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Skowkale First Nation

Skowkale is a First Nation community located in the core of the City of Chilliwack, with two reserves including the Grass Reserve lands and eight neighbouring communities within Chilliwack, and 10.3 hectares of Peqwxe:yles reserve lands in Mission, and 23.5 hectares of the Coqualeetza lands with 20 bands in the Sto:lo Nation.

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Skowkale is a First Nation community located in the core of the City of Chilliwack in British Columbia. With over 230 people on its membership and over 1,000 living in the community, Skowkale is a progressive and growing community that strives to support its members in a fair and equitable manner.

Skowkale is a member community of the Sto:lo Nation and is also a First Nation in the treaty process with the Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association.

The community known as Skowkale began as Sq’ewqeyl, altered by the Europeans to be spelled Skulkayn and later Skowkale. In the Halq’emeylem language, Sq’ewqeyl literally means ‘going around a turn’ but is associated with ‘at a bend in the Chilliwack River’.

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada lists two reserves for Sq’ewqeyl – I.R.#10 & I.R.11. Today, Sq’ewqeyl totals about 68.4 hectares and shares an additional 64.7 hectares of the Grass Reserve lands with eight (8) neighbouring communities within Chilliwack. It also shares 10.3 hectares of Peqwxe:yles reserve lands in Mission and 23.5 hectares of the Coqualeetza lands with 20 bands in the Sto:lo Nation.

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