Wet'suwet'en Territory with Wanda Nikal / FIRST PEOPLES VOICES

"This story was filmed in Witset First Nation, which is part of the the Wet'suwet'en Territory. Their ancestors have lived in the regions for over 6,000 years. Their territory encompasses 22,000sq km of land. The Wet'suwet'en people are divided into 5 clans. They have Hereditary Chiefs as well as Elected Chiefs. H. Chiefs govern the land, E. Chiefs govern the people. **Elders are the knowledge keepers. Due to covid, no elders were available for recording this story about the land so Wanda stepped in! Water is life for the Wet'suwet'en people because it provides their major food source - salmon. Without water, their culture ceases to exist. Catholicism was pushed on their people by Father Morice. Although he had their language transcribed, he was not a very nice man. The people want to be proud of their language and culture. By telling this story, we are RESTORING HONOUR and DIGNITY to them as a people group. Thank you for allowing us onto your land to tell your stories. Our hearts are forever impacted by what you shared. We cannot wait to come back and visit!