Sexqéltkemc te Secwepemc (People of the Lakes Region) are the original caretakers of the land from Sts’xum (Monte Creek) to the Rocky Mountains and now known as the 5 Bands: Neskonlith, Adams Lake, Little Shuswap, Splatsin, and Shuswap. STS was a geo-political unit that occupied and governed over our traditional territory. Since the Indian Reserves were created for the most part STS were removed from our traditional territory. STS is now transforming and un-doing over 150 years of oppression and disenfranchisement at the hands of foreign government.
The Sexqéltkemc te Secwepemc Lakes Division (Secwepemc People of the Lakes Region) is a coalition of the Neskonlith, Splatsin, and Adams Lake Indian Bands. In 2009, the member bands signed a STS Lakes Division Resource Sharing Protocol. The STS Lakes Division was formed to aid in the assertion of Aboriginal Title and Rights throughout their traditional territory. The STS Lakes Division will apply a multi-faceted approach in achieving their goal of re-instating themselves as stewards and keepers of Secwepemculecw.