Eslhílhkw’iws Chet translates to “we are all related” and is the name given to the 2022 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Census by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Elders.
Why a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Census?
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw can’t serve Members that we can’t see. Today there are over 4000 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Members worldwide. It can be hard to know how everyone is doing and what their needs are. To plan for our Nation’s wellness and prosperity we need a clearer picture of Members’ quality of life and priorities.
Who is eligible?
Every Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Member 18+ living on or off lands is eligible to complete the census. Parents/caregivers are asked to respond on behalf of minor children. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Members with vision or cognitive impairment may be assisted by a family member or support person. Non-Members may assist Members to participate. If you would like someone to drop in and help you fill it out, please call our enumerator line at 604-373-9735.
How can I complete it?
You may complete the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Census online here. Or book an appointment with one of our door-to-door enumerators by calling 604-373-9735. Please note that paper copies are available but are the least private way to complete the census.
When does the census close?
The census closes on September 30, 2022.
The short answer is – it depends. Eslhílhkw’iws Chet respects Sḵwx̱wú7mesh self-determination so Members can fill in as much, or as little, as they like.
Completing the core questionnaire takes about 10 minutes for a single person or up to 30 minutes if you are answering for your whole household. It’s important to note that Members may complete the survey in pieces, rather than all at once.
Members will receive one entry for filling in the core and one additional entry for every additional topic completed (health, housing, language etc). So, if you complete the core plus all nine other topics your name will be entered 10 times.
From July 18-28 we will be doing daily $300 gift card draws, followed by weekly $300 gift card draws until September 30. The earlier that you complete the census the more prizes you will be eligible to win.
Data gathered will belong to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and be used to build programs, services, budgets and Úxwumixw 2050.
Participation is voluntary, and you can consent, decline, or change your mind at any time. Personal information will be stored separately, and Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) and Nation employees won’t be able to see anyone’s individual answers to the questionnaire. Your personal information will always be protected according to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh policies respecting confidentiality and information security and federal and provincial laws.