and for a great cause. I plan to stay with Nawalakw but also to keep expanding my knowledge in GIS/GPS Mapping to be greater help with the future plans with Nawalakw.

Markus Griesser, BUSINESS PLANNER

Having lived and worked in British Columbia for close to 28 years, Markus created and implemented strategic business plans for boutique hotels and resorts and was involved in the development of new properties, hotel expansions and business turn-arounds. Markus re-positioned and expanded a family-run enterprise to establish it as an award-winning five-star resort and RevPAR leader; the business was the recipient of the “Best Resort in North America” award by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s Gold List and “Best Hotel in North America” award by Travel & Leisure Magazine. He conceptualized and opened a waterfront boutique hotel on Vancouver Island, including meeting, spa & fitness, food & beverage facilities, an art gallery and marine discovery centre. Previous consulting work includes a business turn-around plan to transform a fishing property into a leading eco-tourism lodge in Belize. Most recently, Markus opened and managed a $250 million, 600,000 square foot open-air regional shopping centre over a six-year period, recognized by the International Council of Shopping Centres with the Maple Leaf Gold and Silver awards. Markus served as Vice Chair of Tourism Victoria for four years (chairing the Finance Committee), Strata Chair of a mixed-use development, as well as founding board member of the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre (chairing the Marketing Committee).Industry association memberships include International Council of Shopping Centres, Building Owners and Managers Association, BC Shopping Center Association, Urban Land Institute BC.

Scott Rogers, ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATE

Scott believes in building community through co-operation and supporting healthy ecosystems through collaboration. She is passionate about connecting people to opportunities on the land and sea of the south central coast and about working with the communities in place. She has nineteen years of conservation stewardship program experience, ten years of managing community based non- profits, and fifteen years of board governance experience for various charities. She is a founder of Sea to Cedar and Salmon Coast Field Station, and current board member, and has a BSc in ecology and environmental studies.

Christine Marks, COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

A veteran of international corporate communications and marketing, Christine started her career in marketing, taking on successive roles with increasing responsibility, eventually leading marketing for the global software division at Vancouver high-tech success story Creo, which was acquired by Kodak in 2004. She joined a boutique communications agency in 2005 as Director of Client Services and senior account strategist for Finning, Goldcorp, Silver Wheaton, Westminster Savings Credit Union, HSBC, and Justice Institute BC, amongst others.

In 2008, she joined the natural resources industry in an investor relations capacity and ultimately led communications and external affairs at Vancouver’s Goldcorp Inc., one of the world’s top gold mining companies. In addition to communications, she oversaw Goldcorp’s extensive corporate community philanthropy portfolio that granted over $50 million to programs supporting health, education, inclusion, community development and arts and culture. Goldcorp was acquired by US-based Newmont in 2019.

Christine is an avid community volunteer. She currently serves as vice-chair on the board of Minerva Foundation and supports the Mining for Miracles Committee that has raised nearly $30 million for BC Children’s Hospital over the years. She also devotes time to Special Olympics BC, Dress for Success Vancouver and various programs that seek to advance women in business.

Christine has a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and has completed executive education at Columbia University.

Tanis Dawson, FOOD SECURITY COORDINATOR

Nugwa’a̱m Ku’kwe’se’laOgwa. My name is Tanis Dawson. I am from Alert Bay and I come from one of the 1st families ever settled here. I am ‘Na̱mg̱is First Nation. My bloodlines are Ma’a̱mtagila, Ławits̓ is, and Annishnabi Saulteux. My college education is Integrated Resource management amongst many various community health welfare and child related tickets.

This last spring during our Community shutdown, I was volunteering to grow Nawalakw some 487 starter plants in my kitchen for Nawalakw’s garden box project. I was requested to join the team full time as a supervisor to the garden box students and oversee the boxes. Our project and produce was a success right off the hop, I was able to guide our students to become official Garden food providers for our community during this stricken time of barely anything coming into our store with the world wide shortage. We had 120 boxes full glowing and growing beautiful veggies, apple trees and blueberry bushes flourishing in our Community because of this amazing project. Many of Alert Bay elders didn’t need to depend on the store for fresh items such as numerous variations of lettuce, onions, beets, carrots, squash cucumbers, potatoes, kale, bok choy, peppers, beans peas, tomatoes.

Our students provided the building, digging, planting, watering, gardening the weeds, harvesting the produce, and taught how to wash and prepare. We handed out recipe ideas at physical distancing visits to our own elders.

Weekly I provided guidance for the Nimmo Student project to be successful by keeping the youth on track to be present for the Zoom meetings in my home. We cooked produce together on these meeting days. This was another way of the students to keep grounded during Covid.

I truly enjoyed this. It was very grounding for me to give so much back to our people. It is so amazing to see how many people would benefit from the Elder Produce boxes, youth labour, and youth gardeners. Currently I have been working on winter produce being planted or requested boxes being covered until the spring with new planning for the spring.

Tanis Ku’Kwe’se’la Ogwa Dawson

Joe Whonnock, HEALTH AND WELLNESS MANAGER

ilakas’laNugwa’m Tłi ya’nala dłu’ ‘Nmis dłu’ Kwagu’ł

Hello my name is Tłi ya’nala (sound of copper ringing), My english name is Joe Whonnock and I come from the ‘Nmis and Kwagu’ł nations.

I was born and raised in Victoria BC and have since bought a house in Alert Bay and spent the last year and a half connecting and exploring my home territory.  Ever since I was young I would excitedly travel to Alert Bay to be with family for all of summer and potlatches in the winter.  This always made me want to move home to be with my people.  

I started my journey with health and wellness over a decade ago as a frontline worker and support staff for youth.  My experience with Indigenous youth, adults and families sparked a passion in me to help my people any way I could.  

This has led me to gather as much knowledge and experience in my health and wellness tool box as I possibly can.  I’ve worked with the Victoria Native Friendship Center, South Island Wellness Society, MCFD and school districts throughout the greater Victoria Area.

I am excited for the opportunity to be working with Nawalakw and hope to accomplish great things with our people, for our people.

ilakas’la!

Kiara Peterson, LANGUAGE APPRENTICE

G̱ilakas’la, Nugwa’a̱m Kiara Peterson. Gayutła̱n lax̱a Kwagu’ł dłu’ ‘Na̱mg̱is. He’ma̱n umpi, Dale Peterson JR, he’ma̱n aba̱mpi, May Hunt. I’ax̱ala̱n lax̱a Nawalakw Healing Society. Ḵ̓aḵu̓ tł̓aṉ kwakw̓ ala.

Welcome, my name is Kiara Peterson. I am from Kwagu’l territory and ‘Na̱mg̱is territory. My father is Dale Peterson JR, my mother is May Hunt. I work for Nawalakw Healing Society. I am learning kwak̓wala. I also descend from Mama̱liliḵala, ḵwikwa̱sutinux̱, ‘Nak̓waxda’x̱w, tlingit and Ligwiłda’x̱w territories. My Indian name is Taayisim from my Mowachat side, Taayisim meaning “Believes with her whole heart, and holding up the creator”. My whole life has been surrounded by my culture and soccer. I moved to Victoria, BC to explore my life in soccer and I accomplished many things. In 2015 I felt I was missing my hometown and it was time for me to move home to be closer to all my grandparents. I have been back home in ‘Yalis for 5 years now and have found my belonging to our language. In February of 2020, I received the Youth Language Champion award! I had many opportunities on my journey like learning from the Language School Chief Atahm, I was granted into the Master apprenticeship program, and I was able to work alongside one of our most valued Language and Culture teachers, Pewi Alfred. I give many thank you’s to those who have helped me along the way. I feel I have found my true purpose in life and I’m grateful to learn and share my knowledge with our children. There is no greater way to be grounded than focusing within your heritage and culture. I have found my true being learning my history and language. I am very fortunate to be here today and learn my language full time. Throughout my journey in Language and teaching I have gained so much. The greatest value I cherish is spending time with our old people.
Wiga’xa̱n’s ‘wi’la yaḵ̓a ṉ ta̓ la saṉ ‘s yaḵ̓a ̱ndas.
Let us speak our language

G̱ilakas’la.

Duncan Kennedy, BUSINESS MANAGER

Duncan Kennedy is the Managing Director of Indigenext, an Indigenous business incubator based in Vancouver. Indigenext is founded on the principle of “Reconciliation through Innovation”. With Capilano University, Indigenext has created BC’s first Indigenous Accelerator, which will launch in 2020. Before he was liberated from the technology industry, Kennedy founded or served as a senior executive at ten tech companies (three of which were sold) and worked at Apple and Sony for more than a decade. At Apple, he managed the QuickTime product line, the foundation of modern digital video, and initiated QuickTime for Windows, which shipped more than 1 billion units. At Sony he launched the world’s first 4k Video Service. Kennedy is from Prince George and is of Metis, Scottish, and English descent. He graduated from the University of British Columbia.

Jacqueline Matilpi, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jacqueline’s traditional name is Yaya’kwayuga and English name is Jacqueline Matilpi from the ‘Na̱mg̱is, Dzawada̱’enux̱w, Mama̱liliḵa̱la and Ma’a̱mtagila tribes. Jacqueline grew up on ‘Na̱mg̱is Land in Alert Bay, BC and moved away to Nanaimo after high school graduation to attend post-secondary to begin pursuing her dreams, in hopes of returning home to give back to her community. Jacqueline graduated with a Business Management Degree from Vancouver Island University in June of 2018 and plans to attend grad school in the future with a Project Management/ Indigenous Governance focus. Jacqueline is passionate about culture, community, and preserving the planet. Jacqueline also enjoys nature walks with her dog, reading, and developing and practicing her makeup skills in her spare time. She is grateful to be living back “home” in Alert Bay, working in community towards a greater cause.

Bill Wasden Sr., GRANT WRITER

Hello, I have been hired as a proposal writer for the Nawalakw Healing Society as of July 1, 2020

I am a member of the gig̱a̱lgam namima of the ‘Na̱mg̱is First Nation and my traditional name is Sebekola.
My background is quite extensive in First Nations Government serving as Executive Director of the Musgamakw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council for 12 years as well as Band Manager for the Da̱’naxda’x̱w First nation for 10 years.

I graduated from Alert Bay Elementary Senior Secondary High School many years ago and from there I went on to be a logger, fisherman, construction worker, carpenter, shipwright and truck driver then returned to school at the University of Victoria to get my Certificate in Administration of Aboriginal Governments .
My main interest of recreation lies with my coaching/elder position with the Native Indian Football Association and our very successful touring of the world for the love of the “beautiful game” resulting in two World Indigenous Games gold medals and the title of “Indigenous World Champions”.

Deanna Nicolson, MEd., LANGUAGE PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Ikawegi’lakw (Deanna Nicolson, nee Barnes) is our Language Programs Director at Nawalakw.  Her paternal roots are from Scotland, Fort Rupert and Alert Bay (Barnes, Hunt and Cook families) and her maternal roots are from Village Island, Alert Bay and Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw territories (Beans, Alfred, Dawson and Coon families).  She was born in Vancouver and grew up in Alert Bay, moving away to pursue post-secondary education in Victoria, BC.  She earned business degrees and a master’s degree of education with a specialization in Indigenous language revitalization from the University of Victoria.  Ikawegi’lakw has worked professionally in the fields of business, education and language revitalization, serving numerous member-bands, Indigenous schools and organizations, creating curriculum resources and coordinating language classes.  She lives with her husband Gwi’molas and four sons: Ha’malagalis, Tsaxw’id, ‘Malas and K’esugwi’lakw and has a very happy heart to be here at Nawalakw.

Gilakas’la

ikawegi’lakw (Maker of Good Things)

Gloria Hunt, LANGUAGE APPRENTICE

Yo! Nugwa’a̱m K̓wak̓wabalas. Gayutła̱n lax̱a Kwagu’ł dłu’ ławit̓sis is dłu’ Ma’a̱mtagila. Gayutła̱n lax̱ ‘Ya̱lis. Ḵ̓aḵutł̓aṉ laxa̱ University of Vancouver Island lax Snuneymuxw.

Hello! My traditional name is K’wak’wabalas. I am from the Kwagu’l, ławit̓sis, and Ma’a̱mtagila tribes of the Kwakwaka̱’wa̱kw. I am from Alert Bay. I am going to learn at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. My English name is Gloria Hunt. I am one of the five Language Apprentices that are developing and delivering language curriculum as part of the Nawalakw Culture Project. I am currently in my fifth and final year of the Bachelor of Education program and will be graduating in June of 2021. I have been fortunate to grow up in Alert Bay where I was fully surrounded by our culture, language, and traditions in almost every aspect of my everyday life. I was a part of the T̓sasała Cultural Group which helped me in learning our songs, dances, and teachings around our ceremonies. I also attended T̓łisa̱lagi’lakw School from Nursery to Grade 7 where I was able to be even more fully surrounded by our culture, traditions, and language everyday and is where I really developed a passion for keeping these important aspects of who we are alive for future generations. I was a part of the Kwak̓wala Public Speaking Club while attending T̓łisa̱lagi’lakw School also where I was able to build on my knowledge of our language and learn how to become comfortable speaking it out loud in front of a group of people. I also picked up the love I have for weaving at a very young age while I was attending T̓łisa̱lagi’lakw School and I have continued to learn as much as I can, which now includes Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving which I began learning in 2016. Within the past 6 years, I have been able to continue passing on my knowledge of weaving to people of all ages, from 4 years old to 80 years old, during weaving workshops I have facilitated at Elementary Schools, Highschools, Universities, community events, and to my own family members while preparing for potlatches and feasts. I am excited to be continuing on my language learning journey and living and breathing my passion for language revitalization and keeping our culture and teachings alive with the Nawalakw Culture Project. Olak̓ala̱n mu’la! I am really grateful!
G̱ilakas’la!

Matt Ambers, LANGUAGE APPRENTICE

G̱ilakas’la nugwa’a̱m gusdidzas he’ma̱n aba̱mpi hamdzas gayutła̱n lax̱a kwagu’ł dłu’ mama̱liliḵa̱la dłu’ ‘Na̱mg̱is dłu’ ławit̓sis dłu’ Ma’am̱tagila.
Hello, my traditional name is Gusdidzas, and my english name is Matthew Ambers, my mother is Hamdzas, and I am from 5 different tribes of the kwak̓wala speaking people, the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw. I have been well versed in my traditional culture all of my life, but have spent the last 5 years diving deeper into it. My main interests have been singing and storytelling. These things in Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw culture are typically the prerogative of much older people. But I have been very lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate in these aspects of Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw culture. Now I am once again given another opportunity through the Nawalakw Healing Society to spend all my time focused on learning kwak̓wala. Our nation’s name means “kwak̓wala speaking peoples”, as such we have a responsibility to keep our language alive.
He’a̱m

Sydney Roberts, LANGUAGE APPRENTICE

Ma̱lidix̱tła̱n. Hemi̱n abampi Christine Roberts, gayutłax̱ Liqwida’x̱w. Hemi̱n oompi-wełay, Norman Sedgemore, gayutłax̱ Kwak’goł, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw dlu’wi Łlingit. Hemi̱n G̱ag̱asi Roberta, gayutłax̱ X̱ax̱amadzis dlu’wi WeiWaiKum. Hemi̱n G̱ag̱ampi Bill, gayutłax̱̕ Nakwadaxw. Hemi̱n G̱ag̱asi Maggie Sedgemore, Dee’ya, gayutła̱x Kwak’goł, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw, dlu Łlingit. Hemi̱n G̱ag̱amp-wełay Scotty Sedgmore, gayutła̱x Scotland.

My name is Ma̱lidi, Sydney Roberts. My mother is Christine Roberts, from the Ligwida’xw. My dad is Norman Sedgemore from the Kwak’goł, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and Łlingit. My Grandmother is Roberta Henderson from the Li̕qwi’dax̱w. My grandpa is Bill Henderson, from fhe ‘Nak̕wada’x̱w. My grandmother is Maggie Sedgemore, Deeya, from the Kwak’goł, Musgamagw Dzawada’enux̱w, Kwikwasut’inuxw and Łlingit. My grandfather is Scotty. My Grandfather is from Scotland.

My mom made culture and language a priority all my life. Kwakwaka’wakw ways of being, upheld in my family through culture, dance, language and traditional fishing and hunting, gave me a sense of identity, and above all, culture as my strength. I grew up on the traditional territories of the Ligwilda’x̱̕w, learning culture and language, traveling to ceremonies and Pasa̕ (potlatch). I grew up dancing; Kwakwaka’wakw traditional dance and ballet. Learning how to can fish and cook traditional meals. My family and our tribe imbued me with the importance of carrying on Kwakwaka’wakw ways of being–I saw the strength of our people when we come together. Studying Indigenous education and Kwak’wala at the University of British Columbia, as well as traditionally on our territories, has allowed me to learn deeply the topics of: Bak̕wa̱mgala, language revitalization techniques; Kwakwaka’wakw ways of learning; linguistics and Indigenous ways of teaching. Being granted the opportunity to share the culture and language I’ve learned so far with our gi̱ngi̱nana̱m (children) in order to breathe life into our language is a dlu’gwe (treasure) that will support youth to know Kwakwaka’wakw ways. This will in turn give each of the youth we teach a sense of identity, and cultural strength to carry on gwa’e’lay’la’sa̱ns (Kwakwaka’wakw ways).

As a descendant of Peter Scow, to learn and teach our gwa’e’lay’la’sa̱ns on the lands of our people, specifically in Hada, the traditional lands of the Kwikwasut’inuxw, where the Scows are from, gives me mu’las (gratitude), nawalakw (super natural healing) and łax̱wi (inner strength). The Scow crest includes the bear from which I draw patience, to stoke the fire of our language, courage, to uphold our culture, and devotion, to teach our youth. ‘Ikanoma, we will all come to benefit from the efforts put forth to carry on our gwa’e’lay’la’sa̱ns.

Ola’gala̱n mu’las noke’yi
(Im grateful in my heart)
Hiłikya ahous gax̱e Ḵ̕aḵ̕utlax Kwak’wala
(It’s really good we all come together to learn Kwak’wala)
G̱ilakas’la Ma̱lidi
(Thank you Sydney)

Petr Javier Jr., LANGUAGE APPRENTICE

Petrxtła̱n gayutła̱n lax̱ ‘ya̱lis. Ola̱k̓ala ika̱n noḵe’ i’a̱x̱ala dłu’ Nawalakw Healing Society.

My name is Petr. I’m from Alert Bay. I’m very happy to be working with Nawalakw Healing Society.

commitment to sustainability

We believe in building a future that respects our connection to the land, air and sea, firmly rooted in our responsibility of stewardship, while building a robust and prosperous economy. We acknowledge and prioritize the role of our environment as a critical foundation for serving the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and economic needs of our people.

Nawalakw in the news

We love a good story.  Here are some of our own, and some good words others are sharing about the project too.

A New Victory Garden

EAT Magazine
Feb/March 2021 edition – Pages 24 & 25

youth employment partners

Due to Covid-19, we were unable to place youth workers into roles with tourism operators and other partners. Instead, we employed 19 young people directly in various roles in 2020. We hope to resume our partner program in 2021.

Seasonal Youth Workers

From building garden boxes, to assisting with traditional food harvesting and language programs, to supporting the build of our Culture Camp, Nawalakw is grateful for the wonderful positive energy and skills the following youth provided working as part of the Nawalakw team in 2020:

  • Adrienne Dawson
  • Allen Williams
  • Dallas Nelson
  • Danielle Dawson
  • Danya-Lee Harris
  • Devery Svanvik
  • Effrey Sedgemore
  • Giselle Alfred
  • Gwimolas Cramner
  • Hilary Matilpi
  • Jakob Dawson
  • Jonah Johnson
  • James Coon Charlie
  • Jessiah Macko
  • Karissa Glendale
  • Keith Dawson
  • Molina Dawson
  • Sekawnee Baker
  • Stephen Alfred

sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the visionary organizations and individuals who share our passion and support our mission.

how to partner with us

We are deeply grateful for the local and global partners we have met on this journey so far. We approach all we do with gratitude. If you can vividly imagine a way that we can work together, and share in this spirit of gratitude, then it can happen. The connections we have made are not accidental. Reach out and let us know if you have an idea – we also enjoy specific proposals!

Connect with us at info@nawalakw.com