Metlakatla/Prince Rupert – The Metlakatla First Nation submitted a claim with the Specific Claims Process and filed a Declaration with Specific Claims Tribunal asserting that Canada breached its fiduciary obligations to the Metlakatla Indian Band in relation to the 1906 surrender of land comprising parts of the south half of Tsimpsean Indian Reserve No. 2 on Kaien Island, Digby Island, and the Tsimpsean Peninsula. 

Celebrating Chief Councillor Harold Leighton's Remarkable Achievement!
We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chief Councillor Harold Leighton of Metlakatla First Nation for being recognized as one of the 14 distinguished British Columbians to receive the prestigious Order of British Columbia this year. This remarkable achievement is a testament to Chief Councillor Leighton's dedication, leadership, and outstanding contributions to his community and the province at large.
Two Khtada Bursaries of $500 each are available for Metlakatla members pursuing post-secondary education, includes post secondary institution or trades training. 
The bursary must be used within 12 months of being awarded.
Application deadline is Friday, 04 August 2023. 

The Metlakatla First Nation finalized list of candidates is now availalble, Please click this link to see the list. 

For information on voting and polling stations, Please click this link to see the notice of election. 


The Metlakatla First Nation Nomination Meeting was held today, click this link to see the preliminary list of candidates. The final list will be released next week. A reminder that general voting day is September 29, 2023.

In order to be eligible for nominations, prospective candidates must complete and submit the required documents to the Chief Electoral Officer at least seven days BEFORE the Nomination meeting (no later than July 5, 2023).

For more information on the required documents and Ferry Travel Notice for the Nomination meeting, click here for the full notice. 


Please note that the nomination meeting for the 2023 Metlakatla General Election will be held on July 12, 2023 at the Administration Building in Metlakatla BC from 1-4 p.m. The 2023 Metlakatla General Election will be held on September 29, 2023. Click here for the full notice. 

For more information and to download additional forms, visit

The Coast Tsimshian Enterprises (CTE) Bursary Program is administered through the Lax Kw’alaams Business Development and Metlakatla Development Corporation, which provides money for Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla members to continue their post-secondary studies.

Eight CTE Bursaries of $500.00 each are available to Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla members pursuing post secondary education. Click here for more information and the application. 

The Metlakatla Wilderness Trail was officially re-opened on May 25 with a ceremony in Metlakatla. Click here to see the full press release.

Metlakatla members: Please join us in celebrating the re-opening of the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail on Thursday, March 25. For members, there will be a charter leaving the Prince Rupert dock at 10:30 a.m. for a community event starting at 11:30 a.m. A charter will be returning at 2:15 p.m. in addition to the regular return trips to Prince Rupert at 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The charter will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Look for more information on the Wilderness Trail in the coming weeks.