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Vancouver Island’s First People

The original inhabitants of Vancouver Island chose this region because of the abundance of life, natural resources, and the temperate climate. Learn about local culture and traditions of the Kwakwaka‘wakw, Coast Salish, and Nuu-chah-nulth communities while elders practice the old ways, sharing their knowledge and skills with the next generation and helping to create a respectful relationship with the world around us.

Learn about the unique culture and history of the Island’s First Nations people as you listen to one of the many stories in the Living Languages interactive exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria. Or learn about the Island’s First Nations Peoples’ role in local stewardship, conservation, and development, as well as their history, culture, and way of life as you paddle a traditional dugout through the waters of the Pacific Rim with a guide from the Nuu-chah-nulth community.

Dine on freshly caught Dungeness crab or salmon with the Ucluth First Nation, near Tofino, and then head up Island to take refuge, watching the pink salmon gather where the Cluxewe River joins the Broughton Strait before heading upstream to spawn. In Courtenay, discover the beauty of locally carved masks, jewellery, and woven cedar baskets, or wander through Thunderbird Park in Victoria to see one of the world’s finest collections of authentic totem poles.

The First Nations communities of Vancouver Island continue to play a vital role in the development of the communities and industries throughout the region.

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I-Hos Gallery: An Immersive First Nation's Experience In The Comox Valley

Vancouver Island is well-known for its rich abundance of ancient forests, rugged coastlines, access to recreation, and deeply-rooted First Nations culture. For those visiting the Comox Valley, no visit is complete without a trip to the Learn More

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I-Hos Gallery presents a collection of traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast artwork, including masks, prints, gold and silver jewelry, wood carvings and more produced by First Nations artists.Our culture is…

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The Kwa’lilas Hotel (meaning a ‘place to sleep’) is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel located on the North Island. The hotel features 85 guestrooms and meeting space to…

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Grizzly Bears, return mid-August for the annual salmon run in Toba Inlet. A cycle that has taken place for a millennial on the traditional territory for the Klahoose First Nation…

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