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Indigenous Celebration, Cariboo BC | Geoff Moore
Indigenous people were the first locals in our region, and their influence lives on today in a very powerful, meaningful way.
For thousands of years, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast has been the home of Indigenous peoples. First Nations of the region include the Tsilhqot’in (steelh-coht-een), whose traditional territory is the high-altitude plateau of the Chilcotin (chil-ko-tin), the St’át’imc (stat-lee-um), from southwest of the Fraser; Nlaka’pamux (ing-khla-kap-muh) of the southern Fraser Canyon; the Carrier, who occupied the sub-boreal northern area of the Cariboo Chilcotin and the Secwepemc (shi-huep-muh-k), whose historical lands lie east of the Fraser River. On the Pacific coast, the major Indigenous nations are the Nuxalk (nu-halk) of the Bella Coola Valley, the Tsimshian (sim-she-an) and the Gitga’at (git-gat) of the outer coast, the Wuikinuxv (whee-kin-au) of Rivers Inlet and the Heiltsuk (hel-sic) of the coastal area near Bella Bella.
The region’s Indigenous people played an essential role in the province’s development, providing canoes, food, guides, translators and information to explorers and European settlers in the 1700s and 1800s.
Indigenous people were also involved in the early days of the region’s key industries, particularly ranching in the Chilcotin and southern Cariboo, where horsemanship and wilderness survival skills were highly prized.
There are many opportunities for immersive experiences with the Indigenous culture throughout the region, from storytelling to petroglyph tours, summer gatherings to art and jewellery. Come and discover an Indigenous experience in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.
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