Community Description

The Tlowitsis Nation, formerly the Tlowitsis Tribe, is the Indian Act band government of the _awit'sis (Tlowitsis) tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples, located in the Queen Charlotte Strait-Johnstone Strait area in the Discovery Islands between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in Canada. Tlowitsis territory covers parts of northern Vancouver Island, Johnstone Strait, and adjoining inlets of the mainland. Kalugwis, on Turnour Island, was their principal community in times past, but the band's offices are in the city of Campbell River to the southeast. Hanatsa IR No. 6 on Port Neville is the most populated of the band's reserves.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Independent / Nanwakolas Council

Economic Development Background

Tlowitis is currently in the process of Addition to Reserve, hoping to establish a home community where members can live. While there are no firm plans for economic development at this early stage, economic opportunities could include cottage industries, artisans or small shops. They plan to manage some of the timber on the property as well.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Tlowitsis Nation is negotiating a treaty indpendently in the B.C. treaty process. It is also part of the Nanwakolas Council which negotiates land use and marine planning agreements, as well as, economic development initiatives on behalf of its member bands outside of the BC treaty process.

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
Tlowitsis Tribe
An Amalgamation Of Mahteelthpe (Variation Maltipi), Klahwitsis (Variation Kea-Witsis, Klowitsis) To Form Turnour (Variation Turner) Island (1949-1983) Which Changed To Tlowitsis-Mumtagila (1983-1998); Klwawitsis (Variation Klawatsis, Klawtsis)
West Coast (Nanaimo)
176.4 hectares

Contact Details:

Thomas Smith Councillor, Economic Development
(250) 923-7815
(250) 923-7816
1345 Bute Cres. Campbell River, BC, Canada V9H 1G6
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