• Chief and Council
  • Youth Leadership
  • Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Laws and By-laws
  • “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”

Governance

“We the Sovereign and respected Smelqmix are committed to preserve our Land, History, Language, Culture and Traditions, to enhance the quality of life for ourselves and future generations.”

Collectively, this Council commits to focus on the following goals and issues:

This Council recognizes the sacred and profound responsibility that it has to protect and uphold LSIB Title and Rights. We will fulfill this role effectively by asserting our interests wherever necessary, including with various governments- Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal- industry and non-profit organizations and community groups. Furthermore, we are committed to moving on several specific claims and outstanding issues related to LSIB title and rights.

To better enable ourselves to ensure the protection of the land, water, and resources, we are committed to undertake a Lower Similkameen Land Use Plan.

We embrace the importance of fiscal responsibility. This leads to job creation which is a priority for this Council. We commit to learning more about, understanding and adhering to the corporate structures and processes that have been established.

Collectively, this Council commits to focus on the following Issues this year:

  1. Protection of Our Title and Rights Through Strategic Assertions and Effective Partnerships
  2. Enhanced Communications with LSIB Members
  3. Fiscal Responsibility and Growth
  4. Clearly Defined Roles for all Council Members