NORTHERN SHUSWAP TRIBAL COUNCIL
Le Pexyewtes (Past)
The Cariboo Tribal Council was formed in approximately 1971, consisting of 15 Northern area bands from the Cariboo Chilcotin Region. In the 1980’s the Chilcotin and Carrier tribal groups formed their own Tribal Councils. The Cariboo Tribal Council changed its name to the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council in 2006.
Today, the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NSTC) is made up of three Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) communities, Canim Lake Band, Stswēceḿc/Xget’tem First Nation, and Xatśūll First Nation.
The NSTC presently provides advisory services to NStQ Band Councils and Administrations of the four communities. The NSTC also works collectively and collaboratively on matters of common concern to its four member communities.
The NSTC is governed by a Board of Directors, that is comprised of the elected Kúkwpi7’s (Chiefs) of the four member bands. The Executive Director of the NSTC reports to the Board. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day running of the council, and it employees.
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council administers and oversees departments including, Victims Services, Skills Development, Fisheries, Natural Resources, the Indian Registry, Child Family Wellness and Treaty. NSTC also assists the communities in developing governance structures, managing Human Resources, and coordinating training and capacity development for the Bands’ staff, councils and members.
The NStQ people desire to be connected to and benefit from their lands, and resources within them. For that reason, the NSTC, through various capacities, participates in regional and provincial fish, wildlife, forestry and parks management. The intention, through our treaty process is to transition to a functioning, independent First Nations government that has relationships with all levels of government, and benefit from the management of our lands and resources.
The intention will be to write our own laws, have jurisdiction over our families and children, develop education that reflects our values and systems, support our members, and advance. The NSTC is working towards this end, in unity and collaboration with its four member bands.