Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning

Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning

The city of Prince George is situated on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. The word Lheidli means "where the two rivers flow together" and T'enneh means "the People".

The traditional way of life for the Lheidli T’enneh is rooted in their rugged northern environment. The traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation stretches over 4.3 million hectares, from the impressive Rocky Mountains to the beautiful interior plateau, including the City of Prince George.

For at least 9,000 years the Lheidli T’enneh have met the challenges of their environment and followed the rhythms of the seasons. 

The Exploration Place is located within “Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park”. The park encompasses the historic Lheidli T’enneh cemetery and sits on the original village site of Lheidli. The importance of this site cannot be reiterated enough.

We have established an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the Lheidli T’enneh and their Elders.  As trust has grown between us, the Lheidli T’enneh have reached out to the Museum with new images, archival documents, oral histories, artifacts and friendship; all of which are helping us to compile a Lheidli collection and body of knowledge, that will ultimately form the basis for a collective understanding of their culture and their contributions to the development of this Region from prehistory to today.

In 2016, The Exploration Place and Lheidli T’enneh Nation began construction on a new permanent gallery titled, “Hodul’eh-a: A Place of Learning”. This project has been some 20 years in the making.

The Lheidli T'enneh Nation Chief and Council as well as the Lheidli Elders Group have participated in multiple consultations and made vastly significant contributions in the areas of content, language and style. 

Together, The Exploration Place and the Lheidli T’enneh have opened “Hodul’eh-a:  A Place of Learning” on June 21st 2017. The journey in completing this gallery has been an important one. We have discovered firsthand the importance of friendship, inclusiveness and the strength of cooperation.