What Clan are you from? A message from Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson
Before Colonialism, Líl̓wat7u̓l had to have been lead by several clans and or family systems, some of the clans: Wolf Clan, Grizzly Bear Clan, Owl Clan, and Sa̓inux Clan (half human/half fish). Knowing your clan was an important part of knowing who you were and your relationship to the community. Líl̓wat Nation would like to bring this understanding back as a key part of self- and family-identity.
“It is an awakening and an awareness that would be very empowering if people could find out what clan they are from and shared that information,” says Kúkwpi7 Skalúlmecw Chief Dean Nelson, who understands that he is a member of the Qawam (Wolf) Clan. “It’s time we all look at this system as it is an important path to Nt̓ákmen (Our Way).”
If you’re not sure what clan you are from, ask your family members, Elders or Knowledge Keepers. It is a step in knowing. You can share this information when you introduce yourself. Once we have clarified our clan and family ties we can acknowledge and share at our fall celebration. This information will also be valuable to the Comprehensive Community Planning process. “Part of setting our path forward, is knowing our past.”