Harvesting Morel Mushrooms in the Secwépemc Territory

The Secwépemc welcome you to our traditional territory, which encompasses the Elephant Hill Fire. The Secwépemc people have lived and thrived on this land since time immemorial. Today, we continue our role as stewards of the land through our management of forest resources, including the harvesting of understory products such as morels.

As of May 2018 any persons or commercial entity entering Secwépemc territory to participate in the harvesting, buying or processing (drying) of morels is required to purchase a permit and agree to the Terms and Conditions therein. Permits for camping on Secwépemc territory will also be required, for use at approved sites.

Secwépemc Communities* Affected by the Elephant Hill Fire

*As well as Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation of St’atl’imc Nation

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As forest fires and resource extraction continue to damage the ecosystem in British Columbia, the Secwépemc people and their allies move to protect their traditional territory by managing the 2018 morel mushroom harvest.

The Secwépemc Territory


The Secwépemc (/ʃəˈhwɛpəm/ shə-WHEP-əm;[2][3] Secwepemc[ʃəˈxʷɛpməx] or [səˈxwɛpməx]), known in English as the Shuswap people /ˈʃuːʃwɑːp/, are an Indigenous peoples whose lands range from the eastern Chilcotin Plateau and the Cariboo Plateau southeast through the Thompson Country to Kamloops and the Shuswap Country, and spans the Selkirk Mountains and Big Bend of the Columbia River to include the northern part of the Columbia Valley region. Their ancestral language is Shuswap, known as Secwepemctsín (Salish pronunciation: [ʃəxwəpməxtˈʃin])

To learn more about the Secwépemc Communities, visit the nearest Band Office.


Harvest Permit Program Purpose & Objectives

The purpose and objectives of this permitting and monitoring initiative are:


Environmental Protection & Stewardship

  • Ensure the environmental protection and stewardship of the land.

  • Reduce negative impacts to Secwépemc soils, waterways, cultural values, culturally historic sites, wildlife habitats, ecosystems, road systems and campsites.

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Safety & Education

  • To increase safe operating practices in use to protect the public

  • Educate harvesters and buyers in how to coordinate and initiate emergency response


Indigenous Land Rights

  • To assert Secwépemc rights, title and jurisdiction over our territory. As evidence by our northern neighbours the Tsilhqot’in, in the landmark supreme court case of 2014; all resource extraction and impacts to the land under Aboriginal title must gain approval from the Nation on who’s traditional territory operations propose to take place. This permit and the Terms and Conditions therein, will formalize a temporary land-use agreement with those applying to extract understory resources from Secwépemc Territory.