Tseshaht First Nation

History & Culture

We are Tseshaht [c̓išaaʔatḥ]

The Tseshaht First Nation is a vibrant community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Port Alberni, British Columbia, with an active and progressive natural resources-based economy. We are proud of our culture and work as a…

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Our c̓išaaʔatḥ dialect is one of the nuučaanuł (Southern Wakishan) languages spoken on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Over thousands of years our ancestors developed a strong and beautiful language to describe their environment and way of life and belief system. We are proud to share…

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Influential Figures

The following individuals have greatly influenced the development of the Tseshaht First Nation: Sayachapis, Alec Thomas, Chief Adam Shewish, George Watts, …

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Traditional Territory

Tseshaht translates as “the people of Ts’ishaa,” a place on what is known today as Benson Island, one of the Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound. We are one of the 14 Nations that make up the Nuu-chah-nulth [Nootka] people of western Vancouver Island.

At the…

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