We, the We Wai Kai embrace our language and culture to build a proud, healthy, safe and self sufficient community. We support and encourage each other to thrive through following the footsteps of our ancestral history, as stewards of our lands and waters, while balancing our role in modern day society.
Our Creation Story
The name We Wai Kai comes from the Chief named Way Key and those descending from Way Key who survived the great flood. The original village was in Topaz Harbour where Way Key gathered his tribe together when he had a vision about an upcoming flood. Woven cedar ropes were made that began in the village and ascended to the top of the mountain where Way Key lashed four canoes together.
Finally the flood did occur; however due to Way Key’s hard work and planning, the tribe has lots to eat. When the current was too strong Way Key began to worry about the woven cedar rope. Way Key ordered one canoe to be sent adrift which the current took south. The current reversed to the north and was strong again; Way Key ordered another canoe to be sent adrift which went north.
When the flood receded, Way Key was left with two canoes in the same place. As the story goes the canoe that drifted south landed around the state of Washington and the canoe that went north ended up around Kitimat and to this day our language, culture and names are similar. The two canoes that remained are considered to be the descendants that are now known as the We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge Band), and the Wei Wai Kum Nation (Campbell River Indian Band).
We Wai Kai Today
The We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge Band) current population is approximately 1200 Citizens, about 1/2 live on reserve (split between Cape Mudge Village and Quinsam Reserve), and the other 1/2 live off reserve.
The Nation has 5 designated reserve lands covering 685 hectares (1693 acres), they are named/numbered as follows:
Village Bay — IR #7
Located on the east side of Quadra Island, is 4.11 hectares and is uninhabited.
Open Bay — IR #8
Located in the east side of Quadra Island is 5.0 hectares and is uninhabited.
Drew Harbour — IR #9
Located on the east side of Quadra Island is 96.9 hectares and is home the We Wai Kai Campground, the We Wai Kai Nation Seafood Corporation and the Raving Raven.
Cape Mudge — IR #10
Located on the south-western portion of Quadra Island. This is the largest of the 5 reserves at 458 hectares and is home to about 40% of the Nation on reserve housing, the We Wai Kai Nation Administration office, the Cape Mudge Boatworks, a wharf, cemetery, church, park, community garden and swimming pool. A pre-school and daycare facilities. Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge, the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, and the ancient petroglyphs found on the shores of the waterfront village
Quinsam — IR #12
Located within the city limits of Campbell River, occupying about 121 hectares and is home to 60% of the Nations houses. Quinsam Reserve houses the Quinsam Crossing Economical Development Area, including the Quinsam Shell Gas Station, The Quinsam Liquor Store, and Lee’s Famous Chicken. The Quinsam Wellness Centre, a Head Start Pre-school Program, Band Administration Offices, a learning center and a soccer field. The Band Administration Offices service Cape Mudge and Quinsam reserves.
Chief & Council
Chief and Council work to deliver effective and efficient programs, businesses and services while respecting our Nation’s culture and traditions.Meet our Chief & Council
We Wai Kai Nation