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Tsartlip First Nations

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 located near the town of Brentwood Bay. 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.

Pauquachin First Nations

As Pauquachin people, we seek to build a healthy, self-reliant and economically strong community where every family is learning from and honoring each other. We will root our future actions in the culture, traditions and languages of our people, which will be done through appreciating our history on this land. The community of Pauquachin , a name generally meaning “the land of cliffs and bluffs”, is historically a First Nations community that is located on Southern Vancouver Island. Pauquachin was originally part of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation, which also includes Tsawout, Tsartlip, and Tseycum. These bands share a common history and territory. The Saanich Nation belongs to the broader cultural group known as Central Coast Salish.

Tseycum First Nations

Tseycum (Union Bay Indian Reserve No.4) is one of the four Saanich villages of Southern Vancouver Island, we are at the centre of Patricia Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. In the Sencoten langauge, Tseycum is spelled Wsikem and means Land of Clay. Tseycum is self governed and offers assistance to its members and guests by way of Health, Youth, Elder, Community, Employment and Financial support. 

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School

The ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School's mission is to work in a life-long partnership with the Saanich People to assure the continuing use of the SENĆOŦEN Language and the maintenance of the cultural identity of our Nation while giving students the knowledge, skills and attitudes as citizens to enable them to successfully meet the social economic and political challenges of life.

Tsawout First Nation

The Tsawout First Nation is one of five bands that constitute the Saanich Nation. The other bands of the Saanich Nation are Tsartlip, Tseycum, Malahat and Pauquachin. Saanichton Bay has historically been, and continues to be significant to the Saanich peoples of Tsawout. Saanichton Bay was one of the main winter village sites of the Saanich peoples, and that is why Tsawout “Indian Reserve” is located there today. It is important to mention that the people of Tsawout were not stationary at Saanichton Bay year-round, though this was our "headquarters". Our SENCOTEN Language, place names, stories, history is what defines our territory and speaks to our long standing relationship to the land and waters.

Aboriginal Infant Development Program

The Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) gives support and educational information to AIDP workers throughout the province in regards to aboriginal infant development programs. Programs offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services. Located at 551 Chatham St, Victoria.

The British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability (BCANDS)

The BCANDS is an award winning, provincial, Indigenous not for profit, charitable Society serving the unique and diverse disability and health resource / support service needs of the Indigenous population of BC. BCANDS provides a vast array of services to eligible individuals, families and organizations, both within Indigenous communities and within BC’s urban and rural centres. If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing in BC, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist. Offices located at #6 – 1610 Island Highway, Victoria.

Aboriginal Health Nurses

To support culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal patients, Island Health is pleased to connect you with an Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse. Patients, family and friends can request a referral to the Aboriginal Liaison Nurse before or during a hospital stay. Some ways Aboriginal Liaison Nurses help are by supporting patients and families while in hospital and explaining health care information, and work with hospital staff, patients, family and community to support clear communication and discharge planning.

SȽEȽEMW̱ Child Development Centre

The SLELEMW Child Development Center’s name is in SENCOTEN and when translated means “Little Rain”. Our vision for the SLELEMW Child Development Centre is to provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment for all children in each area of a development (physical, intellectual, language, emotional and spiritual), while maintaining the SENCOTEN language, culture and values.

South Island Wellness Centre

Offering Support to First Nation Families. South Island Wellness Society (SIWS) uses Traditional Decision Making processes to facilitate community-based collaborative planning for Aboriginal families that require support to address concerns about the care of their children. Located at Tsawout First Nation: 7725B Tetayut Rd., Saanichton

NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services

We provide child and family services to Beecher Bay, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum, and T’Sou-ke.  Our social workers are qualified professionals and are able to assist with developing residential resources and provide guardianship services to our children in care.  Family Support Workers provide many prevention supports and programs to children and families.  Please call if you have a question about services or intake. Located at

Aboriginal Early Years

This website is a result of the Aboriginal Community's desire to have an ECE website dedicated to programs and services that service Aboriginal children and their families. It is an initiative of the Success By 6 Aboriginal Engagement Strategy, South Vancouver Island

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

Island Métis Family & Community Services

IMFCSS offers a community room & playground, computer lab, teaching garden, counseling room, & access to the centre’s community kitchen. Located at 345 Wale Road.

Hulitan Family and Community Services Society

The purpose of Hulitan Family and Community Services Society is to provide social and emotional support to Aboriginal children, Aboriginal youth and Aboriginal families living in the Capital Regional District while ensuring families and youth have access to culturally appropriate programs and services regardless of financial ability. Located at 902-A Caledonia Avenue, Victoria, BC.

Aboriginal Prenatal Group

This group's focus is to support pregnant mothers to have the healthiest babies possible. A Public Health Nurse teaches prenatal classes and a dietitian provides nutritional information. Hosted by the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria 

Aboriginal Parent Support Group

This is a drop-in support group for all parents with young children (up to the age of 6). A Public Health Nurse is available to answer any questions or parenting concerns. A female Elder is available for guidance and support. Cultural activities are provided and include crafts and beading activities. Dietitian available. You will have the opportunity to: Enjoy social time for both you and your baby, Enjoy a cup of tea with lunch and relax in a safe and comfortable environment. Located at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Ave. Victoria

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