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We Are Secwepemc

Who We Are

The Secwepemc people have lived in this territory for thousands of years.  Archaeological evidence in fact shows at least nine thousand (9,000) years of occupancy along the lakes and river areas. The remains of pit houses not far from our current reserves leaves us with a picture of the lives of our ancestors.

Our Elders tell us we have lived here since time immemorial.  We lived based on an economy of resource extraction, including fishing, hunting, trapping and berry gathering; our ancestors prospered, grew and grew from these lands for thousands of years.  The waterways and networks of trails enabled vast travel that was tied to the seasonal cycles.  Similarly, we developed intricate social and political systems that remained in place for thousands of years.

Our Story

The oral traditions continue to be passed down from generation to generation through stories, crafts and ways of life. Waves of traders, missionaries, colonial administrators had a significant impact on our traditions and ways of life by influencing and indeed, outlawing many of our ways. Extensive extraction, at first focusing on beaver pelts and wildlife, then on forestry and eventually on minerals, has depleted many of our resources.


In spite of the over extraction, we have persisted and cared for our resources. By mid-19th century, the small pox epidemic and the missionizing of our people, including the taking of many of our children to residential schools, decimated our population. Once the gold rush had begun, an influx of people invaded our territory by the time it ended, farmers had their eyes on our fertile lands. We were not farmers in the sense that the Europeans understood farms and their ways conflicted with our land uses.

Community News

Expression of Interest for Committee members to work on ALIB Policies May 2019

Waterline Labourers Notice May 2019

National Elders Gathering Notice Policy Application RSVP by June 8 2019

2019-04-30 Press Release -Federal Court Judge tells Canada to walk the walk on reconciliation

Indig. Tourism Ambassador Program May 6 to Aug 23 Tk’emlups te Secwepemc

Express Interest Re Catering Deadline May 3 2019 for June 3 to 5 event

Express Interest Re Cater Deadline May 3 2019 for June 19 event

Seeking Childcare Workers for Prof Dev Wrkshp Kamloops Appl. deadline May 3 2019

Upcoming Choices Seminars in 2019 (ALIB payment of registr. opportunity)

ALIB Housing Draw Prize Opportunities for Renters 2019

Express Interest Re Cater Deadline April 19 2019

Call Out for Printing Binding Services Deadine April 26

Climate Change in the Adams Lake Region Feb 2019 Workshop Report 

Expression of Interest Re Cater Deadline April 9 2019

Street Sweeping IR 4 April 2019

Unisured Vehicles 2nd Notice April 5 2019_

Expression of Interest Re Cater Deadline March 27 at 12 noon

Call For Artisans and Crafters Deadline April 15 2019

Call for First Nations Heavy Equipment Operator Apprentices Resume Inventory March 2019


QS-G2G Community Notice Update

Weekend of Secwepemctsin events mar 19 30 31 2019

Sahhaltkum Daycare Easter Fundraiser Draw Date April 18 2019

Notice Automatic Deductions for Arrears & BCR #356 March 8 2019

Unisured Vehicles Notice Feb 27 2019

Notice Of Intent – Liquor Licence Application for IR7 – Crown N Anchor Pub Comments by April 4 2019

Supper Club Every Thursday evenings ALRCC Chase BC

ALIB Official Press Release CAS Expansion Feb 22 2019

Daycare Indian Taco Sale March 1 2019 Band Hall Chase BC

Free Blazers Youth Tickets Limited Tickets Secwepemc Youth Council Feb 13 2019

Pritchard Bridge Notice of Closure Feb 8 to 14 2019

Secwepemc Language Hymns Mondays Feb. 25 March 41118 25 Swits New Time

Serving Lunch Tuesdays to Fridays until March 29 2019 ALRCC

ALIB Post Secondary Funding 2019 2020 Notice

CRA Webinar March 7 on Benefits and Credits. Please register online_

ALIB Parents Education Tour Vancouver Area Universities Colleges Deadline March 15 2019

2019 Secwepemc Spring Gathering SaveTheDate March 28 to 31 Squamish Nation

Expression of Interest Re Cater Deadline Thur Feb 14 2019 Cstelen Elders Unity Meeting

Pritchard Bridge Notice of Closure CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Jan 9 2019

Pritchard Bridge Notice of Closure January 17 to 31 2019

Sahhaltkum Daycare Hours of Operations change January 2019

Forest Fire Training Courses Jan – Feb 2019 Pre-Register ONLY ASETS Chase office

Drs Chief Ron Marianne Ignace booksigning Q A January 31 2019 at TRU Kamloops

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