The Sumas First Nation, also known as the Sema:th people, is a band government of the Sto:lo people located in the Upper Fraser Valley region, at the community of Kilgard, part of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Our lands were central to the Coast Salish territory; and our families moved freely amongst our villages to gather food and practice ceremony. Our traditional lands include Sumas Mountain, Sema:th lake and drainage of the Stat_lo_ (streams) which lead into it.
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Sumas First Nation is engaged in a Strategic Engagement Agreement with the Provincial Government, as well as several Forestry Agreements.
Economic Development Background
Sumas First Nation has recently created the Sema:th Development Corporation, which will be the Business arm of the Nation that streamlines and centralizes all economic development ventures. The development of a solid comprehensive economic development action plan will provide clear direction and a systematic approach for Sumas Nation and their Economic Development Officer (EDO) to enhance the economic development priorities of the Sumas Nation.