May 7, 2008


Dustin Jeremy Daniel Rivers is a Sḵwxwú7mesh and ‘Namgis of the Kwakwaka’wakw or Kwak’wala-Speaking-Peoples. Dustin was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He was raised in the Xwemelch’stn and Eslha7an villages of Sḵwxwú7mesh-ulh.

Dustin’s father is Kevin Rivers a Sḵwxwú7mesh. His paternal grandfather is the late Frank Rivers of French, English, and Sḵwxwú7mesh decent. His paternal grandmother is Tiyaltelut (Audrey Rivers) (nee Paull), daughter of the late Sḵwxwú7mesh indigenous man Xwupukinem-t/Xwchtaal-t (Andy Paull).

Dustin’s mother is Deborah Baker of Sḵwxwú7mesh and 'Namgis ancestry. His maternal grandfather is Dickie Baker of Sḵwxwú7mesh and Kwagu'ł, as well as English ancestry. His maternal grandmother is the late Shishalh and 'Namgis Tl’akwagilaogwa “Up-To-Her-Hight-in-Copper” (Marie Baker nee Jeffries). His great-grandmother is the late Woł’ge’niga (Catherine Jeffries nee Scow). On this side he is a descendent of the late 'Namgis Chief Tl’akwa “Copper” (Sam Scow) of the T`sit`sał’walagama’yi clan.

He descends from many great and strong ancestors. It is from these roots he connects to his culture, heritage, birthright, and knowledge.
by Rivers on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 |


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