Shxw’owhamel First Nation Government
Traditionally, Stό:lō communities were led by Si:yam who were the most respected and reputable members of the community.
The Shxw’owhamel First Nation Si:yam government system gives all families in the community equal representation on the Council. The Si:yam Council provides leadership regarding the affairs of the Band but receives its guidance and mandate from its families.
What is a Siya:m?
- A Si:yam is the main leader of a family.
- A Si:yam is selected by their families to represent their interests.
- A Si:yam, traditionally was hardworking, knowledgeable, wealthy, and generous.
- A Si:yam has the respect of the community. If s/he does anything to bring shame or disrespect to her/his family or community, another family member should replace her/him.
Good Qualities of a Si:yam:
- Familiar with Stό:lō culture and tradition
- Respectful of others
- Be a positive role model
- Good at dispute resolution
- Fair minded and impartial
- A good listener
- Recognized as a leader
- Good communicator
A Si:yam can be replaced by her/his family if s/he:
- Misrepresents her/his community
- Defrauds the community
- Is unfair and hurtful in the treatment of the employees
- Is guilty of a capitol offence such as trafficking in drugs, child abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, theft and other major unacceptable acts.
Terms of Reference of a Si:yam
- The Si:yam Council coordinates all policy and decision making. This authority comes from the family members who select their Siya:m.
- The Si:yam form the Council, which makes decisions and set policies for the Band.
- The Si:yam Council has the obligation to make decisions for the community, with the exception of land and resources.
- The Si:yam Council is responsible for ensuring that band programs and services promote Stό:lō traditional cultural values.
- The Si:yam Council is responsible for keeping themselves informed on program issues, services and needs of their community. They must keep informed on the overall financial matters of the Band.
- The Si:yam Council takes joint responsibility for every decision.
- The Si:yam Council decisions are the result of the full participation of each Si:yam.
- All the Si:yam Council will decide who will represent their community and its interests at the various political groups for example Stό:lō Nation, First Nation Summit, etc.
The families will select a member who will represent them on Council when the Si:yam is not available for the Council meeting. The alternates will be selected on the same criteria as the Si:yam.
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