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Davis Henderson, Tourism Coordinator for KEDC, is responsible for the development of culture and tour packages for Kwa’lilas Hotel, Pier Side Landing and k’awat’si Tours; coordination of the artist selection with Shain Jackson; and management of a number of agencies that work with KEDC in public relations, advertising, and design. He has been with KEDC…

Three k’awat’si Tourism Company staff members have successfully completed their Serving it Right training and certification through the North Vancouver Aboriginal Training Society. The course details servers’ legal responsibilities when serving alcohol, and provides techniques to prevent problems related to over-service. Congratulations to Charles Willie, Katie Walkus, and Kristen Walkus! Next month, Kwa’lilas Hotel staff…

To date, we have received six design sketches from various local aboriginal artists including designs for throw blankets, headboards and metal room dividers. Shain Jackson, the lead artist for Kwa’lilas Hotel, is in the process of digitizing the sketches for the elders to review over the next few weeks. The Elders Selection Committee consists of…

k’awat̕si Construction has been working over the holidays to gut the rooms top to bottom and is in the process of installing new drywall and upgrading the electrical and plumbing throughout the hotel. New frames have been installed to expand the square footage of the two luxury King Suites to 595 square feet and will…

The k’awat’si Economic Development General Partner Corporation LP (KEDC) purchased the Port Hardy Inn at 9040 Granville in Port Hardy earlier this year and began extensive plans for the transformation of the 85-room hotel into The Kwa’lilas Hotel. The Kwa’lilas Hotel project is a demonstration of the commitment of the Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations to share…

Derik Ewen leads the construction efforts of Kwa’lilas Hotel’s renovations. As the Manager of the K’awat’si Construction Company, a community-owned organization which he helped build from ground up, Derik works to maintain strong relationships with clients, manage projects and worksites and learn more daily about the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw community and culture where many of his projects…

Renovation at the building site marks partial closure of accommodations at Kwa’lilas Hotel until Summer of 2016 with the exception of the pub and restaurant which will remain open without interruption. In mid-January 2016, the hotel will be fully closed. During this time, we are able to accommodate guests at our sister hotel, Pier Side…

It’s full steam ahead with the renovations of Kwa’lilas Hotel, formerly known as the Port Hardy Inn! The City of Port Hardy approved the hotel’s building permits and exterior demolition began last week. Keeping with our traditions and celebrating our Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw heritage in mind, the roof will resemble a big house constructed with customized…