Namgis Indian Tribe of British Columbia

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‘Namgis First Nation Territory

The ‘Namgis First Nation is a First Nations band government on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, and on adjoining islands in the southern Queen Charlotte Strait region. It is a member of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council, along with the Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish First Nation and the Tsawataineuk First Nation.

The territory of the ‘Namgis First Nation spans the islands of the southern Queen Charlotte Strait (Malcolm Island and Cormorant Island), which include the town of Alert Bay and the Finnish formerly-utopian community Sointula. Both communities are offshore across Broughton Strait from the town of Port McNeill, which is on Vancouver Island. The majority of ‘Namgis First Nation territory, however, spans the basin of the Nimpkish River and Nimpkish Lake and adjoining parts of the interior of northern Vancouver Island.

The main village of the ‘Namgis is Yalis, on Cormorant Island adjacent to Alert Bay, although the original village site was at a place called Xwalkw on the north side of the mouth the Nimpkish River, which in the Kwak’wala language is called Gwani.

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