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