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Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation

The Pavilion Indian Band or Ts'kw'aylaxw First Nation or Tsk'waylacw First Nation is located in the Fraser Canyon of British Columbia

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The Pavilion Indian Band or Ts’kw’aylaxw First Nation or Tsk’waylacw First Nation or Tsk’weylecw First Nation, and also known in the plural e.g. Ts’kw’alaxw First Nations,[1] is a First Nations government, located in the Fraser Canyon region of the Central Interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia. It was created when the government of the then-Colony of British Columbia established an Indian Reserve system in the 1860s.

The Pavilion people are part of both the Secwepemc (Shuswap) and St’at’imc (Lillooet) Nations, and are located at Pavilion in the Fraser Canyon north of Lillooet.

In the St’at’imcets language, Pavilion is called Ts’kw’aylacw or Ts’kw’aylaxw (“frost”) (Pavilion is at a high elevation and much of the community is in shade for most of the day in winter, leading to frozen ground). The same name in the Secwepmectsin is Tsk’wéylecw. The people themselves are called the Tsk’waylacw’mc in St’at’imcets, or Tsk’weylecw’mc in Secwepmectsin.

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