Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (SXFN) is a community located in a semi-remote area on the the Fraser River, approximately 85 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake.
We were once two distinct bands: Canoe Creek and Dog Creek. The population of our two communities suffered a dramatic decline in the late 19th century, largely due to a smallpox epidemic in 1863-1864. The population of Dog Creek was reduced from more than two hundred members in the 1850s to a mere 20 members by the late 1860s.
Our two lower Fraser River bands joined together in the late nineteenth century and were then referred to as Canoe Creek Band by the Department of Indian Affairs.
We honour our separate histories and our coming together.
There are currently 745 registered members in this Secwepemc nation, with a shared vision of becoming an economically and politically self-sustaining community living Secwepemc culture, language and traditions in a healthy and safe environment.