Little Shuswap

Preferred Name:
Little Shuswap
Alternative Name:
Alternate Little Lake (Circa 1877), Kuaut (Circa 1881) (Variation Kualt); Traditional Name Qw7Ewt;
BC Regional Office:
Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops)
Thompson Okanagan
Reserve Land Area:3,112.70 ha
Chief Oliver Arnouse
Councillor Dale Tomma
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):153
Population (on First Nations land):196
Population Total:349
Address: P.O. Box 1100
V0E 1M0
Economic Development Contact: Stewart Adamson
Band Manager
Fax: (250) 679-3220
Phone: (250) 679-3203
Community Description
The Little Shuswap Indian Band (also Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band) is a First Nations band government of a community of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, located in the Central Interior region of British Columbia, Canada. Its main reserve is in Chase, British Columbia, sometimes marked Squilax on maps ("black bear" in the Shuswap language) is properly called Quaaout, and is on the shore of Little Shuswap Lake. The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band seeks to become a strong self reliant community having Cultural and Traditional values to ensure a balanced and productive future for all members.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Little Shuswap Lake First Nation owns and operates four principle businesses, the Talking Rock Golf Course, the Quaaout Lodge, The Skwlax Airstrip, and the Skwlax Centre (a large highway stop and fuel centre on the Trans Canada Highway). Little Shuswap Lake has also engaged with the Provincial Government in several Forestry Agreements.
Economic Development Background
The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band has a unique vision and drive in its economic development. Creative and courageous financing has been the key to the progressive development that continues to take place at Little Shuswap. Strong management and leadership with clear vision make up the engine that drives the community forward.