kkb-cresentshapeKitsumkalum continues to carry out the important research on our maternal bloodlines and paternal connections, which tell us who we are and anchors us to our land.

The Kitsumkalum Research Department focuses on cultural/social heritage research. Many of our ongoing projects fall under the umbrella of the Kitsumkalum Social History Research Projects, which was created in the late 1970s under the direction of the late Dr. James McDonald, Anthropologist.

The work of Dr. James McDonald forms the large part of our archives, from his own writings and numerous projects to archival documents and other materials from elsewhere that he gathered for Kitsumkalum over the years.

Rebecca Bolton - Ganhada - Waap Niskiimas Giluts'aaw

Photo Courtesy of Mildred Roberts Collection

We are committed to utilizing Community Based Research Methods, taking our direction for numerous projects and their prioritization from Chief and Council. These research methods include analyzing primary and secondary resources and conducting interviews with community members as part of our information gathering techniques. We adhere to ethical research guidelines, ensuring that we obtain proper permissions and maintain confidentiality where requested and required.

We also provide guidance and support to outside researchers from both the arts and sciences interested in conducting research with Kitsumkalum, ensuring that community research protocols are followed. Working collaboratively with other departments internally and with outside heritage organizations also forms part of our mandate.

Some of our long-term ongoing projects include: research into the Wuwaap (houses) whose members are part of Kitsumkalum Band; research activities involving our ancestral village, Robin Town, including the preservation and conservation of this important site; working towards finding ways to ensure Kitsumkalum’s extensive archival holdings are housed safely with better accessibility for ourselves and for community members; creating a quarterly community speaker series and various other outreach initiatives.

Our department staff members are also pursuing degrees and/or are involved with the academic community which is invaluable for maintaining important connections with post-secondary institutions and keeping up to date with new developments in research. These connections also allow us to share knowledge that has been deemed non-confidential by leadership at conferences and other venues, letting people know about Kitsumkalum both regionally and globally.

Please note that the research office is in a transitory state, which includes the development of an administrative structure and corresponding policies and procedures. See the links below for published documents and other sites of interest.

Kitsumkalum Social History & Research Department Team

Brenda Guernsey, MA

Anthropologist, Lead Researcher

Christina Stanley

Ksm Gyila K’yoo, Waap Lagaax Gisbutwada, Kitsumkalum, Researcher

Carly Nabess


Krista Ramsay

Contract Researcher

Sid Roberts

Research Assistant

250-635-6177 ext. 115


P.O. Box 544
Terrace, BC
V8G 4B5