Carbon dating has revealed that an s7ístken (pit house) in Líl̓wat Traditional Territory dates back from 300 years to more than 1100 years ago. Furthermore, an older date suggests the site has been used as a seasonal camp about 5,500 years ago. The ruins of the traditional Líl̓wat dwelling were found next to the Birkenhead River.
“This is a very exciting cultural discovery,” said Lands and Resources Director Harriet VanWart. “There is now solid evidence of Líl̓wat people calling this land home for thousands of years.”
To celebrate this important breakthrough, the Lands and Resources department is hosting a community presentation on Thursday, May 12 at 7 pm at the Banquet Hall of Úll̓us a Community Complex. Líl̓wat Cultural Technician Johnny Jones will be joined by Dr. Bill Angelbeck of Douglas College’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology to discuss the cultural and social relevance of the findings.
Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring your drums and your voices to join in celebrating this culturally significant finding.
For more information, please call:
Bobbi Jo Leo
Lands and Resources Office Coordinator