Kwikwetlem First Nation

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Kwikwetlem First Nation
Ethnic groups Sto:lo
Government Band
 •  Chief Ron Giesbrecht
 •  estimate 80

The Kwikwetlem First Nation, also known as the Coquitlam Indian Band, is the band government of the Kwikwetlem, a Sto:lo people living in the Coquitlam area of British Columbia, Canada. They traditionally speak the Downriver dialect of Halkomelem, one of the Salishan family of languages. The name Kwikwetlem means "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 third 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 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 Retrieved on 29 March 2009

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