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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 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

Womens Teachings and Rites of Passage Dec 6 2018 Neskonlith

Mens Teachings and Rites of Passage Dec 13 2018 Neskonlith

Art and Fashion Fundraiser Dec 8 – 2 shows Kamloops BC

PRESS RELEASE Art and Fashion Show Dec 8 2018

3 Day Basketball Camp Dec 4 to 6

Call Expression Interest Hiring Committee Chief Finance Officer Nov 2018

Cashier Training Nov 30 to Dec 1 2018 Kamloops BC

Carpentry Red Seal Couse starts Jan 11 to Mar 9 2019 Kamloops BC

Aboriginal Lifeskills Facilitator Program January 2019 Kamloops BC

Memo Education Dept – If out of office please leave a message Oct 31 2018

ALIB Elders Christmas Hamper Fundraising Raffle Draw Dec 19 2018

ALIB Youth Calendar Border Design Contest Oct 2018

ALIB Firewood Program 2018 Updated Oct 2 2018

Communique Chief’s Message October 09 2018

Fraser Salmon Management Council Community Report Oct 2 2018

CAS Secwepemc Language Game Series Online Press Release October 1 2018

Secwepemc Language Hymns Postponed until further notice Oct 24 2018

BC Hydro Scheduled Power Outage Chase and Area Oct 14 2018

ALIB Newsletter Notices Information Sept 2018

Skatsin Resources Memo Survey on TCH Lane Closures extended to Oct. 4 and 5 2018

One Time Funding Applications for Short Term Programs Courses Sept 2018

Sk’atsin Resources Memo Survey on TCH Lane Closures Sept 24 to 28 2018

Womens Group Fall 2018 Starting Sept 18 Chase, Sept 25 Salmon Arm and then every 2nd week

Call For Nominations Youth Excellence in Sports Deadline Sept 28 2018

ALIB Post Secondary Funding 2018 2019 Notice Sept 11 2018

ALIB Supplies Application Form 2018 2019 School Year Deadline Sept 30 2018

Fisheries Schedule Sept 10 to Sept 21 2018 Updated

Notice of Intent Food Primary Licensed Establishment Salmon Arm, Comments by Oct 4 2018

ALIB Head Start Program starting Sept 11 2018

Day Scholars Class Action Update July 24 2018

Fisheries Schedule August 27 to Sept 6 2018 * Subject to change

Summer Gathering Media Release Aug 28 2018

Fisheries closed Fri Aug 24 open Sat Aug 25 2018

Secwepemc Hunting Camp August 27 to September 2

2018 Wildfire Smoke Health Info August 17 2018

New Registration for Chief Atahm School 2018

Fisheries Schedule week of August 20 – 25 2018

DRAFT Shuswap Local and Secwepemc Governments Communications Agreement and Map

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

ALIB Youth Music Video

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

Emergency Preparedness Information

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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