On June 11, Pípsell (Jacko Lake and area) was officially designated as a Secwépemc Nation Cultural Heritage Site. We, the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc, stood with our fellow Secwépemc Nation communities and families to re-affirm and mark Pípsell through ceremony in accordance with our Secwépemc laws, customs and traditions and a national resolution.
As hosts of the territory, Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN), we want to protect and share the wonder of the place known to us as Pípsell. We are honouring the vision of our Ancestors who signed the Memorial to Wilfrid Laurier in 1910. It reflects our continued and consistent traditional concepts around our responsibilities as hosts.
We, as Secwépemc, have an irreplaceable historical, cultural and spiritual connection to Pípsell which derives from one of our stseptékwll or oral histories: the Trout Children Stseptékwll. Our spiritual connection to Pípsell, a sacred place, is irreplaceable. We cannot transport our connection to Pípsell to another site.
We see Pípsell as uniquely situated to serve as a place of sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, as to what makes it stand out – its abundant fish, wildlife and grasslands, its proximity to Kamloops, build foundational connections the area. Our decision to preserve and sustain Pípsell is for the long-term benefit of all Canadians; ensuring the future enjoyment of this special place serves to further reconciliation, so that we may all be great and good.
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