Declaration of Tsawwassen Identity & Nationhood


We are Tsawwassen People "People facing the sea", descendants of our ancestors who exercised sovereign authority over our land for thousands of years. Tsawwassen People were governed under the advice and guidance of leaders, highborn women, headmen, and speakers through countless generations...

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Tsawwassen First Nation. Declaration of Tsawwassen Identity & Nationhood. Tsawwassen First Nation. Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada. 2009. (, accessed April 3, 2023)

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Tsawwassen First Nation Constitution

Location: British Columbia, Canada Population: 328 Date of Constitution: 2007, as amended 2009


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Best Practices Case Study (Expansion of Jurisdiction): Tsawwassen First Nation

Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) is located in the Metro-Vancouver area of British Columbia. In 2007, following 14 years of negotiations, TFN signed a treaty with Canada and B.C. It was the first treaty reached under the BC Treaty Commission (BCTC) process and the first urban treaty. The Effective…