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July 2018 Newsletter

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July 2018 Colour  (1.7 MB).




RE: NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION – SHORELINE EROSION PROTECTION
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June 5, 2018

Dear Resident/CP Holder:

RE:   NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION – SHORELINE EROSION PROTECTION
Sheet Pile Wall, Rip Rap Protection and Spot Repair on SA SU Road between Church and Jimmy Road, Tsawout First Nation, Our File:CPMS 6849

Beginning June 6, 2018, Tsawout First Nation will be commencing work on the Shoreline Erosion Protection project along SA SU Road between Church and Jimmy Road.  Crews employed by Donn Mann Excavating and Tsawout First Nation Public Works Department will be onsite working from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm daily Monday to Friday until September 30, 2018.   


Full Notice


 PROJECT RELATED INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Traffic Delays - In order to safely and efficiently complete this improvement, there will be some lane restrictions. The project may cause traffic delays. We will make every effort to minimize any potential inconvenience and provide you with advance notice when disruptions must occur. Police and emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all times.
  • Truck Traffic - At times you will notice increased truck traffic in the construction area. Please be aware and use extra caution while driving
  • Vibration - You may experience some vibration due to the work being done. As a precaution, we recommend that you remove or secure objects on shelves and walls.

This project is part of the Tsawout First Nation Shoreline Erosion Protection project that will be commencing in June 2018 and is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Please see upcoming newsletters and notices for further updates.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Sincerely,
Rob Mortin
Tsawout First Nation

 

Land Code Amendments - Update

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Land Code Amendments

Background:

The Council, on the recommendation of the Land Management Committee, is proposing changes to the Land Code to make the law more effective for Members, Residents, and potential investors in Tsawout Lands, and to improve Tsawout’s ability to manage its lands.
The Eligible Voters of Tsawout need to vote to approve these changes. A Ratification Vote is being proposed for April16, 2018.

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Health & Recreation Grants 2018

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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.  

Dedline and Cheque Issue Dates:

  • First Deadline: April 27th 2018
  • Cheque Issue: May 25 2018
  • Cheque Issue: November 23 2018

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.

If you have turned 18 or will be turning 18 before the May 27th distribution, you are eligible to receive the Health & Rec Grant. So be sure to fill out a new application for this year's distribution. Please provide a copy of your status card and a piece of mail (cell phone bill). If you do not have mail that has your name on it and you still live at home, please have your parent write a letter stating that you reside at the address.

If you have recently had a baby, please make sure that you have started the registration process BEFORE you add your baby to the form. Once you have started the registration process, I will get confirmation from Farrah.

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Tsawout / Pender Youth Leadership Project

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About the Tsawout / Pender Youth Leadership Project

In September of 2017, the Pender Island School and the Tsawout First Nation Learning House agreed to jointly participate in a Youth Leadership Project with a reconciliation theme. Pender’s School Trustee Anna Herlitz said:
“School District 64 supports Justice Murray Sinclair’s vision expressed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report that ‘education is the key to reconciliation. As Pender School Trustee, I am delighted that Pender School students will have this rich opportunity to engage in deep cultural learning and understanding together with Tsawout students from Saanich.

Six youth from each school program along with co-teachers from each school and an Elder/ mentor from each community met for 7 Thursdays between September 28 and November 9 to prepare a reconciliation event to be presented to their respective school communities in November. Romaine Underwood (CHULETSA) agreed to serve as the Tsawout teacher and Emily Raichura (TLALIKLILOW GWA) served as the Pender teacher. Tsawout Elder Willard Pelkey (ELOWENET)M and Pender mentor Ben McConchie provided support for the program. The program included a traditional salmon pit cook at the Pender School on October 12 led by Elder Earl Claxton Jr and John-Bradley Williams.

Tsawout Learning House coordinator Stephanie Adams pointed out: “By sharing experience and perspectives, the youth from these two communities will gain important cultural insights to share with their respective school communities. ”

The Project was supported by a grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Youth Leadership Project was part of the 2017 Pender Reconciliation Initiative developed by the South Pender Historical Society in consultation with the Tsawout leadership team and in cooperation with the Pender Reconciliation Circle and the Pender Anglican Parish.

Tsawout Chief Harvey Underwood observed:“This initiative is an important step forward in its recognition at the community to community level to promote accurate cultural education, honour past cultural practices and build future relationships".

 

Employment Opportunity - Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering - Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power

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Event Coordinator - Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering 
Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power
TERM & WAGE: January 15, 2018 to April 30, 2018
Time to organize, host event and develop and submit final report.
25 hours/week at $20 Hour
REPORTS TO: Health & Conference Planning Committee & Select Committee


POSITION SUMMARY:

The Vancouver Island Indigenous Foods Gathering will be taking place at the end of April 2018 (dates to be determined). Building on 8 years of gathering held in different places across the Island the gathering sets the table for people to share, connect and learn. The table will be set with the foods and knowledge holders and will focus on workshops that share hands on skills such as harvesting, preserving and preparing Indigenous foods; health value of a nourishing your body and community with these foods; seasonal harvesting and much more.
The two day gathering will culminate in a celebration feast held at the host Nation and will be an opportunity to showcase the Indigenous food workshops taking place before the event and offer a time to think about future harvesting activities for the upcoming spring and summer season.
The coordinator will be supported by an organizing committee made up of members from SȾÁUTW̱ Health (Tsawout), W̱JOȽEȽP Health (Tsartlip), Songhees Health, PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, Project RECLAIM, SeaChange, Island Health, CRFair, and the Capital Regional District. There is also a toolkit available developed from previous workshops that will give the coordinator a template to work from in taking this project on. Typically in the past, workshops have attracted about 300 people.

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Telus PST Exemption Confirmation

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For all Tsawout Members,

November 6, 2017
RE: Verification of BC PST Customer Exemption - Response Required

TELUS is being audited by the provincial government of British Columbia for Provincial Sales Tax (BC PST). The government has asked for copies of the proper documentation needed to exempt customers like you from paying PST on your TELUS services. In order for TELUS to continue to exempt your account from BC PST, please provide a copy of one of the following documents and complete the attached Customer Tax Exemption Form:


 

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Community Health Services Survey

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Hello everyone, we're collecting feedback about our health services!

Community Health Survey

The Tsawout Health Centre is inviting all community members to participate in a Community Health Survey. The information you provide will be confidential and will be used to evaluate the current and past health programs and services at Tsawout First Nation. All community members who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 2 $50.00 gift cards. If you prefer to fill out a paper copy of the survey, please see the health receptionist at the Health Centre. Thank you and good luck!
https://www.research.net/r/TsawoutCommunityHealth

 
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