CHIEF & COUNCIL

The Tsartlip Band’s Leadership consists of elected members of the community that make up the Chief and Council.

Elections are currently held every four years, with the most recent election of December 2019. The Current leadership are:

Chief: Don Tom

Council:

  • Gord Elliott
  • Verna Ellsworth
  • Joe Seward
  • Simon Smith Jr.
  • Paul Sam Sr.
  • Joni Olsen
  • Phillip Tom
  • Curtis Olsen
  • Howard Morris

Chief
Don Tom

Councillor
Verna Ellsworth

Councillor
Gordon Elliott

Councillor
Joe Seward

Councillor
Paul Sam Sr.

Councillor
Phillip Tom

Councillor
Simon Smith Jr.

Councillor
Joni Olsen

Councillor
Curtis Olsen

Councillor
Howard Morris

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Á,LEṈENEȻ ȽTE – OUR HOMELAND

The W̱SÁNEĆ People are Salt Water People. The Sea was very important to our way of life. Traditionally the W̱SÁNEĆ People had homes throughout the San Juan Islands and on the east and north coasts of the Saanich Peninsula.

Our land went east through the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands and northeast across Georgia Strait to Boundary Bay. Our territory included the Saanich Inlet and deep into the forest lands on its west side. On the Saanich Peninsula itself, our land went south as far as PKOLS (Mount Douglas), and from there across to W̱QENNELEȽ (Mt. Finlayson) and SELE₭TEȽ (Goldstream).

W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich Peninsula) was the headquarters because this is where the W̱SÁNEĆ People built their permanent winter homes.

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