Harry Chalo Dickie

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Harry Chalo Dickie, May 20, 2005

Harry Chalo Dickie (1913–2008)[1] was a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation (originally the Fort Nelson Slavey Band, or Fort Nelson Indian Band)[2] and was first elected to the Band Council in the 1950s. Dickie was elected Chief in 1970, and was instrumental in the Band negotiating a Mineral Rights Sharing Agreement with the Federal Government of Canada[3] and the Province of British Columbia in 1980.[4][5]


Dickie was a member of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, a Fort Nelson School District 81 Trustee (the first member of the Nation to be elected to the board[6]), and a founding member of the Fort Nelson Friendship Society. During his term as Chief of his community, Dickie made national and international news when he blocked the arrival of the first BC Rail train in 1971 in a dispute over railway access across Reserve land.[7][8]


Chalo School and Chalo Road, located on the Fort Nelson First Nation, is named after Dickie.


  1. ^ "Obituary - Harry Chalo Dickie, 95". 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ "English title / Titre en anglais". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  3. ^ Branch, Legislative Services (31 December 2002). "Consolidated federal laws of canada, Fort Nelson Indian Reserve Minerals Revenue Sharing Act".
  4. ^ "Historical Timeline". Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  5. ^ "Indian band members each to get $20,000". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 6 August 1980. p. 9. ProQuest 1125097958.
  6. ^ David Bell; Kirk David Anderson (2004). Sharing Our Success: Ten Case Studies in Aboriginal Schooling. SAEE. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-0-9734046-3-0.
  7. ^ Cassidy, Frank; Dale, Norman; Policy, Institute for Research on Public (1 January 1988). After Native Claims?: The Implications of Comprehensive Claims Settlements for Natural Resources in British Columbia. IRPP. ISBN 9780889820876 – via Google Books. {{cite book}}: |last3= has generic name (help)
  8. ^ "Unity: Bulletin of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs: 1".

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