First Nations: St'át'imc Territory

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For more information on the St'át'imc Territory, see the following pages:

For more information on First Nations cultural and educational tours in Lillooet, see the Sightseeing Tours page.

The St'át'imc are the original inhabitants of the territory which extends north to Churn Creek and south to French Bar; northwest to the headwaters of Bridge River; north and east toward Hat Creek Valley; east to the Big Slide; south to the island on Harrison Lake and west of the Fraser River to the headwaters of Lillooet River, Ryan River and Black Tusk.

The St'át'imc way of life is inseparably connected to the land. Our people use different locations throughout our territory of rivers, mountains and lakes, planning our trips with the best times to hunt and fish, harvest food and gather medicines. The lessons of living on the land are a large part of the inheritance passed on from St'át'imc elders to our children.

The Upper St'át'imc Language, Culture and Education Society (USLCES), Lillooet BC

As a registered charitable organization, USLCES has worked since 1991 on behalf of its First Nations communities and band councils to enhance and maintain St'át’imcets (St'át’imc language) and other cultural knowledge through education. Please browse this site to learn more about who we are and the many projects that we have completed and are working on.

The following six bands speak the upper dialect of the St’at’imc language and are neighbors to the District of Lillooet:

T'it'q'et First Nation Details (INAC)

2006 Community Statistics (Statistics Canada)

2006 T'it'q'et Aboriginal Population Profile (Statistics Canada)

The Upper St'at'imc People (UVic)

St'at'imc Development (First Nations Development)

T'it'q'et First Nations (First Peoples Language Map of British Columbia) (Upper St'at'imc Language, Culture & Education Society)

Bridge River-Lillooet Country (Lillooet History)


Cayoose Creek Band - Sekw'el'was

Box484, Lillooet BC V0K 1V0
Phone: 250.256.4136, Fax 250.256.4138

Chief: Michelle Edwards

Perry Redan
Steve Frank
Shirley LaRochelle

Administrator: Trudy Redan



Bridge River Indian Band - Xwísten

Box 190, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0
Phone: 250.256.7423, Fax 250.256.7999

Chief: Susan James

Ina Williams
Brenda Frank
Gerald Michel
Harold James

Administrator: Bradley Jack



Xwisten Experience Tours:


T'it'q'et First Nation

(Formerly known as Lillooet Indian Band)


Box 615, Lillooet BC V0K 1V0
Phone: 250.256.4118, Fax 250.256.4544

Community Chief: Kevin Whitney

Tribal Chief: Shelly Leech

Marilyn Napoleon
Robert Leech
Sarah Moberg
George Napolean
Sidney Scotchman

Administrator:Wendy Phair




Pavilion Indian Band - Ts'kw'aylaxw

Box 2200, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0
Phone: 250.256.4204, Fax 250.256.4058

Community Chief: Francis Alec

Hilda Brown
Deloris McDonald
Gary Harry
Judy Higginbottom
Brenda McDonald

Administrator: Donna Goodwater




Box 1330, Lillooet BC V0K 1V0
Phone: 250.256.4800, Fax 250.256.4803

Chief: Darrell Bob Sr.

Isaac Adolph
Colleen Jacob
Roger Adolph
Jennifer Narcisse
Rena Joseph
Shawn Jefferson
Shawn Jacob

Administrator: Dora Demers



Seton Lake Band - Chalath

S-3, Box 76 Shalalth, BC V0N 3C0
Phone: 250.259.8227, Fax: 250.259.8384

Chief: Larry Casper Jr.

Rodney Louie
Ida Peter
Phyllis Peters
Randy James
Clifford Casper

Director of Operations: Crystal Branget