Presently in Delaware Nation, near the village of Bothwell, in southwestern Ontario, where Austin Line crosses Littlejohn Road, sits the home of the London District Chiefs Council’s administrative arm; the Southern First Nations Secretariat (SFNS). The history of Southern First Nations Secretariat includes the following:
1989 In response to the relocation of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, from London, Ontario to Brantford, Ontario; the London District Chiefs Council noted that post-secondary students found it almost impossible to manage the time and money to travel to the new location for counselling and other related services. Thus, the London District Chiefs Council established a small post-secondary education unit in London.
1992 In January, the London District Chiefs Council began to think about establishing a Tribal Council to operate as the service delivery arm of the Council. By November, the Southern First Nations Secretariat was born with its home at the corner of Queens Avenue and Williams Street in London, Ontario.
1993 In December, the First Nations Post-Secondary Counselling Unit (FNPSCU) was transferred to the Southern First Nations Secretariat where it joined the following programs; Economic Development, Technical Services and a Housing Inspection Unit.
1995 Following negotiations with the Government of Canada, the Southern First Nations Secretariat successfully launched the Indigenous Education Coalition to deliver second level of education services to member communities as well as some Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) First Nations.