Fort St. James has been home to the Dakelh First Nations people since long before the arrival of Simon Fraser and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Nak’azdli, Yekooche, Binche, Tl’azt’en, Middle River and Takla Lake First Nations in the area comprise approximately 25% of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. Twenty one Dakelh pictographs can be found on the north shore of Stuart Lake and are accessible only by water. Many First Nations residents still practice in their cultural traditions. The language of the Dakelh is part of the Athapaskan language group.