GOVERNANCE

We, the Northern Secwépemc te Qelmúcw have an inherent right to govern ourselves. NStQ citizens and leaders past and present have chosen a Treaty with Canada and British Columbia as the best path to transition out of the Indian Act and back to self-government. Through the Northern Shuswap Treaty Society we have chosen to work together, four of the Secwépemc communities of the North, united in our common goal of NStQ making decisions for NStQ.

Ours was and will be a government structure based on our Secwépemc culture, rooted in the land, in the language, and in the respect we have for one another.
Within NStQ, the three communities have chosen to join together in a regional level of government as well – the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is also home to the Northern Shuswap Treaty Society. Both entities are governed by a Board of Directors made up of NStQ chiefs.

The NStQ Leadership Council, hosted monthly at NSTC, was formed to guide and provide oversight of treaty-related decisions. All chiefs and council members are members of the Leadership Council, which must have at least two representatives from each community to reach quorum and make decisions.

NStQ citizens and leadership have chosen a path forward with Shared Governance. Under this structure, each community will have authority over areas affecting the everyday lives of community members. This will include Housing, Child and Family Jurisdiction Transition, Infrastructure, local Economic Development, and Land Use on Treaty Settlement Lands owned by that community. There will also be a fifth level of government shared by all four communities. At this regional level will rest authority in areas where the four communities have common interests and where cooperation will result in cost savings or increased political clout on a provincial or national basis.

While this Shared Governance structure is still taking shape, we anticipate that the regional government will be responsible for administering NStQ-wide programs. These may include certification of Aboriginal healers within NStQ territory, accreditation of Secwépemc language teachers within NStQ territory, NStQ elections, administration of citizenship, relations with other levels of government, common Stewardship issues, and joint economic development initiatives agreed to by the communities. Once NStQ reaches a Treaty agreement, citizens will vote on the agreement.