We are a registered nonprofit society established by and for the people of the Heiltsuk First Nation. We are based in Bella Bella on the remote Central Coast of British Columbia, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.
Qqs, pronounced "kucks", is a Heiltsuk word meaning "eyes". It is our mandate to open the eyes of our young people to their responsibility as stewards of our environment and culture.
We actively support, and are supported by, the hemas (our hereditary leadership) and the Heiltsuk Tribal Council (our elected leadership).
We are devoted to building capacity and revitalizing our culture by supporting important community initiatives that will uplift the Heiltsuk people. We empower our youth and families by providing opportunities to learn and practice our gvi‘ilas (traditional values and laws) as well as Hailhzaqvla, our language.
We establish and participate in Heiltsuk-run projects focused on the monitoring and stewardship of Heiltsuk traditional lands and resources in the belief that our environment is the foundation of our culture.
Our goal is to help create a new generation of Heiltsuk leaders who are committed to the revitalization of our culture and to the sustainable management and use of our lands and resources.
Qqs Projects Society is a value-based organization. We are guided by and pursue our work based on the following principles. We, along with our partners and supporters, share a common commitment to realizing these values both in our actions as individuals and in our work as an organization:
Our three project areas are the pillars of our commitment. These three things are all essential to each other and are inseparably connected. None of these can be healthy without the others, and the health of one requires an investment in all three.