An open house will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Elder Centre (100 Mathias Road) from 1:30 to 2:30 for Elders and from 5 to 7:00PM for General Membership to discuss sea level rise, its potential impact on the Squamish Nation and to gather your thoughts on how the Nation should respond. Snacks and prizes will be provided!
Today, The Squamish Nation’s north shore lands are vulnerable to flooding from rising sea levels and more severe storms as a result of climate change.
More severe coastal flood events have the potential to damage community infrastructure, archaeological sites, and natural habitats along the waterfront. Flooding could also lead to power outages affecting buildings further inland. The risk of these impacts is expected to increase as sea levels continue to rise.
The Squamish Nation is working with neighbouring communities to develop a Sea Level Rise Adaptive Management Strategy for the north shore of Burrard Inlet to build resilience across the region. The Squamish Nation has a rich history of adapting to changes on our Lands since beyond recorded history. Our Uxwimixw cultural values and traditional knowledge are the foundation for our Nation’s resilience. The project looks out seven generations (200 years) to understand how sea level rise could affect members today, our grandchildren, and future generations. Adapting to sea level rise supports our long-term vision of self-sufficiency and a high quality of life for all our members.
For more information on the project, visit www.dnv.org/sea-level-rise-strategy.
A notice containing more information about sea level rise and the project is available for download here.