Student Profiles – September-October 2018

Evan Skye
Squamish Nation/ Cayuga of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Carson Graham Secondary School

Evan Skye descends from the Squamish Nation and the Cayuga people of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Evan is from the Wolf Clan, “Honegdedage kwi en kweshámin, Honegdedage is my Ancestral name and it means ‘Along the River.’”

Evan is currently in Grade 12 at Sp’ákw’us Skwúul-áwtxw, Carson Graham Secondary School, and is an accomplished athlete who played for Team B.C. in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. Evan is currently participating in the inaugural class of the North Vancouver School District Lacrosse Academy, held at Carson Graham. Evan plays both field and box lacrosse.

Evan says that, “there is long history of lacrosse in my family so I play every chance that I get, it’s a part of my tradition, a part of my culture.”

Evan is very proud of his culture and ancestry and has learned the language, culture, songs and dance from a respected teacher and community member K’etximtn. Evan says that he holds these teachings close to his heart. “Nya:weh K’etximtn.” Evan wants to share these teachings as much as he can. Evan often welcomes guests and students to many events at his school and within the community. Evan has also recently completed the Cultural Facilitator Program at Cheakamus Centre. Carson Graham is very proud of Evan!

Source: School District 44

Samson Whitebear George
Windsor Secondary School

Samson, is a proud Indigenous young man, who has strong connections with both the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations. Samson is an outstanding student athlete who was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by his teammates. He plays for the Windsor Dukes Football team, AA Provincial Champions (2017) and is a key member of the rugby team. Samson is also a member of the Children of Takaya dance group from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a cultural ambassador who has presented at many different events at the school and in the community. Samson is an exceptional role model for all members of the North Vancouver School District – educators and students.

Source: School District 44

Squamish Nation Launches RFP Process for ‘Housing Authority Development Consultant’

Squamish Nation Launches RFP Process for ‘Housing Authority Development Consultant’

North Vancouver, October 9th, 2018 — In August 2018, the Squamish Nation Council announced plans to develop its own local Indigenous Housing Authority for the Squamish People. The Squamish Nation now seeks a consultant with experience in housing authority development to support our Nation in building this not-for-profit organization in collaboration with the community, leadership, and staff.

Click here to view a copy of the RFP.

The purpose of this project is to create a Squamish Nation not-for-profit property manager and housing developer called a housing authority. This housing authority will represent Squamish values and principles in the management of non-profit housing and development of new housing units for use by Squamish Nation citizens.

The Squamish Nation invites consultants with experience in non-profit housing development to submit an application to work directly with the Squamish Nation in building a local Indigenous housing authority. The selected consultant will have an opportunity to make a difference with the backing of one of the most financially successful First Nations in Canada as they set to make housing a priority for its government.

The Squamish Nation intends to work with Federal, Provincial, local and philanthropic partners to achieve it’s housing goals for its people.

Click here to view a copy of the RFP.

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to Eva Johnston, 320 Seymour Blvd, North Vancouver, by Friday, November 2nd, 2018 regarding this RFP.

Responses will be prepared and shared with all applicants by Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

Then, please submit the following no later than Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 5:00pm to Eva Johnston, 320 Seymour Blvd, North Vancouver,

MEDIA RELEASE – Squamish Nation Council selects new Council Co-Chair

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North Vancouver, October 2nd, 2018 — The Squamish Nation Council is a sixteen-member democratically elected government of the Squamish Nation that is elected for a four-year term. The most recent elections in December 2017 resulted in the election of the most significant number of first-time Councillors with eight new councillors and eight re-elected councillors.

The Squamish Nation has no elected ’chief’ like other First Nations with its unique governance structure. In the Squamish Nation, hereditary chiefs are a ceremonial and cultural leadership role that is not directly connected to the role of the elected Council, although hereditary chiefs are sometimes elected if they choose to run for Council.

Once elected, the Council appoints two co-chairs to chair Council meetings and manage the agenda and activities of Council and liaise directly with the administration. Councillor Joshua Joseph and Councillor Deborah Baker were appointed as Co-Chair in December 2017.

In addition to the two Co-Chairs, the Squamish Nation Council also appoints two ’spokespersons’ who speak on behalf of the Council when needed. The two spokespersons are Councillor Deanna Lewis and Councillor Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers).

On September 26th, the Squamish Nation Council accepted the resignation of Councillor Deborah Baker from the role of Co-Chair. As a result, the Council held a selection process on October 2nd, 2018 to choose her replacement.

Council is proud to announce Councillor Kristen Rivers has been selected as Co-Chair and will take on the duties and responsibilities of Council Co-Chair along with the existing Co-Chair Joshua Joseph.

Councillor and former co-chair Deborah Baker said “I want to thank all who have supported me over the years as a Council member. Last week with a heavy heart I resigned as Co-chair for personal reasons.  I am grateful for the time in being appointed to do this role. Today I am happy that we appointed a strong and intelligent woman leader of the Squamish Nation as the new co-chair who will carry out the rest of this term for Squamish Nation Council. I believe we will only grow stronger with this experience and opportunity for positive change for the Squamish Nation Members.”

For more information, please contact Eva Johnston, Council Executive Assistant at 604-980-4553 or to arrange an interview with the spokespersons.

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