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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.


XE, NE, SEN Daycare June 2013

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Hello, Here at the centre we are getting ready for the summer and looking forward to going for walks and enjoying the warm weather. With the change in the weather we are asking parents to please check your child’s supplies at the daycare. Just to make sure all of the clothing still fits and is appropriate for the weather. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child has all supplies needed in the centre.

All of the daycare staff attended the Early Childhood Educators of BC conference in Richmond at the beginning of the May. We all attended workshops ranging from “Circle time tool box” to “Supporting the Work of ECE’s: The Roles of ECEBC and Government” the conference is not only important for the teachers to attend, but we learn new information in the field, and meet other colleagues as well.

The children enjoy seeing everyone when they go out for walks and look forward to the warm weather. We would like to welcome any volunteer elders to come in and tell the children stories, share values and language.

Thank you to everyone for your support in keeping our centre strong for the children.



Upcoming Cultural Camps

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Edith was successful in obtaining funds to hold three cultural camps on each of the IR’s on Salt Spring, Pender and Saturna Islands. Hence, she has asked me to take the lead on organizing these camps. The purpose of the cultural camps are to promote, gather and preserve traditional foods, plants and medicines; learn the significance of the islands for gathering our foods; learn our SENĆOŦEN language and cultural way of life. We want to bridge the generation gap that often exists between our young people and our Elders, therefore, the camps will be open to children, youth, families and Elders. We hope that through the camps, our children and youth will be able to build self esteem, confidence, identity and pride in who they are as Tsawout members.


Housing Update June 2013

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Housing Database

Hello Members, Housing has built a data base for all Tsawout Members, creating a history of the homes and tenant information. This covers the year home was built, what work has been done and what is needed for the future. This also covers past and present tenants of the home. We are still in need of some information and continue updating files. This information will help us to prioritize the needs for each home and what we need to focus our attention on. It will also help us with creating a home registry for Tsawout’s housing stock.


Water Main Flushing

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The Water Department advises residents that we will be flushing water mains from June 24th - June 28th. Temporary discolouration of water and/or low water pressures may occur. This is not a health hazard. To clear your lines, run your cold tap in the bath tub until the water runs clear. The district cannot accept any responsibility for damages cause by low water pressure, or the use of discoloured water.

For more details phone the district of Central Saanich Water Department: 250-544-4224 ext 221

- District of Central Saanich


Employment & Training Office Services

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The Tsawout Employment & Training Office assists with training for employment. We are here for Tsawout Community Members!

Our Services include:

  • Training for employment, i.e. food safe, first aid, etc
  • Employment counseling
  • Assistance with job search
  • Assistance with a training plan
  • Workplace support services
  • Use of computers, faxes, photocopying of resume
  • Assistance in finding funding for training needs
  • Job board
  • Services for individuals aged 15 +
  • Services based on individual needs
  • Coordination of group training sessions

Be prepared, be trained, be job ready!

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

Jessie Jim
Employment & Training Specialist


Jesken Town Centre FAQ

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Q: When will Project construction begin?
A: Site development and Project construction is scheduled to commence in October 2013

Q: When will the first store be open?
A: The facility is expected to open for business in March 2015.

Q: What is the status of the Highway Interchange & Overpass?
A: The Highway 17 interchange required to attain access to and egress from the facility is in the advance stages of deign. The plans for this and the environmental assessment will be submitted shortly for review by and approval of TFN and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Q: What commercial tenants have signed up to be in the development?
A: This information is not yet available.

Q: When will the TFN have an opportunity to learn more about employment and contracting opportunities?
A: Information about employment and contracting opportunities will be provided once the agreements with tenants are finalized in July 2013.


Community Energy Survey

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We are interested in getting some feedback about what you think regarding energy use in your home and in the community. We have created a very short survey (5 questions) to help us get some feedback. Please click the link below to check out our survey! Thanks for your feedback!

Check out our Survey!


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