Kwantlen First Nation

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Kwantlen First Nation
Ethnic groups Stó:lō
Government Band
 -  Chief Marilyn Gabriel
Population
 -  estimate 204

The Kwantlen First Nation is the band government of the Kwantlen subgroup of the Stó:lō people in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada, located primarily at Fort Langley.[1] They traditionally speak the Downriver dialect of Halkomelem,[2] one of the Salishan family of languages. They are a member of the Sto:lo Tribal Council, one of two Sto:lo tribal councils.

History[edit]

The Kwantlen once resided primarily in villages near present-day New Westminster, although they frequented many locations along the Lower Fraser as far upstream as a village at Hatzic. In particular, the Stave River valley was important for hunting, trapping, and fishing.[3] They moved their main settlement upriver when Fort Langley was established in the 19th century, to control and maintain a trading advantage with the HBC in Fort Langley.

Indian Reserves[edit]

The band administers six Indian Reserves:[4]

The band also shares the Peckquaylis Indian Reserve with 20 other bands. It is the former St. Mary's Indian Residential School just east of Mission and is now a cultural, government, and aboriginal business centre.

Modern Day[edit]

The Kwantlen First Nation is a progressive community and operates 4 companies under the Seyem' Qwantlen Business Group or SQBG. The Seyem Qwantlen Business Group companies are quite diverse and can be viewed on their company website www.seyemqwantlen.ca

Population[edit]

The band's population is 204.[5][6]

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