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The Cariboo economic region is the third largest development region in the province, encompassing 131,286 square kilometres of land in the northern interior of the province. It spans from the Cariboo plateau in the west to the valleys of the Cariboo and Rocky Mountain ranges. It includes the city of Prince George, which acts as a major service centre for the northern half of the province. Just over 6% of the region’s 153,800 residents are First Nations.
The Cariboo region is characterized by vast forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, and interior plateau lands between the Coast Mountains and the Rockies. The region is comprised of the traditional territories of a number of interior First Nations: The Secwepemc and Stl’atl’imx in the south-central part of the region, the Tsilhqot’in in the region’s east, and the Dakelh in the north towards Prince George and beyond.