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Te'mexw Treaty Association

Member Bands

Beecher Bay Indian Band (Scia'new First Nation)
Location
: On Beecher Bay, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Main community is on Beecher Bay Indian Reserve #1, in East Sooke, 30 km southwest of Victoria. (Eight reserves on 307.7 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 244 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Malahat First Nation
Location
: On the western shore of Saanich Inlet, south of Mill Bay and approximately 30 km north of Victoria. (Two reserves on 241.9 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 301 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Nanoose First Nation (Snaw-naw-AS First Nation)
Location
: On the east coast of Vancouver Island, adjacent to Lantzville, approximately 10 km north of Nanaimo. (One reserve on 53.4 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 247 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Songhees First Nation
Location
: On Esquimalt Harbour, in Victoria. Main community is on New Songhees Indian Reserve #1A. (Three reserves on 137.8 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 547 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

T'sou-ke First Nation
Location
: Near Sooke, approximately 30 km southwest of Victoria, at the southern end of Vancouver Island. (Two reserves on 67.2 hectares.)

Number of Band Members
: 251 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Background

Negotiating status
: Negotiating a comprehensive treaty settlement within the
British Columbia Treaty Commission six-stage treaty process.

Negotiating affiliation
: Negotiating with Canada and British Columbia on behalf of its five member bands. None of the members of the treaty group are affiliated with a tribal council.

Location
: Member bands are located on southern Vancouver Island.

Total Band Members
: 1,590 (Source: Registered Indian Population by Sex and Residence January 2013, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada)

Negotiations

The Te'mexw Treaty Association (TTA) entered the treaty process in July 1995, and is in Stage 4 of the six-stage process, negotiating an agreement in principle.

TTA members are a party to the Douglas Treaties, a series of 14 land purchases from aboriginal people around Victoria, Saanich, Sooke, Nanaimo and Port Hardy, made between 1850 and 1854, by James Douglas, chief factor of Fort Victoria and governor of the colony of Vancouver Island. While the Douglas Treaties addressed land and harvesting rights, the modern comprehensive treaty currently being negotiated between Canada, BC and TTA, deals with a wide range of issues that include governance, land, resources and fiscal matters. TTA negotiations are making steady progress and have successfully resolved a number of difficult issues.

Te’mexw Treaty Negotiations Power Point Presentation

Agreement-in-Principle Chapters (completed)

Te’mexw Treaty Association Incremental Treaty Agreements

Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Malahat, Snaw-naw-as, Songhees and T’Sou-ke First Nations ITAs – February 26, 2013
The signing of ITAs by members of the Te’mexw Treaty Association will provide them with land to create economic and commercial opportunities that support employment and new sources of revenue. The First Nations will own the lands in fee simple under a First Nation-designated company, and will be subject to the same federal and provincial laws and municipal bylaws and regulations as with any other privately held property

Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreements
FCRSAs provide First Nation communities with economic benefits returning directly to their community based on harvest activities in their traditional territory. The three-year agreement with the Malahat First Nation expires in 2015.