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First Nations & Reconciliation


The Islands Trust Area is situated within the territories of the Coast Salish peoples and sits at the center 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.

The Islands Trust has since 2015 committed to the implementation of policies and principles guided by the Islands Trust First Nations Engagement Principles Policy  The Islands Trust seeks to create capacity, convene meaningful dialogue and understanding between the people of the Islands Trust Area, First Nations communities and governments, and our staff and Trustees.

Reconciliation Declaration

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 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.

 The 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. 

 Adopted:  March 14, 2019 Trust Council on Gabriola Island

Reconciliation Declaration PDF version 

Coast Salish/Penelakut Territory, Galiano Island - June 19, 2019 

On June 19, 2019 Trust Council unanimously passed the Islands Trust Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.  The Reconciliation Action Plan is a four-year action plan that provides a foundation of goals and initiatives to assist the Islands Trust bodies to reflect, learn, and work collaboratively and respectfully with First Nations governments and Indigenous Peoples within the Islands Trust Area.  The Reconciliation Action Plan will guide the Islands Trust Council in the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Articles, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, the Islands Trust First Nations Engagement Policy, and the Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples.   

Islands Trust Council recognizes that reconciliation is fundamental to building meaningful relationships now and into the future, and that the work of reconciliation is key to understanding our shared history and preserving and protecting this place we call home for generations to come. 

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice

On October 21, 2020, the Executive Committee responded to the Calls for Justice by requesting that staff:

  • be required to take training related to cultural safety
  • plan education for trustees and senior staff
  • include information about the Calls for Justice and cultural safety in orientation materials
  • draft related amendments to the Communications Policy and the Advocacy Policy.

The Executive Committee also requested:

  • that Trust Programs Committee consider the Calls for Justice when developing draft amendments to the Policy Statement.
  • the Chair to write to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Executive to report on actions taken by Islands Trust.




Lisa Wilcox, kwakwemtenaat
Senior Intergovernmental Policy Adviser
Islands Trust
200 - 1627 Fort St
Victoria, BC  V8R 1H8
Main: (250) 405-5151
Fax: (250) 405-5155
Email:  Lisa Wilcox

Page last updated: 22/10/20
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