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 commonly included in the term Haida Gwaii.
LocationCoast of British Columbia
Coordinates52°40′00″N 131°30′00″W / 52.66667°N 131.50000°W / 52.66667; -131.50000
ArchipelagoQueen Charlotte Islands

Lyell Island, known also in the Haida language as Athlii Gwaii,[1][2] is a large island in the Haida Gwaii 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.

Lyell Island was the focus of anti-logging demonstrations that led to establishment of Gwaii Haanas park in 1993. 72 Haida citizens were arrested by the RCMP and charged with Contempt of Court. Also arrested on Lyell Island was a Canadian MP, Svend Robinson.[3] The protests started October 24, 1985, and continued for three months and eventually led to the process which culminated in the creation of Gwaii Haanas.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Pacofi Bay Lodge Tour 2 Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Lantin, Peter (July 2010). "November, 1985, Athlii Gwaii, Lyell Island" (PDF). 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. ^ "Flashbacks to B.C. history". The Globe and Mail. 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

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