This paper has three goals: 1) To briefly outline the process through which Shxw’ÃµwhÃ¡mÃ©l came to adopt the SiyÃ¡:m System in 1994; 2) to highlight certain concerns about the limitations of that system as articulated by community members in 2006; and 3) to provide a detailed discussion of those historical government and missionary actions that served to isolate and curtail inter-village family relationships. The two former issues provided a context for the later, which in turn is a direct response to requests by members of the Shxw’ÃµwhÃ¡mÃ©l community for information to help contextualize and explain the historical process by which families living on one StÃ³:lÃµ reserve became disassociated and disconnected from relatives living on another. Put another way, the paper’s overall aim is to provide Shxw’ÃµwhÃ¡mÃ©l people with information they can consider as they work to determine what has limited the effectiveness of their SiyÃ¡:m System and what they might do to improve the situation as they work to reassert even greater self-governance responsibilities and authority. A fourth objective is to situate the Shxw’ÃµwhÃ¡mÃ©l experience within a larger context so that the implications of their story might be made of relevance to First Nations elsewhere who are likewise struggling to re-activate self-governance within the caldron of Canadian
Carlson, Keith Thor. "Colonial Fracture And Community Cohesion: Governance In The StÃ³:LÃµ Community Of Shxw'ÃµwhÃ¡mÃ©l". A Research Paper for the National Centre for First Nations Governance. The National Centre for First Nations Governance. Canada. July 2007. Paper.