Cayoose Creek

Preferred Name:
Sekw’el’was
Language:
St̓át̓imcets
BC Regional Office:
Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops)
Region:
Lower Mainland Southwest
Reserve Land Area:720.10 ha
Chief:
Chief Michelle Edwards
Council:
Councillor Jessica Hopkins, Councillor Bonnie Adolph, Councillor Robin Frank, Councillor Corina Adams
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Total Registered Population:205
Address: P.O. Box 484
Lillooet
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Community Description

The Sekw’el’was people, have survived and thrived through many hardships. The community has a rich traditional history of tool-making and trading with other nations. Sekw’el’was is known as a gathering place for many neighbouring nations.

Sekw’el’was is located in an area rich with resources such as fish, game, and medicines, which makes us a prime nation to trade with. The community is located at the heart of the St’át’imc nation, and our community is a central location for other St’át’imc to visit. The people are connected to other nations through a variety of transportation corridors, including trails and waterways, which provides great opportunities to trade and barter. Other nations came from all over to trade their traditional foods, tools, clothing, and stories. The people of Cayoose Creek are friendly, inviting and great hosts, and these qualities are still very evident in our community today.

The Sekw’el’was are a strong nation with immense knowledge and a vibrant way of life passed down from generation to generation. The Sekw’el’was culture and land are gifts from the creator which should be cherished now and forever. The land, Mother Earth, sustains the people and we are now moving forward in a positive way.

Contact the administration office at reception@cayoosecreek.ca
phone: 250-256-4136, fax: 250-256-4138

Sekw’el’was is a member of  St’át’imc Government Services (SGS)