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Discovering Haida Gwaii

By Lindsay Salt, Postmedia News.

It takes determination to reach Haida Gwaii.

From Vancouver, we travelled by car and ferry. It was barely light when we left Port Hardy. The ship’s foghorn sounded. There were strong swells. As the ferry proceeded up the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, the waters calmed. We passed a few small communities as well as a number of lighthouses. At times porpoises and humpback whales entertained us. On either side heavily forested slopes rose steeply from the water.

We overnighted in Prince Rupert. Early the next morning, we...

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Okanagan Wine Festivals Society Teams-up with Haida Wild Seafoods

The cast has been thrown and the catch is in, The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society (OWFS) is proud to announce the new partnership with a West Coast organization, Haida Wild Seafoods, a subsidiary of the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo), to bring a beautiful relationship with wine and seafood full-circle.

“We are excited about our partnership with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, as it provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase how beautifully our wild seafood can be paired with Okanagan wines. We are proud to be featuring our high-quality, ethically caught fish and seafood...

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Film Made Entirely in Two Haida Dialects

 

The powerhouse producers behind the iconic Inuit film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner are partnering with the Haida First Nation in B.C. to make a feature-length film made entirely in two Haida dialects. 

Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, The Edge of the Knife is a film three years in the making that tells the story of Gaagiixid/Gaagiid (the Wildman), a popular Haida transformation tale about a man who survives a disaster at sea. 

"The Edge of the Knife is a story of survival and redemption, secrets and self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tangled rainforest and storm-ravaged Haida Gwaii," according to the film's...

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UBC Receives a Donation of Native Art

An extensive collection of indigenous art valued at about $7 million is being given to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia by an anonymous donor.

At more than 200 pieces, the museum says it’s believed to be the largest collection of northwest coast First Nations art to return to B.C. in decades.

The museum says in a news release  that the donor was first inspired to start collecting after seeing totem poles in Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1970s.

The donation includes rare historical works, carvings, jewelry, basketry and textiles by West...

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$10M Royal B.C. Museum reno

The Royal B.C. Museum is revving up for a $10-million renovation to showcase some of 1,100 Emily Carr works now in storage, refurbish its 1970s-era First Peoples Gallery and create a new Pacific Worlds Gallery and learning centre.

Twelve architects toured the museum last week in order to apply to be architect of record for the undertaking, with a deadline of Jan. 13 for their proposals. Funding for the work has not been secured.

The work will be done within the existing building. The site was rezoned in 2011, and plans were unveiled that called for...

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