Codes, Laws & Bylaws
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Election & Referendum Law
On December 18, 2018, Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) voted to formally approve and accept the decision of Members in the referendum on election reform that took place December 6, 2018. This approval marked the most significant and comprehensive change to the Nation’s elections and governance since 1981, and came into effect at the General Election on September 26, 2021.
- Seven elected Councillors plus one elected Chairperson (instead of sixteen elected Councillors, with two Co-Chairs elected internally by Councillors);
- Designated Councillors to represent the Squamish Valley, the North Shore, and outside of our communities;
- A ban on outside money in candidate campaigns, including a ban on union or corporate donations;
- Candidacy requirements to be eligible to run; and
- A new initiative whereby Members can call a referendum on subjects of their choosing.
Election & Referendum Law (approved by Membership on December 6, 2018)
Election & Referendum Regulation (approved by Membership on November 5, 2019)Electoral Commission
Bylaw 16 for the Preservation, Protection and Management of Fish
Dog Bylaw Enforcement
Dog bylaw enforcement on-reserve focuses on educating Members about responsible dog ownership. Dogs found running at large, unlicensed dogs, or dogs that have inflicted an unprovoked bite on a person or another animal will be seized and impounded. Fines will be imposed on the owner and unpaid fines will be taken out of Distribution if necessary.
To contact the Animal Control Officer, please call 604-889-3271.
Sen̓áḵw Zoning Bylaw
Drug and Alcohol Free Zones On-Reserve
To promote and support more family-friendly environments on-reserve, in 2016 Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) approved an order to designate certain areas of reserves as drug- and alcohol-free. View these areas here.
Public intoxication or consumption of alcohol in the areas identified in the above document is not permitted. The Liquor Control and Licensing Act is enforceable on-reserve and the Nation has requested the local police enforce it and reinforce community safety in these areas relating to any drug or alcohol use.
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.