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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.


 



Health & Recreation Grants 2019

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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.  

Dedline and Cheque Issue Dates:

  • First Deadline: April 26th 2019
  • Cheque Issue: May 24 2019
  • First Deadline: October 25th 2019
  • Cheque Issue: November 22nd 2019

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.

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Tsawout / Pender Youth Leadership Project

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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".

 

Telus PST Exemption Confirmation

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For all Tsawout Members,

November 6, 2017
RE: Verification of BC PST Customer Exemption - Response Required

TELUS is being audited by the provincial government of British Columbia for Provincial Sales Tax (BC PST). The government has asked for copies of the proper documentation needed to exempt customers like you from paying PST on your TELUS services. In order for TELUS to continue to exempt your account from BC PST, please provide a copy of one of the following documents and complete the attached Customer Tax Exemption Form:


 

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Community Health Services Survey

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Hello everyone, we're collecting feedback about our health services!

Community Health Survey

The Tsawout Health Centre is inviting all community members to participate in a Community Health Survey. The information you provide will be confidential and will be used to evaluate the current and past health programs and services at Tsawout First Nation. All community members who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 2 $50.00 gift cards. If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of the survey, please see the health receptionist at the Health Centre. Thank you and good luck!
https://www.research.net/r/TsawoutCommunityHealth

 

Chief & Council Election 2017

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The election results are in, congratulations to the newly elected leadership.

The Tsawout Band's Leadership consists of elected members of the community that make up the Chief and Council. Elections are currently held bi-annually, with the most recent election of July 5, 2017. The Current leadership are;

Chief: Harvey Underwood

Council:Allan Claxton, Toby Joseph, John Etzel, Abe Pelkey, John Wilson, Stanley Sam, Bruce Underwood, Mavis Underwood.

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Chief & Council Updates

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Chief & Council have released a special update newsletter. Please see the link for important informatoin regarding Tsawout Longhouse reconstruction efforts, new acting Band Manager, and Finance information.June-SE

 

Tsawout First Nation and Kinder Morgan Pipeline

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Following the recent B.C. election, the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Proposal is back in the news. Kinder Morgan is hoping to increase its oil tanker traffic through the Straight of Georgia.

Tsawout First Nation has been working very hard with other organizations to develop research and has filed documents with the National Energy Board. These include the Tsawout Traditional Marine Use Study, our Expert Reports, and Affidavits from some of our members. These documents can all be found at:
http://docs.neb-one.gc.ca/fetch.asp?language=E&ID=A70322

 


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