The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance wishes to acknowledge and give respect to the three distinct nations of Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakiutl, the first peoples of Vancouver Island.
In this spirit, we offer information for people to learn more about the First Nations people of Vancouver Island.
The First Nations of BC refer to those people that can trace their ancestry to the aboriginal people that inhabited the land prior to the arrival of Europeans and Americans in the late 18th century. Based on 2001 census figures, aboriginal people (living on and off reserve) number 43, 420 or 6.8% of the estimated population on Vancouver Island (Source: mcf.gov.bc.ca/regions/vi/profile.htm) . Among the major indigenous languages, the dialects primarily spoken by First Nations on Vancouver Island stem from the Salishan and Wakashan language families.
Currently, there are over 40 First Nations represented on Vancouver Island which equates to almost 20% of the provincial First Nations and about 6% of the national total.
To learn more about the First Nations people, click on the links below for:
* First Nations Map for Vancouver Island
* A Comprehensive contact list of First Nations on Vancouver Island
* First Nations Language Map
* First Nations Languages in BC
* Assembly of First Nations: The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada.
* Guide to Aboriginal Organizations and Services in British Columbia, 2009/10 Edition. To become knowledgeable about the scope of Aboriginal services and organizations.
* A historical overview, of Aboriginal People and communities
* Information on Doing Business with First Nations