Mamalilikulla First Nation

Village and Compton Islands

Mamalilikulla. Photo by Adventures Village Island
Mamalilikulla. Photo courtesy of Adventures Village Island
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The Mamalilikulla  First Nation’s territory encompasses Village and Compton Islands on BC’s South Central Coast

Mamalilikulla First Nation

The Mamalilikulla First Nation is an amalgamation of two distinct tribes, the Mamalilikulla and the Wiumasgum-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em.

These two tribes were wrongfully amalgamated by the Federal Government in the late 19th Century.

The Nation is currently pursuing a legal division which will result in the separation of the two tribes and their present territory.

Mamalilikulla sculpture on Compton Island. Photo courtesy of Adventures Village Island
Mamalilikulla carving on Compton Island. Photo courtesy of Adventures Village Island

The Mamalilikulla people speak the Kwak’wala language.  In recent years, the Nation has developed a unique ecotourism business, Adventures Village Island, that operates in tandem with the Nation’s new guardian watchman program that is part of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network.

The Mamalilikulla First Nation practice “A’AYeK’aqilla,” meaning respect. They have been taught by their ancestors to “refrain from over exploiting the abundance and diversity of life within [their] territory.”

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