Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre - Main Page


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For over twenty years, the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre has been devoted to researching, preserving, and revitalizing the history, language and cultural traditions of the Heiltsuk Nation, located on the Central Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Here you will find many pages that contain information about the Heiltsuk people as well as information pertaining to the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre. Navigate through the website using the Navigation bar on the left hand of the screen. Thank you for visiting.

The Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre is located inside the Bella Bella Community School building, next to the library. Subjects of interest inside the Cultural Centre include: a small Heiltsuk exhibit on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, a large collection of historical photographs, a collection of photographs of Heiltsuk artifacts currently held in various museums, a large collection of transcribed stories and interviews, an extensive collection of maps showing old Heiltsuk settlements as well as other important information such as land/resource usage and heritage sites, a computer terminal with internet access for public use, as well as a large assortment of literature pertaining to the Heiltsuk Nation.

Bella Bella Concert Band
Bella Bella Concert Band

Resource Centre Hours (Open to the Public)
Our resource centre is open to the public from Monday to Thursday, 8:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:30pm. We are on coffee breaks from 10:00am - 10:15am and from 2:30pm - 2:45pm. We are closed on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and on Statuatory Holidays.

Please contact Jennifer Carpenter if you would like to book time in the resource centre.

Call us at (250) 957-2626

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Questions? Comments? Contact the program director.

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A Little About the Heiltsuk...
The Heiltsuk people are the descendants of the original Heiltsuk-speaking people, who inhabited approximately 6000 square miles of the Central Coast of what is now British Columbia. Archaelogical sites dating as far back as 7190 B.C. have been unearthed, showing that the Heiltsuk have inhabited the area for at least 9000 years. The Heiltsuk, like many other Coastal First Nations situated around the area, were largely dependent on resources found within the ocean. They had well-developed methods of hunting, fishing, gathering, and trading.

Read more on the Heiltsuk

About the term "Bella Bella".
There are four main ideas about where the term "Bella Bella" originates from. 1) That it is an adaptation of the name of a tribe. 2) That it derives from the native pronunciation of "Milbank" 3) That it is Spanish in origin, and 4) That it derives from a local place name or geographical feature in the Heiltsuk language.

Read more on the term "Bella Bella"

Click here to view a slideshow of historical photos courtesy of BC Archives.

The Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
P.O. Box 880
Bella Bella, British Columbia V0T 1Z0
Tel (250) 957-2626, Fax (250) 957-2780

We are a member of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres