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The Wet'suwet'en First Nation is a First Nations band located outside 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. Its members speak the Witsuwit'en dialect of Babine-Witsuwit'en, a Northern Athabaskan language. The main community is on Palling Indian Reserve No. 1.


The band has approximately 140 members, about half living on reserve.


The band is a member of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and of the Broman Lake Development Corporation.


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 Tayi band later split off from Nee-Tahi-Buhn.


The Unist'ot'en Clan has had a checkpoint for the last half decade, the Unist'ot'en Camp, which has been stopping all pipeline crews from entering the Yintah since they do not have permission from their clan mother Freda Huson. The land is unceded, which means that any corporation, company, or police force from Canada has no authority on the land.


Other Wet'suwet'en nations include the Burns Lake Indian Band, Hagwilget Village First Nation, and Moricetown.

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updated Mon. June 3, 2024

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Today (August 31), Wet'suwet'en chief Karen Ogen, Nee Tahi Buhn chief Ray Morris, Burns Lake Band chief Dan George, and Skin Tyee Nation chief Rene Skin issued a media release that distances the First Nation as a whole from the camp's actions. Going further, it denounces the camp's goal of blocking ...

“We're all Wet'suwet'en,” Chief Karen Ogen told the Straight in a phone interview. Ogen leads the erstwhile Broman Lake Indian Band. Currently known as the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, her community is a partner in the pipeline project, one of many planned for B.C.'s nascent liquefied natural gas industry.


 

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