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The Sechelt or Shishalh people, (in Sechelt: Shishá7lh) are an indigenous people of Canada. At the time of the first European contact the Sechelt had a population of close to 26,000. Sechelt women were famous for their beautiful cedar woven baskets, which were made using materials such as cedar tree roots, cannery grass and birch bark.
The Sechelt First Nations settlement included four villages on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, two in Jervis Inlet, and one each on Pender Harbour and on Sechelt Inlet. As the Europeans settled in the region, the Sechelt people experienced numerous changes. Disease (especially smallpox) became rampant, and resulted in a severe decrease of the Sechelt population at their various traditional settlements.
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