Community Description

Lax-Kw'alaams, also known as Port Simpson, is an Indigenous village community in British Columbia, Canada, not far from the city of Prince Rupert. Historically, Lax Kw'alaams is a Tsimshian community, part of a group who occupied a large land area on the Northwest coast of British Columbia. Though patterns of land ownership and utilization did not accord with European legal notions, the Tsimshian were nonethless quite sophisticated.

Treaty or Tribal Association


Economic Development Background

The Lax Kw'alaams is an economically active First Nation and operates a number of community businesses.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Lax Kw'alaams operates numerous businesses including: Skeena River Helicopters, Rose Island Ventuers, Lax Kw'alaams Holdings, Lax Kw'alaams Ferry Corporation, Coast Tsimshian Resources, Coast Tsimshian Fish Plant, Coast Tsimshian Enterprises, Embark Engineering, and Coast Tsimshian Seafood. Lax Kw'alaamss has engaged the project proponents of the Middle Creek Hydro Project, as well as the Prince Rupert, Pacific Trailsm and Pacific Northwest Liquid Natural Gas projects.

Community Details:

North Coast
Port Simpson (Pre-1982) (Variation Fort Simpson); Tsimpsean; Includes Lakelse
Skeena (Smithers)
16496.2 hectares

Contact Details:

Carl Sampson Jr. Director of Business and Employment Services
(250) 625-3293
(250) 625-3246
206 Shashaak St. Lax Kw'Alaams, BC, Canada V0V 1H0
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