For information about Travel to Klemtu and Accommodation, visit our How to Get Here page.
If you would like to conduct business in Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory (e.g. research, tourism, filming), please apply for the applicable Protocol Agreement here.
Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation is actively protecting and stewarding the lands, oceans and resources in the Nation’s territory. Kitasoo Xai’xais Guardians & other Kitasoo Xai’xais Stewardship staff are out in the territory daily undertaking research, monitoring and compliance activities.
Please help us protect and steward our territory for future generations by following our rules and guidelines.
Please report any unusual or suspicious activities to a Guardian Watchmen or the Kitasoo Xai’xais Stewardship Authority office.
Kitasoo Xai’xais Stewardship Authority
|Legal Name||Alternate Name||Type||Restriction|
|Canoona||Canoona River||Reserve||No land access to Canoona reserve|
|Weeteeam||Weeteeam||Reserve||No land access to Weeteeam Bay|
|Kdad eesh||Borrowman Bay||Reserve||No land access to Borrowman Bay|
|Kinmakanksk||Dis’ju||Reserve||No land access to Kinmakanksk /Dis’ju Indian Reserve|
|Quckwa||Kwa kwa||Reserve||No access to Kwakwa Creek, Kwakwa Inlet, or Cann Inlet|
|Goo wee||Price Creek||Reserve||No access to either side of Price Creek to Price Lake|
|Ulthakoush||Buie Creek||Reserve||No land access to Ulthakoush reserve or Buie Creek|
|Mary’s Cove||Mary’s Cove||Reserve||No access to Mary’s Cove|
|Oatswish||Oatswish||Reserve||No access to Oatswish reserve or Feeder Creek|
|Gander Island||Gander Island||Reserve||No access to Moore Islands|
|Dil-ma-sow||Kent Inlet||Reserve||No access to Kent Inlet|
|Lattkaloup||Powles Creek||Reserve||No land access to either side of Powles Creek|
|Saint Joe||Fifer Creek||Reserve||No land access to either side of Fifer Creek to lake|
|Skilak||Gorilla Creek||Reserve||No access to Griffin Passage narrows south of Skilak reserve include Gorilla Creek|
|Pyne Creek||Cultural/Ecological Area||No access to Pyne Creek at the head of Bay of Plenty|
|Green Lagoon||Cultural/Ecological Area||No access to Green Lagoon north of the Green Inlet narrows|
|Steep Creek||Cultural/Ecological Area||No land access to either side of Steep Creek to the lake|
|Korich Creek||Cultural/Ecological Area||No land access to either side of Korich Creek to Korich Lake.|
|Mussel Inlet||Láiq||Cultural/Ecological Area||No land access except dog walking area [map]|
|Marvin Islands||Cultural/Ecological Area||No land access to Marvin Islands in Kitasu Bay.|
In addition to the Reserves and other Restricted Areas above, the Conservancies below have additional site-specific rules that visitors should be aware of before planning to visit these areas. More information is available at the links below.
When necessary, the Kitasoo Xai’xais will set catch limits, close specific areas of the Territory to harvesting, restrict the harvest of specific species, define community member only food fish areas, and issue food fish permits.
The following areas are closed to all commercial and recreational crab fishing to ensure First Nation Food Social and Ceremonial Access:
Rockfish Conservation Areas
Recreational Fishing Closure
Commercial Crab Closures
Wilderness camping is allowed year-round at the recommended camp sites throughout the territory (see map). No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Kitasoo Xai’xais Indian Reserves and Restricted Access ares are restricted. Visitors need to be self-sufficient and prepared. Please ensure you read this brochure before camping in Kitasoo Xai’xais Territory.
Exploring Kitasoo Xai’xais territory by kayak is only recommended for experienced paddlers.
A tour of the Klemtu bighouse can be arranged that with our office by phone (250-839-1096) or email (email@example.com). The fee is $20/guest (payable to the Stewardship Office in Klemtu by cheque or cash) and gratuities are accepted by local guides.
The entire territory is habitat for wildlife. If you are planning to visit the territory beyond the village of Klemtu, come informed and prepared to keep yourself, your pets, and any wildlife you might encounter safe.
In the 1860s, our two distinct nations came together in Klemtu: the Kitasoo Nation of the islands and the Xai’xais Nation of the mainland. In addition to coming from different geographies, the Kitasoo and the Xai’xais didn’t speak the same language prior to the introduction of English. The Kitasoo are the southernmost group of the Tsimshianic language family and speak Sgüüxs (a southern dialect). The Xai’xais are part of the Wakashan language family and speak Xai’xais.