Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in First Nations | 0 comments

Its long past time that First Nations voices are heard at the capital regional district’s tables of governance.  Yesterday,  a path towards that goal was reached at the CRD Board meeting. Here is the resolution I proposed.

SUBJECT Establishing a governance framework for First Nations participation in regional decision-making matters, where there are common interests with Local Governments

WHEREAS the Capital Regional District Board has identified, as a key priority in its 2012-2014 Strategic Plan, the desire to build better relationships with local First Nations;

AND WHEREAS many of the local First Nations are seeking modern treaty agreements and/or other self-governance models, which will result in greater interaction and engagement at the local government level;

AND WHEREAS there is an evolving interpretation of First Nations rights and title and local government’s role in accommodation;

AND WHEREAS there is a pressing need to bring First Nations into the regional decision-making process to pragmatically address emerging issues, share information, and support First Nations community development through greater understanding of their interests, aspirations and challenges;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Capital Regional District Board recommend to the incoming Board and Board Chair to consider establishing either a First Nations Relations Standing Committee or Select Committee of the Board, with First Nations representation and membership, and in the interim, direct staff to prepare a report to the incoming Board on options for bringing First Nations into the CRD governance framework.

With special thanks to Sue Hallatt for advice and wordsmithing!