Call for Applicants: Squamish Nation Electoral Commission Members

Call For Applicants: Squamish Nation Electoral Commission Members (Four year term)

Squamish Nation approved a new Election & Referendum Law to oversee elections and referendums for the Squamish Nation. At this time, the Squamish Nation is looking for seven members to be appointed to the Electoral Commission. According to the Squamish Nation Election and Referendum Law, the Electoral Commission has the authority over, and is responsible for, elections and referendums conducted by the Squamish Nation.

On the Commission, you will:

  • Implement law and regulations to ensure fair, transparent, and successful Squamish Nation elections.
  • Review documents from potential candidates.
  • Select the Electoral Officer for the next election and voting methods.
  • Help increase voter turn-out in Squamish Nation elections.

The Electoral Commission is appointed by Council and must consist of 7 Squamish Nation member as follows:

  One (1) elder over 65

  One (1) youth under 29

  One (1)  individual who resides on Mission IR #1 or Seymour IR #2

  One (1)  individual who resides on Capilano IR #5

  One (1)  individual who resides in the Squamish Valley

  Two (2)  individuals who do not reside on any of the Squamish Nation reserves.

Selection will be based on education, background, experience, and ability to work collaboratively. Please consider applying to support the good governance of the Squamish Nation.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  DECEMBER 16, 2019

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Squamish Nation Council
Attention:  Eva Johnston
320 Seymour Blvd
North Vancouver, BC 
V7J 273

Or email to: Eva_johnston@squamish.net

Audit Update

(A signed copy of the letter below was delivered to all members, on and off-reserve, last month.)

To: Squamish Nation Membership

From: Chris Mullen, Director of Finance

Date: October 18, 2019

Re: Audit Update

I am pleased to announce several significant steps taken by the Squamish Nation Council and Finance Department to further instill trust, confidence and transparency into the Nation’s financial affairs.

Forensic Audit Services

On September 20, 2019 the Squamish Nation Council appointed KPMG LLP (KPMG) to perform Forensic Audit Services as outlined in the Nation’s Request for Proposal issued on August 16, 2019.  The Evaluation Committee responsible for selecting the professional services firm to perform the Forensic Audit Service was comprised of members of the Finance and Audit Committee as well as the Director of Finance. The Squamish Nation Council appointed me, in my capacity as the Director of Finance, to be the project manager and point person, coordinating with both KPMG and external legal counsel throughout the engagement.

We are honoured to have the opportunity to respond to the calls from Membership to take these very important steps and look forward to providing details of the results of the Forensic Audit Services at the conclusion of the engagement.

Annual Audit and Tax Services

On October 11, 2019 the Squamish Nation Council appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) as the Auditor and Tax Service provider for the Squamish Nation and its commercial businesses for the years ended March 31, 2020 (for the Nation audit) and December 31, 2019 (for the commercial entity audits). This decision was made by the Squamish Nation Council with recommendations made from members of the Finance and Audit Committee as well as the Director of Finance. The Squamish Nation and PwC will conclude on a one-year agreement for services, with an option to extend for up to four (4) additional years (as mutually agreed by the Nation and PwC). We believe that after working with Deloitte for a number of years, the appointment of PwC as the new Auditor and Tax Service provider will bring fresh ideas, approaches, and advice to provide more meaningful and timely information to membership.

Sincerely,

Chris Mullen, CPA, CA,
Director of Finance

Please Join Us – Balanced Housing Lab

The Challenge:

Many people who work on the North Shore are not able to afford to live here. This includes people of all ages who work in education, health care, the service industry, emergency response, and other areas that are critical to a thriving community.

The City of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, and Squamish Nation are exploring this question:

How might we…

Co-create housing solutions that address the ability of middle-income earners to find suitable, affordable housing in the City of North Vancouver, Squamish Nation and the District of West Vancouver?

Click here for info on how to get involved: Download BHL Notice

People’s Assembly Postponed to January 26, 2020

Dear Squamish Nation Members,

This notice is to inform members that the next People’s Assembly (formerly called “General Meeting”)—originally scheduled for November 17,
2019—has been postponed to January 26, 2020. The postponement is due to the fact that no member resolutions were submitted.

NEXT PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020
TOTEM HALL
12:00 PM START

To submit a resolution:
Complete the Resolution Drafting Template (download here)
Email it to Eva_Johnston@squamish.net or drop off at the main office.

If you require assistance with preparing a resolution, please contact any member of Council or the Council Co-Chairs.

In the meantime, we invite members to join us at the upcoming Sen̓áḵw Development Project information sessions:

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 from 4-8PM
Chief Joe Mathias – 100 Capilano Rd, NV

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 from 12-4PM
Ramada Southcenter – 15901 W Valley Hwy, Tukwila WA

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 from 2-6PM
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Rd, Squamish

Monday, Nov 25, 2019 from 2-6PM
Cowichan Tribes Dining Hall – 5574 River Rd, Duncan

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 from 4-8PM
Chief Joe Mathias – 100 Capilano Rd, NV

SQUAMISH NATION ELDERS/YOUTH INFORMATION SESSIONS

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 from 3:30-6:30PM
Park Royal Cineplex – 3000 Park Royal S, WV

SQUAMISH NATION STAFF INFORMATION SESSIONS

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 from 12-1:30PM 
Chief Joe Mathias – 100 Capilano Rd, NV

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019  from 12-1:30PM
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Rd, Squamish

LIVE STREAM WITH COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 6PM
Squamish Nation Facebook Page

Also stay tuned for details of budget consultation sessions taking place in early 2020.

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