Kelly Lake

KELLY LAKE, pop 148, BC's only METIS community, lies on the lake of the same name (2.02 sq km) astride the BC–Alberta border south of DAWSON CREEK. Founded by a group of trapper families in 1893, the community survived by hunting, trapping and FISHING. By the late 20th century, local resources had been depleted due in part to MINING and LOGGING activity by outside interests, and the community was economically depressed with chronic high unemployment, substandard housing and inadequate...

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