Training for Hotel Staff

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...

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6 Art Design Sketches

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....

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About Kwa’lilas Hotel

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...

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Meet Derik Ewen, Construction Lead

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...

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Roof Trusses Flown In

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...

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