ADVISORY COMMITTEE PROGRAM

The Squamish Nation Council is seeking applicants and nominations to join one of four Advisory Committees.

>> Please read the description and criteria below, then submit your application or nomination by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the page. <<

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

If you have any questions or require support completing an online application, please email council_applications@squamish.net.

Description

An Advisory Committee is composed of ten (10) Squamish Nation members appointed by Council to provide advice to Council on issues or matters as determined by Council, and shall include two Council members to act as liaisons between Council and the Advisory Committee.

Council Advisory Committees do not exercise authority over administration, staff, or Council. Still, they may make requests to Co-Chairs of Council for relevant information and resources required to fulfill their respective mandates.

All committee meetings will take place online (using Zoom) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committees

Youth

The Youth Advisory Committee comprises ten (10) members under the age of 25 to advise Council on various matters related to the Squamish Nation’s work. The Committee’s role is to provide a direct link to support the Squamish Nation and the Squamish Nation Council.  This Committee plays an integral role in ensuring the Nation’s Youth are included in various projects, policies, and programs. The Committee will attend presentations and review informational materials developed by the Squamish Nation’s various departments and entities, and provide feedback.

Elders

The Elders Advisory Committee comprises ten (10) members over the age of 55 to advise Council on various matters related to Squamish Nation’s work. The Committee’s role is to provide a direct link to support the Squamish Nation and the Squamish Nation Council. This Committee plays an integral role in ensuring the Nation’s elders’ elders are included in various projects, policies, and programs. The Committee will attend presentations and review informational materials developed by the Squamish Nation’s various departments and entities, and provide feedback.

Housing

The Housing Advisory Committee comprises ten (10) members to advise Council and associated entities on various matters related to housing in the Squamish Nation. The Committee’s role is to provide a direct link to support the Squamish Nation and the Squamish Nation Council. This Committee plays an integral role in ensuring members’ perspectives are included in various housing-related projects, initiatives, and policies. The Committee will attend presentations and review informational materials developed by the Squamish Nation’s various departments and entities, and provide feedback.

Budget and Finance

The Budget and Finance Advisory Committee comprises ten (10) members to advise Council and associated entities on various matters related to budget and finance in the Squamish Nation. The Committee’s role is to provide a direct link to support the Squamish Nation and the Squamish Nation Council. This Committee plays an integral role in ensuring members’ perspectives are included in various finance projects, initiatives, policies, and the annual budget. The Committee will attend presentations and review informational materials developed by the Squamish Nation’s various departments and entities, and provide feedback.

Eligibility requirements

The Squamish Nation is committed to incorporating the perspectives of all members of our diverse community and Nation. The Squamish Nation’s Advisory Committees offer valuable volunteer opportunities to help shape policies and practices responsive to Squamish Nation members. We encourage a broad cross-section of applicants that reflect this rich diversity, including persons with disabilities, and members of different ages, gender identities, and backgrounds.

Council will endeavour to achieve balance in the selection of Advisory Committee members by considering:

  • gender;
  • age;
  • on reserve/off-reserve residence; and,
  • background, experience, and demonstrated interest.

CRITERIA

Membership requirements

Applicants must be Squamish Nation members.

Relevant experience or knowledge

Applicants must be able to demonstrate relevant experience or knowledge, abilities, and skills related to the mandate of the Committee.

Assets

Nomination by a community group working on the Committee’s mandate will be considered an asset.

Familiarity with Squamish culture and identity is an asset.

Some knowledge of the Nation’s bylaws or policies will be regarded as an asset.

Time commitment

Applicants should be able to serve for the full term of the appointment (2 years).

Time requirements vary among the committees.

The minimum expectation is a single two (2) hour meeting per month with up to four (4) hours of reading and material review. Please review these estimates to ensure that you have sufficient time to devote to the Squamish Nation.

Ineligibility

Applicants must be a member in good standing. “Good standing” means an individual that does not owe any money to the Squamish Nation, or if they do owe money, he or she has entered into a written agreement with the Squamish Nation for the repayment of that money and is not delinquent in any payments under that agreement, and has no lawsuit against the Squamish Nation that has not been concluded, settled or dismissed.

Employees of the Squamish Nation who work in fields or areas related to the Committee’s mandate will be ineligible.

Applicants cannot have any Council or court-ordered restrictions on them related to Squamish Nation officials or employees.

Other criteria

Nominations

Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others or organizations.

Unless otherwise specified in the Committee description, appointees serve in their private capacities and not as representatives of a nominating organization.

Reappointments

Individuals who are presently members of the Committee may be re-appointed to that Committee.

Remuneration

Successful candidates will serve without remuneration. These are volunteer positions.

Committee Application Form

Committee Nomination Form

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