Historically known as: Toosey Indian Band
Toosey Indian Band
PO Box 80
Riske Creek, BC
ph. (250) 659-5655
fx. (250) 659-5601
The Tl'esqox Indian Band's main community and offices are located at Riske Creek between the Chilcoten and Fraser Rivers just west of Williams Lake, BC. The Tl'esqox have three reserves, two at Riske Creek and one fishing station on the Fraser River. They are a member of the Carrier-Chilcotin Tribal Council, which includes both Tsilhqot'in A and Dakelh communities.
A little less than half the members are fluent speakers and some of the elders do not speak English. Most of the fluent speakers range in age from 40 to 90 years old but there are a few fluent speakers in their twenties and thirties. About half of the non-fluent speakers in the community can understand the language but do not speak it.
The Tsilhqot'in name for Riske Creek is Tl’esqox B which means "muddy creek". With the snow melt in the spring, the creek gets very muddy.2
Footnotes / References
1. Tsilhqot'in National Government (2015), Language Needs Assessment #3514
2. Laceese, L. & G. Johnny (2008, Sept. 9). Interview with Francis Laceese & Georgina Johnny.
3. Aboriginal Canada (2006). First Nation Connectivity Profiles.
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