“Since the beginning of time, our people have lived on the lands that the Creator provided for our ancestors.”
The Tla’amin Nation is one of the few Self-Governing nations in British Columbia. On April 5, 2016, Tla’amin regained control of their traditional territory with self-governance and law making authority for over 8,300 hectares of lands, which is greater in size than the City of Powell River and the Regional District combined. This historic event returned ownership of traditional territory that spans across the lands and waters around the Powell River area including Texada, Harwood Island, Savary and Lund, up into Desolation Sound.
The City of Powell River, the Regional District and the Tla’amin First Nation have a very unique relationship as they collaborate together to bridge intergovernmental relationships that provide harmonization in the region in the areas of land use planning, infrastructure and cross-cultural awareness. By collectively working together and sharing knowledge as government’s, the culture and traditions of the Tla’amin way of life is represented at meaningful events, entertained by traditional songs, drumming and Coast Salish dancing, not only in the local area, but in the Coast Salish territory.