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Islands 2050

Islands 2050: The Future of the Trust Area

September 6, 2019  NEWS RELEASE            Events Schedule

Imagine it’s 2050 and the special region in the Salish Sea is pristine, has thriving habitats and a strong ecosystem. What if you could help create that reality? Would you? We think you can!

Islands 2050 is a public engagement process designed to help everyone plan for the challenges and opportunities the Islands Trust Area will face in the next 30 years, particularly as we prepare for the realities of climate change.

Over the next few months, the Islands Trust will be seeking input from members of the public in and around the region. We want to understand your priorities for the next 30 years as we face this critical time in preserving and protecting this unique region.

Get Involved! Get Engaged! Here's how:

We are excited to launch an online engagement process! Thought Exchange is a collaborative platform that offers an alternative to static one-way surveys. You can share your ideas in response to an open-ended question confidentially. Once you’ve shared your own ideas, you can rate the ideas that others have provided on a scale of one to five stars based on how much you agree with the idea or how important you think it is. In the final step, you can view how the thoughts in the exchange have been rated by the group. The thoughts and ideas shared on this forum will contribute to decisions about amending the Policy Statement.

Ready to dive into the Thought Exchange?  We have two questions to get you started, and will post more later this fall. 

  1. What do you value about the Islands Trust Area?

  2. In the context of a changing climate, what concerns do you have for the region over the next 30 years?
The Islands Trust Council acknowledges that the lands and waters that encompass the Islands Trust Area have been home to Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial and honors the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home.  The Islands Trust is committed to working with First Nations within the Islands Trust Area through engagement processes that are collaborative, meaningful, and reflective of their core concerns.  We will be meeting with First Nation governments and community throughout the Islands 2050 process to ensure the Policy Statement embodies reconciliation.  Islands Trust Council adopted its Islands Trust Reconciliation Declaration March, 2019.

How will your input be used?

If you love the Trust Area, the Islands Trust Policy Statement is important. It guides policy statements about the Islands and the waters that surround them.

Islands Trust will use your thoughts to guide future planning and updates to the Islands Trust Policy Statement, the foundational document that guides the preserve and protect mandate of this special-purpose government. The Policy Statement guides decisions about island landscapes and the waters surrounding them. It includes recommendations to other levels of government and informs how local official community plans (OCPs) and land use bylaws are developed.

Need more information?

Islands Trust will hold close to 20 open houses and discussion groups where people can come together to discuss their thoughts on these important issues. See our schedule for an event near you.  

 Download our information boards used at open houses.

Letters sent:

  • September 6, 2019: Islands Trust issued a news release about the engagement project.
  • August 22, 2019 Chair Luckham wrote Minister Selina Robinson introducing Islands 2050: Future of the Trust Area.
  • June 7, 2019 Russ Hotsenpiller, Chief Administrative Officer, wrote to First Nations in the Trust Area regarding Islands 2050 and the Policy Statement
  • November 20, 2017 Chair wrote to First Nations regarding an invitation to participate in conversations with Islands Trust about possible amendments to our Policy Statement. 
   

 What we’ve done so far:

We are at the beginning of a long conversation. We will be providing regular updates as this process unfolds.

 

 

For more information about Islands 2050, please contact:

Clare Frater
Director, Trust Area Services
(250) 405-5192

Email: Islands2050@islandstrust.bc.ca

 

Page last updated: 07/09/19
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