Tribal Journey To Bella Bella Brings Thousands Of First Nations To BC
Media Outlet: The Huffington Post BC
Summary: For the first time in 21 years, thousands of First Nations people from across the continent have canoed their way to B.C.’s Bella Bella island for the Qatuwas, or ‘people gathering together’. Also known as the Tribal Journey, the Qatuwas is an annual event that unites coastal First Nations from Canada and the United States for a week of exploring and sharing their cultures with each other.
It is estimated that “representatives from 20 communities are in Bella Bella for the gathering, totalling between 2,000 and 4,000 visitors”. “A different community hosts breakfast and dinner every day of the week-long event” giving everyone else a chance to meet new people and see some familiar faces from the last event held in 1993.
Photo Credit: Liz Wilson