Tlowitsis Nation

Knight Inlet and Turnour Island

Qalogwis Village on Turnour Island. Photo by Panoramio User 4941601
Qalogwis Village on Turnour Island. Photo by Panoramio User 4941601
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The Tlowitsis Nation’s main community is located on Vancouver Island. The traditional territory of the Tlowitsis Nation spans the Queen Charlotte Strait and Johnstone Strait region of the Discovery Islands.

Tlowitsis Nation

The Tlowitsis territory also includes a portion of Hanson Island, Harbletown Island, Turnour Island, East and West Carcroft Islands, Call Inlet, and Port Neville watershed on the BC Coast.

The Tlowitsis Nation traditionally travelled and lived throughout their territory, evidenced by seasonal travel routes, food processing locations, and burial and cultural sites across the entire territory.

More recently their main village was at Qalogwis on Turnour Island, which had traditionally been the primary winter village.

Tlowitsis Territory. Photo courtesy of BC Treaty Commission
Tlowitsis Territory. Photo courtesy of BC Treaty Commission

In the 1960’s the Canadian Government closed down the local school and the hospital ship at Qalogwis. With no access to education and healthcare, the Tlowitsis community gradually left Qalogwis and dispersed throughout Vancouver Island and southern BC.

To help preserve and strengthen the community ties to their land, the Tlowitsis Guardians maintain a presence throughout their territory and are involved in the conservation and protection of cultural, economic, and ecological values.

Tlowitsis Organizations and Resources

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