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Lake Babine Nation AGA
Lake Babine Nation is third largest Aboriginal Band in British Columbia. Lake Babine Administration Office is situated 142 miles West of Prince George, with a total registered membership of over 2,438 [based on 2014 population]. The Nation has 27 reserve lands and three (3) communities, which are inhabited year round, and two that are inhabited year round from time to time.
Prior to 1957, Lake Babine was two separate Bands, the Old Fort Band and the Fort Babine Band, both situated on the Babine Lake. At the time, approximately 12 communities were inhabited year round.
On June 12, 1957, Department of Indian Affairs amalgamated the two Bands to form what is now known as the Lake Babine Nation.
Programs and Services
- Administrative/Finance Responsible for delivering services to our nation.
- Health & Wellness Centre: Health facilities available in Tachet, Fort Babine and Woyenne for community health services; with a Wellness in Woyenne and staffing in Tachet and Fort Babine for mental health, drug and alcohol related services.
- Education:Operating a daycare, pre-school/kindergarten/Elementary and a Adult learning centre in Woyenne. An elementary school operates in Fort Babine.
- Economic Development:
- Social Development Program: Administered by Director who has staffing in Tachet and Woyenne.
- Indian Registry and Membership: Certificate of Indian Status provided by AANDC with required 2 pieces of Identification.
- Housing and Infrastructure: Social Unit at 207, with 40 Subsidy Units; there is Hydro services, water and sewer main for I.R. #27, I.R. #25, I.R. #6.
- Fisheries: The Nation operates the Fisheries program with a fishery fence in Fort Babine and two fish harvest sites located adjacent to Tachet and Donald's Landing.
- Forestry: Liaises with forestry sector, intervention with trap line related issues and archaeological protective measures.
- Land Claims: Operated by Elders Council through the Office of Hereditary Office.
- Treaty: Treaty has been operating in Woyenne.
- PGNAETA: Training and Development services provided to our nation.
Traditional Governing Structure
The Potlatch and Hereditary Chiefs system is strongly practiced. The Potlatch system comprises of four (4) main clans, which are:
1) Beaver/Grouse Clan;
2) Frog/Marten Clan;
3) Caribou/Mountain; and,
4) Bear/Grizzly Clan.
There are over 120 Hereditary Chiefs. The Hereditary Chiefs play an important role in both the political and cultural affairs of the Nation. In addition to the elected Chief and Councillors, the Nation also has an Office of Hereditary Chiefs and a Council of Elders.
The Lake Babine Nation Administration comprising Management and support staff is committed to maintaining a progressive approach to achieve advanced management skills and serve its Council by providing professional services that involves equitable treatment to all individuals or organizations in all aspects of business developments and social harmony.
Political Governing Structure
Presently, the Lake Babine Nation Council is comprised of a Chief, and nine Councillors that are elected for a three-year term under the Band Custom Election.
A Deputy Chief is selected from the Council by the elected Chief. One Councillor from Old Fort, two Councillors from Fort Babine, two Councillors from Tachet and four Councillors from Woyenne Reserve and one Councillor would represent Pinkut Lake/Donalds Landing.
The operation of the Lake Babine Nation is overseen by a General Manager; who is responsible for all the Nation's Programs. General Manager reports to the Chief and Councillors and the Elders Council.
Our Vision for the Governance of the Nation:
"The governance of the Lake Babine Nation in unity will honor and serve all communities and members of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Lake Babine Nation will holistically plan and ensure the principals of equality, accountability, transparency, commitment and trust to preserve and enhance our traditional culture, language, families, lands and resources for time immemorial."