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Squamish Nation
Executive Director, Territory & Culture

We are the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh – descendants of the original Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-speaking villages throughout the watersheds of the Squamish River, Mamquam River, Howe Sound, English Bay, False Creek, and Burrard Inlet. With over 4,100 members, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw is one of the largest First Nations in British Columbia, and the future is one of growth, ambition, and opportunity. With a variety of projects and initiatives underway – including the development of the Sen̓áw lands which will create 6000 housing units, in the heart of Kitsilano – the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw is poised to have a major influence throughout its ancestral lands from Vancouver and Squamish to Whistler.

The Executive Director, Territory & Culture will oversee a newly formed division that delivers programs and services focused on protecting the lands, waters, and resources of the territory while also honoring the sacred connection between language, culture, and territory. As part of Squamish Nation’s leadership team, reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, and interacting regularly with Council, the Executive Director, Territory & Culture will work to identify opportunities for the Rights & Title and Language & Culture departments to work more closely together, taking a more holistic approach to ensuring the sustainability of Squamish lands and culture. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to influence the strategic direction of the organization, while always being guided by the values of the Squamish Nation. Working closely with a variety of partners and collaborators, the Executive Director, Territory & Culture must consistently connect with colleagues and members to ensure they are accurately representing the Nation’s vision, beliefs and ideals.

As the ideal candidate, you have a deep knowledge of and experience in Indigenous rights and title, as well as land and resource management, and you see the integral relationship between the land, language and culture. You ideally have a deep knowledge of Coast Salish communities, and have demonstrated a commitment to furthering your knowledge and understanding of Indigenous values, laws, cultural practices and territorial rights. You bring an ability to effectively represent a Nation or entity at senior levels of government, as well as with other land holders, funding partners, academic institutions, and other related organizations. Entrepreneurial and proactive, you have the ability to identify new opportunities for Squamish Nation and you are able to ensure Squamish Nation is top of mind with others when opportunities emerge. A seasoned leader, you are able to contribute to the overall strategy and objectives of the Squamish Nation as a member of the leadership team. Your experience is augmented by a degree in Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, Indigenous Governance, Natural Resource Management or Planning & Sustainability.

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