News Release PM Betrays Indigenous People – Purchases Kinder Morgan Pipeline

News Release

Prime Minister Betrays Indigenous People with Purchase of Kinder Morgan Pipeline

VANCOUVER (May 28, 2018) — Squamish Nation is appalled by the decision by the Government of Canada to risk billions of taxpayer’s dollars to purchase the assets of Kinder Morgan and to pursue completion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion which threatens Squamish Nation territory and our people.

“This is a continued betrayal of promises made to us by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He told Canada’s Indigenous people that our rights would be respected and upheld. He has broken that promise. He promised us he would put the pipeline expansion through a brand new review. He has broken that promise as well,” says Khelsilem, elected councilor and spokesperson for Squamish Nation.

“This decision benefits only Texas-based Kinder Morgan, rewarding them for a project that was becoming increasingly risky. Now the Trudeau Government is making all Canadians take on that risk in the face of strong opposition and a move by Europe, China and other nations to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels for the good of their citizens and the planet,“ Khelsilem adds.

Khelsilem says “the Squamish Nation will continue to fight to protect our inlet, our communities and our economy. Regardless of who owns the project our position has not changed. An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would triple the capacity of diluted bitumen and is expected to increase the number of tankers from five to 35 each month. The tankers pass by three Squamish Nation communities on the Burrard Inlet and a single diluted bitumen marine spill would be catastrophic for our communities, our economy, and our home as a Squamish people.”

“We have a right to practice our culture, our way of life, and to continue our right to self-determination in our territories. This is a right that we have never surrendered, and it is a right we will continue to defend,” Khelsilem concludes.

For more information:
Chris Olsen
Peak Communicators
604 689 5559
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Governance Policy Engagement Session

You are invited!

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.

Council would like to invite members to begin a discussion on how the community would like to amend the Governance Policy.

You can download a copy of the Governance Policy here

You may also request copies to be picked up or ordered from the Administration at 604-980-4553 or picked up from Totem Hall at 604-892-5166.

North Vancouver: Squamish Valley:
Date: Monday May 28th, 2018 Date: Thursday May 31st, 2018
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre Location: Squamish Valley Totem Hall
Pickup Times Pickup Times
Seymour IR Mailboxes: 4:00pm Seymour IR Mailboxes: 3:00pm
Eslha7an: 4:20pm Eslha7an: 3:20pm
Mission Road & 1st street: 4:25pm Mission Road & 1st street: 3:25pm
Jacobs & Jacobs: 4:45pm Jacobs & Jacobs: 3:45pm
Mathias & Rivers: 4:50pm Mathias & Rivers: 3:50pm
Ikwikws: 4:55pm Ikwikws: 3:55pm

2018 General Meeting Policy Update

Memo to Membership:

To: Squamish Nation Membership
From: Squamish Nation Council
Subject: General Meetings for 2018
Date: May 23rd, 2018

The Squamish Nation Council would like to announce the following General Meetings for 2018:

  • Special General Meeting
    July 22nd, 2018 at Chief Joe Mathias Centre from 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Annual General Assembly
    September 29-30th, 2018 at Chief Joe Mathias Centre from 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Special General Meeting
    November 25th, 2018 at Totem Hall from 10:00am-7:00pm

Lunch and dinner are to be provided all of the above meetings.

On May 22nd, 2018, the Squamish Nation Council approved a General Meeting Policy in-principle for consideration by Membership. This policy requires the approval of Membership at the July 22nd, 2018 Special General Meeting and will be an opportunity for Members to bring forward amendments to the policy before its final approval.

Under the General Meeting Policy, the objective of General Meetings will be the debate and consideration of Resolutions submitted by Members. The deadline to submit a resolution is 30 days prior to a scheduled General Meeting.

The two-day Annual General Assembly in on September 29th and 30th will be a big event to bring together our Nation for a presentation on the Audited Financial Statements from the Squamish Nation’s auditors. This Annual General Assembly is a General Meeting under the General Meeting Policy and mandated in the Council Governance Policy.

Invitation to Submit Resolutions:

For the July 22nd, 2018 Special General Meeting, Members are invited to submit draft resolutions for consideration by Membership to or drop off at the Council Office. A resolution is a formal decision on or having an action take place related to the subject at hand. This is your opportunity as a member to bring your ideas forward and see if your community supports that idea.

We look forward to hearing from our members.

Thank you.

Squamish Nation Council

General Meeting Policy Documents:

PSA – Changes to Rental Tenancy Act – May 2018

Public Service Announcement: Important Notice for Renters & Landlords

This bulletin outlines several recent changes to the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA) that have been introduced by the new provincial government. We are working hard to improve housing affordability and security for renters in this province, but there’s still a lot more work to be done. In addition to our 30-Point Housing Plan, a new Rental Housing Task Force has been created to investigate and recommend further changes to the RTA. Do not hesitate to let me know if you’re interested in participating in rental housing discussions, if you have any questions, or if you require assistance understanding your rights and obligations as a tenant or landlord. – Bowinn Ma, MLA

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