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About Us

Our Vision

Cheam's vision is to continue looking after our fish and our environment, as the Pilalt did, and to keep our community healthy and strong.

The Vision of the Cheam First Nation management team is "lets'emó:t for a healthy community" Purpose

Our purpose and values are to encourage greatness; embody excellence; display professionalism; empathy; courage; valuing culture; tradition and integrity and deliver a service second to none. Mission Statement

The Mission is to deliver the services being ever aware of the tasks we own and the people receiving our services. How we approach the members responsibilities How we approach our responsibilities C are P lanning H umility R esourcefulness E mpathy I ntegrity A ccountability D ynamic M otivated E xcellence

 

 

Application Forms

New home and band rental applications can be requested at the administration front desk or the housing department. Who can apply?, any registered member of the Cheam First Nation

Request for: CMHC renovation assistance program; home adaptation for seniors and AANDC mold remediation program application forms can be requested from the Housing Department. Renovation programs are primarily geared towards on- reserve homes.

 

Cheam Community Life

Introduction by Rick Quipp (former Councillor)

Our culture and spiritual teachings are important to the Cheam community. It is our teachings that build the person that we become. Our most important teachings to ourselves is to have fun, respect ourselves and others, be proud of our community and be proud of who we are and where we come from. We have a program for Cheam children in foster care, this program is called "Roots and Ties". Once a month we have a dinner and encourage family members of children in care to come spend time with their children. At the dinners, the families share stories and other cultural activities. Historical events are discussed such as colonization and residential schools and how this changed our community life and our families. In fact, these two historical events almost wiped out our spiritual and cultural traditions by: taking our identity away; banning our spiritual practices; prohibiting us from voting and enforcing the Indian Act.

The experience of our people has been ...

 

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Chief And Council

The Cheam First Nation Members grant power to an elected Chief & Council to govern the affairs of the community with sound decision-making and an emphasis on the future.

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Contact Us

Cheam First Nation 52130 Old Yale Rd Rosedale, BC V0X 1X1

Ph: 1-604-794-7924 Fax: 1-604-794-7456

 

Contact Us

Cheam First Nation 52130 Old Yale Road Rosedale, BC V0X 1X1

Ph: 1-604-794-7924 Fax: 1-604-794-7456

 

 

 

Education Department

Education Manager Responsibilities

Cheam’s Education priorities are to provide members with a sense of belonging and personal worth and ability. Provide employment training\trades education. Our goal is to promote learning and provide life skills education free from economic worries.

 

 

 

 

 

Economic Development and Land Resources

Our people have been the “caretakers” of the land since time immemorial.

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Education

The education department strives to promote learning and to provide life-skills education, free from economic worries.

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Executive Director

To ensure a clear separation between politics and administration, Chief & Council delegate management of the day-to-day procedural operations to the Executive Director.

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Finance

The finance department manages the finances and accounts of Cheam First Nation and some of its affiliated businesses.

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FinancialReports

/downloads/financialReports/Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes/Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes March 31 2016.pdf

/Downloads/FinancialReports/Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses of Chief and Councillors/Schedule of Salaries, Honoria, Elected and Appointed officials FY 2015-2016.pdf

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Governance

The governance department provides administrative support to Chief and Council.

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Health and Social Development

The health and social development department offers a wide scope of services to community members living on-reserve.

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History Of The Mountain Goat People

A young man went hunting mountain goats, as the story goes, on Cheam Mountain and became lost to his people, and came to live with the Mountain Goat People that live deep inside Mount Cheam. He lived with these people for many years, taking a wife and together they had 2 children. Eventually he returned to his parents who were, by that time very, very old. He lived in his parents’ village with his wife and children from that time on, never returning to the home of the Mountain Goat People. It is said that the young man, his wife and children are the ancestors of the people who live on Cheam Indian Reserve today. The name “Cheam” is a Halq’eméylem word pronounced “Chiyom”, which mean “wild strawberry place”. The village of Cheam is located just below the highest peak in the mountains stringing along the east side of Chilliwack. The people of Cheam live on two parcels of land, Cheam #1, holding most of the community with 821 acres, is located on the south ...

 

Housing

The housing department strives to provide community members will quality housing.

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Legends Of Cheam

I ntroduction written based on interview with Joe Aleck

Pre-contact, every "village" had an Indian name. Today, the villages have been turned into "reservations" and given a "white" name. Chiyom, originates from the halquemeylem name T'chiyam and is now known as Cheam, which means "wild strawberry place". When our homesteads were up towards the eastside of Chiyom, you could smell the wild strawberries for miles away. And when people asked where we were from, we would say T'chiyam and they would know that we lived in the wild strawberry place. In the older days, none of our people spoke English so there wasn't any translation to think about in our language. The mountain goat has a story for Cheam - it tells where we came from as Chiyom people. Chiyom is also known for the beautiful Mt. Cheam. The legend about Lady Mt. Cheam is that she was taken south and married Mt. Rainier. They had five children, two were males and three were females. Lady Mt. Cheam got lonely for the people in the valley so she took ...

 

Management

Cheam First Nation Management oversees the day-to-day operational business and responsibilities between our internal/external clients and various companies.

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Medicinal Plant Harvesting and Uses

Plant harvesting for medicinal purposes and food has been our common practice for as long as anyone can remember and a very important key to our way of life. There is a connection that our First Nation people have to our traditional plants. In Cheam we have a few members dedicated to traditional medicines and have their own back yard gardens containing our medicines. Harvesting is still practiced today and growing stronger and our younger generation is taking notice, this is good as the traditional medicines will not be lost and can be handed down to generations’ to come.

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Newsletter

For Cheam Band Members: Please email Daphne Edwards or call 604-794-7924 regarding address changes on Cheam's mail-out list.

Newsletters are added below. Only the last 10 are listed by default.

 

 

Pilalt Society Info

Cheam First Nation is a village of the Pilalt tribe of First Nations. Prior to European contact, our village participated with other Pilalt villages in stewarding our lands. Fishing has always been foundational to our people and has influenced our culture and traditions, how we steward our lands and the strong focus we have on protecting the environment. Before contact, the health of our community was strong. We managed our resources and food sources were plentiful.

After European contact, our people became dependent on the Indian Agency. The Federal and Provincial Governments took away our stewardship of the land and many of our systems now are colonized rather than traditional systems. Our systems are underfunded; therefore many of our programs and services are underfunded. That has resulted in poverty, social issues, anger and laws that negatively affect our ability to maintain our cultural and traditional ways.

Over the years, we have begun to slowly gain our stewardship of the land back by way ...

 

 

Projects

Short /long term strategic housing development plan The strategic housing development plan consist of staged development of new housing, that differs from surge housing development (build 10 homes wait five years), the idea is to develop at a consistent pace to allow for expansion of infrastructure and lot development to keep up.

Tenant training methods Tenant training: to provide tenants with a firm understanding of their responsibilities as a renter; leaser of a home including maintenance requirements of the tenant; budgeting methods; technics; as well as a better understanding of how a housing department budgets and how tenants contribute to the success of the program.

Call to action maintenance tracking system Although the process is not new, the methods for our housing program are. The purpose is to demonstrate accountability of the housing department; budget tracking; council reporting; maintenance use of time; maintenance trends and maintenance efficiency. Domestic issues / tenant behavior ...

 

Public Works

The public works department is responsible for the operation, maintenance and upgrading of the community's infrastructure.

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Spiritual Tradition

To respect our teachings passed down from generation to generation, we cannot share too much about our spiritual traditions as they are very sacred to us. Cheam has a number of band members that practice the spiritual tradition of the longhouse and those oral teachings are passed down from one Cheam member to another. Our culture and spiritual traditions are unwritten practices that are so important to Cheam people and can be summed up in one word,”Identity”. Our spiritual traditions are kept alive through oral history and shared with the outside. Our traditions and culture bring back who we were and who we are now.

Tradition and Culture was and is about survival. Collecting, preserving and bartering were our way of life and it was what we had to do to survive. We don’t have that as much today. Now we are gaining our culture and traditions back from the knowledge of our elders and are practicing our traditional ceremonies. The best way to preserve our traditions and culture is by ...

 

Educational & Cultural Programs

Homework club runs Monday and Wednesday (3:30-5pm) every week during the months of October to June; this is open to all students needing assistance with their school work. Cheam Education Center provides an ABE (adult basic education) program available to adult learners needing to complete their grade 12, or to upgrade for future post-secondary. This runs Thursdays from 6-9pm weekly form September to June following a regular school schedule. Language program is open to all community members whom are willing to learn, this is provided in partnership with Coqualeetza Cultural Education Center whom provides the instructor for the program, and the session’s run on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. The Summer Program provides various activities for children ages 6-12. It is available at the Cheam Education Center throughout the summer months, also providing employment and work experience to secondary summer students who run the program. Salish Weaving & Sewing classes runs on a weekly basis Tuesdays evenings, ...