The Islands Trust has a strong desire and vision for enduring relationship with First Nations based on trust, honour and goodwill.
The Islands Trust is committed to changing its organizational approach to relations with the many First Nations with interests in the lands and waters in the Trust Area. The goal is to move beyond formality and have interactions rooted in a sincere and genuine relationship of mutual respect.
On December 7, 2016 Trust Council adopted the First Nations Engagement Principles Policy. Much like the trunk of a tree, the following principles support every branch of the Islands Trust activities and process. These principles are sequential in nature and point to a genuine and sincere path forward.
- Listening and Learning: Understanding that there is much we do not know about the connections our local First Nations have with these islands
- Being Authentic: Expressing a sincere desire to have real relationships with our local First Nations
- Facilitating Island Reconnections: Doing what we can to help local First Nations connect meaningfully with these islands again.
In 2017 Trust Council also endorsed a Language and Tone Guide to help staff and trustees to communicate respectfully and effectively with First Nations in their day-to-day work both verbally and in writing.
November 19, 2016: SENĆOŦEN History of Saturna Island, Saturna Community Hall
“I’m delighted that the Islands Trust has taken on this vision and journey! It’s only the beginning…” (Saturna Island resident)
September 21, 2016:staff field trip to Tsawout Reserve beach on Salt Spring Island
- A list of current Protocol Agreements for co-operation between First Nations and Islands Trust Council.
- A presentation titled: “How We Got to Where We Are: 37 First Nations and the Islands” outlines the last 150 years of what First Nations have suffered through and helps explain how important the islands are to First Nations.
- A presentation titled: “We Are All Treaty People: Douglas Treaties and Islands Trust” explains the Douglas Treaties, their historical context and the impact of these Treaties in the Trust Area.
- A 2015 Supreme Court Law Review regarding Aboriginal Title and Private Property by John Burrows, Canada’s Research Chair on Indigenous law.
- A reading list of suggested fiction, poetry and non-fiction books on First Nations topics, written mostly by Indigenous authors, as well as some non-Aboriginal contributors writing about issues relevant to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s process. The list is far from complete, and should be considered a work in progress.
The Islands Trust has a Senior Intergovernmental Policy Advisor that provides advice on First Nations issues to staff and trustees. For further information, please contact:
Director of Local Planning Services