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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada

First Nations and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve


Tseshaht welcoming visitors and guests to Benson Island in the Broken Group Islands
Tseshaht welcoming visitors and guests to Benson Island in the Broken Group Islands
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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, nestled in the  ḥaḥuułi (traditional territories) of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, tells a story of those who have lived here for generations.

Nuu-chah-nulth, or “along the mountains and sea”, refers to the territories along the 300 km stretch of Vancouver Island’s west coast - from Brooks Peninsula in the north to Point-no-Point in the south, and to the Vancouver Island Range in the east.

The resources of this vast ocean and temperate rainforests have traditionally supported the social, cultural and economic well-being of the Nuu-chah-nulth people.

The Nuu-chah-nulth People

Each nation has its own birthplace and creation mythology. The oral traditions of the Nuu-chah-nulth tell of a people who have made their home here for centuries, of a people who were born from this very land.

Historically, the Nuu-chah-nulth were not united as one people but were divided into distinct family or local groups. Each group shared aspects of a language, tradition and culture centered around a ḥaił (hereditary chief) and lived off the resources that their 
ḥaḥuułi (traditional territories) provided them with.

Today, the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations are composed of 14 individual nations. Each has an elected Chief and Council, as well as ḥaaiiḥ (hereditary chiefs) Their culture remains firmly rooted in the land and coastal waters of their ancestry.

The economic, spiritual and social connections to the rainforest, shoreline and ocean may have evolved, but they remain the cornerstones of this enduring west-coast culture. 

Our First Nation Partners

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is leading the way in working cooperatively and developing respectful relationships with First Nation partners. 
»  Learn more about our First Nation partners.

First Nations Cultural Experiences

As a visitor to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve there are many activities within the three units of the park that will allow you to explore the rich culture of the west coast.
» Learn more about First Nation Cultural Experiences in Pacific Rim National Park.