By Emilee Gilpin The Tla-o-qui-aht Nation in coastal British Columbia has always been a strong nation, governed by cultural values that protect and preserve their homeland.
Its people have a long history of innovation, trade and war — having survived colonization's ugliest attempts to eradicate Indigenous cultures, protected their sacred land and waters, and pushed back against extractive resource industries.
According to its members, this past is an essential ingredient in decisions the Tla-o-qui-aht make about their future. It has informed the community's current land-use plan, tribal parks program and clean energy projects — all of which are developing its economy to create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Read More