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Spring Equinox Celebration with the Heiltsuk Nation

Spring Equinox Celebration with the Heiltsuk Nation
April 28, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Pacific)
Registration is now open:

N̓aìla & Baìkvḷa
In the Haiìɫzaqv language, n̓aìla means cycle, season, firmament, day and weather. The Haiìɫzaqv are governed by and live our lives in seasons. The sky and weather are supernatural beings intertwined with our baìkvḷa cycle. Baìkvḷa means to harvest and preserve food for the winter, in line with Haiìɫzaqv laws to maintain the natural balance of the world. Learn how the sky, land, and ocean are connected in Haiìɫzaqv ways of knowing through the herring, a cultural and biological keystone species.

Outline of Presentations:
Symposium Welcome and Prayer: Wilfred Buck (Ininew, Cree) and Anita Tenasco (Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi).
Explanation of Haiìɫzaqv Worldview N̓aìla - Ayla Brown (Heiltsuk)
Herring & Harvest - Frank Brown (Heiltsuk)
Importance of Harvest - Vina Brown (Heiltsuk)
Live Q & A (Location: The Big House in Bella Bella, British Columbia).

  • The April 28 event will be recorded and made available at the link below at a later date.
  • Recordings of the September 21 and December 21 events are available here:

We wish to thank our major supporters and partners:
UOttawa. Faculty of Arts and Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Embassy of the United States, Ottawa
National Research Council
Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Center
Heiltsuk Tribal Council

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