Call for Advisory Committee Applicants

CALL FOR APPLICANTS:

Squamish Valley Advisory Committee (10)
Off-Reserve Advisory Committee (10)
Youth Advisory Committee (5)
Elders Advisory Committee (2)
Housing Advisory Committee (1)

The Squamish Nation has open spaces for two new advisory committees and vacancies for existing advisory committees to be filled for the remainder of their term.

The purpose of Squamish Nation Member Advisory Committees is to advise Council and provide an opportunity to help shape the programs, policies, and operations of the Squamish Nation.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 30th, 2019 at 5pm.

Members interested in joining a committee are asked to submit:

A cover letter (up to two pages) explaining their reasons for why they wish to join the committee and what they hope to contribute, and
A reference letter speaking to their background, experience, or value to this committee.

Members are asked to send their cover letter and reference letter to Council at council_admin@squamish.net or drop it off at the Main Office.

Members are invited to submit their application for:

  • SQUAMISH VALLEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A new committee of ten Squamish Valley resident members who can advise Council and the Squamish Nation, providing insight, recommendations, feedback and more on programs, services, and operations of the Squamish Nation.
  • OFF-RESERVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A new committee of ten members living off-reserve who can advise Council and the Squamish Nation as a group of members to provide ideas, insights, feedback, and more on programs, services, and operations of the Squamish Nation.
  • YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A committee of ten members who are under the age of 29. There are five vacancies to be filled. The Youth Advisory has opportunities to engage all departments and provide input on the many programs, services, projects, and budgets in the Squamish Nation.
  • ELDERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A committee of ten members, comprised of Elders aged 55 and up, with two vacancies who provide ideas, insights, feedback, and more on the Squamish Nations program, services, budgets and more.
  • HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE: A committee of ten members with one vacancy who advise Council and the Squamish Nation as a group of members to provide ideas, insights, feedback, and more on the many housing programs, projects, and solutions.

For more information, please contact Council Admin at 604-980-4553 or council_admin@squamish.net.

Important Additional Information:

  • Committees are volunteer-based.
  • Meetings will be approximately once per month or more if determined by the committee
  • Each committee has two Council members who act as liaisons to each committee.
  • Council will appoint the committee members based on the applications submitted.
  • Each committee will have Terms of Reference to be considered for approval by Council that set out scope, mandate, and structure of the committee.

Thank you.
Squamish Nation Council

Winners for 2019 Elk Hunt Draw

JULY 16, 2019 WINNERS OF 2019 KAYI7CH (ELK) TAG DRAW AND ALLOCATION HUNTING SEASON OCTOBER 10 TO NOVEMBER 20, 2019 ONLY

As a government with jurisdiction over such an area we exercise our rights and title in cooperation with Canadian Wildlife Services Branch Conservation Officers through the Province of British Columbia. All receivers of the draw Tags are to adhere to the permissions outlined in the draw and to adhere to hunting regulations as outlined by the Squamish Nation within their territory, and will hunt an elk and the sex listed only within the specifications listed above.

Tags are not transferrable to any other person(s) or organization(s), and cannot be bought, sold, traded, or bartered in any way

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Jensen, Rights & Title Management Team, at (604) 998 0285 or denise_jensen@squamish.net

BC Oil and Gas Commission Scholarships and Training

BC Oil and Gas Commission Scholarships

Six BC Oil and Gas Commission Scholarships are available to Indigenous students enrolled in post-secondary, trades, or vocational studies.

Download the scholarship information package here

Land Reclamation Certificate

Sponsored Training – Full tuition for 15 Indigenous Students

Date & Times
Sept. 30 – Oct. 18, 2019 Weekdays

Application Deadline
Sept. 3, 2019

Location
Fort St. John, BC

With support from the BC Oil and Gas Commission and Secure Energy, 15 Indigenous students of northern BC will be able to access fully funded training that helps them build hands-on skills in land reclamation for work on resource projects in their community and in the natural resource sector as a whole.

Reclamation is essential to achieving sustainability in any natural resource industry project. Today’s industry employers seek skilled workers who have the right knowledge and credentials to conduct, plan, and oversee land reclamation.

The Land Reclamation Certificate uses classroom and field-based training to incorporate knowledge building with skills development so students can establish the skills sought by employers. The Land Reclamation Certificate focuses on reclamation procedures that are applicable to many ongoing projects and industries occurring throughout British Columbia

Download the full application package here

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Certificate

Sponsored Training – Full tuition for 15 Indigenous Students

Date & Times
Sept. 16 – 27, 2019 Weekdays

Application Deadline
Aug. 19, 2019

Location
Fort St. John, BC

With support from the BC Oil and Gas Commission, 15 Indigenous students of northern BC will be able to access funded training that helps them build field-related skills in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), applicable to working in the natural resource sector.

Indigenous Knowledge uses the wisdom, information, and knowledge that has evolved over hundreds of years of living as part of the environment. This certificate demonstrates how to collect traditional knowledge and how to present and report that knowledge.

The Traditional Ecological Knowledge Certificate uses classroom and field-based training to incorporate knowledge building with practical skills development so students can establish the skills sought by employers.

Download the full application package here

Council Meeting – Members Day – July 30 (Main Office)

If you would like to be on the agenda please complete the Squamish Nation Council Members’ Day Form to meet with Council and email it to council_admin@squamish.net or by facsimile to 604-980-9601.

The form can also be filled out on the Squamish Nation website by clicking on “Government”, then “Meet with Council”. Click on the link “Squamish Nation Council Members’ Day form (PDF)”. Please fill out all the Sections of the form.

Please ensure the form is sent 7 days prior to the meeting date to be included on the agenda.

2019 Welch Street Bridge Improvements

The Welch Street Bridge, which crosses the Capilano River connecting Park Royal to Welch Street, will undergo rehabilitation work and widening to address maintenance requirements, to make the crossing safer, and to be more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. 

Phase 1 improvements will commence July 2019 and run through to the end of November. Phase 2 improvements will commence January 2020 and be completed in the spring.

Throughout the first phase, alternating single-lane traffic across the bridge will be in place 24/7. Alternating traffic will be controlled by signalization and will result in traffic delays. We are asking the community to be patient and to observe the signal lights for the safety of all. 

Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained via a temporary pedestrian/cycling pathway. Pedestrian access might be impacted late in the project, but cycling will be available on the bridge deck as part of the traffic lanes.

The bridge will be widened to accommodate a 3.5m-wide shared pathway on the south side for pedestrians and cyclists. The wider pathway creates a much safer crossing and will be lit to provide more visibility in darker hours. 

The southern approach to the eastbound bridge lane will be modified for vehicles, providing a dedicated right-turn lane from Park Royal South. This improvement will ease congestion and vehicle queues at the existing 4-way stop. 

At the east end of the bridge, adjacent to the mobile home residences on Hiawatha Drive, some trees will be removed to accommodate the new shared pathway and a new staircase to the riverbank for Squamish Nation membership fishing access.

The existing diagonal pedestrian crossing to/from Capilano River RV Park will be removed, including the wooden staircase on the north side of the road, and replaced with a new shared pathway crossing at the intersection of Tomahawk Avenue, Bridge Road and Kwumkwum Road. The new shared crossing will be safer, fully accessible, and provides a direct link to the Spirit Trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

The improvements provide an important link to the Spirit Trail by completing a seamless route through North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation, Park Royal, and West Vancouver. The improvements, funded by Park Royal and the District of West Vancouver, are made possible through a partnership between the Squamish Nation, the District of West Vancouver, and Park Royal. 

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please email bridgeinfo@parkroyal.ca.

FAQs for Squamish Nation Members

Will access to the Capilano River for fishing be restricted?

Access to the river banks will be unrestricted. On a few occasions, access from the north side of the bridge from the RV Park will be restricted for a few hours per day during the removal of heavy pieces of concrete. Access from the south via the Mobile Home Park will be unaffected and fully accessible.  The stairs leading down to the bridge on the south side will be non-accessible for two months while new stairs are being put in.

Will fishing from the south side of
the bridge deck be maintained?


Once the temporary path goes in, fishing from the bridge will be impossible. After the improvements are done a new railing height of approximately 4.5 feet will be installed, fishing will still be possible in this area but the fence will be about 1 foot higher than what exists today.

Who is paying for this and how much is
it going to cost?

The project is being paid for by Park Royal and a portion of the funding ($700,000) coming from the District of West Vancouver. Total cost for the project in in the order of $2.4 million.

How does this
benefit the Squamish Nation Membership?

A safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists is the key objective.  For those choosing to walk,  have strollers or require wheel chairs, scooters or other forms of assistance to move across the bridge, they will have a much better experience than the existing narrow sidewalk with no separation from vehicle traffic.

The bridge construction will provide employment and business opportunities for Squamish Nation members.

The bridge presents cultural opportunities including naming and public art possibilities.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Come to an open house on TUESDAY, JULY 16, from 4:30 pm–6:30 pm at the Clubhouse in the Capilano Mobile Home Park.

(Enter off Welch Street.)

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