Salt Spring Island GREENWISE: Tsawout First Nation reserve land and geographic names
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names in black are SENCOTEN (Sen-chaw'-then), the language of the four
Saanich First Nations. The Tsawout (like "stay out", with
a 'Ts') are one of these. They own the only reserve on Salt Spring,
17.2 hectares facing Fulford Harbour. Tsawout families owned and stewarded
the resources, including seasonal and permanent dwellings, for the southern
2/3s of Salt Spring. They gave other First Nations permission to harvest
and camp in their territory, through negotiated agreements or marriage
The names in red are in Hul'qumi'num, the language of eight First Nations who live a little north of the Saanich First Nations. SENCOTEN and Hul'qumi'num are related Coast Salish languages, but words and pronunciation differ enough to make clear, complete comprehension difficult for those not fluent in both.