• Port Simpson, also known as Lax-Kw’alaams, is an Indigenous village community not far from the city of Prince Rupert. It is the home of the “Nine Tribes” of the lower Skeena River, which are nine of the fourteen tribes of the Tsimshian nation.

    It is an ancient camping spot of the Gispaxlo’ots tribe and in 1834 became the site of a Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) trading post called Fort Simpson, then Port Simpson. It was in Port Simpson in 1931 that the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia was founded as the province’s first Native-run rights organization. Its four founders included the Tsimshian ethnologist William Beynon and Hereditary Chief William Jeffrey.

    A majority of the population are employed at Lax Kw’alaams Fishery which has one large production base located right on the reserved-land of the Port Simpson, BC. The facility produces canned seafood and frozen seafood. Lax Kw’alaams Fishery is 100% owned by the Lax Kw’alaams Band.


  • Village Population: 646 (2016 Census)

    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Northern Health

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

    • Practitioners

      There are no general practitioners yet in this community.

      The nearest health services are located in Prince Rupert