For over twenty years, the
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre has been devoted to
researching, preserving, and revitalizing the history, language
and cultural traditions of the Heiltsuk Nation, located on the
Central Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Here you will find
many pages that contain information about the Heiltsuk people as
well as information pertaining to the Heiltsuk Cultural Education
Centre. Navigate through the website using the Navigation bar on
the left hand of the screen. Thank you for visiting.
The Heiltsuk Cultural Education
Centre is located inside the Bella Bella Community School
building, next to the library. Subjects of interest inside the
Cultural Centre include: a small Heiltsuk exhibit on loan from
the Royal Ontario Museum, a large collection of historical
photographs, a collection of photographs of Heiltsuk artifacts
currently held in various museums, a large collection of
transcribed stories and interviews, an extensive collection of
maps showing old Heiltsuk settlements as well as other important
information such as land/resource usage and heritage sites, a
computer terminal with internet access for public use, as well as
a large assortment of literature pertaining to the Heiltsuk
Bella Bella Concert
Resource Centre Hours (Open
to the Public)
Please contact Jennifer Carpenter if you
would like to book time in the resource centre.
Our resource centre is open to the public from Monday to Thursday, 8:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm. We are on coffee breaks from 10:00am - 10:15am and from 2:30pm - 2:45pm. We are closed on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and on Statuatory Holidays.
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Questions? Comments? Contact the program director.
|A Little About the
The Heiltsuk people are the descendants of the original
Heiltsuk-speaking people, who inhabited approximately 6000 square
miles of the Central Coast of what is now British Columbia.
Archaelogical sites dating as far back as 7190 B.C. have been
unearthed, showing that the Heiltsuk have inhabited the area for
at least 9000 years. The Heiltsuk, like many other Coastal First
Nations situated around the area, were largely dependent on
resources found within the ocean. They had well-developed methods
of hunting, fishing, gathering, and trading.
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About the term "Bella
Read more on the term "Bella
There are four main ideas about where the term "Bella Bella"
originates from. 1) That it is an adaptation of the name of a
tribe. 2) That it derives from the native pronunciation of
"Milbank" 3) That it is Spanish in origin, and 4) That it derives
from a local place name or geographical feature in the Heiltsuk
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slideshow of historical photos courtesy of BC