SORCA & The Squamish Nation – Memorandum of Understanding

Last week SORCA and the Squamish Nation celebrated the signing of a precedent-setting Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a witnessing ceremony (Kwis Ns7eyx̱to). This MOU is is the result of years of hard work by many people. We are very excited about what the future of this partnership holds. Thank you to everyone who has done their part to make it happen.

The purpose of the MOU is to affirm the partnership between the Nation and SORCA, and to
share the responsibility of stewardship of recreational trails and areas within Squamish territory.
The agreement establishes engagement processes for stewardship, governs the conduct of
SORCA’s members, volunteers and contractors and allows for trail use on selected private
property.

“We are no longer invisible on our shared territory. The MOU is an opportunity to celebrate the
Xay Temixw (Sacred Land) and shares the responsibility of stewardship. Recognizing the
inherent value of our Territory is a humbling indication of change happening within our local
communities and is a step towards protecting our land for the benefit of our future generations.”
– Squamish Nation Spokesperson, Swixwtwn Wilson Williams

The MOU validates the vision of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw’s Xay Temíxw (Sacred Land)
Land Use Plan and the following priorities:

  •  protecting the rights and interests of the Squamish people;
  • sustaining its territory for its children’s children – seven generations;
  • planning ahead instead of always reacting to problems and conflicts;
  • protecting heritage, traditional use, sacred and cultural sites;
  •  protecting old-growth forests;
  • providing opportunities for hunting, fishing and gathering;
  • repairing damage to the land and water, and reducing soil, water and air pollution; and
  • getting Squamish Nation members into the territory for health, education, recreation,
    spiritual and cultural purposes, including camps for children and youth.

The agreement is a milestone in the decades-long relationship between the Nation and SORCA
that has created opportunities for the Squamish Nation community and youth to connect with their
territory.

“Chet kw’enmantúmi (We are grateful.) We are grateful to live here and ride here. We are
grateful for the trust Squamish Nation has in us and our members to love and respect the land
as they themselves do. And we are grateful to contribute to connecting Squamish Nation’s
youth to the land through the joy of riding bikes in the mountains”.
– SORCA President Jeff Norman

We look forward to co-creating our shared vision of a unified future, because our communities are stronger when we work together. For full details and parameters of our Memorandum of Understanding with the Squamish Nation please click the link below.

MOU Document

Witnessing Ceremony Photos

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