Results of the SXTA Shxwelméxwelh (Constitution) Vote
November 17, 2020
At this time the SXTA’s Elections Official has confirmed the following voting outcomes (click the image for a larger view):
NOTICE ON THE STATUS OF THE VOTE ON THE CONSTITUTION
TO: ALL ELIGIBLE MEMBERS OF Áthelets (Aitchelitz), Ch’iyáqtel (Tzeachten), Leq’á:mel (Lakahamen), Sq’ewá:lxw (Skawahlook), Sq’ewqéyl (Skowkale), and Yeqwyeqwí:ws (Yakweakwioose) First Nations.
Dear Community Members:
An announcement of the result of the Vote on the Constitution will be made on Tuesday afternoon (November 17), following receipt from the Chief Electoral Officer of the Certified Final Outcome for each First Nation.
Please check back for updates.
The SXTA Leadership appreciate everyone who turned out to vote, and appreciate your patience as we await the official announcement of the result.
To: ELIGIBLE VOTERS OF THE STO:LO XWEXWILMEXW TREATY ASSOCIATION (SXTA) COMMUNITIES
A public meeting to inform members about a ratification vote for the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Shxwelméxwelh will be held on:
October 22, 2020
Coast Chilliwack Hotel
The Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Shxwelméxwelh is the Constitution for the six communities who make up the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw. The document describes the rules of conduct for our future Híkw Lálém (Government).
Other events include:
TO: ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS OF Áthelets (Aitchelitz), Ch’iyáqtel (Tzeachten), Leq’á:mel (Lakahamen), Sq’ewá:lxw (Skawahlook), Sq’ewqéyl (Skowkale), and Yeqwyeqwí:ws (Yakweakwioose) First Nations.
TAKE NOTICE that a Ratification Vote will be held in accordance with the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) Ratification Voting Procedures from Friday, November 13, 2020, to Saturday, November 14, 2020, in order to determine if the Voters of the six member First Nations of the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) approve the Constitution (Shxwelméxwelh) of the Stó:lō Xwexwílmexw. The results of the Ratification Vote will be announced on November 15. To see more click here. Or go to sxta.bc.ca/vote
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
SÍ:YÓLEXWE LÁLÉM – ELDERS ADVISORY COUNCIL
SI:YÓ:MELH LÁLÉM – GRAND CHIEF ADVISORY COUNCIL
See the full explanation in our NEWS BULLETIN
In February 2020, a group of SXTA leaders and staff went to Vancouver Island to visit the communities who came together to sign the Maa’nulth Final Agreement – Huu-ay-aht; Toquaht; Uchucklesaht; Yuułuʔiłʔath; and Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’.
“Our trip to see the Maa’nulth group was actually to find out information from the treaty groups on their experience and also some of their expectations from that treaty process. . . What I found from their governance is that each of them were unique. It wasn’t a cookie cutter process. They each defined what governance meant to themselves.”
Chief Alice Thompson of of Leq’á:mel
To hear more about this trip, check out our Stó:lō Signal Podcast, Episode 5 (out on Aug. 28, 2020).
See maps of the communities here.
In January 2020, Tzeachten Chief Derek Epp and staff members visited Nunatsiavut, Labrador to learn about that nation’s governance model.
“[Nunatsiavut has] six different communities, similar in style to what we have proposed with individual communities who still operate independently. But they also come together as a collective national government to take on various jurisdictions and issues at a national level.”
Chief Derek Epp
To learn more about this trip listen to Episode 5 of our Stó:lō Signal Podcast (out on Aug. 28)
The Shxwelmexwelh/Constitution was approved by Leadership on September 23, 2019. With the draft document in hand, Outreach and Communications team members moved forward with a series of community events, digital and door-to-door engagements from October 2019 to March 15, 2020. Their goal was to engage Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Community members in learning about and providing feedback on the Constitution.
The results of that community engagement have been tallied in this report and will be mailed or emailed to community members. It can also be found by clicking here or on the picture below.