History & Culture

The Nłeʔkepmxc Nation (pronounced Ng-khla-kap-muhx) is one of the Interior Salish first peoples in the Southern interior of British Columbia, along with the Secwe̓pemc (Shuswap), Lillooet, and Okanagan. The word “Nłeʔkepmxc” means “People of the Canyon”.

The Nłeʔkepmxc traditionally use clothing, face painting and jewelry to express the surrounding landscape, their dreams, and their experiences. The basketry of the Nłeʔkepmxc is known worldwide as a refined form of artisanship. The Nłeʔkepmxc Tribal Council (NNTC) was established in the early 1980’s to protect and promote the title and rights of the Nłeʔkepmxc Nation, and defend and advance interests in jurisdiction and economic rights including access to the fishery and forest sources.

In our language is crystallized the intricate knowledge of our environment, our customs, and our history. While the assimilation policies practiced in Canada until recently prevented several generations of our people from learning their mother tongue, we still have a small but growing number of Nłeʔkepmxcin speakers and are working to revitalize our language

Here is a video on cedar basket weaving: Crabtree - Cedar Basket Weaving demonstration