Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel
Squamish Valley Operations
Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel is responsible for the day-to-day needs and services of the Squamish Valley Members, programs, and facilities. The department provides an array of programs and services to Members living in the Squamish Valley. These services include:
- Child and Family Services
- Community Operations
Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel Reception
Address: 1380 Stawamus Road Squamish, BC V8B 0B5
Mailing Address: PO Box 2180 Squamish, BC V8B 0B5
Director: Austin Chandler
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Name: Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel
“Ta na wa Ch’áwat ta Sx̱wéx̱wel” could be interpreted as “the ones who help the valley”. “Sx̱ wéx̱ wel” refers to any valley, not just the Squamish Valley.
Programs & Services
Administration provides financial, clerical and communication support to SV Councillors and senior managers in the Squamish Valley. It plans and supports community functions, events, funerals, community meetings, special celebrations, and information sessions. It is also responsible for:
- Nation deliveries such as fish distribution and special food deliveries.
- SV Newsletter printing and delivery, mail log, special notices for other departments, and external communications.
- Fleet vehicles, gas purchase orders (POs) and annual maintenance.
The Administration department is the direct link for all emergency management in the Squamish Valley, as well as a link for the dog bylaw officer.
Ayás Mén̓men Child & Family Services in the Squamish Valley
Case Management Division
The goal of the Case Management team is to provide cultural and community-centered services that respect the best interests and rights of the children, in an environment that provides them with safety and security, and that enables them to ultimately achieve their full potential as healthy, competent, well-adjusted people with pride in their identity as Members of their Nation. These goals are achieved within a strong and supportive family and community.
Child & Youth Support Division
The work of the Youth Team supports the children and families of the Nation through group and individual activities. The emphasis is on cultural training, behavioral management and building self-esteem. The general practice and philosophy is to actively reach out to community youth to support the physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual well-being of the youth, to encourage life skills development and provide cultural teachings.
Prevention & Community Awareness Division
This team develops special projects to deliver information on child & family services to the community. The main objective of this division is to make sure there is enough support in the community for families to survive crises without having to put children into care, and for the entire family to eventually lead healthy, productive lives. This involves leading an outreach team, developing educational programs as well as personally educating the community on awareness and warning signs, as well as advising members of support systems available and where to turn in times of crisis.
Family Programs Division
The Family Centers provide proactive prevention and education strategies to all Squamish families. In the Squamish Valley, Ayas Lam have regularly scheduled programs with a team of specialists (speech and language, infant development, supported child development, health nurse, ECE) and staff to assist parents with family issues, providing one-on-one support, workshops and other activities.
The team coordinates and sends flyers out for a year-round schedule of programs designed to help parents and children learn about life skills, family dynamics and to receive training in the Squamish language, cultural, social and family tradition.
“Head Start” takes a holistic approach. The program is built around the whole child and is responsive to the community environment within which the child is growing up. The program is built around 6 essential components for enhancing early childhood development:
- Culture & Language – bring in a Squamish language teacher, songs, etc.
- Education – continual provides information to parents.
- Health Promotion – teach families healthy eating, healthy cooking (Cooking with Carmen)
- Nutrition – healthy living, healthy lifestyle (Garden growing and preparing for families)
- Parent & Family Involvement – parent participation encouraged at Program House
- Social Support – provide external supports, when needed.
- Aboriginal Supported Child Development/Aboriginal Infant Development to identify and support Indigenous children who are at risk for a developmental delay or who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability
- Aboriginal Infant Development Program/HIPPY coordinator to support early intervention for children and families at risk, and our HIPPY (Reading) program for parents, in their own home
- Speech & language support
- Pre- and post-natal education and programs, immunizations, sex education, SAFE clinic
- Dental Hygienist focused on the prevention of dental disease and promotion of good oral health practices in children.
The building service and field repair programs are coordinated in the Squamish Valley. This also includes working with the Community Operations Department and the Operations Team. This team consists of senior management, an Administration Coordinator, three Field Repair staff, three events Crew/Custodians and casual/on-call staff, who are responsible for oversight for community infrastructure projects in the Squamish Valley. The field repair staff maintain roads, buildings and complete minor home repairs to our 120 homes in Squamish Valley.
Building services provides cleaning for Nation-owned buildings and support for events within Totem Hall.
The Education division’s main focus is to provide services for students ages three months to eighteen years old. We operate the Totem Preschool and the Tin Mun Mun Daycare for children aged 3 months to 12 years. To ensure the success of our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw learners in School District #48, we collaborate with the School District through an enhancement agreement and a government-to-government protocol agreement.
To be inclusive of our whole community, we also provide cultural workshops for adults and elders in our community. The division is dedicated to the revival and continuation of our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh cultural teachings, practices, and our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim (language).
The Elders program provides activities and outings for the Elders of the Squamish Valley, including:
- Weekly social lunches and bi-monthly birthday lunches
- Christmas & New Year’s event
- Annual Elders Gathering
- Elders Summer Social
- Exercise program, arts and crafts, and swimming passes
- Elders language
- Elders medical transportation
Elders Coordinator: Shawn Turgeon
The mandate of the division is to help maintain the financial and technological (IT) integrity of the Nation’s government. The primary role is to assist Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) in strengthening the effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of our overall operations. The division also provides support and advice to other departments in the areas of finance and provides support to individual Nation Members in the areas of taxation, insurance and technology support.
Yúustway Health Services in the Squamish Valley
- Community Health and Wellness Division
- Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion Division
- Home and Community Care Division
At YHS, we provide members with the best possible public and preventative health services and advocate for access to government and community health programs and services.
Squamish Nation Community Health Nurses provide community-based health services and information. Services include:
- Pre- and post-natal care
- HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) prevention and awareness, sexual health information
- Flu clinics
- Communicable disease control
- Diabetes awareness and prevention
Public Health Nurse: Elizabeth Grant
Our Addictions Counsellors provide counselling and treatment referral services in North and West Vancouver and the Squamish Valley. Services include:
- One-to-one counselling
- Support completing treatment assessment/referral/application forms
- Support coordinating travel to and from treatment
- Development of wellness plans including pre- and post-treatment care
- Provision of prevention and awareness information
- Support and coordination of community-based services (such as talking circles), etc.
The Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion division works to identify and build community specific health promotion and disease prevention programs and resources, provide advocacy and support to community members seeking to access health services, and advocate for national level policy change to improve overall health and access to funding for First Nations Peoples.
The Health Benefits Advocacy and Promotion team provides advocacy and support to community members accessing health programs and services.
- Provision of health prevention and awareness materials and information
- Provision of contact and program information related to Health Canada Non-Insured Health Benefits
- Support to complete Health Canada forms and applications
- Advocacy and support to follow up on various applications to Health Canada
- Management and administration of the Squamish Nation Health Project
- Support and coordination of Medical Transportation funding as per Health Canada policy and procedures
- Support and referral to other health services related to the provincial government, Vancouver Coastal Health and other organizations
The Home and Community Care division assists clients with activities of daily life including personal care tasks and homemaking. The division also ensures that advanced medical/nursing care is provided by hospitals/long-term care facilities as required. The goal of the division is to promote maximum independence and enhanced quality of life for care recipients by providing service that supplements and complements (but that does not replace) the care provided by families, friends and the community.
This dedicated team provides holistic personal care and homemaking services to on reserve clients in their homes in Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) communities.
- Assessing and monitoring health status
- Foot care
- Light homemaking
Manager: Samantha Clarke
Member Support Services in the Squamish Valley
Membership Support Services provides a first point of contact for Members seeking crisis intervention, consultation, guidance and financial support. Emergency Service Officers provide support for emergency funding; during this process they collect and review information to ensure all options are available to Nation Members.
The team works with other departments, organizations and agencies to ensure Members are able to access all services and resources available.
Emergency Services provides financial assistance to Elders on reserve for hydro, gas and new home furnishings. Medical Transportation is provided to assist members with medical appointments, as needed.
Recreation Services in the Squamish Valley
Recreation provides all sport and recreation, family, wellness and cultural and community programs that meet the holistic needs of our Members. The division manages the following for the Squamish Valley:
- Recreation Gym (Totem Hall)
- Fitness & Weight Room and Equipment
- S.V. Teen Center and Youth Programs
The Recreation team feels that meeting all needs of an individual creates a whole and healthy community. We provide a variety of programs focusing on health and wellness for community members from infants to Elders. We work in partnership with other departments to assist with training for community and youth, as well as cost sharing and applying for grants.
There are many programs that the team offers to children, youth, adults, and families. Some of these programs include indoor hockey, soccer, basketball, Zumba, family nights, cultural classes, community gardening, family game night, healthy children program, preteen & teen programs, and a variety of fitness programs. Special events and programs include family movie nights, holiday parties and events and dances.
We have one 36 passenger bus and one 15 passenger van to provide transportation for our programs and events.
- Drop-in and planned programs are offered every day.
- Times and programs are scheduled between preteens and teens.
The Summer Fun Program is a day camp program for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years. An average of 25 to 30 children attend each day. Full program details are shared before the program starts.
- The program runs for seven weeks, including one week of training for student workers.
- Programs consist of a variety of day trips around Greater Vancouver and Squamish Valley.
- Healthy lunches are provided to the children on a daily basis.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
Throughout the year, a variety of personal trainers and instructors are contracted to provide programs utilizing fitness room equipment and to educate on use of equipment, etc.