Kitsumkalum remains an important part of the Tsimshian Nation and continues to maintain a strong connection to the Kitsumkalum Valley, Skeena River and Coast through our past and presence in our laxyuup (lands), and our heavy reliance on the resources in the areas.

Kitsumkalum Way of Life in Pictures

  • Kitsumkalum Lax Spa Suunt (Arthur Island)

    Kitsumkalum Members at Lax Spa Suunt (Arthur Island)

    Lax Spa Suunt (Arthur Island). The Sm’algyax name is often translated as “Place of Summer” but literately the translation is “On the home of summer” (lax = on; spa = home, place of, den of; suunt= summer) – Photo courtesy of Cynthia Bohn

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    üüla̱ (seal)

    Yaan, gyiloo baan. Walk, don’t run. – Seals in the Skeena River in Ha’lila̱x six’ẅa̱h (March) -photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • Kitsumkalum cod 2017

    Hadanii (Black cod)

    Lu’yaag̱a hoon da wa̱p sip’iyaansk. The fish are hanging in the smokehouse. – Photo courtesy of Christina Sam Stanley

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    Port Essington Indian Village

    Port Essington Indian Village – Image e-01336 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

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    Students at the Port Essington Day School

    Many Kitsumkalum members attended the Methodist-run Port Essington Indian Day School. – Image b-05843 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

  • Kitsumkalum Soap Berries 2017

    ‘as (Soapberries)

    Mełiitga ‘yens. (The leaves are green.)

  • Kitsumkalum Red Sand Lake

    Red Sand Lake in Kitsumkalum Laxyuup

    Lax’aws (sandy beach)

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    Port Essington

    Image A-04170 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

  • Kitsumkalum Net Mending Classes 2016

    Yagwat luupga na aadmüüxt. He is mending his coho salmon net.

  • T’u’utsgm ol (Black Bear)

    Ga̱ba t’u’utsgm ol hoon da ḵ’a̱la̱ ‘aks. Black bears eat fish from the river.

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    Port Essington From the Skeena River

    Image h-07308 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

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    T’iibn (Sea lion) in the Skeena River

    Sea lions in the Skeena River in Ha’lila̱x six’ẅa̱h (March) -photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • dza̱g̱a̱ yaa (walk across)

    Dm dza̱g̱a̱ yaa’nu da ‘nadoosda. I am going to walk across to the other side.

  • ła̱’a̱sk (seaweed)

    “Lax Spa Suunt  serves as a major food resource site for fish eggs beginning in the spring, clams in January and February, as well as, seaweed and halibut.” – Kitsumkalum Declaration

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    Ts’mhoon (Red Cod/ Red Snapper)

    Na kwtuun looba wil kyen ts’mhoon. There are red snappers around the rock.

  • eagle while kitsumkalum food harvest

    Xsgyiik (Eagle)

    Hoon ga̱ba xsgyiik. Fish is what eagles eat. -Photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • Verna Inkster and grandaughter Kitsumkalum smoking fish

    Ts’ik’aws (Salmon split open and smoked)

    ‘Yaayg̱a hanaa’na̱g̱a ts’ik’awsm st’mhoon a gyelx. The women hung the split humpback salmon outside. -Photo courtesy of Mildred E. Roberts

  • Kitsumkalum Salmon BBQ

    -Photo courtesy of Jeanette Spalding

  • Kitsumkalum House Pole at Lakelse Lake

    Image No. 70457 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum and Archives

  • Kitsumkalum Art-Classes-2016

    Txa̱ldzepk (design; drawing)

    Kitsumkalum regalia workshop 2016

  • Kitsumkalum beaver flats 2017

    Beaver Flats in Kitsumkalum Laxyuup

    Beaver Flats in Kitsumkalum Laxyuup

  • Güüdisk (gather/ harvest food)

  • 'Wi ama̱p'a̱sm hana'ax (Sleeping Beauty Mountain) in Kitsumkalum laxyuup (lands), near Terrace BC

    ‘Wi ama̱p’a̱sm hana’ax (Sleeping Beauty Mountain)

    ‘Wi ama̱p’a̱sm hana’ax (Sleeping Beauty Mountain) in Kitsumkalum laxyuup (lands), near Terrace BC. -Photo courtesy of Jeanette Spalding

  • Sgu’unt (Teach)

    Yagwn si’ił sgu’untn. I’m trying to teach you.

  • Kitsumkalum Herring eggs

    Xs’waanx (Herring eggs)

    Luk’wil mmii xs’waanx. The herring eggs are thick.

  • Kitsumkalum Community Meeting

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    ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School at Hobiiyee 2017

    ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School at Hobiiyee 2017

  • Kitsumkalum Soapberries

    ‘as (Soapberries)

    Yel ‘as dm ga̱bm dziła ła̱xłeexgm. We’re going to eat whipped soapberries when we finish eating.

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    Kitsumkalum Sm’ooygit & Sigyidm hanaa’na̱x

    Gwishalaayda hoy sm’ooygit. (Chiefs wear regalia.) -Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Kitsumkalum crab food harvest

    ḵ’almoos (Crab)

    Akandi wilaay goo na haw gyet a sgyedmḵ’a̱lmoos. I don’t know what people mean by spidercrab.

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

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    Da̱hdee (Bog Cranberries)

    Heelda da̱hdee da ḵ’alagyilhawli. There are many cranberries upriver in the bush.

  • Kitsumkalum food harvesting

    ‘yaans (Sea prunes/ Chitons)

    Kitsumkalum members’ annual food harvest. -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

  • Kitsumkalum Highbush cranberries

    łaaya (Highbush cranberry)

    Likleeksa nts’aaẅ łaaya. The seeds inside highbush cranberries are big. -photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

  • Kitsumkalum Oolichan Food harvest

    ‘ẅa̱h (Oolichan)

    Nah heelda ‘ẅa̱h da Ḵ’alaksyen. There was a lot of oolichan up the Skeena river.

  • Kitsumkalum stories of clapping mountain

    Sg̱a’niis (Mountain)

  • Oolichan Second Run Kitsumkalum Skeena Rob Gerow

    Hanig̱oox (Oolichan second run) and Xsgyiik (Eagle)

    Hanig̱oox ga̱ba xsgyiik. Oolichan is what eagles eat. -Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Kitsumkalum Cooks

    Photo of Cooks being recognized at a community feast. Having cooks in the kitchen that know how to cook our traditional foods and for large crowds of 200+ is integral to any community event, feeding guests, witnesses and the sharing food/ wealth is part of the Tsimshian way of life

  • Elders lunch 2014

    Mangyigyet (Elders)

    Mangyigyet (Elders) in Kitsumkalum Hall for a Christmas Elders lunch with Kitselas, Haisla and Kitsumkalum.

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    ‘nooł (drum)

    Heelda ‘nooł hoy Ts’msyen. Tsimshian people use a lot of drums.

  • Sigyidm hana̱’a̱ (Matriarchs) 1930s in Spa Xksuutk

    -Photo from the library of Don Roberts Sr.

  • Looking at Port Essington Kitsumkalum Rob Gerow Photo

    Looking at Spa Xksuutks (Port Essington)

    Kitsumkalum people rely heavily on the coastal areas near Port Essington. The location was used traditionally as a residence for autumn economic activities. This fall residence is one of the seasonal settlements Kitsumkalum has maintained as part of the annual cycle. -Photo courtesy of Rob Georw

  • Charlotte and Ed Bolton in Spa Xkuutks

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Alder Creek – Kitsumkalum Trapline along the Skeena River

    -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Kitsumkalum Seaweed harvesting

    ła̱’a̱sk (seaweed)

    You won’t hear this Kitsumkalum band member saying this phrase “Ła t’maaysa k’ooł aka siła̱’a̱sgi. I haven’t picked seaweed for many years”. -Photo courtesy of ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School

  • Nisgaa Gulf trail to Iceberg Bay, Grease Trail

    -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Lelu Island – Kitsumkalum settlement in the slough

    -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Work Channel – Where the spray comes up

    -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Lax Spa Suunt (Arthur Island)

    -Photo courtesy of ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo

  • Minnows in the Skeena River

    Kitsumkalum Fish & Wildlife present: Minnows in the Skeena River

  • Kitsumkalum Community Member Hunter - Annual harvest

    Mati (Mountain Goat) – Annual Food Harvest

    Hukkwdega ‘yuuta gwii. That man is a good hunter. -Photo courtesy of Lisa Wesley

  • Yagwa sits'a̱'a̱g̱m. We're digging clams. Kitsumkalum harvesting clams

    Ga̱sits’a̱’a̱x (get clams)

    Yagwa sits’a̱’a̱g̱m. We’re digging clams. Kitsumkalum community members harvesting clams. -Photo courtesy of Kathy Wesley

  • Photo of Mildred Roberts, Kitsumkalum sigyidm hana̱'a̱.

    Kitsumkalum Sigyidm hana̱’a̱ (Matriarch; an Honoured Woman)

    Sigyidmhana’a doni. The woman over there is a matriarch. Photo of Mildred Roberts, Kitsumkalum sigyidm hana̱’a̱. -Photo courtesy of Cynthia Bohn

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    Suma̱xs (Young people)

    Smxsoo (Canoe). Kitsumkalum youth canoeing

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    2010 Olympic Torch Relay in Kitsumkalum

    Kitsumkalum Olympic Torch Relay Runner

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    2010 Olympic Torch Relay – Torches

    ‘Wiileeksa duula̱ la̱k. (The flames are big.) – Olympic Torch Relay Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Kitsumklaum seaweed harvesting

    Ha’li’la̱x siła̱’a̱sk (May – Seaweed Month)

    Ha’lila̱x siła̱’a̱sk, May dm wil g̱asihat’aldm, dzida ła g̱awdi dzi g̱asiła’asgm. We’ll get cedar bark strips in May, when we’re through picking seaweed. Kitsumkalum harvesting seaweed. -Photo courtesy of Don Roberts

  • Poles’s raised from Su-sit’ Aatk

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Living in Spa Xksuutks

    Mildred Roberts, Victoria Roberts, and children in Spa Xksuutks (Port Essington) -Photo courtesy of Mildred Roberts

  • Kitsumkalum Cooked Crabs

    ḵ’a̱lmoos (crabs)

    Heelda ḵ’a̱lmoos da sg̱asüü Ksyen. There are a lot of crabs at the mouth of the Skeena. -Photo courtesy of Susan Spalding

  • Xgüüs (Salmon Catch)

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Su-sit’ Aatk

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Ha’lisuwiliinsk

    Ha’lisuwiliinsk – The time for trapping (January) -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Txaw (Halibut)

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Kitsumkalum Yaans seapruns chitons

    ‘Yaans – Sea Prunes (chiton)

    Ł’way’il nadzem ‘yaansu. Stir my boiled chitons. -Photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • Alex Bolton, Harvey Wing, Clifford Bolton

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Xs’waanx – Herring Eggs

    Ha’lilaxsis’waanax – The time for getting herring roe (April) -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Spa Xksuutks – June 1953

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Social History & Research Department

  • Rebecca Bolton – Ganhada – Waap Niskiimas Giluts’aaw

    Rebecca Bolton – Ganhada Waap Niskiimas Giluts’aaw -Photo courtesy of Mildred Roberts

  • Charles & Emma Nelson

    Charles Nelson – Ganhada Waap Xpilaxha Gitsm’geelm

  • Sihoon (Smoked Salmon)

    Aam dzi sihoonm dziła suunt. I hope we get fish this summer. – photo courtesy of Troy Sam

  • Gwa̱łwoo (Go out Hunting) Joseph Roberts & Victoria Roberts – Beaver hunting

    -Photo courtesy of Mildred Roberts

  • Kitsumkalum Fishermen

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Kitsumkalum youth tsimshian way of life canning fish

    łnawsm hoon (Canned Salmon)

    Heelda xłnawsm hoon da k’oy. I have lots of canned fish. -Photo courtesy of Lisa Wesley

  • Jemima, Cissy, Tootsie, Harriet, Joe, Emma

    -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Social History & Research Department

  • Wa̱p sip’iyaansk (smokehouse)

    Lu’yaag̱a hoon da wa̱p sip’iyaansk. The fish are hanging in the smokehouse.

  • Kitsumkalum harvesting Salmon Berries

    Ma̱ḵ’ooxs (Salmonberries)

    Yagwa dm si ma̱ḵ’ooxsu. I am going to pick salmonberries. -Photo courtesy of Jeanette Spalding

  • dza'wes laughing berries; salal berries, Kitsumkalum Harvest

    Dza̱’wes (Laughing berries; Salal berries)

    Luk’wil ts’imaatga dzaam dza’wes. Salal berry jam is very good. -Photo courtesy of Cynthia Bohn

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

  • Kalum-lake-2017

    Kitsumkalum Lake is in Kitsumkalum Laxyuup (Lands/ Territory)

    Kalum Lake is in Kitsumkalum Laxyuup (Lands/ Territory)

  • Kitsumkalum people eat grouse

    Ma̱xmeex (Grouse)

    Mooksga ndi sami liitsk. Grouse meat is white. -Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Black bear on Kitsumkalum Lands

    T’u’utsgm ol (Black Bear)

    Di ga̱banii kba ol? Do you eat bear grease? -Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Kitsumkalum - Sea lions in the Skeena

    T’iibn (Sea Lion) in the Skeena

    ‘Liiheelda t’iibn da la̱x loop. There’s a lot of sea lions on the rock. -Photo courtesy of Heather Bohn

  • Kitsumkalum name giving feast

    Luulgyit (Feast)

    Dm hooym gwis’nap’ala dziła luulgit. We will wear button blankets when there’s a feast.

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

  • Kitsumkalum Tsimshian Chiefs

    Sigidmna’ax & Smgigyet (Matriarch/ Honoured Women & Chiefs)

    Mansm’ooygit int liiła g̱alts’ap. The leading chief looks after the whole village. -Photo courtesy of Kitsumkalum Treaty Office

  • Kitsumkalum-on-the-ocean

    La̱x süülda̱ (On the Ocean)

    Txas gyiyaaksa dm yaakm. We’ll go on the open water.

  • Half smoked oolichan - Kitsumkalum

    Smoked ha’limootk (oolichan)

    March in Sm’algyax is Ha’lilaxsi’wah which means Oolichan Month -Photo courtesy of Susan Spalding

  • gugwilx’ya’ansk (pass down through generations)

  • Kitsumkalum Community Members

  • Ice on the Skeena River - Kitsumkalum

    Daaw (Frozen)

    Gyisi aw’awulksga daaw da Ksyen. Ice is floating down the Skeena. -Photo courtesy of Rob Gerow

  • Kitsumkalum Drum Making

    ‘nooł (Drum)

    Heelda ‘nooł hoy Ts’msyen. Tsimshian people use a lot of drums.

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