Squamish Nation villages of vendors
Establish business the Nch’ḵay̓ way.
Building our community by creating opportunities
Nch’ḵay̓ was established in 2018 as the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation. Our mandate is to develop, manage and own the active businesses of the Nation, and allow for the separation of business and politics within the Squamish Nation. The name Nch’ḵay̓ was chosen as a reference to the Great Flood – the flood that forced Squamish Nation ancestors to tie their canoes to the highest mountain in the territory, Mount Garibaldi, in order to survive.
We are Nch’ḵay̓.
Jennifer Podmore Russell
Syexwáliya Ann Whonnock
Tiyáltelut Kristen Rivers
Message from the Squamish Council Chair
“Nch’ḵay̓ was established to develop and manage the business of the nation. Together we will show leadership, demonstrating to the world how Indigenous Peoples are influencing Canada positively, as much as Canada has had a profound impact on Indigenous Peoples. We’ve had to change and sacrifice so much of who we are and give up so much of what belongs to us for Canada to exist. Reconciliation is evidenced by the broad collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, but also through the net positive economic impact we will have on Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.”
Squamish Nation Council
About Squamish Nation
The Squamish Nation
The Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present-day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing and Squamish River watershed.
The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation’s culture is rich and resilient. The Nation continues to practice its customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with the traditional territory.
Together Squamish lands, customs and traditions are the foundations of who the peoples are as Skwxwú7mesh.
Our Businesses and Projects
Nch’ḵay̓ and Ta Skw’ats
Great Flood Story
This story is a true account of the Squamish Nation’s connection to Nch’ḵay̓ that has been handed down for innumerable generations. The ancient memory of these events ties many cultures together as canoes went in many directions allowing people to repopulate the ands once the waters subsided. It is a good lesson on the fragility of society and the raw power of nature.