Cheam's vision is to continue looking after our fish and our environment, as the Pilalt did, and to keep our community healthy and strong.
The Vision of the Cheam First Nation management team is "lets'emó:t for a healthy community" Purpose
Our purpose and values are to encourage greatness; embody excellence; display professionalism; empathy; courage; valuing culture; tradition and integrity and deliver a service second to none. Mission Statement
The Mission is to deliver the services being ever aware of the tasks we own and the people receiving our services. How we approach the members responsibilities How we approach our responsibilities C are P lanning H umility R esourcefulness E mpathy I ntegrity A ccountability D ynamic M otivated E xcellence
Introduction by Rick Quipp (former Councillor)
Our culture and spiritual teachings are important to the Cheam community. It is our teachings that build the person that we become. Our most important teachings to ourselves is to have fun, respect ourselves and others, be proud of our community and be proud of who we are and where we come from. We have a program for Cheam children in foster care, this program is called "Roots and Ties". Once a month we have a dinner and encourage family members of children in care to come spend time with their children. At the dinners, the families share stories and other cultural activities. Historical events are discussed such as colonization and residential schools and how this changed our community life and our families. In fact, these two historical events almost wiped out our spiritual and cultural traditions by: taking our identity away; banning our spiritual practices; prohibiting us from voting and enforcing the Indian Act.
The experience of our people has been ...
Our people have been the “caretakers” of the land since time immemorial. Read more...
The health and social development department offers a wide scope of services to community members living on-reserve. Read more...
Our people have been the “caretakers” of the land since time. Historically, our resources have always sustained us and been critical to our survival. We used our resources for food, bartering and trading for survival. Also, the lands and resources have always taken care of our social wellbeing as a people. Our lands are used for food, trading, hunting and plants for traditional medicines and teas. The water is used for spiritual baths, fishing for food, social and ceremonial purposes. We also sell fish to enhance our economic sustainability. As a People, we respect the land and resources by giving back, keeping it clean and looking after our homes. We conserve our resources by not taking more than what we need, we must not be greedy. The vision is to still have our resources for our grandchildren for many generations to come.
Cheam First Nation has an inherent right to self-government which emanates from our people, culture and land and which is recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.
Cheam First Nation has taken over control and management of Cheam Reserve lands and resources pursuant to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management and has enacted Cheam Land Code effective the 1st day of September, 2016. Read more...