102-2005 Eagle Drive
Campbell River BC
Heghums – Hopetown,
(Born-to-be-head-of-the-world- - Wilson Duff 1955 - Boas 1905)
IR10A - Hopetown
Under the Indian Act and Royal Commission,Heghums became a Reserve Allotment in 1916. IR 10A is only a small portion of the original village that oralhistory and historic and archeological record suggests encircled the coastline of most of Watson Island.
Heghums, has always been the main village site, wintering area and Potlatch site for the Gwawa'enuxw.
Archeology Stratification shows habitation and use for over 4000 years at Hopetown. Historically Heghums has been the main village and winter site for Gwawa'enuxw, and is the main Gwawa'enuxw village today. It is where the Gwawa'euxw Tribe has always lived and wants to continue living and working. Prior to a post Colonial massacre, archaeology shows that there were thousands of people living all along the waters edge of Watson Island, confirming that Heghums was one small portion of a much larger community that included the entire of Watson Island
Accessibility: Heghums is a remote coastal village, accessible by boat from Port McNeil or Port Hardy; it is approximately a 1.5 – 2 hour boat ride and has emergency evacuation via medi-vac, recently improved by the addition of a replacement dock in the community that is also a helicopter pad.
Gwawaenuk Never Treatied Or Sold Their Lands And Territory.
Gwawa'enuxw’s Traditional Territory Extends:
IR 10A (Hopetown) is only 1 of 10 Gwawa'enuxw reservations allotted by commissioner O’Reilly in 1886, confirmed by the Royal commission in 1914 & 1916 and does not reflect the entirely of Gwawa'enuxw Territory
The Province allocated the reserves in 1938:
(Anthony Newman, Land Research of Nanaimo)
Gwawa'enuxw Governance follows a traditional Hereditary Head Chief Governance Structure. Chief Charlie Williams is the Hereditary Chief of Gwawa'enuxw. Chief Williams takes his direction and guidance through discussions with the Heads of each family in the Tribe. Each head family member is updated regularly by Chief Williams personally and important immediate decisions made between the Chief and head family members. Large and over arching community planning and decision are made at community meetings attended by the entire community, children as well. The benefit and strength of the Hereditary system, is the continuity if brings to long term community planning, external party relationship building and program /project history and accountability. In addition this system ensures that all major decisions impacting the Tribe are guided by traditional protocols and priorities.
|Chief Charlie Williams||250-949-1670|
|Secondary Contact-Band Manager - Cindy Gullstrum||250-949-8732|
|Finance: Cindy Gullstrum|