About Us

Te’mexw Treaty Association

Te’mexw Treaty Association is a non-profit society formed of 5 Coast Salish First Nations- Songhees, Nanoose (Snaw-Naw-As), Beecher Bay (Scia’new), T’Sou-ke and Malahat. The five Te’mexw Member First Nations joined together with one common objective; to support one another and to work together under one organization to negotiate a modern treaty with the federal and provincial government in the British Columbia Treaty Process.

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: 255 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs 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 247.9 hectares.)

Number of Band Members : 335 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs 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 62.8 hectares.)

Number of Band Members : 251 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)

Songhees First Nation

Location: On Esquimalt Harbour, in Victoria. Main community is on New Songhees Indian Reserve #1A. (Three reserves on 138.1 hectares.)

Number of Band Members 571 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs 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 : 261 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs 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.

Location

Member bands are located on southern Vancouver Island.

Total Band Members

1,673 (Source: First Nation Profiles, September 2016, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)

Negotiations

The Te’mexw Treaty Association (TTA) entered the treaty process in July 1995, and is in Stage 5 of the six-stage process, negotiating to finalize a treaty.

TTA members are a party to the Douglas Treaties, from 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.

Our Logo:

The interlocking design of the salmon, land, moon, stars and water clearly shows that each part depends on the other; one part simply cannot flourish without the others.temexw logo

Each symbol is deeply significant for our member nations. We are stewards of the land, taking care of Mother Earth so that she will always be able to provide the riches that allow us to thrive. For this very reason we have chosen the Hul’qumi’num word “Te’mexw” which means ”land” in English.

The salmon returning to the place of its birth is guided by the stars and the moon. It splashes in the bay before travelling up the stream that flows from the land to the ocean. Thus, like all of Mother Nature’s gifts, the salmon originates with the land.

These symbols are all deeply meaningful to First Nations’ people. Although our cultures are diverse, we share many common stories, passed on through generations of oral communication.