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.
The Climate Warriors Education Program is a free four-week program that will run from April 19 to May 12. It was designed by Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) in collaboration with Squamish Nation. ICA is an Indigenous-led organization guided by knowledge keepers, water protectors, and land defenders from communities across the country.
The program will focus on how climate change is impacting our communities and our rights and will give you the tools you need to advocate for solutions that center Indigenous knowledge and resilience.
The Climate Warriors Education Program will be offered in person in North Vancouver (Squamish Valley and online options coming soon). The sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19 to May 12 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
All ages are welcome! You must be a Squamish Nation Member and willing to attend all eight sessions. Transportation or childcare costs could covered if needed.
Fill out the form below to sign up!
Join us for a Wa Lhkwáyel Skwiyíńtsut (Climate Action Strategy) opening ceremony at Chief Joe Mathias Centre or Totem Hall. The Climate Team from Ta na wa Yúus ta Stitúyntsam̓ (Rights & Title) will invite a speaker to share about this project and call on witnesses and the community to share thoughts.
Transportation - pick-up schedule
Seymour IR Mailboxes - 4:00 pm
Eslha7an L.C. - 4:20 pm
Mission Road & 1st Street - 4:25 pm
Jacob and Jacobs - 4:45 pm
Mathias and Rivers - 4:50 pm
Ikwikws Road & Skawshen Road - 4:55 pm
Transportation details coming soon.
Dinner, door prizes, and transportation will be provided. Register via the form below.