Governance & Structure

Ta na wa Chen̓tm
Chair & Council Office

Office & Contact Details
Phone: 604-980-4553
Address: 320 Seymour Blvd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2J3
Mailing Address: PO Box 86131, North Vancouver, BC V7L 4J5
Chief of Staff: Ray Natraoro

Council Administration

The team provides administrative support directly to Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw and ensures the smooth running of day-to-day activities including meetings. The Council Administration team also helps Members to find the information and services they’re looking for.

Governance & Policy

The Governance & Policy team supports Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw members and the wider Ta na wa Chen̓tm team on all governance matters, including policy, process, and reporting.



Protocol is the official procedure or system of rules governing government affairs, community, or diplomatic occasions. In general, protocol represents the recognized and generally accepted system of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh courtesy by non-Sḵwx̱wú7mesh governments, businesses, and other partners. The Protocol team uses the Protocol Policy to determine how, why, where, and when to use communications and information-sharing channels with businesses, the government, and other partners and responds to requests for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh representation in the broader community.

Ta na wa Chen̓tm could be interpreted as ‘The Ones Who Are Leaned On’. This department holds up much of the administrative work for Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw. Chen̓tm refers to literally leaning on something to hold you up. Chen̓chenstem refers to metaphorically leaning on someone for support.

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