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1916 Chiefs Delegation to Ottawa

1916 Chiefs Delegation to Ottawa

John Tetlenitsa (Lower Nicola Valley), standing second from left, and James Teit (Spences Bridge), standing third from left, and John Chelahitsa (Upper Nicola Valley), sitting second from left.

1971 – The five bands of the Nicola Valley first came together, combining funds and sharing facilities, service delivery mechanisms and human resources to provide a centralized administration function to take full advantage of the economy.

1971 – 1987 – known as the Nicola Valley Indian Administration, the original staff consisted of an Administrator and Secretary that administered the Operation & Maintenance funds for the five bands.  Significant changes increased the NVIA staff to over 200 who administered education, social & economic development, resource management & Bands’ Administration.

1988 – name changed to the Nicola Valley Tribal Council and a decentralization process started.  The Bands staffed their own Band offices to allow them to manage their own administration, education, social and economic development, community    O & M and Band management.

1996 – name changed to the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA) and became an Incorporated Society.  Cook’s Ferry Indian Band and Siska Indian Band joined NTA.

2002 – Chiefs commissioned an organizational review to restructure NTA that provided 100+ recommendations.

2003 – NTA Board representation was changed from 39-members Chiefs and Council to a 7 elected (including 1 Elder and 1 Youth) and 7 appointed plus an elected Chairperson for a total Board Membership of 15.  Nicomen Band joined NTA and Lower Nicola Indian Band withdrew from NTA.  Management changed from an Administrator to a CEO.

2009 – Seven member Bands belong to NTA, representing a membership population of 3300.  The Nicola Tribal Association continues to be an advisory body for the Bands in resource management, band governance and acts as coordinator and facilitator for joint initiatives on a collective basis.

Our Mission

Working in unity to improve the quality of life of our People, while promoting our languages and culture and protecting our ancestral and inherent rights.

Eric Teit

Eric Teit

Erik Teit wearing Nlaka'pamux (Thompson) clothing made of buckskin, Spences Bridge, British Columbia.


Our Vision

Health, harmony and prosperity for our People and traditional lands and water.

What is our NTA Vision?
Our vision is to make a difference in our organization.  The first step we see is reviewing NTA Plan to clarify the reason for working together, to understand our ultimate goals.

Who is our NTA membership?
The next step is to identify current membership and other entities, and then assess their awareness and needs related to the NTA Board’s work.  Once expectations have been articulated, and the vision defined, the Board can then define how it will conduct its business by answering:

What is the scope of our NTA policies?
This is another way of saying “what falls within our responsibilities and what is outside of our influence?”  It includes defining the expectations from membership and other key participants in relation with direction of the Board’s work.  In order to do this, the Board must define the following:

What is NTA’s core values?
This step includes describing how participation, leadership, conflict, works and responsibilities will be addressed, reviewed and measured.

What is our NTA desired results?
This question requires a precise description of the deliverables or outcomes that will direct the work of the Board is progressing toward a collective path.

The final piece necessary to begin in the Board’s work is to answer:

What is the NTA plan?
The knowledge gained from the previous steps is used to review present action plan that defines specific goals and processes used to conduct NTA business, and the timeline for engaging in the work of the Board. 
Elements for developing a plan include:

Review NTA goals.  The first step is to understand clear, measurable goals or targets for the NTA to achieve in the balance of current fiscal year and with the coming fiscal year.

Review strategies to accomplish each goal.  Strategies represent the overall approach or methods by which goals will be achieved.  Review process used to develop strategies that have identified several alternative approaches for each goal, objectively evaluate the merits and drawbacks of each alternative, what have been the priorities and options, and what strategies for each goal have been utilized for best available options.

Evaluate the impact on the organization.  The goals and strategies should be reviewed to see if they are realistic given the expertise, time commitments, money, and other resources to show impact of strategies.  Is there a need for changes to the goals and strategies, and review current information to use in budgeting and other short-term planning activities?



Ususéllst wearing traditional clothing; fringed fur cape, woven bark and fur hat, beaded cuffs and rattle.

 Our Values

We, the Nicola Tribal Association Board of Directors, are guided by the following Values.

We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for our membership, partners, customers, and the communities we serve.

Integrity – We are reliable, trustworthy and honest in all our actions, deliberations and decisions

Respect – We acknowledge and treat everyone with dignity & respect

Unity – We are committed to teamwork, and cooperation

Accountability – We are accountable, transparent and responsible to our member Bands and ensure the proper, effective and efficient use of our resources.

John Tetlenitsa

John Tetlenitsa

Chief John Tetlenitsa in traditional clothing and holding a war club.

Scw̓éxmx People

One of the stories of how the Scw̓éxmx (people of the Creeks or Nicola Valley) came together was loooong ago the Stuwix, who were the Athapascan Nicola-Similkameen tribe, had frequent wars with the Thompson (the Lytton people) & the Okanagans. The Thompson drove them away & the Stuwix occupied which is now Nicola Valley. The Thompson ceased to attack the Stuwix after they had intermarried, as they were afraid of killing their own family. The Okanagan for the same reason also made fast friends with the Thompson & became their allies, & ceased to attack the Stuwix. During the past century the Thompson, Stuwix & Okanagan never fought with one another. 

Christine TsEkEnêlxEmux

Christine TsEkEnêlxEmux

Christine TsEkEnêlxEmux, a Nlaka'pamux (Thompson) woman, wearing traditional clothing; it consists of a type of dress usually worn by older women, on occasion also worn by young girls, beaded moccasins, fringed, painted leggings, and a fringed skirt, all made of buckskin.

Nicola Tribal Association

To this date three of the former Thompson Bands, Cook's Ferry, Nicomen & Siska along with the Nicola Bands, Coldwater, Shackan, Nooaitch & one Okanagan Band, Upper Nicola, have formed a non-profit society which is the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA). The NTA Board of Directors who are primarily the Chiefs of member Bands of NTA whose roles & responsibilities are to provide the service delivery of the NTA operations & to provide technical support to the Nicola Valley Tribal Chiefs' political body. The Nicola Valley Tribal Council Chiefs' role is to deal politically with Title and Rights issues.

Young Nlaka'pamux

Young Nlaka'pamux

Young Nlaka'pamux (Thompson) man wearing an eagle feather bonnet and a woven goat hair blanket wrapped around his body.

For more information about our people, visit: First Voices - The Nłeʔkepmxcin Community

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