The purpose of Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway is to ensure that fair and equitable treatment and services are provided to all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Members.
Our department provides a wide variety of programs and services that relate to:
In addition, Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway has several policies and laws – such as the Membership Code and Election and Referendum Law – that are overseen by the department and contribute to equity for our Nation and our people.
Address: Unit 6 – 380 Welch St, West Vancouver, BC V7P 0A7
Director: Monica Jacobs
“Ts’ixwts’ixwnítway” means to take care of one another or to be nice to each other. It comes from the word ts’ixwen (to pity [someone] or help [someone] out of trouble). This could be expressed as having compassion for each other.
The Emergency Services (Member Support Services) division is a resource for Members seeking emergency financial support. Emergency Service Officers complete an intake to determine emergency funding support; during this process they collect and review information to ensure all options are available to Nation Members. The team works with other departments, organizations, and agencies to ensure Members are able to access available services and resources.
In the event of an emergency, staff may issue the following Emergency Assistance to prevent undue hardship: food voucher, shelter (rent), utilities and hospital supports. Shelter is paid directly to the landlord and utilities are paid to the service provider.
The Justice & Courts Supports division provides support to Members involved with the Justice & Courts systems. This may include liaising with Correctional Service Canada, BC Corrections, and others.
The Membership division registers births, deaths, marriages, and miscellaneous amendments to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Band Census, and maintains the Nation’s system for Member addresses and voters list.
Membership receives and processes completed membership applications for review by the Membership Committee, disperses a per capita payment (distribution) three times a year and the SN Trust cheques once a year, and sets up trust accounts for minor children. Direct deposit is available to Members in Canada and the United States.
Membership also issues status cards, provides statistical information to other departments, and provides blood quantum letters for Members seeking employment in the United States.
The Estates division assists Members in administering the estate of deceased persons, provides guidance and support to survivors, and establishes proof of heirs in accordance with policies and procedures.
This division takes action to assist clients to maximize economic advantages of assets, compiles information for preparation of final tax returns, ensures government forms are completed (e.g., Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Death Benefits, and Survivor Benefits), and provides an opportunity for Members to create a will.
Estates provide an opportunity for Members to complete a will; assists Elders in applying for CPP, Old Age Security (OAS), and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS); provides guidance concerning Power of Attorney and Representative Agreements; and maintains the Family Tree database.
The Land Registry division maintains a database for residential lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, registers new land transactions in accordance with the Squamish Nation Custom Allocation Policy and Certificate of Possession with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and supplies maps to other departments for construction or utility purposes.
Land Registry assists Members in boundary disputes, conducts land status reports for surveyors in the event that land is being registered, processes new requests for lot allocations, sends letters to individuals to notify of changes in title, and verifies land title registration for internal/external decisions.
The Housing List division:
The Elders Centre in North Vancouver provides programs for Elders, age 55 and over, to support their social connection, independence and overall wellbeing. There are a variety of weekly activities like lunches, chair yoga, Squamish language class, weaving, drum-making and other traditional activities.
A variety of outings are offered to visit different locations, so our Elders can enjoy the outdoors and the Lower Mainland. Our Elders also love a good party, so we have quarterly Birthday Lunches and a yearly Christmas Lunch.
The Outreach Services division provides outreach support services to Members in need. This may include liaising with local shelters and hospitals.