Statement in Support of Penelakut Tribe Community

On July 8, 2021, Chief Brown and representatives of the Penelakut Tribe confirmed the undocumented and unmarked graves of 160 children at the Kuper Island Industrial School site.   Kuper Island Industrial School was located on Penelakut Island within the Islands Trust Area.

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Islands 2050

The Policy Statement shapes land and marine use planning in the Islands Trust Area. The document guides the preserve and protect mandate of Islands Trust, but the last version of the Policy Statement was written in 1994 and a lot has changed in the last 26 years.

We are updating the Policy Statement to be current, to be able to adapt to future challenges, and to take advantage of new and developing opportunities.

The Policy Statement helps shape the 20 official community plans — documents providing direction for community growth and change — plus associated bylaws, policies and regulations, as well as Trust Council programs and advocacy.

Learn more

If you want to learn more, watch our short three-minute entertaining and informative video Islands 2050: The future of the Trust Area. There is also lots of great information at Islands 2050.

Freshwater Sustainability Grant

The Islands Trust is thrilled to be receiving $190,000 from the Real Estate Foundation of BC as part of the province’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative to support development of a freshwater sustainability strategy for the Islands Trust Area.

Currently, we are undertaking analysis of current knowledge and programs, scientific and policy gaps, challenges, and future opportunities. The funding also covers a number of implementation projects including Indigenous youth engagement, watershed restoration on Salt Spring island, and Hornby and Lasqueti Islands watershed stewardship.

We are grateful for the support and excited about developing a freshwater sustainability strategy that will help us preserve and protect the islands in the context of climate change and reconciliation.

If you would like to know more about the Islands Trust’s priorities for freshwater sustainability, visit the Freshwater Sustainability program page.

30 Nature Reserves in 30 Years – The Heron Newsletter, Spring 2021

The Islands Trust Conservancy’s Spring 2021 Heron newsletter is special. It marks their 30th anniversary at the close of March – a milestone that we are proud to celebrate with you.

Please visit the Heron Newsletter page to read it. It includes stories from North Pender, Galiano, Gabriola, and Keats – remarkable glimpses into the lives of conservation superheroes, long-time staff, artists, and volunteers.

We have practical tips on fire preparedness (it’s NOT too early to start) and a graphic tour of your Islands Trust Conservancy from 1990 to today.

Please join us to celebrate 30 years living the preserve and protect mandate with passion.