Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations

Smith Inlet, Seymour Inlet and Blunden Harbour

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw territory. Photo by Katherine Gordon
Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw territory. Photo by Katherine Gordon
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The main community of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations is located close to Port Hardy. Their territory encompasses Smith Inlet, Seymour Inlet and Blunden Harbour, on BC’s South Central Coast.

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations are an amalgamation of two tribes, including the Gwa’sala people who lived around Smith Inlet and the surrounding islands, and the ‘Nakwaxda’xw people who inhabited Seymour Inlet and its surrounding islands.

Today the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations’ main community is located near Port Hardy on the north east coast of Vancouver Island.

Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Seymour Inlet. Photo by Gerry Miller
Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Seymour Inlet. Photo by Gerry Miller

The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations belong to the Wakashan language group and are considered a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw group of nations.

The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations are committed to preserving their distinct culture, language, and traditions. The vision for their community encompasses the importance of culture, the value of community well-being, and the importance of caring for the natural environment.

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations’ vision:

Exist forever as the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people, building on the legacy left to us by our ancestors and moving towards a bright future.

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