Help
create a
Squamish
Nation
Constitution

Our Voices. Our Future. Our Way.

What’s this project all about?


The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw S7ulh kwis Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation Constitution Project) is an opportunity to look forward and build our future together. How? By setting out who we are as a Nation and what we stand for as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people. The Squamish Nation Constitution will guide us, our decision-makers, and our leaders to shape everything we do as a Nation. 

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Credits

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Photo: Logan Swayze

A people’s initiative

The Constitution Project is for the benefit of our Nation. It exists because we voted for it at the People’s Assembly in November 2022. It will be created by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people, independent of Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixwelected (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 Member 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.

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Photo: Logan Swayze

We need
your help

We want the Constitution Project to represent our community and to support future generations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people. That’s why it’s so important for every single one of us to help shape the Constitution. Your voice matters and we want to hear from you!


GET INVOLVED

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JUNE 26TH, 2024

Join us for Constitutional Gathering 1!

Ready to get involved in the process and really have your say?

At this gathering, you’ll get a chance to share what matters most to you and what sections you think should be included in our Nation’s Constitution.

Got questions?

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Project Timeline

The Squamish Nation Constitution Project is kicking off this spring. 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!

2022
2025

Resolution to Create a Constitution

November 2022

At the People’s Assembly in November 2022, a majority of voting Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people passed a resolution to create a Squamish Constitution by September 2025. This began the journey we are on together now!

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Research and Planning

August 2023 – April 2024

Through interviews, focus groups, and listening surveys, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people from across the Nation shared their ideas about how the Constitution Project should work. That’s why we are now kicking off a process for drafting a Constitution that puts Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people at its center.

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Photo: Kelli Rothwell

Invitation to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People

April 2024

We need everyone at the table when it comes to creating the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Constitution. That’s why we’re reaching out to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw 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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Photo: Logan Swayze

Project Kickoff

April 2024

On April 28, we officially kickoff the project with an info sharing session to make sure everyone understands what this project is about and what we’re working towards. All Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw people are invited to get involved and ask questions—in person or online. Join us!

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Constitution Gathering Session Part 1

June 2024

At the first Constitutional Gathering Session, you’ll get a chance to share what matters most to you and what sections you think should be included in our Nation’s Constitution.

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Working Group Assembly 1

June 2024 – June 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 Session Part 2

October 2024

At the second Constitutional Gathering, Working Group members will present the first draft of the Constitution so that Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people can give feedback and make sure that it represents all of us as Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people.

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Photo: SLCC

Working Group Assembly 2

October 2024

The Working Group adjusts the draft Constitution based on Member feedback that was collected in the second Gathering.

Constitution Gathering Session Part 3

November 2024

Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people get to see an updated draft of the Constitution, which should better align and balance everyone’s visions. At this third Gathering, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people can make final arguments for sections to be added or removed, and we can start to pin down the wording of each section.

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Working Group Assembly 3

November 2024

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

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Constitution Gathering Session Part 4

February 2025

The Working Group presents a final draft of the Constitution to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw people. This is the last chance for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people to review the draft Constitution and flag any concerns.

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Photo: SLCC

Working Group Assembly 4

February 2025

The Working Group will meet to finalize the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Constitution based on final input received from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people at the fourth Gathering.

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Constitution Orientations

June 2025 – August 2024

Once our Member-created Constitution is ready, we’ll take it into the community to make sure all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw people understand what it means for them and future generations.

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Inspiring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw People to Vote

August 2025 – August 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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