Indigenous Peoples History & Culture


The area is rich with First Nations History &Culture.

The history of Burns Lake is rich in First Nations history, culture,
and legend. Today Burns Lake is home to six First Nation bands
– Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Burns Lake
Band, Wet’suwet’en, Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band, and Skin Tyee.
First Nations lived in the Lakes District as hunters and gatherers.
Living from the land, the first inhabitants of this land have many
traditions that have carried through today. The societies of First
Nations in this area were historically matriarchal societies.
Their social and economic structure is, and has always been,
centered around the potlatch, an important celebration held at
major events, such as births, marriages, and deaths. Potlatches
were historically an important economic, political, and social
organization. Today, it remains an important aspect of the First
Nation culture.
Burns Lake joins annually to celebrate this heritage on National
Indigenous Peoples Day. This day is held in recognition of
the important contributions that First Nations people have
made in our community and society. The day kicks off with a
parade, featuring elders, dancers, and drummers each wearing
beautifully handcrafted regalia.
If you are in the area on June 21 this year, be sure to join the
celebration and learn more about these important Native
cultural groups in our area. Stop by the Visitor Centre for
more information.

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