Youth Zone


"This is our daughter, her name is Randi Mowatt and her Nisga’a name is Hlgu Sayt Do’oskw. She comes from the Ganada tribe and from the house of Luuxhoon. She turned 13 years old in August.  

Last year we were contacted by the BC Girl Guides Association, they had sent out an email asking if she would be interested in applying for summer camps, we had decided to go ahead and apply for the LEAP 2019 program. There were details in the email about the trip, but we didn’t know if she would be selected, as they were basing their decisions on the applications that had come in, we had to get a letter of reference from her principal of her school at that time is was Pamela Kawinsky of Cassie hall. Then we had to find one other person to do a character reference for her, I chose someone who knew the things that she had gone through with school and sports programs, so that person was Brigitte Watts.

Last September we were contacted via email from the girl guides association, out of 2500 girls in the BC area she was one of the successful candidates. At that time we were so excited but also nervous as Randi hasn’t gone that far or gone for that long. The trip began for her on August 2, 2019, her and one other girl from the hazelton area flew to Vancouver, where they spent the night, from there they went to Toronto, then caught the bus to Doe lake, where they had set up camp for 1200 girls. The last couple of days in this trip they brought them back to Toronto where they stayed in a hostel, she got to go to a Blue Jays game, and she got to see the CN Tower. She made so many new friends. But the icing on the cake was her return home. Our daughter had so many stories to share upon her return, her best memory was when she performed in front of those 1200 girls, one of the Nisga’a songs that she had learned from the Gitlaxdax dance group. We are so very proud of her. She’s our little traveller, we are waiting to be contacted once again for a future trip for the summer of 2020."

Congratulations Randi!

We thank Randi's mother, Rosalee, for submitting her information and photos.

Congratulations to Nicholas Stewart on passing the military training requirements for the Bold Eagle Program for Indigenous youth. The six-week program is run by the Canadian Armed Forces from early July to late August each year in Wainwright, Alberta. Nicholas is Lax Gibuu from Wilps Duuk' from the Village of Gingolx. Si'aamhl wilin Nicholas!

Today we held a Treaty/Governance brainstorming session with youth from Gitwinksihlkw Village Government and our NLG youth summer students at Nisga'a Lisims Government. The youth drafted ideas on how they want to learn about the Nisg̱a’a treaty, areas of governance and youth programming. This group also observed the Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisg̱a’a (WSN) sitting on Monday July 29th. We welcome input from all Nisg̱a’a youth programs to contribute ideas on the delivery of youth programming within our nation. T’ooyaksiy n’isim and Si’aamhl wilsim̓ to this group for continually reaching out and contributing to Nisg̱a’a Youth Engagement initiatives. 



Congratulations and Si'aamhl wilin to Sydnee Nisyok on her silver medal in the 2019 Indigenous Child Author Competition and UNESCO Child Ambassador for her story 'The Important Message'. Sydnee is the daughter of Walter and Loretta Nisyok and is Ksim Ganada from Wilps Ksim Xsaan. Sydnee's full story will be released at a later date. Attached is the link to her acknowledgement:

On January 16, 2019, Nisga’a Elementary Secondary School (NESS) students made a visit to Nisga’a Lisims Government (NLG) to tour the Legislative Chambers and to hear about Nisga’a history.  Upon the tour, they were greeted by the Enrollment & Eligibility Committee elders, the Communications Department. The students were presented with words of encouragement, history of Nisga’a Land, and how the Nisga’a Tribal Council (NTC) and the Nisga’a communities, laid out the foundations of health, education, and governance for the benefit of future leaders.

It was the NTC and SD#92(Nisga'a) that initiated school field trips to the many Annual Fall Assemblies where they were granted opportunity to partake in the framework of the Nisga’a Treaty as well. Furthermore, it was the NTC that brought career workshops to NESS which resulted in the many professions seen today. Most importantly, the NTC performed many sacred ceremonies alongside students of NESS to carry on the Nisga’a language, culture, and traditions in absolutely everything they do to unify community as a whole.

It certainly was an honor to have the NESS students make their first 2019 visit to the NLG Chambers, many more to come. The respect shown and their adherence to the chambers was like a strong sense of belonging, identity, and authority.

Si’aamhl wilsim on your brave introductions.

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