We are Qqs Projects Society, a Heiltsuk First Nation nonprofit organization supporting youth, culture, and environment. We would like to welcome and thank you for visiting our new website!
In Heiltsuk culture it is essential that important business be conducted in public view, as at a potlatch or feast. This website is our bighouse, and here you will bear witness to all of our important work. You will be a historian of who we are and what we do. You will be able to confirm that we did things properly and acted with a good heart. This is no small deed, and for that you are our honoured guest.
In our language the word "Heiltsuk" means to speak and act correctly. We are guided by this and other basic Heiltsuk values, which we call our gvi'ilas. You will see them reflected in the way we uplift and support our youth, in the way we uphold our traditional laws and culture, and in the way we sustain and respect our environment.
We are given strength and guidance by our hemas (hereditary chiefs), by our umaqs(high-ranking women), and by all of our elders and friends. We accomplish our goals by working together with a broad range of like-minded people and organizations. And so, we invite you to share your thoughts and wisdom with us, and to become our friend and supporter.
As our witness, we honour you and welcome you in the way of our people.