About Us

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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Our Communities

SCFSS serves nłeʔkepmx and syilx peoples from nc’tetkʷu (Coldwater Indian Band), sulu̓ s (Lower
Nicola Indian Band), nwéyc (Nooaitch Indian Band), sxéxn̓ x (Shackan Indian Band) sp’ax̌ʔmi̓n and
nɬq’aɬməlʔx (Upper Nicola Band), and the urban Indigenous population of the Nicola Valley. SCFSS
works with community representatives and leadership to establish, understand and follow protocol and
community agreements to implement strategies toward our collaborative vision. SCFSS is committed
to work with all communities and reinforce teachings and language throughout our services. Our
communities guide us on this pathway of change toward our vision that we are all somebody’s seventh
generation. Through respectful and meaningful collaboration, our society and our communities will
support each other to implement action and change.

We are all somebody's 7th generation.