Coldwater

Preferred Name:
Coldwater
Alternative Name:
Language:
Nłeʔkepmxcín
BC Regional Office:
Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops)
Region:
Thompson Okanagan
Reserve Land Area:2,500.60 ha
Chief:
Chief Terrence Lee Spahan
Council:
Councillor Annie Major,
Councillor Carol Smith,
Councillor Harry Spahan,
Councillor Jessie Voght,
Councillor Laura Antoine,
Councillor Michael Smithers,
Councillor Sharon Collins,
Councillor Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):526
Population (on First Nations land):328
Population Total:854
Address: P.O. Box 4600
Merritt
V1K 1B8
Economic Development Contact: Lee Spahan
Chief
lspahan@coldwaterband.org
Fax: (250) 378-5351
Phone: (250) 378-6174
Community Description
Coldwater First Nation is a Nlaka'pamux First Nations government located in the Central Interior region of the Canadian province of British Columbia. We are a member of the Nicola Tribal Association, and are a strong, healthy, growing People connected to our culture, our land and our resources. Our Mission Statement is to enhance and sustain our quality of life through wellness and culture, and to utilize and preserve all our resources for now and future generations.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Nicola Tribal Association
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Coldwater holds significant land and tenure interests through affiliated corporations and societies. These holdings, both on and off-reserve, represent considerable economic opportunities for our community, and include: Forest Licences, Grazing Licences, Water Licences, Spayum Development Corporation, Stuwix Resources, Qua'eet Forest Products, Jackass Mountain Properties, Nicola Valley Indian Services Association, Nicola Valley Indian Development Corporation, 2249 Quilchena, Aspen Planer Post and Rail, and Designated On-Reserve For Lease Lands
For a full illustration of the organizaional structure of Coldwater's economic development interests, click the chart at the bottom of the band's Economic Development page: https://www.coldwaterband.com/governance/development
Economic Development Background
The regional economy surrounding the Coldwater First Nation is highly dependent on the forestry industry, the public sector, and mining and mineral processing when compared to the rest of the province. While agriculture does not make up as large a piece of the local economy, it is still more prominent here than in the rest of BC. Coldwater has diversified business holdings through a number of of companies and joint ventures.