Child & Family Services
Nexwniwnitway (Family Circle Program)
Nexwniwnitway (“nough-nay-owe-nate-why”) means to seek counsel, as in the sense of mutual intent to discuss, resolve, plan, and follow up. The goal of the Nexwniwnitway program is to enhance the community’s well-being by enabling and empowering families to advocate for themselves in child and family matters, while highlighting the importance of making healthy choices and assuming responsibility for their families and the community.
We welcome referrals for family circles from Nation Members and service providers, addressing various concerns related to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh children and families.
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh values and principles guide our discussions, ensuring that these values remain at the forefront of all our circles. Our participants include parents, extended family members, service providers, program specialists, Elders, cultural teachers, circle facilitators, and co-facilitators.
These circles encompass various types, such as prevention meetings, case planning conferences, family group conferences, and youth transition circles. Additionally, we hold ceremonies for youth aging out, to honor caregivers, or to celebrate a child’s return home to their parent. Some of these celebrations are referred to as rights of passage ceremonies or welcoming home ceremonies.
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.