Important Notice: Squamish Nation COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Vancouver Coastal Health and First Nations Health Authority have confirmed that the Squamish Nation will be receiving a first round of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for community the week of March 8, 2021. Please read this notice for important information, including who can get the vaccine at this time, how to book an appointment for the Squamish Valley and North Shore clinics, and what you need to know before your appointment.

We understand that some households may not have access to all forms of communication so we ask that you please share this information with your family and/or neighbours that may have barriers, and have them get in touch with the Yúustway Health and Wellness department.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine in the first round?

The first members who will get the COVID-19 vaccine are Elders 65+ and those with serious underlying health conditions such as:
• Lung disease
• Heart disease
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Diabetes
• Kidney disease
• Liver disease
• Dementia
• Stroke

This group also includes people living with a compromised immune system, including those:

• Living with an underlying medical condition, such as cancer
• Taking medications that lower the immune system (such as chemotherapy)
• Living with obesity (BMI of 40 or higher)

Once members in these groups have their appointments booked, we will continue booking vaccination appointments based on age, starting with those ages 55-64, then ages 45-54 etc., until all of the vaccine has been used.

Please note that this is only the first of several vaccine shipments. We are planning on holding clinics in the coming months to vaccinate all Squamish Nation members who want to receive the vaccine. We will provide updates as we have more information from the health authorities.

How do I book an appointment?

Yúustway Health and Wellness will be scheduling clients by appointment only for the COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Please see below for more information about how to book an appointment for the Squamish Valley and North Shore clinics, and what you need to know before you go.

If you are unable to attend an on-reserve clinic, Indigenous people ages 65+ can attend book an appointment close to their residence starting March 8. The phone numbers are listed on the provincial government’s website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/seniors. Phones lines are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. PT. Those who live in the Fraser Health region have the option to book online. If a senior cannot call to book themselves, a family member, friend or support person can do so on their behalf. The immunization clinic location will be confirmed on the call.

Squamish Valley Clinic Information

Totem Hall 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11 am – 6 pm

To book an appointment for the Squamish Valley COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, please email svcovidinfo@squamish.net and include:

• Names of each household member over the age of 18
• Phone number and address
• Ages/birthdates of each member of the household
• PHN/Personal Health Numbers (CareCard) for each eligible member of the household

Once we receive this information, we will confirm eligibility and contact you to schedule an appointment time. If you do not have access to email and you would like to book an appointment at the Squamish Valley Clinic, please call 604-849-0191. Please leave a voicemail if you do not get through right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

North Shore Clinic Information

Chief Joe Mathias Centre 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday, March 11, 2021 11 am – 7 pm
Friday, March 12, 2021 10 am – 2 pm

To book an appointment for the North Shore COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, please email covidinfo@squamish.net and include:

• Names of each household member over the age of 18.
• Phone number and address
• Ages/Birthdates of each member of the household
• PHN/Personal Health Numbers (CareCard) for each eligible member of the household

Once we receive this information, we will confirm eligibility and contact you to schedule an appointment time. If you do not have access to email and you would like to book an appointment at the North Shore Clinics, please call 604-318-0481 or 604-982-0332. Please leave a voicemail if you do not get through right away, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

What do I need to know before I go to the vaccination clinic?

Vaccinations are by appointment only. If you are late or miss your appointment, you will be put on a wait list for another time or date, and may not be able to receive your vaccine until a later date.
• Please eat something before your appointment.
• We will do our best to minimize wait times. Please dress for the weather in case of any line-ups outside the clinic.
• Remember to bring identification and your Personal Health Number (CareCard) with you.
• You will get the vaccine in your upper arm. Please make sure that you are wearing a short sleeved shirt.
• You will be required to wait for 15 minutes after you receive your vaccine.
• COVID-19 safety guidelines will be strictly followed at all clinics.
A medical mask will be given to you and you will need to wear it the entire time you are in the building.
• Only the person receiving the vaccine will be allowed into the building.
If you bring children, please make sure that someone is with you to look after them outside.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions regarding the vaccine please contact your family physician.

For questions regarding the vaccination clinics please contact:

North Shore: Yúustway Health 604-982-0332

Squamish Valley: Totem Hall 604-849-0191

Education, Employment & Training Department- Tutoring and Workshops

Tutoring

Is your child(ren) in need of additional academic support for this school year 2020/2021? The SN Education, Employment, and Training Department has access for tutoring support, which is offered to both on-reserve and off-reserve members. During COVID-19, it has been a challenging time to learn and our team recognizes the request for additional helping hand up. This support is for students Kindergarten to Post-Secondary studies.

Call 604-982-7600 if you have any questions.

The contact for Post-Secondary students is cherie_baker@squamish.net.

CLICK HERE to view the Tutoring flyer for additional information

Autism Workshop

SN Education, Employment, and Training Department and AutismBC are co-hosting an Zoom workshop on Thursday, March 4th. We invite all SN members, guardians, and caregivers to join us to learn more about autism.

To register and for more information, call 604-982-7600 or sn_asa@squamish.net.

Workshop Details
Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Zoom

CLICK HERE to view the Autism Workshop flyer for additional information

Kurzweil for Education

Kurzweil Education, we believe every learner deserves the opportunity to develop the literacy skills that lead to academic and personal success.
What it does: offer learners new multisensory approaches to read, comprehend, synthesize, apply, and demonstrate their knowledge. With our support, they become independent, confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.

When learners are able to understand text on demand, use organizational and content management tools to jumpstart their written work, and demonstrate their knowledge, they can meet rigorous standards. They can unlock their true potential. Every learner deserves tools that help them unlock their potential. See attached flyer for additional information.

To sign up, contact catherine_wairimu@squamish.net or 604-982-7600.

CLICK HERE to view the Kurzweil for Education flyer

Agreement- Dakota Bowl

The Squamish Nation is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Province of British Columbia that protects the Dakota Bowl area on the Sunshine Coast from timber harvesting (logging), now and in the future.

The Nation and the Province are working together on options for land use that recognize the significance of this area, which has been used and occupied by Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw since time immemorial. This could include, for example, making Dakota Bowl an Old Growth Management Area, a Wildlife Habitat Area or a Squamish Nation Area of Interest.

For more information, please read the joint information bulletin from Squamish Nation and the Province of British Columbia available here.

CLICK HERE to view the information bulletin

LANGUAGE & CULTURE PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS- Session #3

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.

Tel̓tel̓númut Cht session # 3 with – Ses Siyam, Ray Natraoro
Subject: Chá7twilh (Build a Canoe)
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Zoom (please email language_culture@squamish.net to register and get link)

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

If you have any questions, please contact language_culture@squamish.net

Spring Break Camp 2021 Program Guide

This year, our 2021 Spring Break Camp will look a little different. With COVID- 19 restrictions still in place, we’ve had to make some changes to our camp. Fortunately, we are still able to put on a Spring Break Camp and help your little ones have some fun over the break.

Here are some brief details, expectations, and rules:
• Camp will run Monday-Thursday, from March 15-26, 2021
• We will have 2 age groups:
7-9 year olds (March 15-18, 2021)
10-12 year olds (March 22-25, 2021)
• We will have a maximum of 12 children per age group

For registration forms and additional information, please download the following document:

CLICK HERE to download the Spring Break Camp 2021 Program Guide

The Program Guide details each activity that we have planned for your children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

rec@squamish.net

604-980-6338

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