Acho Dene Koe First Nation Traditional Territory
Acho Dene Koe traditional territory and waters span three jurisdictions: BC, Yukon and Northwest Territories. Our main community is Fort Liard, north of the BC-Northwest Territories border, and we still maintain a small settlement at François Lake in northern BC. We have overlapping and/or shared territory in Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and Yukon. In Northwest Territories with Sambaa K’e Dene Nation and Naha Dene First Nation, in Britsh Columbia with Fort Nelson First Nation and in Yukon with the Kaska Dena Council.
The political boundaries of modern-day territories and provinces have impacted the ability of Canada’s First Nations to assert their rights over traditional areas, because of varied policies, procedures, legislature, and government bodies.
As the longstanding stewards of this territory, Acho Dene Koe members have carefully maintained traditional practices which value balance, sustainability, and responsibility. It is the intention that the move towards self-governance will continue to support these traditions and the ability of Acho Dene Koe to responsibly manage lands and resources, as we have for centuries.