Sa nah nehlee! Welcome to the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department. Our Department serves FNFN members by protecting and asserting our rights to our traditional lands, that have sustained us for countless generations.
Responsible for ensuring that the interests of the Fort Nelson First Nation are represented with regard to all matters of Lands and Natural Resources. Supports Chief and Council and all members of the community to ensure that Treaty Rights are respected, protected and able to be exercised by all community members.
We envision a future when our community works together to care for our land, air and water. We envision our community taking a central role in land and resource management in our territory and we strive for responsible development in our land, where balance is once again found between our traditional cultural values and economic use of the land and resources. Today the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Department upholds the spirit and intent of our treaty by asserting our rights to our land and taking responsibility to ensure that our future generations are able to live their lives in our lands in a way that honours our ancestors.
"For as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the rivers flow."
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Harvester Support Programs & Services
The FNFN Harvester Support Program provides financial and other support to eligible FNFN band members who need supplies and equipment for harvesting and sewing.
Programs and services that support traditional harvesting include:
Trapper Incentive Program provides financial assistance to FNFN Certified and/or Registered Trappers and to encourage FNFN members to take up trapping activities.
Hide & Fur Supply Program provides support to traditional crafters & artists by providing access to supplies including processed hides and furs.
Harvesters Assistance Program provides financial support to assist individual FNFN members in traditional harvesting activities.
Community Harvest Program provides financial support to assist FNFN members or organizations to host community harvesting activities that welcome FNFN families & youth and provide food for Elders.
Harvesters’ Association Program provides an annual financial contribution for the establishment and ongoing support of a FNFN community association representing the interest of hunters, trappers and crafters.
We are protectors of this land and have a strong presence which we are dedicated to increasing. We are also knowledge keepers and are utilizing our Ancestor's knowledge, as well as, modern science to help us balance industry and preservation."
~ RFOV, p. 38