Lax Kw’alaams Department of Reconciliation
Since 2020, Lax Kw’alaams has been in early discussions with the federal and provincial governments to discuss ways for Lax Kw’alaams to move away from the Indian Act through a process called Reconciliation. To advance these discussions, and create a path toward self-determination, Lax Kw’alaams created the Reconciliation Department to move forward with community-driven governance-building activities.
Our Community Communication
To better understand the communications preferences of our members and how they want to be engaged on nation-building efforts, an initial members’ communication survey was launched and ran from February 2 to April 27, 2022. A second survey on constitutional development was launched in late April 2022 until April 2023.
So far, we have learned that Lax Kw’alaams membership would like more information about:
- the role, impact and purpose of a constitution;
- how best to incorporate adaawx and ayaawx and other legal traditions;
- additional opportunities for members to provide feedback (i.e., workshops, surveys and other engagement methods).
Developing a Constitution for Lax Kw’alaams
With nation-building and self-determination front of mind, Lax Kw’alaams initiated a members-focused communications and engagement nation-building initiatives, with a focus on constitutional development for Lax Kw’alaams.
Starting in June 2022, Lax Kw’alaams launched community engagement on reconciliation related initiatives, using a community-led open and transparent approach and process. Understanding the voice of the people must form the foundation of nation-building, Lax Kw’alaams prioritized launched the Amlahaw “Peoples’ Voices” Initiative, and initiative to work gather the strong voices of our community and membership.
Through the Amlahaw “Peoples’ Voices” Initiative, we have gathered the voices, perspectives and values of our members, who have shared a collective vision for their nation, which must be captured by the constitution and governance as an alternative to the Indian Act.
We have held many workshops, community meetings, interviews, and virtual sessions to share educational information about constitutional development and governance with the people of Lax Kw’alaams.
If you are a member of Lax Kw’alaams and want to get involved in nation-building, please send us an email at [email protected] – we look forward to hearing your strong voices!
AMLAHAW PEOPLES’ VOICES REPORT
LAX KW’ALAAMS CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT GUIDE
LAX KW’ALAAMS MYTH BUSTING POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
LAX KW’ALAAMS FACT SHEET
LAX KW’ALAAMS FAQ SHEET