WLNG/FORTISBC Questionnaire- Sept. 30

A reminder, we’re asking Squamish Nation members to complete the Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC Questionnaire by September 30th.

This questionnaire is specific to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw members and was developed by the Rights & Title Department along with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Environmental Working Groups for the Woodfibre LNG project and the FortisBC pipeline project.

These projects were approved by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both companies (WLNG and FortisBC) have proposed changes to the project design that require Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw approval (and approval from provincial or federal governments).

CLICK HERE to start the questionnaire.

Questionnaire deadline: September 30, 2020

BC River Forecast Centre- High Streamflow Advisory – Vancouver, Howe Sound, and Sea-to-Sky

There is a High Streamflow Advisory, which means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Please be extra cautious around rivers and streams at this time.

High Streamflow Advisory- Vancouver Island and South Coast

ISSUED: 10:00AM September 23, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:
• West Vancouver Island
• North Vancouver Island
• Sunshine Coast
• Howe Sound and Sea-to-Sky including the Lillooet River
• North Shore Mountains
• Metro-Vancouver
• Fraser Valley tributaries including the Chilliwack River

A series of storms is expected to impact the British Columbia coast over the next several days. The first system begins today and will continue into Thursday, with following systems passing again later Friday and into the weekend.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region, with forecasted rainfall totals for the first storm in the 25-40mm range for Vancouver Island, with amounts exceeding 100mm over West Vancouver Island, and 30-50mm for the South Coast with higher amounts in the mountains.

These storms will mark a significant shift in streamflow runoff conditions which have been dominated by drier summer patterns for the past several weeks. Rivers are expected to rise rapidly in response to rainfall on Wednesday, with peak flows from the first storm expected late-Wednesday or Thursday, with larger rivers expected to reach peak levels later on Thursday or into Friday. Current hydrologic modelling is indicating the potential for streamflow in the 2-year to 5-year flows in some areas which can lead to localized issues and minor flooding.

Additional storm cycles into the weekend will bring additional periods of high streamflow; advisories will be updated to reflect anticipated conditions as we approach the weekend.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

CLICK HERE to see the current conditions and advisories.

KPMG Forensic Audit Update


Click here to download a letter to membership (note: download is restricted to logged-in members only) on behalf of Squamish Nation Council (“Council”), further to the Director of Finance’s letter of October 18, 2019, to update membership on the outcome and next steps followings the forensic audit undertaken by KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) between October 2019 and June 2020 (the “Audit”).

This confidential update is also being delivered to all member households, on and off-reserve.

Please direct any questions regarding the update to communications@squamish.net.

Notice of Rental Housing Construction: Fourplex and Duplex on Capilano IR #5

Squamish Nation Members have repeatedly ranked housing as their number 1 priority.

In recent years, demand has increased for a range of housing types to support smaller families. In response, the Squamish Nation Council has approved for construction six rental town house units on Capilano IR5.

The six units will be constructed within a fourplex at 210 Lawa Avenue and a duplex at 320 Khatsalano Road. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.

It is anticipated that construction will take approximately 6 months and the units will be ready for occupancy in April 2021.

Construction on the buildings will commence around October 1. Should you have any questions, please contact the Housing Office at 604-904-7474 or housing_office@squamish.net.

CLICK HERE to read the Notice of Rental Housing Construction

FNHA: Information on Wildfire Smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The First Nations Health Authority shared the below information regarding the wildfire smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Information on Wildfire Smoke and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Air quality has deteriorated throughout BC recently as a result of wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California. The air quality health index (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/bcairquality/data/aqhi-table.html) is currently “high” or “very high” risk for much of BC, with the worst air quality closest to the U.S. border.

Reducing your exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect your health. When the skies are smoky, stay indoors as much as possible, avoid exercising outdoors, and avoid doing activities that may cause further indoor or outdoor air pollution. N95 masks should be reserved for health care professionals during the pandemic, and not be a primary means of reducing smoke exposure.

The FNHA recommends First Nations communities create cleaner air spaces, where individuals can find relief from wildfire smoke. FNHA Environmental Health Officers can support First Nations communities in identifying these spaces, which may already exist in your community. If you are at high risk and are unable to access a community cleaner air space due to mobility or access issues, the FNHA can support with procurement of HEPA (“High Efficiency Particulate Air”) filters or provide information on how to build your own air cleaner. Contact your Environmental Health Officer for more information: environmental.health@fnha.ca

About Wildfire Smoke
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of chemicals and pollutants that is harmful to human health. Smoke can cause coughing, and eye and lung irritation and inflammation. It can also reduce your ability to fight off respiratory infections. Individuals exposed to wildfire smoke may be more susceptible to COVID-19 and may have more severe cases of COVID-19 if they become infected.

Individuals with higher health risks related to wildfire smoke include those who have existing conditions such as asthma, COPD, or other lung or respiratory diseases (including COVID-19); pregnant women; and those who are immunocompromised.

Disasters like wildfires and the current pandemic affect individuals in many ways, including strains on our emotional and mental wellness. During this challenging time, remember to check in with yourself and your loved ones, especially Elders, children and those who may be more at risk.

CLICK HERE to view the FNHA Wildfire Smoke Notice

Visit the FNHA Website for Additional Resources: https://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/news/information-on-wildfire-smoke-and-the-covid-19-pandemic

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