Xeni Gwet'in First Nations
Who We Are
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations is one of the six Tsilhqot’in communities that form the Tsilhqot’in Nation located in the central interior regions of lands stolen by British Columbia. The name Tsilhqot’in carries varied meanings and loosely translates to people of the river, people of the blue waters, or cedar river people. Xeni Gwet'in speak Tsilhqot'in, a language that is a part of the Athabascan Language Group.
The community of Xeni Gwet’in is populated by approximately 400 members whose ancestral presence on these lands have been present far before European and foreign contact. The introduction of the band systems post contact has failed to represent the people's occupation on these territories and misrepresented population numbers. 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 characteristic ecosystems since time immemorial.
The people in Xeni Gwet’in have managed, adapted with, utilized, and maintained their land and unique governance systems which in June 2014 was upheld and recognized as the first Aboriginal Tight and Rights Case win in lands stolen by Canada known as “Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia.”
With their vibrant history, Xeni Gwet'in has carved the path for many to follow in a good way.