Treaty, Lands and Resources

The mandate of the Treaty, Lands and Resources Department is to advance the interests of the Nation with respect to the treaty process as well as to the lands and natural resources that come as part and parcel of the traditional territory. The department’s projects range from treaty negotiations and aboriginal rights and title issues to forest and marine stewardship programs, Nation to Nation cooperation and collaboration, and capacity building.

The department is organized with a director and a number of program leads together with technical, administrative and financial support staff. The department relies on a variety of highly skilled people to manage, support, and deliver its various projects and 14 distinct programs.


  1. Department Management
  2. Information Management
  3. Aboriginal Title
  4. Cultural Resources
  5. Natural Resources
  6. Bioregional Planning
  7. GIS and Mapping
  8. Reconciliation & Negotiations
  9. Referral Management
  10. Investigations
  11. Communications
  12. Business Support
  13. Community Support
  14. Governance Support


In 2005, the Tsleil-Waututh government authorized the development of a Land and Resource Development Policy. The policy was meant to guide governments and individuals proposing projects or activities in the territory and was aimed at establishing principles and processes for the use and management of lands and resources within the Tsleil-Waututh traditional territory.

The policy went through a series of five drafts over the following two years. In the interim, the Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the Haida and Taku River Tlingit cases articulated legal imperatives to consult with First Nations and to accommodate our interests in the event of impact or infringement on aboriginal rights and title. Based on the decisions in these cases, the policy underwent a reanalysis and revision.

The resulting policy, originally published in January of 2009 has the following objectives:

1. To provide a logical, step-by-step guideline for appropriate consultation with Tsleil-Waututh.
2. To outline the principles and processes related to land and resource stewardship that we believe will protect our precious resources for generations to come.
3. To implement a fee for service structure that will recover Tsleil-Waututh costs associated with participation in consultation activities initiated by others.

To review the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Stewardship Policy, please click here.

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