The Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation is the primary and legitimate government within the traditional homeland of the Łutsel K’e Dene people. The authority of the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation is derived from the inherent right of First Nation people to self-government. This inherent right has been further entrenched through Treaty 8, signed by the elders in 1900, and Section (1) of the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982.
As a First Nation government within its traditional homeland, the Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation will:
- Protect and implement the Treaty and First Nation rights of its members, based on inherent rights and the traditions and knowledge of the elders.
- Govern and manage the affairs and resources of the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation.
- Provide programs and services to meet the needs of its members.
- Strive to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents within theŁutsel K’e Dene homeland.
- Manage renewable and non-renewable resources within the Łutsel K’e Dene homeland.
- Enact laws, bylaws, regulations, and policies that serve to fulfill its inherent obligations. These laws, bylaws, regulations, and policies will be subject to the general laws of application within Canada as they apply to First Nation peoples and Treaty rights.
Sustainable development supporting healthy families, based on Denesoline beliefs and traditions.
In order to achieve this mission, the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation Chief and Council will strive to achieve the following main goals:
- Effective Dene governance, based on inherent right and Treaty 8 entitlement
- Preservation of the traditional homeland, culture, and language
- Individual, family and community healing
- Well educated and trained First Nation members
- Sustainable economic development
While working to fulfill its mission, the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation Chief and Council will:
- Uphold all the bylaws and policies of the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation
- Demonstrate a commitment to the mission and goals of the organization
- Demonstrate respect for members, councilors, individuals and agencies that deal with the Łutsel K’e Dene First Nation, and the land, water, and traditions of the Łutsel K’e Dene
- Be honest, fair and reliable in all Council dealings
- Maintain a positive and cooperative attitude
The current elected Chief and Council are:
Chief Darryl Marlowe
Sub Chief Adeline Jonasson
Councillor Ronald Desjarlais
Councillor Stephanie Poole
Councillor Emelie Saunders
Councillor Ronald Fat
Councillor Mervin Abel