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Treaty Office Report -- February 2014
(Eric Pelkey ; Treaty Officer)

Tsawout Longhouse

(A central part of our identity as WSÀNEĆ People and Families of STÀUTW̱)

I will no longer report on this matter as it has been turned over to Lorne Underwood. I have exited with recommendations sent to the Board about possible Longhouse construction start options. I will leave that to him.

Land Claims and Specifics Claims

We continue with interviews of our Elders and those that are out on the Land and Waters practising their Douglas Treaty and Aboriginal Rights in our territory. We are documenting and mapping this information as proof of our continued, continuous use of all the resources and Lands in our territory and Homeland. We are also documenting our historical uses of all the lands, waters and resources in our Territory. This is to support the Rights and Title action against Canada and BC that we are working towards.

Ongoing and regular funding for important work however is our main hold-up.

The BC Treaty Process is one of our main enemies that we are forced to deal with. All of the surrounding Nations outside the WSÀNEĆ are making claims on our Territory and resources through their new treaty claims. Tsawassen Treaty, TEMEXW Treaty and Hul,Que,Meenum Treaty are those in the BC Treaty Process making claims to our Territory and resources.


Pender Island Claim

Poets Cove- I now have the completed Tsawout Specific Claim for Poets Cove on Pender Island. The claim is now under review by the federal government and they will inform us soon of their decision on moving forward.

The report is invaluable with a wealth of historical information on how that land was taken from us and how Tseycum got added onto the shared ownership of that reserve land on Pender.

This claim is not about that reserve, however, it is for the land where the Poets Cove Resort is. That is where our village was located.