People of the Place of Kelp


lax U’u’la or Lelu Island is within the ancestral territory of the Gitwilgyoots tribe (people of the place of kelp) of the coastal Tsm’syen people. They are lead by Sm’oygyet (hereditary chief) Yahaan and Likagyigyet (house leader) Gwis Hawaal (of the laxgibuu/wolf house), who claim inherited title over this region. They assert that these island properties, and rights to use and defend them have accompanied the Sm’alygyax names Yahaan and Gwis Hawaal for many generations, and will continue to do so when the names are passed on.