SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout)

Language: SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke
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Historically known as: Tsawout First Nation

Contact Information:
Tsawout First Nation
7725 Tetayut Rd
Saanichton, BC
V8M 2C3
ph. (250) 652-9101
fx. (250) 652-9114

SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) is part of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) First Nation with territory centred on the Saanich Peninsula and southern Gulf Islands. The W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) First Nation is a single Nation that was historically split into four First Nations according to village site by the Canadian government1. The SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) First Nation main village is 20km north of Victoria.

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 0 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 13 2
Learning Speakers: 87 2

SENĆOŦEN clases are held in the LÁU,WELNEW Tribal School that is on the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) reserve in Brentwood Bay.

Community Information

Population: 749 2
Internet Connectivity: High-Speed3

"East Saanich IR 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. The village (“reserve”) can be accessed via Highway 17 - Pat Bay Highway. We have a population of 1600 people living in Tsawout (year 2006 est.) with approximately 1/3 of the population being registered band members, and others being residents who are leasing lands from landowners.

East Saanich IR No. 2 is approximately 241ha (595 acres) total area. There are single family residential, and leased pre-manufactured homes, band community and commercial developments. There are a variety of commercial developments that include motels, restaurants, offices, and gas stations. We have full municipal services, and our own capital structure for sewer services which allows for good future development potential. Tsawout has other property on the Gulf Islands: Saturna, Pender and the Saltspring Islands."4

Footnotes / References
1. Elliott, John (2008, July 7). Interview with John Elliott.
2. Saanich Adult Education Centre (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3406
3. Aboriginal Canada (2006). First Nation Connectivity Profiles.
4. copied from: http://www.tsawout.ca/