Investing with Esk'etemc First Nation



Region:  Cariboo

Nation:  Secwepemc

“Esk'etemc is collectively providing progressive economic opportunities whose purpose is to preserve Esk'etemc culture and spirituality while protecting Secwepemculucw through promoting and reviving Secwepemctsin for future generations.” Esk'etemc is a Secwepemctsin speaking group. Esk'etemc has 19 reserves situated on the Fraser River southwest of Williams Lake, with an approximate total area of 3,800 hectares. Esk'etemc's administrative offices and the majority of the population are located on IR #1 (Esk'et) about 50 kilometres from Williams Lake on the east side of the Fraser River at Alkali Lake. The current Esk'etemc population is 809 members with 384 members on-reserve and 349 off-reserve. Esk'et reserve has its own fire hall, store, gas station, radio station, and a facility from which Esk'etemc controls and administers health and justice programs.

Esk'etemc provides holistic and spiritual guidance assisting First Nations and non-First Nations in fasting quests, sweat lodges, elders sauna, drumming, gathering of plants and medicines. Esk'etemc leadership is renowned for providing guidance and support in recovery programs. Also, the Esk'etemc has a very successful community garden and in the fall offers a hunting camp.

In 1994, Esk'etemc signed into the treaty process and is now in stage 4 - the Agreement-In- Principle stage and has released 11 chapters to the public.

Two ice hockey rinks are maintained by volunteers throughout the winter and summer months, a baseball and soccer field are available through the school, and a Pow Wow arbor is located on one of our reserves, where the Esk'etemc Annual AA Round Up is held every year.

Esk'etemc members are employed in the forestry and ranching sectors, and entrepreneurs operate contracting and catering businesses. Esk'etemc runs Ecolink which conducts silviculture work and during peak season employs about 70 people, approximately 90% of who are Aboriginal. Timber tenures are managed on behalf of Esk'etemc by Alkali Resource Management Limited which is owned by Esk'etemc. In addition, Esk'etemc has skilled construction companies which operates on the reserve.

The Esk'etemc people have assisted in accommodation of the making of three movies, including our own "Honour of All" filmed in 1985 on Esk'etemc reserves, "The Thirteenth Warrior" staring Antonio Banderas filmed along the historic Fraser River in 1997 and "The Thaw" staring Val Kilmer filmed near Little Dog in 2009.


Latitude: 51° 47' 22".207 N
Longitude: 122° 13' 28".217 S

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