Background to the Chilcotin War

Lhatŝ’aŝʔin Memorial Day

October 26 marks the day that five of the six Tŝilhqot’in War Chiefs were wrongfully tried and hanged in Quesnel, B.C. This day is known as Lhatŝ’aŝʔin Memorial Day to the Tŝilhqot’in people – named after the head War Chief, Nits’ilʔin Lhatŝ’aŝʔin. Every year the event changes location and is held at sites of importance during the Chilcotin War of 1864. The Nation welcomes everyone to attend this important memorial.


The Tŝilhqot’in National Government, along with School District No. 27 First Nations Department, have completed the Chilcotin War curriculum for Grade 12. Please have a look if you interested in teaching this in your class.