Knucwetwecw

Helping One Another

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Shuswap Delta

Location of the Mary Thomas Heritage Sanctuary and site of the Salmon River Shuswap Lake Delta Fish Passage and Riperian Improvement project

Traditional Gathering

An annual event featuring dancers, traditional kekuli village open house, salmon barbecues and guided interpretive trail walks

Education

Story telling and birch basket making are just two of the many educational workshops offered at the Mary Thomas Cultural Centre and Heritage Sanctuary

Traditional Kekuli (Winter) Village

Also known as Pit Houses, these sturdy structures are traditional winter homes that are open to the public during special events and tours

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The Mary Thomas Cultural Centre & Heritage Sanctuary

Consistent with the vision of beloved Secwepemc Elder, Dr. Mary Thomas, the Mary Thomas
Cultural Centre & Heritage Sanctuary is becoming a hub of economic activity within the Shuswap region, benefiting the Neskonlith Indian Band members and the entire Shuswap region. With stunning natural beauty as a backdrop and extensive indigenous history and active natural systems as a foundation,the Centre will offer an authentic and extensive range of traditional First Nations culture, art, education, and activities for tourists interested in the aboriginal and ecological experience.

Local, national and international visitors will be offered opportunities to experience Secwepemc ceremonies, stories legends, and their deep understanding of the land. Visitors can participate in such activities as eating traditional food, experiencing a sweat lodge, or spending a night in a traditional Secwepemc Village built in the traditional style of the Shuswap people's ancient settlements. Those with a keen interest in Aboriginal arts and crafts can attend workshops to learn how to make a traditional birch bark basket, native drum or traditional bulrush mat.

Guests will also be offered guided interpretive tours through the traditional plant nursery and the trail system in the Salmon River delta where they will learn about traditional plants and medicines as well as traditional sustainable resource management. Our guides and instructors will provide visitors with an intimate knowledge and incomparable insight into local First Nations customs, history and environmental stewardship. Cultural and educational programming  will be provided for learners of all ages and backgrounds, providing important life lessons and offering a unique and memorable experience for every guest.

The Neskonlith community members have chosen self-employment as a route to financial independence and economic revitalization for their community. The Switzmalph Cultural Society is ideally positioned to enhance and create the capacity for increased sustainable cultural tourism opportunities, thereby fostering economic diversification and stimulus across the Shuswap region. This will be strengthened by active participation in the Shuswap Tourism Development Plan (March 31, 2010), supported by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD)/Shuswap Tourism, realizing their goal to ensure our First Nation activities and products are integrated into the regional marketing and visitor services framework, and ensuring visitors receive our marketing publications.

 

The Cultural Centre

Of further note, once the tourism business strategy is successfully implemented  and greater financial independence is established, the future community development plan includes building a conference centre, The Shuswap Centre, Knucwetwecw (helping one another) with the support of the Neskonlith Indian Band. It will be located on already designated band land with a panoramic view of Salmon Arm, the Salmon River delta and the Shuswap Lake that is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway.

 

 

 

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