INDIAN STATUS UNDER BILL C-3 AND SQUAMISH NATION MEMBERSHIP

There are only 2 days until voting day! Just a reminder that Polling Stations will be open on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at:
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish BC
Chief Joe Mathias Centre – 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC
Today we would like to address a question raised by a community member. She asked “Isn’t this is part of the Squamish Nation Membership Code already? Why do the people who received their Indian Status through Bill C-3 have to wait for band membership, if the code says that the Membership Committee can okay membership?”
In response, it is important to note that the current Membership Code does not recognize those who received Indian Status through the Federal Government’s Bill C-3, and the Membership Committee is required to make decisions based on the existing Membership Code.
It will be up to Squamish Nation membership to make a decision on who is considered to be Squamish, through the vote on April 4, 2013. After the vote, and if the amendments are approved, the Membership Committee will be able to make decisions about those who received status from the Federal Government of Canada’s Bill C-3.

MESSAGE FROM CHIEFS AND COUNCIL

The Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members a very Happy Easter. We hope that you are able to spend quality time with your loved ones and that you will take this time to reflect on the importance of family.
Our families are the reason that the April 4th Membership Code vote is so important. We need to look out for the best interest of the Nation – ensure that our families are being treated fairly, and that we remain a strong and vibrant Nation. We need to right the wrongs of the past – to make sure that our loved ones are able to take their rightful place in our Nation.
We encourage everyone to come out and vote. The vote is very important because it is about who we are as Skwxwú7mesh People. It is also about exercising our rights to determine our own identity according to our laws and customs. Given the importance of this vote, we encourage all eligible voters to be ready to make an informed decision about the future of our Nation. If you do not participate, it will have the same effect as voting no.
Polling Stations will be open on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at:
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish BC
Chief Joe Mathias Centre – 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC
Any questions contact Crystal Paull, Chief Referendum Officer at 1-877-887-6572.

We look forward to seeing you at the Polling Stations!

ELECTRONIC VOTING AND MESSAGE FROM GLEN NEWMAN

I am writing to you today to say that we must all vote on April 4, 2013.
I have attended several scheduled major meetings, reviewed the Membership Code amendments, and support the work the Registry Department has undertaken to allow discussions in a respectful manner. As a result, I have determined:
All eligible Squamish Nation voters are now responsible for determining Squamish Membership. It is important to get out and vote.
We are addressing the discriminatory clauses in the Squamish Nation 2000 Membership Code by conducting this vote.
We have the opportunity to strengthen our Membership Code to determine who we are as a people.
I, Glen Newman support voting “Yes” on all questions. The reasons I support the yes vote are as follows:
Ballot question #1: A yes will allow a grandchild with 25% Squamish Nation blood to become a “Lineal” member of the Squamish Nation, as long as that grandchild also has status under the Indian Act. Unless this child marries another Squamish member, he/she cannot pass on membership.
Ballot question #2a: Allows the child of a Squamish Descendant member and another Status Indian (from another First Nation) to become a “Descendant” member of the Squamish Nation.
Ballot question #2b: Allows the child of a Squamish Lineal Member and another Status Indian (from another First Nation) to become a “Lineal” member of the Squamish Nation.
Ballot question #3: Will remove gender discrimination as it applies to the Non-Squamish male partner in a marriage (who is a Status Indian and a member of another First Nation).
Ballot question #4: To allow the Squamish Nation to conduct business in a timely manner.
We have an obligation to our families, to our Nation, and to unborn generations, to come out and have our voices heard. These are tough issues, and we must do the right thing.
Come out and vote in person on Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the following Polling Stations:
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish BC
Chief Joe Mathias Centre – 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC

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