LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS- SESSION #4

You are invited to join us in weekly zoom for Tel̓tel̓númut Cht. Tel̓tel̓númut Cht (Studying who we are) is a new program that our department will be offering to Nation Members. Each week we will have a special guest present on a specialized Sḵwx̱wú7mesh subject. Each session will end with time for questions & answers and a chance for participants to win door prizes.

Tel̓tel̓númut Cht session # 4 with – Skwetsimltxw iy Chepximiya Siyam, Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph & Chief Janice George
Subject: Weaving Through Time

Date: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Please email language_culture@squamish.net to register and receive the Zoom link. You must register for each session separately to receive the link.

Various subjects (but not limited to):
· Language – history, WAYK, other
· Canoe Carving/Pulling
· Sport – lacrosse
· Weaving – history, other
· Health
· Plants and medicine
· Fishing and hunting
· Sḵwx̱wú7mesh history
· Art – drawing, carving, other
· Amalgamation
· Culture – open
· Spirituality
· Politics
· Our land

If you have any questions, please contact language_culture@squamish.net

MEDIA RELEASE: MST Nations Support City of Vancouver’s Motion for Implementation of United Nations Indigenous Rights Declaration

Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (the MST Nations) proudly support Vancouver City Council in calling for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The motion calling for the implementation of the UN Declaration advances the work of reconciliation in the City of Vancouver and will meaningfully advance the successful relationship between the City of Vancouver and Indigenous peoples.

As the three First Nations with rights and title to Vancouver, the MST Nations have been supportive of the City of Vancouver’s approach to reconciliation and Indigenous relations, and have supported provincial and federal decisions to create frameworks for the UN Declaration implementation.

“It’s easy for colonizers or settlers to only engage in something when wealth is involved, as that’s the very thing that brought them here. It’s another thing for our people. Musqueam wasn’t brought here by wealth. We were created here, we belong here, and we were here before much of this land and resources were. Our connection is different and our need to engage comes from a different place. Our culture and language are not transportable. You can’t just “move” when things get bad. This is our home. The “Canadian” method of consumption has left us wanting and on the brink of environmental collapse. We have lived lives of balance that have guided us for millennia. It’s enshrined in your sχʷəy̓em̓. It’s these principles that Canada (and the world) needs to be able to last another century and beyond.”
– qiyəplenəxʷ – Councillor Howard E. Grant, Musqueam Indian Band

“The Squamish Nation proudly endorses the City of Vancouver joining the Province and potentially soon the Federal government in working with First Nations to implement the UN Declaration. This is a historic opportunity to build on our past successes and move into a new phase of recognizing, affirming, and implementing the human rights of Indigenous Peoples.”
– Spokesperson Khelsilem, Squamish Nation

“The City of Vancouver’s decision to implement the UN Declaration is a move that is strongly supported by Tsleil-Waututh Nation. As a Nation, we look forward to working with the City’s task force on the UN Declaration to work towards systemic change based on mutual understanding and respect for the human rights of Indigenous Peoples, for the benefit of present and future generations.”
– Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

The motion being submitted for Vancouver City Council consideration includes creating a task force with representation from the MST Nations and Vancouver City Council to work collaboratively on a high-level report with recommendations on the next steps to implement the UN Declaration in the City of Vancouver.

The MST Nations look forward to continuing to work with Vancouver City Council to advance this work for the benefit of Indigenous peoples living throughout the city of Vancouver.

CLICK HERE to view the Media Release

Personal Income Tax Service

Personal Income Tax Service- Elders & Members on Income Assistance

PwC is able to assist Elders and members on Income Assistance with non-complex income tax returns (i.e., no rental income or business income) for 2020. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the firm that conducts Squamish Nation’s external tax services. Please provide consent and return information by April 26th, 2021.

All services will be provided remotely (telephone and/or online) by PwC due to COVID-19 safety measures.

How can Elders and members on Income Assistance sign up:

If you had your return prepared in prior year by PwC:

You do not need sign up again, you will automatically receive a consent letter to have your return prepared this year by email or mail in the month of February.

If this is your first year having your return prepared by PwC:

Please fill out the intake form (preferred): www.squamish.net/taxreturnsupport

Or

Please call Lori Cummings at PwC at 604 495 8966 ext. 4465.

If you have any questions please call Lori at PwC, email taxreturns@squamish.net or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

For additional information and forms, visit: www.squamish.net/taxreturnsupport

Important Notice: Squamish Nation COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Last update: March 2, 2021

Vancouver Coastal Health and First Nations Health Authority have confirmed that the Squamish Nation will be receiving a first round of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for community the week of March 8, 2021. Please read this notice for important information, including who can get the vaccine at this time, how to book an appointment for the Squamish Valley and North Shore clinics, and what you need to know before your appointment. Visit the First Nations Health Authority website to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

We understand that some households may not have access to all forms of communication so we ask that you please share this information with your family and/or neighbours that may have barriers, and have them get in touch with the Yúustway Health and Wellness department.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine in the first round?

The first members who will get the COVID-19 vaccine are Elders 65+ and those with serious underlying health conditions such as:
• Lung disease
• Heart disease
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Diabetes
• Kidney disease
• Liver disease
• Dementia
• Stroke

This group also includes people living with a compromised immune system, including those:

• Living with an underlying medical condition, such as cancer
• Taking medications that lower the immune system (such as chemotherapy)
• Living with obesity (BMI of 40 or higher)

Once members in these groups have their appointments booked, we will continue booking vaccination appointments based on age, starting with those ages 55-64, then ages 45-54 etc., until all of the vaccine has been used.

Please note that this is only the first of several vaccine shipments. We are planning on holding clinics in the coming months to vaccinate all Squamish Nation members who want to receive the vaccine. We will provide updates as we have more information from the health authorities.

How do I book an appointment?

Yúustway Health and Wellness will be scheduling clients by appointment only for the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Please see below for more information about how to book an appointment for the Squamish Valley and North Shore clinics, and what you need to know before you go.

If you are unable to attend an on-reserve clinic, Indigenous people ages 65+ can attend book an appointment close to their residence starting March 8. The phone numbers are listed on the provincial government’s website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/seniors. Phones lines are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. PT. Those who live in the Fraser Health region have the option to book online. If a senior cannot call to book themselves, a family member, friend or support person can do so on their behalf. The immunization clinic location will be confirmed on the call.

Squamish Valley Clinic Information

Totem Hall 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11 am – 6 pm

To book an appointment for the Squamish Valley COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, please email svcovidinfo@squamish.net and include:

• Names of each household member over the age of 18
• Phone number and address
• Ages/birthdates of each member of the household
• PHN/Personal Health Numbers (CareCard) for each eligible member of the household

Once we receive this information, we will confirm eligibility and contact you to schedule an appointment time. If you do not have access to email and you would like to book an appointment at the Squamish Valley Clinic, please call 604-849-0191. Please leave a voicemail if you do not get through right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

North Shore Clinic Information

Chief Joe Mathias Centre 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 11 am – 7 pm
Friday, March 12, 2021 10 am – 2 pm

To book an appointment for the North Shore COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, please email covidinfo@squamish.net and include:

• Names of each household member over the age of 18.
• Phone number and address
• Ages/Birthdates of each member of the household
• PHN/Personal Health Numbers (CareCard) for each eligible member of the household

Once we receive this information, we will confirm eligibility and contact you to schedule an appointment time. If you do not have access to email and you would like to book an appointment at the North Shore Clinics, please call 604-318-0481 or 604-982-0332. Please leave a voicemail if you do not get through right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

What do I need to know before I go to the vaccination clinic?

Vaccinations are by appointment only. If you are late or miss your appointment, you will be put on a wait list for another time or date, and may not be able to receive your vaccine until a later date.
• Please eat something before your appointment.
• We will do our best to minimize wait times. Please dress for the weather in case of any line-ups outside the clinic.
• Remember to bring identification and your Personal Health Number (CareCard) with you.
• You will get the vaccine in your upper arm. Please make sure that you are wearing a short sleeved shirt.
• You will be required to wait for 15 minutes after you receive your vaccine.
• COVID-19 safety guidelines will be strictly followed at all clinics.
A medical mask will be given to you and you will need to wear it the entire time you are in the building.
• Only the person receiving the vaccine will be allowed into the building.
If you bring children, please make sure that someone is with you to look after them outside.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions regarding the vaccine please contact your family physician.

For questions regarding the vaccination clinics please contact:

North Shore: Yúustway Health 604-982-0332

Squamish Valley: Totem Hall 604-849-0191

FNHA Resources and Information:

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine

The facts about COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines- How they work

Education, Employment & Training Department- Tutoring and Workshops

Tutoring

Is your child(ren) in need of additional academic support for this school year 2020/2021? The SN Education, Employment, and Training Department has access for tutoring support, which is offered to both on-reserve and off-reserve members. During COVID-19, it has been a challenging time to learn and our team recognizes the request for additional helping hand up. This support is for students Kindergarten to Post-Secondary studies.

Call 604-982-7600 if you have any questions.

The contact for Post-Secondary students is cherie_baker@squamish.net.

CLICK HERE to view the Tutoring flyer for additional information

Autism Workshop

SN Education, Employment, and Training Department and AutismBC are co-hosting an Zoom workshop on Thursday, March 4th. We invite all SN members, guardians, and caregivers to join us to learn more about autism.

To register and for more information, call 604-982-7600 or sn_asa@squamish.net.

Workshop Details
Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Zoom

CLICK HERE to view the Autism Workshop flyer for additional information

Kurzweil for Education

Kurzweil Education, we believe every learner deserves the opportunity to develop the literacy skills that lead to academic and personal success.
What it does: offer learners new multisensory approaches to read, comprehend, synthesize, apply, and demonstrate their knowledge. With our support, they become independent, confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.

When learners are able to understand text on demand, use organizational and content management tools to jumpstart their written work, and demonstrate their knowledge, they can meet rigorous standards. They can unlock their true potential. Every learner deserves tools that help them unlock their potential. See attached flyer for additional information.

To sign up, contact catherine_wairimu@squamish.net or 604-982-7600.

CLICK HERE to view the Kurzweil for Education flyer

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