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The Klahoose First Nation

The toq qaymɩxʷ (Klahoose) peoples have lived here on the central west coast of British Columbia since time immemorial. Klahoose First Nation territories span from Cortes Island, opposite Quadra Island near Campbell River to Toba Inlet in proximity to our neighbours of the ʔop qaymɩxʷ (Homalco) ,kwɑːkjʊtəl (Kwakiutl), and ɬəʔamɛn qaymɩxʷ (Tla’amin) Nations.  Klahoose Wilderness Resort and Klahoose Coastal Adventures are 100% owned by the Klahoose First Nation. Many of our cultural interpreters, guides and staff are Klahoose and have received comprehensive training to ensure your safety and comfort during your time in our territories.  We invite you to see the beauty of the BC coast through our eyes, and experience the shared traditions and stories history handed down through generations.  Klahoose Wilderness Resort awaits your visit. 

Listen to the Klahoose community welcome song:

Welcome Song - Klahoose Community
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ʔi:mot tətᶿ kʷənome...
it’s good to see you!

Welcome to the traditional Klahoose Nation territory, which extends from Toba Inlet in Desolation Sound and Northern islands of the Strait of Georgia on Coastal British Columbia. Our Nation ‘s permanent community resides in Squirrel Cove, on Cortes Island, BC. 

 

The Klahoose Nation has lived since time before memory on lands, waters and air that make up their abundant territories. A place where our ancestors’ spirit soars and can be heard in the wind as it rustles the treetops and guides our people. 

 

The Klahoose Elders remember vividly a time when their Big Houses stood on the shores of Toba Inlet. Today, most of our population lives in the main village in Squirrel Cove on the East shores of Cortes Island.  Members of our nation also reside in the coastal communities of Powell River, Campbell River, Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and Washington state. 

 

Years of restrictive legislation forbid practicing most Klahoose cultural traditions which has significantly impacted our Nation. To combat this cultural loss, the Klahoose has embarked on a journey to rejuvenate its traditions, language, and identity. We are hopeful and delighted to see our youth’s eagerness to reconnect the threads of their past to the framework of modern life. 
The Klahoose Wilderness Resort’s visitors to our territory strengthen our opportunities while supporting our efforts.

 

On behalf of the Klahoose Council and membership, we extend a warm welcome and much gratitude. We wish you safe travels and hope you enjoy your time with us. 


Chief Kevin Peacey
Klahoose First Nation

Klahoose Chief Kevin Peacey
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Jeannie Dominic with Bill and Rose Mitchell, surrounded by baskets
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I am from Squirrel Cove

hɛɬ toq tʊwa - I am from Squirrel Cove

Klahoose First Nation is among the most northern Coast Salish communities belonging to the language grouping of speakers Salishan (Coast Salish). Historically Klahoose has been grouped with neighbouring nations, Tla'amin (Sliammon and Homalco (Homathko), creating a sub-classification referred to as the Malaspina Group or Mainland Comox people. 

The related by separate Nations of Tla'amin, Klahoose and Homalco share overlapping traditional territory and a common ancestry. Together they maintain collaborative partnerships. in cultural activities as well as in economic initiatives.  

 

Tla'amin Nation has negotiated a treat with the Canada government. This treaty provides certainty of Tla'amin Indigenous Rights in their traditional territory and also provides designated treaty settlement land as opposed to be federally mandated Indian Reserves. The treaty also outlines how Tla'amin Nation, the provincial government of British Columbia, and the federal government of Canada will corporate together to ensure the management and appropriate law-making for the lands, waters, flora and fauna, and local services for the people of the Tla'amin territory. 

Homalco First Nation and Klahoose First Nation are both in Stage 4, an agreement in principle, of their respective treaty agreement with the governments of British Columbia and Canada. The treaty process is long and complicated with each settlement being unique to the Nation it will service. 

 

ƛohos (Klahoose) means a sculpin fish

Spelling Our Name

Klahoose is the official and correct spelling of the Nation's name, although historically there have been variations used by researchers, explorers and others. The following are alternative spellings which may appear in records:

Klahuse   Cle-House  Tl'uhus    Clahouse   Qaymux   Tlo'hos

Klahose   Tlohoose    Cle-House   Clahoose   Klauhuse

EMOTE: Thank you

Surrounded by ocean waters and towering forests, the Klahoose people remain connected the the territories which have sustained us since the first fires were lit. We live in harmony with the spirit world and ancestors that walked these lands before us. This relationship both inspires us and remind us, of our inherent and unwavering responsibility.

 

Despite years of restrictive legislation, government and church interference, our cultural traditions have survived. They are   fragile and need careful nurturing if they are to care for the next generations. 

We know our children are watching, as are yours. There are many lessons to be learned from this moment in our shared history. Our actions today will influence the kind of relationship these future leaders will pursue.  It is an enormous challenge to ensure everything is done respectfully and in the spirit of true reconciliation.

 

ʔi:mot tətᶿ kʷənome...it’s good to see you!

Pictured right are Bill Mitchell and Jeannie Dominick