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Employment Opportunity – Soda Creek Band

Soda Creek Band - Capital Infrastructure Manager...Read More

NStQ enters final negotiations phase with signing of Agreement-in-Principle

Northern Secwepemc, BC, Canada sign Agreement-in-Principle, marking start of final treaty negotiations....Read More

NStQ Leaders Encouraged by Federal Budget Indigenous Initiatives


Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Encouraged with Federal Budget and its Commitment to increased funding for First Nations Self-government and Indigenous services.

(February 28, 2018) WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. [Secwepemculew] – "As the prime minister has said many times, when it comes to renewing the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, we have a responsibility to do better and to do more," said Finance Minister Bill Morneau in his speech to the House of Commons. From the perspective of Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) leaders, Mr. Morneau’s comment is a huge understatement. Perhaps it is finally time for Canada’s First Nations to see real, significant and positive change in the way Indigenous peoples are respected, viewed and treated within the fabric of Canadian society.

“This budget is a reflection of what First Nations have been saying for several years; that FN’s have not received equal funding for services provided, in comparison to the general society and provincial funding.” says Ann Louie, Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Board of Directors Treasurer and Williams Lake Band chief. “This is a very positive step towards reconciliation, especially in the area of Treaty negotiations where we will no longer have to take out loans to negotiate what was rightfully ours in the beginning. Hopefully these measures are implemented immediately, so that we do not have to continually go to court to prove our overall rights.”

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NStQ Leadership Reacts to Provincial Election Results – Provides Statements

Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) leadership reacts to British Columbia election results and formation of new government...Read More

NStQ Treaty – Announcing new Spokespersons / Concerns about BC Treaty Process and stalled negotiations.

At the March 1st Leadership Council Meeting held in Council Chambers at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council office in Williams Lake, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem Chief Patrick Harry was nominated for and accepted the position of NStQ Spokesperson. Xatśūll Chief Donna Dixon was nominated for and accepted the position of NStQ Alternate Speaker. Both positions hold a one year term.
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The Honorable Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett meets with NStQ Chiefs at Northern Shuswap Tribal Council in Williams Lake

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council office in Williams Lake was the site of an evening meeting on Friday January 27th between the four Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) community Chiefs and the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs....Read More

Optimism growing as NStQ Treaty Agreement-in-Principle finally Initialled by Government Representatives

December 15th, 2016 (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Today is an historic one for the four member communities of the Northern Shuswap. After nearly two years of waiting anxiously since the work on the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) was completed, the NStQ Treaty Negotiator and entire treaty team is optimistic and encouraged with today’s initialling of the Agreement-in-Principle by representatives of Canada, British Columbia and the NStQ.

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Northern Shuswap Treaty Society Board of Directors Announce new Treaty Chief Negotiator

August 25th, 2016 (Williams Lake, British Columbia)
The Northern Shuswap Treaty Society (NSTS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Robert (Bob) Moreas has been selected to fill the position of NStQ Treaty Negotiator....Read More

Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc) Votes to move forward in Treaty – Joins other three NStQ communities in Stage Five.

Chief Ann Louie, Williams Lake Indian Band comments:

“The treaty AiP vote went very well. We had a higher return of mail-in ballots from our out of town members this time around, and in fact almost doubled the return from the initial February 11th vote. I am extremely proud of all of our community members who took the time to cast their votes on this very important issue.

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Justice Denied – Williams Lake Indian Band seeking Supreme Court of Canada appeal on issue of overturned land claim

On Monday March 8th, Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) leadership met with their legal counsel to review the Federal Court of Appeal’s (FCA) February 29th decision to overturn the Specific Claims Tribunal’s 2014 ruling in the Williams Lake Indian Band’s Village Site Claim....Read More

NStQ Blindsided by BC Government

Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and neighboring First Nations shocked by lack of respect regarding Nenqay Deni Accord with Tsilhqot'in Nation...Read More

NStQ Agreement-in-Principle REFERENDUM POLICY


Referendum Policy

Adopted by resolution LC 2015-07002-004 of the NStQ Leadership Council
dated: July 2, 2015



A. In 1992, the Canim Lake Indian Band, the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation (formerly Canoe Creek Indian Band), the Soda Creek Indian Band and the Williams Lake Indian Band entered the BC Treaty Process as a single First Nation known as the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (“NStQ”);

B. NStQ has now concluded Agreement-in-Principle negotiations with Canada and British Columbia; and

C. The NStQ Leadership Council has resolved that, before moving into Final Agreement negotiations, there shall be a referendum to determine if there is support from each of the NStQ Bands to do so;

the Councils of the Canim Lake Indian Band, Soda Creek Indian Band, Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation and Williams Lake Indian Band adopt this policy and the procedures contained in it for the conduct of the referendum about moving into Final Agreement negotiations.

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NStQ Announce Results of February 11th AiP Referendum

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Group held an Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum last Thursday (February 11th)....Read More

REFERENDUM POLLING STATIONS ANNOUNCED: Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and NStQ Treaty Group announce February 11th Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Voting Times

The NStQ announce each of the five Polling Stations (and voting times) for this Thursday's AiP Referendum....Read More

Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Leadership Optimistic in Lead up to Vote on Advancing Treaty Process

Northern Secwepemc Communities Encouraged to Make their Voices Heard February 11...Read More

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw cautiously optimistic with Federal Governments’ renewed commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, but disturbed by provincial Government commissioned Plecas Report

This week saw the release of two reports that touch on the lives of Aboriginal children and youth; one federal and one provincial, with each providing distinctly differing views....Read More

Northern Shuswap Tribal Council delighted with new Liberal Cabinet.

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, pleased with the election of a Liberal majority government which includes a record 10 Indigenous Members of Parliament, is delighted with Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet appointments announced yesterday....Read More

New Liberal Government provides new Reconciliation Opportunity – BCTC

The Treaty Commission congratulates the Liberal Party of Canada and Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau for forming a majority government following yesterday's federal election.

The Liberal Party of Canada stated in their election platform: "It is a time for Canada to have a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. This is both the right thing to do and a sure path to economic growth".

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‘Treaty Fact’ Did you know

Did you know that all of the lands from the 2009 land offer to NStQ from BC and Canada are now protected...Read More

“Treaty Facts” – Did you know. . .

The NStQ will negotiate a final land package in Stage 5...Read More

Know your “Treaty Facts”

The Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) is ‘Stage 4’ of the six stage treaty process....Read More

“NEW” – AiP Information Booklets & InfoSheets now up on Website!

All current AiP Information Booklets and InfoSheets are now available on this website by clicking on the "Members" tab and then click on 'AiP & Vote Information' heading/tab....Read More

The NStQ Treaty – Rumor vs. Fact

The Agreement-in-Principle, or ‘Stage 4’ of the six stage treaty process, is a “starting point” for the final agreement negotiations. The vote to be held on February 11, 2016 is not a vote on the ‘treaty’, but in fact asks whether to continue in the process to Stage 5. Stage 5 is the “Final Agreement Stage” in which the real hard negotiating begins and works toward Stage 6, or the “Implementation” of the Treaty....Read More

Request for Current Addresses/AIP Referendum Date

Your vote counts!...Read More

Northern Shuswap Tribal Council announces new Chief Negotiator for NStQ Treaty Negotiations

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of new NStQ Chief Negotiator, Rosanne Kyle....Read More

AFN – Federal Election Press Release from National Chief: September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015
From: Assembly of First Nations (Office of the National Chief)
To: First Nations Chiefs

Greetings Chiefs,

As you know, a federal election has been called for October 19th, 2015. This election presents a significant opportunity to make federal leaders and the Canadian electorate aware of key First Nations priorities. We must make our priorities for positive change heard and these include closing the gap in quality of life between First Nations and Canadians and the full respect and implementation of First Nations collective rights.

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AiP Referendum Date Now Announced

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ), which comprises four First Nation bands, have been working together to participate in the BC Treaty Process to negotiate and obtain control over their future through self-government. The four bands include Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake), Stswecem’c / Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek), Xats’ull/Cmetem’ (Soda Creek) and T’exelc (Williams Lake)....Read More

Request for Expressions of Interest – Researcher and Coordinator

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council is seeking Expressions of Interests from qualified individuals to conduct research and provide coordination of a project related to transitioning from existing governance services to post-Treaty jurisdiction and service-delivery....Read More

Mount Polley one year later: Lives still disrupted – lessons still to be learned

Soda Creek and Williams Lake Indian Bands vow to keep up pressure on government and industry

Williams Lake. BC. July 31, 2015: The massive disruption to communities and the environment caused one year ago by the Mount Polley Tailings Pond disaster is far from over, the front line First Nations warned today.

Soda Creek (Xat’sull) Chief Donna Dixon and Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said the premature reopening of the mine last month with important studies still outstanding leave the communities with uncertainty that the problems have been fixed, or that lessons have really been really learned – for this region and for all areas where tailings pond collapses are a threat.

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Partnership with Williams Lake Indian Band to four lane Highway 97

by Agness Jack, NSTC Communications

[NStQ Release - June 25, 2015] The Williams Lake Band hosted an historical event at the Coyote Golf Course today in order for the Band to make a joint
announcement with Minister Todd Stone, of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

A press release from the BC government stated ‘A tentative agreement between the BC government and the Williams Lake Indian Band to move forward on
four-laning Highway 97 through the Williams Lake Indian Band’s Indian Reserve #1, from the reserve boundary near 150 Mile to Lexington Road’.

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Mount Polley Mine Update for NStQ members

We would like to invite you to learn more about the permitting process and
proposed mine restart...Read More

Notice – Re: May Urban Meetings

May meetings postponed - also see this on nstqtreatygroup Facebook...Read More

SXFN hosts Meadow Lake Family Gathering

Camp out and learn about traditional plants & medicines...Read More

Secwepemc Gathering 2015

Soda Creek Band is hosting this year's Secwpemc Gathering....Read More

BCTC Spring 2015 Newsletter

BCTC Spring 2015 Newsletter...Read More

Updated ‘Working Groups Unite’ meeting poster – March 10

Find an updated poster of the March 10, NStQ Working Groups Unite poster...Read More

Mt Polley Mine Disaster Community Update & Alaskan Salmon Feast

The Northern Secwpemc Mining Response Team would like to invite Northern Secwepemc members to a meeting in Soda Creek...Read More

NSTC Staff Pink Shirt Day 2015

back row - Cody William, Sarah Hood, Yvonne Smith, Megan Flatt, Marg Casey & Agness jack
front row - Celine Lee, Dave Feil, Cindy Charleyboy, Frieda Belleau, Cathy Verhaeghe, Beth Bedard & Bonnie Slack...Read More

Leadership Council Meeting – January 7 & 8, 2015 has been cancelled

The Leadership Council meeting scheduled for January 7 & 8 has been cancelled due to poor road conditions....Read More

Lexey’em Deadlines for Submissions

Please note the deadlines for the January to March issues....Read More

News Release – First Nations establish clear mining policy and rules for resource companies

First Nations establish clear mining policy and rules for resource companies

WILLIAMS LAKE, BC. Dec.1, 2014: The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Leadership Council (comprised of the Xat’sull, T’exelc, Tsq’escen’ and Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem First Nations, near the city of Williams Lake, BC) announced today its four First Nations have jointly adopted a comprehensive and detailed mining policy that will be applied to all existing, proposed and future projects that involve or impact on its lands, waters and rights.

The policy, and a companion tool kit to manage its implementation and enforcement, was developed by the Fair Mining Collaborative and covers everything from efforts to stake claims, through every stage of the mining process, to agreement compliance and benefits from operating mines, to mine clean-up. It is a clear statement of leadership and authority by the Northern Secwepemc within their stewardship and title lands.

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Williams Lake Indian Band ‘World War II Veterans’

This 'World War II Veterans' poster was submitted by Williams Lake Indian Band....Read More

Tsq’escen’ Veteran – Henry John Bob

This is a photo of Canim Lake Band veteran Henry John Bob, submitted by Ramsay C. Parker....Read More

Community Open House Notice

The Hon. Mary Polak, Minister of Environment, along with Coralee Oakes, MLA for Cariboo North, and Donna Barnett, MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin, invite you join them to meet and discuss ongoing work, and next steps to mitigate the Mount Polley breach and environmental remediation....Read More

Non-compliance Advisory Letter, Order 107461

It is appreciated that Mount Polley Mining Corporation (MPMC) and their consultants and contractors have been conducting assessments and significant works at and around the site of the tailing storage facility failure of August 4, 2014. It is also understood that work has been priorized based on limiting the further loss of mine related material to the environment and the ability to work safely in areas around and below the spill site. However the Ministry of Environment is concerned that more action could be taken to provide a greater degree of environmental protection in a more timely manner....Read More

First Nations Health Authority – Mount Polley Mines Communique

Water Sampling

The First Nations Health Authority received the results of August 18th and 19th water quality samples and evaluated them against the BC and Health Canada Drinking Water Guidelines. Samples were collected from the Fraser River at Skyline Road, Gang Ranch and Rudy Johnson Bridge (see figure 2) and were analysed for physical parameters, total and dissolved metals. Samples taken from these three sites were compared to baseline samples collected at the Fraser River near Soda Creek in 2008.

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There is a good cross-section of sampling locations for both tissue and water sampling.

A big thank you goes out to the First Nations who have provided the tissue samples, to FNHA for processing the tissue samples and collecting the water samples, and FRAFS for communicating .

All of the information related to the samples processed by the FNHA will be available at the FNHA website, but I will provide a brief summary here:

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First Nations and government partner on response to Mt. Polley Mine breach

Monday, August 18, 2014
First Nations and government partner on response to Mt. Polley Mine breach

Environment Monday, August 18, 2014 10:40 AM

Williams Lake Indian Band and the Soda Creek Indian Band (Xatśūll First Nation) signed a letter of understanding with the Government of British Columbia to work in partnership to address all aspects of the breach of the tailings storage facility that occurred at the Mount Polley Mine on Aug. 4, 2014.

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FACTSHEET For Immediate Release Ministry of Energy and Mines

Thursday, Aug. 7 - Mount Polley tailings pond situation update

WILLIAMS LAKE - Government and Cariboo Regional District officials continue to work together to address the breach at the Mount Polley tailings pond, to test the local drinking water to determine if it is safe for locals to drink or bathe in, and to help ensure the safety and well- being of local residents.

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Water Quality Update

Re:Quesnel Lake Water Quality of August 7, 2014

Ministry of Environment Staff collected water quality samples at several locations in Quesnel Lake on a daily basis since August 4, 2014, the day of the Mt. Polley Tailings Dam Breach to determine
potential impacts on drinking water quality and aquatic life.

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Soda Creek Chief Bev Sellars is pleased to announce the Musqueam Band is working with the NStQ to provide our community members with salmon from the mouth of the Fraser River to ensure our fisheries' needs are met following the Mt. Polley disaster.

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Government and Company must end the spin doctoring and provide answers.

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Williams Lake and Xat’sull (Soda Creek) Indian Bands are demanding answers after being ignored by the government and Imperial Metals since the devastating environmental Mount Polley tailing pond catastrophe occurred on the their Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Traditional Territory in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Esk’etemc will facilitate a ceremony at the Likely Bridge for the animals, fish, medicines and citizens impacted by the breach of the Mount Polley tailings going into the River....Read More

Fisheries Notice !

Due to the devastating environmental catastrophe at Mount Polley mine which resulted in the release of the contents of the tailing pond into Quesnel Lake on August 4, 2014, the community of NSTC is concerned that the water and fish in the Fraser River are contaminated....Read More

Mount Polley Tailings Pond Breach

Quesnel Lake and River spill - Lead Federal Agency

Hello all, I have been fielding a number of calls today with regards to the Mount Polley tailing pond. I’m afraid I have very little additional information from that being reported in the Media.
All I can say at this time is that:

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Fisheries Notice

Fishing for Chinook, Sockeye and Pink salmon is open August 4 2014 at 6:00 PM under license XFSC 329 2014. Incidental Coho catch may be retained.

The retention of SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka) is prohibited in the waters of the Fraser River until August 4 2014 at 6:00 PM. SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka) may be retained in the waters of the Chilcotin River and the Chilko River during this time period.

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Fisheries Notice

2014 Fishing Permits

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Fisheries Department issues various permits relative to fishing activities within the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw Traditional Territory. These activities commonly occur at or near Churn Creek, Sheep Creek, Rudy Johnson’s, Xat’sull and Farwell Canyon.

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Williams Lake Indian Band Press Release

WILLIAMS LAKE – On behalf of the Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB), Chief Ann Louie today called for the government of British Columbia to revisit the content of its Economic and Community Development Agreements with First Nations in the province of British Columbia. Economic and Community Development Agreements (ECDA) are agreements between Government and First Nations for sharing the direct mineral tax revenue on new mines and major mine expansions. In March of 2013, WLIB signed an ECDA with the province with respect to Mount Polley Mine....Read More

NStQ Fisheries Notice

Fishing for Chinook is now open under license XFSC 281 2014.

Retention of incidental COHO Salmon is allowed.

The retention of SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka) is prohibited in the waters of the Fraser River. SOCKEYE SALMON (Oncorhynchus nerka) may be retained in the waters of the Chilcotin River and the Chilko River during this time period.

This license is valid from July 7th, 2014 to July30th, 2014. On or prior to July30th, 2014 the NSTC Fisheries Department will review the status of returns of Early Stuart sockeye to the Fraser River and determine if a conservation closure is warranted due to low returns and extreme migration conditions that could affect the number of Early Stuart sockeye that reach the spawning grounds. You will be notified ASAP via catch monitors on site or this Face book site that a closure is in effect due to conservation concerns.

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All Chiefs Gathering

On behalf of the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, in partnership with the First Nations
Leadership Council we kindly ask that you hold September 11, 2014 for the All Chiefs Gathering—a meeting
of First Nations from across B.C. and provincial Cabinet Ministers. The gathering will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver,
900 West Georgia from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m....Read More

2014 Salmon Fishery Promises to be Interesting

The excitement amongst those anxiously waiting to fish for salmon returning to the Fraser River is very much like that of a
group of 4-year-olds waiting for Christmas. The wait is focused on an expectation of what they will be getting.
Those of you who remember the 2010 season will understand the reason for the excitement. That year the sockeye salmon returns to the Fraser River
and its tributaries were legendary – not only because of the size of the runs but also because those numbers were totally
unexpected....Read More

Williams Lake Indian Band Announces Partnership with Lake Excavating

WILLIAMS LAKE – Williams Lake Indian Band and Lake Excavating Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a joint venture to pursue potential construction opportunities in the Cariboo and beyond.

“We’re extremely excited about this new partnership,” states Chief Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band. “We have agreements with Mount Polley and Gibraltar Mines, as well as a number of exploration companies, and we’re currently in discussions with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the four-laning of Highway 97 through IR#1. We really want to capitalize on the opportunities that are out there, create employment for our membership, and make sure that the money spent on projects in the Cariboo stays in the Cariboo.”

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WLIB Successful Land Management Vote


May 9, 2014

Williams Lake Indian Band Announces Successful First Nations Land Management Vote

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) today announced the result of the
membership vote on First Nations Land Management (FNLM). “We’re extremely excited to announce
that 154 of our members voted in favor of our Land Code and Individual Agreement, and only 26 voted
against it,” states WLIB Lands Officer, Byron Louie. “That’s an 85% approval rating, and means we well
exceeded the number of ‘yes’ votes required to make the transition to FNLM.”

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WLIB Village Claims Media Release

Specific Claims Tribunal Rules in Favour of Band in Village Lands Claim
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. -- On Friday, February 28th the Specific Claims Tribunal released its decision finding that the Williams Lake Band was wrongfully dispossessed of its village lands in Williams Lake in the late 19th century. Judge Harry Slade held Canada accountable for the Crown’s failure to protect these village lands from non-Indian settlement....Read More

4th Annual NStQ Citizen’s Assembly

The 4th Annual NStQ Citizen's Assembly will be held at the Williams Lake Elks Hall on April 15 & 16 & 17, 2014...Read More

Williams Lake Tribune article about NStQ Treaty Group new website launch

Northern Shuswap hope social media will engage members in treaty process

by Monica Lamb-Yorski - Williams Lake Tribune
posted Jan 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

In hopes to engage more members in its treaty process the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NStQ) launched a new interactive website and Facebook page Thursday.

Leaders gathered at the NStQ board room in Williams Lake to welcome the launch.

"We've been in a treaty process for a number of years and we've always stated we need to find a way to communicate with our communities and members," Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie said. "We are nearing an agreement in principle and we must all get informed on exactly what we are looking at in treaty."

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Remembrance Day 2013

In Remembrance of the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace....Read More