One of the most important spiritual sites of the St’át’imc (stat-lee-um) people in the Lower Lillooet River Valley.
For Indigenous people, our land (tákem ti tmícwa) is what defines us as a people, as individual tribes, and as a Nation. Our cultural practices, oral histories, creation stories, ceremonies, and spirituality are derived from the tákem ti tmícwa. Thus, our relationship with the trees, water, flora, and fauna are all interconnected.
Within the traditional territory of the In-SHUCK-ch (in-chuck-sh) Nation and on the banks of the Lillooet River at kilometer 44 of the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road, is one of our sacred locations. Pronounced “chick”, Tsek Hot Springs has continuously been occupied and utilized by the St’át’imc people as an indigenous wilderness location to heal and cleanse the body and spirit.
Over the course of time, and its history of occupation, Tsek Hot Springs has also been referred to as Skookumchuck Hot Springs and St. Agnes’ Well Hot Springs. Tsek Hot Springs is open year-round and modestly developed today with ten working tubs and an adjacent campground between the hot springs and the Lillooet River.
Preserving Tsek`s Indigenous Identity
It is an exciting time for the St’át’imc people as planned improvements to our sacred geothermal hot springs will not only provide site protection of the water source and witness trees, but enable our nation to operate a sustainable business venture while preserving our land`s cultural values.
Becoming the Primary Tourism Draw in the Valley
Development ideas for Tsek Hot Springs tubs and campground are being discussed with the St’át’imc Nation. Opportunities for members of the local communities to join us in partnerships and to create and build their own businesses as a value-added service to the hot springs are also being encouraged.
All economic development at Tsek will be firmly rooted in cultural protection and based on the same principles of the In-SHUCK-ch Nation`s Seven Generations Plan.