Tsleil-Waututh Application for an Addition to Reserve
In 2019, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation applied to the federal government for an Addition to Reserve involving lands currently under our jurisdiction.
As defined by the Government of Canada, Addition to Reserve adds land to existing reserve land of a First Nation or creates a new reserve for First Nations.
This area under discussion consists of two parcels of land comprising 45 acres in the Maplewood area (see map below), and is co-owned by Darwin Properties and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
The role of the District
The Government of Canada, through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, considers local government input during the assessment stage. We have responded to the federal government’s request for input as a key stakeholder in this decision.
Government to government and neighbour to neighbour, the District and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation have much to gain by working together. The federal government has indicated it expects both our municipality and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation to work together on shared interests and issues in a reasonable and timely manner.
We look forward to working with all levels of government to collaborate on plans for the area that address all interests.
The Addition to Reserve process
We have been advised that the Government of Canada will provide an initial response to interested parties in 2021.
For more information:
Tsleil-Waututh Nation: Projects – Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Federal Legislation: Addition of Lands to Reserves and Reserve Creation Act
Background information from the Government of Canada: Additions to Reserve