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There is a legend in the aboriginal Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia, passed down through thousands of years of oral history. The story goes that their people fled for survival thousands upon thousands of years ago to a coastal area in Canada that never froze during the Ice Age. An excavation on Triquet Island, on British Columbia’s Central Coast, now gives hard evidence to back up this legend.

The excavation, supported by the Hakai Institute and led by doctoral student Alisha Gauvreau of the University of Victoria and her team, discovered artifacts like fish hooks, a hand drill for igniting fires, and a cache of stone tools, from an ancient village in the traditional Heiltsuk Nation territory.

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