Today we have a vibrant cultural and economic presence in the North Peace area. We want to share who we are with the world and welcome all to embrace our values and understand who we are as a people. We pride ourselves on balancing our traditions of yesterday with the new opportunities of today. We celebrate our culture and prosper with responsible economic development. Our land, our people and our future are in harmony with mother earth.
We are located in the Peace River Country in northern British Columbia.
We are part of the Danezaa people and language group. The Dane-zaa (ᑕᓀᖚ, also spelled Dunneza, or Tsattine, and historically often referred to as the Beaver tribe by Europeans) are a First Nation of the large Athapaskan language group; our traditional territory is around the Peace River of the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. About 1,000 Dane-zaa are living today in British Columbia and perhaps half speak the Danezaa language, and around 2,000 live in Alberta.
We used to be part of the Hudson Hope Indian Band, but in 1971 we became independent of each other becoming the Halfway River First Nation and West Moberly First Nations. We are an unaffiliated members of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, although non-tribal council member West Moberly is a member the T8TA political body, which is registered under the B.C. Societies Act. Today we lead ourselves through unique governance that has family elected councilors representing each families’ hopes and aspirations. Our leadership is incredibly stable and proven to be one of the most successful governance models of First Nation’s today. Prior to 1800 the Dane-zaa inhabited lands further east, near the Athabaska and Clearwater rivers, and north to Lake Athabaska, as well as territory north of the upper Peace River. Recent archaeological evidence establishes that the area of Charlie Lake north of Fort St John has been continuously occupied for 10,500 years by varying cultures of indigenous peoples.