Community Description

The Fort Nelson First Nation are a strong, healthy, proud and self-reliant people who have traditionally inhabited a vast terrain of the northeastern plains of British Columbia. FNFN is committed and obligated to care for and pretect our rights, lands, waters, animals, and the ecosystem as a whole for future generations. Our main community is located at Mile 295 off the Alaska Highway.

Treaty or Tribal Association

Treaty 8 First Nations

Economic Development Background

Fort Nelson First Nation owns a number of businesses, which are currently under the responsibility of the band's Economic Development Department. FNFN has filed documents to create a separate entity to run its businesses. This will separate FNFN politics and business, minimize liability to FNFN, and minimize the tax payable by FNFN.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Economic Development is responsible for the current businesses—Eh-Cho-Dene; Liard Hot Springs Lodge; the Gravel Pit; the Rig Partnership with Ensign; the Qualicum property; and is involved in the FNFN partnerships with Black Diamond (Black Diamond Dene) and Northwestel (Waterways)— and also is mandated to pursue economic opportunities for FNFN.

Community Details:

Fort Nelson
Adhered To Treaty No. 8 (1910) As Part Of Sicanees (Variation Sicannie, Siccanni, Secannie (Pre-1958), Sekani) Of Fort Nelson; Split Into Prophet River & Fort Nelson (1974); Changed To Fort Nelson First Nation;
Dene K’e Nēhiyawēwin
Northeast (Fort St. John)
9752.6 hectares

Contact Details:

Dave Sutherland Chair, Board of Directors
(250) 774-6313
(250) 774-6317
RR 1, Mile 295 Alaska Highway Fort Nelson, BC, Canada V0C 1R0
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