Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation Update Letter

Re: Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation Update Letter

Dear Squamish Nation Members:

As you are aware, the Squamish Nation is moving forward with the process of transitioning its current businesses to Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation (“Nch’kaỷ”). It’s important to note that even though it is independent, Nch’kaỷ is fully owned by the Squamish Nation.

Following up on previous updates to membership about Nch’kaỷ, this letter is to provide you with a general update about the transition process and to answer some common questions about what it means.

The current phase of the Nch’kaỷ reorganization is anticipated to close March 1, 2021 and will see our marinas and retail businesses transferred to Nch’kaỷ. Specifically transferring in this phase are the following active businesses:
• Lynnwood Marina
• Mosquito Creek Marina
• Squamish Valley Gas Bar
• North Van Gas Bar (Superstore)
• Smoke Shop
• Fuel Wharf

What is Nch’kaỷ?

Nch’kaỷ was established in 2018 as the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation. Its mandate is to develop, manage and own the active businesses of the Nation, and was created to allow for the separation of business and politics within the Nation.
The name Nch’kaỷ was chosen as a reference to the Great Flood – the flood that forced Squamish Nation ancestors to tie their canoes to the highest mountain in the territory, Mount Garibaldi, in order to survive. You can learn more about Nch’kaỷ by visiting www.squamish.net/nchkay, where you can read the update distributed to Membership by mail in December 2020.

Why is Nch’kaỷ being created?

Nch’kaỷ is being created to better ensure the clear separation between politics and business operations at the Squamish Nation and to best promote the effective operation of Squamish Nation businesses. Eventually, Nch’kaỷ will hold and manage all Nation businesses. It is common and generally regarded as a best practice for Indigenous Nations to have separate Economic Development Corporations (EDCs) for their business operations.

What is the structure of Nch’kaỷ?

The Squamish Nation Council went through an extensive process with a professional search firm to ensure an exceptional leadership team at Nch’kaỷ. Nch’kaỷ is overseen by a seven person Board of Directors. The Nch’kaỷ CEO, Toby Baker, reports to the Board. More details on the Nch’kaỷ Board structure and Directors’ backgrounds can be found at www.squamish.net/nchkay.

What will happen to existing assets or businesses owned by the Squamish Nation (for example, Lynnwood Marina and the Smoke Shop) after the transition?

It’s important to note that even though it is independent, Nch’kaỷ is fully owned by the Squamish Nation. Assets and businesses currently owned by the Squamish Nation will be held and operated by Nch’kaỷ, the Nation’s fully-owned economic development corporation.

How does this transition affect employees?

No Squamish Nation employees will lose their jobs as a result of the transfer of our active business assets to Nch’kaỷ. Employees will maintain their current jobs and terms of employment, including their length of service.

Squamish Nation has been working with Nch’kaỷ to ensure a stress-free and seamless transfer and that all affected employees are supported throughout this process. Squamish Nation has conducted information sessions with affected employees to provide them with specific information about Nch’kaỷ and the transfer process and, together with Nch’kaỷ, will continue to ensure they are supported and their questions are answered.

Chet kw’enmantúmi (we thank you),

Skwetsi7meltxw, Joshua Joseph, Council Co-Chair
Tiyáltelut, Kristen Rivers, Council Co-Chair

CLICK HERE to download the Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation Update Letter

NCH’ḴAY̓ DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Nch’ḵay̓ was established in 2018 as the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation. Its mandate is to develop, manage and own the active businesses of the Nation, and was created to allow for the separation of business and politics within the Squamish Nation. It’s important to note that Nch’kaỷ is fully owned by the Squamish Nation.

The Nch’ḵay̓ Group’s purpose is to support the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw by generating wealth and creating prosperity from economic opportunities for current and future generations of the Nation in a manner that respects the Snewayelh and Nexwniw of the Nation and upholds the spirit and intent of the Amalgamation.

CLICK HERE to read the Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation Update

CLICK HERE to read the Sen̓áḵw 2020 Year in Review

If you have questions about the Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation, email denby_greenslade@nchkay.com.

If you have questions about Sen̓áḵw, email senakw@nchkay.com or visit the website https://senakw.com.

Stitsma Career Centre’s Weekly Job Flyers

Stitsma Career Centre’s Weekly Job Flyers February 1-5, 2021! These are just a few of the opportunities available.

CLICK HERE to view the Squamish Valley Weekly Job Flyer

CLICK HERE to view the North Vancouver Weekly Job Flyer

Please call Barb at 604-985-7711 or email stitsma_career@squamish.net, as they may have other opportunities available through their various business partnerships. If you are looking for assistance with your resume or finding your passion, give the Stitsma Career Centre a call at 604-985-7711.

Devan at the Stitsma Career Centre may have new employment opportunities or wage subsidy work experience opportunities in Squamish. For assistance with job applications or finding employment, please call 604-848-2202 or email stitsma_career@squamish.net to make an appointment.

Squamish Nation Receive Funding to Connect Youth to Land-based Learning Opportunities

The Sḵwx̱wu7mesh Úxwumixw has received a donation of $25,000 from the G3 Terminal Vancouver for youth programming. Ta7lnew̓ás Education, Employment & Training Department plans to use the funds to offer a youth environmental training program, which will connect youth to land-based learning in their territory.

This program supports the Squamish Nation’s goal of empowering its people with education from childhood to prepare them for the jobs needed for Squamish Nation businesses and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

“G3 Terminal Vancouver is proud to support this initiative to provide education and training for Squamish Nation students,” says Nick Willcox, Terminal Manager with G3 Terminal Vancouver.

“We believe that environmental education is essential for youth and hope this program can help inspire participants to build a better future.”

The youth environmental training will be available in early spring/summer 2021 in the Squamish Valley, and will be inclusive of Squamish Nation Youth who live on- and off-reserve. The focus will be teaching Squamish youth about the range of careers in the environment sector.

The Squamish Nation Education, Employment & Training Department will provide additional information about the training program and registration later.

If you have any further questions, please call 604-982-7600 and speak with Lisa Newman.

Contact Information:
Lisa Newman (Paull), Manager, Advocacy Support Assessment
Phone: 604-982-7600
Email: lisa_newman@squamish.net

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