The Wei Wai Kum (pronounced “wee-why-kum”) Nation is one of several Laich-Kwil-Tach groups who share a common history and the language Lik’wala. The other groups are the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge Indian Band) and the Kwiakah First Nation.
In Lik’wala, the word Laich-Kwil-Tach (pronounced “lee-kwill-tah”) refers to a large sea worm that cannot be easily killed. If it is cut up, the separate pieces survive and swim away. The term therefore means “un-killable thing” and likely refers to our history and reputation as a strong Nation.