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November 2014 Front PageThis section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter, and then some!

November 2014 Newsletter

For a copy of our current newsletter, please download it here.

November 2014 Colour  (2 MB).

Christmas with Santa - December 8th!

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Christmas with Santa


Christmas Hamper Information

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Thanks to Dawn-Lee Ricard, Intake workder at Victoria Native Fiendship Center for this information regarding Christmas Hampers.

All these places are now accepting applications for Christmas hampers. Please see the attached information below:

Christmas Hampers.pdf

This year, they are all asking for community to go down and apply in person, with ID for all the family members (and bring the same ID back in when they return to pick up their hamper). None of the applications are online or being sent to community organizations. So VNFC will not be handling any of the applications. They are all working together keeping track of names, to ensure there is no double-dipping, so as many households as possible that need a hamper will get a hamper.

FYI, while the Times Colonist is not doing Christmas hampers this year, they have given their Christmas Hamper funds to the Mustard Seed. Usually the Mustard Seed does 600 hampers each year, but this year they are doing 1,000, each with a turkey, because of the additional funds from the Times Colonist.

As updates come in, they will be added to the list and resent!


Audited Financial Statement

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audit-thumbTsawout First Nation's Audit Report for 2014 is now available online.Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat to view this PDF file.

For a copy of the report, please click here.


Heath & Recreation Grants 2014

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Just a reminder that proof of residency is needed for Health & Recreation Grant applications. Any of the following will be accepted:

  • Hydro bill
  • Phone bill
  • Cable bill
  • Revenue Canada child tax papers.  

Grant Application

 The mail that you hand in has to have your name on it. You have to be a Canadian resident to be eligible for the grant.  Handing in ID from the United States is not acceptable and you will not be eligible for the grant.


Official Election Results 2013

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elections-thumbClick this link for the official election results for the 2013 Chief & Council Election

Congratulations to the Tsawout Chief & Council and to everyone who participated, and for getting your families out to VOTE!  This was definitely the highest number of votes cast in any election -- so proud of our community.  

Thank you to Cathy Webster and Denise Kelly for your part as the Deputy Officers!We are also happy to say that the Land Code amendments and Membership Law has passed with 197 YES for Land Code Amendments  (72 No), and 215 YES for the Membership Law (55 No).

Please click this link to view the results of the Land Code Amendments and Membership Law Ratification.


JESKEN Town Centre

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Environmental Assessment



An open house was held on May 23, 2013 to receive feedback and commentary on the findings and utilization of the Project Environmental Assessment.

The economic development and employment opportunities will be the focus of a future session.


The Reefnet

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Thank you to Phil Vernon who generously allowed Tsawout First Nation to share his song " The Reefnet" on our website.

Used with permission - excerpt from the liner notes of the 2009 album "Kitale Road"

"The southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia where I live are part of the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ, or Saanich, First Nations. A description of their traditional fishery in the book Saltwater People by the late W̱SÁNEĆ elder Dave Elliot inspired me to write this song. I have been honoured by requests to sing it at numerous occasions for W̱SÁNEĆ elders and children at cultural events and at the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ school."

Click the play button to hear the song.

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