Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w First Nation
Our community in Ukwanalis Village is based alongside the Gwa’yi (Kingcome) River on the mainland in a glacier fed river valley, surrounded by tall mountains, across from the Northern tip of Vancouver Island. We refer to ourselves as both the Dzawada’enuxw and the Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw. The outside world sees us as four tribes, and the Government of Canada defined us as such. However, we have always been One People. This we know from our Origin Stories, and from generations of intermarriage, co-habitation and respectful shared resource use.
The Four Tribes, including the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation, are members of the Kwakwaka’wakw group of nations. The Kwakwaka’wakw people occupy the lower central region of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Our only neighbours and areas of shared territory have been in the Broughton Archipelago. We have a long history of co-operation and intermarriage among the Four Tribes: Dzawada’enux̱w, Gwawa̱’enux̱w; ḵwiḵwa̱sut̕inux̱w; and, Ha̱x̱wa’mis.