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Scw'exmx Tribal Council's History

Our History

1971  The five bands of the Nicola Valley first came together, combining funds and sharing facilities, service delivery mechanisms and human resources to provide a centralized administration function to take full advantage of the economy.

1971 – 1987 – known as the Nicola Valley Indian Administration, the original staff consisted of an Administrator and Secretary that administered the Operation & Maintenance funds for the five bands.  Significant changes increased the NVIA staff to over 200 who administered education, social & economic development, resource management & Bands’ Administration.

1988 – name changed to the Nicola Valley Tribal Council and a decentralization process started.  The Bands staffed their own Band offices to allow them to manage their own administration, education, social and economic development, community    O&M and Band management.

1996 – name changed to the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) and became an Incorporated Society.

2002 – Chiefs commissioned an organizational review to restructure NTA that provided 100+ recommendations.

2003 – NTA Board representation was changed from 39-members Chiefs and Council to a 7 elected (including 1 Elder and 1 Youth) and 7 appointed plus an elected Chairperson for a total Board Membership of 15. Management changed from an Administrator to a CEO.

2009 – The Nicola Tribal Association continues to be an advisory body for the Bands in resource management, band governance and acts as coordinator and facilitator for joint initiatives on a collective basis.

2019 – Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) changed its name to Scw’exmx Tribal Council (STC).

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