Website Mission:
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 Columbia.


Katzie First Nation
Administration Office

10946 Katzie Road,
Pitt Meadows, B.C. 
V3Y 2G6
Ph: 604-465-8961
Fax: 604-465-5949
Email: katzie.treaty@
shawcable.com


 

 


Background Information

  Since Time Immemorial

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 to revive.

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

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. 

  Katzie Reserve Lands

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 residential lots
  • Katzie Reserve No. 2: Langley - 56 acres of residential lots
  • 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

  Katzie Treaty Team Staff

Debbie Miller - Chief Negotiator & Treaty Rep., I.R. No. 2
Julie Cunningham - Treaty Representative, I.R.
No. 1
Leanne - Treaty Representative, I.R. No. 3

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Updated: October, 2002
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