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August 2014 Front PageThis section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter, and then some!

August 2014 Newsletter

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

August 2014 Colour  (large  2.6 MB).

Jesken Town Centre Presentation

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The following is a copy of the presentation that was given to our neighbours at Central Saanich. The project is still in the "Proposed" stage and we have several issues to deal with before we can present it to our Tsawout Community. There are many questions surrounding the proposed development and if you would like to contact me with any questions please do so at " This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ". I will answer any questions that I can and we will continue to post information on this site as it becomes available.


Mental Health Corner

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With the extra stresses associated with the season, you might want to try a suggestion or two.
Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely admit the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically, mentally, or emotionally.



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What is Al-Anon?

Al-Anon is self-help recovery program for people who believe their lives may have been affected by someone else's drinking. We come together to find help and support in dealing with the effects of alcoholism in our lives. The single purpose of these programs is to help families and friends of alcoholics, whether the alcoholic is drinking or not.


Upcoming Workshops

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The  staff in the Education Department have been working hard to bring you new and interesting workshops that can be fun and educational for everyone! If you are interested in any of the new programs, please sign up at the reception desk in the Band Office.

Child Care Subsidy
Need help applying for subsidy? Join us for a subsidy workshop where we'll discuss what Childcare Subsidy is, how it can help you, where and how to apply, Licensed vs. Unlicensed care providers, and other useful information brought to you with the help of Victoria Child Care Resource and Refferal  for you and your family!

Moccasin Making
Would you like to take advantage of what could be a once in a lifetime opportunity? Learn to make Traditional Moccasins with Lindsey once a week in this amazing chance to learn fun valuable skills in time for chilly Christmas weather.

Canning and Cooking
Interested in learning the lifelong skill of cooking and canning? Learn and practice cooking and Food Safe basics as well as proper methods of canning fish, jams, fruits and more in this weekly workshop. 


Longhouse Reconstruction Project

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Tsawout SNEPENEKS Cultural Society (better known as the Longhouse Committee)

Report by Eric Pelkey

Tsawout Community Longhouse Reconstruction Project

The Province has withdrawn our approval for a Carpentry Construction Training Program for the Longhouse Reconstruction Project. They wanted us to show that we had all the money we needed in the bank to complete the Longhouse, which we don’t. With the latest Fundraiser, the Art Auction, held on August 13th, we have raised approximately $75,000. The projected cost for completing the Longhouse is about $900,000, so we are long way from having the funds in place to begin construction.


Traffic Safety in the Community

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Community members have recently expressed concerns regarding speeding vehicles along Stautw Road. This road is a primary access to the community and is commonly used by pedestrians and children who both walk along and cross the road at intersecting roadways. The shoulders are narrow and a speed limit of 30 kms per hour have been posted for the safety of motorists and pedestrians. The use of reflective or high visibility clothing is recommended for pedestrians who use the community roadways after dark.


Wedding Congratulations!

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Congratulations Perry and Annabelle Lafortune!

Perry and Annabelle were married on October 15, 2011. Congratulations to the happy couple. Wishing you many years of happiness together.


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