In-SHUCK-ch Nation was formally declared as a sovereign nation by a General Assembly Resolution in May 2005. In-SHUCK-ch Nation now represents the Samahquam and Skatin Indian Bands.
We have chosen to be called In-SHUCK-ch (taken from the sacred mountain of In-SHUCK-ch) to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the Stl’atl’imx or St’át’imc peoples. We adopted the name In-SHUCK-ch in the 1980s as a “political” designation to advance our title and rights while maintaining and strengthening our traditional and cultural association with the tribe.
Our Seven Generations Plan defines who we are, what is important to us, and where we want to go as a people and as a Nation. It is based on our own circular world view where our ancestors, those living today, and those yet unborn, are all tied together, and where we share the earth with all other living things and non-living things. This world view says that those living now have a duty to protect the values from the past while planning for the future in a modern world. This plan is based on our understanding that every generation is a seventh generation (The Seven Generations Plan).
Our tmicw (land) is situated over the mountains from Whistler and Squamish, only three hours by car from Vancouver. It includes those areas drained by the creeks and rivers which drain into the southern half of Lillooet Lake, the lower Lillooet River, and the northern half of Harrison Lake.
The nearest First Nations are the Lil’wat Nation to the north, and the Sts’ailes to the south. The nearest municipalities are Pemberton to the north, and Harrison Hot Springs and Agassiz to the south. Only one quarter of us live at home (on our land) while the majority of In-SHUCK-ch Nation membership reside in the Fraser Valley and the Lower Mainland.
The Xa’xtsa, made up of Port Douglas (situated at the northern end of Little Harrison Lake) and Tipella (located on the west side of the Lillooet River), withdrew from negotiating final agreement as part of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation in 2010. We anticipate, however, that as the In-SHUCK-ch Nation redefines the final agreement, settlement lands, and governance, Xa’xtsa will also define theirs.