Whispering Pines / Clinton Indian Band, is one of the smallest indian bands in the Shuswap nation. Documentation shows at one time the band population was approximately 10,000 members but was obliterated by small pox, currently the band’s population is 105 people both on and off the reserve, and are known as the Pellt’iq’t people which means “people of the white earth.”
Whispering Pines and members were originally located just outside of the village of Clinton on Highway 97 in the lower Cariboo region and were known as the Clinton Band.
The main reserve is accessible by road and air. It has a piped-in water supply from a reservoir, two community wells, and five private wells and utilizes septic tanks for sewage disposal.
Facilities available on the reserve include an administration building and a sports and recreation centre. Economic activities include cattle and hay ranching. The centre features world-class facilities, including: a 5/8 mile motocross track (In partnership with the Greater Kamloops Motor Cross Association); rodeo grounds; racetrack; baseball diamonds; concessions; a playground; and convention/camping/RV facilities including 60 camping units and washroom/shower facilities. We promote packages available to suit all needs of recreational activities and special events.
Chief Michael LeBourdais
Michael LeBourdais is of Secwepemc, Statimc and Okanagan Heritage. His strengths are facilitation, finance and management. He attended Olds College in Alberta, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby and University College of the Cariboo at Kamloops. He was instrumental as President of the Cariboo College Student Society to activate the UCC Native Student Society.
Chief LeBourdais pursues the responsibilities of moving the Pelltiqt and its neighbours towards self sufficiency through agreements with other governments. He believes that with entrepreneurship, human resource development and financial support will regain the spirit of our people.
“Since the beginning of time, the Pelltiqt have sustained themselves with the resources and the political jurisdiction to care for and enhance the quality of life; which continues today. The past Chiefs laid the foundation of mitigating the impacts and the negative consequences of Indian and Northern affairs Canada,” states Chief LeBourdais. “Through negotiations and human resource development we can once again begin to enjoy that which we need to sustain ourselves.”
Currently Chief LeBourdais serves on the following committees on behalf of the Whispering Pines/Clinton community:
- The Secwepemc Child and Family Services Society
- The Secwepemc Cultural Education Society
- The First Nations Chiefs Health Committee
- The Qwemstin Health Society
- Shuswap Training and Employment Program
- Commanding Officers Aboriginal Advisory Committee
- The Secwepemc Community Justice Program
|Mailing Address:||615 Whispering Pine Drive, Kamloops, BC, V2B 8S4|
|General Information:||email us|
|Education Coordinator:||Sandy LeBourdais|
|Election Date:||February 2010|