Carol Stocker's interview from her Trip up north
Where did you go:
We went to Haida Gwaii (left from Prince Rupert on a ferry for 9 hours) and visited Masset (old Town), population = 555 people
(Haida Gwaii is an archipelago located between 55–125 km off the northern Pacific coast of Canada. The islands are separated from the mainland to the east by the shallow Hecate Strait. Queen Charlotte Sound lies to the south, with Vancouver Island beyond).
Who did you go with: Donna Ashford, my home share provider
Who were you visiting: My brother Ralph and my Dad and many other family members
Participate in any special events while there:
· Nieces birthday party
· I am a part of the Raven clan on Haida Gwaii and I sang the raven song at the birthday party (the Raven clan was the first clan on Haida Gwaii)
How did being home make you feel: Happy! I really miss my family
What was the favourite part of your trip:
· Driving a car on the beach
· Seeing all of my family
· Spending time with Donna in the hotel
Anything additionally you want the readers at home to know about your trip: I know everyone in Haida Gwaii!
· Donna expressed an extreme thankfulness to be able to share this experience with Carol and her family. Witnessing local people honouring family in the greatest of ways, by honour was life-changing.
Anything additionally you want the readers at home to know about Haida Gwaii…My niece is running for the Haida Nations Council, good luck!
Also, there is a documentary on Netflix called “Edge of the Knife” that is shot in Haida Gwaii and has many of my family members in it. Here is some information on the movie:
(In the 1800s, on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii off the west coast of British Columbia, two extended families reunite at their annual summer fishing camp. Soon conflict between a charismatic young nobleman, Adiits’ii, and his best friend Kwa, tears their interwoven families apart)