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March 2019 Newsletter

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March 2019 Colour  (1.2 MB).


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 February 25, 2019

Dear Residents and Tsawout and Tseycum First Nation members:

RE: NOTICE OF TIMBER HARVEST ON IR#7 SATURNA ISLAND Block A, IR#7 Saturna Island, Tseycum and Tsawout First Nation

Beginning February 27, 2018, Chemainus Forest Products Ltd in partnership with Tsawout First Nation and Tseycum First Nation will initiate timber harvest on Block A on Saturna Island IR#7 reserve lands. Work crews employed by Chemainus Forest Products Ltd. will be onsite daily for approximately two to three months executing the allowable harvest according to approved permit and guidelines.

Full Notice

Audited Financial Statements 2014-2018

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audit-thumbTsawout First Nation's Audited Financial Statements for 2016 and 2017 are now available online. Please note that you may need Adobe Acrobat to view this PDF file. Get Adobe Acrobat here.

For a copy of the reports, please select a link below.


Employment Opportunity: Finance Clerk

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Tsawout First Nation is one of five bands that constitute the Saanich Nation. Located on the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island, Tsawout is approximately 240 hectares in size and has a population of approximately 1,600 members with approximately 1/3 of the population being registered band members.


Tsawout First Nation is currently looking for an accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk to join our Finance team. The individual will be responsible for processing and reviewing all accounts receivable/payable transactions prior to approval. This is a unique opportunity to support Finance in advancing the growth of the Tsawout First Nation. If you are self-motived, enjoy both responsibility and accountability and ready for the challenges facing this dynamic leadership role.


BC Assessment Inspection

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Pursuant to the recent recommendation from the Appeal Review Board to review the valuation of manufactured home lands for equity compared to modular home lands, BC Assessment will need to inspect these properties as part of the process. Entry to the homes will not be required.  Photographs of each home will be taken from the street.

Attached please find our request form to enter the Tsawout First Nations lands between Monday October 29 and Friday November 2, 2018 to conduct our inspections between the hours of 9AM and 4PM each day. The list of the parks we will be visiting is contained in the attachment.

The BC Assessment staff inspecting will be: Keegan Varney and Ross Martynenko. These staff will be wearing BC Assessment photo ID.pdf-icon-small


New Housing Policy

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pdf-icon-smallThe new Tsawout Housing Policy has passed and has been signed by Chief and Council. We are very excited about the new housing policy, as we believe it is going to do so much good for the people of Tsawout. Thank you for your feedback and participation.


Housing Policy Update

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Tsawout has taken the following steps towards creating a Housing Policy Manual and standardized housing forms:

  • April 4, 2018: Invitation sent to all members on-reserve to attend a community meeting to discuss what they would like to see in the new Tsawout Housing Policy
  • April 11, 2018: Poster on Facebook inviting everyone to attend the community meeting 
  • April 18, 2018: Reminder on Tsawout Facebook page regarding meeting. Community Feedback Meeting held (See Presentation Slides and Meeting Minutes on Tsawout Facebook Page and Website. Also, available at front desk of Tsawout Administration Office) 
  • May 11, 2018: Community Survey delivered to Tsawout members residing on-reserve; Community Survey was also available at Social Assistance office and from the Housing Department. Those who submitted a survey had there name entered into a draw for $250.00 Cash. Congratulations to Patti Underwood! Her name was drawn at the July 30th meeting as the winner of the $250.00? 
  • July 11, 2018: Facebook post reminding members to complete and return surveys 
  • July 30, 2018: Community Meeting #2 to review Draft 1 of the Housing Policy and the Community Survey results (See Presentation Slides and Survey Results on Tsawout Facebook Page and Website. Also, available at front desk of Tsawout Administration Office)
  • August 15, 2018: Members of Council who hold Housing Portfolios reviewed the proposed Housing Policy and Forms and instructed that it be put before Council along with a recommendation that it be approved by Council.

Thank you to all who attended community meetings and completed surveys to give us your valuable insight into housing issues at Tsawout First Nation.



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August 27, 2018

Dear Resident/CP Holder:

Pump station upgrade on SA SU Road between Jimmy Road and Tixen, Tsawout First Nation, Our File:CPMS 11715

Beginning September 4, 2018, Brunnell Construction and Tsawout First Nation will be continuing more work on the pump station upgrade project along SA SU Road between Jimmy Road and Tixen. A short section of the road will be single lane traffic at times between 7:00 am until 5:00 pm daily Monday to Friday until September 30, 2018.

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
This project is part of the Tsawout First Nation Pump Station Upgrade project that is expected to be completed by September 30, 2018. Please see upcoming newsletters and notices for further updates.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation


Rob Mortin
Tsawout First Nation

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