Katzie was a village named after the Kazie First Nation, who, before the smallpox epidemic, were one of the largest Indigenous groups in British Columbia.1 The traditional Katzie territory expanded around Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, and New Westminster. It also had an overlap of shared territory with other Indigenous groups such as the In-SHUCK-ch, Kwickwetlem, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lō, Tsawwassen, Hul'qumi'num, and Tsleil-waututh.2
The traditional territory of the Katzie was disrupted during the colonial period when five reserves were established at Pitt Meadows, Barnston Island, on the Fraser at Langley, Grant Narrows, and a small cemetery located at Maple Ridge. These reserves were adjusted and confirmed in 1880 and again in 1916.3 The land that the Katzie now occupy is equivalent to 335.2 hectares for all five reserves -- significantly less than their traditional territory.4
The mapping of Katzie for the Colonial Despatches is based on this despatch written by Governor Douglas in which he describes the 100 acres of land that were given to the Katzie for their reserve. The 100 acres discussed would be equivalent to the Katzie 1 reserve which is 43 hectares.5 It should be noted that today, the Canadian government still outlines the administrative boundaries of reserves within the jurisdictional oversight of the federal government.6 By delineating Indigenous territory within the confines of state-created reserves, the Canadian government does not fully recognize the traditional non-boundary territories of Indignous peoples, much like colonial officials did in 1865.
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