The Ts'elxwéyeqw (formerly known as Ch-ihl-kway-uhk) Tribe is involved in an extensive number of economic, business and cultural initiatives, all designed to advance the well-being of their community members. The management of the limited partnerships and corporate entities is by a Board of Directors, with the board consisting of seven Ts'elxwéyeqw Chiefs.
Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe Management Limited
In 2011, Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe Management Limited (TTML) was created to manage the Tribe's traditional territory that was not assigned to a reservation and to pursue economic development opportunities on behalf of the tribe and its members. The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from each Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe community.
In addition to the stewardship of Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe traditional territory, TTML engages in various business opportunities to benefit the Tribe as a whole. As of recently, TTML also engages in consulting services for neighboring First Nation's communities. TTML provides sponsorship and outreach programs for the Tribe communities.
With Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's success, it has brought recognition and relationships with the general public, local government, and provincial government agencies.
Initiatives we have been involved in:
- Referral Processes
- Project Management
- Economic Development
- Chilliwack Valley Stakeholders Committee
- Land-Use Planning Within the Traditional Territory
- Community Engagement
- Forestry Management
- Business Partnerships
- Local Government Partnerships
- Run-of-the-River Hydro Projects
Over the next five years, TTML intends to:
- Ensure that Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's natural resources are maintained sustainably and in a way that preserves Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe cultural sites and traditions
- Strengthen the Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's position on land acquisitions and government agreements
- Develop partnerships with government, businesses, and First Nation's communities to pursue economic opportunities
- Build Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's current and historical cultural database
- Develop sustainable hydro projects within Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's territory
- Invest profits into community directed projects that benefit the Tribe as a whole
- Host community outreach programs
- Sponsor Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe events
- Provide opportunities for youth as well as qualified Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe entrepreneurs, consultants, and contractors.
Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe Entities
With direction from the communities, we are consolidating by delegating the respective responsibilities from each of the following entities to TTML.
Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe Limited Partnership
TTLP was created in 2012 to accommodate any ventures that the tribe wishes to enter. TTLP defends aboriginal title and rights within the territory of the Tribe; acquires and manages property; and enters into agreements, licenses and leases on behalf of the Tribe.
Ts'elxwéyeqw Forestry Limited Partnership
This entity was created in 2004 to ensure that Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe's natural resources were maintained sustainably, in a way that ensures traditional and cultural sites are preserved, and for the benefit of Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribe. The vision of TFLP is to represent the Tribe on forestry issues and, particularly, to explore and facilitate the development of the Tribe enterprises in the forest sector.
Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Forestry Limited Partnership*
This entity was originally created in 1998 for the same purposes given to TFLP, but now it only controls Woodlot W0084.
Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Tribe Society (CTS)*
Since 1998, CTS' main responsibility is to manage the IR15, or "Grasslands", reservation on Prairie Central Road in Chilliwack. CTS also promoted cultural, social, political, and community development through various initiatives and programs.
Centre Creek Management Limited*
The Centre Creek Limited Partnership (CCLP) and its General Partner, Centre Creek Management Limited (CCML), were created in 2008 to hold and manage property on Chilliwack Lake Road. This property is currently being leased to VisionQuest.
*These entities also include Kwaw kwaw Apilt First Nation and Skwah First Nation from the Pilalt Tribe.