Kwikwetlem First Nation

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Kwikwetlem First Nation
Recognised regional languageshən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, English
Ethnic groups
• Chief
Ron Giesbrecht
• Estimate

Kwikwetlem First Nation, also known as the Coquitlam Indian Band, is the band government of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, a Sto:lo people living in the Coquitlam area of British Columbia, Canada. They traditionally speak the Downriver dialect of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, one of the Salishan family of languages. The name Kwikwetlem refers to "red fish up the river".[1]

The Nation is made up of two reserves, a small 2.6-hectare site at the mouth of the Coquitlam River where it drains into the Fraser River, and a much larger 82-hectare site approximately 2 km north. About one half of all Kwikwetlem members live on the reserves, while the rest reside throughout Western Canada and the United States.[2]


The band is led by an elected council, with the current term running from May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2015:[3]

  • Chief: Ron Giesbrecht
  • Councillor: Ed Hall
  • Councillor: Fred Hulbert

Indian Reserves[edit]

Indian Reserves under the administration of the Kwikwetlem First Nation are:[4]

  • Coquitlam Indian Reserve No. 1: 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres)
  • Coquitlam Indian Reserve No. 2: 81.9 hectares (202.4 acres)


  1. ^ History and Culture Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 28 March 2009
  2. ^ Location Retrieved on 28 March 2009
  3. ^ Chief and Council Retrieved on 28 March 2009
  4. ^ Indian and Northern Affairs: Reserves/Settlements/Villages Archived 2011-10-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 29 March 2009

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