We are Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nations, located on B.C.´s scenic West Coast are proud of our heritage and community values. Our spectacular scenery and natural resources in the territory have sustained our people and way of life for centuries. We thrive on a communal lifestyle that respects the wisdom of our elders.
In 1986 the shíshálh Nation became an independent self-governing body, a unique third order of the government of Canada. The Sechelt Indian Government District holds jurisdiction over its lands and exercises the authority to provide services and education for its residents.
The name shíshálh, from the language of sháshishálem, refers to the entire population of the shíshálh Nation. The traditional territory extends from the head of Queen's Reach in Jervis Inlet to the western entrance of Howe Sound on the south coast of British Columbia.
However you travel, you´ll know you have arrived when you see the massive sloping roof of the House of héwhíwus (House of Chiefs) complex and the Raven´s Cry Theatre. The raven, a mischievous bird in shíshálh folklore, is a gatherer and collector of stories. This storytelling house of the raven features plays, concerts recitals and big screen movies nightly.
The newly built long house represents a proud return to age-old celebrations and gatherings. The shíshálh tl´e enak-awxw (Feast House), a joint project with the Sechelt Indian Band, the Federal Government and the First People´s Cultural Foundation, celebrated its grand opening in October 1996. This celebration also marked the shíshálh Nation's 10th Anniversary of Self Government.
For any questions regarding educational services within the shíshálh Nation community, please contact:
Jane Kowalczyk, Director of Education at (604) 885-9404 or click here to be directed to the shíshálh website.