Dzawada’enuxw Nation

Kingcome Inlet

Dzawada'enuxw Bighouse in Gwayee. Photo by Ryan Dawson
Dzawada'enuxw Bighouse in Gwayee. Photo by Ryan Dawson
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The Dzawada’enuxw Nation’s main community is located in the village of Gwayee at the mouth of the Kingcome River, on BC’s South Central Coast

Dzawada’enuxw Nation

The Dzawada’enuxw Nation (formerly Tsawataineuk First Nation) is located in the Queen Charlotte Straight region, north of Vancouver Island.

Dzawada’enuxw members reside both in the traditional village of Gwayee at the mouth of the Kingcome River as well as throughout BC.

Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Chiefs at the raising of the MD pole in 1938. Photo courtesy of Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Tribal Council
Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Chiefs at the raising of the MD pole in 1938. Photo courtesy of Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Tribal Council

The Dza’wada’enuxw Nation belief system is based on four traditional laws and values:

Spirituality, which recognizes the existence of a higher power and provides the foundation for the three other laws and values.

Respect for all creation, underpinned by the understanding that all creation is interconnected; this belief directs the Nation’s land and resource stewardship.

Relationships, specifically the relationship between the Nation and all creation; recognizing that all creation can survive without the Nation but the Nation cannot survive without all creation.

The importance of self brings the focus to the individual; it supports the self-determination of the Dzawada’enuxw Nation reinforces the practice that the greatest duty of any individual is to give of one’s self.

Dzawada'enuxw Organizations and Resources

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