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Health and Wellness

From youth and young families to Elders, healthy, active membership makes us stronger as a community. Having opportunities to exercise, get social support, and connect with each other are all part of living better together. The health and wellness of our members is supported through our involvement and affiliation with a number of organizations providing health services.


Scw’exmx Health Services

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Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society (SCHSS) is a partnership of three Nlaka’pamux bands, Coldwater, Shackan and Nooaitch, and provides community health services to the members of these bands. 
Call: (250) 378-9745 Fax: (250) 378-4962


Stoyoma Dental Clinic

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Stoyoma Dental Clinic ia division of Scw’exmx Community Health Services Society.  They are a family friendly dental clinic providing service to all residents of the Nicola Valley and surrounding area. It was  opened in 2013.

Stoyoma Dental Clinic Staff
Our brand new office is equipped with state of the art equipment to help make your stay more enjoyable. We offer white or composite fillings, porcelain and gold crowns & bridges, and extractions. All your hygiene needs will be met with regular cleaning appointments. We are paperless and have a digital x-ray to make your visit more pleasant. We look forward to meeting you.

Stoyoma Dental Clinic
1999 Voght St., Merrit, BC V1K 1B8
Mailing Address: PO Box 3090
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm | Sat-Sun Closed
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Scw'exmx Child and Family Services

Scw'exmx Child and Family Services
Scw’exmx Child and Family Services Society (SCFSS) provides services and resources to protect children and preserve families in accordance with our ancestral beliefs and values.
SCFSS serves five Nicola Nlaka’pamux bands: Coldwater, Upper Nicola, Shackan, Nooaitch and Lower Nicola. The Society operates under the Provincial Child, Family and Community Service Act.


Nicola Native Lodge Society

Benny Clarke BarnNicola Native Lodge Society (NNLS)
NNLS is a society comprised of the five Nicola Nlaka’pamux Bands – Upper Nicola, Lower Nicola, Coldwater, Nooaitch, and Shackan. The society’s main goal is to raise funds to construct and operate an Elder Care facility. The NNLS owns a six-acre property on Springbank Road near the Coquihalla Highway.


Journeys Into Tomorrow

Journeys into Tomorrow: Transition House
The facility provides shelter and supportive services for women emerging from abusive situations. Although the primary clients of the Transition House are women from the five Nlaka’pamux communities, it also serves Métis and non-native women by referral. There are plans to provide second-stage housing in the future.


Youth Activities

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Another critical aspect of health is recreation. In a recent CCP meeting with youth, a central topic of discussion was a lack of activities for youth on reserve. The young participants saw things like improvements to the baseball diamond and basketball court, a new youth centre, and walking and cycling trails as a way to get youth involved in more positive activities on reserve. Currently our on-reserve recreation facilities include the gymnasium and playing field at the Nc’tetkwu Band School, and a campground at Gwen Lake. However, the gymnasium has limited hours and the field and campground are in need of upgrading.

We are asking youth to come forward with feedback of what visions they have for themselves and future generations of Coldwater Youth.

Youth Advisory Planning Committee (APC)

APC workers will assist in any activity that seeks to engage young people in coordinated programs, including those which are recreational, educational, or social by nature and design. As well as assisting youth to involve themselves into a working environment, either through training or employment. To contact the Youth Workers please call 250-378-6174 and leave a message.

Coldwater Indian Band is seeking youth to form a youth committee to get involved in coordinating youth activities and future projects such as:  Youth Center, Sheeshkn, Arbor, and Interpretive Trails; and Kids Group
Planning Session, and Camping Trip. 

pdfYouth Sports Grant Application Form