Traditionally, Northern Secwepemc communities shared in the caring for our children, Elders, and those in need. This shared value of collective responsibility ensured the well-being and sustainability of the culture, community, and individual members.
Destructive colonial practices such as residential schools, the sixties scoop and the current child welfare system have eroded the practice of traditional family laws that have guided parents and communities in the care of our children. Despite history, the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) can look to our traditional stories; to provide guidance and validate what NStQ communities already know about raising their children.
The journey to reclaim jurisdiction over the care of our NStQ children has been a long one. All four Nations of the NStQ have come together to achieve this goal with a shared vision that puts children first and supports them with healthy families, healthy communities and a healthy Nation that is connected to the land.
NStQ is reclaiming jurisdiction for children and families by revitalizing traditional laws and customs through exploration of programs and services that support communities in practicing what they already know to ensure children grow up safe and healthy, as well as strengthening relationships with other Nations so that we can help each other ensure the well-being of our children and families are priority.
For further information please contact:
Rhonda Phillips, Child & Family Transition Manager