Ey kwesé e’mi.. “it is good that you are here”. Welcome to Chilliwack, situated in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō Nation – spanning from the community of Yale in the Fraser Canyon to the mouth of the Fraser River. In Halq’eméylem, the language of the region, “Stó:lō” translates as “river”. The Stó:lō First Nations people, or “people of the river” have always lived in the region and their ancient stories, history, culture, teachings and knowledge of the area passed down through the indigenous generations in an oral tradition.
Stó:lō Resource Centre
The SRC was built in October 2010 in the heart of S'ólh Téméxw ('Our World; Our Land'), on the Coqualeetza Grounds in Chilliwack, B.C. (prior site of the Coqualeetza Residential School). The SRC was shaped by over two years of input from many Stó:lō First Nation advisors, dedicated to taking care of our 'Treasures' our sacred possessions, our Old People, and our cultural knowledge. As Chief Joe Hall, former President of the Stó:lō Nation said, “The Stó:lō Resource Centre is a place where all are welcome to learn, share and work in a meaningful and respectful way. It is a place where stories from our past can come to life for all to experience, and where we will – as the Stó:lō people – create and share stories of a prosperous future in partnership with each other , and with our global community. “
The SRC houses the Stó:lō peoples cultural heritage and knowledge. It has state of the art language, archive and artifact facilities to preserve and maintain Stó:lō cultural heritage, lands and resource based information. It provides the Stó:lō and their neighbours with access to resources. The SRC is a Siy:ám House - a place of respect and a place of culture, knowledge, economy, and sharing.
This is a place that will help with the important task of 'xyólhmet te mekw'stám ít kwelát' - taking take care of everything that belongs to us, the Stó:lō. This is a place that will benefit all Stó:lō and all our neighbours, locally, throughout the Fraser Valley, and beyond.
The Stó:lō Resource Centre (SRC) is a 24,800 square foot three story office building houses the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre (SRRMC), Stó:lō Development Corporation (SDC), Shxwt'a:selhawtxw Longhouse Extension Program (LEP), the Stó:lō Fisheries, and others.
The SRC features a Stó:lō Elders room, library, historical archives, artifact repository and curation space, video conferencing and 'smart-technology' boardrooms, Halq'eméylem language lab, Stó:lō cultural artifact and artwork display and interpretive space, and an education / artistic performance space as a central feature of the new building.
Rental Information: booking costs vary per room / function.
For rental rate and booking Information, please contact: Sto:lo Tourism Department
Stó:lō Nation - Stó:lō Resource Centre
Bldg. 10 -7201 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G5
Explore the magnificent Stó:lō-Coast Salish people and traditional territory. Stó:lō Tourism is a hidden treasure within the Fraser Valley with exciting and memorable experiences for everyone. You can view cultural artifacts, hear our oral history that supports our Stó:lō laws, visit interpretive centres and longhouses, create traditional artwork, learn about our history, and meet the people.
Stó:lō Tourism provides opportunities to explore and experience S’ólh Téméxw ('Our World; Our Land') - the unique and beautiful world of the Stó:lō people. Tours, events, shopping and accommodation information are available.
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Halq'emeylem is the Indigenous language of the Sto:lo people. Listen and learn the language at: