THE NASS Valley welcomes the torch relay with a wide variety of events and with several torch runners participating.
Torchbearers in New Aiyansh include Kevin McKay, acting president of the Nisga’a Lisims Government, Robert Munroe from Kitsumkalum, Mathew Mills from the Lower Mainland and Justin Mercer named as New Aiyansh’s community torch bearer.
Mercer, 23, is attending Northwest Community College and says he’s very honoured to represent the youth of the Nisga’a Nation and will carry the torch with great pride and dignity.
As the Nisga’a Nation Honourary Elder Firekeeper, Dr. Joe Gosnell will welcome the Olympic flame into the community with a traditional Nisga’a ceremony.
The community is encouraging youths to run behind the torch as it makes its way along the relay route.
Celebration events will take place starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in the New Aiyansh rec centre.