Sechelt Indian Band

Sechelt Indian Band (shíshálh Nation)

It has been almost 30 years since the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) Self-Government Act and Constitution came into force in 1986. The Constitution sets the SIB land regime, requirements for membership, Council elections, law-making and referendum processes and standards of SIB governance including financial management.

The shíshálh Nation encompasses a territory of 1,031 hectares and is spread over thirty-three separate and small reserves. There is a current membership of approximately 1,380 with almost half living on shíshálh Nation lands. There almost 200 housing units primarily located in and around the main Sechelt lands located 50 km northwest of Vancouver and a number of properties leased to approximately 500 non-members including a gated community for which property taxes are collected. Housing units for members of the SIB includes ownership, rentals, and elder units. There are also two mobile home parks.

SIB’s housing program is managed by the Sechelt Housing Authority established by way of a Declaration of Trust in 1980. With 68% homeownership in the community, the community is working with the Fund to continue its success in reducing housing arrears, renewing and updating housing policies, housing management structure and facilitating member education on financial planning, budgeting and building credit.  Continued success will result in increased market housing options for membership, including home ownership, rental units and renovation loans for individual home owners.

“One of our nation’s primary goals is to develop a housing strategy for our nation whereby everyone has equal opportunity to own their home. The vision of our elders and past leaders is to create a sustainable and prosperous nation where each member has the disposable income to qualify for their own mortgage. We feel the First Nations Market Housing Fund will assist our members to make this a reality.”
— Chief Calvin Craigan (December 2015)

Contact Information:

Brian Jones, Administration
Sechelt Indian Band (shíshálh Nation)
P.O. Box 740
5555 Sunshine Coast Hwy
Sechelt, British Columbia
V0N 3A0
Phone: 604-885-2273
Fax: 604-885-3490