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Ethnie: SECHELT
Language: Pentlatch
Family: Central Salish
Stock: Salish
Phylum: Mosan
Macro-Culture: Northwest Coast
Speakers 40     (1990 M.D.Kincade)  
       The Seechelt were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer tribe that relied heavily on fishing. They lived on Jervis and Seechelt Inlet, Nelson Island and the southern part of Texada Island. Two of the Seechelt septs (Kunechin and Tsonai) are said to have descended from the Kwakiutl [?]. After the White influx, the Seechelt consolidated into one village, suffering large population losses.
Aboriginal Locations
BC      Kunechin, Staiakos, Tsonai, Tuwanek
Present Locations
BC Sechelt Indian Band, Sechelt
Year History
1640 Probably met by Fuentes
1775 Bodega and Maurelle passed their coast
1792 Visited by Capt. George Vancouver, and by Valdes and Galiano
1820 Began visiting Fort Langley
1843 Hudson Bay Co. post at Victoria established
186X Arrival of Catholic missionaries
1862 Smallpox epidemic
1885 Potlatch banned in British Columbia
1951 Potlatch ban repealed
Year BC Population   Source
1700 1,000   NAHDB calculation
1780 1,000   Mooney estimate
1800 1,000   NAHDB calculation
1900 250   NAHDB calculation
1902 236   CDIA
1909 244   CDIA
2000 1,000   NAHDB calculation
2005 1,052   Indian Life Online
Other speakers of the same language:
None
Sechelt Tribe Sites:
First Nations History in the Gulf Islands  http://saltspringarchives.com/multicultural/firstnations/
Kahtou Newspaper  http://www.firstbusiness.ca/stories/dixon.htm
Legacy of Woven Baskets  http://www.sunshine.net/www/1600/sn1660/visitor's%20guide%201998/legacyofbskts.htm
Sechelt  http://www.britishcolumbia.com/regions/towns/?townID=15
Sechelt  http://www.bcfn.org/profile/sechelt.htm
Sechelt Band Self Government Act  http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/S-6.6/
Sechelt, BC  http://www.bigpacific.com/sechelt/
Sechelt Indian Band  http://www.schoolnet.ca/aboriginal/treaties/sechelt-e.html
Sechelt Indian Band  http://www.bctreaty.net/nations_3/sechelt.html
Sechelt Indian Band  http://www.gov.bc.ca/arr/negotiation/first_nations_in_the_process/sechelt_indian_band.htm
Sechelt Indian Band Self Employment Program  http://www.communityfutures.org/sibselfemployment.html
Sechelt Indian Government District  http://www.civicnet.bc.ca/members/municipalities/secindiangov.shtml
Sechelt Language  http://www.ydli.org/langs/sechelt.htm
Sechelt Language  http://www.native-languages.org/sechelt.htm
Sechelt Language  http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=sec
Sechelt Language Plaque  http://www.schoolnet.ca/aboriginal/tribute/sechelt-e.html
Sechelt Linguistic Lineage  http://www.ethnologue.com/show_lang_family.asp?code=sec
Sechelt Nation  http://www.nightwoodeditions.com/author/TheSecheltNation
Seechelt Indians of Canada  http://www.canadiangenealogy.net/indians/seechelt_indians.htm

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