The Seabird Island Band (SIB) is located near Agassiz, BC approximately 115 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver. Over the last thirty (30) years SIB has undertaken several business ventures with varying levels of success.
Back in 2013, the SIB leadership decided that it was time to conduct a review of their Economic Development efforts, to look at different models under which they could be more effective and to identify opportunities. As a consequence of this, they began the process of training and capacity building of a business development corporation’s board of directors.
SIB believes that Progress and Independence are the key to igniting the nation’s full potential. From time immemorial, people have lived, worked, traded in balance with Mother Earth. Today, their success as business leaders in the Fraser River Valley comes from interweaving culture, values and traditions into the approach that sees the community moving forward.
Since 2014, the Sqéwqel Development Corporation (SqDC) has been the mechanism to empower the Seabird people and ensure their economic independence. SqDC’s main objectives are always to pursue business, investment and economic development opportunities that will grow SIB’s wealth and assist it to provide quality social programs that support the community.
The Sqéwqel Development Corporation is supportive of self-sufficiency and self-reliance of the individual, family and community. Seabird has worked to rebuild the traditional skill and knowledge that empowers them to become fully self-sufficient and self-reliant in today’s world.
For nearly seven years Sqéwqel Development Corporation L.L.P. has been working to empower the Seabird membership through employment, business development and financial opportunities. SqDC undertakes any and all economic activities for profitable businesses, creating new jobs and the development of our economy to the benefit of Seabird members and fostering business opportunities, while respecting Stó:lō culture, traditional and values. At SqDC our mission is to strengthen the Seabird Island Band’s economy and financial well-being of our members.