Squilax, British Columbia
Squilax, as distinguished from Chase, which is adjacent, refers to the reserve communities of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band, whose head offices are on Quaaout Indian Reserve No. 1, one of the five reserves governed by that band.
Squilax, also spelt "Skw'lax" is close to the Secwepmectsin word for Black Bear. Almost everyone is the area is family or grew up together. Two well known families in the area are the Arnouse's and August's who have lived in the land for a long time. The August family is originally from Enderby. But moved for unknown reasons (Unknown to me) Squilax holds a Pow Wow every summer and competitions for dancers. It is a fairly small area to the point once you live there you know who lives in which house, what trails will take you where, and kids run around and their parents know where exactly they are. It is a very close community with lots of stories. There are traditional Winter Houses and summer houses by the Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Resort and other historical things.
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