What’s this project all about?


The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh word for “constitution” is S7ulh kwis Úxwumixw, which means “our way of being a nation”. The goal of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Constitution Project is to get all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw stélmexw to participate in deciding our way of being a nation. This is a chance to make sure we always do things that are true to our ways, our culture, and our strengths. 

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A people’s initiative

The Constitution Project exists because Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People voted for it at the People’s Assembly in November 2022. It will be created by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People, independent of elected Council, and with input from all of us. As Paítsmuḵ (Dave Jacobs) said when he proposed the creation of a Squamish Constitution, it will be for us, by us.” 


A two-year process

The Constitution will be drafted by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People over a two-year period. This includes the creation of the Constitution through Gatherings, working groups, feedback sessions, orientations, and finally a vote in September 2025 on whether or not to adopt the Constitution that we create together. Want to learn more about the project? Click here.

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Your voice matters.

We want the Constitution Project to represent our community and to support future generations of Skwxwú7mesh People. That’s why it’s so important for every single Nation person to help shape the Constitution. Your voice matters and we want to hear from you! Share your thoughts by answering these short questions now.


GET INVOLVED

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JUNE 26TH, 2024

Join us for Constitutional Gathering 1!

Ready to get involved and really have your say? This gathering will be our first opportunity to come together and start discussing exactly what should be included in our Constitution. 


Likely discussion topics will include who we are as a nation, our territorial rights, and the values and principles that matter most to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stélmex. Your voice matters – don’t miss this chance to be heard!

Got questions?

This page has answers! Don’t see your question on the list? Submit your question and we’ll answer it. 

  • What’s a constitution?
  • Why should I get involved?
  • Is a constitution a colonial or Western idea?

Project Timeline

The Squamish Nation Constitution Project is underway. There are lots of ways to get involved, whether you want to speak in front of a crowd, invite someone from the project to your table for a conversation, submit your thoughts directly online, or something else. Be part of the process!

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2025

Resolution to Create a Constitution

November 2022

At the People’s Assembly in November 2022, a majority of us passed a resolution to create a Squamish Constitution by September 2025. This began the journey we are starting together now!

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Research and Planning

August 2023 – January 2024

Through interviews, focus groups, and listening surveys, Skwxwú7mesh People from across the Nation shared their ideas about how the Constitution Project should work. This helped to shape the process for drafting our Constitution—putting Skwxwú7mesh People at its center.

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Invitation to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People

March 2024 – April 2024

We need everyone at the table when it comes to creating the Skwxwú7mesh Constitution. We reached out to Skwxwú7mesh People using email, text messages, social media, and a video to introduce the project and inspire you to get involved. If you haven’t heard from us yet, let us know! Your voice matters, and we want you to be part of this monumental project.

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Project Kickoff

April 29, 2024

To make sure everyone understands what this project is about and what we’re working towards, we hosted info sharing sessions in multiple locations so that everyone could be involved and ask questions. These sessions were open to all Squamish People. If you missed it, check out the event summary to stay up to date!

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Constitution Gathering 1

June 26, 2024

his gathering will be our first opportunity to come together and start discussing exactly what should be included in our Constitution.

Likely discussion topics:

• Who we are, where we come from, and where we are going
• Our Constitution and self-determination
• Sḵwx̱wú7mesh values and principles

Don’t miss this chance to imagine a better future for yourself, your family, and for Squamish People for generations to come.

Sign up now to attend in-person or online.
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Constitution Working Group (CWG) Session 1

July 2024 – August 2024

The Constitution Working Group will take everything they heard in the first Constitution Gathering to map out the sections of the Squamish Constitution and start drafting the text within each section.

Constitution Gathering 2

October 2, 2024

At the second Constitutional Gathering, Working Group members will present the next segment of the Constitution outline and ask questions to get feedback that will help form and fill in that segment of the Constitution.

Likely discussion topics:

• Who can be recognized as Skwxwu7mesh Stelmexw?
• Rights and responsibilities of Skwxwu7mesh Stelmexw

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Constitution Working Group (CWG) Session 2

October 2024 – October 2024

The Constitution Working Group adjusts the draft Constitution and adds new sections based on feedback collected in the second Gathering.

Constitution Gathering 3

November 17, 2024

Likely discussion topics:

• Structure of Skwxwu7mesh government
• Council and People’s Assembly
• Election and Referendum process
• Process for making laws to protect Skwxwu7mesh Stelmexw and Skwxwu7mesh territory

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Working Group (CWG) Session 3

December 2024

The Working Group adjusts the specific language in the draft Constitution based on Peoples’ feedback that was collected in the third Gathering.

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Constitution Gathering 4

February 9, 2025

Likely discussion topics:

• Describing Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territory
• Caring for the land and Skwxwu7mesh territory
• Process for adopting and amending our Constitution

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Working Group (CWG) Session 4

March 2025 – March 2025

The Working Group will meet to work on a draft of the Skwxwú7mesh Constitution based on the final input received from Skwxwú7mesh People at the fourth Gathering.

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Constitution Gathering 5

April 2025 – April 2025

The Constitution Working Group will present the draft of the Skwxwú7mesh People created Constitution for review. This will be the final opportunity for Skwxwú7mesh People to provide any input for the constitution.

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CWG (Constitution Working Group) Session #5

April 2025 – May 2025

The CWG will work on updating the draft Skwxwu7mesh constitution based on the input provided from the fifth gathering.

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Constitution Gathering 6

May 2025

Skwxwú7mesh People will have the opportunity to review the final draft of the constitution at this meeting.

CWG (Constitution Working Group) Session #6

May 2025 – June 2025

The CWG will have their final meeting

Constitution Orientations

July 2025 – September 2025

The Constitution team will take time to show and explain the Constitution to folks across Squamish Nation. The goal of this outreach work is to make sure all Squamish People are aware of our Constitution and understand what it’s about.

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Inspiring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw People to Vote

August 2025 – September 2025

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw People will have already worked for months shaping and polishing our Constitution. But it won’t be official until Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People vote to approve it. To make sure as many of us as possible vote for the Constitution, we’ll be out in the community to inspire everyone to vote. We want everyone in the community to come together to make history!

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Referendum

September 2025

Don’t miss this chance to vote on whether or not to adopt the Squamish Nation Constitution. This is our Constitution – for us, by us – and it will benefit our Nation for generations to come. That’s why we need a record number of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People to vote. Help make Squamish history. Vote in the Referendum!

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