Shxwelméxwelh (Constitution)

We, the six villages of the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw, are joining together – in our own way and according to our own laws – to become Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw. Members of our communities can show their support, by voting on the Constitution/Shxwelméxwelh from November 4-15, 2020.

What is a Constitution?

Shxwelméxwelh means the Stó:lō way and is our word for constitution.

Our Constitution:

  • Describes who we are, what is important to us, and how our teachings (s’í:wes) will inform our own government.
  • Is the highest Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw law.
  • Can grow and change as our nation changes.
  • Was created by SXTA Leadership after years of public input and was revised after public input in June 2020.

Revised Constitution

Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Hikw Lalem (Government)

Vote on your Constitution

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We Heard Your Thoughts about Your Constitution. Check out the Community Input Report and the changes we made!

Please check out the Community Public Input Report and the changes made to the Constitution based on your input in our Constitution News Bulletin or contact us via email:, phone: 604 824 3281 or Facebook @TheSXTA.

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Sto:lo Shxwelméxwelh/Constitution Overview

NOTE: Changes have been made to the Constitution based on Public Input, which aren’t reflected in this document. The Grand Chiefs Advisory Council mentioned in this document has been removed and the Youth Advisory Council age has been changed to 14-25. Two appointees will be made to both Youth Advisory Council and Elders Advisory Councils, one a full member and the other an alternate.