USLCES was incorporated under the Societies Act of BC in
1991 and is recognized by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization. Its
foundation was an initiative of the Upper St̓át̓imc Education
Current membership hails from the six Upper St̓át̓imc
communities and other interested people from the Lillooet area.
Since its inception in 1991 it has been the role of USLCES to
preserve, revive and maintain the language and cultural heritage of the Northern
St̓át̓imc. This is being accomplished mainly through
language classes, and publishing culturally relevant teaching materials.
Under the leadership of USLCES a number of successful initiatives have been
launched to establish a special place: a facility dedicated to
St̓át̓imc culture – a St̓át̓imc
The lack of such a centre has been identified as a serious constraint on the
Society’s programs and plans for the future. For example, post-secondary
level language classes have had to be shuffled around town as space has been
The return of St̓át̓imc cultural artefacts to the
community is often dependent on a suitable facility for storage and display
being available. No such facility currently exists.
Local dance and drama groups practise and performance space is often hard to
secure and seldom ideal.
To meet these needs, the Society is planning to develop a centre that will serve as a home to
St̓át̓imc artefacts, archival materials, a publishing
office for educational material, for language and cultural programs, theatre
and dance groups and a gift shop featuring St̓át̓imc arts
and crafts. As well, the Centre will provide a place for all local residents
and visitors to share the unique experience of St̓át̓imc
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