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Environmental Assessment - Jesken Town Centre

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An open house was held on May 23, 2013 to receive feedback and commentary on the findings and utilization of the Project Environmental Assessment.

The economic development and employment opportunities will be the focus of a future session.


Water Walk Update

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Thank you to Team Tsawout lead by Team Captain, Tabita Marks along with participants, Lillian Underwood, Sene Underwood, Asheya Underwood, Pastor Hugh Marks, Sophina Jimmy, Dora Thomas, Gwen Underwood walked around UVIC, carrying 10 liter pails of water (one per team). This symbolized the daily trek to the river that many women and children in Africa must make every day to get water. Elder Patty and Chief Harvey welcomed all of the participants at UVIC and commented that it wasn't too long ago our own people were carrying water from the wells. After walking 4km with the water pail it made us really appreciate the clean drinking water we have fresh from our water taps! Thanks to our bus driver, Perry LaFortune, who got our team safely to and from the UVIC water walk.

Positively AFRICA (pA), a project of VIDEA, in collaboration with the University of Victoria African Awareness Club hosted the 3rd Annual Water Walk on May 11th, 2013. This event raises awareness about local and global water issues and is a fundraiser to support water trucks, wells, and other projects in Kenya. For more information please visit www.positivelyafrica.org.


Tsawout First Nation Sewer Use Law

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The following document outlines:



A. The Council deems it advisable, necessary, expedient and in the best interests of the Tsawout First Nation and all residents and occupiers of Tsawout First Nation Lands to establish a Law regulating the discharge of waste into sewers connected to a sewage facility operated by the Tsawout First Nation.

A. Pursuant to the Tsawout First Nation Land Code, the Council has the authority to make Laws respecting the development, conservation, protection, management, use and possession of First Nation Land, including Laws in respect of management of local and public works and the regulation of sanitary services.

Click here to download the SEWER USE LAW No. 2013-01- (PDF 2MB)


Notice of Sale

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This document contains important information on the " Sale of the Right to Lawful Possession of Reserve Land pursuant to s.50"

Click the link for more information:

Notice of Sale - Estate of Virginia Joe Lot 35


Membership Vote Update

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March 7, 2013

Dear Respected Elders & Members;
Re: Update on Membership Law & Land Code Amendments Vote &
Second Vote Date: June 25th (same day as Chief & Council vote)

HISWKE SIIAM to all families who practiced their democratic right to vote. We appreciate your support and we will need you and your family to vote once again on June 25th, 2013. It is disappointing that we were short a few voters to pass the Membership Law & Land Code Amendments. However, we did have very positive support on these two important issues. Here’s a summary of the vote that recently took place on February 21 and 22:

Land Code Amendments Vote:

Yes Votes 162
No Votes 33
Rejected Ballots 13 (could not be counted in overall vote due to no voter declaration in mail in ballot)

Membership Law Vote:

Yes Votes 177
No Votes 17
Rejected Ballots 13 (could not be counted in overall vote due to no voter declaration in mail in ballot)

We needed 264 overall to vote and 195 voted as 13 mail in ballots were rejected. We needed 133 yes votes on each. We were short 69 for the overall quorum.

Attached is the Certification of Vote and a list of the winners for the door prizes. We are holding Information Sessions on the Membership Law and Amendments to the Land Code on the following dates. Call us or come out if you need questions answered, info sessions held at the Old Council Chambers:

March 19th   6pm -  8pm  Refreshments
April 18th   2pm -  4pm   Refreshments May   29th   10am -12pm  Refreshments
June  12th   3pm – 5pm  Seafood Feast at 5pm

Please watch for more info on the upcoming Votes!

Respectfully submitted, Gwen Underwood, on behalf of Tsawout Lands

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