Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation

Gilford Island

Gilford Island. Photo courtesy of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation
Gilford Island. Photo courtesy of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation
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The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation’s main community is located in Gwa-yas-dums Village on Gilford Island on BC’s South Central Coast

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis have a number of other village sites throughout their territory, from Alalco and Dug-da-myse at Wakeman Sound to Kakweken at the head of Thompson Sound.

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis are an amalgamation of two nations, the Kwikwasut’inuxw of Gilford Island and the Haxwa’mis of Wakeman Sound. They speak the Kwawala language and are members of the larger Kwakwaka’wakw group.

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation Comprehensive Community Planning. Photo courtesy of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation.
Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation Comprehensive Community Planning. Photo courtesy of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation engaged in a Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) process in 2005 which established a 25 year action plan to focus on priorities such as Health and Healing, Education and Training, and Cultural Protection and Learning.

This planning work was awarded the 2007 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Excellence in Rural/Small Town Planning, and was the first time a First Nation has won a national planning award.

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