BudgetTalks

Each year the Nation develops a budget which outlines operating revenue and expenditure, cash flow, and capital expenditures. In other words, the budget sets out how much money the Nation expects to receive and how much to spend to provide programs and services as well as invest in our Members’ future.  

From programs and events, to strategic projects and staffing costs, the budget outlines all resources required for the next fiscal year. Members are invited to participate in shaping the direction of the budget and gain an understanding of how it benefits them, as well as future generations. 

Scroll through the timeline below to learn more about the budget cycle and get involved in the development of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Budget 2023-2024.

tem yetwán (May) - tem ḵw’élemexw (July) 2022
Education
The process begins with sharing the current year's budget after it is approved by Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council).

Department highlights are shared publicly while the more detailed confidential Budget Memo is available for Members to view by logging in at www.squamish.net/finance-budgets.

The Director of Estx̱wáy̓usem (Finance & IT) presented Budget 2022-2023 at the tem ḵw’élemexw (July) 16 People’s Assembly.
tem yetwán (May) - tem ḵw’élemexw (July) 2022
tem t’áḵa7 (August) - tem cháyilhen (September) 2022
Input
Members are invited to help shape the next year's budget through online and in-person opportunities.

A short five minute survey for Budget 2023-2024 is open now. Complete it today for a chance to win a prize!
tem t’áḵa7 (August) - tem cháyilhen (September) 2022
tem ch’áatl’am (October) - etl’ím lhḵaych’ (December) 2022
Planning
Directors begin writing their budget proposals and working with Estx̱wáy̓usem (Finance & IT) to finalize them.

The results of the survey and any other engagement is provided to Directors to help them understand Members' priorities.
tem ch’áatl’am (October) - etl’ím lhḵaych’ (December) 2022
tem lhawt’ (March) 2023
Approval
The budget is presented to Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw and approved.

Then the cycle begins again!
tem lhawt’ (March) 2023

Current Engagement Opportunities

Complete the BudgetTalks 2023-2024 survey for a chance to win a gift card! The survey should only take about five minutes to fill out.

The information collected will be provided to Directors who will use it to help plan their department budgets. A summary of the responses will also be posted to this webpage once the survey has closed.