The Islands Trust Area is situated within the territories of the Coast Salish Peoples and sits at the centre of the many gathering places and villages of these strong and vibrant First Nations.
Respect for this place inspires us to celebrate the richness of Coast Salish history, knowledge, and culture and informs the work that we do.
Since 2015, Islands Trust Council has committed to the principles of reconciliation.
Islands Trust Council recognizes that reconciliation is fundamental to building meaningful relationships now and into the future, and the work of reconciliation is key to understanding our shared history and preserving and protecting the trust area for generations to come.
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 honours the rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embody this place we all call home.
Islands Trust Council is committed to establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Islands Trust states a commitment to Reconciliation with the understanding that this commitment is a long-term relationship-building and healing process.
Islands Trust Council will strive to create opportunities for knowledge-sharing and understanding as people come together to preserve and protect the special nature of the islands within the Salish Sea.
March 14, 2019, on Gabriola Island, Islands Trust Council adopted the Reconciliation Declaration.
Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022
On June 19, 2019 in Coast Salish/Penelakut Territory, Galiano Island, Islands Trust Council unanimously passed the Islands Trust Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.
The Reconciliation Action Plan is a four-year action plan that will guide Islands Trust in the implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).
To learn about progress to date read our 2019-2021 Reconciliation Report.
Information & Resources
- Islands Trust Object: Past, Present, and Future Policy Statement, Amendment Project Discussion Paper, March 2021
- Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR)
- Archaeology Branch of BC – Archaeological permits, and reports about archaeological finds
- First Nations Engagement and Consultation (MIRR)
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council
- Indigenous languages and culture