Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation is going to court to secure Aboriginal title to unceded traditional territory in interior B.C.
They will face vigorous opposition from well-resourced government and corporate lawyers. Will you stand with the Secwepemc?
about this campaign
A title win would facilitate a new, healthier economic development and resource development, one that seeks to balance the ecology, people, land and businesses. Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc land title is about building and maintaining long-term sustainable economic development in a healthy environment.
Ecological Protection with Indigenous Values
The Secwepemc have a process and way of managing the land and resources at maximum productivity that had kept the land in a near pristine state and benefited each succeeding generation for the last 12,000 years. The title case will facilitate the application of that established knowledge into the future management and development of the land and resources for future Secwepemc and settlers alike.
A Vision for Community Sustainability
The Secwepemc are not “anti-development”. In fact, they have been mining, trading and conducting other business-type activities for thousands of years. They continue to own band businesses and are developing solid relationships with resource corporations.
““Before contact there was pristine land teeming with salmon and deer. This is when the Secwepemc followed the caretaker laws and relationship between humans and the land. In the Secwepemc language we are relatives to one another (Kwseltktenews). Among the Secwepemc every person has a right to clean air, clean water, properly managed lands for foods, spirituality, economic enterprises."
-Robert Simon, community member
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The Secwepemc Nation is an Indigenous group that occupies the Secwepemc traditional territory in southern Interior B.C. The Secwepemc language is part of the Interior Salish group of languages.
The Stk‘emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (pronounced ste-kem-LUP-sem t’ suh-WEP-muhc, “people of the confluence”) is a governance division of the Secwepemc Nation, situated in the Secwepemc traditional territory around the confluence of the two Thompson Rivers and Kamloops Lake. It comprises two groups, Skeetchestn and Tk’emlups, known as the Stk‘emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN).
SSN is a progressive community committed to attaining self-government and independence through education and economic development. The Nation won a Community Economic Developer of the Year award in 2008 for creating 200 jobs and generating $200 million in regional economic activity, all while strengthening their community with childcare, education, and healthcare facilities. A Secwepemc-owned construction company builds homes to Secwepemc traditional design using an abundance of reclaimed timber from the Pine Beetle infestation. SSN currently has approximately 1,000 members living on and off its 33,000-acre (130 km2) reserve.