December 9th, 2019, North Vancouver — The Squamish Nation is proud to announce the appointment of three Nation members and four independent board directors for the Nation’s new not-for-profit housing organization, Hiy̓ám̓ ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Housing Society (“Hiy̓ám̓ Housing”). The appointments are for two and four years.
The Squamish Nation established Hiy̓ám̓ Housing to lead the development of new affordable housing for the Squamish People. The organization will be mandated to develop multi-storey housing for a range of income levels, from ‘very low’ to ‘moderate’ incomes and more. Hiy̓ám̓ Housing will also be responsible for the property management of all housing units under its administration.
The following individuals have been appointed to the board for Hiy̓ám̓ Housing:
- Sierra Tasi Baker (Squamish Nation Member)
- Kirby Brown
- Norman Laube
- Christine Baker (Squamish Nation Member)
- Sarah Silva (Squamish Nation Member)
- Dave Baspaly
- Lilian Chau
For years, the Squamish Nation had lagged behind on building housing options for the Squamish People and addressing the housing crisis for our community. New housing has been built at a slow rate do to a lack of enforceable policies and procedures and lack of access to funding &
loans to financing new the construction of new housing.
Currently, 53% of Squamish Nation members are living off-reserve and often paying high market rents that make life unaffordable. The objective of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing is to provide different types of housing options, including affordable rentals tied to household income.
The Board of Directors will be responsible for approving policies, development plans, business plans, as well as hiring of a CEO to lead this work for Hiy̓ám̓ Housing. The organization will apply for new Provincial and Federal funding to support the development of new housing.
In September 2019, the Squamish Nation Council requested a staff report on six potential sites to transfer to Hiy̓ám̓ Housing in North Vancouver and the Squamish Valley. The report will come back in January 2020 and include next steps to support the develop of housing in our communities.
The development of Hiy̓ám̓ Housing will not impact or be involved in the annual allocation of 15 single detached houses from the Housing List as per the Housing Policy. It is intended as a new initiative, separate from the existing program.
Please be advised that our network and emails are currently down across the organization due to technical issues. We are working to resolve them as soon as possible.
Telephone lines are unaffected. Please call reception at 604-980-4553 if you need to reach a member of our staff and do not have their direct line.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this interruption in service.
Please be advised that the ‘Council Meeting – Members Day’ originally scheduled for next week has been cancelled. All matters brought forward by members are being dealt with by Council Co-Chairs and/or staff at this time.
Council will proceed with a regular Council meeting on Tuesday. The draft agenda will be posted once finalized.
The Christmas Hamper feast is made possible by staff at Squamish Nation and we acknowledge their continued generosity.
Criteria for applying:
- Squamish Nation member(s) living on reserve
- Low income families with small children
Please note: Households with current Squamish Nation Employee’s are NOT ELIGIBLE
Deadline Date: Wednesday December 11, 2019
DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE
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
Or email to: Eva_johnston@squamish.net