Gitga'at Nation


Language: Sm̓algya̱x
Dialect: Smalgyax
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Historically known as: Hartley Bay Village Council , Hartley Bay Band

Contact Information:
Hartley Bay Village Council
445 Hayimiisaxaa Way
Hartley Bay, BC
V0V 1A0
ph. (250) 841-2500
fx. (250) 841-2541

"From the beginning of time, the Gitga’at people have existed in their Territory on what is now British Columbia's northwest coast. The wellbeing of their people is intricately related to the health of their lands, waters, and resources, and the community continues to work to sustain their abundance and richness. Gitga’at culture is strengthening, and traditional practices continue to shape day to day life in the village."1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 58 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 610 2
Learning Speakers: 50 2

"The Gitga’at originally spoke Sguuks or Sguumxs (Southern Tsimshian), but adopted the more widely spoken Sm’algyax (Coast Tsimshian)."1

Community Information

Population: 763 2

"The ancestors of the present Gitga’at people lived at their ancestral home Laxgal’tsap (Old Town) in Kitkiata Inlet, on the northwest side of the Douglas Channel."1


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