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Public Meeting in Pender Harbour

Date Posted: 2015-06-13 13:00 pm

Attention: A public meeting will be held on Saturday June 13, 2015 starting at 1:00pm at the Pender Harbour Community Hall. The public meeting will include a presentation from the provincial government and the shishalhNation, to be followed by a one hour question and answer period.

Documents


- Click here to read SCRD - shíshálh Nation Joint Letter to Citizens.
- Click here to read Draft Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan – Frequently Asked Questions.
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Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan

Date Posted: 2015-04-20

The Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan (the DMP) is an instrument of policy that provides guidance in relation to docks authorized or proposed under the Land Act within the Management Area, as identified in Appendix A.

Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan


In addition to the principles and objectives outlined in other applicable provincial Operational Land Use Policies, the objective of the DMP is to promote responsible and appropriate dock development by:

  • helping to minimize and mitigate impacts to marine resource values;
  • protecting archaeological resources from future disturbance;
  • contributing to address impacts, including cumulative impacts, of dock development on Aboriginal interests; and
  • advancing collaborative management between the shíshálh Nation and the Province of British Columbia.

Documents


- Click here to read SCRD - shíshálh Nation Joint Letter to Citizens.
- Click here to read Draft Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan – Frequently Asked Questions.

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Meet and Greet: Narrows Inlet Hydro Projects: BluEarth Renewables

Date Posted: 2015-04-13 05:30 am

Come meet BluEarth, the new owner of the Narrows Inlet Hydro Projects. The meeting is an opportunity for the membership to meet key personnel and learn about the company. A Work Opportunities Open House will be held in the coming months for the shishalh membership. the Chief and Council are working diligently with BluEarth to ensure we maximize employment and contracting opportunities for Nation members.

Monday April 13, 2015
5:30 - 8:00 pm
shishalh Band Hall

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Location: Monday April 13, 2015 5:30 - 8:00 pm shishalh Band Hall

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Narrows Inlet Hydro Projects Jobs and Contracting

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 Notice of Open House: Proposed Dock Management Plan for Pender Harbour

Notice of Open House: Proposed Dock Management Plan for Pender Harbour

Date Posted: 2015-03-20

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the shíshálh Nation have developed a draft Dock Management Plan for Pender Harbour. We invite you to join us for an open house to learn more about the draft Plan and to participate in the public review of this draft Plan.

Open House


Location: Pender Harbour Community Hall, 12905 Madeira Park Road, Madeira Park, BC
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The open house will start the public review period of the draft Dock Management Plan. Comments on the Plan may be submitted in two ways:

  1. Online via the Applications and Reasons for Decision Database website at: www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp search for file # 2410736
  2. By mail to the Section Head Crown Land Authorizations at: 200 – 10428 153rd Street, Surrey BC V3R 1E1.

Comments will be received by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations until May 11, 2015. Comments received after this date may not be considered.

Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For information, contact Information Access Operations at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services in Victoria at: www.gov.bc.ca/citz/iao

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Sechelt (shíshálh) First Nation Announces New Policies for Critical Resources

Date Posted: 2013-06-09

Sechelt, BC - The shíshálh Nation has developed and adopted new policies for aquaculture, water, and medicinal plants throughout shíshálh territory. The policies identify some specific decision-making factors and standards regarding how shíshálh will make decisions with respect to these critical resources. As the policies state they are "developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our customary laws, Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law."

The new policies supplement the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy which was announced publicly a year ago, and guides all shíshálh decision-making in shíshálh Territory. The Land and Resources Decision-Making Policy is being actively implemented, and has met with widespread praise by industry, local government, and other First Nations.

"We are the stewards of the lands and resources of our Territory, and hold sacred responsibilities for generations past, present, and future. Our Decision-Making Policy, and the supplemental policies we are now announcing on critical resources are fundamental aspects of upholding those stewardship responsibilities. These policies reflect how we will approach protection, and responsible development, of our Territory" said Chief Calvin Craigan of the shíshálh Nation. "The Crown, proponents, and the general public all benefit from the open door and transparent window we are providing on how decisions will be made, and the critical standards and factors that inform those decisions. Through that openness understanding is built, clarity is provided, and responsible and respectful decisions can be made. I encourage everyone to study these policies, talk to us about them, and engage with us as our decision-making process moves forward”, said Chief Calvin Craigan.

The three new policies are only the beginning. Additional policies are being developed on a number of other critical resources and matters, and will be announced in the future.

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About Rights and Title Department

shíshálh First Nation seeks to preserve and protect:




The shíshálh Nation Council commits to exercising and seeking reconciliation of shíshálh´s Aboriginal Title and Rights within shíshálh Territory, including the:




shíshálh Nation Council sets the following objectives:


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Important Today

Proactive Planning - shíshálh First Nation Strategic Land Use Plan

Date Posted: 2014-11-15

In light of the growing development pressures in our territory and that the provincial government is unwilling to delegate the resources necessary to reach consultation and accommodation agreements with the Nation, we are taking steps to be more proactive:
  • Negotiating protocol agreements with development proponents and some local government;
  • Securing funding to do our own studies before projects go ahead;
  • Continuing to collect information on land and resources.

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Shíshálh Nation Archaeology

Date Posted: 2014-11-15

We the shíshálh people have intensively occupied and utilized our entire territory since time immemorial; material remains (heritage/archaeological sites) left behind by our ancestors are present throughout our territory and exemplify our extensive occupation of our lands and water. To date, the earliest artifacts recovered from shíshálh territory date from between 8,000-11,000 years BP (Before Present) and there are well over 600 archaeological sites within shíshálh territory, representing only a fraction of all existing (and unidentified) archaeological sites within the territory.

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Forms and Legislative Documents Total: 6

A Strategic Land Use Plan for the shíshálh Nation

This document, lil xemit tems swiya nelh mes stutula (which roughly translated means ‘we are looking after our land, where we come from’), is a draft Land Use Plan for the shíshálh Nation that sets out our vision for the long-term future of our territory (see Figure 1). This plan was developed with extensive input from our members, and has been formally approved by the shíshálh Nation.

Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy

We, the shíshálh Nation, openly and publicly declare that we have Aboriginal Title and Aboriginal Rights to our Territory, including the lands, waters, and resources that have been ours since time immemorial. We have been given the responsibility from the Creator to care for our Territory. Our Territory sustains our people, maintains our indigenous way of life, and is integral to our identity as shíshálh. We have always governed ourselves and our Territory, and have never relinquished our authority or jurisdiction over such. We assert our collective right to live as a distinct people.
- shíshálh Nation Declaration


The shíshálh Nation Declaration affirms our Title and Rights to our Territory, our
jurisdiction and authority to determine the use of our Territory, and the centrality of our shíshálh customary laws, traditions, needs, and aspirations.

This policy is one part of implementing our Declaration, and is an exercise of our inherent Title and Rights. Through this policy we state the vision, principles, and requirements which guide shíshálh decisions concerning lands and resources in our Territory. It is developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law.

This policy also outlines the expectations and direction for the Crown, proponents, and all others who seek to use the lands and resources of our Territory. Both the Crown and proponents seeking to use those lands and resources, and to engage in consultation and accommodation with us as shíshálh moves through our decision-making process, should fully familiarize themselves with this policy, and its expectations and directions.

Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan

The Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan (the DMP) is an instrument of policy that provides guidance in relation to docks authorized or proposed under the Land Act within the Management Area, as identified in Appendix A.

In addition to the principles and objectives outlined in other applicable provincial Operational Land Use Policies, the objective of the DMP is to promote responsible and appropriate dock development by:
  • helping to minimize and mitigate impacts to marine resource values;
  • protecting archaeological resources from future disturbance;
  • contributing to address impacts, including cumulative impacts, of dock development on Aboriginal interests; and
  • advancing collaborative management between the shíshálh Nation and the Province of British Columbia.

shíshálh First Nation Fresh Water Management Policy

This Fresh Water Policy is one part of implementing our Declaration with respect to the water of our Territory, and is an exercise of our inherent Title and Rights. This Fresh Water Policy supplements the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy by identifying some specific additional decision-making factors and standards regarding how shíshálh will make decisions with respect to the fresh water of our Territory. This Fresh Water Policy is developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law.
This Fresh Water Policy outlines expectations for the Crown, proponents, and all others who seek to regulate or benefit from the use of the fresh water in our Territory. Both the Crown and proponents seeking to use the fresh water of our Territory, and to engage in consultation and accommodation should fully familiarize themselves with the expectations and directions of the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy as well as this Policy.

shíshálh First Nation Medicinal Plants Management Policy

This Medicinal Plants Policy is one part of implementing our Declaration with respect to the medicinal plants of our Territory, and is an exercise of our inherent Title and Rights. This Medicinal Plants Policy supplements the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy by identifying some specific additional decision-making factors and standards regarding how shíshálh will make decisions with respect to the medicinal plants of our Territory. This Medicinal Plants Policy is developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our customary laws, Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law.

This Medicinal Plants Policy outlines expectations for the Crown, proponents, and all others who seek to regulate or benefit from the use of the medicinal plants in our Territory. Both the Crown and proponents seeking to use the medicinal plants of our Territory and to engage in consultation and accommodation should fully familiarize themselves with the expectations and directions of the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy and this Policy.

shíshálh Nation Marine Finfish Aquaculture Management Policy

This Marine Finfish Aquaculture Policy is one part of implementing our Declaration, and is an exercise of our inherent Title and Rights. This Marine Finfish Aquaculture Policy supplements the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy by identifying some specific additional decision-making factors and standards regarding how shíshálh will make decisions with respect to marine finfish aquaculture in our Territory. This Marine Finfish Aquaculture Policy has been developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law.

This Marine Finfish Aquaculture Policy outlines expectations for the Crown, proponents, and all others who seek to regulate or benefit from the use of marine finfish aquaculture within our Territory. Both the Crown and proponents seeking to use shíshálh marine finfish aquaculture resources and to engage in consultation and accommodation should fully familiarize themselves with the shíshálh Nation Lands and Resources Decision-Making Policy and this Policy.
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