S’ólh Téméxw is the halq’eméylem name for the shared asserted territory of the Stó:lō . In English, it can be translated as ‘our world’ or ‘our land’. S’ólh Téméxw contains the highest concentration of shared, overlapping indigenous interests in Canada. Additionally, it also holds Canada’s third largest city and largest port. These factors make it a particularly complex landscape in which to conduct indigenous consultation.
The S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance (STSA) form a political body that guides engagement and consultation processes within S’ólh Téméxw in accordance with their Terms of Reference and the STSA Land and Resource Use Consultation and Decision-making Policy. The STSA communities are signatories to several engagement agreements, and provide direction to their operational wing, the People of the River Referrals Office (PRRO). We, as Stó:lō, are a collective community who hold indigenous rights and title within all of S’ólh Téméxw – ‘our world’.