Skwlax (Little Shuswap)

Language: SecwepemctsĂ­n
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Historically known as: Little Shuswap Indian Band, Squilax

Contact Information:
Little Shuswap Indian Band
PO Box 1100
Chase , BC
V0E 1M0
ph. (250) 679-3203
fx. (250) 679-3220 or (250) 679-4422

The people of the Little Shuswap are known in their language as Skwlax. "The settlers could not say the Shuswap name so it is known today as Squilax. Skwlax in the Shuswap language is known as black bear."1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 5 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 20 2
Learning Speakers: 52 2

Community Information

Population: 308 2

"The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band is located along the eastern end of the Little Shuswap Lake and along the western and northern end of the Big Shuswap Lake and follows along the Adams River and Little River. The Band has five parcels of land encompassing 3,112.7 hectares."1

Footnotes / References
1. quoted from
2. Secwepemc Cultural Education Society (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3128