Travelling by boat on May 17, 2017, the grade 7 Students from A.J. Elliott Elementary and nine students in the Forestry Program and three chaperones at Port Hardy Secondary school had an opportunity to visit Yukusam (Hanson Island), which is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw and is home to more than 1500 culturally modified trees (CMT’s). Gilakas’la to the ‘Namgis First Nations for sharing their Land and Resource department with us so that local knowledge could be brought in to teach about the traditional uses of plants and animals. David Garrick (Walrus) and Harry Alfred also showed how for thousands of years the Kwakwaka’wakw people shaped cedars and gave students the opportunity to shape their own cedar through cedar gathering. It was an amazing day of learning and working together (Nanwakola).
Hanson Island is an island in the Queen Charlotte Strait region of the Central Coast of British Columbia, located west of Harbledown Island and south of the Plumper Islands.