Understanding Naache Commons

I am so proud.  It is the beginning of future prosperity for our community, both now and for our future generations.
That’s why we call it Naache Commons. Naache (in the Beaver language) is ‘dreamer.’ Commons is, of course, ‘business.’ So, the dreamers can come together and do business together.”

Gary Oker, Elder, Councilor, Artist

Our priority (urban) development will be the 8 acres of land across from the Ma Murray Elementary School (in Fort St. John).  This development is called “Naache Commons” after the Dreamers and the Spirit of Naachine.

“Naache Commons represents a legacy development for DRFN as the first Urban Reserve in northeastern BC. As a future neighbourhood centre, envisioned land use activities will result in seamless transitions between adjacent neighborhoods, exemplify high quality development, feature Dane- zaa cultural elements and include environmentally sustainable features where appropriate. Naache Commons represents our Nation’s return to our ancestral Fort St. John Beaver Band lands and a path forward towards financial self-sufficiency and prosperity.”

‘Economic reconciliation’: Naache Commons anchor Doig River development plans

June 21, 2022

Source: Alaska Highway News

New urban reserve celebrated in Fort St John: “It’s a real turning point for our nation in realizing our own economic destiny.”

Considered an historic event, the Doig River First Nation formally celebrated its plan to begin developing an 8.1-acre section of property directly across from Fort St. John’s Margaret Ma Murray Community School.

Naache Commons is just the first step of building out the nation’s new urban reserve called Gat Tah Kwą̂. The new addition-to-reserve (ATR) lands are spread across three parcels covering about 20 acres in the city and were officially added to Doig’s land base following approval by the federal government in April.

For the community of Doig River, it’s been a long process to finalize the additions, with consultations and negotiations dating back to 2009. The new lands are planned to integrate Doig River into the city’s economy.

Read the full article here.

Latest Naache Commons Updates

Interested in leasing at Naache Commons, one of Doig River First Nations’ FSJ urban reserves? Find more information here.

Interested in the call for Directors for Gat Tah Kwą Development Corporation? Find more information here.

Dream at Naache Commons website has been launched. Find it here.