Siska Indian Band is one of several Nlaka'pamux First Nations governments within the Central Interior region of British Columbia. Nlaka'pamux traditional territory stretches from north of where the Fraser and Thompson meet, to south of the Canada- United States border, into the Northern Cascades. The Siska community is located along the banks of the Fraser River, between Lytton and Kanaka Bar. The TransCanada highway and two Canadian railways, the CPR and CNR, cut through our community and reserve lands. Siska Indian Band has a membership of over 300 people, around 80 people living on-reserve. Almost half of the population living on-reserve is under age 30.
Siska Indian Band and RES’EAU-WaterNET together with partners Kerr Wood Leidal, Indigenous Services Canada, and First Nations Health Authority, have developed a collaborative initiative which will focus on addressing drinking water concerns in the community. Outcomes from this collaboration will include identification and implementation of viable and sustainable solutions for improving the quality and quantity of drinking water in the community, to evaluate the efficacy of the solution(s), and to build innovative entrepreneurial and technical capacity for local youth and operators.
Design of a drinking water treatment system and storage reservoir is currently underway for IR5, where the existing water system is subject to intermittent short-term boil water advisories and residents report deficiencies in capacity and pressure. The project will address these concerns and provide excess capacity for future development of IR5. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. Also in 2019, RES’EAU will undertake a year-long study of water quality and flow in Siska Creek to assess the feasibility of surface water use for drinking and other uses (e.g. gardening, fire protection) in the community.