“Heiltsuk oral history talks of a strip of land in that area where the excavation took place. It was a place that never froze during the ice age and it was a place where our ancestors flocked to for survival,” said William Housty, a member of Heiltsuk Nation.
B.C. archaeologists have excavated a settlement in the area — in traditional Heiltsuk Nation territory — and dated it to 14,000 years ago, during the last ice age where glaciers covered much of North America.
“This find is very important because it reaffirms a lot of the history that our people have been talking about for thousands of years,” Housty said.
Story: Roshini Nair, CBC | Photo: Joanne McSporran