Credit: Image A-00295 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum

Credit: Image B-03552 courtesy of the Royal BC Museum

Placer Gold discovered in Haida Gwaii. There was a quartz vein full of gold at Lax Kw’alaams, then called Fort Simpson. A HBC representative was taken to the vein by two locals and their child. While the three were chipping gold pieces, the child stayed with the canoe and minded the gold they brought back. On their last trip back to the canoe, they found that the child had dumped all of the gold into the water. This turned out to be one of the only fruitful quartz veins in Haida Gwaii. There was another at Skidegate that the Haida people would quickly gather all of the gold from after each dynamite blast by European miners before they could get to it