Simpcw First Nation

The Simpcw are a division of the Secwepemc, or Shuswap, who occupied the drainage of the North Thompson River upstream from McLure to the headwaters of Fraser River from McBride to Tete Jeune Cache, over to Jasper and south to the headwaters of the Athabasca River. Archaeological studies have identified winter home sites and underground food cache sites at a variety of locations including Finn Creek, Vavenby, Birch Island, Chu Chua, Barriere River, Louis Creek, and Tete Jeune.

Many ancestors of present band members lived in villages or camps located on land which is now the reserve of the Simpcw First Nation. Evidence of life in earlier times can still be found at these ancestral village sites.

The Simpcw traditionally were noted for their hunting ability. In the summer months much of their time was spent in hunting camps in the mountains above the North Thompson and upper Fraser Rivers. Both river systems provided salmon, which were caught in weirs, nets and by spear. Both meat and fish were smoked or dried then stored for consumption. Numerous plant foods were also collected and preserved for winter use. There was active trading, and sometimes warfare with the Sekani and Cree people. Presently Simpcw people practice many of their traditions while learning and working in modern society.

Now, the Simpcw First Nation has a membership of nearly 700 people who are a culturally proud community, valuing healthy, holistic lifestyles based upon respect, responsibility and continuous participation in growth and education.

Chief Nathan Matthew


Contact Information

Mailing Address: Box 220, Barriere, BC, V0E 1E0
Phone: (250) 672-9995
Fax: (250) 672-5858
General Information: email us
Chief: Nathan Matthew
Administrator: Eddie Celesta
Councilors: Jules Philip
Tom Eustache
Christine A. Donald
George Lampreau
Don Matthew
Ronald Lampreau Jr.
Next Election Date: April 2018 (3 year term for C&C)