Events & News
June 7, 2019 - Islands2050 Engagement Plan and Islands Trust Policy Statement
Islands Trust begins the engagement process on Islands 2050 Engagement Plan and Islands Trust Policy Statement with a letter from Chief Administrative Officer, Russ Hotsenpiller. Over the next year, staff have been tasked with engaging with First Nations and the community to understand the vision for the future of the islands in the Salish Sea. Islands 2050 is an engagement plan that will help gain insight and understanding about the islands within the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea region has experienced many pressures and changes, many of which have impacted Indigenous cultural heritage, lands and waters. The Islands Trust’s mandate is to preserve and protect the Trust Area and its unique amenities and environment; however, this mandate was never informed by the First Nations communities that have called this place home since time immemorial.
Some of the important work that we must undertake is to rewrite the Islands Trust Policy Statement pre-amble to ensure that it is reflective of and inclusive of Indigenous peoples’ rich history, stewardship, and cultural heritage that embodies the area. We want to ensure that engagement is allowing for collaborative decision-making and relationship building on policies that will have meaning for generations to come.
April 3, 2019 - Staff attend Reconciliation Workshop in MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) territory
Islands Trust staff attended a workshop on Reconciliation on the beautiful MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) territory. Staff learned about identity and how Indigenous people have been impacted by oppressive legislation since contact; about place and the importance of the lands and waters to Indigenous people including the Salish Sea and Coast Salish territory, and; about acknowledgement through discussion about the Full Apology, the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, the Canadian Constitution Section 35, and UNDRIP.
September 21, 2016 - Staff field trip to Tsawout Reserve beach on Salt Spring Island
Islands Trust staff travelled to the Tsawout Reserve lands at Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island where they were welcomed by members of Tsawout and other SENCOTEN-speakers. John Elliot, a high school SENĆOŦEN Teacher at W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Secondary School on the Saanich Peninsula welcomed us with a beautiful Indigenous song and spoke of W̱SÁNEĆ stories and perspectives about the islands. Belinda Claxton from Tsawout First Nation also presented historical perspectives about her Nation’s connections to the land and waters of the southern Gulf Islands.
Below is a list of resources that reflect many of the same stories told that day to Islands Trust staff.
- 2008 audio of Tsartlip elder John Elliot describing the connections that SENĆOŦEN people from the five W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nations to the south Gulf islands.
- Fulford Harbour creation story from the oral history of the SENĆOŦEN people, describing the creation of deer as the hunted food.