The Skeetchestn Indian Band has nearly 500 members, and 7969 hectares of land that is sectioned into 3 areas in the Deadman’s Creek and Thompson River area.
Many Skeetchestn band members are involved in the annual rodeos, pow wows, and other social and sporting events. Skeetchestn hosts healing gatherings and living skills workshops as well. The large attendance at these events attest to the organizational skills and dedication of the community. Both social and spiritual well being is promoted by such gatherings.
Another Band initiative toward future self-reliance has been the development of Quiq’wi’elst (Blackstone) School officially opened in 1996. Its goal is to incorporate a quality education program with Secwepemc language instruction and First Nations awareness at the elementary level. Building confidence of identity for our youth will insure qualified decision making and fiscal responsibility within and outside the community in the future.
Chief Ron Ignace
Dr. Ronald E. Ignace is a member of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation. He has been the elected Chief of the Skeetchestn Band for more than 22 years since the early 1980s, also serving as Chairman of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and president of the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society during the 1990s. In 2003-2005, he chaired the Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures overseeing the production of Towards a New Beginning: A Foundational Report for A Strategy to Revitalize First Nation, Inuit and Métis Languages and Cultures. For many years he was the co-chair of the Aboriginal university partnership between the Secwepemc and Simon Fraser University in Kamloops BC, and he continues to teach courses in Secwepemc Language and First Nations Studies through SFU. He holds B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, and completed his PhD in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in 2008 with a dissertation titled Our Oral Histories are Our Iron Posts: Secwepemc Stories and Historical Consciousness. He has published and co-published with Marianne Ignace, several articles and book chapters on Secwepemc history, ethnobotany, language and culture.
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