Tsawout and Tsartlip First Nation
The Tsartlip and Tsawout First Nations have long called this area home. Their strong, distinct sense of community and rich cultural heritage are admired. You can read more about them from the links above.
Tsartlip and Tsawout are part of the Corporation of the District of Central Saanich Letters Patent, the document giving legal status to the municipality, a uniqueinclusion within British Columbia and in Canada. They are two of five bands that constitute the Saanich Nation; the other bands are the Tseycum, Malahat, and Pauquachin.
The First Nation and the District of Central Saanich are committed to trusting, celebrating, and respecting one another, our ancestors, and our environment. We are working together to establish stable and effective relations and a framework that will strengthen, enhance, and honour our historical, political, social, and cultural relationship.
We commit to build and maintain strong mutual trust and respect; we acknowledge the history, past experiences and differences that impact current perceptions and opinions; we respect each other’s customs and beliefs, values, and culture in spirit and practice; and we are working to strengthen the cooperative and supportive bond between governing bodies to promote the wellbeing of all future generations.
Council has declared 2017 a Year of Reconciliation, and has adopted the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework.