St’at’imclhkalh, Tsal’alhmeckalh kela7, First of all we are St’at’imc and we are the Tsal’alhmec, the People of the Lake, and secondly we are also known as the Seton Lake Indian Band. Our story began as the People that lived and thrived along the lake since time out of mind. We had numbered in the thousands with many large village sites that were along the shores of the lake, and these sites can still be seen today as evidence of our existence. Our Culture and Way of Life is written on the land, and is alive.
Today we are still St’at’imc - Tsal’alhmec, and our membership is growing. We have a membership of about 630, and approximately 320 members live on reserve. We are located at the most Central/Northern point within the St’at’imc Territory, along the shores of Seton and Anderson Lake. As one of the 11 St’at’imc communities within the St’at’imc Territory, and just as our ancestors had, we have a close relationship with a certain land base. Therefore the stewardship and collective responsibility of this land base is very important to the Tsal’alhmec. We understand and respectfully acknowledge the legacy that our ancestors have left to us, and with their guidance we will continue to live our culture and traditions for generations to come.
As a community that agrees to work together for the benefit of future generations. We are working on a Tsal’alhmec Community Comprehensive Plan that will have a foundation that is based on our Culture and Values. And as aboriginal people (ucwalmicw) we have a tradition of living "sustainable” lives, taking a long-term view to sharing and protecting the land, the animals and the plants so they can sustain future generations in perpetuity. We believe that plans that are driven by the community/membership, for the community/membership are most effective at achieving positive change. Therefore everyone from Elders, Men, Women, Youth, Children and all family representatives, each have a very important role. Each individual can offer unique and valuable perspectives on community needs, values and priorities. These plans are more beneficial if they are steered by the community as a whole."Our Community working together to build a happy healthy and prosperous community.”