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Ancient Haida poles, Haida Gwaii
(Daryl Benson/Masterfile photo)

Northern British Columbia

Culture & History

BC's first people may have journeyed to Northern BC from Asia via a land bridge across the Bering Sea. Some 10,500 years ago, inhabitants of a sandstone cave near present-day Fort St. John left behind some stone tools, providing important traces of their journey.

For at least 10,000 years, the vast region of Northern BC has been the traditional territory of the First Nations people. Among those who roamed distinct areas encompassing interior valleys, northern coastland and stunning Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) were the Carrier Sekani, Wet'suwet'en, Gitxsan, Tsimshian and Haida.

A profound connection to the natural environment and enduring traditions of art, culture and resource conservation are part of Northern BC's remarkable attraction.

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