Fort Nelson First Nation

Languages: ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Nēhiyawēwin), Dene K’e
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Historically known as: Fort Nelson Slavey Band, Fort Nelson Indian Band

Contact Information:
Fort Nelson First Nation
RR 1
Fort Nelson, BC
V0C 1R0
ph. (250) 774-7257
fx. (250) 774-7260

The Fort Nelson First Nation is "...comprised of 14 major families. Historical Chief, Jimmie Badine, and Headman, Tommy Whitehead, signed an adhesion to Treaty 8 in August 1910.

There are 10 reserves, including Fort Nelson IR #2, Maxhamish Lake, Francois, Moose Lake, Fontas River, Kahntah River, and Snake River. The total land base for the FNFN Reserves is 9556.5 hectares. The Fort Nelson First Nation is located 7km south of the Town of Fort Nelson in the northeastern corner of British Columbia. The community is located at Mile 293-295 on the Alaska Highway."1

Language Information

Dene K’e
Fluent Speakers: 58 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 128 2
Learning Speakers: 154 2

The Fort Nelson First Nation speaks the Dene Tha and Nēhiyawēwin (Cree) languages. The statistics above are for the Dene Tha language.

Community Information

Population: 884 2

"Facilities available on the reserve include an administration office, band hall, Chalo school, daycare/headstart building, lands building, adult learning centre, and capital works."1

Footnotes / References
1. Treaty 8 Tribal Association (n.d.). Treaty 8 Tribal Association.
2. Fort Nelson First Nation (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3342