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The Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition was formed to enable "Communities Working Together for a Sustainable Future".
The Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) sponsored the Upper Secwepemc Beetle Working Group “Sector Strategy” project. The main purpose of this project was to develop strategies for the five Upper Secwepemc (Shuswap) Bands to adjust to the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) epidemic in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia.
The five Upper Secwepmec First Nations communities include: Xats’ull/Cmetem’ (Soda Creek Indian Band), Esketemc (Alkali Lake Indian Band), Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake Indian Band), T’exelc (Williams Lake Indian Band, “Sugarcane”), and Xgat’tem/ Stswecem’c (Canoe Creek Indian Band). These Bands formed a working group in November 2005, the Upper Secwepemc Beetle Working Group (USBWG), toensure that they have representation in the “planning, developing, and implementing of regional strategies for a ‘post beetle Cariboo economy’.”To see the actionable items set for the Northern Secwepemc Language Group, click here.