About

The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh word for “constitution” is S7ulh kwis Úxwumixw, which means “our way of being a nation”. The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Constitution Project is a people’s initiative with the goal of getting all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Stélmexw to participate in deciding our way of being a nation.

From the beginning, the Project Team has designed the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Constitution Project to be transparent, welcoming, and open. The Constitution is something we will create together for the benefit of all of us. Your voice matters just as much as anyone’s, and our Constitution will affect you as much as it affects any another Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stélmexw. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to get involved. 

Starting in June of 2024, a series of Constitution Gatherings will be open for all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stélmexw to attend and provide input on what should be included in our constitution. The Constitution Working Group will take the input they collect at these gatherings and use it to draft our constitution. Then, in subsequent Gatherings, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stélmexw will have opportunities to review the Working Group’s progress and provide feedback. 

Constitution Gatherings are not the only way to get involved. You can get your voice heard online by asking questions, sending suggestions, and responding to surveys. The best way to make sure you stay up to date and don’t miss a single opportunity is to join the mailing list.

In September of 2025, there will be a referendum on whether or not to officially adopt the constitution. If we all help shape our constitution, we can make sure it represents all Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Stélmexw and that it is successfully adopted.

project timeline

The Squamish Nation Constitution Project is underway. There are lots of ways to get involved, both in-person and online. The best way to make sure you don’t miss a single opportunity is to join the mailing list now.

2022
2025

November 2022

Resolution to Create a Constitution

August 2023 – January 2024

Research and Planning

March 2024 – April 2024

Invitation to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People

April 29, 2024

Project Kickoff

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June 26, 2024

Constitution Gathering 1

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July 2024 – August 2024

Constitution Working Group (CWG) Session 1

October 2, 2024

Constitution Gathering 2

October 2024 – October 2024

Constitution Working Group (CWG) Session 2

November 17, 2024

Constitution Gathering 3

December 2024

Working Group (CWG) Session 3

February 9, 2025

Constitution Gathering 4

March 2025 – March 2025

Working Group (CWG) Session 4

April 2025 – April 2025

Constitution Gathering 5

April 2025 – May 2025

CWG (Constitution Working Group) Session #5

May 2025

Constitution Gathering 6

May 2025 – June 2025

CWG (Constitution Working Group) Session #6

July 2025 – September 2025

Constitution Orientations

August 2025 – September 2025

Inspiring Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw People to Vote

September 2025

Referendum


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Project TEAM

Project Manager

Danielle is a leader in her family and our community. She gets things done and brings Sḵwx̱wú7mesh stélmexw together. More than anything, she cares about this Nation and the next generation of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People. That’s why she’s managing the Constitution Project. In her own time, Danielle advocates for healthy lifestyles, spending time outdoors especially in our own territory, backyard gardening growing vegetables and flowers and admiring the frequent year round hummingbirds.  

Engagement Officer

Rose is connected to her Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community across the Squamish Valley and the North Shore and has lots of community organizing experience. Rose wants to speak with and listen to other Sḵwx̱wú7mesh People about their thoughts and ideas about the Constitution Project and why it is so important for our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw. In her own time, she enjoys time in front of her loom, weaving, spending time with her family and walking their new addition, a puppy called Bolt. 

Administration Officer

Keisha brings passion for her community and a tireless work ethic to the Constitution Project Team. With her experience as an ironworker and foreman in the construction industry, Keisha is a strong leader and communicator. She’s excited to help bring the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community together. In her own time, she enjoys beading, arts, music and dancing silly for TikTok. 

Working Group

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member

Constitution Development Working Group Member


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