December 10, 2019, North Vancouver, BC — Today, the Squamish Nation Members made history by voting to approve both the land designation of Kitsilano I.R. No. 6 and business terms of a partnership with Westbank Projects Corp. (“Westbank”) by way of referendum.
718 of 827 voting Members (87%) voted in support of the land designation, and 665 of 826 voting Members (81%) voted in support of the business terms. Under the Indigenous Services Canada referendum regulations, a simple majority of votes cast by eligible Squamish Nation voters determines the referendum outcome.
The development of the 11.7-acre parcel of reserve lands at Sen̓áḵw represents the single largest development on First Nation lands in Canada, made possible through a 50-50 partnership with local developer
“The Squamish Nation Council is thrilled with the outcome of this referendum, which was approved by a landslide. This is truly a landmark moment in our Nation’s history. The Sen̓áḵw Project will transform the Squamish Nation by providing immense social, cultural, and economic
benefits to Squamish Nation members for generations to come,” said Khelsilem, Squamish Nation Councillor and Spokesperson.
“The Squamish Nation Council, raises our hands to thank all Squamish Nation Members who have participated in the process through attending information meetings, engaging with leadership and staff, and casting
a vote in today’s referendum. We truly appreciate the time and effort Members put in to make an informed choice about the future of Sen̓áḵw,” said Khelsilem.
Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in 2021. Once complete, the project will bring approximately 6,000 new units into the Vancouver housing market, with 70-90% of those being market rental units.
Communications Officer, Squamish Nation
For more information about the project, visit www.senakw.com