Preferred Name:
Alternative Name:
Formerly Esketemc Band (Pre-March 2012); Alkali Lake (Pre-2001); Traditional Name Es'Étemc; Part Of Secwepemc
BC Regional Office:
Cariboo (Williams Lake)
Reserve Land Area:3,960.10 ha
Chief Charlene Belleau
Councillor Fred Robbins,
Councillor James Paul,
Councillor Kerry Chelsea,
Councillor Neil Paul,
Councillor Patricia Chelsea,
Councillor Robert Jr. Johnson,
Councillor Thomas Sampson
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):604
Population (on First Nations land):396
Population Total:1,000
Address: P.O. Box 4479
Williams Lake
V2G 2V5
Economic Development Contact: Patricia Chelsea
Managing Director
Fax: (250) 440-5721
Phone: (250) 440-5611 ext 216
Community Description
Esk’etemc is a Secwepemctsin speaking group. Esk’etemc has 19 reserves situated on the Fraser River southwest of Williams Lake, with an approximate total area of 3,800 hectares. Esk’etemc’s administrative offices and the majority of the population are located on IR #1 (Esk’et) about 50 kilometres from Williams Lake on the east side of the Fraser River at Alkali Lake. Esk’et reserve has its own fire hall, store, gas station, radio station, and a facility from which Esk’etemc controls and administers health and justice programs.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Esk'etemc has negotiated a number of Forest Tenure Agreements, as well as a Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement with the Provincial Government.
Economic Development Background
Economic Development is generally the responsibility of the Esk'etemc Chief and Council.