In July 2006, the working group members were incorporated as the Northern Secwepemc Cultural Society (NSCS) representing the five Northern Shuswap First Nations communities from Esk'etmc (Alkali Lake), Tsq'escen' (Canim Lake), Stswecem'c/Xgat'tem (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek), Xats'ull/Cmetem' (Soda Creek) and T'exelcemc (Williams Lake).
In May 2007, stage one of a feasibility study was conducted by the Vancouver architectural firm of Busby Perkins & Will, and the conclusion was that all the prerequisites to a full feasibility study had been met. The North Secwepemc Cultural Society then secured funding under this project for the development of the full-scale feasibility study that was completed at the end of December 2008.
"This museum will serve the purpose of preserving, recording and exhibiting such materials for the education and enjoyment of the general public and for the general benefit of the members of the participating First Nations."
Northern Secwepemc Cultural Society
The feasibility study for the museum and cultural centre to be operated by the Northern Shuswap First Nations has provided the blueprint for increased economic activity in 108 Mile as well as multi-community collaboration in the region. Local band members were employed in an archaeological impact assessment that assessed the appropriateness of the two acre plot that has been selected for the proposed building site.
The study has paved the way for over $1.6 million to be invested in the construction of a museum and cultural centre that is 300 metres square. When the planned centre is constructed, it will provide a great cultural attraction for the historic 108 Mile Ranch area.
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