Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (PRNPR) has been home to the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations for some five thousand years, and their history and traditions are deeply interwoven within the park reserve’s temperate rainforests, islands, beaches, and waterways.

PRNPR supports vibrant Nuu-chah-nulth cultural visitor experiences and works closely with First Nation partners to deliver these experiences. To this end, PRNPR has created a Nuu-chah-nulth Speaker Series, now in its third year, with support from the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. The speaker series  offers authentic Nuu-chah-nulth cultural and heritage visitor experiences in which visitors can learn and appreciate the long and dynamic history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. This year’s line-up offers speakers from the Toquaht, Yuu-thlu-ilth-aht and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations who will be presenting in August.

The events are free with the purchase of your park use pass, so mark August 3rd, 12th and 17th down in your itinerary and plan some time to try your hand at traditional cedar weaving, twist your tongue with language lessons and learn about the craft of carving and artwork.

August 3rd: Cedar Weaving with Sheryl McKay (Toquaht Nation)

August 12th: Language with Barb Touchie (Yuu-thlu-ilth-aht)

August 17th: Carving with Levina Martin (Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations)

Follow us on Twitter (@PacRimNPR) or like us on Facebook (Pacific Rim National Park Reserve) for updates and latest news around the park.

 

Jenny Touchie was born in Tofino and grew up down the Pacific Rim Highway in Ucluelet as a member of the Yuu-thlu-ilth-aht First Nation.  After completing her BBA specializing in marketing at Vancouver’s Capsilano University, she promptly returned home in enjoy the photogenic surroundings of Vancouver Island’s west coast.  Jenny enjoys a good book and a good storm and works in the First Nations program of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

 

 

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