NEWS RELEASE: FIRST NATIONS “EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED” BY SUPREME COURT OF CANADA’S REFUSAL TO HEAR TMX APPEAL, BUT VOW TO KEEP FIGHTING

July 2, 2020 – Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – The Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Coldwater Indian Band have been denied leave to appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada. These three First Nations have fought and challenged the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project twice at the Federal Court of Appeal.

“We are extremely disappointed by today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Chief Leah George-Wilson. “This case is about more than a risky pipeline and tanker project; it is a major setback for reconciliation. It reduces consultation to a purely procedural requirement that will be a serious barrier to reconciliation.”

Although today’s decision marks the end of the road for this legal challenge, First Nations have vowed to explore all legal options to protect their rights, land, water and climate.

“To say we are disappointed in this decision is an understatement,” said Syeta’ xtn (Chris Lewis), Squamish Nation Spokesperson and Councillor. “Indigenous peoples have a constitutional right to meaningful consultation and accommodation, and the courts must scrutinize that process. The Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to let the federal government be the judge and jury of its own consultation efforts was flawed in so many ways, and we are shocked to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has failed to recognize that. Though this particular challenge is now over, we will continue to exercise all available options to hold the government to a higher standard, both for this project and for future projects in our territories.”

“We’re not deterred and are exploring all legal options. What I can tell you today is that this not the end of the story,” said Chief George-Wilson.

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Squamish Nation first began legal action in 2014 against the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project. Since the Nations’ 2018 win at the Federal Court of Appeal, they have continued to work to protect their lands and waters. Today’s decision does not change that mandate.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Tsleil-Waututh Nation:
Cassie Brondgeest, Communications Officer
media@twnation.ca or 604-358-4055

Squamish Nation:
Lauren Hutchison, Senior Communications Officer
lauren_hutchison@squamish.net or 604-363-4055

Lu’ma Native Housing Society RFP- Building Art Projects

The Lu’ma Native BCH Housing Society is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) from Indigenous organizations, Indigenous individual Artists, and Indigenous teams of Artists. The RFPs are for artwork that will be displayed on buildings currently under construction in Vancouver, BC.

Please view and download the below RFPs for full details regarding design context, artist eligibility, art locations, and selection process:

Lu’ma – RFP 950 Main Street- Building Art Project

Lu’ma – RFP 3819 Boundary Road – Building Art Project

Submit Proposals in a high quality digital format by Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Late submissions will not be considered.

Submissions of Proposals must be sent to:

Blair Bellerose
Development Manager
Lu’ma Development Management
1848 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5N 4A5

Email: blair@lumadevelopment.ca

Note: When sharing large digital files online, you may consider using a file sharing services such as Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive. Alternatively, you can mail a USB flash drive, CD, or DVD to Lu’ma Development Management.

For questions and additional information, contact blair@lumadevelopment.ca

Lu’ma Development Management website: https://lumadevelopment.ca/news

Summer Fun 2020 Registration Open

We are happy to announce that the CJMC will be offering Summer Fun this year. The program will however look very different to ensure that safety protocols and guidelines are being followed.

Please note four significant changes to this year’s Summer Fun Camp:

  1. Age groups
    a. 7 year olds
    b. 8-9 year olds
    c. 10-12 year olds
  2. Two camps per age group will run this summer, you are only allowed to register your child in ONE camp (July or August dates).
  3. 15 children MAXIMUM per age group. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis.
  4. Transportation will ONLY be provided for those who live on Upper & Lower Mission Reserve.

Download the form: Summer Fun Registration Form

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Submit completed Registration Forms by:
Email: rec@squamish.net
Drop off in person at Chief Joe Mathias Centre

We ask that you please read the Registration Form carefully, in order to understand what measures Recreation is taking to ensure the safety of our campers and what is expected of children and parents who register.

Please direct any questions regarding Summer Fun to Justine Sobell, Interim Manager, Recreation at justine_sobell@squamish.net.

Training & Trades Centre Courses

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the trades industry? There are a few upcoming courses at the Training & Trades Centre this summer. All courses include a work practicum to get hands-on experience.

Courses:

Introduction to Plumbing

Course Dates: July 13- September 25, 2020

Course Poster: Introduction to Plumbing

Carpentry Level 1 Program (ITA Accredited)

Course Dates: July 20- November 20, 2020

Course Poster: Carpentry Level 1 Program

Plumbing Level 1 Program (ITA Accredited)

Course Dates: August 17- December 18,202

Course Poster: Plumbing Level 1 Program 

Click here to download the Application Form (Printing)

Click here to download the Application Form (Fillable PDF)

For more information, contact:

Phone: 604-980-7946

Email: tradescentre@squamish.net

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