Welcome to shíshálh Nation.
Self-Governing Since 1986.

A unique model of self-government.

News & Events in shíshálh Nation
November 05
Early Office Closure – November 14th @ 2:45 p.m.

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About our Nation

The swiya of the shíshálh people lies between Queens Reach in Jervis Inlet and Howe Sound on the south coast of British Columbia. Historically there were four main settlements at kalpilin (Pender Harbour), ts’unay (Deserted Bay), xenichen (Jervis Inlet) and tewankw near Porpoise Bay.

shíshálh Nation is committed to innovation in program and service delivery designed to assist our members and community to achieve greater independence, wellness and self-sufficiency. Foundational to our shared work is the protection, promotion and practice of shíshálh culture, language and laws within our swiya.

To learn more about the shíshálh Nation please visit our pages on the tems swiya museum, culture, language and our Elders.

Community Info for Nation Members

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tems swiya Museum

Our museum delights visitors throughout the year with a large collection of artifacts including cedar baskets, stone tools and a 3500 old mortuary stone. Tours available.

Hours: Open Monday to Friday 9-4:30 p.m.

Address: 5555 Sunshine Coast Hwy.

Culture

The shíshálh people have a distinct language and a unique world view. Our people have always maintained a strong connection to one another as people and to the land and continue to practise our traditions such as harvesting and fishing. The Culture Department’s goal is to revitalize culture and language through cultural programming and activities.

Elders

The shíshálh Nation community is guided by its elders. To learn more, please follow the link below.

Sechelt Language

The sashishalhem language is the traditional language spoken by the shíshálh Nation which is a Coast Salish dialect. To learn the sashishalhem language, please visit the language page to listen to our audio files of beginner words and phrases.

Explore by Department

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Community Services

Infrastructure & Government Services

Stewardship & Territorial Land Management

Professional Services Division


mem7iman Child Development

The shíshálh Nation Education Department’s mena (baby) program is a full-day child development program for children aged 6 to 36 months. Our program focuses on shíshálh teachings, outdoor exploration and creative expression. We strive to promote the physical, developmental, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of our students.

Education K-12

The shíshálh Nation partners with School District 46 to ensure support services are available to the shíshálh Nation students from Kindergarten through to graduation. The Education Department works in partnership with the schools providing support services regarding aboriginal culture, language, history and traditions.

Employment Training and Post Secondary

The shíshálh Nation Education and Employment Department is responsible for administering the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Post-Secondary Studies Support Program. The Education and Employment Department also manages the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services funding and services.

Health

The shíshálh Community Services Division Health Department strives to improve the health and wellness of shíshálh Nation members. The Health Care Team promotes traditional and cultural approaches to health practises.

sashishalhem

The sashishalhem language is the traditional language spoken by the shíshálh Nation which is a Coast Salish dialect. To learn the sashishalhem language, please visit the language page to listen to our audio files of beginner words and phrases.

Social Development

Social Development program provides financial support to eligible adults and their dependents who are unable to meet their basic needs. The Nation Social Development Workers assist social assistance clients with applications, check eligibility and deliver the program according to policy.

Lands Department

The Lands Department works in conjunction with other departments regarding development opportunities. The Department is responsible for administering 33 parcels of lands located throughout the shíshálh Nation.

Sechelt Indian Government District

The Sechelt Indian Government District (SIGD) is the local government, recognized via provincial legislation to represent shíshálh Nation members and non-Nation members.

Housing

The Housing Department is responsible for the allocation of all shíshálh Nation housing and budgets funds for the construction, renovation and repairs for those housing units

Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for new infrastructure construction and maintenance and janitorial services for shíshálh Nation buildings. The department has its own Public Works Yard where equipment is stored and serviced.

Culture Department

The shíshálh people have a distinct language and a unique world view. The Culture Department’s goal is to revitalize culture and language through cultural programming and activities.

tem swiya Museum

Our museum delights visitors throughout the year with a large collection of artifacts including cedar baskets, stone tools and a 3500 old mortuary stone. Tours available.

Rights and Title Department

shíshálh Nation is a governing entity responsible for the stewardship and protection of the shíshálh people’s relationship to the lands and resources of our territory.

Resource Management Department

The shíshálh Nation Resource Management Department is actively involved in many cooperative fisheries, wildlife and environmental stewardship activities throughout its swiya. The main goal of the department is to protect, conserve and manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.

Finance

The shíshálh Nation is controlled by strict financial policies. Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us by following the link below.

Human Resources

The shíshálh Nation abides by the most recent and relevant human resources policies. If you would like to learn more, view job opportunities, or submit a general application, please contact us by following the link below.

Administration

The Administration Department oversees the day-to-day operations of the shíshálh Nation government. If you would like to contact us with any questions or concerns, please follow the link below.

News & Events in shishalh Nation
November 05
Early Office Closure – November 14th @ 2:45 p.m.

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