Special Business Meeting - 11 Jul 2023


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: STAFF REPORTS
3.i: Wa Iy̓ím ta Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Protocolbetween Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and the District of Squamish
4: TERMINATION
Special Business Meeting - July 11, 2023
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The District of Squamish council meeting was presented by Linda Glende, the CIO at the District of Squamish, and Asia Peterson, the research and projects coordinator. They presented the new protocol agreement between the Skomish Oak Mayo and the District of Squamish. The protocol agreement, named the Squamish Strong Protocol Agreement, is a values-based relationship agreement that outlines expectations for how to conduct work with the Squamish Nation. It provides guidance on how both the Squamish nation and the District of Squamish can work together to advance Truth and Reconciliation with the first nation. It also identifies guiding principles of the Squamish nation that must be upheld in order to do this shared work.

The Squamish Nation's strategic plan outlines that they will work closely with municipalities that upon whose territory they work. The District of Squamish's strategic plan aligns with this and specifically indicates the council will co-develop and sign a relationship agreement. The initial draft of the protocol agreement was drafted in May and both councils, Squamish nation and District of Squamish, have been reviewing the draft to get to a place where the protocol agreement is available for Council consideration and endorsement. If the Council endorses this agreement, which the Squamish nation has unanimously endorsed, there will be a ceremonial signing of the agreement with Squamish Nation later in the month.

The significance of signing and finalizing this protocol during July 2023 was highlighted, as it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Squamish Nation. The signing of the protocol is the first step in a cascade of agreements that will be signed and developed for shared priorities and shared work. The protocol is high level, relationship based, and principles based on how the work will be done together and how to advance reconciliation. More detailed work will come out in a series of memoranda of understanding on shared priorities and shared projects. The district endorsing and signing this protocol represents their commitment to work closely with the nation to honor their principles, to build and strengthen their relationship together, and to advance reconciliation in the Squamish Valley.

Armand Hurford
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hello and welcome to the special business meeting for the District of Squamish today is Tuesday July 11 2023 hello to Squamish oatmeal welcome to the traditional enunciated territory of the Squamish Nation please be advised this council meeting is being live streamed recorded and will be available to the public to view on the District of Squamish website following the meeting if you have concerns please notify the corporate officer present at the meeting can I have someone move adoption of the agenda please move by counselor Stoner second by counselor French all in favor motion carries thank you our first and only item on this special business meeting is the skohomish protocol agreement between the Squamish oatmeal and the District of Squamish I'll turn it over to staff for a short presentation

SPEAKER_03
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thank you mayor Herford um and good morning Council and community members watching my name is Linda glende I'm the CIO at the District of Squamish and beside me is Miss Asia Peterson our research and projects coordinator we're here today and happy to present to you and the community the new protocol agreement between the skomish oak mayo and the District of Squamish Ms Peterson is here with me presenting as well because while I sponsored the work that the staff did to support Council to get to this agreement Ms Peterson did most of the heavy lifting so why I'm forgive me I'm still learning how to say this but way lie on task omish Squamish strong protocol agreement it's a values-based relationship agreement and something that Squamish Nation indicated is relationship oriented in an umbrella agreement that will outline expectations for how to conduct work with the Squamish Nation provides guidance on how both the Squamish nation and the District of Squamish can work together to advance Truth and Reconciliation with the first nation and it also identifies guiding principles of the Squamish nation that must be upheld in order to do this shared work strategic plan indicates that sorry I was thinking that was our strategic plan this is the Squamish Nation strategic plan outlines that they will work closely with municipalities that upon whose territory we work and as well the District of Squamish strategic plan closely aligns and specifically indicates the council will co-develop and sign a relationship agreement and that's where we're at today in terms of process the initial draft was reviewed in or sorry drafted in May and both councils Squamish nation and District of Squamish have been reviewing the draft to get to a place where the protocol agreement that is attached to the agenda today is available for Council consideration and endorsement should Council endorse this agreement the Squamish nation has unanimously endorsed it there will be a ceremonial signing of the agreement with Squamish Nation later in the month and I will pass it over to miss Peterson now

SPEAKER_00
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thank you everyone so I just want to point to the significance of signing and finalizing this protocol during this month so July 2023 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Squamish Nation so that signifies the hundreds anniversary of 16 families or groups of Squamish people coming together to strengthen their position as United as one nation so the squamous Ohio that we refer to today so this is a really big month for Squamish Nation there's tons of celebrations going on throughout the territory including up here in the swamish valley we even have a special exhibit at the library that councilor Anderson has spearheaded along with Alice Gus so tons of history and significance around this month so we're really excited to be able to partner with Squamish Nation to sign this really important or values-based relationship protocol during this month so you'll also see in the report that the signing of the protocol is really just a first step in a Cascade of agreements that will that will be signed and developed for shared priorities and shared work so the protocol is more high level like Linda was saying it's relationship based it's more principles based on how we'll do this work together and how we'll Advance our conciliation and then the more detailed work will come out in a series of memoranda of understanding so on shared priorities shared projects that will get into the more nitty-gritty of how we're going to complete the work and what work is important for both governments but really the signing of the protocol really is a step forward in relationship building so the district endorsing and signing this protocol represents our commitment to work closely with the nation to honor their principles to build and strengthen our relationship together and to advance reconciliation here in the Squamish Valley it really inherently recognizes the rights and titles of the nation and highlights how we can work together to build out a framework that the supports Squamish people to really enjoy the full writes and titles that exist within the district's jurisdiction so we're recommending today that we endorse the protocol here um that the council endorses the protocol here and like Linda was saying it was unanimously supported by Squamish Nation Council and that mayor Hereford signed the protocol on behalf of the district at some time later this month hopefully in the next couple of weeks we're just ironing out the details at a ceremonial signing along with Squamish Nation which are and we do have a we wanted to share a video of how to say Squamish strong so we'll share that um maybe in the agenda package I'm not sure if we can do that do that or along with the counselors and there is a competition or a contest to enter for how to pronounce it properly and that's the title of the protocol thank you

Armand Hurford
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thank you so much for the present for the presentation and I just wanted to add that this um this work between um our our Council and the nation's Council wouldn't be possible without all the hard work of our staff so thank you so much and I know that I spent a lot of time interacting with your counterparts at the nation to get us here and um I'm just so thankful for that and that we are here today discussing this in this way so I'll go to council now cancel any questions or on this at all or I'd also welcome a mover if we want to go there and we can maybe capture our thoughts in comments counselor French

John French
0:07:55 (0:00:38)

thanks mayor the celebration that's being planned I'm curious to know if in the work that's being done so far and planning that is that um planning work being done in conjunction with other local governments and I'm thinking specifically about Vancouver City which is getting a presentation about this very same thing probably right about now and one of the north fans also discussed this last night so that celebration is it expected it's going to be all the local governments within the traditional territory participating

SPEAKER_00
0:08:33 (0:00:40)

thank you through the chair um it's planned that yeah there was a there were several local governments that share territory with Squamish nation and they are also signing similar or if not the same protocol agreements we won't be doing them all together at the same ceremony so it's we felt like it was important to have the ceremonial signing in the Squamish Valley so that's the hope for our ceremonial setting that it will happen you know in the district of Squamish and the other ones will probably happen down in Vancouver so I think I believe it's the city of Vancouver and the city of North Van who are also signing protocol agreements

Armand Hurford
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thank you counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:09:17 (0:00:29)

thank you for the chair thank you for all the work and bring this overview of the protocol in this staff report it speaks to next steps and how this is really just about a foundation it'll set us up for additional work going forward I'm just wondering if you can speak a little bit to the proposed next steps that we're taking internally at the district to prepare our staffing Council for ongoing positive relationship building with this Squamish Nation

SPEAKER_03
0:09:47 (0:01:02)

thank you through the chair the District of Squamish currently enjoys quite a positive relationship certainly staff to staff as well as Council account so you know and there is already work ongoing the eagle viewing chmdyke project as an example we're working on a servicing agreement as well so next steps would be more formalizing for instance memoranda of understanding around specific projects and that will occur primarily at the staff to staff level with myself and Asia and other staff as well we are organizing Council the council meeting to occur in the fall so that the two councils will have the opportunity to discuss face-to-face new initiatives in you know visioning what specific projects or planning you want to take on that would provide the content for those future memorandums

Armand Hurford
0:10:50 (0:00:03)

thank you for that counselor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:10:53 (0:01:19)

thanks very much it's great to see this protocol agreement come to council and come to us I look forward to seeing it signed later this summer or in shortly the struggle that we've we have with pronouncing names is very real right and I think it's one of the things that limits our ability to communicate to feel like we're really getting out there and so there's there are digital tools that we can use to help folks pronounce names one of them that I've used is called namedrop.io which is just in your email signature it's a link that just tells you how to pronounce the name and I could imagine if this is possible for staff when we have agendas and we have things written within the Squamish language can we add a link that actually pronounces the name to allow to help people become more familiar with the language and I know that can't be answered right now as a yes or no but if we could look into that would be appreciated

SPEAKER_03
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thank you through the chair staff recognized that learning the language the Squamish Nation language is a key part of reconciliation and we are making strides in terms of how to how to best enable that and appreciate the idea

Armand Hurford
0:12:28 (0:00:15)

thank you Council any other questions on counselor Stoner moves I'll second and those are both parts together in Counselor Center great I would like to speak to Counselor Center

Jenna Stoner
0:12:43 (0:01:54)

very pleased to speak to the motion on the floor that is to endorse the Y em tusco homish protocol between this cohomish oatmeal and the District of Squamish I think that this is a really important piece of work that builds off of many years of relationship building but helps to put some structure around the relationship with Snohomish oatmeal as staff mentioned in the staff report states it is really a values-based relationship agreement and it sets the foundation for how we're going to continue to work in a good way with the Squamish Nation going forward there's some really strong language in the protocol agreement that to me really speaks to how we will work together and how we are committing to showing up as a district to advance towards reconciliation and the work that we're going to do so this is not a step-by-step outlining what exactly what exact actions we're going to take but it's really how are we going to show up in a good way there's some really a particular line in there around the guiding principles that I just want to call out in particular and it says where is it but it speaks to making space for this cohomish priorities in particular so I don't have the specific line but that's the that's the line that jumped out at me is the school homage Nation demands that folks who sign this protocol make space for their priorities and their principles going forward and to me that's a really important component to recognizing and endorsing this protocol are the principles that the Snohomish nation is looking for partners to really recognize and make space for so it is with great pleasure that I will be supporting the motion on the floor thank you

Armand Hurford
0:14:38 (0:00:02)

thank you councilor French

John French
0:14:40 (0:01:13)

thanks mayor this for me is an exciting agreement that puts the skomish and the District of Squamish on what I think is a mutually beneficial track we have opened a door we're going to open a door to continue to accept the injustices of the past correct those injustices and create new opportunities for the Squamish and as I was reflecting on what all of this means for everybody involved I came to the conclusion that one of the important things for us as the District of Squamish is to really understand who we're going to be in this conversation as colonists as um the people on this land who were not the original inhabitants and what came to me is in order for this to work from our perspective from our side is for us to be cooperative bold and accepting and I'm looking forward to the day that we get to come together with the Squamish here in our community to sign this agreement

Armand Hurford
0:15:54 (0:00:06)

thank you maybe we'll go around the table if everyone has comments no you did those earlier okay we'll go Council

Chris Pettingill
0:16:00 (0:01:31)

Pennington yeah thanks as well I'm very pleased to support this to it's an exciting step I've been hearing for a long time but the United Nation declaration the rights of indigenous people and the Declaration of and of the rights of indigenous peoples act provincially but these can seem quite abstract and you know maybe it's just words I think as we start to sign these agreements locally these things become more concrete and start to see the action that I think as a council all of us desire and I believe our community demands that we take action on some of the are things that not so proud in Canadian history I think for me too you know there's some really important principles in this and this isn't just about reconciliation I think in a lot of indigenous philosophy and looking towards seven generations and the impacts of our decisions over the long term it has implications for our environmental crisis and ecological crises and all these things that we are tackling more broadly to society so I think there's all kinds of really exciting reasons why um adopting these principles and working as closely as we can with the school Amish Oak Mayo makes a lot of sense so yeah I guess I'm at risk going into a ramble here but I'll cut myself off there and say I'm really excited looking forward to the next steps

Armand Hurford
0:17:32 (0:00:03)

thank you go ahead councilor Greenland

Lauren Greenlaw
0:17:35 (0:00:17)

I'll also speak in favor of the motion I feel very strongly that Equity including reparations and reconciliations is a very important part of our path forward as a society and I support uplifting skohomish voices principles and culture and I look forward in helping in any way that I can

Armand Hurford
0:17:53 (0:02:11)

thank you so much seeing no other hands I'll um I'm speaking in support which I hope is obvious up to this point I think the um this is an important and important step forward and isn't by any stretch a Finish Line but really a new start line to our relationship between the Squamish nation and the District of Squamish and I'd really like to thank the previous Mayors and Council and Nation Council for getting our relationship to a point where we can contemplate taking this work on together in the in this way and I know I know the staff a lot of Staff in this room have been a huge part of that and just I'm so thankful for that the next steps I love this quote in the in the staff report the this is the first step in a Cascade Aid of working relationship agreements between the districts of Squamish and the Squamish oatmeal and I look forward to seeing what that looks like and what we can accomplish together with our time that we all have here around this table and I'm proud to be a part of this point in history which I hope is which I expect to be a big building block to towards the future of this relationship so thank you so much and I am humbled to be invited to participate in this in the signing coming up this month I think it's going to be a big day for everybody so thank you so much and with that I'll call the question all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you so much I'm looking for a termination of this meeting moved by counselor Stoner second by counselor Greenlaw all in favor motion carries and now we will move over to our committee of the whole which will take us through the rest of the day under the guidance of acting America Council penngill

SPEAKER_03
0:20:04 (0:00:02)

hey