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Heritage and Archaeology 

The GEM Heritage Program seeks to promote, and protect

the Gitxaała culture and language. The documentation

and protection of cultural sites and activities is a high

priority for the Nation. The development of language

resources is a growing part of the Heritage program’s work.

The program works to support Gitxaała Gugwilyaansk, the

process of inheritance.


GEM Gugwilxyaansk. Nii hałelsa gwa’a d mint łuutmks

na ayaawsga  Gitxaała., ada dp łuutiga txa ‘nii Lax

yipyuups na wil dsaax dzooga ga nigyetgm. Ła dip la hooy

n lip alyaagm ada ła wila dp gisya’ant.


GEM Heritage facilitates the community-based research

required for Gitxaała’s engagement in Environmental

Assessment projects.  In response to proposed

developments in Gitxaała territory, GEM has produced

project-specific Gitxaała Use Studies, documenting the

ways in which Gitxaała citizens use and manage their

resources and territories, and their project concerns.


Gitxaała Nation initiated a collaborative archaeology research project with UBC to explore resource use and settlement patterns. Since 2009 we have documented a series of Gitxaała villages and occupation sites.  Many of these places, while known within Gitxaała, had not been documented in official databases.  As a result of increased large ship traffic and related industrial developments Gitxaała has taken a proactive approach to get out in front of the developments to record and document our own history.

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Language and Cultural Programming

GEM Heritage seeks to implement community planning priorities regarding Gitxaała culture and language.

Language Resources. In 2013 the program produced a booklet of children’s stories based on the childhood experiences of Gitxaała Elders in the early to mid-twentieth century.

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