Shxwhá:y Village

Preferred Name:
Shxwhá:y Village
Alternative Name:
Formerly Skway (Pre-2004) (Variation Squay); Part Of Chilliwack Tribe (Chillukweyuk Tribe)
Language:
Halq'eméylem, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Hul’q’umi’num’
BC Regional Office:
South Coast (Surrey)
Region:
Lower Mainland Southwest
Reserve Land Area:798.50 ha
Chief:
Chief Bonnie Russell
Council:
Councillor Robert Gladstone , Councillor Sandra Corpuz , Councillor Tyrell Kenworthy, Councillor Michelle Roberts
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Address: 44680 Schweyey Rd.
Chilliwack
V2R 5M5
Community Description

Shxwhá:y Village is a band government of the Stó:lō people living in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada near the city of Chilliwack. Long before Western European contact, our ancestors lived in the beautiful Ts’elxweyeqw (Chilliwack River Valley). Our ancestral homelands were at Sxotsaqel, a village at the head of Chilliwack Lake. Sxotsaqel means ‘sacred lake’ in Halq’eméylem language. We have a long history of moving down river and eventually settling at the mouth of the Old Chilliwack River (Skway I.R.#5).

Treaty or Tribal Association
Stó:lo Nation
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Gravel extraction, agricultural cash crops, and demolition, land clearing and construction (DLC) have been an on-going source of revenue for Shxwhá:y Village. The community is also looking to develop a Tissue Manufacturing Plant and a Waste-to-Energy project.