Da'naxda'xw Awaetlala

The traditional territory of the Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala First Nation is the area of coastal British Columbia known as Knight Inlet. The territory includes all the lands from which water flows into the Klinaklini River or into Knight Inlet. The boundary of the Territory is marked by the height of land encircling the headwaters of the Klinaklini River on the Chilcotin Plateau and the Knight Inlet watershed on the BC coast. The western extent of the territory on the Inlet runs from the vicinity of Matsui Creek southwest to the south shore of the Inlet. The Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala traditional territory covers 8,105 km2 with the marine portion covering 215 km.

It is a current key goal of the Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala Guardian Watchmen Program to gather data for collection in a data management system that will support the program’s activities and administration long term.

As part of our Guardian Watchmen Program, Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala have constructed three cabins at key locations to support long term environmental monitoring in the territory. Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala is currently undertaking several Guardian Watchmen activities, including  monitoring tourism activity in the region, and water flow levels at Dzawadi, Franklin and Sim Creeks. Beginning in 2015 we will also be monitoring the wildlife populations in our territory of moose, deer, grizzly bear and black bear, and cougar. 


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:15 Visitors hosted in the Nanwakolas First Nations’ territories by the Guardians are awed and inspired by seeing what’s happening out on the land and water. Between October 1 and 4 this year, a... more


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 15:00 How understanding BC’s ancient coastal heritage sites better will help protect them for future generations to cherish. Imagine for a moment scenes like this: Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria—where many... more


Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:45 For the twenty-six graduates of Vancouver Island University’s innovative and ground-breaking 2015—2018 First Nations Stewardship Technicians Training Program, the future is unlimited.  “What do you... more


Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 14:45 Ha-ma-yas First Nations host a field trip for visitors into the territories to see what’s happening on the ground. “When you see for yourself what it is you and everyone else is working for, it... more