Our Territory and Community
We are "the People of the Land" and we have occupied the lands of our traditional territory in the northeast of British Columbia for tens of thousands of years. Our connection with the land and the resources of our territory goes back many generations. We were, and still are, hunters and gatherers and we moved around the territory with the seasons, and with the animals that sustained our way of life and our livelihood.
Many generations of our men, women and children have lived and thrived in this area. We have a commitment, and an obligation, to care for and protect our rights, our lands, our waters, our animals and the whole ecosystem for future generations; but at the same time, we must create economic certainty for our people and balancing those interests are a daily challenge.
We are home to two linguistic groups – Dene and Cree, and we are one of 6 First Nation's that belongs to Treaty 8. Located within the Northern Rockies region of the province, our traditional territory offers an abundance of wildlife and outdoor experiences – hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, boating and motorized recreation – set within northern plains that meet the majesty of the Northern Rockies, our unique positioning sets us apart.
With just over 700 members, and ten reserves, approximately 70 employees of various disciplines provide programs and services to assist the needs of our Nation. Our facilities include an administration department, justice department, independent school, daycare and headstart, lands department, adult learning centre, health centre, cultural arbor and capital works department. Our staffs provide individual and group programs and services to promote individual and community wellness of our Nation.
Two boards operate at an arms-length: the Community Education Authority (CEA) oversees Chalo Independent School Society administration and staff, who provide education and care to over 100 enrolled students between pre 3 to grade 12. The Board of Economic Development oversees revenue producing ventures such as, Eh Cho Dene Enterprises LP, Liard Hotsprings Lodge Ltd., and various property investments and partnership enterprises. Our Chief Operating Officer communicates with and works with these Boards to ensure the consideration of the values and interests of Chief and Council and the Membership.
Employees of Fort Nelson First Nation are public servants who pride themselves on placing the health, safety and wellbeing of community members above all else. While working with this goal in mind we are also eager to embrace new and progressive approaches that support community advancements. If you are eager to work in an environment that embraces cultural approaches while supporting innovative thinking please submit your resume. To learn more about us, visit: www.fortnelsonfirstnation.org – less