Keremeos, BC Canada
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band (LSIB) is a small, geographically isolated community in the Similkameen Valley, located in the South Central Interior of British Columbia. The Lower Similkameen Indian Reserve covers 15,276.4 hectares and services a total of 11 reserves, divided into pockets of land stretching over 90 kilometres. The Bandís current membership is 459 members, half of which reside on reserve.
The Similkameen people have retained their ceremonies, arts, culture, heritage and language which are being taught to the next generation through their oral history and teaching from the chaptikwl and through family systems. Current and past Chiefs and Councils have consistently identified language preservation and revitalization as a priority for LSIB, and various initiatives over the years have contributed to the goal of keeping Nsyilxcn alive in the community. The LSIB mission statement is to protect, enhance and preserve lands and resources for our future generations, and is guided by the following values: respect, trust, honest, compassion, and accountability.
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