ANNOUNCING CHANGES TO OUR SHXWELMÉXWELH/CONSTITUTiON

We heard you! Our leaders agreed to the following changes to the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Shxwelméxwelh based on our community members’ input.

XWEXWÍLMEXWÓ:LLH LÁLÉM –  YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • The age range is amended to 14 to 25 and an alternate will also be appointed. If the youth is elected to council, another Youth Advisory Council member will be chosen.

SÍ:YÓLEXWE LÁLÉM – ELDERS ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • We added a standard term of four years for Elders representatives and included an alternate.

SI:YÓ:MELH LÁLÉM – GRAND CHIEF ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • The Grand Chiefs Advisory Council was removed. Villages can consult with Grand Chiefs by appointing them to the Elders Advisory Council

 DECISION MAKING

  • To address concerns around representation of our varied communities at the National Government table, leadership has decided to aim for consensus or use another process that will become part of the Governance Act. This act will be one of the first laws our new nation will create once we are self-governing.

See the full explanation in our NEWS BULLETIN

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