NEWS RELEASE: KHELSILEM REAPPOINTED AS SQUAMISH NATION COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF ORENE ASKEW

October 9, 2020, North Vancouver, BC — Yesterday, at a duly convened meeting, the Squamish Nation Council selected Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers) to serve as a Council Spokesperson after accepting Orene Askew’s resignation from the role. Khelsilem previously served as Spokesperson from December 2017 until June of this year.

“I’m honoured to step back into the role of Spokesperson for our Nation, and thank my colleagues on Council for their support” said Khelsilem.

Khelsilem will serve as one of the Squamish Nation Council’s two official Spokespersons, along with Chris Lewis, Syeta’xtn. The Spokesperson’s role is to speak on behalf of Council at events, meetings, and political gatherings. They engage with media and communicate the Council’s position publicly, as required.

Council would like to thank Councillor Orene Askew for her dedicated service as Spokesperson for the Squamish Nation from October 2018 until October 2020. Orene will continue to serve as an elected member of Council for the remainder of her term, and remain actively involved in various committees and projects.

“It was an honour to serve my Nation as a Spokesperson for the past two years,” said Orene. “My decision to step down from this role was based on the social justice, anti-racism, and diversity and inclusion work opportunities that I want to pursue in our territory. As I engage in this work, I will strive to ensure that our peoples’ voices are at the forefront.”

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Media contact:

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

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