COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE- February 22

COMMUNITY CASES

There are active cases in the community. We must continue to follow all of the general COVID safety protocols. Keep up the good work of continuing to keep your bubbles small and protecting our community, as well as our loved ones.

COVID-19 VACCINE TIMING UPDATE

We do not yet know when the Squamish Nation will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. That said, we want to reassure our members that we are planning carefully so that the vaccination process is safe, comfortable and efficient.

We are in frequent contact with health officials and will continue to update to the community as we get more information. This includes providing members who live off-reserve with information about how they can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINES

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have undergone rigorous clinical testing and Health Canada has approved them as safe for use. Both vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response.

If after receiving the vaccine, you are exposed to COVID-19 or COVID-19 enters your body, your immune system knows exactly what to do because it recognizes the coronavirus as a foreign substance and will know how to destroy the virus before it can make you sick.

After you are vaccinated, you might feel some pain around where you received your injection and mild flu-like symptoms. These are signs that your vaccine and your immune system are working. The vaccines don’t include any part of the virus. After receiving the vaccine your cells make the spike protein, the cells destroy the mRNA.

VACCINE CONCERNS

We recognize that some members may be concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine. It is important to seek information from reliable sources:

FNHA COVID-19 Information: www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/communicable-disease-control/coronavirus
BCCDC Website: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

If you are concerned about COVID-19 or the vaccine, reach out to a health professional, physician or a nurse for more information. Contact Yúustway Health & Wellness at 604-982-0332 and Kal’numet Primary Care at 604-985-2052 to be connected to the information you need.

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND MEMBER SUPPORT

If you test positive for COVID-19, you are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. If you came into contact with someone who tested positive, were exposed to COVID-19 or have been advised by Vancouver Coastal Health, you are also required to stay home (quarantine) and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

If you have tested positive or been exposed and have any questions regarding self-isolation periods, please call 8-1-1.

The Nation does not receive names of confirmed cases or members advised to self-isolate/quarantine. Please reach out to us if you require support.

Squamish Nation members can call the Member Services Department to receive emergency assistance and care while you isolate: 604-982-7610 during office hours or 604-505-3776 after hours.

PHONE NUMBERS

Member Services Department: 604-982-7610 during office hours or
604-505-3776 after hours.

Yúustway Health & Wellness: 604-982-0332

Kal’numet Primary Care: 604-985-2052

Language and Cultural Specialists

ATTENTION: Knowledge Keepers and Specialists of Skwxwú7mesh Language & Culture

The Squamish Nation receives requests for various types of events, openings, ceremonies and workshop facilitators.

If you would like to be added to our resource list and are interested in being on-call for an opportunity, please complete the below Submission Form and send it to our Ta na wa Ns7éyxnitm ta Snew̓ íyelh (Language and Cultural Affairs) Department.

Below is a list of common types of ongoing requests that our department receives:

• Traditional Welcomes
• Speakers for various ceremonies/events
• Opening Prayers
• Performers – Dancers (individual/group)
• Singers (individual/group)
• Weavers – cedar & wool
• Drum Makers
• Storytellers
• Historians
• Gatherers and Preparers of Food & Medicines
• Plant and medicine knowledge
• Artists (Logo designs, welcome figures, etc.)
• Workshop facilitators – schools, departments, other

CLICK HERE to download the Language Cultural Specialists Submission Form

Send Submissions to:

Melina Joseph, Cultural Coordinator
Email: melina_joseph@squamish.net or language_culture@squamish.net

Drop off in person:
320 Seymour Blvd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2J3
Ta na wa Ns7éyxnitm ta Snew̓ íyelh (Language and Cultural Affairs) Department

Capilano Littlest Ones School Application Form

We are accepting applications to the Xwemélch’stn Estimxwawtxw Capilano Littlest Ones School for the 2021-2022 school year.

CLICK HERE to download the Capilano Littlest Ones School Application Form

Submit the completed application form by:

Email: capilano littleones@gmail.com

Fax: 604-929-4390

Drop off at the Xwemélch’stn Estimxwawtxw Capilano Littlest Ones School

Our Process:

  1. Applications will be placed in order received.
  2. Families will be notified on June 1st, 2021 of your child/s acceptance. Then a formal registration package will be issued to complete along with supporting documentation.
    a. Date the application is received and classroom composition will determine your child’s placement.

Note: Current families attending the school will not need to re-register. We ask that you contact the school if you are not planning to return or to update information.

Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns at 604-985-1515.

CN Rail Issues in Squamish Nation Community

RE: CN Rail Issues in Squamish Nation Community

Dear Squamish Nation Members:

On October 3, 2020 we had an opportunity to meet virtually with senior executives from CN. We are pleased that CN has agreed to talk with the Squamish Nation about rail operations and the short- and long-term solutions to the impacts of rail operations around our Squamish Nation communities.

Since that meeting, the Squamish Nation has collected community feedback via survey. This survey gave us information needed to understand the impact of CN Rail-related disturbances on residents. This community feedback has been invaluable for identifying specific details related to how our Members have been negatively impacted by CN Rail’s activities. Squamish Nation will inform CN of the community feedback in early March 2021.

From Eslhá7an to Yekwaupsum, we heard your concerns and learned of how CN’s activities have negatively impacted your lives and the lives of your loved ones. We have heard from you of how these noises have compromised the sleep of little ones; how these activities increased anxieties and stress of families; and how the constant shaking resulting from the stopping and compacting of cars disrupts our late families resting in peace.

Although there have been some noted improvements in the past few years brought on by political pressure and cooperation with other governments, we know that there is still much more to do. We thank you for taking part in our survey, and for continuing to shine light on changes that need to be made.

We acknowledge the importance of goods movement by rail for the regional economy. At the same time, there is a clear need for CN to review their disruptive activities. They must review their conduct such as shunting and idling for hours immediately adjacent to homes. They must ensure the rail and the residents of our Squamish Communities can co-exist successfully. On several occasions over past two winters, locomotives were left idling continuously for more than 24 hours directly adjacent to homes in Eslhá7an, a community that predates the rail by centuries. This is unacceptable.

Over the past several years, CN has progressed on various initiatives to reduce noise, such as train whistling cessation and rail lubrication to reduce trail wheel noise. While these efforts have created some improvements, more change is needed to respond to the concerns of our Squamish People. Further, we want to see better communications from CN Rail. So far, we have experienced a lack of acknowledgement or follow-up when submitting messages to the CN Community Complaints Phone line.

We believe that through effective communications, a desire to understand the issues experienced both by CN and the adjacent communities, and a deep commitment to explore and act on operational alternatives, we can reduce the negative impacts of the rail on adjacent communities.

Our next steps are to:

  1. Send a co-authored letter with the City of North Vancouver to the Vice President of CN’s Western Operations asking for a second meeting with CN staff to share our community survey results.
  2. Appoint a senior staff member with our Planning & Capital Projects Department to be our new representative for the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee, which addresses community concerns related to industrial activity in our respective neighbourhoods.
  3. Co-develop an advocacy strategy with the City of North Vancouver to call for Provincial and Federal support for our community concerns regarding these issues

Further, we are demanding the following from CN:

  1. Immediate change in operational procedures to ensure no locomotive idling occurs adjacent to residential properties and do not occur within the Squamish Nation lands of Eslhá7an.
  2. Active participation in talks with the Squamish Nation and the City of North Vancouver. These talks are to explore areas for improved understanding and issue management.

Thank you for your commitment to working collaboratively with our Squamish Nation staff to resolve these concerns. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress and results as we move forward in this process.

Huy chexw a,

Peter Baker
Director, Rights & Title Department
Squamish Nation

Bob Sokol
Director, Planning & Capital Project Department
Squamish Nation

CLICK HERE to view the CN Rail Issues in Squamish Nation Community Letter

New Language & Culture Program for Members

Ta na wa Ns7éyx̲nitm ta Snew̓íyelh- Language & Cultural Affairs

You are invited to join us in weekly zoom for Tel̓tel̓númut Cht

Tel̓tel̓númut Cht (Studying who we are) is a new program that our department will be offering to Nation Members. Each week we will have a special guest present on a specialized Sḵwx̱wú7mesh subject. Each session will end with time for questions & answers and a chance for participants to win door prizes.

Various subjects (but not limited to):
· Language – history, WAYK, other
· Canoe Carving/Pulling
· Sport – lacrosse
· Weaving – history, other
· Health
· Plants and medicine
· Fishing and hunting
· Sḵwx̱wú7mesh history
· Art – drawing, carving, other
· Amalgamation
· Culture – open
· Spirituality
· Politics
· Our land

Please join us!
Wa ḵwéy̓ḵwaystumulh ta swa7amcht (Our ancestors are speaking to us)
Facilitated by: Iyál, Vanessa Campbell
Date: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Place: Zoom (details discussed upon registration)
To register please contact:
language_culture@squamish.net

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