Upper Similkameen

Preferred Name:
Upper Similkameen
Alternative Name:
Variation: Upper Smelqmix
BC Regional Office:
Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops)
Thompson Okanagan
Reserve Land Area:2,725.90 ha
Bonnie Jacobsen
Councillor Michael Allison,
Councillor Charlie Allison
Governance Structure:
Indian Act
Address: P.O. Box 220
V0X 1K0
Community Description
The Upper Similkameen Indian Band or Upper Smelqmix, is a First Nations band government in the Canadian province of British Columbia, whose head offices are located in town of Hedley in the Similkameen Country.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Okanagan Nation Alliance
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
On top of the large touristic operations at the Mascot Mine, Upper Similkameen has interests in forestry in the Similkameen Valley: including ownership of a timber license, harvesting contracts, a woodlot, infrastructure development capabilities and a silviculture division. Upper Smilkameen also operates the Snaza'ist Discovery Centre, which allows visitors to explore the history of the Similkameen people. Upper Similkameen is party to several Forestry Agreements with the Provincial Government, as well as an Economic and Community Development Agreement.