We are observing September 30th as a Statutory Holiday.
The Stó:lō Nation is the political amalgamation of eleven Stó:lō communities. The Stó:lō Service Agency (SSA) is the service delivery arm of Stó:lō Nation. SSA provides services to the Stó:lō and Aboriginal communities throughout S'olh Temexw.
S'olh Temexw is the traditional territory of the Stó:lō people. According to our swxoxwiyam, we have lived here since time immemorial. The Stó:lō traditional territory extends from Yale to Langley, BC.
The SSA aims to ensure health and social well being within the Stó:lō community through services and programs in the areas of education, human resource development, early childhood education services such as daycare, headstart and family support, elderly care, social development, health services, a dental office, tourism, and land and research and resource management services.
Following direction from the Province to adhere to social distancing requirements, Stó:lō Service Agency has made the tough decision to temporarily be closed to all walk-in traffic.
Essential services are available by appointment only. Do not come on site unless you have been direted to see someone. Staff will continue to be available via. phone or email. Cheques can be mailed or provided by direct deposit (if banking information is provided). All non-essential, face-to-face or group meetings are postponed. Staff will work from home.
Essential Service Still Open
If you require immediate assistance from one of our essential services please contact any of the below staff directly.
Community Health Nurses:
Chelsea Lockerby-Point 604-701-9325
Chelan Charlie 604-798-1463
Home Care Nurses:
Leona Kelly 604-793-3759
Barbie Stewart 604-845-8054
Justice, Addictions & Mental Health
Darcy Paul 604-819-5741
Cultural Service Navigator:
First and foremost, the Stó:lō Nation Chief’s Council (SNCC) send our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the families of the 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site. Our leadership and community members are experiencing heavy hearts throughout the territory, the province and across the country. The reprehensible actions of the residential school system have always been deeply felt within our Indigenous communities. Now the rest of the country is beginning to understand just how severely the atrocities committed through residential schools have engrained themselves in our people and the lasting impacts that they have left behind.
Our leadership met to discuss how we can support families, take care of the cultural work and plan for a larger ceremony to honor and recognize those who have passed before us. It is so important to acknowledge that we have family members who are still suffering from the impacts of the residential school system. The SNCC would like to acknowledge all of the important work done by the Stó:lō communities as well as the organizations who work directly with our people.
We would like nothing more than to host a large gathering and help uplift spirits in ceremony, but we are also mindful of the current health restrictions in place, so communities will be hosting individually to keep the participant numbers appropriate and continue to keep our communities safe. Chief Terry Horne has offered to carve two poles that will be located at each of the residential school sites of Coqualeetza and Pekw'xe:yles with a target date of September 30th in recognition of Orange Shirt Day.
The SNCC has provided direction to conduct research aimed at identifying potential grave sites at both former residential school locations in the Fraser Valley, Coqualeetza and St. Mary’s, in Chilliwack (Coqualeetza grounds) and Mission (Pekw'xe:yles reserve; Heritage Park) respectively. We are aware of the tragic history that includes deaths of students at both places and our thoughts go out to their families. Our staff are now conducting research on documented cemeteries and registries of students who died at these schools, as well as assessing the feasibility of using ground penetrating radar to potentially locate unmarked grave sites. All our work is and will continue to be guided by cultural protocol and oversight.
The SNCC supports the First Nation Leadership Council in urging the Prime Minister of Canada to take appropriate leadership action and ensure that comprehensive steps are put into place to establish an effective response and legal framework governing the protection and investigation of the unmarked mass burial site at the former Kamloops Residential School and where needed elsewhere.
Chief David Jimmie
President, Stó:lō Nations Chiefs Council
Click HERE to View the Bulletin for September 20, 2021
Leslee Picton is the Service Navigator for Stó:lō Service Agency. She is available by appointment to anyone seeking information about available programs and services through Stó:lō or that are otherwise offered in Chilliwack.
In her role, Leslee will assist community members in identifying their immediate, short- and long-term needs. She will then refer individuals to the service that will address the most immediate concern or need. She will also offer further assistance, as necessary, as a person accesses supports, either at Stó:lō or by connecting them with the most appropriate local community service.
Leslee works with new clients, returning clients and those who are simply unsure or unaware of the services available and what will most suit them. If Stó:lō does not have the needed service or if the person asking is ineligible for a Stó:lō service (e.g. not all services are funded to be available to non-First Nations people), Leslee will make referrals to other service providers in the Chilliwack area.
For more information or to make an appointment with Leslee, please call 604 824-3200 or toll free 1-877-411-3200