WE ARE NISG̱A’A.
PEOPLE OF Ḵ’ALII-AKSIM
THE NASS RIVER,
THE LIFEBLOOD OF OUR
LAND AND CULTURE.
Its bounty has allowed us to develop one of the most unique and sophisticated Indigenous cultures in North America—one with a rich legacy of arts, crafts, dance, and oral tradition. In 2000, after 113 years of seeking formal recognition of our claim to this place, Nisg̱a’a leaders brought home British Columbia’s first modern treaty. The Nisg̱a’a Treaty recognizes Nisg̱a’a Lands (2,000 square kilometres) and opens the door for joint economic initiatives in the development of the Nisg̱a’a Nation’s natural resources. The Nisg̱a’a Treaty is a triumph for the Nisg̱a’a and all Canadians. It marked the return of self-government to our nation and is a beacon of hope for Indigenous peoples the world over. It recognizes us as masters in our own house once again.
Today, the Nisg̱a’a Nation includes approximately 8,000 people, many of whom reside in our four Nisg̱a’a villages. Gitlaxt’aamiks, the capital of the Nisg̱a’a Nation, is 100 kilometers northwest of Terrace, British Columbia, via Nisg̱a’a Highway 113—named in recognition of the 113 years it took to bring our treaty home.
We are Nisg̱a’a. Our art and culture flows from and celebrates this land. We have stories to share.
LIVING SPIRIT OF
COME WITH AN OPEN
MIND AND HEART.
AAM WIL BAKWSIM’
Regenerative Tourism relies on reciprocity. Everyone should bring gifts to the exchange. On Nisg̱a’a Lands, we aim to give visitors a warm welcome and hospitality, share our stories and knowledge of the land, and help visitors tap into the spirit of this remarkable place. By sharing something of who we are, we strengthen our culture and become better known and understood. We also open ourselves up to learning about other cultures and traditions.
We ask that visitors to Nisg̱a’a Lands come with open minds and hearts, and help protect our homeland while they’re here. Visitors who are open to new experiences and ideas allow us to share the best of ourselves and our homeland. Your openness, patience, and respect are your gifts to us. These, and the stories you’ll tell about Nisg̱a’a Lands when you return home. We hope you’ll spread the word about what we have to offer.
We hope you’ll agree: regenerative tourism supports the local economy, protects the environment and culture visitors come to see, increases understanding, and fosters unity.
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.