Skatin Nations

Language: St̓át̓imcets
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Historically known as: Skatin Nations Council, Skookumchuck

Contact Information:
Skatin Nations Council
PO Box 190
Pemberton, BC
V0N 2L0
ph. (604) 894-2490
fx. (604) 894-2491

"The community of Skatin (or Skookumchuck) is located on the east side of the Lillooet River, on the 19-Mile Post of the old Harrison-Lillooet wagon road (about 35 kilometres from the head of Harrison Lake). Before the arrival of European settlers, this community was considered to be the largest on the lower Lillooet River, comparable in size to the pre-contact village of present-day Mount Currie (or Lilwat'ul). A moderately sized waterfall on the Lillooet River, about 1 kilometre north of the community, had a significant effect on the size of the community in prehistoric times as well as today. The fall is now commonly known as Skookumchuck Rapids, but the Ucwalmicw [oo-kwal-MEWK] (Lower Lillooet dialect) word for this fall is qmemps (k-MEMP-sh). This site was and remains to be a very abundant fishery, the most abundant on the Lillooet River. Colonial settlers and ethnographers have noted it in historic documents as early as the late 1850's."1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 10 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 77 2
Learning Speakers: 14 2

The Skatin Nations speak Ucwalmícwts (Lower St̓át̓imc).

Community Information

Population: 384 2

"One distinctive feature of the community of Skookumchuck is their famed Holy Cross Catholic Church, which stands in the centre of the community. The church was built by members of the Douglas, Skatin and Samahquam Bands between 1895 and 1906... The community of Skatin also supports an elementary and junior high school (grades K-9), known as the Head of the Lake School, for the children of In-SHUCK-ch members, the majority of which are from Skatin and Tipella. Forty-four students currently attend this school."1

Footnotes / References
1. unknown (2004). In-SHUCK-ch Nation.
2. In-SHUCK-ch Services Society (2012), Language Needs Assessment #2442