Nuxalk Radio is a non-commercial community radio station broadcasting on 91.1 FM from the Nuxalk village of Q'umk'uts' (Bella Coola) and online. Launched si7mt (summer solstice) June 21, 2014 with the slogan: Lhulhamktulhs ala ts'ktaliwalh alh ti s-kulhulmcilh t'ayc n wa sulutilh ats (Broadcasting the laws of the lands and waters).
Nuxalk Radio has licence to operate granted by Nuxalk Stataltmc (hereditary leadership) and is administered by the Alkw Media Society.
Nuxalk Radio aims to be a part of building a grassroots Indigenous radio network with the focus on maintaining our languages, healing and empowering our Nations.
Nuxalk Radio's mission is to:
- Promote Nuxalk language use, increase the fluency of semi-fluent Nuxalk language speakers, inspire new Nuxalk language learners, raise the prestige of the Nuxalk language and reaffirm the fact that the Nuxalk language is relevant today
- Contribute positively to physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being
- Assert Nuxalk Nationhood by raising up our Nuxalk ancestral government, reclaiming and reoccupying our territory and promoting stewardship of our homelands
- Share Nuxalk history and culture; and
- Promote the common goals of our neighbouring Nations and other Indigenous groups
Nuxalkmc (Nuxalk people) have been occupying the lands and waters of our ancestral territory since time immemorial. The Nuxalk Nation is a mixture of many villages that are distributed throughout kulhulmcilh (our land), including the four largest villages: Talyu in Ats'aaxlh (South Bentick); Suts'lhm (Kimsquit) to the north -this includes Satskw' (Kimsquit River) and Nutl'l (Dean River); Kwalhna to the west; and Q'umk'uts' to the east.
Bella Coola is approximately 430 km northwest of Vancouver "BC" at the mouth of the Bella Coola River. The majority of the people in the Bella Coola valley are either Nuxalk or of Norwegian descent. The Nuxalk have lived in the Bella Coola region for thousands of years, while the Norwegians established a settlement of Hagensborg 16km east of Bella Coola in the 1890s.
Hear how to say the word "Nuxalk" on the First Voices website.
This map shows, in relation to treaty areas on Northern Turtle Island, the village of Q'um'kuts (far left) where Nuxalk Radio operates on sovereign unceded Nuxalk territory: