The Dzawada'enuxw Nation is located in Kingcome Inlet within the Queen Charlotte Straight region, north of Vancouver Island.
Dzawada'enuxw Bighouse in Gwayee. Photo by Ryan Dawson
The Dzawada’enuxw Nation (formerly Tsawataineuk First Nation) is located in the Queen Charlotte Straight region, north of Vancouver Island.
Dzawada’enuxw members reside both in the traditional village of Gwayee at the mouth of the Kingcome River as well as throughout BC.
The Dza’wada’enuxw Nation belief system is based on four traditional laws and values:
Spirituality, which recognizes the existence of a higher power and provides the foundation for the three other laws and values.
Respect for all creation, underpinned by the understanding that all creation is interconnected; this belief directs the Nation’s land and resource stewardship.
Relationships, specifically the relationship between the Nation and all creation; recognizing that all creation can survive without the Nation but the Nation cannot survive without all creation.
The importance of self brings the focus to the individual; it supports the self-determination of the Dzawada’enuxw Nation reinforces the practice that the greatest duty of any individual is to give of one’s self.
At Hada River estuary, in the heart of Musga’makw Dzawada’enuxw territory, Chief Maxwiyalidizi (K’odi Nelson) is bringing an ambitious, hopeful vision to life. Nawalakw will offer cultural immersion and wellness programing supported through a world-class ecotourism operation.