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
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.
Emotional Support During the Holidays
Online Crisis Chat
Crisis Chat for all ages is offered from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Pacific Time, 7 days a week. Visit their website at: www.vicrisis.ca
Vancouver Island Crisis Chat provides online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. Our crisis workers are here to listen and to support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.
If you require support immediately, please call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888, which is available 24/7. If you are dealing with an emergency, please dial 911.
A/H.E.S.S Director Report
It has been a busy fall season! I hope you are well, remember to take care of yourself in what ever you do and smile =) I missed last months news letter as I was away travelling so here is my update on the last couple months.
Accreditation: I am pleased to report that we were successful in submitting the follow up on Required Operational Practices (ROP’s) that were pending from the on-site survey in October 2012. Accreditation Canada's sector and service-based standards help organizations assess quality at the point of service delivery. They are based upon five key elements of service excellence: clinical leadership, people, process, information, and performance.
TIXEN Restoration Project Update
- By Shana Sylvester
The Lands Department recently purchased a 32 ft. mini shuttle bus from Wilson’s Transportation, which was authorized as a proposal budget item. After researching options, speaking with other Interpretative Centres, pricing out fixed buildings, used RV’s and buses we decided to phone Wilson’s Transportation to see if they had any shuttles for sale. At the time they didn’t have any available but after our TIXEN Youth Coordinator, Shana Sylvester and Summer Student, Edith Etzel shared the idea of having a mobile interpretive center to educate the general public and our members about the important ecological features of TIXEN - Mr. John Wilson, CEO of Wilsons Transportation, agreed to sell the mini shuttle bus valued at $15,000 to Tsawout for $8,000 and donating $7,000 as long as it was used for an educational interpretative center.
Compost Pilot Project
In October, Tsawout initiated a composting pilot project in two areas of the Tsawout Reserve. The first area participating is the Tetayut Road Townhouses. They are sharing two large bins placed in a common area outside. Tenants empty their kitchen scraps daily or as needed in the large bins. In the upper subdivision, each home receives a large bin, the bin is put out every two weeks with recycling and the bins are swapped out for a fresh clean one.
Fall to Spring Sport Camps 2013-2014
Soccer: January - February*Hockey: TBD
Yoga: Thursday's in December starting at 3:30 pm)
Basketball: January - February
Call: Bonnie (250) 652-9101 ext. 330 or email:
for registration forms or for more information.
First Nations Health Authority
The following article outlines the transfer of funds from Health Canada to the First Nations Health Authority. This new plan allows BC First Nations to assume responsibility for the programs, people and resources of the First Nations Inuit Health office in the Pacific Region. Please read more by clicking here.
Since BFI started collecting heavy garbage six months ago, we have collected 59,290 pounds of garbage! This amount of garbage is equivalent to a pile that is over 60 feet wide at the base and over 50 feet tall. The total charges have come to $5,489.24
Here are the statistics on the heavy waste area to date :
- Metal 17,204 lbs
- Wood: 18,568 lbs
- Waste: 23,518 lbs
Reminder: We would like to remind everyone that heavy garbage pick-up is for Tsawout Community Members only!
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