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 Reconciliation Declaration
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.
Islands Trust Conservancy Reconciliation Declaration
The Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges that the islands and waters that encompass the Salish Sea have been home to Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. We recognize that we are all intertwined in the ecosystems that are the lands, waters, culture, and ecology that embody this place.
The Islands Trust Conservancy will strive to create opportunities for knowledge-sharing, understanding and collaboration as people come together to preserve and protect the special nature of the islands within the Salish Sea.
The Islands Trust Conservancy is committed to the protection and preservation of this place through processes that respect and honour reconciliation and mutually respectful relationships with Coast Salish Indigenous Peoples. We express our recognition for the past, present, and future stewardship and knowledge that has been shared by Indigenous Peoples and are humbled and grateful.
June 16, 2019, on Lək̓ʷəŋən, METULIYE/Victoria, B.C., the Islands Trust Conservancy Board ratified 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
- Discussion Paper – The Islands Trust Object: Past, Present, and Future – Mar 2021 – see “Truth Precedes Reconciliation” Section 1.1
- 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