Interview with Chris Bolton
What would you consider as some of the things you are most proud of?
There are a number of things I am most proud of:
- First person who lived in Hartley Bay to Graduate High School (1968)
- Achieved my accomplishments I set out to do in Basketball – I exceeded my expectations by hard work and persistence. I’m the only person from Hartley Bay to win the Most Valuable Player, Inspirational Player along with numerous 1st & 2nd All Star awards throughout my career in the All Native Basketball Tournament.
- I served Hartley Bay for 32 years (over half my life (1974 – 2006) as the CEO
- I am a great Hunter and Fisherman, who loves doing both every opportunity I get.
What does being a member of Gitga’at First Nation mean to you?
It means the world to me, belonging to the Gitgaat and a community that depends and utilizes the resources from the land & sea. We utilize and depend on the sea for a lot of our food – fish and shell fish which we depend a great deal on their abundance. Going out into our territory and doing a lot of hunting and fishing and sharing my harvest with the elders and some friends who are not Gitgaat members.
What do you believe to be the importance of self-determination?
[I] most definitely do believe in self-determination as an individual and as a member of Gitgaat.
Is there any advice you would give to someone hoping to pursue a similar path?
- You’ve got to love what you are doing and just go out and [do] it.
- In basketball you have got to work hard and practice to become a good player.
- To go out hunting and fishing start early in your life, you would keep getting better at it. Learn to share what you harvest.
For being a Gitgaat member learn as much as you can about our ways and culture while you are young then live it.This should be taught to our children at a young age so they know what our ways of life is and what our culture is all about.
Well Eric that is my Story and I’m sticking to it.