Welcome to the Fort Nelson First Nation's Lands Department!
The Lands Department is responsible for ensuring the interests of the Fort Nelson First Nation are represented in all matters related to lands and natural resources in our territory. Department staff support Chief and Council and all FNFN citizens to ensure our treaty rights are respected, protected and practiced long into the future. We are stewards of the land and we honour our responsibilities to our land and our future generations. We honour our ancestors and engage Dene and Cree knowledge along with western science to help balance economic development with healthy ecosystems to ensure the ongoing practice of our Treaty rights and responsibilities.
Lands Department Programs and Services
Our programs and services support the exercise and protection of our treaty rights and land-based cultures.
Land & Resource Management
Our team provides expertise in natural resource management, consultation and negotiation, and Indigenous and Aboriginal law to ensure our lands and resources are used and protected according to our laws & values.
FNFN Land Guardians
Our "eyes and ears" on the ground, increasing FNFN's presence on the land, participating in land management and restoration work, and supporting land-based cultural activities.
Land-Based Culture Program
We provide on-the-land language and cultural learning opportunities for FNFN members, including a Harvester Support Program to support intergenerational well-being.
Our people wish to be on the land learning, teaching, hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering food and medicines, and sharing our harvest with our families and relatives. These activities are at the core of our identity and the FNFN is committed to supporting our members to continue these practices and to ensure a healthy land base for our families to thrive in. We have learned from the lives and experience of our ancestors and we believe:
Chief Jimmie Badine and Headman Tommy Whitehead signed the Fort Nelson adhesion to Treaty No. 8 on August 15, 1910 at the Old Fort village. The 1910 treaty talks affirmed our rights and responsibilities to our lands and ways of life “for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the rivers flow.” In the spirit of this treaty of peace, sharing and co-existence, we welcome others to our territory with the promise that they will respect our land, our treaty, and our people.