Haisla Nation

Kitimaat

Haisla Chief. Photo courtesy of Haisla Nation
Haisla Chief.Photo courtesy of Haisla Nation
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The main community of Haisla is located in Kitimaat, on BC’s North Coast

Haisla Nation

The territory of the Haisla Nation spans 1.6 million hectares of the North Coast.  the Haisla’s main community is located in Kitimaat Village at the head of the Douglas Channel.

The Haisla people speak Haisla language which is part of the Wakashan language family.

Kitimaat Village. Photo courtesy of Haisla Nation
Kitimaat Village. Photo courtesy of Haisla Nation

The Nation’s social system is based on matrilineal clans. There are eight clans, each with its own Chief, resource area and winter village. The Haisla territory has provided the Nation with food, shelter and livelihood, helping to sustain the community for generations.

Haisla Territory map. Photo Courtesy of Haisla Nation
Haisla Territory map. Photo Courtesy of Haisla Nation

To the Haisla, “land is connected to our past, our culture, and now, our future.” The natural resources contained within their territory allow the Haisla to build their communities and harvest the traditional resources they have depended on.

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