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First Nations Relations

Our Commitment

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 37 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.

Guiding Principles

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.

  1. Listening and Learning: Understanding that there is much we do not know about the connections our local First Nations have with these islands
  2. Being Authentic: Expressing a sincere desire to have real relationships with our local First Nations
  3. Facilitating Island Reconnections: Doing what we can to help local First Nations connect meaningfully with these islands again.

Recent Events

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

Useful Links

If you have any questions or comments about the information on this page, please contact:

Fiona XETTTEN MacRaild
Senior Intergovernmental Policy Advisor



Page last updated: 09/03/17
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