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November 2015 Front PageThis section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter, and then some!

November 2015 Newsletter

For a copy of our current newsletter, please download it here.

November 2015 Colour  (2.5 MB).

JOB POSTING - Homemaker / Adult Care Services

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POSITION: Homemaker/Adult Care Services HOURS OF WORK: Casual on-call REPORTS TO: Adult/Elder’ Care Coordinator or designate

POSITION SUMMARY: This position reports to the Adult/Elder’ Care Coordinator and will work with Tsawout community member Adults/Elders, to provide homemaker services, assist with household tasks and provide transportation.


Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan and cook nutritional meals
  • Sweep, vacuum or mop kitchen and living room floors
  • Clean kitchen and living room areas
  • Clean washrooms and mop bathroom floors as required
  • Wash dishes and help keep fridge and cupboards clean
  • Assist with minor household repairs
  • Client transportation, i.e., to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical appointments, and at times to community/Elder gatherings within the community/ies.
  • Assist with laundry
  • Report unsafe conditions or client concerns to supervisor.
  • Keep and maintain a client schedule and submit on a bi-weekly basis (along with timesheets)
  • Maintain confidentiality and demonstrate respect for client rights, dignity, and self worth at all times.
  • Attend staff meetings and in-house training as requested
  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with Tsawout policies and procedures, and as directed by the Supervisor (leave in or take out)


Official Election Results

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Below are the official election results of the Chief & Council vote held July 2, 2015.


Harvey Underwood


Samantha Etzel
John Etzel (JP)
Karen Harry
Abe Pelkey
Stanley Sam
Bruce Underwood
Mavis Underwood
John Wilson

To see a listing of the votes cast for each candidate, please click the button below.

View Polling Results


Health & 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.


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.


The Reefnet

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Thank you to Phil Vernon who generously allowed Tsawout First Nation to share his song " The Reefnet" on our website.

Used with permission - excerpt from the liner notes of the 2009 album "Kitale Road"

"The southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia where I live are part of the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ, or Saanich, First Nations. A description of their traditional fishery in the book Saltwater People by the late W̱SÁNEĆ elder Dave Elliot inspired me to write this song. I have been honoured by requests to sing it at numerous occasions for W̱SÁNEĆ elders and children at cultural events and at the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ school."

Click the play button to hear the song.

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Matrimonial Property Law Polling Results

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STAUTW First Nation Matrimonial Polling Results

The results of the Matrimonial Property Law vote are now available. This law will be pending until it has been posted 28 days from the day of the vote. Council will enact the Matrimonial Property Law after 28 days.


JESKEN Development - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the JESKEN Development?

The JESKEN Development is a land development project that will comprise 62 acres of commercial and residential developments. The project will create construction jobs and approximately 600 operational jobs. In addition approximately $93 million in cash flow to the Tsawout economy over a 20 year build out-out. This is all conditional upon government funding for the overpass (Tsawout Crossing).

Why do we need an overpass?

Firstly, in order to develop a retail or residential development on the JESKEN site we require access both north and south on the Pat Bay highway. The Ministry of Transportation will not allow a light to be installed at the JESKEN site and Tsawout does not want the traffic flowing through the community, so an overpass is required. Secondly, the overpass and other improved access to the Pat Bay highway gives Tsawout secondary access to and from the Reserve lands (currently the only in/out access is Mt. Newton Road). If anything happened to the current access then we would have an alternate route in and out.

What is currently happening with the JESKEN Development negotiations?

Tsawout is negotiating with Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. (Aquilini) to develop the 62 acre JESKEN site. Tsawout and Aquilini have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to negotiate with a 50/50 Joint Venture for the JESKEN Development. As well, Tsawout is working on obtaining Federal and Provincial funding for the overpass at the JESKEN site. Obtaining funding commitments from the governments is taking a great deal of effort and time.

Why was Aquilini selected to negotiate with?

Aquilini was selected as the first choice by Tsawout Chief & Council from three proponents that submitted proposals for the 62 acre JESKEN site. Aquilini has proposed a “mixed use” development with both retail commercial and residential development. Aquilini is currently developing with Tsawwassen and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations as well as being engaged with numerous other First Nations for developments.  Moreover they have the financial strength to develop the project.

Why is the JESKEN development taking so long to begin construction?

The reason why the project is taking this length of time to date is that the overpass costs were too onerous for the original developer (PDG) and the Tsawout to bear. The overpass is estimated to cost $24 to $29 million - and this cost is too much for the development or the Tsawout Nation to bear. This is why funding from the Federal and Provincial governments is imperative, as funding will make the Development more profitable for Tsawout.


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