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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.


Registration Information - BC Elders Gathering

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BC Elders Gathering

Over the next week, Gina will visit Elders to confirm his/her registration, for the BC Elders Gathering. Tsawout Elders attending the Elders Gathering will be requested to participate with fundraising activities. Tsawout Elders unable to attend or participate with fundraising activities, due to health/physical abilities, will be exempt. All monies raised will support Tsawout Elders with their accommodations, travel expenses.

Fore more information, please follow this link.


Health & Recreation Grants 2017

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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.

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.


Sacred Rattle Returning to W’SANEC Family After Absence of More than 76 Years

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Release & Backgrounder
For Immediate Release:

Sacred Rattle Returning to W’SANEC Family After Absence of More than 76 Years

Repatriation Ceremony - Thursday, November 10th 2016
Location: Royal BC Museum
Time: 10:00am
**Please meet in the front lobby of the museum.

A sacred Ceremonial rattle is returning to a W’SANEC family after an absence of more than 76 years. The rattle which is carved out of horn, adorned with mountain goat wool and features a man with up-raised hands – belongs to the Claxton family of the Tsawout First Nation. It was taken from a Saanichton Museum 43 years ago by an art dealer and almost disappeared into the shady antiquities market forever.


Invitation to Tender Bids

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Tsawout Band Council is inviting interested parties to tender bids on various housing repair and renovation projects under the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) for Persons with Disabilities.

General items of work for multiple RRAP projects include (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Bathroom renovations (shower installation, reconfiguration for better maneuverability, sinks, faucets…)
  • Wheelchair ramps (including handrails, concrete pad…)
  • Electrical (including upgrades)
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Drywall / Wall Repairs
  • Miscellaneous carpentry (installation of hand rails, porch construction…)
  • General (door installation, soffit repair, inspect insulation)
  • Kitchen renovations (sinks, cabinets…)
  • Window installation
  • Flooring (including repair of subfloor damage)

TFN is inviting parties to tender bids on specific work items or complete projects (approximately 6 in total).  • 

Building Permit & Inspection (Capital Regional District): Building permits are required in order to construct, alter, repair or demolish a building or structure. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to call for inspections and ensure that all inspections are carried out. Generally requests must be received at least 24 hours in advance of the desired inspection date.

For additional information (beginning Aug. 29, 2016), please contact Tsawout First Nation Housing Coordinator,

Shana Thorne, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
250-652-9101 (ext. 326).

Bids should be sent to:

Shana Thorne, Housing Coordinator
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tsawout First Nation 7728 Tetayut Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 2E4

250-652-9101 (ext. 326)


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.

Voting for the Land Code Amendments has been postponed. A new date is TBA The Residential Tenancy Law and Community Land Disposition Law will be enacted by Council following community consultation.


Official Election Results

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Below are the official election results of the Chief & Council vote held July 2, 2015.


Harvey Underwood


Samantha Etzel
John Etzel (JP)
Karen Harry
Abe Pelkey
Stanley Sam
Bruce Underwood
Mavis Underwood
John Wilson

To see a listing of the votes cast for each candidate, please click the button below.

View Polling Results


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.

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