Blueberry River First Nations

Preferred Name:
Blueberry River First Nations
Alternative Name:
Adhered To Treaty No. 8 (1899) As Part Of Beaver Of Fort St. John (Variation Beaver, St. John Beaver); Changed To Fort St. John (1962); Split From Fort St. John To Form Blueberry River And Doig River (1977)
Dane-Zaa, Nēhiyawēwin
BC Regional Office:
Northeast (Fort St. John)
Reserve Land Area:1,505.80 ha
Chief Marvin Yahey Sr.
Councillor Derek Greyeyes,
Councillor Shawn Davis,
Councillor Sherry Dominic,
Councillor Wayne Yahey
Governance Structure:
Indian Act
Population (off First Nations land):295
Population (on First Nations land):190
Population Total:485
Address: P.O. Box 3009
V0C 2R0
Economic Development Contact: Martin Juister
General Manager
Fax: (250) 630-2588
Phone: (250) 630-2614
Community Description
Blueberry River First Nations is located in northeastern British Columbia and is a member of the Treaty 8 First Nations. BRFN, a proud and unified people, will work together as a self-governing nation to ensure enhanced quality of life for current and future generations of our people to develop a sustainable, self reliant and vibrant community that is built upon our traditional and forward thinking values.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Treaty 8 First Nations
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Blueberry River First Nations owns and operates Blueberry River Enterprises GP Ltd., which specializes in the construction, alteration, repair and development of any type of earthwork. We develop well sites, plant sites, roads, clean-ups, right–of-way and seismic clearing. Our business is comprised of highly qualified ticketed personnel, to ensure each project is finished efficiently and safely to the best of industry standards. Each member of our team has a firm grasp on the industry and is equipped with a rock-solid knowledge base, a wealth of experience, exceptional skills and an incredible work ethic.
Economic Development Background
The Blueberry River First Nations seek development opportunities that are sustainable, benefit its membership, and do not overly compromise the integrity of its traditional territory. In the Peace Region, "economic development" is largely synonymous with Natural Gas development, and it is difficult for small communities to protect and access uncontaminated land and resources capable of sustaining traditional patterns of economic activity and land use, as guaranteed by the treaty. These include hunting, eating moose, harvesting berries and medicinal plants and teaching children their language while on the land.