Paháyikwup (Language Commission) is charged with providing guidance on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim (Squamish Language), including certifying teachers, determining speaker proficiency levels, and creating a strategic plan for language revitalization. This work is guided by a Terms of Reference and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim Policy which was approved in 2021.
Paháyikwup consists of nine Commissioners who were nominated by Members and approved by Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) in tem tsá7tsḵay̓ (April) 2022. They started their new roles in tem ḵw’élemexw (July) 2022. Paháyikwup is currently meeting monthly as it prepares for the language revitalization strategic planning process.
Ta na wa Ns7éyx̱nitm ta Snew̓íyelh (Language & Cultural Affairs) is in the planning stages to formally present the Commissioners to Membership.
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Myia Antone, Welwál̓tnaat
Swu7wu Billy, Chen̓áx̱wtn
Vanessa Campbell, Iyál
Charlene George, S7atsáliya
Norman Guerrero Jr, Setálten
Victor Harry, X̱ats’alanexw
Dr. Peter Jacobs, Tnaxwtn
Ray Natraoro, Ses siyám