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The Penelakut are a large (about 920 individuals) Hul'qumi'num-speaking First Nation. They live primarily on Penelakut Island (formerly Kuper Island) at the south end of Vancouver Island,[1] as well as Tent Island and Galiano Island.

The name Penelakut comes from penálaxeth', the village on the northeast end of Penelakut Island, once the largest Hul'qumi'num-speaking village in the Gulf Islands. Penálaxeth' means "log buried on the beach", which may refer to the many longhouses that were once on the beach near there.[2]


  1. ^ PD-icon.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Penelakut Indians". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Penelakut - Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group

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