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October 12, 2021

Tsawwassen Harvest Agreement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Baker @ 11:16 am

The earliest finds on the territory of the Tsawwassen First Nation were populated by radio carbon from the 2260s BC. Other places like Whalen Farm and Beach Grove date back to the presence of Tsawwassen at least until the period 400-200 BC. The traditional Tsawwassen region extended northeast to the area around Pitt Lake, from the Pitt River to Pitt Meadows to where the water flows into the Fraser River. It included Burns Bog and parts of New Westminster. From Sea Island to Galiano Island and joined Salt Spring, Pender and Saturna Island. To the northeast was added the Point Roberts Peninsula, then the area around the Serpentine River and Nicomekl. Like most First Nations on the West Coast, the Tsawwassen lived in family groups and lived in longhouses. They did not carve dead seams, but artistic house posts, masks, tools with sculptures, etc. They also turned cedar fibers and goat hair into dresses and hairstyles.

Also the building material in wood, firewood, canoes and dresses. With tidal traps, fishing, nets and harpoons, they hunted fish, especially salmon. They also harvested oysters, crabs and other marine species. Salmon was considered a supernatural being and therefore had to be hunted and eaten in a very special way. The remains were brought back to the sea in a private ceremony. Many species of birds were on the menu, such as ducks, sea divers, seals and sea lions. Land mammals such as moose, deer, black bears and beavers were hunted seasonally. Camassia, Cranberries and medicinal plants were also harvested, exchanged and exchanged. “total allowable harvest of migratory birds” means the maximum number of designated migratory birds authorized to be harvested annually by all harvesters in the Tsawwassen Migratory Bird HarvestIng Area; one….

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