Today, the NStQ continue to hunt, fish and gather throughout Secwepemc7ulecw and any treaty the NStQ Leadership sign on our behalf will have to reflect our strong relationship to the land , to our neighbours and to the rest of the Shuswap Nation. There are houses, schools, recreation facilities and businesses within the NStQ communities and each community has a chief and council who work with a Band administration staff to meet the social, health and child welfare needs of their members. The NStQ are also negotiating a treaty that they hope will provide for the future needs of their members and will give them a voice within the existing governing structures on what takes place within their territory.
Today, there are about 2,000 members in the four communities- Tsq’excen’ (Canim Lake); Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek); T’exelc (Williams Lake) and Xats’ull (Soda Creek) that make up the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw.
As First Nations people the NStQ and its relationship to the land and to one another has always been based on looking forward to future generations. The NStQ see the treaty process as a tool to secure and self sustaining future for our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The NStQ would like to arrive at a place where they, as a third order of government, make the decisions about the land and resources within their territory. An NStQ government with its own constitution and bylaws that will guide their social, economic, cultural and traditional activities as their ancestors did for thousands of years before contact.
Canim Lake Indian Band Box 1030 100 Mile House BC V0K 2E0 Phone: 250.397.2227
Each Band had three or more smaller family groups who wintered together in close proximity to one another. They shared a common language, traditions and history. They also lived in harmony with the natural world of which they were the stewards.
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation General Delivery Dog Creek, BC V0L 1J0 Phone 250.440.5649
Soda Creek Indian Band 3405 Mountain House Rd. Williams Lake, BC V2G 5L5 Phone 250.989.2323
Williams Lake Indian Band 2672 Indian Dr. Williams Lake, BC V2G 5K9 Phone 250.296.3507
The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) have lived in this area for at least 10,000 Years. Before contact the Secwepemc were made up of 32 Bands who occupied a vast territory in what is now south central British Columbia.
Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw ‘Shuswap People of the North’ Tsq’escen’ [Canim Lake] Stswecem’c Xgat’tem [Canoo Creek] Xats’ull [Soda Creek] T’exelc [Williams Lake]
The Secwepmc hunted birds and animals, fished for trout and salmon and gathered plants, berries and medicines throughout their territory. They also practiced their spiritual traditions and had sacred places throughout the territory.
Clothing and ceremonial regalia were made from the furs, bones, quills and feathers. They also used bone, wood, rock, bark and roots to make baskets, tools, cooking and hunting implements, snares and for winter earth pit homes and summer shelters.
Northern Shuswap Treaty Society 17 South 1st Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1H4 Phone: 250.392.7361 Toll free: 1.888.392.7361
The Secwepemc had a social and governing structure that guided their lives and their relationships with their neighbours.