Decision In Criminal Trial Regarding Former Council Co-Chair/Department Head Ms. Krisandra Jacobs

Dear Squamish Nation Members,

As a part of the Squamish Nation’s on-going commitment to inform our community regarding the criminal trial of former Council Co-Chair and Department Head Ms. Krisandra Jacobs, today a verdict has been reached. Ms. Jacobs has been found guilty, under Canadian Law.

With a guilty verdict, the next stage in criminal justice process will be a sentencing hearing scheduled for a later date. While the Squamish Nation was not involved in the court proceedings during the criminal trial, the Nation will participate in the sentencing hearing by providing a victim impact statement.

A victim impact statement is a written statement that “describes the physical or emotional harm, property damage or physical loss that the victim of an offence has suffered.” In this case, the Squamish Nation was the victim of theft and fraud. The statement allows the Squamish Nation to explain how the crime affected the Nation to the Court and offender. The Court will use the statement while it considers the appropriate sentence for Ms. Jacobs.

The Squamish Nation is committed to providing further updates as new information comes forward.

On behalf of the Council,

Khelsilem

Council Chairperson