Chief Don Tom endorses Adam Olsen

I am proud to witness Adam represent Saanich North and the Islands in the Legislature. He stood with the WSANEC people to say NO! to LNG in the Saanich Inlet. I know Adam will continue to be on the right side of history. Adam is my only choice for Saanich North and the Islands!   …

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Recognizing Indigenous leadership

One year before I was elected to the Central Saanich Council table in 2008, my sister Joni was elected to the Tsartlip Council table. She was the first in our family to be elected to a governance table. 12 years later, Joni’s name is back on the Tsartlip ballot. It will be her seventh election. …

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GERONIMO! It’s a way of life!

Geronimo Canoe Club is from Tsartlip First Nation. They have been a paddling juggernaut on the Coast Salish canoe race circuit since the early 1970’s. Every summer, Indigenous canoe clubs from around the Salish Sea gather in coastal and inland communities to compete in canoe races. Recently, Geronimo canoe pullers have taken their expertise to the …

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Running for office

This coming week, I am speaking at a couple of sessions about running for public office. It gets me to thinking about my own path to the British Columbia legislature. I grew up on Tsartlip First Nation. Our family property on Stelly’s is right across the street from the municipality of Central Saanich. While I’m …

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Learning from Grace Islet – Increasing heritage protection in BC

 There are massive gaps in the Heritage Conservation Act in British Columbia. These gaps were exposed in 2014 on Grace Islet near Salt Spring Island.The land owner proposed to build a family vacation home on top of known archeological and grave sites. Despite the disapproval of Tsartlip First Nation, the former BC Liberal government allowed …

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Dr. Sylvia Olsen, First Nations on-reserve housing specialist

[advanced_iframe src=”https://anchor.fm/adampolsen/embed/episodes/Dr–Sylvia-Olsen–First-Nations-on-reserve-housing-specialist-e3amq7″ height=”102px” width=”400px” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” width=”100%” height=”150″] Sylvia Olsen married into Tsartlip First Nation in the 1970’s. She moved onto the reserve where she and her husband raised four kids. I am one of those kids.For the past two decades Sylvia has worked in on-reserve housing. In 2016, she received her Phd. in history …

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We must work to restore trust in government

 Over the past week the BC Green Caucus has been raising substantial concerns about money-laundering. There is a crisis in our government institution and as an MLA we have a responsibility to address it head-on.[Transcript]There’s a crisis of confidence in this institution. Thinking back to the thousands of stories I heard on the doorstep during …

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