Dakelh

Introduction

The Dakelh or Carrier are the Indigenous People from the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

Most Carrier call themselves Dakelh, meaning “people who go around by boat”. The term Carrier is an Engligh translation of the name “Aghele” used by the neighboring Sekani People to describe the Dakelh. In French, the Dakelh are referred to as les Porteurs, which means the same thing as Carrier.

Traditional Dakelh territory streches from Stewart lake in the north to the area around the city of Quesnel in the south-east and west to the Hazelton Mountains and the Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains.

The current Dakelh population is estimated at about 6,000 people.

Dakelh “First Nations” include the Lheidli T’enneh, Nadleh Whut’en, Wet’suwet’en, Nak’azdli and Takla Lake among others.

Adapted from Wikipedia’s article on the Dakelh People.

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