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Sinixt Nation is the collective group of indigenous human-beings who are the sovereign indigenous caretakers of Sinixt tum-ula7xw (mother-earth), located in the area now known as "the interior plateau of BC, Canada". Sinixt territory extends North of "Revelstoke, BC", crosses a international boundaries to "Kettle Falls, Washington" in the south, to the Monashee Ridge in the West, and in the east and is traditionally all the way from the Rocky Mountain Ridge encompassing the entirety of the headwaters of the "shwan-etk-qwa" (Columbia River) . Sinixt Nation are the traditional gatekeepers to the lands which lead to the grease trails to Blackfoot territory to the east. Sinixt Nation puts our land, our water, our ancestors and our ways before economics.
In 1956, the government of Canada declared us extinct and has refused ever since to allow Sinixt people to our inherent right to Sinixt interests, including land title, in our territory. For over 25 years, the appointed Sinixt Nation indigenous-government members have actively protected and stood up for Sinixt lands, aboriginal rights and interests and indigenous rights and interests, and the interests of the settler communities in regards to watershed protection in within our territory north of the 49th parallel.
To date, Sinixt Nation has repatriated 64 ancestral remains and have continued to follow our cultural laws and responsibilities and to protected our ancestral remains and cultural sites.
Sinixt Nation Headman, Llmixm Ki-x'u-x'us-kit (Vance Robert Campbell Sr.), was appointed by Sinixt Headman Francis Romero and a Council of Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band elders and Clan Mothers at our ancient nkweio-xten (village) and burial grounds along the banks of "slhu7kin-etk-qwa" (Slocan River) near "Vallican, BC".
Sinixt Nation official spokesperson, Marilyn James, was appointed by a Sinixt Council of Elders and Clan Mothers in 1991 at a meeting near Westbank BC. She was confirmed as spokesperson by a Council of Elders again on October 8th,1995 when her position was questioned by a sinixt man, Mr. M. George.
Marilyn has work exhaustedly to protect sinixt tum-ula7xw for future generations, read more about her work here and here.
Robert Watt, Sinixt Nation Caretaker and warrior was appointed also by a Council of Elders and Clan Mothers based on his warrior spirit to take care of his people. For over 20 years, Robert, in a good way has held the responsibility to care for the land, elders, animals and water in sinixt territory. Robert also for the last 20 years has fought a legal battle not just for himself but for all indigenous people living along the US/Canada International Boundary. Very recently he was forced to abandon the Robert Watt vs The Queen case because he could not come up with the quoted $800,000 to continue. This is a major loss for all cross-border nations. Visit our Resource section to learn more.
If you are a Sinixt descendant we encourage you get in contact with us for enrollment or for more information what we are doing to protect your interest as a Sinixt skelxw(human being). Please use our website links to educate yourself further.