TSAWWASSEN, BC, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Unofficial results released
tonight by Tsawwassen First Nation's electoral officer (TFN) indicate
that a majority of TFN Members today voted in favor of granting a 99
year lease to allow for a proposed two-mall shopping complex to be
built on their land.
Ninety-seven per cent of the TFN vote was in favour of the proposed
change. The vote was held in accordance with TFN's Land Act, which
requires community approval of any lease over 25 years in length.
"This is an exciting and encouraging result," said TFN Chief Kim Baird.
"This proposed project is consistent with my community's vision,
supports our land use plan, and keeps the door open for our partners,
Ivanhoe Cambridge and Property Development Group, to continue with
feasibility studies and the approval process. We are optimistic that
this development, which is now one step closer to reality, will play a
key role in improving our economy and the lives of future generations
of TFN People."
The TFN poll opened today (Wednesday, January 18, 2012) at 8:00 a.m. and
closed at 8:00 p.m., with the final vote count released at 9:00p.m. In
total, 111 Members voted out of an eligible 259. Official results will
be released Thursday, January 19, 2012.
The Tsawwassen Final Agreement came into effect on April 3, 2009. That
Agreement provided TFN with powers of self-government and a land base
to build a sustainable economic future. TFN has approved a land use
plan and has enacted a municipal-type zoning and development approval
process to help enhance its community and build an economic base to
sustain it. TFN's development arm, the TFN Economic Development
Corporation, leads the development of TFN's economic opportunities.
TFN: CURRENT APPROPRIATE TERMINOLOGY
The Tsawwassen Legislature unanimously approved a motion, sponsored by
Legislative Member Ken Baird, to examine strategies to reduce and
remove the use of certain incorrect and potentially offensive terms in
reference to Tsawwassen First Nation. The Legislature expressed a
concern that certain terms used under the Indian Act are no longer
appropriate or correct. Terms specifically referenced in the motion
included 'Indian', 'band', and 'reserve'.
"We have escaped the terrible repression of the Indian Act, but its
words became part of our language, and they are hard to erase", said
Chief Kim Baird, "It is still a learning process, both within our own
community and around the country. We hope to change the words that are
used to refer to Tsawwassen First Nation and its Members. It is one
more step in getting away from the Indian Act, which kept us apart and
separate, and one more step towards reconciliation."
GUIDE FOR USE:
Correct Equivalent Term
First Nation or Treaty First Nation
Tsawwassen Indian Band
Tsawwassen First Nation
First Nation Lands
Band or Band Council
Tsawwassen Government (general term) or Government
or Legislature (specific body, if required)
or Executive Council (specific body, if required)
TFN Administration Office
*Certain Tsawwassen Members, if eligible under the Indian Act, R.S.C. 1985, c.I-5, continue to be status Indians for the purposes of
that legislation. Despite its legal significance, the resolution in
the Tsawwassen Legislature expresses a desire to no longer be known by
the term 'Indian'.
SOURCE Tsawwassen First Nation
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