The community of Skatin (formerly Skookumchuck) is located on the east side of the Lillooet River, on the 19-Mile Post of the 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 Lilwat’ul (Mount Currie).
Skookumchuck Rapids was and remains to be a very abundant fishery, the most abundant on the Lillooet River. Colonial settlers and ethnographers have noted it in historical documents as early as the late 1850s.
At one time, the people of Skatin (Chinook Jargon for ‘swift water’, alluding to qmem’qs) inhabited both sides of the Lillooet River at this point, but the west community has since been absorbed into the east.
While the majority of their reserves lie along the Lillooet River, one of them lies at the southern edge of Glacier Lake, almost 2,000 feet above the Lillooet River. This reserve was used for planting crops in the early 1900s and a very important resource acquisition area for the people of Skatin.
One distinctive feature of the community of Skatin is the Holy Cross Catholic Church. The church was built in Gothic style by members of the Xa’xtsa, Skatin, and Samahquam Bands between 1895 and 1906. It was initiated by the priests of the Order of Oblates of Mary Immaculate that converted the majority of the Lillooet to Christianity. The people of Skatin used the money they earned from trapping to pay for the stained glass panes imported from Italy. The rest of this magnificent church is the result of native craftsmanship.
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. The school also informally supports students taking courses by correspondence.
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