A Passion for the Shuswap
Every two months a magazine entitled Okanagan Life arrives in Salmon Arm mailboxes for free. I have long been concerned about the effort this magazine makes to include the Shuswap as part of the North Okanagan. For example, in a recent edition, readers are asked to vote on their favourite restaurant and include Salmon Arm as part of the North Okanagan region. On Daybreak CBC, I have heard the Shuswap mislabelled as part of the Okanagan. Meanwhile in Kamloops, Shuswap Lake often gets referred to as part of the Thompson Region. Even our regional district’s name begins with Columbia, although this region makes up a very small percentage of the regional district area. Yet when does anyone comment on other regions’ attempts to incorporate the Shuswap? Could it be that Shuswapians have somewhat of a geographical identity crisis?