The Sechelt Indian Band

shíshálh

Sechelt First Nation
Sechelt First Nation

Sechelt First Nation

The Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation, located on BC´s scenic West Coast is proud of our heritage and community values. Our spectacular scenery and natural resoures in the territory have sustained our people and way of life for centuries. We thrive on a communal lifestyle that respects the wisdom of our elders.

shíshálh Nation Vision
To achieve self-reliance and independence for the shíshálh Nation we recognized that our collective success depends on knowing our history, understanding our present circumstances and charting a path that leads towards a healthy and prosperous future.

In 1986 the shíshálh Nation became an independent self-governing body . . . a unique third order of the government of Canada. The Sechelt Indian Government District holds jurisdiction over its lands and exercises the authority to provide services and education for its residents.

Sechelt Nation Territory

Territory Description

The shíshálh territory has always been defined by natural landmarks from the named mountain tops down through their valleys, brooks, steams, rivers and lakes to the coastal shores, inlets and open waters forming the regional watersheds. Those territories include the entire area draining into lilkw´ émin (Agamemnon Channel) swiwelát (Princess Louisa Inlet)?álhtulich (Sechelt Inlet), stl´ixwim (Narrows Inlet), skúpa (Salmon Inlet), smit (Hotham Sound), and part of sínku (the open waters of Malaspina Strait and Georgia Strait) including the southern half of slháltikan (Texada Island) and chichxwalish (Sabine Channel).

The name shishálh, from the language of sháshishálem, refers to the entire population descended from the four sub-groups that officially amalgamated in 1925. They include xénichen at the head of Jervis Inlet), ts ´únay (at Deserted Bay), téwánkw ( in Sechelt, Salmon and Narrow Inlets), and sxixus.

However you travel, you´ll know you have arrived when you see the massive sloping roof of the House of héwhíwus (House of Chiefs) complex and the Raven´s Cry Theatre. The raven, a mischievous bird in shíshálh folklore, is a gatherer and collector of stories. This storytelling house of the raven features plays, concerts recitals and big screen movies nightly.

Visitors are invited to attend cultural events throughout the year, hosted by our community.

The tems swiya museum welcomes you to a journey encompassing the shíshálh land, history and culture. Stop by the tsain-ko gift shop and take home a reminder of your visit to Sechelt.

The newly built long house represents a proud return to age-old celebrations and gatherings. The shíshálh tl´e enak-awxw (Feast House), a joint project with the Sechelt Indian Band, the Federal Government and the First People´s Cultural Foundation, celebrated its grand opening in October 1996. This celebration also marked the Sechelt Indian Band´s 10th Anniversary of Self Government. A totem pole was raised to represent the people from xénichen (Hunaechin). The other poles raised represent the people from t´sunay (Deserted Bay), téwánkw (in Sechelt, Salmon and Narrows Inlets), and sxixus (Pender Harbour). A fifth and final pole placed in the middle represents the shíshálh as it exists today. It is located in the centre of the other four marking the amalgamation of the Band.

If you have any questions please contact Chief Garry Feschuk at (604) 885-2273 or Sid Quinn, Resource Management Department and Web Administrator, if you require further information.

Resources

mem7iman Child Development Centre - Open House June 25, 2014

mem7iman Child Development Centre OPEN HOUSE June 25, 12-7 pm mem7iman staff are inviting the community to join us at our open house. We would like the opportunity to provide a tour, answer any questions and receive suggestions regarding shishalh´s Child Development program. All are welcome!

Sechelt Indian Government District

Public Notice Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) Road Closure/Relocation "Bylaw No. 2014-01" (5800 Block of Sechelt, Inlet Road BC) TAKE NOTICE THAT under authority of Community Charter Section 40, and pursuant to section 120 of the Land Title Act, the Sechelt Indian Government District, proposes to pass a bylaw (“SIGD Bylaw 2014-01”) to close a road, remove its highway dedication, and transfer that portion of to the Sechelt Indian Band as shown on Schedule-“A. Road Closure Plan” dated June 9, 2014” over 5800 Block of Sechelt Inlet Road, in Sechelt B. C., Band Lands No. 2 (below)
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Sechelt Nation
P.O. Box 740
5555 Sunshine Coast Highway
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0

604.885.2273 www.secheltnation.ca
To achieve self-reliance and independence for the shíshálh Nation we recognized that our collective success depends on knowing our history, understanding our present circumstances and charting a path that leads towards a healthy and prosperous future.
The Sechelt Indian Band