WLNG and FortisBC Questionnaire

Don’t Forget! We’re asking Squamish Nation members to complete the Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC Questionnaires by August 31!

This questionnaire is specific to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw members and was developed by the Rights & Title Department along with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Environmental Working Groups for the Woodfibre LNG project and the FortisBC pipeline project.

These projects were approved by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both companies (WLNG and FortisBC) have proposed changes to the project design that require Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw approval (and approval from provincial or federal governments).

Click the button below to start the questionnaires!

Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC Questionnaire

Medical Transport Update

May 26, 2020

Medical Transport Update
Yuustway Health and Wellness

Medical Transportation Benefits Coverage

The Squamish Nation Health Benefits team administers the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) on behalf of the FNHA. This program is fully funded through FNHA, NOT funded by Squamish Nation own source revenue or any other funded source.

FNHA Medical Transportation (MT) Does Not cover travel to local appointments. (Within 30km of their residence)

For eligible travel, the MT benefit covers the most economical and efficient means of transportation, taking into account the urgency of the situation and the medical condition being addressed.


Clients requesting MT coverage must provide the following documentation before travel can be arranged:

  • A referral from a general practitioner or family doctor; and
  • Confirmation of an upcoming appointment from the health provider or facility.

** 2 business days’ notice is required for Health Benefits team to organize travel**

The role of our patient travel clerks is to administer the funds and coordinate medical travel for our eligible clients. Their aim is to ensure that our clients receive the benefits to which they are entitled, as defined under the MTPF.

On-reserve clients:

To organize your travel or to learn about exceptional coverage, clients should call the Health Benefits team.

Barb Baker or Nadeen Reginald at 604.982.0332 Yuustway Health Services
or Clare Robinson at 604.892.5166 Totem Hall.

Off-reserve clients:

To organize your travel contact FNHA directly at 1-800- 317- 7878.

More Information
For more information on what is covered and documentation requirements, please click HERE to download the FNHA notice.

2020 Grad Letter from School District 44

Letter to 2020 Grads (Download – SD44)
Details of Graduation Requirements and Student Assessments (Download – SD44)

April 24, 2020

Dear Grads and Grad Parents,

In an earlier communication to parents, I acknowledged how the current disruption due to COVID-19 has impacted our students, particularly our Grade 12s. I want to acknowledge the frustration, anger, regret and grief you are likely feeling right now – it is real, normal and completely understandable. Your final year of secondary school has been profoundly changed by something that is out of your control. The opportunity to share the excitement of the final three months of school and anticipation about plans for next year, in person with your friends at school, is gone. And, taking in your last memories of the place that has been ‘home’ for the past five years is no longer an option. For many of you, the final season of sports, year-end choir/band concert, drama production and art show have been postponed or cancelled. As I hear often in my own house, “this sucks!” To complicate matters, you are also wondering about the impacts on graduation requirements, final marks and transcripts, and, of course, your graduation ceremonies. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you and your families with some updates about your graduation program and ceremonies.

Graduation Program:

We have prepared the attached Graduation Program document that provides important information about this year’s graduation program. It also clarifies information published in the Ministry of Education’s Continuity of Learning FAQ.

Please take some time to read through this document as it contains information that you need to know right now. If you have further questions, please contact your school Principal.

Graduation Ceremonies:

On Monday, April 20, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reiterated there is still a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people and we are not confident that this will change before the end of June. Concerning large celebrations, Dr. Henry stated:

“It’s not going to be a big party where everybody gets together because that’s too risky. It means that you might spread this. And if you have all of those contacts, they’re going to bring it home to their families and their loved ones. We need to look at how we do it in a much smaller scale, with those who are close to us, and bring people in remotely to celebrate with us.”

We know this news is frustrating for our graduates and their families but these measures are put in place by the Provincial Health Officer with our collective health and safety in mind. With this ban in place, it is not possible for us to hold a grad ceremony as we have in the past, in front of an audience, with all of your graduating class on stage.

We also know that High School Graduation is a rite of passage that carries with it much significance for our students and also for families and loved ones. The act of ‘walking across the stage’, through that virtual threshold of childhood and moving into the adult world is something we don’t want you to miss. We want you to have your moment, for yourself, and also to share with others.

We have placed a tentative hold on theatre space for late August and also in December. However, there is no certainty about changes to the ban on large gatherings and we could be waiting to celebrate indefinitely. It would be unfortunate to have to wait months and months for our graduates to have their ceremonies when some may be unavailable to attend, and the moment will have passed.

With this in mind, we are working with your school Principal, Vice-Principal and grad ceremony planning committees to create a virtual graduation celebration for each of our secondary schools that will be unique to Grad 2020 in the North Vancouver School District. This will need to be quite different than what we have done in the past but you will walk across the graduation stage in a cap and gown and you will have a photograph in your formal outfit. We know this is important. You will also be able to celebrate with your friends and loved ones online while watching a video of your graduation ceremony at the same time (release date to be announced). To make this happen we will need to be creative, innovative and adaptable – exactly the attributes the graduates of 2020 are made of! Your schools will be providing you with further details in the next week. Please watch for communications from your school as there will be information from you they require in a short timeframe, in order to make this a success!

My commitment to you, is that you will be celebrated, and it will be special. This is an important time for you and all those in your lives who have contributed to you getting to this point …your family, friends and school staff. We are extremely proud of you and are looking forward to commemorating each and every one of our graduates in the best way possible!

Mark Pearmain
Superintendent of Schools

SD44 Update – April 7 2020

April 7, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,
By now, you will have heard from school administrators and teachers who are most eager to check-in and reconnect with you and your children post-Spring Break. I hope those initial conversations helped alleviate some of the uncertainty and apprehension you may have been feeling about how educational services will be delivered and how you and your children will continue to interact with your school community during the suspension of in-class instruction. This week, as your children begin to establish more regular contact with teachers, you will see a variety of educational opportunities become available.

Like many of our staff, I too am a parent to two children in our school district who are needing to adapt to this new way of learning. By experiencing this extraordinary time through them, I acknowledge how difficult it has been to be away from friends, teachers, and the school community. I also acknowledge how the idea of supporting your children’s learning may feel overwhelming. As a parent, you are learning new routines, while also having to balance and manage many demands on your time, including work, health, or family responsibilities.

Please know that:

  • we as a school district understand that each family circumstance and its ability to engage in a new remote delivery of learning is unique. Rest assured that no child will lose marks over these next few months.
  • children will have the opportunity to enhance their current academic standing and improve their current grade.
  • our staff recognize that when we come back to regular operations and return to the classroom, it is with the understanding that we will meet our students where they are at and fill any gap in learning.
  • staff at the North Vancouver School District are working extremely hard to ensure all children feel safe and supported.

We are committed to supporting you and your children during this new period of remote learning and recognize you will have questions. In addition to the communication and resources you will receive directly from classroom teachers and your school, we now have available on our website, an Educational Continuity Plan. There are four sub-sections – Elementary, Secondary, Complex & Vulnerable Learners, and Distributed Learning – and each shares the framework in which schools will provide educational continuity for students and their families. We have also prepared a COVID-19 webpage, which includes a curated listing of links to trusted and reliable sources of information, updates from the Ministry of Education, and copies of our correspondence with you – all in one convenient location.

As I mentioned in my previous communication to you, our school system is part of a much bigger solution during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing continuity of educational opportunities for our students, we are also striving to provide for our school community a “continuity of care”.

Two programs that we have now implemented include:

  • Education/childcare services for Essential Service Workers. We had several staff who initially volunteered, and many who have now been temporarily re-assigned, to provide education/childcare services so the children of those on the front lines providing critical healthcare support to our community are cared for in a safe and caring manner. Under the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer’s pandemic response team, we have put procedures in place and have carefully structured the program so that our staff, and the children in their care, can experience a safe and healthy environment. In the coming weeks, we will look to expand this program to support other essential service workers deemed critical to preserving life, safety, and community.
  • Food Access Program. We are re-organizing our Food Access program to ensure that members of our school community who may be struggling during this challenging time have access to food supports. I would like to acknowledge and thank Save-on-Foods, who in partnership with the school district, has allowed us to provide more resources for our community. By working with Save-on-Foods and re-allocating our Community Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge (CommunityLINK) funds, we are able to provide children and families with access to grocery gift cards, and in a way that respects and maintains the privacy and dignity of all families. If you require assistance, please contact your school Principal.

We continue to evaluate the capacity of our District to provide additional support to children and their families, and I will communicate any program changes and additions with you.

At this time, I would also like to ask for your support. The District has been hearing concerns from members of our community about students who continue to gather in large groups on our school and municipal grounds. While we continue to communicate the importance of staying at home and maintaining a safe physical distance, with the arrival of warmer spring weather, we ask that you also reinforce this messaging and speak to your children about why this is important. Our Facilities and Planning team has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document that addresses why our school grounds are temporarily closed and who to contact if you observe unsafe physical distancing practices on our school grounds. We appreciate your support as we work to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, and school community.

Before I conclude, I would like to share some of the positive stories circulating throughout the community that involves our District. These examples capture the spirit of a community whose residents truly care for one another.

  • A parent from the Sherwood Park Elementary school community has donated $500 in grocery gift cards to support families in need.
  • Eastview Elementary “returned” from Spring Break to see that students had decorated the undercover area with messages of love and connection.
  • In a gesture supported by their respective Parent Advisory Councils, eight of our schools have donated 2,000+ disposable masks and 1,000 gloves to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
  • Numerous expressions of support for our District family have been shared on social media, using illustrations created by our Indigenous Education team and the hashtag #nvsdfamily.

I am proud of our staff, our students, their families, and the larger community, and am humbled by the outpouring of compassion and generosity shown these past few weeks. As we move forward together, the tolerance, patience, and mutual respect we have for each other will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our school community.


Mark Pearmain
Superintendent of Schools

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