“In 2018, a huge fire burned through Telegraph Creek. That fire destroyed 27 structures in the community. 21 of them were homes. At that time, I got a call asking if I would be the Emergency Operations Centre Director. My question was, ‘Okay. What does that person do?’ He said, ‘Rebuild the community.’ I thought, ‘Oh I could do that.’
In March 2020, when the global pandemic was declared, I was asked to help out again. I'll say, we compared it quite a bit to the fire. The difference is, COVID is an unseen threat that we have to try to manage, versus a fire. Fire you can see coming—you know you can get out of the way.
When you live in a small community and you have a lot of elders, you know that at any time an outbreak could happen and you could lose a lot of people. We live so far away from hospitals. It's a lot harder in northern and remote communities to do simple things. We lived in fear.
Our communities are socially interactive. People have to go see their elders to make sure they have enough food they got to make sure to have groceries and all that. Our jobs is to take care of our elders and our people who need help.
When I heard the vaccines were coming to our communities, I'm gonna say I took the largest sigh of relief I could have ever taken in my life. It's almost like, I don't even know how to explain, almost like euphoria. So the vaccines were just—they were perfect. Now that my in-laws are vaccinated and a lot of the elders in the community are vaccinated, it just took a load off of us. Like, you could even feel it.”
Feddie Louie is the Director of the Tahltan Emergency Operations Centre. She received her first dose of the vaccine in January 2021. Remote and isolated Indigenous communities are included in Phase 1 of BC's immunization plan. Learn more about the plan here: gov.bc.ca/covidvaccine ... See MoreSee Less
It has arrived! Designed in collaboration with Tahltan Central Government, we love to see this Tahltan-themed truck tray on site at #RedChris, as do all our haul truck drivers. What do you think? ... See MoreSee Less
Ummmm, how many thousands of years have your ppl and ancestors occupied that land? before kkkanada showed up hungry.I respect and love my tahltan relatives,tom williams,was tahltan,my grandfather,I just think mabey get Canada to pay for what they've already stolen,then negotiate a benefits sharing agreement,50/50 of all profit,all jobs given to locals and tahltan,with respect.Every piece of machinery should be tahltan owned, IMO.
Tahltan-Tlingit master carver and sculptor Dempsey Bob from Terrace, B.C., was named an Artistic Achievement Award recipient.
Bob previously received the B.C. Achievement Foundation’s Fulmer Award in First Nations Arts in 2007 and he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
His work is featured in numerous collections around the world, including the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Museum of Ethnology in Japan. The Story of Fog Woman and Raven is displayed at the Vancouver International Airport.
Visual artist Jim Logan, who nominated Bob, explained that Bob combines traditional and modern techniques.
“Dempsey Bob provides leadership, support and guidance to many Northwest Coast artists studying the sculptural works of great masters from the past, while he himself brings a new meaningful variation of this world-renowned art form to a contemporary audience,” Logan stated. “He is recognized as one of few master carvers of his Nation who is pushing the art forward, successfully blending contemporary with the traditional style of Tahltan-Tlingit sculptural art, while remaining true to its complex protocols and unique design history.” ... See MoreSee Less