Northeast B.C. group looks to establish new First Nation

A group of more than 100 members of the Fort Nelson First Nation want to establish a new First Nation that they say will better represent them

More than 100 members of the Fort Nelson First Nation say they have given the federal government notice of its intentions to establish a new First Nation in Northeast British Columbia.

The group, Thecannie Koé First Nation, says its governance structure would be based on family clans and traditional land-based values.

“Basically we’re not being represented here,” said William Capot-Blanc, who says he represents more than 100 members.

While Capot-Blanc was unable to reveal much citing legal reasons, he did say the group is looking to remain a part of Treaty 8 and have Fort Nelson lands divided between the groups.

Calls to Fort Nelson First Nation chief and council and the Indigenous Affairs and Northern Affairs Canada were not returned by press time.

Alaska Highway News