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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

 

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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Chief and Council Portfolios

In order to achieve a more consistent and balanced workload among elected leadership, the following tasks and outcomes have been developed for Council to advance grouped issues on a political level.

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CommunityInitiatives

The Dream Catchers Conference is hosted in Edmonton, Alberta in the fall. This is open to youth ages 14-18 and is a trip that lasts about a week, a great experience for the youth to get out and to meet new people and learn new things. PNE is a trip for youth ages 12-18, this happens in August. A summer day trip for ages 11 and under, to attend and event like Disney on ice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Overview of History of the Sto:lo After Contact

Indian reserves are the remnants of "Our Land" they are the bits and pieces of our sovereignty, of our culture that have survived. They are monuments of our victory against extinction. They are symbols of continuing struggle against our oppression by the Europeans. Today an Indian reserve is a jail. Tomorrow it should be the basis of independence.

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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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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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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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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, ...

 

 

In the Community Newsletter

Information on Activities happening in the Community.