WHO WE ARE
W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council Society is a unified, legal governing body comprised of three W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations: Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout. It aims to promote the interests of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations by enhancing recognition of, and respect for, W̱SÁNEĆ Douglas Treaty rights and W̱SÁNEĆ Aboriginal rights and title. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council promotes the W̱SÁNEĆ culture, traditional practices, and language, including the original W̱SÁNEĆ management of the environment as it was meant to be. The WLC also seeks to promote sustainable and equitable development of resources within W̱SÁNEĆ Territory.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
ÍY SȻÁĆEL HÁLE
I take pride in announcing and providing background on the establishment of the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council Society, incorporated under the Societies Act on May 7, 2018.
WLC is comprised of three W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations: Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout. After many years and continued discussions amongst W̱SÁNEĆ Chiefs regarding infringement and breaches of Douglas Treaty within our territory, it was evident that the formalization of a unified body to represent W̱SÁNEĆ common interests was necessary.
Previous to the establishment of the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, proponents, corporations and governments were able to take advantage of the fact that the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation was divided, and, as our elders have said, “when we disagree, the government wins.” By standing together, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council will be a reckoning force within our Territory.