August 2, 2023: North Vancouver, BC – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), working closely with the Vancouver School Board and Renewal Home Development, and supported by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Parks Board, have saved an historic building from demolition. The 111-year-old building, known locally as the “Little Yellow Schoolhouse” has been a fixture of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, also known as the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh village of Sen̓áḵw. The building had been slated for demolition to make way for the new Henry Hudson Elementary School. It will now be repurposed by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw to help fill the Nation’s urgent infrastructure needs. The “Little Yellow Schoolhouse” is being moved from its current location and relocated to Xwmélch’tstn (Capilano), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh reserve land on the North Shore. Here are the details of the move:
The Nation will be holding a media availability as the building moves along the Spirit Trail on Welch Street to its new location close to Chief Joe Mathias Centre.
When: Thursday, August 3, 2023
Time: Anytime between 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: outside Ta na wa Shéway I7x̱w ta Úxwumixw (Planning & Capital Projects) office, 193 Mathias Rd. West Vancouver, BC, V7P 1P6
B-roll of the overnight move will be available at this link and there is parking for media on-site. Note that due to road closures for the move, it is advised to enter Xwmélch’tstn (Capilano) via Marine Drive and Mathias Road.
For more information, please contact:
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw – email@example.com
Renewal Home Development – Glyn Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org, 778-522-0753
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (also known as the Squamish Nation) is a unity of the Squamish Peoples with an uplifting culture, rich history, and exciting future. The Nation is an innovative Indigenous government that uses its resources to provide, guide, and protect the Squamish territory and Squamish People. The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Stélmexw (Squamish People) continue to reside in the area now described as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The largest proportion of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Members live in several urban reserve communities in the present-day cities of Vancouver, North and West Vancouver and the municipality of Squamish, B.C. Over 47 per cent of the nearly 4,100 Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Members live on-reserve, and membership is determined by guidelines set out in the Squamish Nation Membership Code. The Nation has never ceded or surrendered title to its lands, rights to its resources or the power to make decisions within its territory. Learn more: squamish.net/about-our-nation.