Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society

An alliance of First Nations on BC’s South Central Coast and northern Vancouver Island

Na̲nwak̲olas Council President Dallas Smith speaking at the GBR Agreement announcement 2016. Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia
Na̲nwak̲olas Council President Dallas Smith speaking at the GBR Agreement announcement 2016. Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia. Province of British Columbia.

Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society member Nations belong to the Kwakwaka’wakw group of Nations and are located on northern Vancouver Island and the neighbouring southern Central Coast region. Na̲nwak̲olas, which means “a place we go to find agreement” in Kwak’wala, advocates for the recognition, protection, and promotion of its member Nations’ Aboriginal rights and interests in land and marine resource planning and management decisions.

Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society Member Nations. Map courtesy of Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society
Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society Member Nations. Map courtesy of Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society

Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society was created in 2007 to provide member Nations with the resources needed to implement their 2006 Land Use Plan Agreement-in-Principle. Since its creation in 2007, Na̲nwak̲olas Council Society has expanded the areas in which it works with and supports its member Nations.

Currently Na̲nwak̲olas assists its members in regulating commercial activities taking place in their territories through the Na̲nwak̲olas Referrals Office. It also works closely with Nations on community marine planning and regional economic development initiatives.

Na̲nwak̲olas seeks to address community level issues through a regional dialogue and coordination, thereby maximizing the voice with which the member First Nations speak with and achieving the maximum economy of scale given limited resources.

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