Child & Family Services
Team Leader: Sharon “Bunny” LeBlanc
The Resource team’s mandate is to offer safe alternative care for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh children when necessary, while also promoting and respecting their well-being and cultural identity. The team provides, supports, and monitors placements for children under the care of Ayás Mén̓men, with a focus on preserving their connection to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and family.
Objectives of the Resource team:
- Increase the number of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh caregivers available to provide continuous placements for children in care, offer relief to other caregivers, and provide respite for families.
- When family placement is not possible, arrange placements with caregivers who possess knowledge and understanding of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh traditions and are committed to upholding Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture.
- To provide a path back home through connection with family and attendance at Ayás Mén̓men cultural events and activities.
- To liaise with the Guardianship team to ensure children in care have a safe and loving home that supports their Sḵwx̱wú7mesh identity.
- To provide caregivers with training in the areas of child development, trauma and attachment and to promote their knowledge of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and traditions.
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.