APRIL 3, 2009


In accordance with the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement (treaty), ratified by Canada, British Columbia, and the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) enacted in 2008, TFN became a “Treaty” First Nation member of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) effective this date.  The Treaty is the first urban treaty in modern-day British Columbia.  It also represents the first signed under the 6-stage British Columbia Treaty Process, which began in 1993.  Historically, the Tsawwassen are a Coast Salish Nation that travelled and fished the waterways of the southern Strait of Georgia and the lower Fraser River.  With the Treaty, Tsawwassen is under a new form of governance.  Neither a municipality, nor a Provincial creation, it has Constitutional status under Section 35 of The Constitution Act, 1982.  As a result, government has an obligation not to infringe upon aboriginal and treaty rights without justification.

Source:  “Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement,” Metro Vancouver.  Retrieved 1/24/2020, http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/first-nation-relations/AboriginalPublications/Tsawwassen.pdf
Map:  Nikater, 12/3/2007.  Map of Tsawwassen tribal territory.  Public Domain.   

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