The first Indian Affairs officials in the region designated the Wet’suwet’en population as different Bands, usually according to their area of residence. The first names used were the Decker Lake, Francois Lake, Maxan Lake and Skin Tyee Bands of the Francois Lake Tribe. In 1960, these four Bands amalgamated to form the Omineca Band. In 1984, the Omineca Band divided into the Broman Lake Band and the Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band. In 2000, the Skin Tyee Band split off from Nee Tahi bun. The Broman Lake is now known as the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. The Skin Tyee Band, Nee Tahi Buhn Band, Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Moricetown Band and Hagwilget Band make up the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
The Wet’suwet’en First Nation (No. 725), is located west of Burns Lake in the central interior of British Columbia. It was formerly known as the Broman Lake Indian Band and is still usually referred to as Broman Lake, although this is no longer its official name. Members speak the Witsuwit’en dialect of Babine-Witsuwit’en, a Northern Athabaskan language. The main community is Palling Indian Reserve No. 1.
Approximately 255 members live on and off Reserve lands. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation was formerly part of the Omineca Band. In 1984 the Omineca Band split into the Broman Lake and Nee-Tahi-Buhn bands. The Skin Tyee Band later split off from Nee-Tahi-Buhn.