Dene Tha’ First Nation has over 350 dwellings. A school provides K through grade 12 education to more than 450 students. Transportation, counselling, a boarding home, support and accommodation is also provided. Dene Tha’ is part of the North Peace Tribal Council (NPTC), which administers post-secondary education resources. Health and nursing services include the Meander River Health Centre and the Assumption Nursing Station. Social services include social assistance, adult in-home care, the Winbert Didzena Memorial Children’s Centre, alcohol counselling services, a family violence healing team, community health resources, and Child and Family Services provided by the NPTC Child Welfare Agreement.

Dene Tha’ First Nation facilities include First Nation office and public works buildings in Chateh; public works buildings and Four Chiefs Complex in Bushe River; and First Nation office and public works buildings in Meander River. Municipal services include water and sewer systems, a fire truck, a water truck, and a sewer truck.

Dene Tha’ First Nation economic activities include a gas station/food store; other stores (hardware, crafts, fur purchasing); a laundromat; a post office; a bottle depot; snack and coffee shop; Dene Tha’ Construction; and natural gas distribution. Member-owned businesses provide taxi service, home building and electrical services, and small engine repair.

Integral Histories

The Dene Tha people place a high value on their way of life both from yesterday and today.

Hunting and trapping have always been a staple of the Dene Tha’ People. They have been said to “live everywhere” on their land without boundaries. It has only been recently, in relation to the rich Dene Tha’ history, that formal settlements have been created.