Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc | (250) 828-9700 |


Denise Thomas is the Indian Registry Administrator (IRA) Tk’emlups Te Secwépemc band. In accordance with Aboriginal Affairs policies and procedures:

  • TteS Community Services Membership Staff do not make decisions regarding Canadian Indian Status; however they will be happy to assist you to complete required documentation for you or your children,
  • Please remember to report major life events such as marriages, moves (address updates), divorce, death and births to the TteS Membership staff so they can update the membership lists.
  • Records life events which effect the Indian Register (e.g., birth, death, marriage, adoption, etc.) including Band lists
  • Obtains and examines supporting documentation and signatures for each event reported to ensure they adhere to policy
  • Issue Certificates of Indian Status (CIS/Status Cards) to registered Indians in accordance with AANDC policies and procedures.
  • Reviews applications and appropriate documentation for registration and forwards to the registration authority as required
  • Posts a copy of the Band Change Report (if applicable)
  • Maintains current Band List and accurate membership records.
  • Note any inconsistencies in the Band’s Indian Register and advise AANDC of any changes
  • Provides information to TteS band members and the general public about the application of the Indian Act and AANDC’s policies and procedures related to the application for Indian Status
  • Inform individuals of decisions made by the Indian Registrar concerning applications for Indian Status
  • Ensures the security of files and confidentiality of information about Band members.
  • Maintains reports and correspondence with TteS entities about membership program.
  • Prepares all necessary documentation for General Band Meetings, including updated voting list.

To make an appointment for a status card or to obtain information regarding TTES Band Membership, please contact:

Denise Thomas
(250) 828-9814


Paula Pellett

For more information regarding Indian Status in Canada please visit the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website:

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Are you a Band Member or Affiliate?

There are 3 different types of First Nation Membership defined within the Indian Act.

  • Self-Governing First Nations
  • Section 11
  • Section 10

Self-Governing First Nations direct their own affairs, and for the most part, the Indian Act no longer applies to them, their citizens, or to settlement land, however, individual citizens may still be entitled to status or registered under the Indian Act. Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc does not fall under this category.

Prior to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) accepting our ratified Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Membership Code our band was categorized as a Section 11 band meaning First Nation and Band lists are maintained by the Department. Upon registration, if an individual is affiliated with a section 11 First Nation or Band, their name is automatically added to the list.

Officially as of November 3, 2020, our Band became a Section 10 Band, and we adopted our own Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Membership Code. As a Section 10 Band we have control of our membership list and set our own eligibility requirements as per the TteS Membership Code. Upon registration, if an individual is affiliated with a Section 10 band the individual must apply directly to the band for membership.

All applications processed through the Indian Act after November 3, 2020, are considered affiliates of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc and must apply for membership through the Membership Code.

We are in the final stages of confirming all members of the Membership Committee and Arbitration Board who play determining roles in reviewing all applications for membership to Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc. Once they have had their training we will make available and begin accepting applications for membership. Your name(s) have been added to a list of affiliated members of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc which is maintained in my office, I will contact you immediately when we are prepared to start processing applications.