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Important Updates To Services & Supports For W̱SÁNEĆ Community Members During COVID-19

2020-03-26T22:00:32+00:00

Important Updates To Services & Supports For W̱SÁNEĆ Community Members During COVID-19 In times like these, our priority is to do everything we can to keep our families, friends, coworkers, and team members safe.  To be successful in reducing further impacts of COVID-19, it’s critical each community member has access to accurate and up to date information regarding services, best practices and supports available during this time.  The Chiefs and Councils of each community and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council are working hard to ensure that supports for our most vulnerable community members are available while protecting the health [...]

Important Updates To Services & Supports For W̱SÁNEĆ Community Members During COVID-192020-03-26T22:00:32+00:00

The Clam Garden Restoration Project

2020-03-10T23:24:07+00:00

The Clam Garden Restoration Project has reclaimed W̱SÁNEĆ knowledge, improved ecosystems and provided the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation with additional funding. From 2014 to 2019, Parks Canada, the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation and the Hul’q’umi’num Nations participated in the Clam Garden Restoration project.  Clam gardens are ancient sites along shorelines in W̱SÁNEĆ territory that Indigenous people tended for thousands of years to enhance the production of clams and related sea creatures. Clams were an important source of protein for W̱SÁNEĆ people. The Clam Restoration project spent 5 years working to restore clam gardens in W̱SÁNEĆ territory. In addition to improving the ecology [...]

The Clam Garden Restoration Project2020-03-10T23:24:07+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s John Etzel Jr.

2020-02-26T19:05:16+00:00

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ's John Etzel Jr. and his parents on competitive lacrosse, rapping for hope, and excelling in spite of discrimination.   John Etzel Jr. is one of the many talented W̱SÁNEĆ youth excelling in their athletic endeavors, both locally and across Canada.  Since he started playing competitive lacrosse at 12 years old, his career trajectory has been nothing short of incredible. In just a few short years, John has developed a reputation for being “a speedy transition and face-off specialist and perennial All-Star” that is expected to “continue to blow by the competition.”  John earned his reputation for [...]

Community Profile: W̱SÁNEĆ’s John Etzel Jr.2020-02-26T19:05:16+00:00

The WLC stands with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, calls on Feds, Province to uphold UNDRIP, come to a peaceful resolution.

2020-02-26T18:35:13+00:00

The WLC stands with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, calls on Feds, Province to uphold UNDRIP, come to a peaceful resolution. February 18th, 2020 -  The WLC--representing the Tsartlip, Tsawout and Tseycum First Nations--sent an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan urging them to make good on their commitments to reconciliation and UNDRIP.  As the land defenders and their allies grow in fierce opposition to the $6 billion dollar, 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en jurisdiction, the WLC calls for a peaceful resolution to an increasingly volatile situation. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council (WLC) stands with [...]

The WLC stands with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, calls on Feds, Province to uphold UNDRIP, come to a peaceful resolution.2020-02-26T18:35:13+00:00

LÁU, WELṈEW̱ School Expansion Project 2020 – 2021

2020-02-12T22:07:24+00:00

LÁU, WELṈEW̱ School Expansion Project 2020 - 2021 The project scope is to expand both the elementary and secondary schools, demolish and replace the gymnasium building with a full-size Gym. A total of 2,871 m2 of new space, along with associated site servicing, site development, and upgrades to site drainage. Construction will be carried out by General Contract, successful applicants will be hired and employed by the Expansion Project Contractors. Please submit your resume to the W̱SÁNEĆ School Board Administration Reception Office at: 7449 West Saanich Rd. Brentwood Bay BC, V8M 1R3 Click here for map Or [...]

LÁU, WELṈEW̱ School Expansion Project 2020 – 20212020-02-12T22:07:24+00:00

Community Profile: Tsawout’s YELḰÁTŦE (Rob Clifford), Ph.D. Law Student

2020-01-31T21:45:21+00:00

Community Profile: Tsawout’s YELḰÁTŦE (Rob Clifford), Ph.D. Law Student YELḰÁTŦE* (Rob Clifford) wasn’t really sure about his life path at first. He was late to sign up for classes at University and ended up taking Anthropology. Somewhat to his surprise, he performed really well. When a professor at the University of Victoria suggested he major in Anthropology, he did. While attending UVic to complete his undergrad, it became clear: Clifford’s interests lay in law, specifically Indigenous Law, known to the W̱SÁNEĆ as Natural Law. Clifford then went on to obtain both of his law degrees—his Juris Doctor (J.D.) [...]

Community Profile: Tsawout’s YELḰÁTŦE (Rob Clifford), Ph.D. Law Student2020-01-31T21:45:21+00:00

Salish Sea Herring Collapse Looms as DFO Bows to Industry

2020-01-31T07:23:55+00:00

Salish Sea Herring Collapse Looms as DFO Bows to Industry, Ignoring its Own Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Public Outcry Original Story from Pacific Wild - January 30, 2020 Vancouver Island Communities and conservation groups alarmed as DFO green-lights 20% herring quota despite management plan outlining HIGH risk of stock collapse. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Salish Sea, January 30th 2020 – Ignoring calls for a moratorium by over one hundred thousand Canadians, 53 Vancouver Island municipalities, First Nations groups, local government federations as well as its own scientists, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has just implemented a Management [...]

Salish Sea Herring Collapse Looms as DFO Bows to Industry2020-01-31T07:23:55+00:00

WLC Requests Commercial Herring Fishery Moratorium

2020-01-31T07:48:41+00:00

WLC Requests Commercial Herring Fishery Moratorium and Calls Government to Task for Failing to Uphold Douglas Treaty Rights Recently, DFO admitted that herring populations in the Salish Sea declined by 60% between 2016 and 2020. The loss of herring poses serious threats to the survival of Indigenous people and the entire marine food chain. The sharp decline in herring populations is unsurprising to the WLC. While DFO claims that recent herring population numbers are some of the highest they have been since 1951—when DFO began collecting data—oral history and the archaeological record tell a different story:  Herring populations [...]

WLC Requests Commercial Herring Fishery Moratorium2020-01-31T07:48:41+00:00

“Kid From the Rez Places 6th in the World”

2020-01-14T18:21:29+00:00

“Kid From the Rez places 6th in the World”: The Incredible Story of the Geronimo Canoe Club The Geronimo Canoe Club is an amazing story of local athletic achievement, against incredible odds. Over the last 40 years, the club’s mostly Tsartlip members have been racing and competing internationally in outrigger canoe races, despite not owning an actual outrigger canoe until last year. Instead, they would practice in dugout cedar war canoes and borrow boats for race days. The current team is small but mighty. The five members, George Horne, ṮḴOLEĆTEN (Joe Seward), Len Morris, Gus Morris, and Jasper Morris [...]

“Kid From the Rez Places 6th in the World”2020-01-14T18:21:29+00:00

The WLC and CRD sign a Memorandum of Understanding

2020-01-10T22:06:11+00:00

The WLC reaches agreement to review Wastewater Treatment Project, enhance W̱SÁNEĆ sovereignty in the region, and renew W̱SÁNEĆ’s relationship with the CRD. On December 5, 2019, the WLC and CRD signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing the parties to discuss the construction and operation of the CRD’s Wastewater Treatment Project within W̱SÁNEĆ territory. The Wastewater Treatment Plant Project is a $775 million project being undertaken by the Capital Regional District to enhance wastewater treatment in the region. The project includes the following:  A Wastewater Treatment Facility at McLoughlin Point to treat the wastewater and remove the residual solids, A [...]

The WLC and CRD sign a Memorandum of Understanding2020-01-10T22:06:11+00:00