Mission Statement

“Esk’etemc is collectively providing progressive economic opportunities whose purpose is to preserve Esk’etemc culture and spirituality while protecting Secwepemculucw through promoting and reviving Secwepemctsin for future generations”

Beliefs and Philosophy

Esk’etemc – Tsemne7’pleThe Creator gave us this land to look after; and everything that grows on it. The Creator, Kalkukpe7, has given the Esk’etemc the duty to protect and safeguard our lands, forests, air, water, medicines and the life that they sustain within our Traditional Territory. ...read more

Statement of Intent

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Our Background

Esk’etemc is a Secwepemctsin speaking group.  Esk’etemc has 19 reserves situated on the Fraser River southwest of Williams Lake, with an approximate total area of 3,800 hectares.  Esk’etemc’s administrative offices and the majority of the population are located on IR #1 (Esk’et) about 50 kilometres from Williams Lake on the east side of the Fraser River at Alkali Lake.  The current Esk’etemc population is 809 members with 384 members on-reserve and 349 off-reserve.  Esk’et reserve has its own fire hall, store, gas station, radio station, and a facility from which Esk’etemc controls and administers health and justice programs. Esketemc

Esk’etemc provides holistic and spiritual guidance assisting First Nations and non-First Nations in fasting quests, sweat lodges, elders sauna, drumming, gathering of plants and medicines.  Esk’etemc leadership is renowned for providing guidance and support in recovery programs.  Also, the Esk’etemc has a very successful community garden and in the fall offers a hunting camp.

Two ice hockey rinks are maintained by volunteers throughout the winter and summer months, a baseball and soccer field are available through the school, and a Pow Wow arbor is located on one of our reserves, where the Esk’etemc Annual AA Round Up is held every year.

Esk’etemc members are employed in the forestry and ranching sectors, and entrepreneurs operate contracting and catering businesses.  Esk’etemc runs Ecolink which conducts silviculture work and during peak season employs about 70 people, approximately 90% of who are Aboriginal.  Timber tenures are managed on behalf of Esk’etemc by Alkali Resource Management Limited which is owned by Esk’etemc.  In addition, Esk’etemc has skilled construction companies which operates on the reserve.

Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake) is located south-west from Williams Lake an approximately 50km drive. Follow Hwy 20-West until you reach the Dog Creek Road turn off (2.5km or 2 minutes up highway) follow Dog Creek Road for 45 minutes (half pavement/half gravel) until you arrive at the above sign. You arrived at Esk’etemc. Alkali Lake map link: Alkali Lake Google Map

Department Contacts

Red Mountain – Camping / Hunting Trip – Francis Johnson Jr
Aug 27 – Aug 28 all-day
Any youth 5-18 years old hockey players, we the Tl’etinqox are putting on a Ice, dryland n class sessions at Wms Lk arena and 28,2016 at @ Wms Lk arena
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Punky Lake Summer Hockey Camp Open To all Aboriginal Youth ages 5 – 17, Join us for a Summer Hockey Camp with Coaches Bruce Baptiste and Willie Sellars. Location: Cariboo Memorial Complex
Aug 31 all-day

Punky Lake Summer Hockey Camp

Open To all Aboriginal Youth ages 5 – 17,
Join us for a 3 day Summer Hockey Camp with Coaches Bruce Baptiste and Willie Sellars.

August 31 – September 2, 2016
Location: Cariboo Memorial Complex

Camp Fee: $20.00 per player. Fee includes player jersey.
Please make payment out to: Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society

RECIPE – CONTEST – 2 0 1 6 ! Draw Date: Send us your traditional, favorite, or healthy seafood/salmon recipe to be featured in our ‘RiverFresh Cookbook’ for a chance to win a RIVERFRESH gift certificate & basket valued at over $175.00! @ our 'RiverFresh Cookbook' for a chance to win a RIVERFRESH gift certificate & basket valued at over $175.00!
Sep 12 all-day
You’re invited to 1st annual art showcase!! All ages art show and open mike (talk to Renee or Freddie for info) Sxoxomic gym
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Moises Meadow – Fred Robbins hunting camp @ Moises Meadow
Sep 30 – Oct 1 all-day


The Esk'etemc First Nations Governance and Lands Building, the top floor houses the band administration team, across the hall is the Lands and Resource department.


Mission Statement: “To provide a holistic community based health program to foster the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being of the Esk’etemc”.


Eskk'etemc Enterprises Complex, the Alkali Lake Store, Alkali Resources Management offices, and EcoLink are located here.


Mission Statement: Sxoxomic Community School is committed to providing a quality education, to develop a student’s full potential in an environment that enhances Esk’etemc Community Vision.