Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department

The Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department (AND) of Nisga'a Lisims Government was created to protect, preserve, and promote Nisga'a language, culture, and history. The department works to ensure Nisga'a people are politically, economically, socially, and spiritually healthy, and empowered by a thorough understanding of what it means to be Nisga'a.

AND supports the cultural integrity of Nisga'a Lisims Government programs and services. This is achieved by preserving the past and ensuring that Nisga'a knowledge and traditions inform government practices. Providing interpretation of Nisga'a language and culture, AND enriches Nisga'a people with a broader understanding of our unique identity. This is achieved through:

  • development and maintenance of a catalogue system for Nisga'a archives
  • resource and administrative support for the Council of Elders and various government committees
  • liaison and negotiations with Royal B.C. Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute, and
  • research and production of books on key aspects of Nisga'a culture.

AND Guiding Principles

  • Acknowledge & provide for the community
  • Promote research & understanding
  • Respect traditional ownership of adaawak' (family oral history)
  • Recognize the importance of knowing and conserving the adaawak' and histories of the Nisga'a Nation

AND Collection

  • Nisga'a culture & history files
  • Nisga'a oral histories
  • Ayuukhl Nisga'a Committee/Council of Elders
  • Nisga'a Tribal Council Convention Booklets
  • Marius Barbeau Collection (Including William Beynon), partial collection only
  • Calder Case Files
  • Gary Fiegehen's Photo collection
  • NTC Land question research maps
  • Ayuukhl Nisga'a Volumes
  • Nisga'a Tribal Council Land Question photos

AND Projects

  • Territorial Binders (compilation of archival information, historical information, and oral histories information)
  • Nisga'a Traditional Name Repository
  • Cataloguing AND Collection
  • Exhibit designs
  • Council of Elders Resource
  • Academic research requests
  • Editing Nisga'a materials

"The Ayuukhl Nisga'a is our code of laws... ten areas we still observe and consider hallowed. The first is respect. When you understand the meaning of respect, you have a power that emanates from you. People around you will respond in kind-they will treat you respectfully."-the late Bert McKay, Nisga'a elder

Fran Johnson, Manager, Ayuukhl Nisga'a Department
Toll free 1 866 633 3018, fran.johnson@nisgaa.net