AiM Land’s Indigenous Engagement team visits Tse’Khene Nation
Earlier this fall our Indigenous Engagement team visited Tse’Khene Nation (People of the Rocks) at McLeod Lake, BC. This area is incredibly beautiful and with a rich history dating back to the early 1800’s.
The McLeod Lake Tse’khene was first encountered by Alexander Mackenzie on his journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1797. In 1805, the Northwest Company erected British Columbia’s first fur trading post at the mouth of the Pack River on McLeod Lake.
Originally named Trout Lake Fort, it was founded by the explorer and North West Company trader Simon Fraser in 1805 and was for a while known as La Malice Fort, after an employee left in charge during Fraser’s absence. It became known soon after as Fort McLeod during the tenure of Archibald Norman McLeod, who was in charge of the post for many years. The site of the fort was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1953.
It is notable for being the first continuously inhabited European settlement established west of the Rocky Mountains in present-day Canada.
These pictures are of the lake where the local indigenous groups would gather to trade fur with the Northwest Company (original buildings pictured). We are thankful to the Tse’Khene Nation for sharing their time and great history with us.
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