Monday, April 29, 2013

Article in Cowichan Valley Citizen

Recently, there was an article (article here) in the Cowichan Valley Citizen newspaper about the Tetla Tsetsuwatil's Hul'qumi'num Language and Cultural Immersion Program.

Twenty-six people attended! It was awesome and we raised almost half the resources needed for the next session, which will hopefully be taking place in the next two weeks. Exact dates to be posted soon! Soon, we plan to offer the classes in Chemainus or Nanaimo, Cowichan, Mill Bay and Victoria (but only if we can also teach the Senchothen language).

Here's a picture of the event!!:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Garage Sale Accepting 50% Tetlas

Today, Sunday, April 28, 2013, Sarah Flynn is holding a garage sale starting at 9:30 am this morning at 1516 Pembroke St. in Fernwood. She has said that 50% of the cost of anything for sale at the garage sale may be paid with tetlas (or with green dollars from the LETS barter system).

There are ads on used victoria and craigslist under events/garage sales and people can use her address or Fernwood to search.  Lots of the stuff for sale is listed in the ads.  Sarah's phone number is 250-995-3158 if anyone has questions.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Community Currency Workshop

Hi Folks!

The next Community Currency Workshop will take place this Saturday, April 27, 1:00-4:45pm.  The workshop is free.  Location this week will be the Sunset Room at 401 Herald St. in Victoria. (Thanks Jason Guille!).  All future workshops will be at the regular location, at Community Micro Lending Gathering Place.

See below for background information and details of this Saturday's meeting. RSVP Here. If you'd like more information please contact the facilitator, Jordan Bober,

Hope to see you there,

Geoff, Nicole and Jordan


Event Details

This is the third in a series of community currency workshops being hosted as a collaboration between community currency developers from the Comox Valley (Michael Linton and Ernie Yacub of Community Way Dollars) and Vancouver (Jordan Bober of Seedstock Community Currency) together with the organisers of Living the New Economy, a week-long convergence of people and ideas around the new economy that debuted in Vancouver in November 2012 and will be returning to Vancouver in October 2013 and coming to Victoria Nov. 29-Dec. 5 this year.
In our previous gatherings in Victoria on March 23rd and April 13th, Michael, Jordan and Ernie engaged participants in discussions that explored the nature of money, the theory and practice of community currencies, why community currencies are among the most powerful tools we can apply towards positive economic and social change in our communities, and the very practical ways in which community currencies can unleash community resources in Victoria. We have been joined by Meaghan and Charles Champion of the local Tetla Dollar community currency project (, which launched last year and is quickly expanding with over 35 participating businesses so far in the Victoria area (see this recent article about the Tetla in the Times-Colonist).
We would like to invite anyone with an interest in learning more about community currencies and applying this learning hands-on to participate in our next gathering on April 13th (please note that this time we will be meeting at the Sunset Room at 401 Herald Street, NOT the Community Microlending Gathering Place as previously - many thanks to Jason Guille, owner of the Sunset Room and participant in our gatherings, for arranging this for us!).
Our next workshop will be divided into two different segments. We encourage you to attend both as there is much to be learned, but if you are only able to attend one segment, please feel free to do so.
Here is the planned agenda for our next meeting:
1pm to 3pm: For the first two hours, we will take an in-depth look at the Tetla Dollar, a community currency already operating in the Victoria area. Together with the Tetla's founders, participants will apply their collective intelligence to thinking about how the Tetla can grow its reach and impact rapidly. What community needs can the Tetla address most effectively?
3pm to 4:45pm: In the last half of our gathering, we will begin developing practical strategy around another idea that has emerged from our previous workshops - a community currency focussed on health and wellness Victoria. We have identified exciting potential in this area, and between the participants of previous workshops we have the skills, resources and networks to implement such a currency relatively quickly. 
We hope to see you there! Please spread the word to any of your friends and contacts who are interested in overcoming traditional barriers to the mobilisation of community resources towards the common good.
For more information, please contact Jordan Bober at
This workshop is free, but donations are welcome to help cover the travel expenses of the out-of-town workshop facilitators. 
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Hul'qumi'num Language Immersion Program Starts

The Tetla Tsetsuwatil has organized a Hul'qumi'num Language and Cultural Immersion Experience for native and non-native children from homeschooling families in the Cowichan Valley, Duncan BC. 

Willie Seymour will be providing language instruction. The first session will be in Lake Quamichan Park on April 26, 2013.

If you would like to participate in or help the Tetla Project please visit for more info.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tetlas in the Times Colonist Newspaper

An article on Tetlas ran in the Times Colonist newspaper on April 17, 2013. It was on the front page of the business section.

Here it is:

Please note that despite what it says in the link, Tetlas are NOT issued by or endorsed by the Esquimalt First Nation. Tetlas were briefly discussed with Chief Andy Thomas last year, but Meaghan Champion, the founder of the Tetla Tsetsuwatil, is from the Somena Nation, not the Esquimalt Nation. The confusion may arise from the fact that she currently lives in Esquimalt. The Somena Nation is often considered one of the Cowichan Tribes.