Nuxalk Nation

Bella Coola

Q'umk'uts Village located at the mouth of the Bella Coola River. Photo by SFU Northwest Village Project
Q'umk'uts Village located at the mouth of the Bella Coola River. Photo courtesy of The Bill Reid Centre at SFU Northwest Coast Village Project
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The Nuxalk Nation’s main community is located in Bella Coola on BC’s Central Coast

Nuxalk Nation

Historically the Nuxalk people occupied 45 permanent villages throughout their territory, located along river banks and at the mouth of rivers.

The largest of these villages were Talyu in Ats’aaxlh (South Bentinck), Suts’lhm (Kimsquit), Satskw’ (Kimsquit River), Nutl’l (Dean River), Kwalhna, and Q’umk’uts’ (the village near what is known today as Bella Coola).

These strategic locations allowed the Nuxalk to access the abundance of fish and other natural resources in their territory.

 

 

Nuxalk Nation host the Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS) Program. Photo courtesy of SEAS
Nuxalk Nation host the Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS) Program. Photo courtesy of SEAS

The “House of Smayusta,” or House of Stories, represents the sovereignty and traditional government of the Nuxalk people. The House of Smayusta brings together Hereditary Chiefs, Elders and community members to discuss issues of importance to the Nuxalk.

Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs protesting against logging at the sacred ISTA site. Photo courtesy of Nuxalk Nation
Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs protesting against logging at the sacred ISTA site. Photo courtesy of Nuxalk Nation

According to the House of Smayusta,

The sovereignty of the Nuxalk Nation comes from Tatau, the Creator… Our lands are a sacred gift. The land is provided for the continued use, benefit, and enjoyment of our people, the Nuxalk, and it is our ultimate obligation to Tatau, the Creator, to care for and protect it.

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