Community Description

The Kitselas or “People of the Canyon” are among the five Tsimshian Nations to call the Northwest Coastal Region home. The band government is based at Gitaus in the Skeena Valley (near Kitselas, British Columbia, which is named for them) in the Skeena River valley to the northeast of the city of Terrace, British Columbia, Canada.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Independent &Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society

Economic Development Background

The Kitselas First Nation manages its business affairs through the economic development department of its band administration.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Kitselas maintains forestry operations, and has engaged with the proponents of the Middle Creek Hydro Project, as well as the proponents of the Coastal GasLink Prince Rupert, Westcoast Connector and Pacific Trails Gas Transmission Projects.

Community Details:

North Coast
Kitselas
Variation Kitsalas; Traditional Name Gits'Ilaasu, Gitselasu; Meaning "People Of The Canyon"
Smalgyax
Skeena (Smithers)
http://www.kitselas.com/
1069.1 hectares

Contact Details:

Sonja Foss Lands Manager
(250) 638-8881
(250) 635-8793
Site 44, Comp. 24, RR #2 Terrace, BC, Canada V8G 3Z9
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