BEHIND THE SHIELD | The blessing and naming of the Nisga'a Guardian and Siwineeks Nisga’a.

On Friday, May 12, 2023, The Emergency Response Services Department of Nisga’a Lisims Government teamed up with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services(EDS), and conducted a blessing ceremony for a service truck that will support the Nisga’a EDS team, and for the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue vessel. Elders from the community of Gitwinksihlkw carried out the cultural protocols and the ceremonial blessing. The name of the vessel is Nisga’a Guardian, and the name of the truck is Siwineeks Nisga’a.

Following the ceremony and Jinap, Anthony Moore and team has provided for a great opportunity: Intro to EDS from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. This course is beneficial as a prerequisite for future educational programs in in the career fields of emergency response.

If you are interested in helping our people during emergency situations, feel free to express interest to There’s a history of emergencies in the Nass and the strong survival outcomes of our people, you can play a huge role in helping the most vulnerable during emergency situations in the Nass. Take a look at the stories of our past survival events here: Reports of flooding from November 1917 to May 1998.

Si’aamhl wilsim!

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