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In the SENĆOŦEN language, the word T'Sou-ke is the name of the Stickleback fish that live in the estuary of the river. Exposure to Europeans through the Hudson's Bay Company saw the name changed first to Soke and then Sooke. That English name is now common and is used for many things including the name of our neighbouring town, the river and basin, the main road.
The two T'Sou-ke reserves are on 67 hectares (165 acres) around the Sooke Basin on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The reserves were allotted by the Joint Reserve Commission in 1877.
Most community members live on the southern 41-hectare reserve while the many administration offices are on the 26-acre reserve along the main road between Sooke and Victoria.
The total registered T'Sou-ke population was 251 as of February 2013.
Since the summer of 2004, Surrounded By Cedar has hosted a Back to School Picnic. This event helps Aboriginal children and their families with backpacks and school supplies before the start of the next school year.
Culture Nights are every Tuesday starting at 5:30 pm with dinner, singing, drumming and other cultural activities.
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Events are recorded which effect the Indian Register and the Band List such as registration, marriage and births. The office also processes certificates of Indian Status and notifies the Aboriginal Affairs regional office of changes of information about people...
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We are in the process of working together with the facilitators of the Book Bin Program to bring this to our community! We will keep you posted to when this program will begin!