submitted by Peter Lantin, for the Old Massett Village Council-On Tuesday May 11, the first of three kiil laagang community events was held at the Old Massett Community Hall. 186 people attended from Old Massett, Masset and Skidegate. The purpose of kiil laagang is to ask the community what they would like to see happen in the village.
There were 18 displays set up in the community hall which had staff photos and job descriptions as well as information about what each program has done and is currently doing. People were asked what they would like to see happen in the future through two questions:
-What would you like to see in the future for this program?
-What one thing would you like to see this program do now?
There were prizes at each display. As well, people were given a passport. After visiting 10 displays, people were eligible for the grand prize draw – two flights to Vancouver and tickets to the Canucks (if there’s a season next year!).
At 6:00 pm, there was a welcome and introduction by Hereditary Chief Reno Russ, Chief Councillor Wilson Brown and Band Administrator Peter Lantin. This was followed by a blessing of the food and dinner. Prize draws followed dinner. The grand prize was won by Charlotte Marks. Chief Wilson Brown closed the event by thanking everyone for their commitment and enthusiasm.
The next kiil laagang event is planned for June and will focus on economic development, cultural resources and Haida land use planning.
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