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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.

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Express Interest Re Cater Deadline July 9 2019

Caution Construction Notice June 26 2019

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Express Interest Re Cater Deadline July 19 2019

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Summer Day Camps Primary Reading Math July 2 to 19 2019

CC Terms of Reference Committee Meeting June 25 2019 ALRCC

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Express Interest Re Cater Deadline June 7 2019

Be Bear Aware May 2019

Express Interest for Committee members for ALIB Policies Deadline June 14 2019

Waterline Labourers Notice May 2019

National Elders Gathering Notice Policy Application RSVP by June 8 2019

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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

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