Last modified: 2019-11-24 by rick wyatt
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image located by Valentin Poposki, 2 October 2019
Kitselas traditional territory is located in Northwest British Columbia. Our
reserves and territory surround the City of Terrace and the mighty Skeena River.
Kitselas’ population today is approximately 700 people. About half of our people
live on the Kitselas reserve of Gitaus, a 15-minute drive east of Terrace.
Others in the area live in Kulspai, a smaller reserve west of Terrace. The rest
of our population is spread throughout Vancouver, Prince George, Prince Rupert
and other places. Gitselasu (Kitselas) means ‘people of the Canyon’ in the
Tsimshian language of Sm’algyax. The Kitselas Canyon, located in Gitaus, is the
heart of the Kitselas nation. The Canyon is a stronghold of the Kitselas people,
who once charged traders and travelers on the river a toll to pass through. The
Canyon is now a National Historic Site of Canada and open to visitors. Four
longhouses and several totem poles are onsite.
A partial photo of the flag can be seen on the tribe's Facebook page. It is white with the black and red logo centered.
Valentin Poposki, 2 October 2019