Gitga’at Nation

Hartley Bay

Inside Gitga'at Nation's longhouse in Hartley Bay. Photo by miguelb
Inside Gitga'at Nation's longhouse in Hartley Bay. Photo by miguelb
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The main Gitga’at community is located in Hartley Bay, on BC’s North Coast.

Gitga’at Nation

Their territory encompasses the mainland and coastal islands of the lower Douglas Channel, Whale Channel, Wright Sound, and Lewis Pass to Caamano Sound on BC’s North and Central Coast.

Laxgalts’ap (or “Old Town”) was the ancestral home and main winter village for the Gitga’at Nation, located in Kitkiata Inlet on the northwest side of Douglas Channel.

Today the main Gitga’at community resides in Txalgiu (Hartley Bay), though the community still visit and occupy historic village sites throughout their territory to fish, gather berries, harvest seaweed, and manage their resources.

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Gitga’at Territory. Photo by Brodie Guy

The community well-being of the Gitga’at Nation is closely intertwined with the health of their territory, the water and land, and the resources they contain. The Gitga’at Nation is intent on maintaining and protecting these resources for future generations and its members are currently working towards implementing a conservation-based marine use plan.

Gitga’at Guardians George Fisher, Marven Robinson and Mary Reece with the Gitga’at Guardian vessel. Photo by Brodie Guy.

The marine use plan will protect cultural areas and heritage sites, conserve and sustainably manage marine resources as well as increase capacity within the Gitga’at Nation to undertake stewardship activities.


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