Tzeachten First Nation is located east of the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland Region of British Columbia; this area is also referred to as the Fraser Valley Regional District. Tzeachten is approximately 105 kilometers east of the City of Vancouver, between the Trans Canada Highway and the Chilliwack/Vedder River, within the boundaries of the City of Chilliwack neighboring Abbotsford to the west and Hope to the east.
In the Halq’emeylem language Tzeachten (Ch’iyaqtel) means ‘the place of the fish weir’. The Tzeachten people originate from the Ch-ihl-kway-uhk Tribe and is politically affiliated with the Sto:lo Nation.
Tzeachten reserve #13 totals 283.8 hectares and shares an additional 64.8 hectares of the Grass reserve lands with eight of the neighboring First Nation communities within Chilliwack. It also shares 10.3 hectares of Peqw’xe:yles reserve lands in Mission, B.C. and shares 23.5 hectares of the Coqualeetza lands in Chilliwack, B.C.
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As of June 2012 Tzeachten First Nation has a total membership of 513, of which, approximately 50% live on reserve.
Tzeachten owns the Vedder Crossing Plaza, where retail stores such as Save On Foods, Tim Horton’s, Royal Bank, Panago Pizza, Booster Juice, Bosley’s Pet Store, Sushi restaurant, a medical clinic and lab, and other retail outlets serve the entire community. There are also a number of businesses on reserve that are owned by member entrepreneurs that enhance the community, they include: Bear Image Productions and Vedder Station Shell. As well, Tzeachten is home to a number of residential developments including Halcyon Meadows, Stoney Creek, Avonlea, Promontory Lake Estates, Ensley Estates, Englewood Village, Amberwood, Selomas Mobile Park, Maple Meadows, Steetaws and River Rock.
The Tzeachten Council and their administration strive to work with the entire community to preserve and promote their language and culture, support the educational, social and economic growth of the community so that the membership and residents can flourish and prosper.