Education, Employment & Training
Eslha7an Learning Centre
Manager: Tracy Mitchell
The Eslha7an Learning Centre provides a safe and holistic environment where Indigenous students can take their initial steps towards education, training, and employment, all while upholding their traditional values.
The Centre collaborates with the North Vancouver School District 44 and Capilano University to offer three programs. These programs are open to all Nation Members, as well as First Nation Status, Non-Status, Métis, and Inuit individuals residing in the North Shore or Greater Vancouver area.
In partnership with NVSD 44, we provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our youth (ages 16 – 19). This program serves as an excellent alternative for those who need extra encouragement to return to school and complete their high school education. Students work at their own pace, with personalized instruction. Most students strive to achieve their high school Dogwood Diploma (Grade 12). To enroll in this program, all students must register through NVSD.
Adult students (aged 19 and older) can enter this full-day program encompassing essential skills, computer proficiency, Squamish culture, and the five required courses in order to receive the Adult Dogwood diploma. This marks the initial educational step to guide students toward post-secondary education or full-time employment. The program also offers English and Math upgrading opportunities.
In partnership with Capilano University and driven by cultural integration, the team has crafted a unique adult literacy program. Our aim is to enhance students’ math and literacy skills to a level that ensures success in various training programs, facilitates employment opportunities, and/or transitions them into our Adult Dogwood program to earn their diploma. This program equips learners with essential skills that boost their self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
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.