By Christina Doll
Prince George, B.C.
The hard work of Nak’azdli First Nation elders has led to an historical chief receiving national recognition. Fort St. James National Historic Site spokesman Kevin Gedling says Chief Kw’eh has been named a person of National Historic Significance.
“A person on National Historic Significance is an individual who had a far reaching effect on the evolution of Canada’s story,” says Gedling, “not just in the Fraser/Fort. St James area but across the country his effects for us all.”
Chief Kw’eh helped form successful fur trade relationships between aboriginal peoples and company traders in the early to mid-1800s. Kw’eh’s descendent and local elder Lillian Sam completed extensive research to support the nomination process. A bronze plaque and monument will be developed in honour of Kw’eh and displayed in the Fort St. James area.