Due to two deaths, a Nass Valley brass band set to hold a benefit concert with monies raised going toward ongoing help for the city’s homeless has been postponed to Feb. 20.
The Majagalee Nisga’a or the “Flower of the Nass Valley” will still play at the Kitsumkalum Hall at Kitsumkalum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Planning for the concert began last fall in response to the growing number of homeless people in Terrace.
“Funds will go towards existing facilities that are in need of funds to assure programs can continue to run or purchase of necessary beds, blankets, equipment, etc.,” says Tracey McKay, one of the concert’s organizers.
The concert has the support of the Nisga’a Lisims Government, the four Nisga’a villages in the Nass Valley, the Nisga’a Terrace local and the Kermode Friendship Centre.
Also involved are the Salvation Army and the Field of Faith Foundation, a group started late last year in Terrace which provides food and clothing one evening each week at George Little Park.
The City of Terrace has offered to accept donations collected at the event which will then be provided to the city. It will then issue charitable donation receipts to the donors and then redirect the monies received back to the event.
The Nass mass band is made up of players from smaller bands within each Nisga’a Village.
In 2014, the Majagalee Nisga’a band appeared in the Grey Cup parade in Vancouver.