GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS

Squamish Nation Council Governance Policy

The Squamish Nation Council Governance Policy provides a comprehensive framework that formalizes Council members’ individual and collective roles, responsibilities, and activities to ensure the effective, accountable and transparent governance of the Squamish Nation.

The Council Governance Policy was first approved by Council motion on May 21, 2015, and was amended several times throughout 2017 and 2018.

On February 26, 2019, Council passed a motion calling for a review of the Council Governance Policy, and also approving a budget and work plan for community consultation on the policy. The review will involve a formal legal review of the Council Governance Policy to bring it in line with the Election and Referendum Law (2018) and the new Financial Administration By-Law, 2019, as well as a review by, and recommendations from, the Governance Committee. The Governance Committee will also seek feedback from the Squamish Nation member community around possible revisions to the Council Governance Policy though; community meetings on the North Shore, the Squamish Valley, and off-reserve; an online survey; and discussion groups. The Governance Committee will compile feedback and return to Council with a summary report.

Download the Squamish Nation Council Governance Policy here.

Squamish Nation Financial Administration By-law, 2019

The Squamish Nation Financial Administration By-law, 2019 was approved by Council on May 16, 2019.

The Financial Administration By-law is a set of governance and finance practices that informs decision-making by 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.

Prior to approval by Council, the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) reviewed the new Financial Administration By-law and provided confirmation that the By-law was in line with the FMB standards.

Download the Squamish Nation Financial Administration By-law, 2019 here. (Please note: This download is available to Squamish Members only. You must be logged in to download the file.)

Budget and Planning Policy

In November 2019, Council approved a new Budget and Planning Policy. The new model establishes a robust set of processes, responsibilities, and budgeting requirements that demand detailed analysis, planning, and justification for all spending.

Download the Squamish Nation Budget and Planning Policy here.
(Please note: This download is available to Squamish Members only. You must be logged in to download the file.)

Squamish Nation Election and Referendum Law, 2018

On December 18th, 2018, the Squamish Nation Council voted to formally approve and accept the decision of the Squamish Nation Members’ referendum on Election Reform that took place on December 6th, 2018. This approval marks the most significant and comprehensive change to Squamish Nation’s elections and governance since 1981.

The referendum included in-person voting, online voting, and mail-in ballots.

Highlights of changes to the Squamish Nation Council structure and criteria that will come into effect with the next scheduled Council election in 2021 include:
• eight 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 Council.

The Squamish Nation Election and Referendum Law, 2018, which was approved by Membership through the referendum, also includes a new citizen initiative whereby Squamish Members will have the authority to call for a referendum on subjects of their choosing.

As part of the new Squamish Nation Election & Referendum Law, Members will have the option of voting by mail-in ballot or electronic (online) polls, in addition to in-person. This important approved change will end the discrimination of off-reserve members by allowing Members to cast a vote in Council elections regardless of where they are situated.

The proposed changes came out of the largest-ever consultation and engagement initiative with Squamish Nation membership over two years, led by a committee of Members called the Squamish Nation Electoral Commission.

The newly-approved Squamish Nation Election & Referendum Law will be implemented for the next scheduled election in 2021, as per Section 1.2.2 of the Law.

Elections for Council from 1981 to 2017 were run under the 1981 Election Regulations, which became outdated over time.

Download the Squamish Nation Election and Referendum Law, 2018 here.

Squamish Nation Rights and Title Department Interim Policy Framework

The newly-formed Rights & Title Department, in conjunction with the Rights & Title Committee of Council, has developed an Interim Policy Framework to govern the conduct of many of the Department’s key functions and support a smooth, transparent transition for the new Department. The Rights & Title Department is responsible for the important roles of asserting, protecting, and leveraging (for benefits) the Squamish Nation’s right and title interests in its traditional territory.

The Skwxú7mesh Rights and Title Department Interim Policy Framework, which was approved by Council on September 10, 2019, contains the following components:

  1. Policy Purpose and Principles
  2. Departmental Mandate
  3. Departmental Functions – Under the oversight and direction of the Squamish Nation Council Rights and Title Committee, the Department is responsible for performing the following functions related to advancing the growth, strength, and implementation of Squamish Nation Rights and Title.
  4. Squamish Nation Rights & Title Strategy – The Department will develop and maintain a Squamish Nation Rights and Title Strategy, which will set out the Department’s broad approach to advancing the growth, strength, and implementation of Squamish Aboriginal Rights.
  5. Department Structure and Staffing- includes clear staff positions and roles/responsibility descriptions that ensure clarity, certainty and accountability of staff.
  6. Referrals process – Clearly outlines the process for receiving, processing, responding to, and developing an action plan in relation to, incoming referrals and correspondence.
  7. Accountability to Council – clearly establish clear direction to staff with respect to when and how the Department should be reporting to Council and/or relevant committees of Council. This includes direction and role of the Aboriginal Rights & Title Committee.
  8. Communication between departments – establish clear guidelines for coordination between departments.
  9. Annual Plan and budget – provide direction to staff on budgeting and other accounting issues.
  10. Departmental Budget, Approval of Expenditures and Capacity funding – establish guidelines on expenditures based on the annual plan and approved budget. It also provided direction for staff acceptance of capacity funding on the Nation’s behalf and for use of such funding.
  11. Accounting – provides direction on maintenance of a comprehensive and complete records system in respect of all Department revenue, expenditures or other financial transactions, including funding received from external sources. Also that the Department will be subject to financial audit from time to time.
  12. Conflict of Interest –provide clarity around conflict of interest and processes on how to deal with such matters when they arise.

Download the Squamish Nation Rights and Title Department Interim Policy Framework. (Please note: This download is available to Squamish Members only. You must be logged in to download the file.)

Bylaw #10 for the Preservation Protection and Management of Fish on the Reserve

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Bylaw #15 Amend the Squamish Indian Band Fishing Bylaw

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Bylaw #16 for the Preservation, Protection and Management of Fish

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