Cornerstone has led the development of a multi-year Strategic Planning process for the Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation.

Shxw’ōwhámél First Nation and Cornerstone

Cornerstone’s Indigenous Planning team was engaged to provide a strategic plan for the Shxw’ōwhámél Administration; during the process, we were asked to expand the scope to develop a new, comprehensive multi-year strategy, including a review of Council policies and procedures.


This project included close and sustained engagement with members of the Nation’s Si:yam (Council), senior Administration staff and advisors, and community representatives, to consider and express a Vision for the community, articulate the cultural and traditional values that guide their approach to community development, and clearly identify specific operational deliverables to work towards in the coming 3-5 years. We incorporated historic documentation, previous planning documents and traditional language and cultural practices to link the future plan with the present and the past.


The Leaders and senior staff created a comprehensive “Vision-to-Action” plan for the community, both at the broad level, and with specific departmental work plans. The Plan is to be presented to the community and Council Si:yam for approval and implementation.

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