HAISLA  () are a FIRST NATIONS people occupying the inner North Coast in the KITIMATKEMANO region south of the SKEENA R. Their language, sometimes called Xaisla, belongs to the northern subgroup of the WAKASHAN people and the term Northern Kwakiutl (see KWAKWAKA'WAKW) is sometimes inappropriately applied to them (see also FIRST NATIONS LANGUAGES). Haisla derives from an aboriginal word meaning "those living at the rivermouth." Formerly...

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