Codes, Laws, and Bylaws


Election & Referendum Law

On December 18, 2018, the Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) voted to formally approve and accept the decision of Members in the referendum on Election Reform that took place December 6, 2018. This approval marks the most significant and comprehensive change to the Nation’s elections and governance since 1981. The referendum included in-person voting, online voting, and mail-in ballots.

Election and Referendum Law (Approved by Membership on December 6, 2018)

Election and Referendum Regulation (Approved by Membership on November 5, 2019)

Highlights of changes to the Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) structure and criteria that will come into effect with the next scheduled General Election in 2021 include:

  • Seven elected Councillors plus one elected Chair (instead of sixteen elected Councillors, with two Co-Chairs elected internally by Councillors);
  • Designated Councillors from Squamish Valley, the North Shore, and outside of the communities;
  • A ban on outside money in candidate campaigns, including a ban on union or corporate donations;
  • Candidacy requirements to be eligible to run for Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw.


The law also includes a new citizen initiative whereby Squamish Members will have the authority to call for a referendum on subjects of their choosing.

For more information about elections, visit the Electoral Commission webpage.


Squamish Nation Financial Administration Bylaw

The Financial Administration Bylaw is a set of governance and finance practices that informs decision-making by Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) and staff with regard to financial matters. The Financial Administration By-law covers administration, financial management (including financial plans and budgets, expenditures, borrowing, risk management, financial reporting, and information technology), capital projects and asset management, and more. 

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Bylaw 10 for the Preservation, Protection and Management of Fish On the Reserve

Bylaw 15 to Amend the Fishing Bylaw

Bylaw 16 for the Preservation, Protection and Management of Fish

Squamish Nation Senakw Zoning Bylaw

Dog Bylaw Enforcement On-Reserve

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) is committed to community health and safety. Our dog bylaw enforcement on reserve focuses on educating Members about responsible dog ownership. Dogs found running at large, unlicensed dogs, or dogs that have inflicted an unprovoked bite on a person or another animal will be seized and impounded. Fines will be imposed on the owner and unpaid fines will be taken out of the distribution if necessary.

To contact the Animal Control Officer, please call 604-889-3271.

Drug and Alcohol Free Zones On-Reserve

To promote and support more family-friendly environments on-reserve, in 2016 Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) approved a Council Order to designate certain areas of reserves as drug- and alcohol-free. View these areas here

Public intoxication or consumption of alcohol in the areas identified in the linked document is not permitted. The Liquor Control and Licensing Act is enforceable on-reserve and the Nation has requested the local police to enforce it and reinforce community safety in these areas relating to any drug or alcohol use.