Tla-o-qui-aht Tofino Totem by Shayne Stadnick

Totem pole on Tla-o-qui-aht homelands.

About Nuu-chah-nulth

Nuu-chah-nulth loosely translates to “all along the mountains and the sea”, and spans an area that is now known as the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The Nuu-chah-nulth are made up of 14 First Nations; Ditidaht, Huu-ay-aht, Hupacasath, Tse-shaht, Uchucklesaht, Ahousaht, Hesquiaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Toquaht, Yuu-cluth-aht, Ehattesaht, Kyuquot/Cheklesaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, and Nuchatlaht.

The Nuu-chah-nulth have always had a strong connection to the ocean. The ocean was the primary source of food and provided a wide variety of seafood and fish. It also was an important form of travel and the Nuu-chah-nulth are known widely for their canoe making and journey skills.

About Rising Tide

Rising Tide, or mułaa which means Rising Tide in Tla-o-qui-aht, is a surf-based approach to support youth with spending time in the ocean and connecting to nature. Our aim to get members in the water during our weekly sessions in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. These regular coaching sessions by our Surf Coach allows members to advance in body, mind, spirit, and heart connections to the healing powers of the ocean.

Mułaa is open to all Nuu-chah-nulth and Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on youth (check FAQ for age suggestions). The Nuu-chah-nulth are young at heart and our team is inclusive of all. Mułaa is funded through generous community donations and small grants. To learn more about how you can support, see here.