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.
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 email@example.com or call 236-333-3998.
Huy chexw a (thank you) to everyone who submitted a proposal for a community climate action project.
Kevin Rivers was one of the successful grant recipients and organized a community clean up on June 10, 2023! Community members started at Chief Joe Mathias Centre to help clean up the neighborhood and lent a hand in working towards a more sustainable environment.