Slexlexeytwecw: Sharing Our Story
Originally, our work began in the 1800’s with the original eight tribes. Today only two (T’Kemlups and Skeetchestn) of the original eight remain and so it seemed wise to forge the two and create the Stk’emlupsemc to Secwepemc. Our fire is burning brightly working in collaboration as our leadership did in the day. Our collaborative organization is guided by our ancestors, always reminded of the importance of working together for our people. A special mention is necessary for John Jules, an esteemed elder, who championed working towards this campfire — he shared our historical knowledge and was a true keeper of the flame.
In 2007, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) Resource Sharing Protocol and Memorandum of Understanding was formed for the conservation, negotiations, and management of resources on the territory. These rights are balanced by responsibilities to pass a healthy Territory to future generations.
“It is critical to close the circle of life again; to reconnect Stk’emlupsemc and Secwepemc communities with the Territory. An important first step will be definition of Stk’empulsemc authority over resources on and within the Territory.”
In 2008, the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation signed the New Afton Participation Agreement to establish a cooperative and mutually beneficial relationship.
- Provided opportunities for Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and Skeetchestn Ban members
- Created a framework for communication, collaboration, and co-operation, economic opportunities and social/financial benefits (employment, education, training, and business opportunities)
- Minimize negative social and environment effects and take into account Secwepemc members way of life in respect of Secwepmecul’ecw (territory)
- Promote projects that are financially viable, cost effective, and competitive