Simpcw First Nation

Simpcw First Nation

There are nearly 700 members registered to the Simpcw First Nation (Chu Chua) which is situated in the interior of British Columbia which is a short distance from the District of Barriere. The Simpcw people are a proud culture, with the Secwepemc language still largely spoken among the community. Formerly known as the North Thompson Indian Band, Simpcw is one of the seventeen bands who form the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.

Simpcw First Nation is a growing community with a positive economic outlook. A large number of Simpcw members work in the Nation’s public service sector. Others are employed in forestry and mining through Simpcw Resources Group, the community’s economic development arm.

There are 102 homes in the community, of which 90% are privately owned; the rest are CMHC mortgage homes and Band rental units. With the full support of its Chief and Council, Simpcw’s housing department has successfully reduced its historical arrears by enacting housing policy changes, including effective collection processes.

Moving forward, Simpcw is working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to back housing loans for its members to purchase or construct new homes, or renovate existing builds.

“Simpcw First Nation looks forward to working with the Fund to support our membership with loans towards building their own home and to access renovation loans as well. The capacity development access will not only better our internal administration policies but provide extra training to our administration staff.”
— Chief Rita Matthew (December 2014)

Contact Information:

Arnold Baptiste, Housing, Membership and Lands
Simpcw First Nation
500 Dunn Lake Road
Barrière, British Columbia
V0E 1E0
Phone: 250-672-9995 Ext. 224
Fax: 250-672-5858