Chinlac Massacre Site

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The Chinlac Massacre in the 1780s was fought between two groups of Natives at a camp near the junction of the Stuart and Nechako rivers in the Vanderhoof forest district. The menfolk of the campsite were out hunting while the women and children were slaughtered by the other tribe’s warriors. Vegetation is said not to grow here, and the site is said to harbor bad spirits and eerie feelings. The place can only be accessed by boat or seaplane.

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Geographic Information

Confluence of Stuart River and Nechako River
East of Vanderhoof, BC

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53.99742042938137, -123.54782867492759
Nearest Towns:
Finmoore, BC (2.3 mi.)
Isle Pierre, BC (11.9 mi.)
Mapes, BC (16.9 mi.)
Vanderhoof, BC (19.1 mi.)
Bednesti, BC (20.9 mi.)
Chief Lake, BC (22.7 mi.)
Nechacco, BC (25.8 mi.)
Mud River, BC (25.8 mi.)
Engen, BC (29.9 mi.)
Beaverley, BC (30.4 mi.)


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  1. well i am the great great great grandson of khadiatel the great great grandson of kel-cho and the great grandson of big jim raphael and the grandson of gus raphael the place is the home of big jim and kel-cho there is no bad spirits in chun-lac just bad people telling lies about my family thats what happens when people tell fairy tails about stuff they know nothing about this is my family history and if your going to talk about it please get it right the truth about chun-lac is much more intresting then all the lies : yours truly brian raphael Stony Creek BC

  2. There are many parts of First Nations history that are not talked about. Not all First Nation tribes got along and this site reminds us of that.. Another example is the fear the Haida Nation perpetrated on the mainland tribes, an example of this is the Salish massacre. There are many injustices that the white man brought to the First Nations people, but life wan’t ideal among First Nations people either at this time.

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