Culture and Language Revitalization

A Journey of Healing, Reconciliation and Revival for Nuu-Chah-Nulth Ahousaht First Nation

Ahousaht First Nation, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation on Vancouver Island, BC, embarked on an initiative to rekindle their cultural identity through a performance-based experience.

The “Language and Culture Revitalization” project seeks to strengthen cultural values for Nuu-Chah-Nulth members in urban areas. Cultural ceremonies are meant to build language fluency and strengthen the foundation of Nuu-Chah-Nulth identity and governance and paving the way for a journey to reconciliation.

Thanks to a grant from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF), Ahousaht Nation organized weekly ceremonies that invited cultural singers to hold fundamental foundations, teach songs and dances to youth and children, and build a bridge between generations. Elders attended every ceremony, lending their wisdom to the rituals and playing an integral role in preserving Indigenous knowledge and teachings. 

The grant supported honorariums for the singers and Elders, covered operating expenses, and tokens of acknowledgement and recognition for the youth who attended and embraced their cultural identity. 

Beyond cultural revival, this project responds to a pressing need. By offering Ahousaht and other Nuu-Chah-Nulth members in urban areas access to appropriate cultural resources to reclaim their heritage, the “Language and Culture Revitalization” project reduces the risks of addiction and despair. Their culture becomes a guiding light toward a healthy, whole and meaningful life, enriching family and community well-being.

About Ahousaht First Nation:

Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Ahousaht is one of the 14 Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations. One of BC’s largest First Nations, Ahousaht, meaning “our backs against the mountains,” represents over 2,400 registered members, with a majority in urban areas. 

To learn more about the Ahousaht First Nation, visit their website at

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