In 1811 the Clayoquot seized the TONQUIN, a trading ship of the Pacific Fur Co. This incident effectively ended the maritime fur trade at Clayoquot Sound. The Clayoquot were renowned for their fine canoes, and traded them to other native peoples. The main Clayoquot villages were Opitsat, Echachist and Okeamin. Today the Clayoquot occupy their villages of Opitsat and Esowista. The 1996 census reported 675 Clayoquot in Canada.
Author JOHN DEWHIRST
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge
The website for the Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge, which features Canada's largest essay writing competition for Aboriginal youth (ages 14-29) and a companion program for those who prefer to work through painting, drawing and photography. See their guidelines, teacher resources, profiles of winners, and more. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
Researching Clayoquot Sound
Check out the latest ecological studies in the beautiful Clayoquot Sound region. From the University of Victoria.
Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples
The website for the "Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples." Click on the links for feature articles about Canada's many multicultural communities, access to their extensive digital archives collection, learning modules, and much more. From "Multicultural Canada."
Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks
View a map and photos of the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks, regions which integrate human activities with environmental stewardship programs.