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 Mortimer
Kelly-Ann Mortimer B.A. (Hons.), M.A.

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 projects relating to multiple facets of Aboriginal rights and title, Indigenous legal traditions, child welfare, 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
Sally Hunter
Sally Hunter

Sally Hunter joined the Aboriginal Rights and Title (AR&T) team in July 2016. She is of mixed Indigenous (Maliseet) and settler ancestry. Her passion for AR&T grew from her most recent position as Coordinator of the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. After working in collaboration with SNTC on a research project focused on Secwepemc Lands and Resources Law, she applied with enthusiasm for the position of AR&T Coordinator. Sally is grateful for this opportunity and extends her gratitude to the people of this nation for allowing her to work and live in this beautiful territory.

Phone 778-471-8209
Email artcoordinator@shuswapnation.org
Devan Swaine
Devan Swaine
Research Assistant

A member of Kamloops Indian Band (T’Kemlups), Devan has recently joined SNTC on summer term and is currently attending his third year at Thompson Rivers University fulfilling a major in forensic psychology. He assists in the organization and maintenance of SNTC’s virtual library as well as coordinating elders and youth councils.

Phone 778-471-8218
Email artassistant@shuswapnation.org
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