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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

EXPRESSIOIN OF INTEREST Fiance and Executive Interview Committee Deadline Aug 17 2018

Communique All Donation Requests On-Hold until further Notice August 01 2018

GBM August 01 2018 POSTPONED

Archaeological Field Assistant Training Aug. 13 to 18, 2018

Campfire Ban to be implemented in Kamloops Fire Centre effective July 26 2018

Assistant Camp Cook and Prof. Cook Level 1 Program Sept 2018 – July 2018

Communique Chief’s Message June 26 2018

Membership Notice for May 2018 If you change your Band Membership & hold a CP

Communique Chief’s Message May 14 2018

Water Quality IR 4 and Chemistry Results May 2 2018

Day Scholars Update April 18 2018

ALIB Youth Music Video Production Announcement

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Street Sweeping IR 4 April 2018

Call Expression Finance and Audit Committee April 6 2018

Expression of Interest RE Finance and Audit Committee Deadline March 22 2018

Early Childhood Education Program – ALIB has 3 seats available

Expression of Interest Re Certified Professional Deadline March 12 2018

Level 3 First Aid Program Starts March 2018

Chainsaw Enform Course Start March 2018

AccountingBookkeeping Program Starts March 2018

Secwepemc Language Film Festival application 2018

Call For Submissions ALIB film festival and Book fair 2018_

Expression of Interest Re Catering Services Deadline Feb 19 2018

Be Aware Suspicious Activity Reported Feb 2018

ALIB Greenhouse Use & Management Training

ALIB Community Meetings Dec 4th & Dec 6th 2017

Evacuation Information Notice July 19, 2017

Wildfires FAQ

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Governance Committee Expression of Interest_June 19 2017

Aerial Photos of ALIB Reserves

Brennon Creek Rec Site Closed

Closure on April 19 2017

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