Our vision

is to build a solid foundation for our current and future generations to grow and prosper while acknowledging our culture and heritage as distinct people of Lake Cowichan.

Our governance system has been customized to meet the needs of our community and help guide us towards a successful and sustainable future by blending the best of the past with modern planning and management systems.


Chief and Council have been entrusted by the Citizens of the Ts'uu-baa-satx Nation to carry out the business of the First Nation in a fair, responsible and ethical manner, and to respect the traditions and values of the First Nation. 


The goals of the Ts'uu-baa-satx Nation include the preservation and promotion of traditional knowledge, language and culture, community and social development and wellness, land and resource development, economic investment and self-government.

Ts’uubaa-asatx Leadership

Our Heriditary Chief Sha e’ lum Remembered

Chief Sha e’ lum (Cyril Livingstone) is remembered as the cornerstone to the Lake Cowichan First Nation people, who he proudly represented as hereditary chief for 38 years until his death in 2016.

Chief Sha e’ lum worked tirelessly to put Lake Cowichan First Nation (Ts'uu-baa-satx Nation) on the map and bring his people home. He was dedicated to providing opportunities for his community to grow, including actively pursuing treaty negotiations, economic development, and housing for his people. He met with various levels of government and other proprietors to ensure that our rights were protected and that we were recognized as the original inhabitants of the Lake Cowichan watershed.

Chief Sha e’ lum represented LCFN on various organizations including: First Nation South Island Tribal Council; First Nation Island Wildlife Committee; Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group; Inter Tribal Health Authority; Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services; Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation; and First Nation’s Summit. [omit?]

In 2013, Chief Sha e’ lum signed a protocol agreement with the Town of Lake Cowichan on behalf of the LCFN, which aimed to establish a new and ongoing relationship between the communities, founded on the basis of mutual respect and understanding.

Over the years Chief Sha e’ lum represented LCFN on various organizations including:

  • From 1990 – 1999 served in various capacities within the First Nation South Island Tribal Council including: Chairperson, Border Crossing, and assistance with the bookkeeping.

  • Participation on the First Nation Island Wildlife Committee

  • Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group

    • Board of Directors

    • Finance Committee

    • Parks Committee

  • Inter Tribal Health Authority

  • Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services

  • Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

  • First Nation’s Summit

Chief Sha e’ lum always made time for his family and community as they were the most important people and what he worked so tirelessly for.

Chief Councillor, Georgina Livingstone

Treaty Liaison/ Housing, Lands, and Resources Support

Georgina has been employed with Ts'uu-baa-satx for the past 19 years and has also served on Chief and Council. In 2016, Georgina assumed the role of Chief Councillor.

Her passions are treaty and housing and her main tasks currently include:

Communications to the Ts'uu-baa-satx community to involve them as full participants in the treaty process

  • Liaison between consultants, HTG, and the Ts'uu-baa-satx membership

  • Supporting Chief and Council at the negotiations table

  • Becoming knowledgeable of community needs and history to speak on treaty related issues and on Ts'uu-baa-satx interests

  • Processing and reviewing rental agreements with LCFN membership

  • Ensuring Housing Policy is being followed by community members and the Housing Committee

  • Assisting in long-term planning for minor/major capital projects and providing advice in implementation of the First Nation Community plan

  • Obtaining new housing units to assist in moving Ts'uu-baa-satx membership back home.