• Guarding the Gifts – The Gitga’At Nation

    From the start of life, the Gitga’at nation has been in their Territory on what’s currently British Columbia’s north west coast. The welfare of their nation is in an elaborate way associated with the well-being of the place they live, water, and assets, and therefore the people continue to figure out how to sustain their abundance and richness. The Gitga’at nation is becoming stronger, and ancient practices still form the daily life within the community.

    For many years the Gitga’at First Nation has strongly worshiped and liked the natural gifts mother earth has given them. Family, existence of the wild, water and land are some of the gifts they are trying to protect. The Gitga’at are bound by their laws and traditions to guarantee the security and longevity of their land, water and natural resources in their land for their future people. There has never been a critical time like today for Gitga’at First Nation history; there is a basic necessity to watch the blessings mother earth has given them. [Read More...]

  • Gitga’at Nation

    The Gitga’at are inhabitants of the Hartley Bay village, and are among the fourteen tribes of the Tsimshian nation in British Columbia, Canada. Their territory is on the North West coast of British Columbia. The Gitga’at nation is blessed with many resources which are helping them in their day to day life. Their culture and traditions are well maintained and are very important in their lives. Their land also boasts of a captivating wildlife, rich cultural and historical sites and several remarkable sceneries.

    The ancestors of the current Gitga’at people used to live in Laxgal’tsap in Kitkiata Inlet which is on the northwestern side of the Douglas Channel. The Gitga’at are one of the members of the matrilineal society of their Tsimshian cultural group. Resource gathering areas, names, crests and clans affiliation are all inherited from the family of the mothers. They share gathering places of the community such as seaweed sources close to Kiel spring camp and salmon rivers located in Lax Galtsap which is also known as Old Town. Every house group harvests resources in specific territories. [Read More...]

  • Great Bear Rainforest

    The Great Bear Rainforest is among the most ancient and largest temperate rainforest that has remained intact on the earth today.  Now ever since its existence this temperate rainforest is said to be under threat more than ever before. This valuable eco-system is home to hundreds of thousands of diverse species of plants, animals and birds.

    It covers a vast tract of land estimated to be 21 million acres, making it one of the largest temperate rainforests in the world. To one’s amazement, it is possible to fine cedar trees that are well up to 1000 years old and tall Sitka trees that are up to 90 meters tall still standing. Weaving through the bottom of the valley are salmon rich streams that are a good source of food for the magnificent fauna such as the grizzlies, eagles, wolves and both the rare spirit and black bears. [Read More...]

  • Birth Control Usage in Tribes

    Living in a tribal community can be difficult. It is important to continue with their traditions, especially if they live in a remote area but at some point they have to seek medical help from nearby cities. This article explores the use of birth control in tribal communities; more specifically we talk about the use of hormone free methods of birth control.

    Many women around the world prefer not to use hormones for birth control due to various reasons. Some could be for health reasons; others because they are breastfeeding and others choose to avoid them because of their side effects amongst other factors. For those who don’t feel comfortable with the hormonal methods of birth control, other methods of birth control can be used. This will include use of such methods as the condom, sponge, cervical cap, and the copper IUD.

    It is however also becoming quite noticeable that some women in some tribes are leaning towards the use non-hormonal methods of birth control, not because they don’t like the hormonal methods but simply because they don’t have an option. This is especially true for tribes living in remote areas where access to hormonal methods of birth control is not possible simply because getting medical aid in such places is a difficult task. This situation is even made worse by the fact that even if the medical facilities are there, the health care services in those facilities are way below standards. This problem is further complicated by misinformation in the tribal community about the effects of hormonal birth control methods.

    In such places the government needs to be involved more in making sure that enough health facilities are established. These health facilities need to be well equipped in a way such that even women who feel hormonal birth control methods are the best are not denied that chance. It is important that women are educated about the various types of birth control methods, of course with the pros and cons of each method. A major issue that needs to be emphasized is that hormonal methods of birth control do not protect against sexually transmitted infections or even HIV.