The Ashcroft Indian Band was traditionally known as the Nlaka’pamux. The people of the AIB have lived in this area, along the shores of the Thompson River in the British Columbia Interior for 6000 years. The reserve boundaries were established in the 1880s. More than a century and a half later, the Ashcroft Indian Band fishes in the same river, and remains firm on the same land Nlaka’pamux have occupied for generations and generations.
Today, the Band has about 270 members, living both on and off reserve.
The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa hundreds of early photographs of the Nlaka’pamux Band in its collection. Many of these truly awesome historical photographs can be seen online.
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
The Ashcroft Band’s To-Do List
Together, as a community, the Ashcroft Indian Band has made great strides forward over the last decade, but there still more to do.
The Band has built a small water treatment facility that services the Ashcroft Travel Centre.
For several years, it has been studying various options to improve the drinking water quality for the entire reserve. The Band is close is to identifying the right plan and considering linking up with the Village of Ashcroft’s water treatment plant upgrade.
The Ashcroft Travel Centre, located along the TransCanada Highway, is proving to be a successful project. Work is being done to find funding to improve access to the Travel Centre by building highway entrance and take-off lanes.
The Band has recently commissioned a feasibility study to look at the potential for a commercial greenhouse garden operation in the old racetrack area of the reserve. Simon Fraser University has offered to provide training for greenhouse staff. It would mean an additional source of revenue as well generate jobs for Ashcroft Band members and people in the area.
Business conditions are constantly changing. The band is always looking ahead and ready to adapt. It is currently considering a number of new projects.