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
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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To the Members of our SXTA Communities:
During this unprecedented period of self-quarantine and social distancing, we wanted to let you know that the SXTA Executive and Leadership, with the well-being of our communities uppermost in mind, remain focused on the treaty goals and objectives. We continue guiding our path and moving forward to self-governance and treaty. We developed and are carrying out a plan to continue our efforts as fully as possible. Members of the SXTA Executive and Leadership are meeting virtually on a regular basis; likewise, our Treaty Negotiation Team continues with its ongoing negotiations with BC and Canada. Our staff are working from home during this period and remain committed to carrying out our work plans. Members of our Outreach team will continue reaching out to you by email, by telephone, social media and other creative means to hear your thoughts on our Constitution and treaty, and to keep you fully informed about our work. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through our Outreach Team. We continue to look after our communities as our highest priority.
In unity with you and your families at this time,
The SXTA Executive
Chief Maureen Chapman, President
Chief Angie Bailey, Vice-President
Chief Derek Epp, Secretary/Treasurer
Councillor James Paterson
Chief Terry Horne
Chief Mark Point