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This section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter.

September 2019 Newsletter

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

September 2019 Colour  (2 MB).

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!


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:


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.


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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Proposed Land Code amenments, Residential Tenancy and Community Land Disposition Laws

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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 July 5, 2017 at the same time of the Chief & Council vote.

The Land Code Amendments will go to a vote proposed for July 5, 2017

The Residential Tenancy Law is being finalized and will await the return of our housing staff person, and the Community Land Disposition Law has been recently enacted by Council following the community consultation.

Residential Tenancy Law

The preamble of the Residential Tenancy Law [the “Law”] is based on other SȾÁUTW law preambles. It identifies SȾÁUTW’s inherent jurisdiction to enact laws and the authority for Council under the Land Code to enact a law on residential tenancy.

Community Land Disposition Law


Council, on the recommendation of the Land Management Committee, is proposing a new law: the SȾÁUTW̱ First Nation ÁLEṈENEȻ TŦE (Community Land) Disposition Law (the “Law”).
Why is this Law being proposed?
Tsawout’s Land Code requires that rules be established before any interests or licences in Community (Band) Land can be given to Members or others. The types of interests or licences in Community (Band) Land could include Permanent Interests, Residential Allocations, Leases, Rights of Way, and Licences (e.g., Billboards).

For more info please call or email Lands Manager at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Heather at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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