The Tsleil-Waututh Nation develops plans in several crucial areas for our community:

  • Land Use Planning – To determine future uses of TWN reserve lands
  • Comprehensive Community Planning – To set an overarching direction for all our programs and services so they meet our community’s needs over the long-term
  • Infrastructure Planning – To prepare for long-term infrastructure needs on TWN reserve lands
  • Emergency Planning – To help our nation prepare to respond in the event of a natural disaster like an earthquake, flood or wildfire


Land Use Planning

Public Works is facilitating our community’s land use planning process, as required in the TWN Land Code. As part of this process, we have:

  • Conducted surveys of leaseholders and TWN members
  • Held council workshops and community meetings
  • Established a community working group* to go through the planning issues in detail

We asked TWN members to share their thoughts, ideas, and values about how the lands of sʔəθnəc (Burrard Inlet IR#3) should be used in the future, including topics like:

  • Traditional and cultural land uses
  • Land for economic development
  • Future needs for additional community housing
  • Different types of land tenure
  • Environmental protection
  • Recreation
  • Transportation, access, and privacy

We will also study community growth projections and work with our community to identify long-term housing needs. Our goal is to engage community members to develop a shared understanding of how the TWN land base will be managed for future generations. We anticipate the TWN Land Use Plan will be completed in late 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Deidre Thomas at

*Our working group has 17 TWN members: Margaret R. George, Debbie Sisson, Dan Herrick, Cody LaRock, Gordon Dick, Amanda George-Thomas, Roderick Louis, Christine George, Heidi Martin, Leah George-Wilson, Mike O’Neill, Vanessa Gonzalez, John Sisson, Cassandra Smith, Michelle P. George, Debbie George, and Liana Martin (Council representative).


Comprehensive Community Planning

Our Vision 2020 Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP) for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation is an aspirational document with an overarching vision for the community, created by the community. The CCP provides the community’s perspective on the full scope of our programs, services, facilities, and processes. Our leadership and staff are meant to ensure activities are in line with the CCP vision and goals for the future—so departmental work plans are designed to help realize the CCP—in key areas:

  • Communication
  • Community development
  • Culture and language
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Governance and management
  • Health and wellness
  • Infrastructure
  • Land management and the environment

TWN Council ratified our Comprehensive Community Plan in 2010 and then broadened the plan in 2015 to integrate more community feedback on health and social planning. (Our land use planning process will be the next step, by looking at physical planning for the reserve.)


Infrastructure Planning

Public Works has been conducting a series of civil and geotechnical studies throughout the TWN reserve to prepare detailed, long-term infrastructure plans for these lands.

Once we have completed the TWN Land Use Plan, we can further develop and finalize this work.


Emergency Planning

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation has participated in joint emergency planning with the District of North Vancouver, City of Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, and the Squamish Nation.

Locally, TWN developed an Emergency Management Plan in 2009, which will be updated to streamline some complex procedures.

In addition, we remind all reserve residents—members and leaseholders—that it is critical you be able to meet your own needs for food and water for at least 72 hours (three days), in the event of an emergency, and ideally, for five days. Here are two provincial resources that can help you prepare for an emergency:

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