The Stuart Nechako is a sub-region of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and is home to 21,771 people living in small towns, rural settings and remote communities, including seven First Nations communities. To find out more about each First Nations Community visit their webpages.
Nadleh Whut’en First Nation (formerly Fraser Lake), has 391 band members, and their main community is on Nautley Indian Reserve #1, near Fort Fraser, approximately 130 km west of Prince George (seven reserves in total on 969 hectares). Nadleh Whut’en Band is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
Nak’azdli Band (formerly Necoslie) has 1,560 band members and the main community is on Nak’azdli Indian Reserve #1, adjacent to Fort St. James, approximately 145 km northwest of Prince George (total of 16 reserves on 1,458.2 hectares.) Nak’azdli has three major forestry related enterprises, including the Tl’Oh Forest Products, and as many as 12 members that sub-contract to the forest sector. Nak’azdli Band is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
Saik’uz First Nation (formerly Stoney Creek) has 817 band members and the main community is on Stoney Creek Indian Reserve #1, approximately 95 km west of Prince George (10 reserves on 3,235.7 hectares). Saik’uz First Nation has one reserve within the District of Vanderhoof called Noonla Reserve, that is adjacent to the CN Rail Line and Highway 16. Saik’uz First Nation is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
Stellat’en First Nation (formerly Stellaquo) has 370 band members and the main community is on Stellaquo (Stella) Indian Reserve #1, at the mouth of the Stellako River, approximately 150 km west of Prince George (total of two reserves on 851.5 hectares.) Stellat’en First Nation is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. The Tribal Council head office is located at the administration offices of the Stellat’en First Nation.
Takla Lake First Nation has 587 band members and the main community is on North Takla Lake Indian Reserve #7, at Takla Landing on the east shore of Takla Lake, approximately 130 km north of Fort St James (total of 17 reserves on 809.4 hectares.) Takla Lake First Nation has approximately 650 members. It was created by the amalgamation of the Takla Lake and Fort Connelly bands in 1959. Takla Lake First Nation is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
Tl’azt’en Nations (formerly Stuart-Trembleur) has 1,399 band members and 600 are reported to live off reserve. Most band members live on the Tache, Nancut and Pinchie reserves, approximately 50 km northwest of Fort St. James on the north shore of Stuart Lake (49 reserves on 2,785.7 hectares). The small settlements of Middle River on Trembleur Lake and Grand Rapids, along the Tache River between Stuart Lake and Trembleur Lake also belong to Tl’azt’en Nation. The main administrative offices are in Tache, as are the elementary school, daycare, Head Start, health and RCMP offices. Tl’azt’en Nation holds Tree Farm License 42 and operates a logging company, Tanizul Timber. It manages the John Prince Research Forest jointly with the University of Northern British Columbia. Tl’azt’en Nations is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.
Yekooche First Nation is based 75 kilometers northwest of Fort St. James, British Columbia at the north end of Stuart Lake on Yekooche reserve and lands (about 6,340 hectares in size). Yekooche is a small community reserve. There are 225 bandmembers of which 120 live on reserve. Near to Yekooche are Babine, Cunningham and Whitefish Lakes. The Yekooche First Nation Agreement-In-Principle was officially signed on August 25, 2006 by Yekooche First Nation Chief Allan Joseph, the provincial Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Tom Christensen and the federal Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Andy Scott on behalf of their governments