Aboriginal Rights and Title

Aboriginal Rights and Title

The Aboriginal Rights & Title Department’s role at SNTC is to gather data to be used as a resource, to defend and protect Secwepemcúlecw. Additionally, the department functions to foster the continual growth of traditional knowledge. The AR&T Department encourages the sharing of wisdom between Secwepemc communities and our neighbours. Information dissemination ensures continuous dialogue thus promoting unity in the Secwepemc Nation.

The AR&T Department staff at SNTC is a talented team that work together to respond to the changing needs of the member communities. The work of the AR&T Department concerns itself with the collection, organization, analysis, management, archiving and preservation of Shuswap history. The scope and content of the data collection is not limited to historical literature, in fact, Shuswap language, culture and tradition is embedded in oral or verbal communication that resides within contemporary as well as historical entities. This AR&T Department has the critical task of collecting and preserving Secwepemc history and keeping it safe for future generations. The result is the development of a Secwepemc archives tailored to support the legal principles required to prove and defend Secwepemc rights and title issues.

The AR&T Department also provides technical support services to member community bands by sharing archive materials and by providing educational workshops and presentations to assist members in understanding the issues as required.

The AR&T Department promotes unity within the nation and acts as knowledge keepers for matters related to rights and title.

So long as what we consider justice is withheld from us, so long will dissatisfaction and unrest exist among us, and we will continue to struggle to better ourselves.

- Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier, Premiere of the Dominion of Canada
From the Chiefs of the Secwepemc, Okanagan and Nlaka’ pamux Tribes of British Columbia. Presented at Kamloops, B.C. August 25, 1910

Kelly-Ann Connor
Kelly-Ann Connor B.A. (Hons.), M.A.
Senior Researcher

Kelly-Ann has been with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council since spring 2010. Kelly-Ann obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a double major in psychology and sociology from Thompson Rivers University and her Master's degree in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads University. She works on a wide range of research projects relating to multiple facets of Aboriginal rights and title, child welfare, Indigenous legal traditions, health, and policy issues. Please contact Kelly-Ann if you have any questions regarding research, Secwepemc Elders Council, and the SNTC Youth Council.

Phone (778) 471-8208
Email art@shuswapnation.org
Tyrone Joseph
Tyrone Joseph

Tyrone is a member of the Carrier Nation and grew up in Secwepemcúlecw. He recently transferred to the Aboriginal Rights and Title Department from another department within SNTC. Prior to this, he has spent over 10 years working in aboriginal economic and community development. He is currently coordinating a capacity development project that aims to enhance the ability of SNTC member bands to assert their rights and is also providing assistance to the Secwepemc Elders’ Council and the SNTC Youth Council.

Phone 778-471-8218
Email artcoordinator@shuswapnation.org
Nina Solomon
Nina Solomon
Virtual Library Technician/Archivist

Recently married in July 2014 and mother of a beautiful daughter, Nina is from the Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc).  Nina is responsible for data entry, organizing and maintaining the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council’s (SNTC) Virtual Library and Archives (digital and physical).  The Virtual Library system is used to organize, securely store and access archival information and important documents to assist other Secwepemc communities in the research related to aboriginal rights and title.  The Virtual Library can be accessed remotely by anyone with an assigned log in user name and password which can be obtained through Nina.

Phone 778-471-8209
Email library@shuswapnation.org
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