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Public Safety Report
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh communities need to be places where we all feel safe and like we belong. In spring 2022, Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) created a Public Safety Task Force (PSTF). The PSTF was tasked with providing recommendations on how to improve public safety, with a strong emphasis on the importance of prevention and community healing.
We are pleased to share that we now have a vision and a plan to keep moving forward on this important work – one that is uniquely Sḵwx̱wú7mesh.
Our community’s safely is a precious and treasured thing. Therefore, this vision for our community is guided by four xíx̱tsem or cedar bentwood boxes, which are used to safeguard precious things.
- Behaviour on the land and in the waters
- Be protected at home
- Be protected in the community/villages
- Be protected on the land
To achieve this vision, 11 recommendations were developed. They are community-led, rooted in prevention, supportive of mental health, wellness and housing, and aim to meet Members where they are at.
- Establish a Community Justice System.
- Increase capacity to enforce laws, bylaws, policies, and values.
- Address disparities and ensure equitable protection.
- Take immediate action to address toxic drug crisis.
- Require an anti-racism and cultural safety course for external agencies and partners.
- Develop a plan for safe transportation options that meet community members’ needs.
- Design housing, infrastructure, and services for community safety from the start.
- Address family violence and Elder abuse.
- Create a trauma-informed Community Safety Team Program.
- Build housing as fast as possible.
- Outreach to those most at risk.
Over the coming months, we will be releasing more in-depth information on each of the recommendations, the ways in which they will be achieved, and how Nation Members can get involved.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw History Book For Sale
We are excited to announce that tiná7 cht ti temíxw (We Come From This Land) will be published in early January 2024! The book is intended to be a snapshot – a collection of some of the multi-faceted stories and histories that are held by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People and a starting point for future conversations.
Squamish Strong Protocol Agreements Signed
As a part of the celebrations of the 100-year anniversary of the Amalgamation of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, we are pleased to announce the Nation is signing a Wa Iyí̓m ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Protocol Agreement with the City of North Vancouver, District of Squamish, and the City of Vancouver respectively.
New Squamish Nation Residential Tenancy Regulations for Sen̓áḵw
Today, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw announces that the protections in the British Columbia Residential Tenancy Act (BCRTA) will be in place for the Sen̓áḵw development and for future on-reserve housing developments.