Kwiakah Nation

Phillips Arm and Stuart Island

Philips River. Photo courtesy of Kwiakah Nation
Philips River. Photo courtesy of Kwiakah Nation
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The Kwiakah Nation’s main community is located in Campbell River on Vancouver Island. The Nation’s historic villages were located in Philips Arm and Stuart Island on BC’s South Central Coast

Kwiakah Nation

The Kwiakah Nation’s territory encompasses the south central coast of BC, centred on Phillips Arm and Stuart Island. The Kwiakah territory also encompasses Phillips Estuary Conservancy which contains the historical village site of Hwihawi, while the Nəts’inuxw (Matsayno) village site is located on the Kwiakah reserve.

The location of these two villages, culturally modified trees, shell middens and other important archeological  features in and around the Kwiakah territory demonstrates the important of the area to the Kwiakah First Nation in historical and cultural terms.

Phillips Arm. Photo by Jim Nieland
Phillips Arm. Photo by Jim Nieland

The Kwiakah First Nation speaks the Lekwala language and is recognized as a member of the larger Laich-Kwil-Tach group. While most of the Kwiakah First Nation members live in Campbell River, the Nation has made the decision to return to its traditional territory and begin living there again. New economic opportunities and partnerships hope to allow the Kwiakah to thrive in their traditional territory once more.

The Kwiakah Nation fosters active community participation in decision making. Youth are involved in regular meetings with the Nation’s leadership to contribute to the strategic direction of the Kwiakah Nation. The Kwiakah leadership believes that economic development will be a driving force for the future of the Nation as well as an important assertion of aboriginal rights.

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