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General · 5th October 2015
Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre
Gilakasla -

Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre has a huge event happening this Saturday, October 10th at 11:00am. We will be celebrating the opening of a new exhibit "The Man Behind the Masks: The Life & Legacy of Chief Billy Assu". As one of the most beloved and influential coastal First Nations Chiefs, Assu plays an important role in the shaping of the history of the We Wai Kai Nation and was decorated by both King George (1937) and Queen Elizabeth (1951). Arrested three times during the Anti-Potlatch ban he had more than 117 pieces of his personal collection confiscated and sold, with only 17 located and returned to date.

Chief Assu's beautiful Chilkat Robe, woven by Mary Hunt, which is on loan from the Canadian Museum of History will be on display and we will be celebrating the recent return of his historic house posts, removed from the Village and sold for $150 more than 85 years ago. After the ceremony, a community feast will follow. There is a complimentary shuttle from the BC Ferries dock to Cape Mudge with service beginning at 9:30am and running throughout the day. There is no fee to participate.

As you can imagine, this is going to an important day for us – MP John Duncan, MLA Claire Trevena, Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams, SRD Chair Jim Abram, as well as a host of Chiefs, will be on hand to mark the occasion.

We hope that you can join us!

Ceremony: 11:00am
Community Feast to Follow
By Donation