Who We Are
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government is one of the six communities that form the Tsilhqot’in Nation located in Traditional Tsilhqot'in territory approximately 200km west of Williams Lake B.C. The name Tsilhqot’in carries varied meanings and loosely translates to people of the river or people of the blue water.
The community of Xeni Gwet’in is populated by approximately 400 descendants of ancestors who have been here since time immemorial. Roughly 250 of these descendants live in other territories and landscapes across colonial Canada and the United States, and 150 reside within the Territories. The spirit of the Xeni Gwet’in has belonged to the rugged landscape defined by the glacial sourced waterways, mountain terrain, untouched forest that span across the territory, and unique ecosystems since time immemorial.
The people in Xeni Gwet’in have always managed, adapted with, utilized, and maintained their land and unique governance systems. With their vibrant history, Xeni Gwet'in has carved the path for many to follow in a good way.
The Xeni Gwet'in First Nations Government will work towards self-governance through unity, respect, trust and pride of our Tsilhqot'in heritage, language and culture.
We will ensure our actions conserve the natural resources within our ancestral territories to maintain healthy ecosystems while becoming economically sustainable for generations to come.