IMPORTANT Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust (79 Acre) UPDATED

Aug. 17/17

To the members of Snuneymuxw, Re: Distribution August 30, 2017

As part of the ratification vote for the Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust which took place on November 12, 2016, the Membership agreed to a one-time payment of $10,000 per Member. Now that the Funds have been transferred by Canada and have been received in the Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust, the next item of business is to attend to the distribution to adult Members (over age 19).

Please note, Funds for Minors will be held in Trust until that individual turns 19 at which time the full payment plus interest will be paid to them.

Distribution cheques will be mailed the evening of Tuesday, August 29th.

The distribution to Members will take place on Wednesday August 30th.

Members who elected for an electronic deposit to their bank or credit union will see the Funds in their account between Tuesday August 29th and Wednesday evening August 30th. The processing time for other banks and credit unions does vary but the electronic transfers will be initiated in time for the Funds to arrive within this timeframe.

For Members who elected to pick up their cheque at the Nation, pick up times will begin at 9am on Wednesday August 30th at the Community hall next to our Longhouse and the doors will close at 7:30pm that evening.    Please ensure you bring proper identification with you.

For Members who elected to pick up their cheque but are not able to attend (in hospital or otherwise), they can have someone else pick up their cheque for them. However, there will have to be the following;

1)           a letter of direction signed by the Member authorizing another named individual to pick up their cheque for them. The Form may be picked up at the Nation office.

2)           ID (the individual picking up the cheque will need to show their own ID plus the ID of the Member)

 Sincerely,

 

Chief John Wesley on

Behalf of Don Woods,

Executive Trust Officer

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Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust - A further update to Members.

Members must advise the Administrative Trustee (TD) of their direction regarding the payment of funds.  To date, about 500 forms have been received.

The money from Canada has not been received in the Trust as of yet but it is expected the funds will be received by late Summer/early Fall.

To ensure Members have given proper direction regarding their payments (to take place once the Fund are received in the Trust), they are to provide their information to the Corporate Trustee - Don Woods at TD.

 

Contact information:

By Mail

TD Wealth Private Trust Attn:   Don Woods

1800 - 700 W. Georgia Street

PO Box 10083

Vancouver, BC V7Y 1B6

By email don.woods@td.com

For payments to Members, there are 4 options:

  1. You may pick  up your cheque at the Snuneymuxw  First Nation Office
  2. You can request that your cheque be mailed to you.
  3. The Corporate Trustee can make a direct deposit to your bank account (in Canada)
  4. If outside of Canada, you can request a wire transfer (there is a cost for this option as determined by your bank).

 

Please download, print and complete the form below - The Form requires completion.

Please ensure a copy of photo ID is included in your reply.

 

You may drop off your completed Form and Photo ID at the Snuneymuxw First Nation office. Or you may (1) mail the information to the above address or (2) email the information to don.woods@td.com.

 

Any questions, please contact Don Woods (604-659-7436) or Grant Armstrong (604-659- 7442).

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This is further to the initial update to Membership on April 12, 2017.  As indicated in the initial update, the Funds from Canada have not been received in the Trust as of yet.  It is expected it will still be many months until Canada releases the Funds.

However, once the Funds are received in the Trust, the Trustees need to be prepared to attend to the distribution to each Adult member 19 years of age and over.  (For members under age 19, their distribution will be held for them in Trust (with interest) until their 19th birthday.

There are various methods to receive a payment (select only 1):

1)    You may pick up your cheque at the Snuneymuxw First Nation Office
2)    You can request that your cheque be mailed to you.
3)    The Corporate Trustee can make a direct deposit to your bank account (in Canada)
4)    If outside of Canada, you can request a wire transfer (there is a cost for this option as determined by your bank).

For options 1 or 2 (picking up a cheque, or having a cheque mailed to you), please complete and sign the attached Form     

For option 3, if you want your distribution deposited directly to your Canadian bank account (please note: the name on the account must match your name), please complete the Form and attach a void cheque or go to your bank and have the bank provide to you a  "direct deposit notification" form.  Please send this to Don with the attached signed Form.     

For option 4, if you want your payment sent to a financial institution outside of Canada please have your bank provide you with an  "incoming wire"  form which provides the relevant information,  Bank Name, Address,  Swift / ABA  Code, Account Number and again - your name must match the name on the account.    

You can drop off the Form at the Snuneymuxw First Nation office, or you can send your signed form either by mail, or fax, or email (scan).

Mail:

TD Wealth Private Trust Attn:  Don Woods
1800 – 700 W. Georgia Street PO Box 10083
Vancouver, BC  V7Y 1B6

Fax:

Attn: Don Woods

604-659-7469

Email:

don.woods@td.com

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We are writing to provide Membership with an update on the Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust.

 

We would like to introduce ourselves as the initial Trustees.  The 5 Community Trustees are; Keith Atkinson, Sandra Good, David Mannix, Robert Nelson, Margaret White.  In addition, there is a Corporate Trustee, also known as the Administrative Trustee, which is The Canada Trust Company (Don Woods).  If you have any questions regarding the Trust, please contact Don at 604-659-7436 or at   don.woods@td.com.

 

Firstly, although the Trust account has been established, there are essentially no funds in the Trust account as yet.   Following the November 12, 2016 ratification vote, all paperwork has been sent to Canada and it will likely be many months until Canada releases the Funds which will then be deposited to the Trust account. 

 

For your information, Canada has been in contact with the Corporate Trustee and has processed a "test" transfer of $2.01.  This is to ensure all of the account coding is correct when the wire transfer is released by Canada.     

 

Once the Funds are received, the distribution payment will be made in various methods;    

  • there will be a cheque pick-up at the Nation office
  • cheques can be mailed
  • a direct transfer to your bank account can be made
  • for Members living over-seas, a wire transfer can be made

 

There will be a separate communication to Members shortly regarding the process for the distribution payment which sets out the options and the information required from each adult Member to process their payment.     

 

The Trustees have begun to meet to fulfill their duties in setting up the Trust account and preparing to receive the Funds.  This includes hiring an Independent Financial Advisor which is George and Bell Consulting.  The Independent Financial Advisor will work with the Trustees and Chief and Council to establish an Investment Policy and will oversee the investment of the Trust money once it is released by Canada. 

 

These are important first steps in establishing the Thlap'Qwum Community Settlement Trust structure, ensuring that the decisions to invest and disperse Funds are done in a transparent and respectful way once the Funds are received.    

 

In addition, on April 10/17 there was a meeting of the Trustees, Chief and Council members, and the Independent Financial Advisor, to discuss the framework for the investment of the Trust assets (once the Funds are received).   

     

We are now moving forward with quarterly reporting to Membership and we will provide the next report to June 30th.  However, if we receive any communication from Chief and Council or Canada regarding an expected release date of the monies, there will be an immediate communication.     

 

Thank you,

Keith Atkinson, Sandra Good, David Mannix, Robert Nelson, Margaret White

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