First Nations History

//First Nations History
First Nations History 2017-09-27T11:22:49+00:00

Pictographs (rock paintings) can be seen in twenty-one locations on the north shore of Stuart Lake, between Fort St. James and Pinchi Bay. Accessible only by boat, these rock paintings depict animals, fish, birds, guardian spirits and images received in dreams. The paint used for drawing was a vegetable based vermilion which weathers quickly; archaeologists believe the paints date back to early in the 19th century.

Chief Kwah (or Kw’eh), also known as the Fur Trade Chief, was one of the most respected and influential leaders of the Carrier First Nation. He was pivotal in the relationship with Simon Fraser and the North West Company. In the summer of 1840, Chief Kwah was laid to rest at the mouth of the Necoslie River. Please visit the Nak’azdli Band Office prior to visiting this sacred site.