Lytton in British Columbia, Canada, sits at the confluence of the Thompson River and Fraser River on the east side of the Fraser. The location has been inhabited by the Nlaka’pamux people for over 10,000 years.
It is one of the earliest locations settled by non-natives in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. It was founded during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858–59 when it was known as “The Forks”. The community includes the Village of Lytton and the surrounding community of the Lytton First Nation, whose name for the place is Camchin, also spelled Kumsheen (“river meeting”).
The population of the village municipality as of the 2016 census was with another 1,700 in the immediate area living in rural areas and on reserves of the neighboring six Nlaka’pamux communities. 802 members out of 1,970 registered members of the Lytton First Nation live on reserves immediately adjacent to the municipality.
With that in mind, do the statistics in the letter below seem very scary to you?