Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Tsartlip First Nation
A signatory to the Douglas Treaty of 1850, Tsartlip First Nation is one of four Saanich tribes situated on the Saanich Peninsula of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. (Saanich Nations include Pauquachin, Tsawout and Tseycum). Meaning “land of maples” in the SENC'OTEN language, the Nation’s main community is South Saanich Indian Reserve 1, located near the town of Brentwood Bay. The membership total of Tsartlip is 982, with the majority of 684 citizens living on reserve.
The Nation has been recognized for its improved housing policy practises over the years with collections, enforcement, community education, and client counselling efforts provided to Tsartlip members in support of meeting their housing obligations. There are 188 houses in the community including rental, rent-to-own, and more than half of privately owned builds. Tsartlip remains committed to seeking alternative financing that benefits membership housing, and is considering the expansion of market housing projects that might include new construction, rental units, and an Elders/safe home on its communal lands in partnership with the Fund.
In addition to the Band office, community facilities offer employment on the Nation’s territory including the health centre, school, school board, and the offices of the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language, and Culture Council. Tsartlip operates a boat launch, and in 2014, opened a gas station and convenience store.
“It's an exciting time working with FNMHF and very important to have more housing options for our community.”
— Chief Don Tom (July 2016)