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Keyoh is a Dakelh (Carrier) word meaning "territory". The principal traditional meaning, is the area of which a certain aboriginal or indigenous extended patrilocal family group, has historical use, occupancy, customary governance, stewardship and ownership rights. It is also applied to designate areas such as countries and settlements such as villages and towns. It is also used to designate a trapline in the non-native sense, that is the area within which a certain person has the right to trap, but the common translation "trapline" is misleading both in that it is not restricted to the right to trap and in that it is independent of the provincial system of trapline registration. Indeed, one source of disparity between provincially registered traplines and keyoh is that provincially registered traplines are held by a single individual who for many years had to be male, while keyoh are held corporately, with its chief also being strongly patrileneal, who is known as the Keyoh Holder or keyohwhudachun.[1] The term is used in an English context in reference to Section 35, aboriginal rights to territory, country, and village, as on the web site of the Maiyoo Keyoh[2]

The word takes the form keyah in the more western dialects.[3]

It is also the name of one of the student residence halls at the University of Northern British Columbia. UNBC defines Keyoh as "our community", and Neyoh, the name of another hall, as "our home" [4]


  1. ^ Poser, William J. (2010) Saik'uz Whut'en Hubughunek (Stoney Creek Carrier Lexicon). Saik'uz First Nation Sixth edition..
  2. ^ The Maiyoo Keyoh
  3. ^ Yinka Dene Language Institute - Comparative Carrier Vocabulary
  4. ^ UNBC Residence web site

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