Welcome to the website of the Fort Nelson First Nation!
A Nation, A People - Strong, Healthy, Proud and Self-Reliant.
Message from Chief Harrison Dickie
Welcome to Fort Nelson First Nation. We are the Dene and Cree descendants of the Liard River watershed located in northeastern British Columbia. FNFN is situated by the forks of the Muskwa and Nelson rivers after our eleven original villages formed what is now IR#2. Our Nation has been a progressive and dynamic government through several generations of strong leadership and guidance from our Elders.
Fort Nelson First Nation has several advancing and evolving departments in Administration, Housing, Lands and Treaty, Justice, Health and Community Services, Economic Development, Capital Works and Education. Our departments as a whole ensure the well-being of all aspects of our community.
We have achieved many successes in community infrastructure, economic development, and education, while maintaining the delicate balance of protecting our treaty, land and water rights by embracing our people’s inherit right to self-govern our territory as we have before the time of immemorial.
Our Nation’s priorities have a strong focus on ensuring our Elder’s wisdom and sacrifices are honored as we carve out the future of our people. Through the guidance of our Elders and past leadership we put emphasis on ensuring our youth have opportunities to achieve their educational goals. These mandates, will ultimately build a “strong, healthy, proud and self-reliant” Nation.
We, the people of the Fort Nelson First Nation assert our aboriginal rights to ownership and jurisdiction in our territory and our rights are confirmed by The Royal Proclamation of 1763, The Constitution Act (1867), Treaty No. 8 of 1899, Sections 15, 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act (1982) and Articles 33 and 35 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of indigenous Peoples.
Members! We need your information!
We need your contact information for the First Nation Land Management Initiative:
Please contact Cynthia Burke with your information. She can be reached at 250.774.6313 or
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Anyone wishing to view past copies of the Fort Nelson First Nation monthly newsletter, can stop in at the Administration Office; due to technical difficulties, we've removed them from our website.