Yale First Nation (YFN) is a small progressive First Nation Community situated on the #7 and #1 Highways. YFN territory begins in the Fraser Valley and runs along the Fraser River to the beginning of the Fraser Canyon. Geographically it starts 18 km from downtown Agassiz, and occurs sporadically along the highways until you reach Yale BC 33 km later. It consists of sixteen parcels of reserve land, four of which are distinct and separate residential communities which are currently occupied by fifty nine (59) of the total 176 registered community members, and the remaining twelve consist of many kilometres of uninhabitable rocky-river front, mountain side and privately owned commercial ventures.
In 2013 the community elected a new Chief and leadership team after 30 years. The transition from old to new required a physical move taking the administration off reserve and into the community of Hope situated approximately midway between the residential communities identifying a central location on which to establish a government office.
According to the INAC website there are no population statistics available for YFN prior to 2011. The 2011 statistics state that there were a total population of 90. 60 of whom were registered Indians, and that the median age was 49.5 years of age. Our current membership list ( 2017) identifies 166 members; 65 living on reserve and 101 living off. 35% of the population is between ages 25 and 50, and 23% are over 50. This aging population and lack of births indicates the challenges that are coming for YFN in health and supportive care; No youth to take up the care of the elders, no youth to bring economic stability to the community, no youth to lead the community through the coming years. Without the influx of children and youth the community elders have no one to pass along the stories and history, and without the ability to pass along the traditional knowledge the community suffers from uncertainty regarding the future and our capacity to retain our culture and traditional knowledge.