Tsawout First Nation

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The Tsawout First Nation is a First Nations government located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. They are a member of the Sencot'en Alliance.[1] In the 1850s they were signatories to the Douglas Treaties.[2] They speak the SENĆOŦEN language.[3]


East Saanich Indian Reserve No. 2, the Tsawout First Nation main village, is about 15 minutes north of the City of Victoria and lies on the east side of the Saanich Peninsula. East Saanich IR No. 2 is approximately 241 hectares in size.[3]

There are also Tsawout reservations on Fulford Harbour, Saturna Island, Mandarte Island, Pender Island, and Goldstream[4]

Chief and Councillors[edit]

Position Name Term Start Term End Reference
Chief Claxton, Nick 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Etzel, John 07/04/2015 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Etzel, Samantha 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Pelkey, Abraham 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Sam, Mary Ann 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Sam, Stanley 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Underwood, Bruce 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Underwood, Mavis 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]
Councillor Wilson, John 07/04/2019 07/04/2021 [5]

Treaty Process[edit]

Not participating in BC Treaty Process.[1]



As of 2016 the Tsawout First Nation has 1,685 members.[6]

Economic Development[edit]

Social, Educational and Cultural Programs and Facilities[edit]

On July 17, 2009 the Tsawout First Nation's longhouse community centre was burned down in a mysterious fire.[7] Replacement for the burned structure could cost $500,000. The structure replaced the former community centre that burned down in 1978.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Alliance maps out at-risk treaty lands". CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc. June 22, 2006. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Douglas Treaties: 1850-1854". Executive Council of British Columbia. 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "ABOUT SȾÁUTW̱ FIRST NATION". Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Lands". Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Stone Governance". Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Tsawout". Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Matthew Pearson (July 21, 2009). "Tsawout First Nation in Central Saanich begin plans to replace razed longhouse". Canwest. Times-Colonist. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.

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