First Nations and Reconciliation

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Welcome and Acknowledgement

The Islands Trust Area is situated within the territories of the Coast Salish peoples who have lived and cared for these beautiful lands and waters since time immemorial. The Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges the traditional and treaty territories of the Coast Salish peoples, on whose lands and waters the Conservancy works and lives and commits to identifying and collaborating on shared conservation goals and projects of mutual interest. This commitment is cemented in goal two of the Regional Conservation Plan and will be central to all the work we do going forward.

Reconciliation Declaration

The Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges that the lands 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.

Adopted: July 16, 2019 Islands Trust Conservancy Board Meeting, Victoria, BC
Reconciliation Declaration PDF version

Conservation Success Story: Steil's Woods Covenant

After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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Page last updated: 06/09/19
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