Lyell Island

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Haida: Athili Gwaii[1]
The northern Pacific Northwest Coast, showing the position of the archipelago in relation to other islands in the region. The southern half of Prince of Wales Island is Kaigani Haida territory, but is not included in the term Haida Gwaii.
Location Coast of British Columbia
Coordinates 52°40′00″N 131°30′00″W / 52.66667°N 131.50000°W / 52.66667; -131.50000
Archipelago Queen Charlotte Islands

Lyell Island, known also in the Haida language as Athili Gwaii,[1][2] is a large island in the Queen Charlotte Islands archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The island is a part of the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site and had been the focus of anti-logging demonstrations that led to the park's creation. Among those arrested by the RCMP on Lyell Island was Svend Robinson, MP,[3] at which time the Haida people conferred on him one of his bestowed indigenous names, meaning "White Swan".[citation needed] Lyell Island was the focus of protests as much of its forests had been a mortuary grove for those who died in the smallpox epidemics that ravaged the archipelago in the 18th and 19th Centuries. [4]

The Queen Charlotte Islands are separated from the British Columbia mainland to the east by Hecate Strait. Vancouver Island lies to the south, across Queen Charlotte Sound, while the U.S. state of Alaska is to the north, across the disputed Dixon Entrance.

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  1. ^ a b Pacofi Bay Lodge Tour 2
  2. ^ Lantin, Peter (July 2010). "November, 1985, Athlii Gwaii, Lyell Island". Haida Laas: News of the Haida Nation (Council of the Haida Nation): 3, 19. Retrieved 29 October 2010. 
  3. ^ article in The Ubyssey by Todd Wong, Feb. 25, 1986, p.2
  4. ^ History

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Coordinates: 52°40′00″N 131°30′00″W / 52.66667°N 131.50000°W / 52.66667; -131.50000