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Nak'azdli Band

About Us

Nak’azdli Whut’en is a non-treaty First Nation located adjacent to Fort St. James, BC. It has eighteen reserves in total in and around Fort St. James. Most people live on Indian Reserve (IR) #1 which is separated from Fort St. James by Kwah Road. There are also a few families on IR #1A up the North Road at Four-Mile and William’s Prairie Meadow.

The current population of Nak’azdli is close to 2000 members though only about 700 live “on-reserve.” Most of those living “off-reserve” live in Fort St. James or Prince George. There is also a significant population in Vancouver but Band Members are scattered throughout BC and beyond.

Nak’azdli receives funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) based on its population. The money is to pay for the various programs available to Band Members (see Community Relations) but the programs are targeted at those living on-reserve. The one instance where this restriction is not enforced is in regard to education funding; those living off-reserve can apply for funding to go to school.

Nak’azdli was involved in the BC Treaty Process. After several years of negotiations, Nak’azdli withdrew from the process as it was not progressing in an acceptable manner. The map here represents the traditional territory as it was identified while involved in treaty negotiations. All families in Nak’azdli were interviewed to determine their access to various keyoh for hunting, trapping, fishing, gathering, and general use. This map represents the area used by Nak’azdli Band members. Some of the areas are covered by traplines owned by Band members as well. There is overlap with neighbouring Bands because families intermarried and gained access to their spouse’s territories.

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