Dialogues for Promoting Indigenous Spirituality and Culture

Celebrating culture and tradition at the St’át’imc Declaration Gathering

The St’át’imc Declaration Gathering is an annual event that brings together the St’át’imc people, a First Nation located in the southern Coast Mountains and Fraser Canyon region of British Columbia.

From cultural activities and speeches to traditional singing, dancing, food and entertainment, the multi-day event welcomes over 750 participants and is hosted each year by one of the 11 bands within the St’át’imc Nation.

With support of the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, the 2024 event hosted by the N’Quatquas will continue to support the preservation and revitalization of St’át’imc culture and traditions. This celebration honors the tribal document asserting the Nations’ title, rights and ownership of their territorial lands and resources. 

As a platform for healing, reconciliation, and fostering positive relationships within and between St’át’imc communities, the Declaration Gathering holds significant importance for the St’át’imc people as it commemorates the Declaration of the Lillooet Tribe signed on May 10, 1911.

The vision for this drug and alcohol-free event includes people experiencing and sharing the joys of St’át’imc values through communication, community and cultural tradition. By hosting this gathering, the N’Quatqua community aims to assert their identity, promote cultural revitalization, and strengthen community relationships.

Archdiocese of Vancouver