Skowkale First Nation

Skowkale First Nation

The Skowkale First Nation (Sq'ewqeyl in the Halq'emeylem language) is located in the Upper Fraser Valley and neighbours the City of Chilliwack. Skowkale is a member of the Stó:lō Nation and has approximately 265 members.

Governed under a Family Representative system, the community is home to approximately 160 of its members and an estimated 1000 non-Band members who live on leased CP lands. Ninety percent (90%) of member homes are privately owned.

The community has worked hard to strengthen their community’s governance system which has resulted in significant changes including having full jurisdiction over their reserve lands under Land Code, full enforcement of housing policies, enacting a Financial Administration Law & becoming a borrowing member of the First Nations Finance Authority. To continue on this journey of strong governance and economic independence, the Skowkale First Nation Chief and Council have decided to move away from social and rental housing and place more focus on homeownership. To support this effort, Skowkale First Nation is developing a new subdivision to open up homeownership opportunities for Skowkale members.

The Skowkale First Nation leadership look to the First Nations Market Housing Fund to support the First Nation’s efforts to expand and align its policies, assist in the delivery of education and awareness initiatives to support homeownership and to provide options to members that will encourage new construction, and the purchase or renovation of existing homes in the community.

“We are in a time where the winds are changing in our communities. We at Skowkale are happy to partner with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to further enhance our community’s housing program offerings. The FNMHF’s support and expertise will help to address our housing needs as we continue on our path to home ownership for our people.”
— Chief Mark Point (December 2017)

Media and website contact information:

Stacy McNeil, MBA, BCJ, PID
General Manager / S.A.Y. Lands Manager
Skowkale First Nation
#304 10 – 7201 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC
V2R 4G5
Phone: 604-824-5302
Fax: 604-858-2716