Cultural Heritage

The relationship between the Secwepemc and Secwepemcul’ecw is not limited to site-specific landmarks. Cultural heritage concerns exist throughout Secwepemcul’ecw. Land use practices, stories, spiritual beliefs, Secwepemc place names, stories and traditional economic activity reinforce this. Secwepemcul’ecw traditional activities include, but are not limited to, resource management, hunting, fishing, harvesting plant life, spirit questing and cultural gatherings and activities.

Cultural heritage can be identified on the landscape by archaeology sites, historical documents and traditional use studies. Archaeology sites are places where there is physical evidence of historic use or occupancy. Traditional use studies identify areas that are important to the past, present and future maintenance of traditional Secwepemc culture through oral tradition and living memory. Traditional Use may or may not leave physical evidence. When it does not, the only evidence for it may be from the oral traditions of the Secwepemc community members.

Under the BC Heritage Conservation Act archaeology sites cannot be altered without a provincial permit. A timber licensee, ministry or private developer must obtain a permit before development can commence.