Uu-a-thluk helps Nuu-chah-nulth participate in careers related to ocean resources. Since 2005, we have delivered several programs with that goal in mind.


Tomorrow’s Leaders

Uu-a-thluk provides Nuu-chah-nulth post secondary students enrolled in science programs with hands-on learning through summer internships lasting up to four months.

Tomorrow’s Leaders gives youth and others a chance to work and gain experience under the guidance of supportive role models. Since 2006, Uu-a-thluk staff andU contractors have provided mentorship opportunities in aquatic biology, shellfish aquaculture, capacity development, communications, and conference planning.

Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN)

Members of the Uu-a-thluk team Dr. Don Hall, Dawn Foxcroft, and Lissa Cowan belong to the CCRN, an international initiative to understand and support the links between communities, conservation, and livelihoods and to seek out best governance practices to support the combination of community based conservation and sustainable livelihoods. 

Science Enrichment for Youth

Since 2006, Uu-a-thluk has sponsored science camps and clubs for elementary school students in remote Nuu-chah-nulth communities. Uu-a-thluk has also worked with the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, the Raincoast Education Society, and the Nis’ma Society to deliver cultural and aquatic-based science programs to elementary and high school students.

Training Programs

Uu-a-thluk offers training programs to help workers living in isolated communities earn credit and gain skills in areas like marine emergency duties, fisheries observation, first aid, swift water rescue, and oil spill response.

Role Models In-the-Schools

Uu-a-thluk works with This program gave Nuu-chah-nulth youth the chance to meet and interact with Nuu-chah-nulth role models employed in resource management related jobs, thereby fostering a greater understanding of resource management career options. The project was a joint partnership between School District #70, NTC Education, and Uu-a-thluk. #84 and VAST (8th Avenue Learning Centre.


Uu-a-thluk staff frequently give presentations in Nuu-chah-nulth Ha-ha-houlthee on topics related to fisheries management and principles; Nuu-chah-nulth fishing rights; marine-based industries, careers, and opportunities; engaging students in activities from Salmon in the Classroom curriculum; along with general presentations about Uu-a-thluk and NTC;

Career Resources

The Uu-a-thluk Council of Ha’wiih asked Uu-a-thluk staff to connect youth and others with information about careers and training related to resource management and harvest. To date Uu-a-thluk has developed career workshops and presentations, a Nuu-chah-nulth job manual, promotional videos, and role model posters to help link Nuu-chah-nulth people to aquatic resource jobs.

For more information on these and other capacity building programs, contact Michelle Colyn at 250-724-5757 or Michelle.Colyn@nuuchahnulth.org.


Nashuk Youth Council: Formed in partnership with the NTC education department, the Nashuk Youth Council grew out of a request from Nuu-chah-nulth hereditary chiefs who wished to see youth more involved in resource harvest and management. Since 2009, the council has held bi-weekly meetings for youth interested in reconnecting with their traditional foods. More than 18 youth have attended regularly, planning retreats, conferences, and workshops. Some of these youth have also created digital stories about their journeys. Watch some of these stories here.


Example of youth project: Nuu-chah-nulth Feasting Project