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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.


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.


Food Sustainability and Community Gardening Workshops

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Food-Sustainability web

Tsawout First Nation will be running a series of Workshops in March, April, May and June aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about Food Sustainability, and traditional foods and medicines. We have designed these workshops in the past month and would like to test them out and ask for feedback. Dinner will be provided (Pizza). The workshops will run every Wednesday starting March 12, 2014 from 3:30-5:30. There will be door prizes and a small incentive for participating (gift cards) and providing feedback.

Upcoming Food Sustainability and Garden workshops for April!
Tsawout Multipurpose room, 3:30-5:30pm

We may venture outside for plant collection or down to the community garden so please dress appropriately. Dinner will be provided, door prizes to be won and everyone welcome. Please RSVP via email or phone to Shauna at contact info below. See ya all there!

April 9, 2014 
Introduction to Traditional Foods and Medicines for Diabetes

This workshop introduces some of the gifts of Northwest plants and then leads into the history and impacts of diabetes in Indian Country. It ties in how plants traditions might be useful for diabetes prevention and community wellness. Participants will gain an understanding of some of the traditional uses of some native plants, about the complex causes of diabetes, and be introduced to traditional uses of plants as a way to prevent and treat diabetes.


Head Start March

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Trinity Time Dinner & Honouring Our Head Start families outing to Holy Trinity Anglican Hall has moved to once a month. We now meet for dinner at 4:30 pm. There is circle time with singing, drumming, storytelling, and seasonal crafts. It has been very successful attendance as many of our Head Start children attend pre-school. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Elders Honoured by G.A.L.S.

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The G.A.L.S. Group age 12 - 18 years hosted a beautiful Valentines Tea in the old council chambers on Feb. 12th to honour 10 elders. They presented them with lovely decorated jars that held scented bath salts and homemade candles. Holly McDonald, from V.I.H.A. also did a presentation on oral health, shared a poem, and gifted all the ladies with dental care items.


Hearts of the Community Awards

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Congratulations to Tsawout Member Kristal Underwood who was nominated as a student who has not only volunteered, but trained to become an advocate and bring more awareness about bullying into the schools. Tabita Marks had the opportunity to interview her, and submitted an application with a reference letter from her teacher that contributed to her nomination. The awards ceremony took place Feb. 25th at Mary Winspear, and featured a live performance by the Stelly’s Secondary School, and a complimentary luncheon.

Beacon Community Services and the Peninsula News Review have been sponsoring the Heart of the Community Volunteer Awards. This heart warming event honours volunteers who have contributed to the Saanich Peninsula Community.


Organic Waste Ban at Hartland Landfill

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Capital Regional District Kitchen Scraps – 2014 Ban at Hartland Landfill

The Capital Regional District recently implemented a phased approach for dealing with kitchen scraps at Hartland Landfill. Kitchen scraps include organic materials such as meat, bones, vegetables, fruit, breads, grains, eggs, soiled paper products and cooked leftovers.

The phased approach has already been in place since 2013 and is as follows:

  • 2013 and 2014 - Incentives (20$/tonne) for waste haulers to separate kitchen scraps and bring them to CRD-approved transfer stations and composting facilities.
  • January 1, 2014 - 20% surcharge for waste that contains kitchen scrap materials.
  • January 1, 2015 - complete ban on kitchen scraps from the Hartland Landfill.

Treaty News - March

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Treaty Office Report -- February 2014
(Eric Pelkey ; Treaty Officer)

Tsawout Longhouse

(A central part of our identity as WSÀNEĆ People and Families of STÀUTW̱)

I will no longer report on this matter as it has been turned over to Lorne Underwood. I have exited with recommendations sent to the Board about possible Longhouse construction start options. I will leave that to him.

Land Claims and Specifics Claims

We continue with interviews of our Elders and those that are out on the Land and Waters practising their Douglas Treaty and Aboriginal Rights in our territory. We are documenting and mapping this information as proof of our continued, continuous use of all the resources and Lands in our territory and Homeland. We are also documenting our historical uses of all the lands, waters and resources in our Territory. This is to support the Rights and Title action against Canada and BC that we are working towards.

Ongoing and regular funding for important work however is our main hold-up.

The BC Treaty Process is one of our main enemies that we are forced to deal with. All of the surrounding Nations outside the WSÀNEĆ are making claims on our Territory and resources through their new treaty claims. Tsawassen Treaty, TEMEXW Treaty and Hul,Que,Meenum Treaty are those in the BC Treaty Process making claims to our Territory and resources.

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