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

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

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.

Community Details:

Vancouver Island & Coast
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
West Coast (Nanaimo)
307.7 hectares

Contact Details:

Chief Russ Chipps Chief
(250) 478-3535
(250) 478-3585
4901B Sooke Road, RR #6 E Sooke, BC, Canada V0S 1N0
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