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Indigenous guides can lead you on lesser travelled paths to places of historical and cultural significance.

Indigenous communities in British Columbia share some of these significant places with the public and offer valuable opportunities for visitors to witness the endurance of ancient cultures. Active ancient fishing sites and petroglyphs are hidden in the forest along the Fraser River; historic villages and towering totem poles remain on northern coasts.

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U'mista Cultural Centre

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shopping, indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

Due to Covid19 U'mista will be open for reduced hours and occupancy and no public washroom available at this time. U'mista Cultural Centre is one of the longest-operating and most successful First Nations cultural facilities in BC, founded in 1980 as a ground breaking project to house potlatch artifacts which had been seized by government during an earlier period of cultural repression. The return of the potlatch artifacts not only provided U'mista's name ('the return of something important'), and sparked a general trend toward repatriation of First Nations and cultural artifacts, it caused the creation of a physical facility and human resources infrastructure which have been successfully operated for over two decades.U'mista now operates a modern museum and cultural education facility in Alert Bay. Their operations include the museum, an extensive art gallery and gift shop, group tours, and presentations by dance troupes.

Vancouver Island

Alert Bay

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Ksan Historical Village and Museum

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

Northern British Columbia

New Hazelton

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Nisga'a Museum

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museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

Northern British Columbia

New Aiyansh

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Newcastle Island

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museums & heritage sites, indigenous culture

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo

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XatSull Heritage Village

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

The Xatll community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life; we're open from mid-May to mid-October. We offer guided tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. You can earn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

McLeese Lake

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Xwisten Experience Tours

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

indigenous culture, museums & heritage sites

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting and preserving salmon near Lillooet BC. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample the wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Lillooet

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