Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation

dzawadaenuxw_logoThe Dzawada'enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet is an isolated community with travel in and out by seaplane or by boat only. Their community, Ukwanalis Village, is based alongside the Gwa’yi (Kingcome) River on the mainland in a glacier fed river valley, surrounded by tall mountains, across from the Northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Dzawada'enuxw First nation, has an on reserve population of about 94 and an off reserve population of about 357 totalling 451 band members. During the summer months the community population increases as older youth return home after the school term, and seasonal workers return home as well.

At the heart of the Village you will find the qutsi (Bighouse) Himanis. In the Kwak’wala language Himanis means “standing forever”.

Lilawagila_SchoolAnother important place within the community is Lilawagila School. The school offers the Little Wolf Headstart program for ages 2-5, a Primary classroom from Kindergarten to grade 4 and an intermediate classroom from grade 5 through 7. For these young ones Lilawagila School provides cultural teachings, Kwak’wala language skills and an academic education. In later years the older youth go to boarding homes in other communities for their education or take home schooling.

Maya’antl Youth Group

The Maya’antl Youth Group started about six years ago. The Youth, who live in community, get involved in various activities. They meet weekly to do their activities and invite the elders, as mentors, to be involved as much as possible. Previous activities included a trip to the West coast Cultural Night in Vancouver, cultural food gatherings, and as a group they fundraised for some of the activities.

Each summer they host a Youth Conference. The conference is growing in popularity with youth from other communities. At the conference they try to use their own resources, such as cedar bark weaving, berry picking/jarring, medicinal medicine harvesting, plus they have workshops on STD’s, Alcohol and Drug awareness, Life skills.

Community Health Centre
dfn_health_centreThe Community Health Centre is one of the main gathering places used in the Village. The Centre has a Health Team, consisting of a doctor and a few nurses who travel in twice a month. Services delivered on a bi-monthly basis include: a Community Kitchen Nutrition program for Elders and chronic patients that offers them help with their shopping, gives information on nutrition and cooking; a Diabetes Wellness program and an Alcohol & Drug Counsellor provides support to those in need. Once a month a Young Girls group meets with a nurse to discuss different topics and do activities. The Health Centre is used for various annual events such as Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Easter and Aboriginal Day Celebrations.

Other places of interest to community members are the Band Office/Finance building, the Post Office, and a small mill. The Band employs 20 full time and 6 to 10 part-time and casual employees.

The community now has an Adult Learning Centre that is open every day for community members and they also have access to the Community Access Program (CAP) computers.


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