Tsawout First Nation

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home Community News
Community News



elcome to our Tsawout First Nation web site, on behalf of all our people! It is with great honor that we, as a Tsawout people, share little bit of who we are and what we are all about.

-Tsawout First Nation Administration

Mission Statement


Our vision is the empowerment of our people, spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally, by providing through mutual understanding a safe, open and fair environment for our community. Appreciating our youth and valuing our elders through traditional teachings and cultural practices. Along this journey, we will treat each other with respect, empathy, strength, pride and equality.


JOB POSTING- Lands Manager

E-mail Print

Tsawout First Nation is currently seeking a LANDS MANAGER. 


Tsawout First Nation (TFN) is seeking a strong team player committed to the implementation and development of TFNʼs land management regime.  The ideal candidate will be skilled in lands planning, and have experience interpreting and providing advice on land matters.  He/she will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, solid project management skills and will be confident representing TFNʼs best interests on lands based initiatives and committees.


  • Degree in Lands Management, Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, Land Resource Management or equivalent combined with significant experience working in land administration, planning or environmental assessment;
  • Working knowledge and experience in sustainable land use and resource management and planning;  Experience interpreting and administering complex legislation and regulations, preferably related to land management; 
  • Supervisory experience; 
  • Experience interpreting and providing advice on Land Code and land issues, with the ability to handle politically sensitive matters, analyze, identify and recommend action options for senior management;  Successful experience managing multiple projects, writing proposals and reports; 
  • Experience working in a First Nations government setting is an asset; 
  • Experience with Conflict Resolution; 
  • Experience with Property Law. Note: An equivalent combination of post-secondary coursework, training, workshops and significant experience will equally be considered. The incumbent will also need to have an:  Knowledge of the environmental and socio-economic issues of impact assessment; 
  • Knowledge of Tsawout First Nation Land Code; 
  • In depth knowledge of various government and agency land administration processes and initiatives; 
  • Knowledge of Tsawout First Nation heritage, history, culture, demographics, goals, and aspirations is required for success.

Conditions of Employment:

Signed conflict of interest declaration and confidentiality agreement; Criminal Record Check and valid class 5 driversʼ license – access to a personal vehicle is an asset.

View Job Posting


JOB POSTING- Home Care Worker

E-mail Print

The Home Care Worker provides assistance to people who are sick, injured, mentally or physically disabled, or the elderly and fragile. They work in the home and help their clients with daily activities, such as bathing and bathroom functions, feeding, grooming, and provide light to moderate housework. The Home Care Worker may be required to make and serve meals, grocery shop, and serve as a companion for their clients.


The Home Care Worker requires knowledge of:

  • Client resources and client assessments and will perform job duties once client is formally assessed and referred by designated social and health professionals as requiring one or more of the designated essential services using the care assessement criteria.
  • Proper home care techniques for house cleaning and meal preparation
  • Other First Nations and/or non-First Nations services and resources that may be valuable to he clients
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Knowledge of different cleaning products/chemicals

Land Code Amendments - Update

E-mail Print

Land Code Amendments


The Council, on the recommendation of the Land Management Committee, is proposing changes to the Land Code to make the law more effective for Members, Residents, and potential investors in Tsawout Lands, and to improve Tsawout’s ability to manage its lands.
The Eligible Voters of Tsawout need to vote to approve these changes. A Ratification Vote is being proposed for April16, 2018.


Tsawout Community Meeting

E-mail Print

Housing - web-Community Engagement Mtg Notice - April 4 2018 - SP


Tsawout is developing new rules for the Tsawout Housing Policy and we want your views on what the new rules will be. Attend this meeting so we can hear from you regarding:

  • Who should be eligible for a rental unit?
  • What criteria should be used to decide who will get a rental unit?
  • How should Tsawout respond to missed rental payments and damages caused to rental units?
  • When should a person be evicted from a rental unit?
  • Should Tsawout continue to use band funds to guarantee a member’s loan for new housing on-reserve?
  • What should the rights/obligations of CP holders and Tsawout be when a CP holder transfers CP lands to Tsawout so a new house can be built on their CP lands?

For more information, contact: John Carter, Tsawout Housing Manager
Email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ph. 1-250-652-9101


Health & Recreation Grants 2018

E-mail Print

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.  

Dedline and Cheque Issue Dates:

  • First Deadline: April 27th 2018
  • Cheque Issue: May 25 2018
  • Cheque Issue: November 23 2018

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.

If you have turned 18 or will be turning 18 before the May 27th distribution, you are eligible to receive the Health & Rec Grant. So be sure to fill out a new application for this year's distribution. Please provide a copy of your status card and a piece of mail (cell phone bill). If you do not have mail that has your name on it and you still live at home, please have your parent write a letter stating that you reside at the address.

If you have recently had a baby, please make sure that you have started the registration process BEFORE you add your baby to the form. Once you have started the registration process, I will get confirmation from Farrah.


Tsawout / Pender Youth Leadership Project

E-mail Print

About the Tsawout / Pender Youth Leadership Project

In September of 2017, the Pender Island School and the Tsawout First Nation Learning House agreed to jointly participate in a Youth Leadership Project with a reconciliation theme. Pender’s School Trustee Anna Herlitz said:
“School District 64 supports Justice Murray Sinclair’s vision expressed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report that ‘education is the key to reconciliation. As Pender School Trustee, I am delighted that Pender School students will have this rich opportunity to engage in deep cultural learning and understanding together with Tsawout students from Saanich.

Six youth from each school program along with co-teachers from each school and an Elder/ mentor from each community met for 7 Thursdays between September 28 and November 9 to prepare a reconciliation event to be presented to their respective school communities in November. Romaine Underwood (CHULETSA) agreed to serve as the Tsawout teacher and Emily Raichura (TLALIKLILOW GWA) served as the Pender teacher. Tsawout Elder Willard Pelkey (ELOWENET)M and Pender mentor Ben McConchie provided support for the program. The program included a traditional salmon pit cook at the Pender School on October 12 led by Elder Earl Claxton Jr and John-Bradley Williams.

Tsawout Learning House coordinator Stephanie Adams pointed out: “By sharing experience and perspectives, the youth from these two communities will gain important cultural insights to share with their respective school communities. ”

The Project was supported by a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Youth Leadership Project was part of the 2017 Pender Reconciliation Initiative developed by the South Pender Historical Society in consultation with the Tsawout leadership team and in cooperation with the Pender Reconciliation Circle and the Pender Anglican Parish.

Tsawout Chief Harvey Underwood observed:“This initiative is an important step forward in its recognition at the community to community level to promote accurate cultural education, honour past cultural practices and build future relationships".


Employment Opportunity - Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering - Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power

E-mail Print

Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering 
Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power
TERM & WAGE: January 15, 2018 to April 30, 2018
Time to organize, host event and develop and submit final report.
25 hours/week at $20 Hour
REPORTS TO: Health & Conference Planning Committee & Select Committee


The Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering will be taking place at the end of April 2018 (dates to be determined). Building on 8 years of gathering held in different places across the Island the gathering sets the table for people to share, connect and learn. The table will be set with the foods and knowledge holders and will focus on workshops that share hands on skills such as harvesting, preserving and preparing Indigenous foods; health value of a nourishing your body and community with these foods; seasonal harvesting and much more.
The two day gathering will culminate in a celebration feast held at the host Nation and will be an opportunity to showcase the Indigenous food workshops taking place before the event and offer a time to think about future harvesting activities for the upcoming spring and summer season.
The coordinator will be supported by an organizing committee made up of members from SȾÁUTW̱ Health (Tsawout), W̱JOȽEȽP Health (Tsartlip), Songhees Health, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, Project RECLAIM, SeaChange, Island Health, CRFair, and the Capital Regional District. There is also a toolkit available developed from previous workshops that will give the coordinator a template to work from in taking this project on. Typically in the past, workshops have attracted about 300 people.

  • «
  •  Start 
  •  Prev 
  •  1 
  •  2 
  •  Next 
  •  End 
  • »

Page 1 of 2

News Archive

Submit a Story

Do you have something you would like to share on this site, or in the community newsletter?  Please drop us a line, and we'll do our best to spread the word!