Honor:Health to Hand is OMVC’s commitment & response to community requests to aid with healthy development, diversify the economic base for homes & community & offer a culturally appropriate exemplary positive initiative to transfer skills & knowledge from Elder to youth, as it is well recognized that all on-reserve aboriginal youth are at risk & the oral traditions are at risk of dying.
We will engage 8 Haida youth, including male & females & those with disabilities, with 3 Master Carvers in a 27-week cultural training/skill development initiative. It includes certification courses, mentorship, health & entrepreneurial aspects; offered at NorthWest Community College Campus in Masset, the high school trade shop, OMVC’s education/ eco-tourism facility-Hiellen Longhouse Village, the carving studio in Old Massett, & Emily Carr UofAD.
Endorsed & mentored by Master Carvers Chief 7idansuu Jim Hart & Christian White youth will earn certificates, learn Haida art design/carving/business skills & assist in 2 projects; replication of the historic heritage Hliialang’inagee gyaa’ang Totem that stood in Hiellen Village 150+ years ago & develop a “Welcome Sign” with two small 8’ totems for the entrance to Hiellen Longhouse Village, approved by the Haida Repatriation Society. This will be exemplary, inclusive & engaging. At completion both will be erected during a high Haida celebration during Canada 150. Youth & elders will participate. Healing & reconciliation for all will be profound.