First Nations Relationship Building
The purpose of this Local Trust Committee (LTC) project is to facilitate a long-term First Nations relationship building program that reflects a thriving and sustainable relationship with First Nations. At present, the LTC is seeking to bring OCP language up to date to be inclusive of reconciliation and First Nations acknowledgement and understanding. These efforts are aligned with the principles of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).
- Approved by LTC May 27, 2020 (Note: Timelines updated in May 2020)
November 19, 2016: SENĆOŦEN History of Saturna Island, Saturna Community Hall
“I’m delighted that the Islands Trust has taken on this vision and journey! It’s only the beginning…” (Saturna Island resident)
The Saturna Island Local Trust Committee invited community members to an evening of sharing, learning and relationship building. Over 80 people - almost a quarter of Saturna Island residents - gathered to listen to elders Helen Jack, Belinda Claxton and Dr. Nick Claxton talk about the SENĆOŦEN history of Saturna Island and share stories about their personal connection to the island. Six other Tsawout members came with the guest speakers to be a part of the event and to meet with island residents.
The question and answer session and mingling over refreshments provided opportunities for casual and intimate one-on-one interactions to improve and respectful relationships between residents and visitors of Saturna Island and the local First Nations with asserted interests on the island. Morgan Yates, a Saturna resident, wrote about the event in the Saturna Scribbler.
Below are links to additional reading on topics raised at the “SENĆOŦEN History of Saturna Island” event:
The Saltwater People was first published in 1983 from about 10 hours of interviews with Dave Elliot from Tsartlip First Nation. It includes SENĆOŦEN place names, English translations and stories about the Saanich Peninsula and the south Gulf Islands.
Saanich Tribes Use and Function Map is an excerpt from the 1983 book, The Saltwater People, and shows where seasonal activities traditionally happened throughout the SENĆOŦEN territory.
Saturna Island Special SENĆOŦEN Places lists place names, their approximate location and their English meaning.
Saanich Plant Knowledge presentation put together by Dr. Nancy Turner in co-operation with elder Belinda Claxton from Tsawout First Nation.
An interview with elder Elsie Claxton (audio) from Tsawout First Nation, Vi Williams from Pauquachin First Nation and Professor Tim Montler from the University of North Texas about Indigenous land use concepts regarding the SENĆOŦEN territory (a transcription of the interview).
2015 Tsawout Marine Use Study (only pages 1-35 available), prepared for Tsawout First Nation’s Review of the Proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion, Marine Shipping Component by Trailmark Systems and Consulting. This study examines Tsawout’s past and current marine use activities in Tsawout’s traditional territory.
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