An alliance of First Nations on BC’s South Central Coast and northern Vancouver Island
Na̲nwak̲olas Council is comprised of five member Nations: Mamalilikulla First Nation; Tlowitsis Nation; Da'naxda'xw Awaetlatla Nation; Wei Wai Kum Nation; and K'ómoks Nation.
Na̲nwak̲olas Council President Dallas Smith speaking at the GBR Agreement announcement 2016. Photo courtesy of Province of British Columbia. Province of British Columbia.
Na̲nwak̲olas Council member Nations belong to the Kwakwaka’wakw group of Nations and are located on northern Vancouver Island and the neighbouring southern Central Coast region. Na̲nwak̲olas, which means “a place we go to find agreement” in Kwak’wala, advocates for the recognition, protection, and promotion of its member Nations’ Aboriginal rights and interests in land and marine resource planning and management decisions.
Na̲nwak̲olas Council was created in 2007 to provide member Nations with the resources needed to implement their 2006 Land Use Plan Agreement-in-Principle. Since its creation in 2007, Na̲nwak̲olas Council has expanded the areas in which it works with and supports its member Nations.
Currently Na̲nwak̲olas assists its members in regulating commercial activities taking place in their territories through the Na̲nwak̲olas Referrals Office. It also works closely with Nations on community marine planning and regional economic development initiatives.
Na̲nwak̲olas seeks to address community level issues through a regional dialogue and coordination, thereby maximizing the voice with which the member First Nations speak with and achieving the maximum economy of scale given limited resources.
The member Nations of Na̲nwak̲olas Council have been enhancing their research capabilities to best manage and steward their territories, which include the diverse habitats of grizzly bears. Part of that work involves investing in and developing a research partnership with the BearID Project, a project that is developing bear facial recognition software.
Na̲nwak̲olas Council member Nations have developed a strategy to protect the largest and most culturally significant cedars in their territories. The work of the Council was featured in a recent video and article by Hakai Magazine.
Na̲nwak̲olas is thrilled to be acquiring the ‘platinum standard setting’ Knight Inlet Lodge – a business that, under the guidance of Dean and Kathy Wyatt, has become the leader in the eco-adventure lodge business in British Columbia, with an international reputation that is second to none.