transforming our communities and awakening our gifts by restoring our power and presence on the land, our language and culture, and our spiritual purpose
We are working collectively to build a healthy and spiritually-connected community, creating presence on our lands and a deep connection to our culture and langauge, healthy and sustainable foods grown and harvested locally, creating opportunities for employment, and healing from the traumas of colonialism.
We are establishing a physical presence throughout our territory, in all our sacred sites, to prevent development and industry in these ancient, pristine places. We will generate sustainable revenue through the operation of eco-tourism and artists-in-residence facilities, so our community can be independent, self-reliant and prosperous.
We will strengthen Kwak’wala so our language is once again heard throughout our lives and all over our lands for our children and children yet unborn.
food security & food sovereignty
Empowering our remote communities to have access to, and control over, healthy food based on our cultural values. By sharing our learning, connecting to Indigenous-led food networks, and involving youth in growing, harvesting and distributing food, we deepen our connection to one another and have long-lasting impacts on our health and wellness.
The farm has become a gathering place. A place where community members check-in weekly to ask questions and see what’s new. A place where youth and community come together to celebrate or grieve together, sometimes with words, other times beside one another with their hands in the soil. It is a place for purpose and pride in what is accomplished together, a place where life pathways open.
Today, we have two greenhouses on 2.5 acres of land and garden boxes in 100 yards in three communities. To ensure to the legacy of fresh fruits and berries, we’ve planted 60 raspberry bushes, 100 blueberry shrubs, 12 plum trees, 25 apple trees, and many strawberry and rhubarb plants. Since 2020, we provided 35+ seasonal jobs and in 2022, we hired 12 youth, ages 15-25 to work on the farm.
The Soil of Our Garden: The Nawalakw Garden and the Journey to Nourish a Community, by Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen, REFBC
food security team
Food Security Manager
Food Security Coordinator
now is the time
give purpose, create connection, heal holistically, empower each other
Our Nawalakw Training Program empowers our remote Indigenous communities to have access to, and control over, employment training and internships, based on local needs and our cultural values.
Through partnerships with local businesses, several Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw First Nations and Indigenous and tourism training organizations, we provide our participants with opportunities to build capacity within themselves and to participate in specialized education and industry training within our Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw territories.
This supports our efforts to continue to remove barriers for and uplift our Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw people, to create pride in and protection of our sacred territories, and to provide the groundwork for a cultural and economic revival in the surrounding communities.
training & employment team
Naxnaga̱m, Tamara Alfred
Manager, Training & Employment
putła̱lasa̱me'ǥa, Rachael Hamilton
Administrative Assistant, Training & Employment