Community Description

The Sumas First Nation, also known as the Sema:th people, is a band government of the Sto:lo people located in the Upper Fraser Valley region, at the community of Kilgard, part of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Our lands were central to the Coast Salish territory; and our families moved freely amongst our villages to gather food and practice ceremony. Our traditional lands include Sumas Mountain, Sema:th lake and drainage of the Stat_lo_ (streams) which lead into it.

Economic Development Background

Sumas First Nation has recently created the Sema:th Development Corporation, which will be the Business arm of the Nation that streamlines and centralizes all economic development ventures. The development of a solid comprehensive economic development action plan will provide clear direction and a systematic approach for Sumas Nation and their Economic Development Officer (EDO) to enhance the economic development priorities of the Sumas Nation.

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Sumas First Nation is engaged in a Strategic Engagement Agreement with the Provincial Government, as well as several Forestry Agreements.

Community Details:

Lower Mainland Southwest
Sumas First Nation
Formerly Sumas (Kilgard) (Pre-1962), Sumas (Circa 2000); Includes Nicomen Slough, Somass River, Sumas Tribe (Variation Sumass Meaning "Big Flat Opening")
Halq'eméylem hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ Hul’q’umi’num’
South Coast (Surrey)
245.3 hectares

Contact Details:

Malonie Langthorne Economic Development Officer
(604) 852-4041
(604) 852-4048
RR 4, 3092 Sumas Mountain Rd. Abbotsford, BC, Canada V3G 2J2
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