Semiahmoo First Nation
Semiahmoo First Nation and White Rock City Council, from National Indigenous Peoples Day, 2019.
"We acknowledge we are on the traditional, unceded territories of the Semiahmoo First Nation and the broader territory of the Coast Salish Peoples."
The City of White Rock recognizes the importance of honouring the heritage and cultures of Indigenous peoples in our community. In White Rock, we are grateful for the relationship between the Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock.
In Council’s 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities, Council committed to continuing to nurture a respectful, trusting partnership with the Semiahmoo First Nation for the benefit of both communities. The full plan and its progress can be found at whiterockcity.ca/priorities.
For information about the Semiahmoo First Nation, visit Semiahmoo First Nation.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.
Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.
In co-operation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
Click here to learn about National Indigenous Peoples Day and why it was created, and educational resources for children and adults. The Semiahmoo First Nation and City of White Rock have joined virtually to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2021. Read news release.
Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza
The City of White Rock, White Rock RCMP Detachment and Semiahmoo First Nation have had a long-standing relationship based on mutual respect. In fact, in 1999, two house posts were raised on East Beach, at Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza as a sign of working towards reconciliation, understanding and mutual respect, and a shared responsibility for maintaining relationships.
Semiahmoo First Nation, City of White Rock sign three utility service agreements
The Semiahmoo First Nation and the City of White Rock have announced that they have signed three utility service agreements, two for water supply and one for sewer services.
- Water Supply Agreement—Westerly Lands
- Water Supply Agreement—Community Core Lands
- Sewer Services Agreement
The City and the Nation meet regularly as Councils to discuss matters affecting both governments. As part of their ongoing dialogue, they have steadily moved toward the completion of servicing agreements.
The City promised in the 2021-2022 Council Strategic Priorities to continue to nurture its relationship for the benefit of both communities.
The Semiahmoo First Nation (SFN) and City of White Rock are joining to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with a community celebration that will include a performance by SFN’s children’s dancers, and remarks from Chief Harley Chappell. Read on...
Descendants of Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles, members of Semiahmoo First Nation, and community residents gathered to honour the memory and confirm the name of “Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza”. Read on...
Please attend the official naming event of Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles (Pa-Kwach-Tun) Memorial Plaza. Read on...