May 24, 2022

Statement from Little Shuswap Lake Band on Quaaout Lodge fire

The whole Little Shuswap Lake community is saddened by the loss of the guest wing at Quaaout Lodge to fire in the early morning of May 22, 2022.

“This has been a traumatic incident for everyone involved, from our guests to our employees and especially our community members,” said James Tomma, Kukpi7 (Chief) of the Little Shuswap Lake Band (LSLB). “Thankfully, and most importantly, there were no fatalities or serious injuries.

“I want to personally thank our Skwlax volunteer firefighters and the Chase Fire Department for their heroic efforts in responding to the fire, and also the staff at Quaaout Lodge who, without a second thought, ensured they got everyone safely out of harm’s way when the fire started.”

An investigation of the fire’s causes and the extent of the damage is now underway. The LSLB

won’t speculate on the cause of the incident until the proper authorities have completed their investigation.

“Our focus right now is on the safety of our community, and doing what we can to support our guests and our employees,” said Kukpi7 Tomma. “But I can tell you we will rebuild. Quaaout Lodge is an important part of our community. It’s an engine of economic development, but also the cultural heart of the community.”

“Quaaout means ‘when the sun’s rays first touch the water,’ and there will be a new dawn for the lodge and for our community.”

 

The band, through its Fire Department, Quaaout Lodge Management and in-house Emergency Support Services Coordinator, is working with the appropriate agencies to provide support to displaced guests and employees. The resort will remain closed while the initial investigation is completed. The situation is being closely monitored and updates will be made available to the media as new information becomes available.

About the Little Shuswap Lake Band: The LSLB is part of the Secwépemc Nation in what is known in English as the Shuswap region of Southern British Columbia. The LSLB’s main community is located at the eastern edge of Little Shuswap Lake in an area known as Skwlax (pronounced sk-why-lax). Many of the band’s 347 members live in the region.

About the Quaaout Lodge and Spa: Quaaout Lodge (pronounced kwa-ow-oot) was first conceived in 1979, and opened in 1991. It has been updated and expanded over the years, including the addition of the Talking Rock Golf Course in 2007, a Top 20 PGA of Canada-rated course.

For information contact:

Councillor Wes Francois

250-320-9535

 

Kukstsémc (Thank you)

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