SDNA works to advance Southern Dakelh rights and title, as directed by the Southern Dakelh community and leadership.
In April 2017, Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance became legally registered as a Society in the Province of British Columbia. Its founding members were Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, the Lhtako Dené Nation, the Nazko First Nation and the Ulkatcho First Nation. In December 2022, its members are the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation and the Lhtako Dené Nation. The two Nations, whose traditional territories extend throughout the Northern Interior of British Columbia, have close familial ties and shared languages and cultural values.
We are committed to supporting one another in the assertion and protection of Southern Dakelh title and rights and the exploration of common interests and opportunities.
Who We Are
Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance (SDNA) supports the strong leadership of
Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation and Lhtako Dené Nation.
What We Do
SDNA staff uses our unique skills to support priorities set by the two communities.
How We Do It
We respect and serve the two member Southern Dakelh communities:
we do not duplicate community work or make decisions for SDNA chiefs or Nations.
We are a group of business professionals and scientists, all supporting the association’s needs and communities. We seek to support and demonstrate strong leadership in the assertion of title and rights and pursue these values on behalf of the Southern Dakelh:
We strive to pursue a high quality of performance through focused effort, informed decision-making, and tangible outcomes.
We fulfill our expectations through cooperation and commitment through working as a team.
We exercise our inherent rights and title while collaborating with other Nations and other government relations in a respectful manner.
We demonstrate consideration for peoples, lands, languages, and cultures.
We adapt amid emerging challenges and remain open to opportunities for collaboration.
We exercise our inherent rights and title while conducting our activities accordingly.
We are committed to pursuing win-win solutions by taking our rightful place in our territories, and creating increased predictability across a broad landscape for our Nations, government and stakeholders alike. We hope that the Province of British Columbia recognizes the opportunity to right a wrong and join with us for the betterment of our people and our region.”