Squamish Language Proficiency Certificate @ SFU

2018-2019 Program at SFU

Kwi Awt Stelmexw is the home of the Squamish Language Academy. This program is envisioned as a 1,000 hour immersion program for adult 2nd language learners of the Squamish Language. It is broken into two stages. Year one is 900 hours of immersion instruction and work while year two is another 500 hours of immersion instruction of work. Year 1 is for beginner students and Year 2 is for graduates of the Year 1 program.

The long-term objective of the two-year Squamish Language Academy is to contribute to the successful reclamation of the Squamish Language by providing people with the opportunity to become advanced level fluent speakers with the ability to pass the language on to future generations.

The Year 1 program is called the Squamish Language Proficiency Certificate. It is offered through a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s First Nations Language Proficiency Certificate Program. SFU has three campuses: Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. This program currently takes place only at the Vancouver campus. In addition, this program is structured as cohort program with four university courses in the fall term and five in the winter term.

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Governance Policy

The Squamish Nation Council received legal advice recommending that its Governance Manual be revised to ensure legality, consistency, conciseness and readability.

Council is proud to announce we intend to proceed with a Squamish Nation membership consultation process regarding the Governance Manual now that this legal review is complete.

Following a Council Motion dated January 25, 2018, Clark Wilson LLP was instructed to proceed with its recommended revisions to the Governance Manual. The initial review looked at broad, high-level issues with the Governance Manual. Clark Wilson LLP has completed a comprehensive analysis as requested.

What was previously called the Governance Manual is now called the Council Governance Policy.

The comprehensive review included recommended amendments that provided: cosmetic edits; revisions to ensure it meets standard legislative drafting practices and conforms to principles of statutory interpretation; and alteration of the title to Council Governance Policy.

This file is available for download here: LINK
as well as at the top of the Chiefs and Council page on this website here: LINK

Next Steps:

Council would like to invite the community to Community Engagement sessions on the Council Governance Policy. We feel it is vital for Membership to contribute to the rules and procedures for their elected Council. Dates and locations are being confirmed and we will update you ASAP.

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