North Shore Sea Level Rise Adaptive Management Strategy – Squamish Nation Member Open House – Wednesday, March 4

An open house will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Elder Centre (100 Mathias Road) from 1:30 to 2:30 for Elders and from 5 to 7:00PM for General Membership to discuss sea level rise, its potential impact on the Squamish Nation and to gather your thoughts on how the Nation should respond. Snacks and prizes will be provided!

Today, The Squamish Nation’s north shore lands are vulnerable to flooding from rising sea levels and more severe storms as a result of climate change.
More severe coastal flood events have the potential to damage community infrastructure, archaeological sites, and natural habitats along the waterfront. Flooding could also lead to power outages affecting buildings further inland. The risk of these impacts is expected to increase as sea levels continue to rise.

The Squamish Nation is working with neighbouring communities to develop a Sea Level Rise Adaptive Management Strategy for the north shore of Burrard Inlet to build resilience across the region. The Squamish Nation has a rich history of adapting to changes on our Lands since beyond recorded history. Our Uxwimixw cultural values and traditional knowledge are the foundation for our Nation’s resilience. The project looks out seven generations (200 years) to understand how sea level rise could affect members today, our grandchildren, and future generations. Adapting to sea level rise supports our long-term vision of self-sufficiency and a high quality of life for all our members.

For more information on the project, visit www.dnv.org/sea-level-rise-strategy.

A notice containing more information about sea level rise and the project is available for download here.

YÚUSTWAY HEALTH AND WELLNESS – COMMUNICATIONS & ENGAGEMENT PLANNING SURVEY

Squamish Nation members are invited to participate in a Yúustway Health & Wellness Department survey. This will help us improve our Communications and Engagement with the Squamish Nation community. We encourage ALL community members, both on and off-reserve, to complete this survey.

Visit https://www.squamish.net/health-engagement-survey/, or pick up a hard copy of the survey in-person at the Yúustway Health & Wellness office, the main admin building, or Totem Hall. Complete the survey before March 6, 2020 for a chance to win a FitBit Versa 2!

Federal Indian Day School Class Action Information for Squamish Nation Members

INDIAN DAY SCHOOL CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT MEETING

Date: Monday, February 10th, 2020 from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre

There will be a one hour presentation by Gowling WLG (law firm) and the remaining time will be for assisting community members with completing their Indian Day Schools Claim Forms.

The claims process is now open and Survivors can now take the next step by submitting a claim for compensation. The Approved Settlement provides direct compensation for eligible Survivors, in the range of $10,000 – $200,000, as well as support for families and communities through the establishment of a $200M Legacy Fund. The Settlement is for “Survivors who suffered harms while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools”. If you would like to participate in the Settlement, survivors must complete and submit a claim for compensation.

Class Members will have two and a half years to submit their Claim for compensation. The last day to submit a Claim will be July 13, 2022.

All Squamish Nation Survivors are encouraged to join us at the meeting on February 10th. Contact Monica Jacobs at 604-982-8607 if you have any questions.

After waiting many years for justice and recognition, the opening of the Claims Process is a major milestone in many Survivors’ lives. To assist Class Members in the process, a number of supports are available for Class Members:

Claims Process and Legal Support

You can call: 1-888-221-2898 for any questions about the Claim Form or Claims Process. You can get legal support and help filling out the Claim Form from Class Counsel.

Mental Health Counselling and Crisis Support

You can phone the Hope for Wellness Hotline: 1-855-242-3310

Visit this website for more information and online forms: http://www.indiandayschools.com/en/

This support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can seek online support and counselling: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/

North Vancouver Bus Schedule

Seymour IR Mailboxes 2:30 pm

Eslha7an LC 2:50 pm

Mission Road & 1st Street 3:00 pm

Jacobs & Jacobs 3:15 pm

Mathias & Rivers 3:20 pm

Ikwikws Road 3:25 pm

Squamish Valley residents, please call the Totem Hall reception at 604-892-5166 to secure transportation to the Chief Joe Mathias Centre for this meeting.

Press Release: SQUAMISH NATION REACTS TO FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL RULING ON FEDERAL CONSULTATION ON TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT

For Immediate Release

SQUAMISH NATION REACTS TO FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL RULING ON FEDERAL CONSULTATION ON TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PROJECT

February 4th, 2020, Vancouver, BC (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory) – The Squamish Nation is extremely disappointed with today’s Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision to uphold the second federal approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project. The Squamish Nation maintains that significant uncertainties and risks remain associated with the project in unceded Squamish Territory, and that these have not been adequately addressed to-date.

“There is a lot in the Federal Court of Appeal decision that concerns us. The TMX Project continues to be a threat to our coastline and community in the case of a pipeline leak or tanker spill. This project will harm our communities, our people, and the jobs our people rely on in the Vancouver area. Canada was ordered to try again at meaningfully consulting with our Nation, but treated us with the same contempt as the first time, when the Courts deemed that Canada’s attempt to consult ‘fell well short of the mark’,” said Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson.

The Nation will continue pursuing its separate legal challenge in the Supreme Court of Canada and work with its legal team to assess the full impact of today’s decision by the FCA. In the coming days and weeks, Squamish will be looking at options for appealing the decision.

The Squamish Nation has separately and previously sought leave to appeal the FCA’s September 4th, 2019 decision, which granted leave to six First Nations, including the Squamish Nation, but significantly limited the grounds upon which the First Nations could argue. In December 2019, the FCA heard the Squamish Nation’s challenges to the June 2019 Federal Cabinet re-approval of the TMX.

Today’s decision is one of many legal decisions to come that will decide the fate of the TMX Project.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:

Lauren Hutchison

Senior Communications Officer, Squamish Nation

604-363-4055

lauren_hutchison@squamish.net

Increased Dump Truck Traffic on Capilano I.R. No. 5 – North End of Ikwikws Road

The Nation is importing sand into the Parcel G site, Capilano IR No. 5. This coarse sand is being accepted from the new Lions Gate Treatment Plant site where it was previously used as preload on that site. The sand has been confirmed clean of any contamination and will be stockpiled adjacent to the proposed Phase 4 subdivision site for use in upcoming Nation capital projects.

The trucking of this sand is scheduled to commence around Monday, February 3, 2020 and be completed around mid-March 2020. See truck haul route map on page 2. During this work, the contractor will ensure minimal disruption to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic and minimal inconvenience to residents; however, signage directing new traffic detours will be placed if temporary road closures are required.

During construction, as well as after hours, for safety reasons we ask that you please refrain from entering the Parcel G site. We also ask that you ensure children do not enter or play on the site or equipment.

For more information on this project please stop by the housing office. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation in bringing this project to a successful completion.

For any project concerns or questions please call or email:
Housing Office: Tel: 604-904-7474; housing_office@squamish.net

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