Tseshaht First Nation


Language: Nuučaan̓uɫ
Dialect: Barkley
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Historically known as: Sheshaht

Contact Information:
Tseshaht First Nation
PO Box 1218
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 7M1
ph. (250) 724-1225
fx. (250) 724-4385

"The Tseshaht people live on the west Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, one of the 14 Nations that make up the Nuu chah nulth Tribal Council. Tseshaht translates as “the people of c̓išii” while Nuu chah nulth means “all along the mountains and sea” and is descriptive of a people living along the mountains that face the Pacific Ocean. C̓išii is located on what is today known as Benson Island, one of the Broken Group Islands in Barclay Sound. The Tseshaht people were created at c̓išii and came to own all of the Broken Group Islands and lands up the canal to Port Alberni. Historically, the Tseshaht people were whalers and fishermen and their lives revolved around their territories on both land and water."1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 5 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 26 2
Learning Speakers: 25 2

Community Information

Population: 1060 2
Internet Connectivity: High-Speed3

Both the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council administration building and the First Nations operated Haahuupayak School are on Tseshaht reserve lands near Port Alberni.


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