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:

  1. First person who lived in Hartley Bay to Graduate High School (1968)
  2. 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.
  3. I served Hartley Bay for 32 years (over half my life (1974 – 2006) as the CEO
  4. 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?

  1. You’ve got to love what you are doing and just go out and [do] it.
  2. In basketball you have got to work hard and practice to become a good player.
  3. 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.