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North Vancouver, BC – Today, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) announces that the protections in the British Columbia Residential Tenancy Act (BCRTA) will be in place for the Sen̓áḵw development and for future on-reserve housing developments. Through the Government of Canada’s First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw has more control over economic development by using federal regulations for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh land that incorporate provincial rules.
By using FNCIDA to apply the BCRTA, the Nation can create one system for residential tenancy rules that applies to select housing developments on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh reserve lands as well as Sen̓áḵw. Tenants moving into any of these properties will be protected by the BCRTA as they would in any other rental property in the province. This includes important protections for renters such as:
This will benefit both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents of the reestablished village of Sen̓áḵw and will be introduced to three affordable housing developments on-reserve land in North Vancouver, managed by Hiy̓ám Housing:
Adopting FNCIDA legislation helps the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw meet its housing needs, raise standards in the community, and successfully manage development projects.
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For more on the Act and FNCIDA Regulations, visit the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act webpage.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (also known as the Squamish Nation) is a unity of the Squamish Peoples with an uplifting culture, rich history, and exciting future. The Nation is an innovative Indigenous government that uses its resources to provide, guide, and protect the Squamish territory and Squamish People. The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Stélmexw (Squamish People) continue to reside in the area now described as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The largest proportion of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Members live in several urban reserve communities in the present-day cities of Vancouver, North and West Vancouver and the municipality of Squamish, B.C. Over 47 per cent of the nearly 4100 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Members live on-reserve, and membership is determined by guidelines set out in the Squamish Nation Membership Code. The Nation has never ceded or surrendered title to its lands, rights to its resources or the power to make decisions within its territory. Learn more: squamish.net/about-our-nation.