The Cheslatta Carrier Nation office is based at Southbank, on the south shore of Francois Lake, 23 km south of Burns Lake. Many members of the Cheslatta carrier nation live on 17 reserves scattered over a vast area known as the ‘southside’. Prior to 1952, the people of the Cheslatta carrier nation lived for centuries on the shores of Cheslatta and Murray Lakes. We enjoyed a peaceful, self-sustaining existence. Through the centuries, the Cheslatta people developed a complex system of roads, trails, and paths connecting their small villages to the communities of Grassy Plains, Fraser Lake, and Vanderhoof.