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Sumas First Nation

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The Sumas First Nation (Halkomelem: Sema:th) Sumalh or Sumas Indian Band is a band government of the Sto:lo people located in the Upper Fraser Valley region, at the community of Kilgard a.k.a. Upper Sumas, part of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. They are a member government of the Sto:lo Nation tribal council. Its governance structure is a custom electoral system. The current chief is Dalton Silver. The official language is Halq'eméylem. The group occupies the region near the Sumas Prairie, and historically used Sumas Lake as "our supermarket, our shopping center," before it was drained by colonial authorities who wanted to farm the land underneath. When the lake was drained, the First Nation was pushed onto a nearby reserve so that settlers could use the fertile soil underneath the lake. The First Nation occupies higher ground near the Prairie, not the prairie on the lakebed itself, so they did not have to evac
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