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The First Nations of BC refer to those people that can trace their ancestry to the aboriginal people that inhabited the land that is now British Columbia prior to the arrival of Europeans and Americans in the late 18th century.

These groups are commonly referred to by other names, including Aboriginals, Natives, Indians, Indigenous Peoples, and Indian Bands. The term First Nations is more commonly used now to remove the misnomer of 'Indians', which arose from the misconception by Christopher Columbus that he had landed in India. The term First Nations also avoids the often derogatory connotation associated with the terms native, indigenous and aboriginal.

Below are First Nations owned and operated businesses in British Columbia that provide a unique and rich cultural and heritage experience on your visit to BC.

Rainbow Mountain Outfitting, Anahim Lake, Chilcotin, BC
Rainbow Mountain Outfitting in Anahim Lake offers generations of guiding experience operating horse-guided outfitted eco adventures for walkers, hikers and riders in the wilderness and alpine beauty of Tweedsmuir Park in west central British Columbia. We specialize in ecotourism adventures that include botany, geology, wildlife viewing, First Nations' culture and local Chilcotin history.

Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge & RV Park, Quadra Island, BC
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge on Quadra Island in the BC Discovery Islands is one of the few lodges featuring authentic Pacific Coast native architecture, art and culture based on traditional Kwagiulth historical values. All accommodations are deluxe oceanview at affordables rates. A magical place, where legends live, in a land of eagles, killer whales and lush evergreen forests.

First Nation Bands in British Columbia, Canada:

Acho Dene Koe
Adams Lake Indian Band
Ahousaht First Nation
Aitchelitz Band
Alexandria Indian Band
Alexis Creek
Alliance Tribal Council (Naut'sa Mawt Tribe)
Ashcroft Indian Band
Atlin First Nation (Taku River Tlingit)
Beecher Bay First Nation (Scia'new First Nation)
Bella Bella Indian Band (Heiltsuk Nation)
Bella Coola Band (Nuxalk Nation)
Blueberry River First Nations
Bonaparte Indian Bands
Boothroyd Indian Bands
Boston Bar First Nation
Bridge River Indian Band
Burns Lake Indian Band
Burrard Band (Tsleil-Waututh First Nation)
Campbell River Indian Band
Canim Lake Indian Band
Canoe Creek Indian Band
Cape Mudge Band
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
Cariboo Tribal Council
Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council
Cayoose Creek Band
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Chawathil Band
Cheam Indian Band
Chehalis Indian Band
Chemainus First Nation
Cheslatta Indian Band
Clayoquot Indian Band (Tla-o-qui-aht Band)
Clinton Band (Whispering Pines Band)
Coldwater Indian Band
Columbia Lake Indian Band
Comox Indian Band (K’ ómoks Nation)
Cook's Ferry Indian Bands
Cowichan Tribes
Da'naxda'xw First Nation
Deadman's Creek Band (Skeetchestn Band)
Dease River Band Council
Denetsaa Tse K'Nai First Nation (Prophet River)
Ditidaht First Nation
Doig River First Nation
Douglas First Nations
Ehattesaht First Nation
Esketemc First Nation
Esquimalt Nation
Fort Langley Band (Kwantlen First Nation)
Fort Nelson First Nation
Fort Ware Indian Band (Kwadacha Band)
Fountain Band (Xaxli'p First Nation)
Fraser Canyon Tribal Administration
Fraser Lake Band (Nadleh Whut'en Band)
Gingolx First Nation (Kincolith)
Gitanmaax Band Council
Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs
Gitsegukla Indian Band
Gitwangak Band Council
Gitwinksihlkw Village Government
Gitxsan Treaty Society
Glen Vowell Indian Band
Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nation
Gwawaenuk Tribe
Hagwilget Village Council
Haida Nation
Haisla Nation (Kitimaat)
Halalt First Nation
Halfway River First Nations
Hamatla Treaty Society
Hartley Bay Village Council
Heiltsuk Nation
Hesquiaht First Nation
High Bar First Nation
Homalco Indian Band
Hope Indian Band (Chawathil Band)
Hul'qumi'num
Hupacasath First Nation
Huu-ay-aht First Nation
In-SHUCK-ch Council
Iskut First Nation
Kamloops Indian Band
Kanaka Bar Indian Band
Kaska Dena Council
Katzie First Nation
Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nation
Kincolith
Kispiox Band
Kitamaat Village
Kitasoo Band
Kitkatla First Nation
Kitselas Indian Band
Kitsumkalum Band
Klahoose First Nation
Klemtu Band (Kitasoo Band)
K’ómoks Nation
Kluskus Indian Band (Lhoosk'uz Dene)
Ktunaxa Kinbasket
Kwadacha Band
Kwakiutl Band
Kwantlen First Nation
Kwaw-kwaw-a-pilt First Nation
Kwiakah First Nations
Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish Tribes
Kwikwetlem First Nation
Kyuquot Tribe (Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h')
Lakahahmen First Nation
Lake Babine Nation
Lake Cowichan First Nation
Laxgalts'ap
Laxkw'alaams Indian Band
Lheidli-T'enneh Band
Lhoosk'uz Dene'
Lhtako Dene Nation
Liard First Nation
Lillooet Indian Band (T'it'q'et)
Lillooet Tribe
Lil'wat First Nation
Little Shuswap Indian Band
Lower Kootenay Indian Band
Lower Nicola Indian Band
Lower Post First Nation
Lower Similkameen Indian Band
Lyackson First Nations
Lytton First Nation
Maa-nulth First Nations
Malahat Indian Band
Mamalilikulla-Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em Band
Matsqui First Nation
McLeod Lake Indian Band
Metlakatla Band
Moricetown Band
Mount Currie Band (Lil'wat First Nation)
Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations
Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribe
Musqueam Indian Band
Nadleh Whut'en Band
Nak'azdli Indian Band
Nanaimo Indian Band (Snuneymuxw)
‘Namgis First Nation
Nanoose First Nation
Nat'oot'en Nation (Lake Babine Nation)
Naut'sa Mawt Tribe
Nazko
Necosli Band (Nak'azdli Band)
Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band
Nemaiah Band (Xeni Gwet'in First Nations)
Neskonlith Indian Band
New Aiyansh
New Westminster Indian Band (Qayqayt)
Nicola Tribe
Nicomen Indian Band
Nisga'a Lisims
Nitinaht First Nation (Ditidaht First Nation)
Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribe
Nooaitch Indian Band
North Thompson Indian Band
N'Quatqua Band
Nuchatlaht First Nation
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribe
Nuwitti Band (Tlatlasikwala Band)
Nuxalk Nation
Ohiaht (Huu-ay-aht First Nation)
Okanagan Indian Band
Okanagan Nation Alliance
Old Masset Village
Oregon Jack Creek Band
Osoyoos Indian Band
Oweekeno Nation (Wuikinuxv First Nation)
Pacheedaht First Nation
Pauquachin First Nation
Pavilion Indian Band (Ts'Kw'aylaxw First Nation)
Penelakut Indian Band
Penticton Indian Band
Peters Band
Popkum Band
Prophet River Band
Qualicum First Nation
Quatsino First Nation
Qayqayt First Nation
Red Bluff Indian Band (Lhtako Dene Nation)
Saik'uz First Nation
Samahquam First Nation
Saulteau First Nation
Scia'new First Nation
Scowlitz First Nation
Seabird Island Band
Sechelt Indian Band
Semiahmoo First Nation
Seton Lake Band
Shackan Indian Band
Shuswap Indian Band
Shuswap Nation
Shxw'ow'hamel First Nation
Siska Indian Band
Skatin First Nation
Skawahlook First Nation
Skeetchestn Indian Band
Skidegate Band
Skin Tyee Band
Skowkale First Nation
Skuppah Indian Band
Skwah First Nation
Skway First Nation
Sliammon First Nation
Snaw-Naw-As (formerly Nanoose)
Snuneymuxw First Nation
Soda Creek Indian Band
Songhees First Nation
Sooke Band (T'Souke Band)
Soowahlie First Nation
Spallumcheen Indian Band
Spuzzum First Nation
Squamish First Nation
Squiala First Nation
Stellat'en First Nation
St. Mary's Indian Band
Stó:lo Nation
Stó:lo Tribe
Stone Indian Band (Yunesit'in)
Sumas First Nation
Tahltan Indian Band
Takla Lake First Nation
Taku River Tlingit First Nation
Tanakteuk Indian Band (Da'naxda'xw)
Te'mexw
Teslin Tlingit
T'it'q'et
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation
Tlatlasikwala Band
Tl'azt'en Nation
Tl'etinqox-t'in
Tlowitsis First Nation
Tobacco Plains Indian Band
Toosey Indian Band
Toquaht First Nation
Treaty 8 First Nations
Tsartlip First Nation
Tsawataineuk Indian Band
Tsawout First Nation
Tsawwassen First Nation
Tsay Keh Dene Band
Tseshaht First Nation
Tseycum First Nation
Tsi Del Del
Tsilhqot'in
Tsimshian Tribe
Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation
Tsleil-Waututh First Nation
T'Sou-ke Nation
Tsulquate Band (Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nation)
Tzeachten First Nation
Uchucklesaht Tribe
Ucluelet First Nation
Ulkatcho First Nations
Union Bar Indian Band
Upper Nicola Band
Upper Similkameen Indian Band
West Moberly First Nations
Westbank First Nation
Wet'suwet'en First Nation
Whispering Pines
Williams Lake Indian Band
Winalagalis Treaty Group
Wuikinuxv First Nation
Xaxli'p First Nation
Xeni Gwet-in First Nations Government
Yakweakwioosse
Yale First Nation
Yekooche First Nation

First Nation Links in BC and Canada:

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (British Columbia)
BC Treaty Commission
First People's Cultural Foundation
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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