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.

shishalh Nation press release September 18, 2014

 Pender Harbour Longhouse Unveiling Ceremony Pender Harbour Longhouse Unveiling Ceremony
Pender Harbour Longhouse Unveiling Ceremony

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The shishalh Nation unveiled a longhouse in Pender Harbour today at shelkem. Candace Campo was the master of ceremonies for the event.  Howard Paul conducted a cedar blessing for the guests and the longhouse.  The shishalh xwamstut drum group performed a number of shishalh songs.  Chief Calvin Craigan stated, "That we are gathered to celebrate the rehabitation of our land." There were many dignitaries and guests as well as community members to witness the historical ceremony.  


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 Calvin Craigan at (604) 885-2273 or Sid Quinn, Resource Management Department and Web Administrator, if you require further information.

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Sechelt Indian Band - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

shíshálh (Sechelt) Nation Announces the Protection of Mount Elphinstone Date November 14, 2014 Sechelt, BC -This year we celebrated the twenty-eighth year of Self-Government. In the last twenty-eight years our Nation has grown exponentially, as have our collaborative working relationships with local governments.

Earthquake Preparedness - Oct 16, 2014

The Great British Columbia Shakeout - Drop, Cover, Hold On! Earthquake Preparedness - Oct 16, 2014 The shishalh Nation staff and visitors to our administration complex joined 730,000 others in British Columbia participating in the BC Shakeout Drill October 16th! This is about 40,000 more than last year. The Health and Safety Committee would like to thank all of you for joining us in our efforts to promote a safer environment
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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