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


  • 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.


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


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


  • 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.

Youth Gathering

Join us for a weekend of fun and learning about leadership and governance. We want our youth (ages 15-25) to engage in and provide input into Community Wellness, Governance, Land Use Planning, Fishing and Careers and more. The SXTA Youth Gathering 2019 will be held on April 12, 13 and 14 at the Sto:lo Coqualeezta Grounds. Youth will stay overnight in a supervised environment and meals will be provided.

Win a laptop or an iPad. Play Slahal and camp out! Run for National Leader and Vote!

Transportation available upon request. All youth must be pre-registered by April 4.

Contact Danya Douglas at 604 824 3281 or for more information.

Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw, B.C., Canada move forward on major treaty innovations


October 13, 2018

Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association, Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia signed an agreement yesterday that supports new and innovative approaches to modern treaty negotiations in B.C., and advances them to the final phase of treaty negotiations.

A treaty negotiations Memorandum of Understanding was signed at a ceremony in the Leq’á:mel community by the Chiefs from the six First Nations of the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association (SXTA) and ministers from the provincial and federal governments.

The new agreement commits to a rights-recognition approach for a treaty agreement, consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The new approach explicitly recognizes that Aboriginal rights are inherent and cannot be extinguished or surrendered. It also shifts away from seeking a full and final settlement. Instead, this new approach builds a collaborative and predictable ongoing government-to-government relationship that can adapt to changing circumstances over time, as policies evolve or new rights are established by the courts, for example.

Under this approach, Canada, B.C. and the SXTA have agreed to develop a “core” treaty together. Key elements, such as the constitutional relationship, self-government, land ownership, and jurisdiction, would be set out in a constitutionally protected core treaty. But administrative and operational policy matters, such as program delivery and government administration, would be included in supplementary agreements, which are more easily amended than current treaties. Some topics may be concluded at a later date, as part of a living document.

Working collaboratively and developing new approaches to reach agreements is a key part of achieving reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada. The MOU puts into practice innovations that flow from federal and provincial government commitments to relationships with Indigenous peoples based on respect and recognition, and guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls-to-action, and case law.

Chief Terry Horne, Yakweakwioose First Nation

Our goal has been to get out from under the Indian Act and to assert our lawmaking authority on S’ólh Téméxw, our land. We do this today for our children tomorrow. Our Stó:lō communities are pleased to be entering into final negotiations on this ground-breaking treaty.”

 Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“This Memorandum of Understanding is the result of years of hard work on the part of the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association, with the governments of Canada and British Columbia. This is key milestone towards a treaty that is consistent with Canada’s commitment to UNDRIP, and to the recognition and affirmation of Indigenous Rights.”

Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“This new partnership with the SXTA launches a fundamentally new approach to negotiating a treaty, one that better addresses inherent Aboriginal rights and self-determination. Our government is serious about creating real change and developing treaties that support lasting reconciliation and lead to healthy and prosperous First Nations communities, for the benefit of all British Columbians.”

 Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission

“With the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding, Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association, Canada, and BC are advancing their nation-to-nation relationship and innovative approaches to treaty negotiations. The BC treaty negotiations process is proving to be the best nation-building opportunity for Indigenous peoples in the country through Indigenous rights recognition.”