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The Skeetchestn Indian Band would like to welcome you to our online home. Below is a brief history timeline outlining some of the information provided on this site. Please read our creation story and learn more about the Skeetchestn Indian Band. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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welcome to skeetchestn.ca

welcome to skeetchestn.caThis project was made possible with the support of Skeetchestn Indian Band Band Members, Skeetchestn Indian Band Natural Resources and the Department of Canadian Heritage through Canadian Culture Online.

history

12,000 BC: End of The Last Major Ice Age.

For the next 12,000 years the aboriginal people learned the ways of the land. The people prospered and the land was healthy.

Kamloops lake area colored elevation gis map

Over two thousand years ago there were First Nation settlements on the south side of Kamloops Lake. Natural disasters caused some areas of the lake to be covered in rubble.

1014 AD: The first European colony in North America is established at L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland. White men come to North America.

1492 AD: Columbus sailed to a new world, the Spanish inquisition was running a muck in Europe.

1608 AD: Quebec City founded.

Temperature Chart showing a Little Ice Age 1650 to 1850

1650 AD: Little Ice Age Began lasting around 200 years. temperatures in north America dropped by 8 - 22 degrees Celsius.

1670 AD: Hudson's Bay Company founded.

1775 AD: American Revolution.

At the time of European contact, nearly half the aboriginal people in present-day Canada lived in B.C.

1812 AD: Kamloops a fur trading post was established by David Stuart in 1812 for the Pacific Fur Company. This was bought out by the North West Company shortly after, and by 1821, the Hudson's Bay Company had control of the fur trade in Kamloops.

A New Map of North America showing all the New Discoveries 1797

1820 AD: Throughout 1820 to 1830 the Hudson's Bay company controlled nearly all trading operations in the Oregon Country, based out of the company headquarters at Fort Vancouver.

1825 AD: Fort Vancouver is founded. Fort Vancouver was by far the largest settlement of non-natives west of the Great Plains at this time.

1850 AD: The Little Ice Age ends. Temperatures in the -50 and lower would have taken care of insect infestation. There are first nation stories of cold places in the summer.

1858 AD: Gold Rush days a blanket of American miners began to cover the land.

1861 Ad: American civil war.

1868 Ad: Joseph Trutch Chief Commissioner lands works, Skeetchestn reserve to be reduced and relocated only along the Deadman River.

Map of BC 1896

1871 AD: BC became the sixth province to join Confederation

1877 AD: Skeetchestn reserve was established. Small pox outbreak in Victoria resulted in only 82 Skeetchestn members being recorded in the census.

1910 AD: Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier 1910.

1913 AD: Blasting for the CNR right of way in the Fraser Canyon caused a huge slide that devastated the salmon population.

1927 AD: Indian Agent advised that members register their trap lines if they wished to continue trapping in their traditional territories.

1933 AD: Fishing permits were being enforced by the Indian Agent.

1940 to 1950: The first generation of residential school graduates had been thoroughly educated in the shame of their heritage. A heritage that has since been restored to prominence.

Skeetchestn World War 1 Veteran
Skeetchestn World War 1 Veteran
Three Skeetchestn World War 1 Veterans

There was war in Europe, nine Skeetchestn warriors served in the Canadian armed forces

1955 AD: The installation of electricity to some reserve homes.

1960 AD: First Nation people receive the unconditional right to vote in federal elections.

1986 AD: Salmon fishing was stopped on the Deadman River.

2007 AD: Still no salmon fishing on the Deadman River.