UVic, SFU, Heiltsuk Nation launch website displaying thousands of years of Heiltsuk Nation voices

February 6, 2019

The Heiltsuk people, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the Hakai institute, and Greencoast Media have celebrated the launch of “Húy̓at: Our Voices our Land,” a website that illuminates thousands of years of Heiltsuk Nation voices and history. The website is the result of over eight years of collaboration between the partners and grew from the community’s desire to present their connection to their lands and seas for their own communities and others. SFU and UVic students collected much of the knowledge during archeological digs and surveys. “With this publicly accessible website, we’re sharing our inseparable connection with our homelands as it holds true for all First Nations up and down the coast,” said Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett. “We believe the Húy̓at website will become a great resource for schools and for people who are interested in better understanding First Peoples’ culture.” SFU (BC)