Notice on the Status of the Constitution Vote

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.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR VOTE!

The SXTA Outreach team is offering voting incentives! 🤩 After you vote, let our team know what size and color t-shirt you would like. You will ALSO be entered into a draw for a $1000 and a 52” TV.
This draw will take place on November 18th! If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the Outreach and Communications team @ outreach@sxta.bc.ca or visit the website @ www.sxta.bc.ca/vote

Notice of Public Meeting

 

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

5:30 pm

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).

The full version of the Shxwelméxwelh can be found at: https://www.sxta.bc.ca/constitution/ or can be mailed to you by emailing outreach@sxta.bc.ca or by calling 604 824 3281.

Other events include:

  1. Virtual SXTA Annual Gathering
    October 17th, 2020 @ 12pm (guest speakers, staff and others to be in person at the Coast Hotel 45290, Chilliwack at 11:30am). Via FB live: @TheSXTA
  2. SXTA Townhall
    October 27th @ 5:30pm , 43101 Leq’á:mel Gymnasium, Deroche

NOTIFICATION OF PUBLIC MEETING final

Notice of Ratification

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

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

SXTA Trip to Maa’nulth territories

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.

SXTA trip to Nunatsiavut

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)

Community Input Public Report Released

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.