Stz'uminus First Nation

Preferred Name:
Stz'uminus First Nation
Alternative Name:
Includes Sickameen (Circa 1881)(Variation Sic-Ca-Meen), Youkulah & Lamalchas; Includes Kulleets (Variation Kul-Leets), Tsa-Mee-Nis Meaning "Bitten Breast"; Formerly Chemainus, Chemainus First Nation (Pre-May 2011)
Halq'eméylem, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Hul’q’umi’num’
BC Regional Office:
West Coast (Nanaimo)
Vancouver Island & Coast
Reserve Land Area:1,270.90 ha
Chief John Elliott
Councillor Anne Jack,
Councillor Harvey Sr. Seymour,
Councillor Herb Seymour,
Councillor Kevin Frenchy,
Councillor Peter Seymour,
Councillor Roxanne Harris,
Councillor Shawna Seymour,
Councillor Terry Sampson,
Councillor Tim Harris
Governance Structure:
Custom Electoral System
Population (off First Nations land):592
Population (on First Nations land):727
Population Total:1,319
Address: 12611A Trans Canada Hwy
V9G 1M5
Economic Development Contact: John Elliott
Chief Councillor
Fax: (250) 245-3012
Phone: (250) 245-7155
Community Description
We are a Coast Salish People who have lived around the Salish Sea for thousands of years. Our traditional territory on east Vancouver Island includes four reserves of more than 1,200 hectares, much of it bordering the Strait of Georgia and Ladysmith Harbour. Our Nation has 1,300 members with about half living on our reserves. We are a rapidly growing Nation, offering our members a range of opportunities, programs and services.
Treaty or Tribal Association
Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures
Coast Salish Development Corporation currently operates five businesses across multiple sectors: Deer Point Developments, Ivy Green Petroleum Services, Thuy'she'num Property Management, Thuthuqut Resources, and Coast Salish Aquaculture.
Economic Development Background
The Stz'uminus First Nation is a socially responsible community that adheres to the principles of sustainability and stewardship in all of its undertakings. In terms of economic development, the mandate of Coast Salish Development Corporation is to build a sustainable local economy that respects and supports traditional Stz'uminus values in terms of the environment, community, and the well being of all members of the Stz'uminus First Nation. Coast Salish does this by using the triple bottom line approach of balancing economic/financial, environmental, and community/social factors in all of its decision making.