What is the project? In 2019, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw passed a motion recognizing that we are in a climate emergency. Urgent action is needed to protect and strengthen the rights of the Squamish People, advance self-determination, protect quality of life, and enhance the health of our community. In order to build a sustainable and resilient community, the Nation is developing the Wa Lhkwáyel Skwiyíńtsut (Climate Action Strategy).
Who is leading it? Ta na wa Yúus ta Stitúyntsam̓ (Rights & Title) is leading this project with input from Membership, including via a Community Working Group. Please see below for the many ways you can get involved.
How long will it take? The goal is to finalize the Wa Lhkwáyel Skwiyíńtsut document by August 2023. The Climate Action Strategy will act as a guide for the Nation over the next 30 years, to reach the global deadline of net zero emissions by 2050. It will be a living document, updated and revised every 5 years.
Do you have an idea for a great community climate action project? It could be about anything - recycling, composting, emergency preparedness, community gardens etc.
To help make these ideas happen, the Wa Lhkwáyel Skwiyíńtsut (Climate Action Strategy) Project will support 10 initiatives with $5,000 each.
For more information or to submit your proposal, email email@example.com or call 236-333-3998. The deadline is September 30, 2022.
Are you interested in hosting a workshop to share your knowledge about how to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle?
The Wa Lhkwáyel Skwiyíńtsut (Climate Action Strategy) Project team is looking for community members who can share about fishing, smoking and canning, mending clothes, repairing bicycles, carpentry, foraging and anything else that connects our people to our lands and waters.
Time and materials will be covered by the Nation. For more information or to submit your workshop idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 236-333-3998.
The purpose of the Climate Action Strategy Working Group will be to provide guidance and input on priorities as the Nation works protect our communities from the effects of climate change. No knowledge of the environment or climate change is necessary - just a passion for helping our community!
The Working Group will meet once a month from May to September via Zoom. Meetings are one and half hours long and an honorarium will be provided.
Interested? Email email@example.com or call 236-668-5335 to sign up.