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Kwa’lilas is a kwak’wala word used by Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw people meaning a place to sleep. A group of Elders chose this word in hopes that travelers and guests would find a peaceful rest after a day of exploration on the North Island.Our History goes back over 12,000 years where our old people lived off the land and waters of our old countries. Travelling by sea between our villages allowed families to practice our culture through ceremonies like feasts, and potlatching. We also travelled to surrounding villages for trading and harvesting.Continue reading our story here: www.kwalilashotel.ca/our-story
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British Columbia is a vast, beautiful landscape that has known the footsteps of Aboriginal people from time immemorial. British Columbia has the highest diversity of distinct First Nations in Canada, with more than 50 First Nations in more than 200 communities.The Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC offers many ways to discover Aboriginal culture throughout British Columbia. See Canadian First Nation artists carving a totem pole, explore traditional lands and waters with an Aboriginal guide, or enjoy and experience Aboriginal dance, music performances and many Aboriginal Pow Wows & festivals throughout the year.
Aboriginal art is preserved in cultural centres such as the U’mista Cultural Centre, or weathered by the natural environment like the totem poles of Duncan and Gwaii Haanas National Park.
Interpretive centres, museums and tours throughout the province provide opportunities to learn about Aboriginal stories, ceremonies and traditions. Carvings and totem poles can be seen at galleries and museums, or even standing in their original, historic locations. Some highlights include the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, the Haida Heritage Centre on Haida Gwaii, and the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos – but these are just a few of the many places and tours sharing Aboriginal cultural experiences in BC.