Simon Fraser University Memorandum of Understanding

Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and Simon Fraser University sign Memorandum of Understanding

December 20, 2017

The MoU further strengthens the long-standing relationship between the university and the Squamish Nation to collaborate on cultural, academic and research activities. Image: sfu.ca

Squamish Nation and Simon Fraser University (SFU) signed a three year (renewable) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 29.

The MoU further strengthens the long-standing relationship between the university and the Squamish Nation to collaborate on cultural, academic and research activities.

Under the MOU, both partners will explore opportunities to:

  • Strengthen cultural protocols and events between the parties;
  • Strengthen administrative protocols between the parties;
  • Exchange information and expertise to strengthen and enhance services and programs at SFU and in the community in collaboration with SN;
  • Discuss recruitment and retention initiatives as they concern SN community;
  • Discuss and collaborate on potential programs. For example, language course development and offerings;
  • Discuss and collaborate on initiatives involving SN youth. For example, summer camps, tutoring, sports, and orientation and life skills training.
  • Discuss joint research initiatives; and
  • Discuss the utilization of SN cultural resources and experts by SFU, and vice versa.

“The MOU is a commitment to continue to build a relationship with SFU so that the university becomes a place where our students attend and thrive both culturally and academically,” says Chris Lewis, councilor of the Squamish Nation and member of the SFU Board of Governors. “We look forward to working with SFU to develop in the community training, projects and research.”

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