Monday, September 15, 2014

Cabin12 Restaurant Accepting Tetlas

The Cabin 12 restaurant is now accepting 100% payment in tetlas. At our request, that does not include beer or any alcoholic beverage.

Cabin 12 restaurant is located at 3111 Cedar Hill Road and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7 days a week. Good place for breakfast or lunch (they're not open at dinner time.) They provide free wifi internet access.

The people running Cabin 12 seem to be interested in much more than running a restaurant. They talk a lot about community and, by participating in the tetla economy, they are showing that they are serious about that.

They also accept payment in bitcoin or Canadian tire money plus Visa, Mastercard and of course regular Canadian money.

Here's their website. Try them out:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

David Suzuki Endorses Tetla

David Suzuki wearing a tetla t-shirt and holding up a tetla.

David Suzuki, famous for his TV and radio series and books about nature and the environment, has endorsed the Tetla. He is best known as host of the popular and long-running CBC Television science magazine, The Nature of Things, seen in over forty nations. Here is the response from the David Suzuki Foundation including the endorsement from Mr. Suzuki. (This happened a while back, but was not publicly announced until today.)


Dear Ms. Champion:

Thank you for your email addressed to David Suzuki sent to the David Suzuki Foundation May 17th, 2013. It was forwarded to me here at Dr. Suzuki’s private office and I have sent it on to Dr. Suzuki on your behalf. I am delighted to let you know David has given your request for an endorsement his thoughtful consideration and has provided the following written endorsement of your for the Tetla Project.

With many thanks and kind regards, I remain,

Yours in solidarity,

Deanna Bayne, EA to David Suzuki

The above message contained this endorsement by David Suzuki:

Dear Meaghie:

I listened to your interview on Rabble. Good for you. I am blown away by Tetla. I believe this kind of initiative is at the cutting edge of where we all have to go, that is keeping our currency local, stressing the importance of culture, fighting the trend to homogenization. Congratulations and thank you.

Globalization has been a disaster because it has meant going to the lowest standard of worker care (that's what we saw in Bangladesh recently) and environmental concern (remember Union Carbide and Bhopal). Globalization has also been accompanied by monoculture, the spread of KFC, MacDonalds, Sony, Apple, Nike, etc. as the icons young people aspire to. It results in envy, self hatred, suicide, move to cities, etc. We should treasure diversity, it is the key to resilience as we encounter increasingly uncertain futures. The unit of survival in the future will be local communities and the more self sufficient and grounded they are, the stronger they will be. That's why I am very excited to learn about Tetla. I believe you are moving in the direction the rest of society has to follow.

So, thank you for this. If there is any way I can help, please ask.

David Suzuki

SENT VIA Deanna L. Bayne
Executive Assistant to Dr. David Suzuki
PO Box 19011, West 4th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6K 4R8 CANADA


Endorsement from Dallas Gislason

Here's an endorsement from Dallas Gislason and a description of who he is:

“On average, shopping at a non-locally owned business keeps only about $43 out of every $100 circulating in the local economy. Spending that $100 at a locally owned business can keep upwards of $73 in the local economy. This highlights the significance of supporting local entrepreneurs, innovators, and suppliers. Many communities take this to another level by creating local forms of currency. These currencies circulate locally and keep circulating inside the local economy without leaking out like regular money does. Regular money is still needed to buy things not produced locally, but innovative currency initiatives—like the Tetla Tsetsuwatil—should be encouraged, especially as the world adjusts to the post-Great Recession era.”

Dallas Gislason
Economic Development Officer

GVDA -- the organization Mr. Gislason works for -- is a part of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and is supported by quite a few major institutions in Victoria. The GVDA Board membership -- listed below -- shows this.

A committee of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) Board, the GVDA Board is comprised of representatives from the following industry groups and associations:
  • Camosun College
  • Downtown Victoria Business Assoc.
  • Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  • Greater Victoria Real Estate Board
  • Tourism Victoria
  • Industry Representative – Craig Norris
  • Industry Representative – Bob Pearce
  • Industry Representative – Michael Weston
  • Royal Roads University
  • Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
  • Westshore Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Victoria
  • VIATeC
  • Victoria Airport Authority
  • GVDA Chair
  • CEO – Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce (ex officio)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chief Stewart Phillips of the BC Union of Indian Chiefs Endorses Tetla

Chief Stewart Phillip, head of the BC Union of Indian Chiefs wearing a tetla t-shirt and holding up a tetla to show his support for the tetla project. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hul'qumi'num Language Classes -- News Coverage

There was an article recently in the Times Colonist about the Tetla Tsetsuwatil and our Hul'qumi'num language classes. We are currently raising funds for this. Contact us at if you are interesting in finding out how you can help.

Click on the headline for the article:

Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist
July 26, 2014 10:02 PM

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Clothing Store Hemp & Company Joins Tetla Economy

Hemp & Company, a locally owned clothing store with two locations is now allowing customers to pay for 20% of all purchases with tetlas.

According to their website, Hemp & Company carries over 50 different brands of organic and eco friendly clothing, bodycare and accessories lines. Approximately 60% of their inventory is Canadian made, and their own line of Hemp & Company Originals and Essentials is designed and manufactured entirely in Canada.

They have two locations :one in downtown Victoria and the other in Esquimalt.

Hemp & Company Government Street1102 Government Street Victoria, BC, V8W 1Y2
Phone: 250.383.4367 Toll Free:1.866.383.4367

Hemp & Company Vicwest
422 Craigflower Road, Victoria BC, V9A 2V8

Tetla Mentioned in The Tyee

Here's a link to an article on alternative currencies in the Tyee that mentions Tetla. The Tyee is an online publication.

Mostly the article is about local currency systems in Brazil, but it's another mention for tetla.