Youth Zone


The following is a letter that the Nation received:


Roberta asked that I send you some pictures with some information about my daughter Maddy Niesh, who is playing in the British Columbia Elite Hockey League as an underage player.


Maddy Niesh is granddaughter to Virginia L. Azak and great granddaughter to the late Alice Azak of Gitwinksihlkw.


Maddy had never skated until my cousin, Shylo Gerritsen, decided to take her to a public skating session with her family. Maddy was 6 years old at that time and after that she knew that skating was going to be her thing.  Maddy joined the Canskate Program with the Prince Rupert Figure Skating Club which she loved and excelled at moving through many levels in one season.  She ended up getting the Junior Canskater of the year trophy at the end of the season.  The next year Maddy stayed with the PR Figure Skating Club and also joined Prince Rupert Minor Hockey as a new hockey player starting at the Initiation A level, and then advancing to Initiation B after 2 weeks, then by Christmas she was skating with her peers at the Novice level.  


Female hockey was never an option in Prince Rupert so Maddy played hockey with boys at her age level and older. I believe playing integrated hockey really helped with her hockey skills and also that she was a very fast skater.


Maddy was committed to the Northern Capitals U18 Female AAA  hockey team as an underage player this past September.  The level of hockey is quite high, compared to what she has been used to and she seems to be adjusting well as a younger player.


Maddy also still continues to figure skate and is now with the Northern BC Centre for Skating in Prince George.  She is currently working on her last component of completing her Star 5 level.  Once she turns 16 years of age, she plans on taking her coaching certification for the Canskate and Canpower programs.  Maddy has been a program assistant in these programs since she was 10 years old, helping the younger skaters with their skating skills.  This is something she very much enjoys, she just recently got to work with the Director of Skating in the Canpower programs working with the young skaters and their powerskating skills.


Maddy will be trying out for the Team BC U18 Female Hockey team that will be participating in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships which will be hosted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 7-14, 2023.  Maddy tried out for this team last year as an underage player and was rostered as an alternate player, meaning if another player was unable to make it, she would be able to attend.  The coaches told her that they hope to see her at next year's selection camp.  Let's hope she makes this team and is able to represent Nisga'a Nation.


I have attached some pictures, if you have any questions, please let me know.


Maria Niesh


Congratulations and Si'aamhl wilin to Sydnee Nisyok on her gold medal in the 2020 Cambridge Schools Eco Challenge. Sydnee is the daughter of Walter and Loretta Nisyok and is Ksim Ganada from Wilps Ksim Xsaan. Attached is the story and link to her acknowledgement:


Nisg̱a’a Youth Participate in Virtual Treaty Negotiation & Implementation Simulation

Eleven Nisg̱a’a Youth participated in a virtual Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation from August 4-6, 2020.

The youth participants took part in a 3-day simulation under the guidance of treaty experts, emerging leaders negotiated and implemented wildlife sections of a fictitious treaty in the first-ever online simulation. We want to give special thanks to Secretary-Treasurer Corinne McKay, Tlicho leader John B. Zoe and Gwichin Deputy Grand Chief Jordan Petersen who shared treaty knowledge with our Nisga’a Youth participants.

On Day 1, the youth asked the leaders questions about their experience in negotiating and implementing modern treaties.  The following 2 days had the youth fully engaged in simulation scenarios in negotiating and implementing provisions of the Nisg̱a’a Treaty.  The youth rotated in the roles of representatives of the Nisg̱a’a Nation and the Governments of British Columbia and Canada.

The Simulation – designed by the Gordon Foundation and previously delivered in-person, is intended to engage youth with their leadership while providing an avenue for youth to research and learn about their modern treaties.  Many thanks to Vivien and Michelle from the Gordon Foundation for working with us to deliver the first ever online simulation with Zoom.

T̓ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓isim̓ to everyone who took part in the Gordon Foundation and Nisga’a Lisims Government Online Youth #TreatySimulation.


Si’aamhl wilsim̓

  1. Leilani Wright
  2. Dakota Price
  3. Christopher Griffin
  4. Keyanna Moore
  5. Mary Angus
  6. Kaitlyn Robinson
  7. Logan Angus
  8. Alberta Evans
  9. Callista Evans 
  10. Steffen Barton
  11. Gelisa Adams 

The AWESOMEness Team miss all of the students in their school, classrooms & hallways . . . We’ll be here for you! #doyourwork #handitintoo #staysafe #washyourhands #keepworking #schoolsstillon #awesomeNESS #wellbehereforyou

It goes without saying that it has been an incredible 2020 season thus far for Nisg̱a’a basketball all around and young Hailey Moore is no exception!

Hailey – the 16 year old daughter of Teniel Angus and Tyler Moore of Lax̱g̱alts’ap is showing incredible promise in her young basketball career.  Hailey is currently attending grade 11 at Caledonia Senior Secondary School in Terrace where she plays for the senior girls basketball team.  The team made the trek to Langley to play in the Double A Girls Basketball Provincials in late February. 

While the team did not come out on top, “she loved the experience” says Hailey’s mom Teniel Angus.  That experience also gave young talent like Hailey exposure to post-secondary recruiters who took in the games. 

“Hailey was contacted by a recruiter from Douglas College regarding basketball” said Teniel.  “Honestly I was so happy I started crying and beaming from pure joy!”

Hailey is also actively working toward a spot on the U19 Girls Team BC basketball team that will represent BC at the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax this summer.  The Phase 3 try outs where the final roster will be determined take place in Kelowna this weekend.

Si’aamhl wilin, Hailey!  The Nisg̱a’a Nation is rootin for you!  

Nisg̱a’a LIsims Government is a proud supporter of Nisg̱a’a athletes in a broad and diverse range of sports and recreation activities through the Nisg̱a’a Sports and Recreation Fund.  We thank Hailey’s mom for providing us an update on Hailey’s basketball career!

Have a story similar to Hailey’s and want to share it with the Nisg̱a’a Nation?  Contact the Communications & Intergovernmental Relations team at Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government via email at!  


Nisga’a Youth Leadership Ambassadors - Logan Angus, Helina Stephens, and Patrick Guno started working with NLG Youth Engagement in mid-October. The trio started by observing the October NLG executive meetings, followed by the October Wilp Si’ayuukhl Nisga’a (WSN) sitting. The youth then met with NLG in-house legal counsel in November and were given an overview on the Nisga’a Government Act, WSN Rules of Procedure, Self-Governance and the Nisga’a Treaty, and the Roles and Responsibilities of NLG and Nisga’a Village Government. In December they assisted with the 20 Year Commemorative Calendar distribution and observed the December executive meeting. They were recently invited to attend the Council of Elders Simgigat-Sigidimhaanak’ meeting held at NLG.

The youth were invited to the January NLG executive meeting to make a presentation to the executive on their learning journey to date. They spoke of their observations since October and highlighted areas of interest. The leadership will also be assisting with planning for the upcoming Elders and Youth Forum being held in Gitwinksihlkw in early March.

Logan, Helina and Patrick have been observing areas of Nisga’a Governance in preparation for the Gordon Foundation Treaty Implementation Simulation and the Land Claims Agreement Coalition National Conference held in Ottawa in early February. 

Si’aamhl wilsim̓!

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