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Upper Nicola Indian Band - Syilx

January 01, 2020

Upper Nicola is the only Syilx (Okanagan) community in the Nicola watershed. In the 18th century, ancestors of Upper Nicola permanently inhabited the Upper Nicola and Salmon River watersheds as a result of the Fish Lake Accord with the Kamloops Shuswap tribe.

Shackan Indian Band - Nlaka'pamux

January 01, 2020

The Scw'exmx - People of the  Creeks - is taken from the name of the Nicola River, Scw'ex, meaning creek.  The Shackan Indian Band is one of five bands in the Nicola Valley who comprise the Scw'exmx.  The five  bands of the Nicola Tribes are:  Coldwater Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Upper Nicola Indian Band, Nooaitch Indian Band, and Shackan Indian Band.   Together, the numbers of the 5 Nicola Tribes totals well over 3,000 individuals.  All part of a proud, strong, thriving Indigenous Nation of the BC Interior.

Coldwater Indian Band - Nlaka'pamux

January 03, 2023

The Coldwater Indian Band has approximately 780 band members.

Mission Statement: To enhance and sustain our quality of life through wellness and culture, and to utilize and preserve all our resources for now and future generations.

Lower Nicola Indian Band - Nlaka'pamux

February 23, 2023

We are the Scw’exmx, the people of the creeks. Our language and our customs are of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, one of the Interior Salish Nations that have lived for thousands of years along the Thompson and Nicola rivers in the Southern Interior of British Columbia.

Nooaitch Indian Band - Nlaka'pamux

May 28, 2023

The Nooaitch People are a part of the foundation of our Nations. The People are the citizens of Nations that share language, creation stories, community history and family relationships. They form self-defined and self-governed communities and together they hold collective memories. When individuals gather themselves as communities, they are making intentional, political statements about their past, present and the possibilities of their future.


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Scw’exmx Child and Family Services Society serves and is guided by nłeʔkepmx and syilx peoples from the Coldwater Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, Nooaitch Band, Shackan Band, Upper Nicola Band and the Urban Indigenous population of the Nicola Valley. SCFSS works closely with community representatives and leadership to establish protocol and community service agreements to implement goals and strategies towards our collaborative vision. 

We are all somebody's 7th generation.

Scw'exmx Child & Family Services Society
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2975 Clapperton Avenue, Merritt BC V1K 1G2

​Telephone: ​250-378-2771

Fax: 250-378-2799

Toll-Free Number: 1-877-378-2773

Child Protection Concern After Office Hours: 1-800-663-9122

Children’s Help Line: 310-1234 (For children and youth)