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Keyoh is a Dakelh word meaning (ᗸᘏᑋ, territory, village, trapline). It is the principal traditional area of which a certain indigenous corporate family group with customary use, occupancy, governance, stewardship and ownership rights. It is applied to designate areas such as countries and settlements such as towns and 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 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 hereditary chief also being strongly patrileneal. The hereditary chief of a Keyoh is known as the Keyoh Holder or keyoh-whudachun.[1] The term keyoh 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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