• We are Smelqmix
  • Our Organization
  • “The land never fails in its beauty and its essence to take my breath away and calm me like nothing else can. I forget the breakdown of our name for it but I know and feel that we as sqilxw, as Syilx people are connected to it. As relatives we are born from it. We have parts of the land within our blood, our bodies, the rocks as minerals, the water our life blood that flows through our veins, the air the oxygen, the wind our breath, you name it, it is there within us as a reminder. Our captikwt remind us of our responsibilities and roles we have as sqilxw among the land. I cherish it all and keep it close to my heart. - Brandy Baptiste”

Our Organization

  • In the 1970’s, the very First Band Office for LSIB was situated in the home of Theresa Dennis.
  • In (roughly) 1973-1974, the Second Band Office was opened in what used to be an old barber shop. John Terbasket was hired as the first Band Manager.
  • In 1973, the First LSIB audited statement was completed.
  • In 1975, INAC devolved federal programs and service delivery to LSIB – Education, Social Development, Public Works and Housing. LSIB followed the INAC Membership regulations.
  • The LSIB Administration Building moved to the present location in 1976, where an old movie theatre use to be located.
  • 1984, the first computerized financial accounting system was established.
  • In the early 2000’s, the LSIB Physical Development Plan was completed.
  • 2004, LSIB went under remedial management of INAC voluntarily.
  • Also in 2004, the LSIB Community Development Plan was completed and approved in principle.
  • 2005, Draft Land Use Plan was completed.
  • 2006, the first LSIB Information System server was installed.
  • 2006 Chief and Council adopted in principle the Housing Policy
  • 2006 Chief and Council adopted the Human Resource, Finance and Leadership Policy
  • 2008 Chief and Council adopted the LSIB Community Health Plan
  • 2009 Chief and completed the LSIB 5 year Business and Operational Plans for Administration, Health, Social, Education and Capital and Housing.
  • 2011 Chief and Council approved the LSIB Land Use Plan
  • 2011 Chief and Council revised and approved the Human Resource Policy
  • 2011 Completed the Band School Road Project
  • 2011 Completed the Band School 5 Kw Wind Energy Project sponsored by Terasen and Fortis
  • 2011 Updated the Human Resource Policy
  • 2011 LSIB Completed the Community Water System Study in partnership with Penticton and Oosoyos Band
  • 2011 Constructed 7 New Homes
  • 2011 Chief and Council approved the launch of a new LSIB Referral System