NEWS RELEASE: SQUAMISH NATION CONFIRMS NO NATION MEMBERS SWEPT INTO CAPILANO RIVER AS A RESULT OF UNEXPECTED DAM RELEASE TODAY

October 1, 2020, North Vancouver, BC — The Squamish Nation Emergency Operations Centre has received confirmation from the West Vancouver Fire Department that none of the individuals swept into the Capilano River this afternoon were Squamish Nation members.

“We are relieved to learn that all of our Squamish fishermen and Fish Guardians who were on the Capilano River at the time of the unexpected surge of water flow are safe and accounted for at this time. Our prayers are with those who were impacted by this tragedy, as well as their families,” said Chris Lewis, Syeta’xtn, Councillor and Spokesperson for the Squamish Nation.

The Nation’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Member Services team, and Rights & Title department were quick to respond upon learning of the incident earlier this afternoon.

The EOC promptly mobilized, engaging with emergency responders to facilitate timely communication to ensure the safety and well-being of all Squamish Nation members. Member Services team members travelled to the community’s primary fishing plain at the southern end of the Capilano River upon learning of the incident to check in with the Fish Guardians and verify the safety of all members who were known to be fishing at the time. The Rights & Title department has been in close contact with Metro Vancouver this afternoon and evening, and will continue to do so as the cause of the unexpected surge is investigated. Members of Council have also been in close contact with the West Vancouver Police Department and Integrated First Nations Policing Unit.

The Squamish Nation will continue to closely follow this evolving investigation, and will provide updates to membership as they become available.

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Media contact:
Lauren Hutchison
Senior Communications Officer
604-363-4055 | lauren_hutchison@squamish.net

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