The Cheslatta Carrier Nation are based at Southbank, on the south shore of Francois Lake, 23 kilometres south of Burns Lake. They have eight reserves on 1,400 hectares, with all reserves located at least five kilometres apart.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Not currently affiliated with any Tribal Association or other groups
Economic Development Background
Cheslatta co-owns the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation (BLNDC) as one of 6 local First Nations (Burns Lake, Cheslatta Carrier, Lake Babine, Nee Tahi Buhn, Skin Tyee, and Wet'suwet'en). The BLNDC works to provide the following: assistance with business plan development, government grant applications, general advisory services, pre and post-loan counseling and trouble shooting, economic and community development assistance to Bands and their communities, access to technical, financial, and management information, and develop, organize and run workshops orientated towards economic development and business initiatives.
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
In addition to its involvement with the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation has maintained active business operations in forestry, operates a successful canoe paddle manufacturer, and has recently negotiated a partnership with the nearby Huckleberry Mine operated by Imperial Metals.