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October 19, 2020
Tlowitsis First Nation publishes report highlighting important archeological sites throughout their territories. The work deepens cultural understanding and ensures protection of these places from human and natural disturbances.
The territories of Tlowitsis First Nation span the coast of northern Vancouver Island, Johnstone Strait, and the adjacent mainland inlets. Until the 1960s, the Nation occupied sites throughout their lands and waters including their primary winter residence Kalagwees, located on Turnour Island.
The Tlowitsis were displaced from Kalagwees in the late 1960s. “This [led] our people to be culturally and physically separated from our traditional territories,” says the Tlowitsis website. Today, work being conducted by Tlowitsis Guardian Watchmen is helping to connect Tlowitsis members to their territories.