Squamish Nation Disappointed in Mass Stranding of Salmon on Cheakamus River

North Vancouver, BC – The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) is deeply disappointed about the failure to protect salmon in the Cheakamus River following a BC Hydro ramp down operation between October 1 and 3, 2021. This significant stranding event impacting thousands of fish follows a similar tragedy in 2019.       The salmon is important to Squamish way of […]

Results from 2021 Squamish Nation General Election Announced

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release: September 27, 2021  NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) announced today the results of the 2021 General Election. This year’s election is the first since Nation Members voted to implement a new electoral process in a 2018 referendum. Included in those changes is a historic moment for […]

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Submits Response to BC’s DRIPA Draft Action Plan

The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw has submitted a report to the Government of British Columbia in response to its request for feedback on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) Draft Action Plan.   DRIPA is an important piece of provincial legislation that was passed in November 2019 to formally adopt the principles set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples […]

Átl’ḵa7tsem named Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region

For several years, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative Society (HSBRIS), a broad network of Indigenous Nations and other communities have been collaborating to get the Átl’ḵa7tsem (Howe Sound) area designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Region. On September 15, 2021, it was officially announced as Canada’s 19th UNESCO Biosphere Region, and the third […]

Investigation Announced at Former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School Site 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  **TRIGGER WARNING** This news release contains information about Indian Residential Schools.  Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations Announce Investigation at Former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School Site  Beginning of a sacred and culturally safe healing journey  Coast Salish Territories | August 10, 2021 — Today, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) announced it has […]

Exciting News from Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation

On behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to share with Squamish Nation Members the appointment of Bernd Christmas as our new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nch’kaỷ Development Corporation. The appointment follows a competitive Canada-wide candidate search and thorough review process. Bernd was previously the Managing Partner of the Bernd Christmas […]

Squamish Members have voted YES for affordable housing

Yesterday, 550 Squamish Members cast their ballots in the Affordable Housing Land Designation Referendum. Here are the results: Question 1: Yes: 458 No: 89 Spoiled Ballot:1 Question 2: Yes: 474 No: 77 Question 3: Yes: 465 No: 80 Spoiled Ballot: 1 Thank you to everyone who made time to vote by mail or in person. […]

Squamish Nation Demands Moratorium of Old-Growth Logging

On June 10, the Squamish Nation formally gave notice to the Province of B.C. to defer old-growth logging for two years in the Nation’s 690,000 hectares while the Nation develops long-term sustainability plans. 78,000 hectares of the Nation’s old-growth forest are at risk unless the Province immediately halts new clear cuts. These forests belong to […]

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Honours 215 Children

On behalf of Indian Residential School Survivors and their descendants, we join hearts with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to mourn the deaths of the 215 Indigenous children discovered this past week at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This discovery is one that affects all of us, resurfacing generations of trauma that is felt in waves throughout […]