In 1969 an archaeology team from Simon Fraser University dug up bones and artifacts that were 1,000 to 6,000 years old in Namu. They uncovered burial bones, artifacts and artwork that indicate human habitation in Namu as early as 11,500 years ago. Found in the traditional territory of the Heiltsuk First Nation, the remains were those of their ancestors.
In September 2011, forty years later, members of the Heiltsuk Nation, Squamish Nation and SFU officials held a 2 hour ceremony beginning process of returning the Heiltsuk’s ancestors to Naum. Learn more about this incredible journey in this video.