Squamish Nation Election Commission (external website link)
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The Squamish Nation is governed by a democratically elected Council on four-year terms. The rules governing these elections are contained in the 1981 Squamish Indian Band Election Regulations. Since their creation, the 1981 Election Regulations have not undergone a single change or amendment. In September 2015, the elected Squamish Chiefs & Council approved the creation of the Squamish Nation Election Commission an arms-length body of members to assist the Squamish People in exploring the topic of election reform.
A commission has been defined as “a group of people officially charged with a particular function.”.
The Squamish Nation Election Commission (hereon referred to as ‘the Election Commission’) is a group of Squamish Nation members charged with listening to the Squamish Nation membership about what changes the Squamish People want with the election procedures.
The Electoral Commission is made up of seven (7) voting members, two (2) alternates, and one (1) non-voting member. The members chosen for the Election Commission were asked to fill specific seats representing a particular region or demographic of the Squamish Nation community. The positions and appoints are:
Eslhá7an & Ch’ich’ílx̱wiḵw’ (Mission & Seymour):
Jacob Lewis & Donalene Rapada
The Election Commission has been selected by the Squamish Nation Chiefs & Council for a four (4) year term to lead the discussions around Election Reform. The purpose of this structure is to ensure the process is being lead by Membership at arms-length from the political Council. Over the next year, the Commission will be meeting with Squamish members, groups, families, and regions to hear all ideas for changes to the Squamish Nation election laws, procedures, and/or regulations.
Any changes to the Squamish Nation election laws, procedures, and regulations will be done by the people through a referendum vote at a to be determined date.
The Election Commission welcomes all feedback, comments, and ideas from the Squamish Nation membership.
If you would like to hear more about the Election Commissions activities or past work, visit our social media accounts
(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or email the Election Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Squamish Nation Election Commission invites
Squamish Nation members to the first series of Round
Tables. The Election Commission wants to hear from
Squamish Nation members on what their thoughts, ideas,
or solutions are with election reform.
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