Tk’emlups Indian Band

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc formerly known as Kamloops Indian Band land base was established in 1862 under the direction of Governor James Douglas. It is located east of the North Thompson River and north of the South Thompson River, adjacent to the City of Kamloops.

The word “Kamloops” is the English translation of the Shuswap word Tk’emlups, meaning where the rivers meet and for centuries has been the home of the Tk’emlupsemc, people of the confluence.

Despite the effects of small pox epidemics in the 1800s and early 1900s, Tk’emlups remains the largest of the Secwepemc bands. Today we have more than 1,000 members living on and off the reserve.

Our 33,000-acre reserve, supports a variety of uses including residential, industrial, commercial and agricultural. In recent years, Tk’emlups purchased the former Harper Ranch which added 20,000 acres of land and crown leases for resource development and other economic opportunities. Tk’emlups manages the operation of the Sk’elep School of Excellence, the Tk’emlups Gas Bar and holds the Kamloopa Pow Wow annually.

Chief Shane Gottfriedson

Kamloops Indian Band Chief Shane GottfriedsonRe-elected last December, Chief Shane Gottfriedson is now serving his third term as Chief of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. A former Ironworker with a strong entrepreneurial inclination, Shane Gottfriedson is the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc’s 12th Chief. He diligently seeks to create economic opportunities to benefit Tk’emlups people in a meaningful, sustainable economic environment that creates jobs and partnerships that provide for economic growth for our region. The empowerment of the Tk’emlups people is of the utmost importance to Chief Gottfriedson, and he believes that the work that he and the Tk’emlups council does will truly benefit the community as a whole.

Currently Chief Gottfriedson serves on the following boards and committees on behalf of the Tk’emlups community:

  • BC Assembly of First Nations Economic Development Committee
  • BC Chiefs’ Negotiation Team for Gaming
  • Chiefs’ Health Committee for the Interior
  • Southern Interior Trust Board
  • Board of Directors for Venture Kamloops
  • Board of Directors for Tourism Kamloops
  • 2011 Western Canadian Games Board
  • Forest Products Sector Council

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1
Phone: (250) 828-9700
Fax: (250) 372-8833
General Information: email us
Chief: Shane Gottfriedson
Councilors: Rosanne Casmir
Katy Gottfriedson
Ed Jensen
Jeanette Jules
Richard Jules
Colleen Mosterd-McLean
Fred Seymour
Website: www.tkemlups.ca
Election Date: November 2012