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Building a Resilient and Eco-Friendly Future for Our Nation

Building a Resilient and Eco-Friendly Future for Our Nation


As we work towards building a self-reliant and prosperous Nation, a crucial aspect of our strategy is the development of sustainable infrastructure that meets the demands of our growing community while respecting and preserving our land and cultural values. Creating a strong, resilient, and eco-friendly infrastructure backbone not only enables economic growth but also ensures […]

Empowering Indigenous Entrepreneurs: Boosting Economic Growth in Our Nation

Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Fostering entrepreneurship among our people is essential for a thriving, self-reliant community and the long-term success of our Nation. By supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and small businesses, we can create new job opportunities, empower our community, and foster sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone in our Nation. Join us as we delve into how we’re supporting […]

Harvesting the Power of Nature: Renewable Energy and the Path to Sustainability

Power of Nature

As we strive to create a self-reliant and prosperous nation, moving towards a sustainable energy future has never been more vital. By embracing renewable energy sources, we can reduce our dependence on non-renewable resources, shrink our carbon footprint, and build a resilient energy infrastructure that meets the needs of our Nation while safeguarding our beautiful […]

Technology and Innovation: Driving Economic Growth within the Squamish Nation

Economic Growth

The Squamish Nation, a dynamic Indigenous community in Canada, isn’t just embracing modern technology and innovation; they’re using it as a driving force to fuel their economic growth. And boy, are they doing a stellar job at it!  From leveraging renewable energy resources to integrating digital solutions in their daily operations, the Squamish Nation is […]

Sustainable Resource Management: Balancing Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship in the Squamish Nation

Resource Management

Sustainable resource management is a critical issue for the world’s indigenous communities, often standing at the epicentre of the drive to reconcile economic development with environmental stewardship.  Among these communities is the Squamish Nation, a dynamic and resilient indigenous group situated in the coastal regions of British Columbia, Canada. Their traditional territory, blessed with a […]

Mosquito Creek Marina Updates

Mosquito Creek Marina Decommissioning Updates This page contains: KEY FACTS What happens next for each MCM customer group? CUSTOMER TYPE SUMMARY OF NEXT STEPS Boat Owners  Non-Live-Aboard Boat Owners have been offered a moorage licence extension to May 31, 2024. May 31, 2024 remains the deadline for the removal of property from MCM. Eligible for a […]

Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth with Nch’ḵay̓’s Support for Green Initiatives

Green Initiatives

Sustainable economic development is vital to preserving the legacy of the Squamish Nation and creating a prosperous future for generations to come. As the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, Nch’ḵay̓ has a unique responsibility in ensuring that environmental stewardship and responsibility are integral components of the Nation’s business strategies. By promoting green initiatives […]

Sustainable Tourism in the Squamish Nation: Fostering Economic Growth and Cultural Preservation

Sustainable Tourism

Sustainable tourism has emerged as a priority within the Squamish Nation as the community seeks to create a thriving, dynamic economy while preserving its unique culture and environmental heritage. By embracing an approach that balances economic growth, cultural preservation, and ecological conservation, Nch’ḵay̓, acting as the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, plays a […]

Empowering Indigenous Women in Business with Nch’ḵay̓’s Tailored Support and Resources


Empowering and investing in Indigenous women entrepreneurs is integral to fostering an inclusive and diversified economy that honours the strengths and cultural values of the Squamish Nation. As the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, Nch’ḵay̓ is committed to supporting the rise of women-owned businesses and unlocking the potential of Indigenous women through tailored […]

Leveraging Digital Technology for Indigenous Business Growth: Nch’ḵay̓’s Vision

Digital Technology

In today’s business landscape, digital technology has become an indispensable tool for growth and competitiveness. Entrepreneurs and organizations of every scale are constantly looking for ways to leverage technology, improve efficiency, and drive innovation. These benefits not only translate to tangible economic gains, but also create a well-connected and high-performing business ecosystem.  Amid the rapid […]

Leveraging Technology to Drive Sustainable Development in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous Communities

In a fast-paced world where technology is constantly evolving, Indigenous communities face the challenge of balancing their cultural values and traditions with the potential benefits this innovation can offer. From renewable energy solutions to digital communication platforms, technology has the potential to transform Indigenous communities’ social, economic, and environmental landscape. By identifying and adopting solutions […]

Pioneering Renewable Energy Solutions for the Squamish Nation

Renewable Energy

Transitioning to renewable and sustainable energy sources is vital for the future of Indigenous communities across the globe. The Squamish Nation, guided by Nch’ḵay̓, is at the forefront of this movement, implementing initiatives that encompass a range of clean energy solutions and diversifying their energy portfolio. By embracing renewable energy resources, Nch’ḵay̓ contributes to the […]

The Importance of Sound Governance in Indigenous Economic Development


Indigenous nations worldwide have historically faced unique challenges in their pursuit of economic growth and sustainability. One critical aspect that significantly influences the efficacy and impact of their economic development efforts is the ability to establish and maintain good governance practices. In this article, we will explore why good governance is essential to Indigenous economic […]

Embracing Digital Transformation in Indigenous Businesses: How Nch’ḵay̓ Supports Technological Advancements in the Squamish Nation Economy

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In an increasingly interconnected world, digital transformation has become a driving force behind innovation, productivity, and competitiveness across diverse industries. For Indigenous businesses in the Squamish Nation, adopting new technologies and embracing digital solutions offers a wealth of opportunities to improve operations, streamline processes, and deliver better value to customers. Nch’ḵay̓, as the economic development […]

Nch’ḵay̓’s Role in Promoting Sustainable Business Practices within the Squamish Nation

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In today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of embracing sustainable business practices as part of the economic development strategy cannot be overstated. This ever-evolving business landscape demands a nuanced approach that balances environmental responsibility with profitability. That’s where Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, steps in. Their mandate, to manage and own […]

Fostering Success of Indigenous-Owned Businesses with Nch’ḵay̓’s Support


One of the key factors in achieving economic self-sufficiency for Indigenous communities like the Squamish Nation is promoting the growth and prosperity of Indigenous-owned businesses. Entrepreneurship not only generates wealth and employment opportunities but also helps preserve culture and create a positive impact within the community. Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, […]

Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship within the Squamish Nation


Empowering the next generation to succeed is essential in ensuring the long-term prosperity and well-being of any community. In the Squamish Nation, fostering youth entrepreneurship plays a pivotal role in cultivating our community’s future economic resilience, creating pathways for innovative ideas, job opportunities, and sustainable growth. Young entrepreneurs not only contribute to our economy but […]

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Driving Growth in Indigenous Communities

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Across the globe, advancing gender equality and empowering women have become primary objectives for organizations seeking to foster sustainable development. Women entrepreneurs, in particular, are essential agents of change whose contributions are critical for the growth and progress of Indigenous communities. Given their unique perspectives and immense potential, women play a pivotal role in shaping […]

Building Strong Partnerships for the Squamish Nation’s Economic Empowerment

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Strong partnerships are essential building blocks for Indigenous communities like the Squamish Nation to achieve long-term economic growth and resilience. Collaborative relationships with business partners, government bodies, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders can create diverse opportunities, maximize resources, and contribute to the community’s overall self-sustainability. As part of the Nch’ḵaỷ mandate, we aim to develop, […]

Embracing Technology for the Squamish Nation’s Economic Prosperity

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Technology has become an integral part of our society, bringing about significant changes in the way we live, work, and connect with the world around us. In the realm of economic growth, technological advancements offer a wealth of opportunities for enhancing productivity, efficiency, and innovation. For the Squamish Nation, harnessing the power of technology is […]

Jennifer Podmore Russell joins Nch’ḵay̓

Jenn’s strategic visionary outlook, paired with her deep understanding of the real estate
market and development through a creative mindset, will be an asset as we further refine
Nch’ḵay̓’s strategy and approach to real estate development in the greater Vancouver
area and Squamish Valley.” Said Mindy Wight, CEO. “Jenn also demonstrates a keen
understanding of our values as an organization, which is essential to our ability to grow
our team and work collaboratively with the Squamish Nation and Hiy̓ám̓ to deliver on

Indigenous Business Success: Essential Resources and Support for Squamish Nation Entrepreneurs


Navigating the Indigenous business landscape can be challenging, particularly for entrepreneurs seeking to establish successful, competitive ventures while preserving their cultural values. To help support and guide Indigenous entrepreneurs, Nch’ḵay̓ offers an array of critical resources and tools specifically tailored to the needs of Squamish Nation business owners. With these resources, Nch’ḵay̓ empowers Indigenous entrepreneurs […]

Nurturing Skills and Entrepreneurship among Indigenous Youth

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The youth of any community represents its future, carrying forward its culture, traditions, and values. For the Squamish Nation, empowering the next generation with the skills, knowledge, and resources to thrive in an increasingly competitive environment is crucial for long-term sustainability and economic resilience. By nurturing skills development and entrepreneurship among our youth, we can […]

Strengthening Indigenous Communities Through Education


Education serves as a pivotal driving force for economic development in Indigenous communities. Recognizing its importance, Nch’ḵay̓ has developed an array of programs and initiatives that provide essential educational opportunities and foster skill development for the Squamish Nation. As an engine for growth and empowerment, the organization’s educational strategies are crucial in building a thriving, […]

How Sustainable Business Practices Benefit Indigenous Communities

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Indigenous communities have long held a deep connection with their lands and resources, with sustainability and environmental stewardship being at the core of their cultural values. As the world shifts towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly business model, it becomes crucial for Indigenous communities to capitalize on this transition to foster economic growth while preserving […]

Sustainable Economic Development in the Squamish Nation

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Sustainable Development — a term that has gained considerable importance in recent years, addressing the need for a balanced approach to economic growth, social progress, and environmental protection. For the Squamish Nation, embracing sustainable development is not simply a trend but an essential component in fostering economic resilience and empowering our community to thrive for […]

Discover Squamish Nation’s Heritage: Developing Sustainable Tourism

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Tourism holds immense potential as a driver of economic development, community growth, and cultural preservation for Indigenous communities. For the Squamish Nation, developing sustainable tourism initiatives rooted in the Nation’s rich cultural heritage presents a unique opportunity to generate income, create jobs, and enhance community well-being. As the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, […]

Nch’ḵay̓ Quarterly Update Fall 2023

Fall is in the air and the Nch’ḵay̓ team is reflecting on our mission and
commitments as we celebrate the abundant change and innovation that have marked this last season. Keep reading for key updates and stories about our major projects and initiatives, as well as a sneak peek in

Exploring the 7 Key Principles for Indigenous Economic Development

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Indigenous economic development is a multifaceted concept that goes beyond merely enhancing the income generation capacity of indigenous populations. It encapsulates the aspiration for self-determination, social justice, and cultural continuity, along with the objective of economic growth. With that in mind, let’s outline seven key principles that should guide any indigenous economic development strategy.  These […]

Integrating Sustainability & Economic Development in Indigenous Communities

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The Nch’ḵay̓’s unique approach to integrating sustainability and economic development in Indigenous communities has successfully demonstrated that it is possible to achieve significant growth without compromising the natural and cultural values held dear by the Squamish Nation. By creating a healthy balance, Nch’ḵay̓ serves as a beacon of inspiration and guidance for other Indigenous communities […]

Investing in the Renewable Energy Sector with the Squamish Nation and Nch’ḵay̓

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The global transition towards renewable energy sources brings immense potential for both economic development and environmental sustainability. As a forward-looking Indigenous community, the Squamish Nation is committed to embracing this trend and investing in renewable energy projects that foster sustainable economic growth, energy security, and environmental stewardship. As the economic development arm of the Squamish […]

The Driving Force Behind Nch’ḵay̓’s Success in the Squamish Nation

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At the heart of the Squamish Nation’s economic development lies Nch’ḵay̓, a visionary organization established in 2018 to spearhead the Nation’s business endeavours. By developing, managing, and owning the active businesses of the Squamish Nation, they create lasting economic and social impact for their community while maintaining the essential separation of business and politics. A […]

Attracting Investment for the Squamish Nation’s Economic Development with Nch’ḵay̓

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Attracting investment is vital for the growth and long-term economic development of any community. For the Squamish Nation, promoting and securing investment within its active businesses and prospective ventures is crucial not only for economic prosperity but also for preserving cultural values and creating a lasting legacy. As the economic development arm of the Squamish […]

Strengthening Squamish Nation Small Businesses

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Small businesses are crucial to the cultural and economic prosperity of the Squamish Nation, often serving as vital sources of income, job creation, and cultural expression. Recognizing the significance of these enterprises, Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, is deeply committed to providing the necessary resources, support, and guidance to ensure their […]

Driving Sustainable Economic Growth within the Squamish Nation through Nch’ḵay̓’s Initiatives

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The Squamish Nation has a unique opportunity to drive sustainable economic growth through the innovative efforts of Nch’ḵay̓, established in 2018 as the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation. Nch’ḵay̓’s mandate to develop, manage, and own the Nation’s active businesses helps maintain the critical separation of business and politics in the community. This distinction […]

Advancing Youth Opportunities in the Squamish Nation through Nch’ḵay̓ Programs

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Educational and employment opportunities are integral to the long-term prosperity and well-being of the Squamish Nation, particularly for its youth. Acknowledging this importance, Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, is dedicated to implementing and supporting programs that create a diverse range of opportunities for young members of the community to thrive. Established […]

Uncovering Sustainable Business Opportunities in the Squamish Nation

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Sustainable business practices have become increasingly important as communities worldwide acknowledge the need for a balance between economic development, environmental protection, and the preservation of cultural heritage. As the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, Nch’ḵay̓ is committed to promoting innovative, environmentally responsible business opportunities within the community. Established in 2018 with a mandate […]

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security within the Squamish Nation 

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A strong and self-reliant local food system plays a crucial role in enhancing community resilience, fostering economic growth, preserving traditional knowledge, and promoting environmental stewardship. For the Squamish Nation, investing in sustainable agriculture and enhancing food security aligns with the Nation’s long-term goals for ecological balance, self-determination, and cultural preservation. As the economic development arm […]

Empowering the Squamish Nation Workforce through Nch’ḵay̓’s Development Initiatives

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Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish Nation, has been making significant strides in contributing to the growth and well-being of the community ever since its establishment in 2018. By fulfilling its mandate to develop, manage and own the active businesses of the Nation, Nch’ḵay̓ creates a robust and sustainable economic environment for the […]

Nch’ḵay̓ Quarterly Update Summer 2023

Summer’s here and the team at
Nch’ḵay̓ keeps exploring new ways
of cultivating generational wealth
and well-being for the
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people. Every day
we’re working to develop the
Nation’s assets through building
economic security and prosperity
for current and future generations.

Exploring the Economic Growth Benefits of Indigenous Business Development with Nch’ḵay̓

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The Squamish Nation’s cultural heritage is a vital part of its identity, with traditions handed down through generations. Nurturing and preserving this cultural heritage is essential for the heart and soul of the Squamish Nation and a powerful driver of economic development. By supporting the cultural economy, Nch’ḵay̓, the economic development arm of the Squamish […]

Development Potentials Across Squamish Nation’s Reserve Clusters

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The Squamish Nation, a group of Indigenous peoples from the Pacific Northwest Coast, has recently announced plans to develop 350 acres of reserve clusters, including half of the North Shore of Vancouver.  The First Nation aims to generate wealth from its lands, as the region has done for the past 150 years. As a real […]

Our Guide to Starting a Business in Squamish

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Nestled between the picturesque mountains and the ocean, Squamish is a vibrant and growing community with a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Not only is it an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, but it’s also becoming a hub for businesses ranging from tech startups to artisan bakeries.  If you’re considering starting a business in Squamish, this guide will provide […]

A Look at the Origin of Art Supplies

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If you’ve ever stared at a blank canvas, armed with a paintbrush and a creative vision, you know that art is as much about the tools as it is about the talent. But have you ever wondered where these magical instruments of self-expression came from? Well, wonder no more! Let’s take a delightful journey through […]

Living Your Best Life in Squamish: Tips and Local Insights

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Squamish, British Columbia, is a small town located in the heart of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor between Vancouver and Whistler. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, Squamish has become a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. If you want to live your best life in Squamish, here are some tips […]

Discover the Top Squamish Neighbourhoods for Your Next Home

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Nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Squamish is a stunningly beautiful community located just 45 minutes north of Vancouver. Known as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada,” Squamish is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering incredible opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and more.  In recent years, Squamish has […]

Building Wealth: Why Real Estate Development Matters

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Real estate development plays a crucial role in shaping the landscape of our cities and towns. It is an essential aspect of the economy, creating jobs, stimulating growth, and enhancing the quality of life for millions of Canadians.  But what exactly does real estate development entail, and why is it so important?  In this article, […]

2022 Winter Update Newsletter

On November 5th, we hosted the first Nch’ḵay̓ Annual Gathering. It was a fantastic evening sharing food, stories, and fun with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh members in both the Squamish Valley and North Vancouver