The Prager Islands are part of the Gitxaala Nii Luutiksm Conservancy located in the Great Bear Rainforest of the British Columbia North Coast. The conservancy was created in 2006 and covers 108 square miles (28,029 ha) on Porcher Island and includes the many surrounding low-lying small islands and inlets in the traditional territories of the Gitxaala, Lax Kw’alaams, and Metlakatla Nations. The central home for the Gitxaała is now the main village on Dolphin Island, adjacent to the Prager Islands.
People of the Gitxaała Nation have lived along the north coast of British Columbia for more than 10,000 years. The area has an oral history for the many stone fish-weirs and cache pits within the conservancy that represent a time when the Gitxaała lived in many villages located throughout the territory. The territory of the Gitxaała Nation extends from Prince Rupert in the north to Princess Royal Island in the south, and from Hecate Strait in the west to the lower reaches of the Skeena River in the east.
Gitxaala means “people of the saltwater”, and Nii Luutiksm means “a special or treasured area”. Traditional foods and resources have sustained the Gitxaała for millennia, and the purpose of the conservancy is to ensure that collecting seaweed, herring roe-on-kelp, cockles, and salmon will continue for future generations. Read more here and here. Explore more of the Prager Islands here: