About SDNA

Our Lands

Our People

Our History

Our Staff

Our Lands

Our People

Our History

Our Staff

About

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. October 7, 2021, its members are the Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation, the Lhtako Dené Nation and the Nazko First Nation. The three 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, Lhtako Dené Nation, and Nazko First Nation

What We Do

SDNA staff uses our unique skills to support priorities set by the three communities.

How We Do It

We respect and serve the three 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:

Excellence

We strive to pursue a high quality of performance through focused effort, informed decision-making, and tangible outcomes.

Unity

We fulfill our expectations through cooperation and commitment through working as a team.

Determination

We exercise our inherent rights and title while collaborating with other Nations and other government relations in a respectful manner.

Respect

We demonstrate consideration for peoples, lands, languages, and cultures.

Flexibility

We adapt amid emerging challenges and remain open to opportunities for collaboration.

Assertiveness

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.”

Chief Liliane Squinas

Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation.