TAX PREPARATION SERVICE AVAILABLE NOW FOR ALL MEMBERS

CRA Filing Deadline – File before May 27, 2020
Please sign up before May 27th, 2020 in order to have your return filed before the CRA deadline of June 1st. If you sign up after May 27th we cannot guarantee your return will be filed by June 1st.

DO YOU NEED HELP PREPARING YOUR INCOME TAXES?

  • The Nation and our tax firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), are able to assist with non-complex “slip based” returns (i.e., no rental income, business income or complicated estate taxes)
  • All services will be provided remotely (telephone and/or online) by the Finance Department, with support from PwC, due to COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Signatures will be required to file tax returns and can either be obtained electronically or via hard copy where necessary.

How to access tax preparation support:

OR

  • Call Robert Michels at 604-982-8612 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm ONLY), or email Michael Pachkowski (PwC) michael.pachkowski@pwc.com PwC email will be answered during regular working hours. If sending an email for PwC, please indicate that it is related to the tax returns.

NOTE: The federal government announced that the regular April 30th filing deadline for personal tax returns has been extended to June 1st.

For more information, visit www.squamish.net/taxreturnsupport

If you have questions for the Finance Department not related to taxes, please call 604-980-4553.

Family Activity Packs for getting through COVID-19 together

Our friends at shíshálh have generously offered to share these fantastic resources for children and families to keep everyone busy, having fun, and informed during these difficult times.

There are loads of family-friendly activities inside, including scavenger hunts, literacy activities, colouring pages, and tips for talking to your kids about COVID-19.

Download Activity Pack 1 here.

Download Activity Pack 2 here.

Federal and Provincial COVID-19-related Funding Resource Guides

Many people from our community and all over Canada and the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal and provincial governments have introduced a number of emergency funding supports in response to this urgent need.

Want to access funding support, but don’t know where to start?

North Vancouver-Lonsdale MLA Bowinn Ma has put together an excellent summary of the COVID-19-related resources available through the Province of British Columbia and Government of Canada. Visit http://bowinnmamla.ca/covid19/supports/ to learn about what supports you and your family may be eligible for, and how to access them.

Outside of BC?

This resource outlines federal funding, as well as provincial funding and contact information for all provinces.

MEDIA RELEASE: Supreme Court of Canada denies leave for Squamish Nation to proceed with Federal Court of Appeal challenge to consider impacts of Trans Mountain Expansion Project on endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales

March 5, 2020, Squamish Territory (North Vancouver, BC) – The Squamish Nation is extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to deny leave for the Squamish Nation to proceed with an appeal of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to refuse to consider whether the federal government complied with its obligations to protect the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales from the impacts of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

“The stakes are at their highest for our Nation and our relationship to this iconic group of orcas – yew yews in the Squamish language. The National Energy Board recognized that the Southern Residents are at a critical state and the Project would visit significant adverse effects upon them through acoustic disturbance, vessel strikes, oil spills and cumulative effects. The courts have failed to ensure that Canada complies with its obligations to protect this critically endangered species before the Project goes ahead,” said Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson.

In November 2019, the Squamish Nation filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada for leave to appeal a decision of a single judge of the Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) that narrowed the grounds on which the Nation could challenge the re-approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The FCA judge limited Squamish’s judicial review to whether Canada fixed the flaws in Canada’s consultation on the Project found by the FCA in their 2018 decision, denying Squamish the ability to challenge the Project approval on the basis of the failure to comply with environmental legislation, including the obligations under the Species at Risk Act to protect the Southern Resident Killer Whale. Squamish sought leave to appeal because of the importance of this iconic group of orcas (of which only 73 remain) to the Nation.

The Trans Mountain Expansion Project poses a serious threat to Squamish’s home in Burrard Inlet, to the community’s continued reliance on the marine environment and to the survival of the Southern Resident Killer Whale – a species of cultural significance to Squamish that is recognized to be at a critical state.

The Squamish Nation remains deeply committed to ensuring that Canada respects and protects the rights of the Nation, including with respect to species of importance to the Nation, and fulfills its constitutional obligations to the Nation.

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

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.

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