Who We Are

What defines us as Nlaka'pamux is not a line on a map but a way of life, a shared culture and a communal responsibility to future generations. Our homeland is a gift from the Creator, passed to us from ancestors and held by us in trust for our children and future generations.
The Indian Act also does not define who we are: it is oppressive and is a tool of divide and conquer. The Act has separated families, destroyed traditional practices and created small reserves without resources. A band is not an Nlaka'pamux community nor is reserve land the same as our homeland and being an Indian does not mean you are Nlaka'pamux.
The Indian Act also does not define who we are: it is oppressive and is a tool of divide and conquer. The Act has separated families, destroyed traditional practices and created small reserves without resources. A band is not an Nlaka'pamux community nor is reserve land the same as our homeland and being an Indian does not mean you are Nlaka'pamux.
As Indigenous peoples we are inherently connected to the land. Our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being depends upon this connection. Fishing is the lifeblood of the Nation; children the Nation's greatest resource. Our laws are grounded in our stories. We pass our traditions and our culture on through our stories.