What is Chiy̓áxw? It is a Squamish word that refers to: protocols, ways of being, and respectful ways of conducting oneself. Many interpret Chiy̓áxw as a law; “a correct way of going about doing a task or caring for our children” for example.
Why is this project happening now? In January 2020, Canada passed legislation, An Act Respecting First Nation, Inuit, and Metis, Children, Youth, and Families. This federal law makes it possible for First Nations across Canada to legally take over full control and management of services to children, youth, and families.
It allows the Nation to exercise our inherent right to care for our own children consistent with The Constitution Act 1982, and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
More important, it allows the Nation to define our law as it applies to our children and families, to develop the services that are supportive to families, and to deliver the services in a culturally appropriate way that is centered on our own values, beliefs, and ways of being.
To have constructive conversation (individual and group dialogue), family meetings and group focus meetings.
Other ways to participate: serve on an Advisory Committee; email suggestions for change; ask for an individual interview (in-person or telephone) or express an opinion through a telephone call.
Ayás Mén̓men is pleased to share their first progress update on the Child & Family Chiy̓áxw project!
The Squamish Nation Membership’s responses indicate a strong preference to have services delivered under the authority of our own Squamish laws and values. The Project Team is proud to announce that on September 9, 2021, Council signed a Band Council Resolution for us to continue our work!
Offer your input to determine how the Nation should regain our inherent right to care and deliver support services for our children and families. Contact us at AmmComm@squamish.net