2017 Rating

2017 Rationale

Efforts to bolster the Squamish Nation’s language and traditions have ignited a period of cultural renewal and continuity for Howe Sound’s Indigenous people. (Assessment is not appropriate due to the nature of the subject).

NB: An update for Cultural Continuity was not available at the time the 2020 report was released. If an update becomes available, it will be added here. 

The following is an excerpt from the full 2017 article. Download the full article for all content and references.

Cultural Continuity

Author: Julie Gardner, Ph.D., Dovetail Consulting Group
Reviewers: Chief Bill Williams, Lead Negotiator, Aboriginal Rights & Title, Squamish Nation Chief

Ian Campbell, Cultural Liaison Ambassador & Negotiator, Squamish Nation

Chief Gibby Jacob, Executive Operating Officer, Squamish Nation Councillor

Chris Lewis, Squamish Nation

Excerpt from 2017 article

The people of the Squamish Nation are in a time of powerful cultural renewal and revitalization. Interest in and adherence to cultural traditions and practices, including learning Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim (the Squamish language), is growing strongly. This follows a period when cultural continuity was somewhat interrupted by external forces. Thus, while Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim is critically endangered, the language is still a vital part of the Squamish culture. 

Read the full article to see what else is happening.

Background: View looking towards the mouth of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound. (Credit: Tracey Saxby, Visual Science)

What can you do?

    • Study the Nation’s stories and cultural history. 
    • Visit the Squamish Líl’wat Cultural Centre at slcc.ca. The Centre manages cherished collections of the Squamish Nation, and has many ambassadors from the Nation who work there and provide a daily tour of the facilities.
    • Keep an eye open for events you can attend, like art shows or Powwows – try the Squamish Nation Facebook page — facebook.com/SquamishNation
    • Engage with the Squamish Nation on planning for Howe Sound.
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