Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation culture is based on our deep, enduring connection to our lands, waters, resources and all living things. Although we all have our own origin stories of how we came to be, we are part of the larger Kwakwaka’wakw tribal grouping and speak the Kwawala language. We share many of the same stories, traditional knowledge, language and practices of other Kwakwaka’wakw peoples. In particular, we are a marine resource oriented culture and contact with the ocean and its resources is of great important our people.
It is the aim of all Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis members that our present and future generations will continue to uphold our cultural teachings, practices and laws in the pursuit of new economic opportunities and striving to carve a new path forward.
The main village site of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation is located at Gwa’yas’dums (Gilford Island), which is approximately 382 square kilometres (147 sq mi). Gwa’yas’dums is an island located between Tribune Channel and Knight Inlet in British Columbia, Canada.
There is no year-round road access to any of the villages of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation. Access is only by boat and all consumables and household products must be shipped in.
In addition to the village at Gwa’yas’dums, the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis have several other village sites including:
Ahta: Which is located at mouth of the Ohta River, on Bond South, on Tribune Channel, North of Gilford Island;
Alalco: Located at the mouth of the Wakeman River at the north end of Wakeman Sound;
Dakiulis: Located the tip of Islet Point on the Westside of Gilford Island;
Dug-da-myse: On the West Shore of Wakeman Sound;
Kakweken: Is located at the mouth of the Kakweken River at the head of Thompson Sound off of Tribune Channel;
Kye-Yaa-la: is at Sail Island in Retreat Passage, West of Gilford Island (including the smaller off-shore islands);
Kyidagwis: Located on the Westerly shore of Wakeman Sound, Kingcome Inlet;
Kyimla: At Trafford Point, East of Gilford Island; and
Meetup: At the head of Viner Sound, Gilford Island.