The New Energy – Squamish Nation

Simon Baker speaks with community leaders in the Squamish First Nation
/ Indigenous relations

Simon Baker’s journey begins at home to explore how the Squamish Nation became a regulator for overseeing work in their Traditional Territory, leading to the ground-breaking Squamish Nation Environmental Assessment Agreement.

Squamish Nation

Host Simon Baker’s journey begins at home in the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), the community that he belongs to and grew up in.  While his ancestors have been here since time immemorial, only recently have the cities of Vancouver and Squamish grown around them.

Today, his Nation’s leadership ensures that companies who seek access to their Territory and resources do so in a way that adheres to the cultural values and environmental stewardship that defines the Squamish people.  Simon meets with Squamish Councillor Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn), Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell (Xalek), and FortisBC CEO Roger Dall’Antonia, to navigate their ancestral waters along the Skwelwil’em Squamish Estuary to see how a ground-breaking environmental assessment agreement enabled FortisBC to identify a solution to address the Squamish Nations’ land, water and cultural values.

Building that relationship is at the forefront of the foundation if you’re going to look at a long sustainable partnership. With that is mutual respect. I say that in reference to FortisBC because we’ve come a long way in building that relationship

Wilson Williams

Spokesperson and General Councillor, Squamish Nation

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Simon Baker

Simon Baker

Simon is an actor and filmmaker of the Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), graduated the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and now lives in Vancouver, BC.

Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell (Xalek)

Ian is a former councillor, hereditary chief of Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw and the first Indigenous chair of the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase. Chief Campbell has a strong history of protecting and enhancing the Aboriginal Rights and Title of the Squamish Nation, land use planning, natural resource management and renewable energy.

Wilson Williams

Wilson Williams (Sxwíxwtn)

Wilson is currently serving his third term as an elected councillor with the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, incorporating wisdom passed down by his ancestors which he plans to teach to the younger generations of the Squamish Nation. Professionally, Wilson comes from a communications, management and sport & recreation background.