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Welcome to the Dictionary of Island Terms. Its purpose is to pin down the patois of Vancouver Island by recording its toponyms, nicknames, phenomena, slang, personalities and places. Explore the ever-growing A-Z here.

Ahousaht | First Nations | A community of around 2,000 people of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation mostly living on (and near) Flores Island in Vancouver Island’s Clayoquat Sound. The term itself means “the people of Ahous” (a bay on nearby Vargas Island). Its population is a 1951 amalgam of Ahousaht, Kelsemaht, Manhousaht, Qwatswayiaht and Bear River bands, making it the largest of the 13 First Nations within the Nuu-chah-nulth umbrella.

Usage: “The Ahousaht have oral traditions and histories that reach back over 18 generations, long before first contact with Europeans…”

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