Community Engagement

The purpose of engagement opportunities at Splatsin is to meaningfully and respectfully involve community members living on and off-reserve in projects that will have a moderate to high impact on the entire community or on a select geographical area and/or groups of band members. See below for current and past projects that require feedback and collaboration with band members.

Level of Community Impact Definitions

Level One: High impact on the whole community
Projects or issues that have a serious impact on the entire population require all four types of community engagement.

Level Two: High impact on a specific area and/or group
Projects or issues that have an impact on a particular area of the community or a group of band members requires public education and at least one level of engagement: feedback, collaboration, or empowerment.

Level Three: Moderate impact on the whole community
Projects or issues that have a modest impact on the entire population require public education and/or consultation.

Level Four: Moderate impact on a specific area and/or group
Projects or issues that have a modest impact on a particular area of the community or a group of band members require public education and/or consultati

Current Project: Modernization of By-law #3-1980

Splatsin is modernizing its By-law #3-1980 ‘A By-law for the Care of our Indian Children’. The goal of this project is to make and approve amendments to the By-law to meet the needs of Splatsin children and families while ensuring cultural and traditional values are weaved throughout.

In 2019, Kukpi7 & Tkwamipla7 made a motion to modernize the existing legislation based on requests from band members to better meet the needs of our growing community. The first phase of this project, which has already been completed, consisted of a review of the By-law and modernizing language by Splatsin Stsmamlt Services staff (e.g., replacing “Indian child” with “Splatsin child”). The second phase, which will take place in the fall of 2021, will be to present the By-law to the community and the process used to modernize it and to collaborate on ideas and gather feedback from the membership.

It is planned that the modernization of By-law #3-1980 ‘A By-law for the Care of our Indian Children’ will articulate Splatsin’s commitment to the health and well-being of its children and families, and its willingness to work with the membership to ensure their values are reflected in the modernized By-law. Stakeholders include Splatsin Stsmamlt Services (SSS), Kukpi7 & Tkwamipla7, past and current clients of SSS, Splatsin membership, and other government-related stakeholders.

Band members are encouraged to participate in this meaningful engagement process open from October 26 to November 29, 2021. Read below for details.

Proposed By-law compared to Current By-law

The first phase of this project, which has already been completed, consisted of a review of the By-law and modernizing language by Splatsin Stsmamlt Services staff (e.g., replacing “Indian child” with “Splatsin child”). Read the original and the proposed modernized By-law below.

Participate: Introduction Presentation October 26 @ 5:30 pm

The modernization project will be reintroduced to the community during a virtual presentation. The project team will walk attending members through what was completed during the first phase of the project, and the current and modernized By-law, and provide information about the Focus Group. This presentation will be led by Splatsin Stsmamlt Services.

Engagement Date: Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Type of Engagement: Educate
How to participate: Register by clicking the button below to attend using your computer or dial in using a phone

Participate: Survey

All current band members are invited to help shape the future of By-law #3-1980 by participating in a survey. The survey will be available online and mailed to homes upon request. The survey will be open here from October 27 to November 29, 2021. There will also be an opportunity for band members to send feedback on the proposed By-law by email.

Engagement Period: October 27 to November 29
Type of Engagement: Feedback
How to participate: A link will be available here on October 27

Participate: Focus Group

The project team is developing a Focus Group consisting of current band members who are passionate and invested in our children and families. The group will attend a series of 3-4 collaborative workshops led by the project team and an expert engagement facilitator.

Engagement Period: November 8 and November 29
Type of Engagement: Collaborate
How to participate: If you are interested in this opportunity and are available on these dates, contact the Project Coordinator, Miranda Kimbasket: [email protected] or (250) 838-6496 ext. 415

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