ABOUT KITSAULT »
It is believed that the ancestors of the Nisga'a first
settled in Northern BC 12,000 years ago. From that period
to today this elaborate and complex society has flourished
with its own cultural traditions, languages, territorial
boundaries and systems of government.
For almost all this time the Nisga'a had their traditional
coastal land to themselves until 1793 when a British sea
captain named George Vancouver, seeking a northwest passage
to the Orient, sailed into Ts'im Gits'oohl (Observatory
He was met by Nisga'a chiefs, greetings were exchanged and
within years a thriving trade in sea-otter pelts prospered
along the coast. Despite the arrival of Europeans and the
introduction of their traditions, the Nisga'a remain a distinct
people with inherent rights of self-determination.
Their traditions are based on the foundations of living
with the land and animals without disrupting the cycle of
life. This respect for the land and its creatures remains
a core value of Nisga'a life today.
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