Representing the people of Nazko, Baezeako, and Trout Lake,
Chief and Councils vision is to create a
holistic, safe, united community
by using a cultural approach to build
an economically viable and sustainable future.
By identifying community needs, the Nazko Band
Administration will build capacity through positive
role modelling and teamwork, effective, compassionate
delivery of quality services and programs for our community and promote sustainable economic development to achieve self-reliance.
PART OF THE GREAT CARRIER NATION
OUR LAND IS OUR HISTORY, CULTURE AND IDENTITY
Serving the communities of Chuntezni'ai, Besikoh, and Bunchek
Nazko First Nation has 7 Rivers in the heart of its Traditional Territory, also many great fishing lakes all year round, lands mainly Pine forest covered used for harvesting cambium, many hiking trails such as the Nuxalk Carrier Grease Trail. The Trail systems were used in a number of ways; economic – trading with neighbors, social – visiting friends and family, obtaining resources – hunting, trapping, berry picking and resource gathering and occasionally to engage in warfare. The harsh climate and short growing season made it necessary for people to use a large area of land to obtain what they needed from the land. The lifestyle was geared for traveling, as it still much the same at present with Nazko Gateway Project underway to open the door for economic, social, and obtaining resources.
The word"Nazko" is a Carrier word meaning “river that runs from the south”.
For thousands of years, the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions of BC have been home to the Carrier people, who thrived with their families from the bounty of this beautiful land.
The Grease trail had been a major trading route for the Carrier people and surrounding tribes. There are countless stories of how the ‘oolichan’ fish were used to sustain the people and was highly prized for its use as cooking oil and lighted candles. The Grease Trail passed through the territories of the Nazko and Kluskus peoples and is still used today for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking to remote regions.
No doubt you have heard the stories of early explorers ‘discovering’ the Pacific passage in 1793, when Alexander and his entourage were led through this historic land by Carrier guides. The First Nation guides were hired to lead the explorers more than 158 miles over the ancient Grease Trail.
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