About Us

St’át’imc Nation

The St’át’imc are the original inhabitants of the territory which extends north to Churn Creek and to South French Bar; northwest to the headwaters of Bridge River; north and east toward Hat Creek Valley; east to the Big Slide; south to the island on Harrison Lake and west of the Fraser River to the headwaters of Lillooet River, Ryan River and Black Tusk.

Cinematic shot of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

The St’át’imc way of life is inseparably connected to the land. Our people use different locations throughout our territory of rivers, mountains and lakes, planning our trips with the best times to hunt and fish, harvest food and gather medicines. The lessons of living on the land are a large part of the inheritance passed on from St’át’imc Elders to our children and learning is experientially based in the seasonal changes of the landscape.

Picture of salmon that was cut into strips and hung on a dry rack to cure for up to ten days.
Salmon cut into strips and hung on a dry rack

As holders of one of the richest fisheries along the Fraser River, the St’át’imc defend and control a rich resource that feeds our people, and keeps them strong throughout the winter. St’wan (dried salmon) is a valued staple for trade with our neighboring nations. The St’át’imc are stewards and keepers of this beautiful territory. St’át’imc people can think of no other better place to live and hope to keep this land vibrant for generations to come.

Cropped picture of Fraser Canyon, semi arid country north of Lillooet, St'at'imc Territory.
Fraser Canyon, semi arid country, north of Lillooet

Ci wa lh kalth ti tmicwa (the land is ours). The St’át’imc hold Title, rights and responsibility to our territorial lands and resources. We are ucwalmicw (the people of the land). We are a nation, not an interest group. As proclaimed by our ancestors in the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe, May 10, 1911: We claim that we are the rightful owners of our tribal territory and everything pertaining thereto. We have always lived in our territory; at no time have we ever deserted it or left it to others. The source of these rights is St’át’imc law.

St’át’imc Government Services

St’át’imc Government Services (SGS) is an organization tasked with upholding the 2011 Relations Agreement with BC Hydro, but we are much more than that.

The SGS team is comprised of a majority of St’át’imc members from different communities across the territory. SGS administers programs to support St’át’imc priorities of effective resource management, upholding our culture, and developing economic opportunities for our people. We support education and training programs, environment monitoring and mitigation, and protection of our heritage.

Cinematic picture of bald eagle sitting on riverbank.
Bald Eagle

The SGS team operates on the principles of a solutions-based learning organization. We are guided by the following values in development of programs, services, projects and activities: sustainability; reciprocal accountability; responsibilities/disciplines; partnerships and relationships; informed decision-making; innovation; factors for collective interests; cultural integrity; and effective investment of resources – time, people, money.

Group picture of St'át'imc community.

We work collaborative with St’át’imc communities (Sekw’el’was, N’Quatqua, Xaxl’ip, Xax’sta, T’it’qet, Skatin, Xwisten, Tskw’ay’laxw, Tsal’alh and Samaqhuam) to support their unique priorities.

Be sure to learn more about our history, mission & values, government structure, and staff.