Tseshaht Governance

History & Culture

We are Tseshaht [Ts’ishaa7ath]

The Tseshaht First Nation is a vibrant community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in Port Alberni, British Columbia, with an active and progressive natural resources-based economy. We are proud of our culture and work as a...

Our c̓išaaʔatḥ dialect is one of the nuučaanuł (Southern Wakishan) languages spoken on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Over thousands of years our ancestors developed a strong and beautiful language to describe their environment and way of life and belief system. We are proud to share...

The following individuals have greatly influenced the development of the Tseshaht First Nation: Sayachapis, Alec Thomas, Chief Adam Shewish, George Watts, ...

Tseshaht translates as “the people of Ts’ishaa,” a place on what is known today as Benson Island, one of the Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound. We are one of the 14 Nations that make up the Nuu-chah-nulth [Nootka] people of western Vancouver Island.

At the...