Gwa'Sala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation

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A 'Nakwaxda'xw neck ring.

The Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nation is a First Nations band government based on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, focussed on the community of Port Hardy, British Columbia in the Queen Charlotte Strait region.. It is a member of the Kwakiutl District Council and, for treaty negotiation purposes, the Winalagalis Treaty Group which includes three other members of the Kwakiutl District Council (the Quatsino First Nation, the Da'naxda'xw Awaetlatla Nation, and the Tlatlasikwala Nation).

The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nation was originally two distinct First Nations, the Gwa'sala and the 'Nakwaxda'xw. In the mid-1960s the Federal Government relocated the two nations to the current reserve, Tsulquate, and amalgamated them (along with the neighbouring Kwakiutl First Nation) into one group. Eventually the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw and the Kwakiutl separated into the two groups that are recognized by the federal government to this day.

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