The Katzie Treaty Team
website will inform and educate its members and the general public on
its vital and historic treaty negotiations with Canada and British
10946 Katzie Road,
Our ancestors were traditionally a longhouse
society, meaning extended families shared the same residence. Our people
were self-governing, which saw our leaders holding responsibility for the
welfare and security of the people. Currently, we are attempting to
revive traditions and practices that have been lost over time due to colonial
influences. Our traditional language is Halkomelem, which we are also attempting
We used handcrafted tools for
woodworking, hunting and fishing. These tools were made of wood, stone, and
bone. Clothing was made of woven material, including cedar bark and goat hair.
Diets were comprised mainly of fish, seal, game and shellfish.
According to the season, our ancestors
would migrate to their various sites located in their respected territories to
hunt, fish and harvest. With the exception of the winter season, the people
lived in temporary homes made of poles and woven cedar mats. In the winter, the
people lived in permanent longhouses made of cedar.
A Historical Overview of Fishing
Katzie Reserve Lands
Traditionally, the fishing technology utilized by our people was designed to
selectively fish the various species. We fished in groups, with some catching
fish and others processing them. Unlike other resources such as blueberries and
wapato, we regarded fish as a communal resource, not a family controlled
resource, thereby, placing a premium on sharing and cooperation.
The season played a primary role in
determining where, when and what the people fished, especially regarding salmon,
such as chinook, which was harvested in the springtime. It was within this
seasonal context that our people collectively managed themselves, deciding what,
when, where and who fished. The fishing activity required cooperation among the
groups of fishers because of the technique used and the social value system that
emphasized sharing. This in turn would determine how they reached consensus on
days, location and the group(s) that would fish for what species. Decision
making was generally guided by the elders and heads of families.
There are approximate 460 Katzie First
Nation members. Of this, approximately 300
reside on-reserve, while the remainder live off-reserve, primarily in
communities located through out the Lower Mainland.
Katzie First Nation reserve lands are
situated in five different locations in the Fraser Valley. They are:
- Katzie Reserve No. 1: Pitt Meadows - 150 acres of
- Katzie Reserve No. 2: Langley - 56 acres of
- Katzie Reserve No. 3: Barnston Island
- 135 acres of residential lots
- Katzie Reserve No. 4: Coquitlam
- 640 acres of leased and undeveloped forest land
- Katzie Reserve No. 5: Maple Ridge - 1 acre cemetery
Treaty Team Staff
- Debbie Miller - Chief Negotiator & Treaty
Rep., I.R. No. 2
- Julie Cunningham - Treaty Representative, I.R.
- Leanne - Treaty Representative, I.R. No.
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