Sen̓áḵw

Sen̓áḵw, noun 
“The place inside the head of False Creek.” 

Sen̓áḵw, verb 
“The start of something beautiful; respect for nature, for Indigenous peoples, for healing, and for a new path forward.” 

Sen̓áḵw has been a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh village site for thousands of years. This project will tell the story of our Nation, working to partially right a historic wrong where our people were forcibly removed from these lands.

An overwhelming majority of Membership voted in favour of the development of Sen̓áḵw, to create a legacy that will benefit generations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh by returning to the land and generating economic wealth.

This historic economic development opportunity will set the Nation on a path to complete economic independence and provide hundreds of job and entrepreneurial opportunities for Members in design, construction, and operations.

Sen̓áḵw 

The project is being led by a partnership between the Nation’s economic development arm, Nch’ḵay̓ Development Corporation and Westbank Projects Corporation, under the partnership name Nch’ḵay̓ West. This is the largest First Nations economic development project in Canadian history. 

To learn more, visit senakw.com. Also available to read are the Sen̓áḵw 2021 Fall Update and Sen̓áḵw 2020 Year in Review 

Nch’ḵay̓ Development Corporation  

Nch’ḵay̓ was established in 2018 as the economic development arm of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. Its mandate is to develop, manage, and own the active businesses of the Nation. 

For more information, please visit nchkay.com. 

Project Milestones

On May 25, 2022 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Council Chairperson Khelsilem and City of Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart signed a services agreement, an important step forward in development of the Sen̓áḵw lands at the foot of the Burrard St. Bridge.

The agreement ensures access to critical municipal infrastructure from the City of Vancouver for the development and focuses on the following areas:

  • Connects the Sen̓áḵw development to City water and storm sewer services
  • Includes significant upgrades and investments to pedestrian, cycling, transit and road improvements


The press release is available here