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Head of Organization: Tsawwassen Executive Council (scəw̓aθən məsteyəxʷ wənec̓ sʔiw̓əsənəq)

Chief Laura Cassidy (sxʷamisaat)
Executive Councillor Taylor Baker
Executive Councillor Bryce Williams (təxʷiləm | Yaahl Iiwaans)
Executive Councillor Valerie Cross (Chemkwaat)
Executive Councillor Louise Ahlm (halquam a tia)

Description: The Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement (“Final Agreement”) is a comprehensive land claim and self-government Agreement that came into effect on April 3, 2009. The culmination of 14 years of negotiations, the Final Agreement is the first urban modern treaty in British Columbia and the first modern treaty to be signed under the British Columbia Treaty Commission’s six-stage BC Treaty Process.

Land Claim Agreement Title: Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement (“Final Agreement”)

Parties to the Agreement: Tsawwassen First Nation, Canada, and British Columbia

Key Dates: Effective Date of the Final Agreement: April 3, 2009

Brief description of the region covered by claim: TFN’s Treaty Settlement Lands includes two distinctive classes of TFN-owned land: “Tsawwassen Lands” and “Other Lands”. These settlement lands are situated on the southern side of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, along the shore of the Georgia Strait, at the mouth of the Fraser River, in an area also known as Tsawwassen.

TFN’s Traditional Territory (kʷətxʷiləm ʔəƛ̓ scəw̓aθən təməx), which is not controlled directly by TFN but over which the Nation continues to exercise certain rights, are situated in the south-west quadrant of the Lower Maintain and Salish Sea; an area spanning the Pitt Lake area and the Fraser River Delta to Point Roberts and Salt Spring Island, and includes the waters of the southern Strait of Georgia.

Total Land Area: TFN’s Treaty Settlement Lands comprises approximately 724 hectares of land, including 372 hectares of former provincial Crown land and 209 hectares of the former Tsawwassen Indian reserve, over which TFN has full and direct jurisdiction. 62 hectares of additional lands remain under the jurisdiction of the City of Delta.

TFN’s Traditional Territory comprises approximately 10,000 square kilometers of the south-west quadrant of the Lower Maintain and Salish Sea.

# of Beneficiaries: Total TFN Membership includes over 516 Members.

First Nations within the Land Claims Areas: Tsawwassen First Nation

Languages Spoken: The Tsawwassen People (Sćəwaθn Məsteyəxʷ) are a Coast Salish People that belong to the Hun’qum’i’num linguistic group and speak the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ dialect of the Hun’qum’i’num language.