“The place inside the head of False Creek”
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.
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.
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.
On May 25, 2022 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw 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 Services Agreement creates a framework to guide the government-to-government relationship between the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and the City of Vancouver and ensures access to municipal services, amenities, and infrastructure for the Sen̓áḵw neighbourhood over time.
On September 6, 2022 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Council Chairperson Khelsilem joined the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau for the announcement that the federal government will provide $1.4 billion to support the Sen̓áḵw development. This is the largest loan from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in Canadian history.
For more information, please read the press release.