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Seabird Island’s Halq’émeylēm name, Sq’éwqel, is translated to “Turn in the River”, the English name Seabird Island would be taken from the June 1858 groundings of a transport paddle-wheeler “Sea Bird” on an island bar in the Fraser River, across from Seabird Island. Some of our events:

1800s

1879

Founding of Seabird Island

The story of Seabird Island began over 130 years ago in June of 1879 with Gilbert M. Sproat (19 April 1834 – 4 June 1913), a representative of the Indian Reserve Commission, would consult with First Nations people and later allocate the island known then as Skow-a-kull (correct spelling Sq’éwqel) as a reserve to be held in-common by the people from Popkum, Skw’átits, Ohamil, Ska-wah-look, Hope, Union Bar and Yale because the land they currently resided on could not sustain crops, and the land on Seabird Island would provide rich soil and provide a place for First Nations families to live their lives on.

1880

One year after the reserve in-common was created; Chief Michel of Yale would be considered the first Chief of Seabird Island. Under his direction, Seabird Island would begin construction of the Seabird Island Community Church. Twelve years after the Community Church was completed when Father Edmund Petavin (OMI) would host the first baptisms of First Nations children on Seabird Island.

1884

The Canada Pacific Railway, which began construction in 1881, would build a railway path through Seabird Island.

1892

Twelve years after the Community Church was completed Father Edmund Petavin (OMI) would host the first baptisms of First Nations children on Seabird Island.

1894

1894

Midway through the decade the Fraser River Flood would wash away the Canadian Pacific Railway trestle bridge which was built at the southern end of Seabird Island.

1900s

1910

Seabird Island’s neighbour, the Municipality of Kent, would begin discussing the maintenance of Seabird Island Road and Waleach Road with the Department of Indian Affairs. Kent would also propose road and bridge repairs along with the implementation of culverts from the island to the mainland.

1914

In 1914 the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs (also known as the McKenna – McBride Commission) meets at Seabird Island to discuss the “Indian land question” with community Chiefs and push for the establishment of Seabird Island as an independent Band.

Seabird Island would also construct a Community Hall next to the church to offer Band Members a place to congregate.

1927

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1940

Elections in 1940 would bring about a new Chief. Harry Joseph would be elected and would serve in office for his entire life, passing away in 1953. During his stay in office, Chief Harry Joseph would see the first Seabird Island day school constructed in 1948. It would offer kindergarten to grade 6.

1948

The Great Flood of ’48 devastates the area.

1948

1949

Anthropologist Marian W. Smith leads a group of Columbia University graduate students and conducts field work in the Seabird Island community. Marian’s work would be completed and published in1949 as Indians of the Urban Northwest which included work conducted in the summer of 1945 at the Seabird Island community.

Research from the 1940’s indicates that there were four crossings of the slough besides main bridge crossing.

1952

Wilson Duff publishes The Upper Stalo Indians of the Fraser Valley British Columbia with reference to Seabird Island.

Research indicates that there were four crossings of the slough besides main bridge crossing.

1953

After Chief Harry Joseph passed away in 1953; he would be followed by Chief Alfred Hope who served from 1953 – 1957.

BC Electric Company Easement of 1953 authorized for a Power Distribution ROW with an Order in Council (OCPC) under Sec. 35 of Indian Act.

1955

Westcoast Transmission Co. Ltd. Easement of authorized for a Gas Pipeline ROW with an Order in Council (OCPC) under Sec. 35 of Indian Act.

1956

Department of Highways (BC) Easement of authorized for a Provincial Highway ROW with an Order in Council (OCPC) under Sec. 35 of Indian Act.

1957

Vincent Harris would serve as Chief from 1957 – 1971.

1958

Independent Band

79 years after the Seabird Island reserve was founded as a reserve to be held in-common the 1958 Order of Council created a Commission to discuss establishing the reserve as an independent band. One year after, in 1959, by Ministerial Order Seabird Island would become an independent band.

1963

83 years after the first Community Church on Seabird Island was built under Chief Michel, it would be replaced by the new Immaculate Conception Church which is still offering services to this day. One year after the Immaculate Conception Church was opened; Seabird Island would also construct a Community Hall next to the church to offer Band Members a place to congregate. And in the following year Canada Pacific Railway would begin constructing a new trestle bridge at the southern end of Seabird Island, the original washed away in the great floods of 1894.

1968

The Day School which opened under Chief Harry Joseph in 1948 would be closed 20 years after it was built. First Nations children would be transferred to the Agassiz Public School. Shortly after the closure of the Day School Seabird Island would begin running an on-reserve nursery school.

1969

1st Annual Seabird Island First Nations Festival

Long before colonization of Canada, First Nations people from across Canada and North America held games. History dictates that many modernized sports were derived from traditional First Nations games. These games taught our First Nations children many qualities that would help them through their journey into adulthood, such as: honesty, courage, respect, and gratitude. Our 1st Annual Seabird Island First Nations Festival took place in May of 1969 and was hosted by Grand Chief Archie Charles and his mother Mary Charles.

Today, the Seabird Island First Nations Festival offers youth, young adults, and adults alike an opportunity to showcase their culture and history through Soccer, Ball-Hockey, and War Canoe races. Our three-day celebration demonstrates First Nations heritage through friendly competition I sport. The Seabird Island First Nations Festival is a drug-free cultural event that promotes healthy lifestyles and well-being. The traditional salmon barbecue at the Festival is still operated by the Charles family.

1970

The Lougheed Highway, also known today as Highway 7, would be completed, its path would take it directly through Seabird Island. Also that year Seabird Island would build 16 new homes to provide residences for its growing families.

1971

Grand Chief Archie Charles

Chief Archie Charles would be elected to serve as Chief in 1971, he would be Seabird Island’s longest serving chief and would retire in 1997. During his stay in office Chief Archie Charles would lead Seabird Island to remarkable achievements, establish a vision for our people, and create the working relationships between our Management Team and Council – a relationship that would lead to the formation of the organization we are today. Chief Archie Charles would begin operating the first Seabird Island Band Office out of Band Member Mary Lou Andrew’s home. The office would only be staffed by three Band Members, Chief Archie Charles, Richard Louie, and Mary Lou Andrew. The Seabird Island Band Office of today employs over 220 staff members. Upon retiring in 1997 Chief Archie Charles would be given the honour of being named Grand Chief of Seabird Island and he would also receive the Order of Canada prior to his passing in 2011.

1971

1972

Seabird Island would begin operating its own cattle farm in 1972; it would offer employment to Seabird Island Band Members and provide economic growth for the community. The first paved road would also be constructed that year and would become the main road through Seabird Island to this day. It would be named Chowat Road. A ferocious ice storm that winter would bring down BC Hydro Towers on Seabird Island.

Seabird Island would enter into a partnership with the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation, and from 1972 to 1975 Seabird Island would build the first housing authority homes – many of which still stand to this day. A year after a population report would state that Seabird Island had a total of 286 residents and 317 Band Members.

1978

After 10 years of having their children integrated into the Agassiz Public School System, parents from Seabird Island would petition the Band to open its own Band-operated community school. From that petition, the vision of Lalme’Iwesawtexw would be born, and in 1980 that vision would come to life.

In 1978, Seabird Island would open the Seabird Island Café. It would become the stepping stone for many of our First Nations people to gain the skills they needed to seek further employment – many of which sought and gained employment at the Band Office.

1979

From 1979 to 2001 Seabird Island Band Members would witness a construction boom in their community. Twelve phases of social housing construction would begin and dozens of homes would be completed – many of the homes would be built by Seabird Island Band Members. Also during this time the Seabird Island Café kitchen would be expanded, a maintenance shop would be constructed, two sub-divisions would be completed, and a Convenience Store would be opened.

1980

In 1980, Chief Archie Charles would appoint Daryl McNeil as Band Manager (now Chief Administrative Officer). Daryl McNeil would continue to serve as CAO to this day, working hand-in-hand with the Chiefs and Councils in the following years to achieve the goals and vision set forth by Grand Chief Archie Charles.

1983

Ten years after the initial population report, Seabird Island would bring the total residents to 371 and the total Band Members to 385. Because of the population growth, Seabird Island would begin construction of 8 new homes for the near one hundred new residents.

1984

1984

1989

The Seabird Island day school constructed was constructed in 1948 and offered kindergarten to grade 6. After its closure 20 years later, children from Seabird Island would be transferred to the Agassiz Public School. Then, after 10 years of having their children integrated into the Agassiz Public School System, parents from Seabird Island petitioned the Band to open its own Band-operated community school. From that petition, the vision of Seabird Island Community School would be born. Seabird Island would build an on-reserve school that was designed to promote and foster First Nations culture and language. Construction of the School began in 1989 and was completed two years later. Originally only offering Kindergarten to Grade 6 classes, the school has now expanded to offer Grade 7 -12 classes.
1990

1992

Seabird Island Community School opens

Two years after construction began on Seabird Island Community School it would be completed and would open its doors to children attending kindergarten to grade 6. That year would also lead to the construction of 16 new homes and in the following two years 10 more homes would be built.

1995

Seabird Island would need to build more homes to meet the growing housing needs on Seabird Island.

1996

Grand Chief Archie Charles would see the current Seabird Island Band Office constructed and opened. The building would be expanded over three times in the coming ten years. At the time, Seabird Island would have 535 residents and 641 Band Members, because of this Seabird Island would begin constructing 19 new homes and an additional 6 one year later.
1996

Health & Social Development Department created

Seabird Island’s health and social development programs amalgamated into our current Health & Social Development Department. The joining was done to create one single department to offer better-coordinated services for Band Members. This move also led to Seabird Island changing its approach to bring together traditional and conventional healing for mind, body, and spirit.

1997

Upon retiring in 1997, Grand Chief Archie Charles would be followed by Chief Wayne Bobb Sr. He would remain in office four terms and leave office in 2007.

1998

The Convenience Store built in 1985 would receive a paved parking lot in 1998, and it would also be renovated to install gas pumps and to offer four rentable rooms. The renovations would attract tractor-trailer drivers and travelers passing by.

1998

Midway through the year the Seabird Island Band would host its first ever Open House and construct a Daycare Centre.

1999

Seabird Island became aware of its large population of endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs and throughout the coming years Seabird Island would work towards protecting the endangered population.

Archie Charles given the title Grand Chief

With extraordinary compassion and dedication, Archie Charles devoted his life to the betterment and well-being of the Seabird Island Band. A veteran of the Second World War and survivor of the residential school program, he was elected chief of the Seabird Island for an unprecedented 14 consecutive terms from 1971 – 1999. During this period, he initiated many projects that have revitalized the Seabird Island community, and both preserved and promoted his nation’s culture and language. As a strong advocate for Aboriginal self-government and cross-cultural reconciliation, he has worked towards the resolution of land and title disputes. Thanks to his tireless efforts on behalf of his people, he is the first person to be named Grand Chief.

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2000s

2000

The Economic Development Department and Economic Development Manager would be created. 128,000 lbs of hazelnuts from the Seabird Island Hazelnut Orchard which had been planted in 1989 and in 2001, Seabird Island would own and operate the largest sheep farming operation in British Columbia, and one of the largest in North America with 1,282 ewes, 183 yearlings, 3 lambs, and 35 rams. It would stay in operation until 2003.

2000

The Early Childhood Programs are formed and include Daycare, Pre-school, and Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve.

In October the Band created their own mental health services and began transitioning away from sending Band Members to Agassiz to receive counseling services. This change led to the creation of our youth drop-in nights.

In July the Band purchased a 22-passenger bus to transport Band Members to gatherings, children’s trips, and youth outings.

Seabird Island Community School celebrates its first graduates

Two Band Members attending Seabird Island Community School graduate with their dogwood diplomas.

Strawberry Island, filled with homes in 2015, was a vacant area in the spring of 1999. As the Band began planning for housing on Strawberry Island, the Band built a clear span bridge and designed 40 lots.
Strawberry Island before construction began.

2001

Seabird Island would also construct a new subdivision and expand the Band Office to the current Health Wing, Fitness Centre, and Dental Clinic. The expansion of the Band Office was completed by Seabird Island’s own Construction team which was made up of Band Members who were journeymen or tradesmen. Total construction at the time, including design, costed $1,600,490.00 with much of the cost being split between First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, First Nations Home and Community Care, and the Ministry of Social Development, Economic Security, and Out of School Care. The grand-opening of our new Health Wing would take place May 8, 2002.

Seabird Island links with both Fraser Health Authority and Xyolhemeylh, a Mental Health team would be created, and a Speech Therapist is brought to the community.

2002

Band controlled Health Services

Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department, under Director Carolyne Neufeld, would expand exponentially after Seabird Island completed it’s own Community Health Plan and and transferred it’s Health Services from Health Canada to the Band’s care. This Community Health Plan would allow Seabird Island to design and operate its own Health Services. The Band would also begin expanding the Band Office to include a Health Wing and Dental Office to provide services to it’s more than 2,500 clients and offer office space to 36 employees.

2003

The Health & Social Development Department would run its first Early Childhood Education Certificate program in partnership with the University of the Fraser Valley. It would see a record 22 graduates, an astonishing number that would not have been achieved if the program had not of been offered within the community. Many of the graduates would be hired by Seabird Island.

Seabird Island would begin planning the sustainable housing project which would create homes on Seabird Island that would reduce our overall carbon footprint. That year, Seabird Island had a total of 178 houses.

The technology boom would begin in the coming years, but in 2003 the Band Office would operate using 45 computers, 3 servers, 18 printers, 4 laptops and 1 scanner.

2004

Partnering for the future of Aboriginal education

Through partnerships with the University of the Fraser Valley, Seabird Island would also offer both the Early Childhood Education Certificate and the Family Childcare Certificate. 33 students would enroll in the programs and would once again prove that offering college-level training within a First Nations community would be successful. Because of this, Seabird Island entered into a partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology to offer a one year apprenticeship in a carpentry program. 15 First Nations students from 18 – 60 years of age would complete the program and earn a certificate.
Early Childhood Education Certificate graduates

The Seabird Island Early Childhood Programs, under the management of the Health & Social Development Department, would receive funding to offer an Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program. It would offer services to children between Chehalis to Boothroyd that have varying levels of special needs. One year later, after Seabird Island success with the program, Seabird Island would be funded to offer Supported Child Development services to non-First Nations people. Seabird Island would be the only First Nations agency to do so.

2005

The Seabird Island on-reserve population would continue to grow, and Seabird Island would begin constructing 8 more homes in 2005. But the population wasn’t the only thing to grow. The Seabird Island Dental Clinic which reported having over 1,300 active clients would be renovated and expanded to open up two more seats, bringing the total to four. As well, the Seabird Island Daycare Centre would be expanded to offer 12 more infant seats.

Later that year, the Seabird Island Band and its Council decided to take a very unique approach to Child and Family Services. For many years, Seabird Island saw its children apprehended, families torn apart, children placed separately in non-First Nations homes off reserve – far from their brothers and sisters, culture, heritage and language. Seabird Island decided that our children deserved more – they envisioned that Seabird Island children would be kept within the community, as a complete family. With that vision in mind, Seabird Island opened its first Family Home.

The Family Home would be staffed 24 hours a day, creating a safe, healthy environment so that families could remain together in their own community. This approach was ground-breaking, and many First Nations communities have begun duplicating the program.

2006

In 2006 Seabird Island began pursuing its own Land Code which would be ratified three years later.

Seabird Island would receive funding to operate the Kwiyo:s Maternal Child Health Program which would provide culturally sensitive services to help new parents and parents to be.

An office in the Health Wing would also be designated for the visiting Optometrist.

Seabird Island Early Childhood Programs would enter into a partnership with Cheam and Skwah to offer Head Start programs within their communities. The Health & Social Development Department would also sign Health Transfer Agreements with four new bands and begin offering Health Services within their communities.

2007

Seabird Island Community School’s High School expansion would begin construction.

Chief Wayne Bobb Sr. would leave office – he would be followed by Chief Clement Seymour and the technology boom would begin. The number of computers and servers in the Band Office would double that year.

Wireless internet comes to Seabird Island

One very large issue Seabird Island families had been the lack of access to internet. And Seabird Island Band and its Council began fostering the dream of providing its Band Members with high-speed internet access and in 2007 Seabird Island began making this dream in reality. Seabird Island became the first British Columbian community to deploy a wireless broadband network using Siemens technology and was the first community in Canada to launch a high-performance wireless mesh network. The following year the service was operational and began offering subscriptions.

Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department would sign five more Health Transfer Agreements as well as assist Skwah and Cheam build Health Centers within their communities. A Nutrition Walk/Run would be organized to promote community health, 240 community members both young and old would take part.

The Seabird Island Daycare would be expanded to add 12 more infant sports, and the Aboriginal Infant Development Program would begin .

2008

The Seabird Island Fire Department would be added to the British Columbia 911 operating system and would begin receiving callouts to our neighbouring communities.

The Seabird Island Band and Council would work towards bringing another of Grand Chief Archie Charles’ dreams to life, and Seabird Island began working towards and became an Education Jurisdiction Community. This would create the stepping stone Seabird Island needed to controlling their children’s education.

The population of Seabird Island would continue to grow and 30 new homes would be built in 2008.

With the growing population, Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department would notice that our First Nations children had a number of Speech and Language delays and challenges but were unable to receive services because of the long waiting list, many children would be on the list two years and by then they would be too old to receive services. So in 2008 Seabird Island Early Childhood Programs sought and received funding to operate the Ey Qwal “Good Talk” Speech and Language Program.

2009

The construction of Seabird Island Community School‘s High School would be completed in 2009 and it would open its doors that September. But it also offered a very unique program. Many First Nations High School students had children, or were pregnant and because of that many felt that they could not be a parent and attend school so they dropped out. The Early Childhood Programs and Seabird Island Community School partnered and opened the Young Parents Program within the high school itself. The program offered students the freedom to complete their education while their children were safe and could be visited while the parents were on break or at lunch. The program also taught parents parenting skills, and in many cases gave new moms the opportunity to continue breastfeeding their child.

Seabird College opens its doors

Seabird College began as a dream of Seabird Island’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chuck McNeil, and Grand Chief Archie Charles many years ago. They dreamed that one day, Seabird Island would be able to have its community members, and the members of our neighbouring communities, get a college level education within their community and that this college education would take into account the specific learning needs of our First Nations people.

In 2009 Seabird Island would achieve that goal. After Seabird Island’s many partnerships with universities and colleges to run programs within the community, Seabird Island decided it was now time to take their biggest step in First Nations education and officially opened Seabird College’s doors in 2010 and went on to achieve astonishing success in 2011 when it would help 49 First Nations students graduate.

Seabird College first graduation ceremony

2010

The housing construction boom had not ended yet, because the population of Seabird Island was now 814 residents and 834 Band Members, Seabird Island began construction of 12 new homes in 2010.

That year would also see Seabird Island as the proud host of the 2010 Olympic Torch Run; three community members would be given the honour of carrying the torch.

Youth from the Seabird Island Community pose with Olympic torches

In June of 2010, Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department would be awarded the Excellence in Health Promotion Award from the BC Medical Association. This award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve health and safety and celebrates those who demonstrate leadership through specific initiatives in ingenuity and creativity of health promotion, with the goal of positive, long-term improvement. The award marks the first time in history that a First Nations community has won a BCMA Award.

The Band’s first Aboriginal Practical Nursing program would begin running in the community to train nurses to from our local area for careers available at Seabird Island.

The Band would also begin offering the Mobile Diabetes project which brings diabetes care to rural communities in Southern British Columbia.

2011

Seabird College and Adult Education Programs run through Seabird Island Community School would see an astonishing success in First Nations education. Two years after its inception, Seabird College would lead 49 First Nations students to graduation.

Seabird Island’s Housing team would receive recognition from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia, receiving the Best Practices award.

Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department would begin their journey to accreditation and would also begin offering the Home Care Assistant Program in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. As well, the Health & Social Development Department would leave its 8 year partnership with Xyolhemeylh and join the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

The Aboriginal Practical Nursing students would begin their practicums and the College would begin offering the Health Care Assistant program in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

The Seabird Dental Clinic would welcome 350 new clients, reaching a total of 2,800 patients and hire two new dentists.

12 social housing units were completed, 22 units were renovated, 1 fire destroyed house was rebuilt, we applied for 4 new housing units and 10 renovations. Over 50 families are currently on the waiting list

The Fire Department received 14 callouts to emergencies and has 18 active members.

2012

Seabird Island’s Health & Social Development Department would achieve Preliminary Accreditation status.

2012

The Band would develop and instate it’s own Finance Policy.

Total population of Band Member is 895. 540 of which live on reserve.

Stqo:ya Construction is created as a partnership between Jakes Construction and Seabird Island.

15 students enroll in the Speech-Language Assistant Certificate Program through Seabird College and the College would begin undergoing renovations.

2013

Our Economic Development Department would be renamed the Community Development Department, and then in 2014 it would separate from the Band and become the Sqéwqel Development Corporation.

The Mobile Diabetes Team would visit 45 different communities in a year and assist 402 clients.

A Driving School was exstablished to offer Driver’s Education to Band Members wit ha success rate of 95%!

414 Housing Work Orders were issued with 408 being completed. 11 home renovations were completed, and two new construction projects were approved (8 homes to be built). Over 50 families are still waitlisted.

33 Members graduated Post-Secondary with a total of 35 being in school. 222 Students attend Seabird Island Community School. 30 Members graduated with their Grade 12/Dogwood.

2014

The Corporate Affairs Department is created.

A Midwife joins the Band’s Health team to begin offering midwifery care to women and their families in pregnancy, labour and up to 6 weeks postpartum.
Midwife Amelia poses for an article about the new Midwife program.

The Band begins developing a Land Use Plan.

The Mobile Diabetes team sees 345 diabetic clients in over 38 communities across Southern British Columbia.

Accredited with Commendation

The Band’s Health Services received Accreditation with Commendation from Accreditation Canada. The Accreditation process began in 2010 for the Health Team and since then the Band had bee nworking to improve our services to meet national standards of excellence in Health Care for Indigenous communities.

The Early Childhood Programs begin offering a Kindi-Care program to provide daycare for Kindergarten aged children.

242 people attend National Addictions Awareness Week events across 4 communities. 5 adults and 1 youth complete treatment programs.

112 children and youth from Seabird Island receive sponsorship to take part in various leagues and tournaments.

Chief Seymour welcomes guests to the newly renovated Health Wing. Renovations took place to make the Band Office more accessible by installing an elevator, widening walk-ways. More renovations are planned to update the main bathrooms and lobby area.
Chief Seymour welcomes guests to the newly renovated Health Wing.

Seabird Island hosts the Aboriginal Provincial Soccer Championships and the Aboriginal Provincial Canoe Championships with contestants from across BC competing for places at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games being hosted in Regina.

2015

Seabird Island Band breaks ground on the new Early Childhood Centre which will pull together all the Early Childhood Programs under one roof.

Nations Construction and Consulting crew completing outer walls.

The Band begins laying a line of fibre optic cable from the Band Office to the eastern end of the island to bring internet connection to more of the community.

Local Education Agreement

School District #78 and the Seabird Island Band sign a local education agreement with a with a commitment to First Nations student achievement, strong literacy and numeracy, high graduation rates and a supportive educational environment which values Stó:lō language and culture. This agreement builds on the success of the partnership between Seabird and SD78 that has seen a rise in graduation rates of 35% a decade ago to 65% today. The LEA governs the educational relationship between Seabird and SD78 for some 65 students that attend Kent Elementary School and Agassiz Elementary Secondary School.

 

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On May 8th, Sqéwqel Development Corporation and the Seabird Island Band celebrated the grand opening of the Sqéwqel Gas Bar. Sqéwqel Development Corporation, Band staff, officials, and dignitaries, along with dozens of interested guests came out to see the new Gas Bar which features an Esso gas station, convenience store, as well as Mr. Sub and Country Style franchises.
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Future

Over the past 130 years, the Seabird Island Band grown tremendously to create a strengthened community for our First Nations people. Our Directors, with the support of our leadership, implemented several initiatives that brought about social change that has helped the Seabird Island Band in its metamorphosis from a small First Nations Band into a successful, prominent First Nations organization.

The Seabird Island Band has always had a simple but profound purpose, to walk hand-in-hand with our First Nations people, and our partner Bands to confront the social and economic challenges that First Nations people are faced with. We work to create opportunities for economic growth by encouraging First Nations entrepreneurs, supporting our Band Members as they complete their education goals both on and off-reserve. As well as increase the health and well-being of First Nations people, starting at birth and lasting throughout life.

The Seabird Island Band’s journey is still on-going. In our coming years, the Seabird Island Directors team and Council will work towards completing an Early Childhood Centre of Excellence, expanding our fibre optic project, and creating economic opportunities through the Sqéwqel Development Corporation.