On June 26, 2014, for the first time in Canadian history, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized 1700 square kilometres of land as Aboriginal Title Land. Aboriginal title includes the rights to control the land and decide how it will be used, use the land for traditional and modern purposes, full benefit and ownership of the lands and resources. This area is located within the caretaker area of Xeni Gwet’in.
Under the Nenqay Deni Accord, the “Declared Title Area” is being transitioned to Tŝilhqot’in full management, benefit and control. Through this transition phase, we ask all members of the public to contact the Xeni Gwet’in Government office at 250-394-7023 to be informed on recent changes within the area.
Access and Road Updates
- August 25, 2021 – Chilko-Newton road closure protects people, bears
Map of Road Closure on Chilko-Newton Road (Download PDF here)
Xeni Gwet’in Visitor Protocol
Visitors are welcome to pursue traditional activities that are in keeping with the wilderness character of the area. Please book guided non-motorized access to the backcountry with Xeni Gwet’in Visitor Centre in Nemiah Valley – check our website for more info.
Please tread lightly and do not wander off road, across residential property or disturb old homesteads and equipment. Please respect the privacy of our communities.
Ancient ruins, artifacts, historic remains and fossils are fragile and irreplaceable, please tread lightly. Artifacts should not be disturbed or removed as they belong to the Tŝilhqot’in and must be left in their place.
Ceremonies are sacred events: please dress and act respectfully. Applause is typically not appropriate as these are religious ceremonies not performances. If in doubt, follow the lead of other community members.
Mechanized and off-road vehicles are restricted to designated roads only – prior to visiting please consult with Xeni Gwet’in and check the website for updated information. Please do not cut trails or clear roads and leave gates as you find them.
Use local guides and established routes for back-country hiking and backpacking.
Please contact us for guides or join one of the several lodges in the area who have signed a Protocol with us to protect the land for everyone to enjoy while building a sustainable future together.
Tŝilhqot’in People of Xeni (2010)
2018 Hunting Season
October 12, 2018: The Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government is reiterating that visitors are welcome to visit the Declared Title Lands, but are required to adhere to local rules and regulations.
With the 2018-2019 hunting season underway, the Xeni Gwet’in would like to remind all visitors that hunting is not permitted within the Declared Title Lands, nor will access be permitted through the Title Lands for hunting purposes.
To assist visitors and provide information, a ranger cabin has been established at the Davidson Bridge, along the Taseko Lake Road. Visitors are required to register their visit. Visitors may register:
- with their hosts
- at the Ranger Cabin
- by phone or in person at the Xeni Gwet’in Band Office (250-394-7023)
Visitors will need to provide the following to register:
- Primary visitors name, list of guests accompanying, description of vehicle, destination in Title Area for visit, purpose of visit, length of stay, declaration of any firearms, acknowledgement that visitors will abide by Xeni Gwet’in First Nation wildlife and land management rules.
Please note that for management and conservation purposes, a gate has been erected on the Lord River Road. All land owners, operators and/or patrons who require ingress/egress have been contacted and provided keys. Visitors wishing to gain access through the Lord River road must seek permission and registration through their host or directly contact the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Band via the above provided information.
For more information on rules and regulations of the Declared Title Lands, as well as maps, please visit: https://www.tsilhqotin.ca/Tsilhqotin-Rights-Title/Declared-Title-Area. For any questions, comments or inquires about access please call Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government at (250) 394-7023, or the Tŝilhqot’in National Government at (250) 392-3918, or visit the Xeni Gwet’in Band Office in Nemiah Valley (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 4:30pm).
The Xeni Gwet’in thanks everyone for respecting the rules and regulations for the Declared Title Lands and wishes everyone a pleasant visit to the area.
Sechanalyagh (Thank You)