I am a proud and strong Nlaka’pamux woman who was born and raised in the Shulus (Lower Nicola Indian Band) and Shackan areas. My parents are Charlotte Joe of the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Maynard Joe of the Shackan Indian Band. My grandparents were Minnie Pierre and Herbert Pierre of the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Chief Anthony Joe and Rose Joe of the Shackan Indian Band. I have two older sisters, a son, and a grandson and currently reside in Shulus with my son and grandson.
My days as a child were spent between Shulus and the 14 Mile Ranch in Shackan. Our family was a ranching and logging family; days were spent on the ranch, at rodeo grounds, and out on the land, whether it be working on it or harvesting from it. I was involved in 4-H Beef for several years which taught me leadership, diversity, equality, and inclusion. All my experiences through childhood up to today as an adult has made me the strong Nlaka’pamux woman I am today; a voice that can and will be heard; I will not quit until we are heard, and our concerns are addressed.