he Tl’azt’en Nation, or “people by the edge of the bay”, is a First Nations community situated in north-central British Columbia, Canada. We know ourselves as Dakelh (we travel by water) but Europeans called us “Carriers”. Our language, Dakelh, is part of the Athapaskan language group.
Prior to European contact, Tl’azt’en’s traditional territory covered a vast area along Stuart Lake running up the Tache River almost to Takla Lake to the north. The Keyoh (land) was managed by family units and the family head governed hunting, fishing and gathering in his Keyoh. It was not until the late 1800s that Tl’azt’enne began to gather in central communities in response to the fur trade and the dictates of the Roman Catholic Church.
The population of Tl’azt’en Nation today is around 1750. Of these, approximately 600 live in one of the main communities of Tache, Binche and Dzitl’ainli, and K’uzche. Tache, the largest of the communities, is situated 65 km north of Fort St. James at the mouth of the Tache River on Stuart Lake. Binche is 25 km from Fort St. James and at the mouth of the Binche River which drains Binche Lake into Stuart Lake. Dzitl’ainli is on Leo Creek Road along side Trembleur Lake. K’uzche is on the Tache River.
Our main administrative offices are in Tache.