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Lax Kw'alaams Band


The Tsimshian proved to be shrewd business people who early European fur traders learned were formidable commercial competitors.

The Tsimshian had vast experience facilitating inter-tribal trade given their pivotal location on the coast. Tribal leaders originally utilized trade with Europeans to further develop their cultures under their own distinctive lines.

Throughout the nineteenth century, the Tsimshian were significantly involved in industrial production, manufacturing, mercantile enterprises, and wage labour. The traditional economy of the Tsimshian was largely based on fishing, hunting and trapping. Today, we are involved in the fishing industry, aquaculture, forestry, and are seeking to rebuild our financial system by constructively engaging in the market economy.

Lax Kw’alaams Business Development LP works to enhance the quality of life for all of the members of the Lax Kw’alaams Band by forging partnerships that build an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable future.