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 Connor
Kelly Connor B.A. (Hons.), M.A.

Kelly has been with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council since spring 2010. 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.

Phone (778) 471-8208
Email art@shuswapnation.org
Reanna Leonard
Reanna Leonard
Database Clerk

Reanna started working with SNTC in 2008, on the Virtual Library project. She is responsible for uploading SNTCs archive files to an online library. She graduated high school with top grades in her BC First Nations studies class. She has also participated in two art shows, one locally and one provincially, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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