T'exelcemc (Williams Lake)

Language: SecwepemctsĂ­n
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Historically known as: Williams Lake Band

Contact Information:
Williams Lake Indian Band
2672 Indian Dr
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 5K9
ph. (250) 296-3507
fx. (250) 296-4750

"The T'exelcemc (Williams Lake Band people) are members of the Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap people). Secwepemc lands extend from Shuswap Lake in the south to Quesnel Lake in the north, and from Columbia-Kootenay Range in the east to Alexis Creek Area in the west. We know, and archaeology has shown, that Northern Secwepemc culture stretches back for 4000 years in the Cariboo Region. For thousands of years we lived in semi-permanent villages in the winter and moved around on the land in the summer to collect fish, game and plant resources. We enjoyed a rich environment and a rich ceremonial life. Our chiefs led a strong people. They do so today."1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 7 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 21 2
Learning Speakers: 299 2

Community Information

Population: 744 2

"Today we have 469 band members and our population is growing. 188 members currently live on reserve, 281 live off reserve. Our band members include teachers, lawyers, social workers, artists, loggers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs. We honour our Elders and treasure our children. Our families are deeply important to us. We value our past and look towards our future."3

Footnotes / References
1. quoted from http://www.williamslakeband.ca
2. Spi7uy Squqluts Language and Culture Society (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3143
3. quoted from http://www.williamslakeband.ca/