Investing with Simpcw First Nation



Region:  Thompson/Okanagan

Nation:  Secwepemc

The SIMPCW are a division of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap, whose traditional territory encompasses approximately 5,000,000 Ha in the North Thompson region. The area extends from slightly North of McLure to the headwaters of Fraser River near McBride, to Tête Jeune Cache, over to Jasper and south to the headwaters of the Athabasca River. Archaeological studies have identified winter home sites and underground food cache sites at a variety of locations including Finn Creek, Vavenby, Birch Island, Clearwater, Litte Fort, Chu Chua, Barriere River, Louis Creek, and Tête Jeune, and Jasper. Many ancestors of present band members lived in these winter villages or camps. Evidence of life in earlier times can still be found at these ancestral village sites. Currently, Simpcwemc are located on land which is are now the reserves of the Simpcw First Nation.

The Simpcw traditionally were noted for their hunting ability, and had many travel corridors and trails. In the summer months during their seasonal round on the land from spring to the autumn or fall season, much of their time was spent in hunting camps in the mountains above the North Thompson and upper Fraser Rivers. Both river systems provided salmon, which were caught in weirs, nets and by spear.

Meat and fish were smoked or dried then stored for consumption. Numerous plant resources for foods, medicine and technology were also collected and preserved for winter use. There was active trading, among the Secwepemc and other Nations. Sometimes warfare with other Nations in BC and Alberta over natural resources. Presently Simpcw people maintain traditional knowledge, and continue to practice many of their traditions while learning and working in modern society.

Now, the Simpcw First Nation has a membership of nearly 700 people. Their mission statement is "Simpcwemc are who are a culturally proud community, valuing healthy, holistic lifestyles based upon respect, responsibility and continuous participation in growth and education".


Latitude: 51° 17' 23".542 N
Longitude: 120° 09' 18".972 S

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