Our History

As an organization that works for the success and wellness of Southern Dakelh Peoples, we are young. The values, lands, and people we work for and learn from belong to Lhoosk’uzt’en (Lhoosk’uz Dené Nation), Nazkot’en (Nazko First Nation), and Lhtakot’en (Lhtako Dené Nation.) These communities guide all of our work at Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance.

One of the early priorities for SDNA was to respond to the Nenqay Deni Accord, signed by the Province of British Columbia and Tsilhqot’in National Government in February 2016. As an alliance, SDNA opposes the accord and its encroachment on our territory, decision-making, and economic benefits.

Strategic Priorities

With direction and support from Southern Dakelh Elders and Communities, the SDNA Board of Directors – the Chiefs of each of the three communities – directs SDNA staff  in the work we do with Canada through Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination negotiations; the Province through reconciliation negotiations; and Tsilhqot’in National Government through Nation to Nation negotiations.

We respect and serve the three member Southern Dakelh communities: we do not duplicate community work or make decisions for SDNA chiefs or Nations. SDNA supports the direction, vision, and decision-making of SDNA chiefs as set out in the Strategic Plan. We provide professional advice, strategic support, and research and information in six key areas identified by Southern Dakelh Chiefs. These key areas are:

SDNA supports the direction, vision, and decision-making of SDNA chiefs as set out in the Strategic Plan.

Exercise Rights and Title

Greater strength in negotiations with government and industry

Stimulate Economic Development

Greater certainty and opportunity with respect to economic development and revenue sharing

Enhance Health and Wellness

Greater benefits for the health and wellness of our communities

Manage Land and Resources

Greater opportunity for collaboration and partnership in stewardship responsibilities

Sustaining Governance and Organisational Resiliency

Greater trust and understanding between our Member Nations

Advance Education and Training

Greater opportunity for capacity development and training

SDNA supports the direction, vision, and decision-making of SDNA chiefs as set out in the Strategic Plan.

Timeline at a Glance

February 2016

Nenqay Deni Accord signed by BC and TNG

April 2016

Southern Dakelh Nation Alliance formed

Spring 2017

SDNA Strategic Plan created

August 2017

SDNA-Canada negotiations began

December 2017

SDNA-BC negotiations began

 March 2018

SDNA signs MOU

July 2018

SDNA signs two framework agreements with Canada and BC

June 2019

SDNA signs Pathways Agreement with Canada

June 2019

Present: Continued work on Canada, BC and TNG negotiations, and fulfilling strategic goals in six key areas.