Message from Glen Newman: Squamish Nation Membership Code Amendments

Congratulations to all Squamish Nation members who exercised their right to vote on April 4, 2013!
For the 1506 members who took the time to come out and vote, your vote did make a difference.  We thank you.

Our members approved the following ballot questions:

#1        Bill C-3 Entitlement Matter

Do you consent to the Membership Code being amended to allow an individual who has Indian status because of Bill C-3 and who has at least one parent who is or could be a Squamish member to have membership in the Squamish Nation as a lineal member?

#2A      First Nation Heritage Recognition Matter

Do you consent to the Membership Code being amended to allow a Squamish descendant member’s child whose other parent is a non-Squamish status Indian to have membership in the Squamish Nation as a descendant member?

Your yes vote has given our grandchildren Squamish Nation membership.  They will remember you!  They will remember Squamish Nation people as a just and caring people.  The Squamish Nation journey to harmony and respect for each other will continue into the future.  We thank all our families in working together to bring in equality for our grandchildren.

It is also worth noting that although the remaining questions did not achieve the required threshold, the majority of Squamish Nation members did vote in favour of:

#2B – First Nation Heritage Recognition (Lineal Members)
#3 – Gender Equality
#4 – Amendment Threshold

A special thanks to Monica Jacobs, staff, the Membership Committee, the Chief Referendum Officer and Deputy Referendum Officers, who worked with total commitment and dedication.  Their numerous meetings and community information sessions made a positive impact on our communities and families.

Chiefs and Council will continue to work with the Registry (Land & Membership) Department and in the very near future updates will be provided on the amended membership code, including information about the application process for membership, for those who are impacted by the yes vote on ballot Questions 1 and 2A.  We will also be exploring options for a special ceremony to welcome these individuals back to the Squamish Nation, in keeping with our customs and traditions.

Download the Official Notice to Membership HERE

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