Five Local Bands of the Nicola Valley

The five Nicola Valley bands of the Nicola Valley are: Upper Nicola, Coldwater, Lower Nicola, Nooaitch and Shackan.

The Upper Nicola Indian Band is located 45 km east of Merritt and 90 Km south of Kamloops. The two main residential reserves are located at Quilchena on Nicola Lake IR #1 and at the west end of Douglas Lake IR #3. The Upper Nicola Band has approximately 900 band members.

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The Coldwater Indian Band's main reserve area (IR#1) is located approximately 13 km southwest of Merritt. The Coldwater Band Office is located at 2249 Quilchena Ave Merritt B.C. The Coldwater Indian Band has approximately 780 band members

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The Lower Nicola Indian Band belongs to the Swxexmx (“People of the Creeks”) branch of the Nlaka’pamux Nation of the Interior Salish peoples of British Columbia. The Band has ten reserves (totaling 17,500+ acres) surrounding the town of Merritt with a population of approximately 1000 band members. The majority of the on-reserve population lives in the community of Shulus, some 8 km west of Merritt on Highway 8.

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The Nooaitch Indian Band is located near Merritt. There are two reserves on 1,693.4 hectares. There are approximately 194 band members.

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The Shackan Indian Band is located near Merritt. There are three reserves located on 3,873.7 hectare of land. There are approximately 119 band members.

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Contact Info

Community Learning Centre

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Location: 2475 Merritt Ave., Merritt, British Columbia
Phone: 1.250.378.2157

South Central Interior Distance Education School

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Location:
2475 Merritt Ave., Merritt, British Columbia
Phone:
1.800.663.3536 or 250 378 4245

School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen)

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Location: 1550 Chapman Street, Merritt, British Columbia
Phone: 250-378-5161 or 1-800-778-3208

District Principal of Aboriginal Education

Shelley Oppenheim-Lacerte
so-lacerte@sd58.bc.ca

First Nations Support Worker for CLC and SCIDES

Sharon Antoine
santoine@sd58.bc.ca