Preferred Name:
Alternative Name:
Alternate Beecher Bay First Nation; Includes Cheerno (Circa 1883); Includes Chewhaytsum Tribe And Ka-Ky-Aakan Tribe Of The Douglas Treaty (1850); Named After Cmdr. Alexander Beecher
Halq'eméylem, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Hul’q’umi’num’, Lkwungen, Malchosen, Nəxʷsƛ̕ay̓əmúcən, Semiahmoo, SENĆOŦEN, T’Sou-ke
BC Regional Office:
West Coast (Nanaimo)
Vancouver Island & Coast
Reserve Land Area:307.70 ha
Chief Russ Chipps
Councillor Bernice Jane Millette, Councillor Gordon Charles
Governance Structure:
Indian Act
Population (off First Nations land):153
Population (on First Nations land):102
Population Total:255
Address: 4901B Sooke Road, RR #6 E
V0S 1N0
Economic Development Contact: Chief Russ Chipps
Fax: (250) 478-3585
Phone: (250) 478-3535
Community Description

The Scia'new First Nation, also known as Beecher Bay, is a band government located on southern Vancouver Island in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The Sc'ianew (Cheanuh) First Nations' main community is on Beecher Bay in East Sooke, 30 km southwest of Victoria (capitol city of British Columbia). They can trace their ancestry to people who spoke four different languages. The English translation of the name means "big fish". The predominant language is now Hul'q'umi'num'.

Treaty or Tribal Association
Te'mexw Treaty Association
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Beecher Bay has a forestry agreement with the Province as of 2016 called the Sc'ianew Forest Consultation and Revenue Sharing Agreement. The community is also a partner in the Spirit Bay Housing Development project, operates the Cheanuh Marina, and a community gallery.

Economic Development Background

Beecher Bay First Nation is seeking economic development initiatives as part of the treaty process. Its economic development initiatives are generally lead by the Chief and Council