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-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.


Notice of Vote: Custom Election Law

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39th Annual BC Elders Gathering

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Event Dates: July 7,8 & 9, 2015
Location: Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd.
Saanichton BC
V8M 2C3


Tsawout First Nation and the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations are proud to be hosting the 39th Annual BC Elders Gathering on July 7th to 9th, 2015. We anticipate hosting up to 5,000 Elder’s and other visitors during this event. The Gathering will be held primarily at the Panorama Leisure Centre and the event is to honour and give thanks to our Elders.


Custom Election Law Update

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Tsawout First Nation Custom Election Law Update: 
Currently elections of Tsawout Chief and Council are conducted pursuant to the Indian Act and its Regulations. Chief and Council would like to remove the Nation from the Indian Act provisions and adopt a Custom Election Law that better reflects the customs and needs of the Nation.

What will change?


Heath & Recreation Grants 2015

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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.


Christmas Hamper Information

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Thanks to Dawn-Lee Ricard, Intake workder at Victoria Native Fiendship Center for this information regarding Christmas Hampers.

All these places are now accepting applications for Christmas hampers. Please see the attached information below:

Christmas Hampers.pdf

This year, they are all asking for community to go down and apply in person, with ID for all the family members (and bring the same ID back in when they return to pick up their hamper). None of the applications are online or being sent to community organizations. So VNFC will not be handling any of the applications. They are all working together keeping track of names, to ensure there is no double-dipping, so as many households as possible that need a hamper will get a hamper.

FYI, while the Times Colonist is not doing Christmas hampers this year, they have given their Christmas Hamper funds to the Mustard Seed. Usually the Mustard Seed does 600 hampers each year, but this year they are doing 1,000, each with a turkey, because of the additional funds from the Times Colonist.

As updates come in, they will be added to the list and resent!


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.


Official Election Results 2013

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elections-thumbClick this link for the official election results for the 2013 Chief & Council Election

Congratulations to the Tsawout Chief & Council and to everyone who participated, and for getting your families out to VOTE!  This was definitely the highest number of votes cast in any election -- so proud of our community.  

Thank you to Cathy Webster and Denise Kelly for your part as the Deputy Officers!We are also happy to say that the Land Code amendments and Membership Law has passed with 197 YES for Land Code Amendments  (72 No), and 215 YES for the Membership Law (55 No).

Please click this link to view the results of the Land Code Amendments and Membership Law Ratification.

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