By Emilee Gilpin
The T'eqt''aqtn'mux (the crossing place people) come from T’eqt’’aqtn (the crossing place). Today, it's called Kanaka Bar. It was renamed after governor James Douglas declared the mainland colony of British Columbia.
Kanaka Indian Bar Band, located in the heart of the Fraser Canyon, is one of 15 Indigenous groups in the Nlaka'pamux Nation. During the Fraser Canyon War of 1857-1858, the Nlaka’pamux communities of the Fraser and Thompson rivers came together to “stop American manifest destiny,” explained Patrick Michell, elected chief of the T'eqt''aqtn'mux.
Kanaka Bar Indian Band is located off of Highway 1, three hours northeast of Vancouver, B.C., 14 kilometres south of the village of Lytton.
A small community that fluctuates between 70 and 140 members, depending on the season, Kanaka Bar's reputation has steadily grown with the success of numerous clean energy projects.