HONOURING OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH ARTS
ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION AND ECOTOURISM

“Secwépemc (“the spread-out people”), a nation of 32 Salish speaking communities that have been divided into 17 bands by the Indian Act, are 10,000 people strong and growing. Before contact with Europeans, the original population is estimated at 25,000-33,000 people, drastically reduced to 7,000 due to the 1862 smallpox epidemic. Traditional Secwépemc territory spans approximately 180,000 squared kilometres (112,000 squared miles) which includes the headwaters of the two largest river systems in British Columbia; the Columbia and Fraser River valleys, and extends south to the Arrow Lakes. Secwépemc have occupied their territory, Secwepemcúĺecw, for well over 10,000 years and have never signed away, ceded or sold their land or territory.”
(Statement from the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and the Secwépemc Lakes Elders Advisory Committee).

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LIVING TRADITIONS

The Secwepemc Lakes Tourism project is a community based, grassroots, Indigenous tourism initiative. As a partnership between Neskonlith, Splatsin, Little Shuswap Lake and Adams Lake Bands, it’s regional in scope and includes much of the Shuswap. In 2016, the Indigenous communities saw an opportunity in the rapidly growing Indigenous tourism sector as a way to create more jobs and grow economic development within their communities in an environmentally friendly way.

SECWÉPEMC EXPERIENCES

The number of Indigenous tourism experiences in the Shuswap is rapidly growing and this page will be updated with more experiences as we become aware of them. For now, check out the Story Trail at Tsútswecw Provincial Park and explore the opportunities to learn more about the Secwepemc Peoples at Quaaout Lodge.

SECWÉPEMC ARTISANS

There are countless talented Indigenous artisans in the Secwepemc Lakes area. Secwepemc Lakes Tourism strives to provide them with requested opportunities to advertise and sell their work. Within this site you can learn about some of those artisans and the work that they do as well as how to contact them if you are interested in purchasing any of their work. Any Indigenous artisans that wish to get added to our site and contact list please email info@sltourism.ca for further information.

SECWÉPEMC LANGUAGE

Only a hand full of people know Secwepmctsien, an endangered language, on the verge of extinction. There are only about 300 people left who speak it, and most of them are elders. Each time one of our elders passes on; a big part of the Secwepemc language goes with them. Listen and learn about the Secwepemc language here.

OUR PARTNERS

Neskonlith Indian Band
Adams Lake Band
Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
Splatsin Indian Band
Community Futures Shuswap

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC.

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