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Communications Agreement Struck by Shuswap Local and Secwepemc Governments


Cooperative government-to-government relationships and open communications are at the heart of an agreement signed by representatives of Shuswap local governments and Secwepemc governments on September 28. Photo: Rock Deneault.

In the fall of 2018 seven local governments and three Secwepemc governments agreed to a long-term, cooperative government-to-government relationship and to foster open communication across the Shuswap watershed portion of Secwepemc'ulecw.

The Shuswap Local and Secwepemc Governments Communications Agreement has four goals, which are to:

  1. integrate local government and Secwepemc communities on areas of mutual interest through regular communication and working together on joint initiatives
  2. provide a collective voice to the governments of BC and Canada on common issues
  3. raise awareness of Secwepemc'ulecw and Secwepemc traditions, and
  4. deliver joint education opportunities for elected officials, staff and residents, members and constituents.

The governments agreed to meet in both formal and informal settings and to work together on initiatives of joint benefit to local and Secwepemc governments. The agreement complements all existing protocols and provides a foundation for future agreements where none currently exist.

The Fraser Basin Council is pleased to have supported the process leading to the agreement.

Signatories are Cst’elnec (Adams Lake Indian Band), Sk’atsin (Neskonlith Indian Band), Splatsin, Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Regional District of North Okanagan, Village of Chase, City of Salmon Arm, City of Enderby, Village of Lumby and District of Sicamous.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.