First Nations

The Museum sits on the traditional territories of the Laichwiltach First Nation. Within the collection area represented by the Museum are over 30 First Nations, including three separate language and cultural groups, the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Coast Salish. This gallery strives to illustrate the longstanding history of the first peoples of this region. Cases display the many articles made and used by the peoples living in this place since the time before time. Included to the gallery is a unique audio-visual presentation featuring a stunning collection of contemporary masks – The Treasures of Siwidi.

Museum at Campbell River respectfully acknowledges the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation, on whose traditional lands we work to preserve, interpret and share the collective human history of North Vancouver Island. The Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation is comprised of the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Our closest neighbors are the Coast Salish Xwemalhkwu, Klahoose and K’ómoks First Nations.

These nations have close connections to the land where Campbell River is located today.

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