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Introducing our New Strategic Plan

Read our new strategic plan!

The new 2021-2026 Strategic Plan will guide the Fraser Basin Council in our work over the next five years. As we approach the close of our first 25 years of service, the plan also helps us keep an eye on the horizon to prepare for the next 25 years — which will bring sustainability challenges and opportunities.

We look forward to continuing our work with communities in the Fraser Basin and throughout BC.

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Our Message on the Deaths of Children in Residential Schools

The Directors and staff of the Fraser Basin Council express our deep sadness over the deaths of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School, and we express our condolences to their families and communities. This heartbreaking situation is coupled with the terrible knowledge that at least 4,100 other children are known to have died within Canada’s residential school system, and that others went missing and were never found.

We acknowledge that multiple generations of Indigenous children were forcibly and wrongly separated from their families. These children lost everything — family, community, language, culture, personal safety and well-being, opportunities for happiness, and tragically even life itself. Words fail to capture the depravity of the acts inflicted on the children of residential schools and their families.

We need to listen to the stories of survivors to truly understand. All Indigenous communities in Canada today live with the harmful legacy of residential schools and other injustices of colonialism. This is not “in the past.” There are painful, profound and lasting consequences for Indigenous people, personally and collectively. We also know that while residential schools are closed, Indigenous children are over-represented in government care, and in higher rates of incarceration, homelessness, physical and mental health issues, and death.

The truth of deep wrongs, and the ugliness, must be confronted if there is to be a path forward. The calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be a priority so that governments, justice systems and church officials do all that is necessary, under the guidance of Indigenous leaders, to ensure the burial sites and remains of other Indigenous children are found so these children can be honoured and remembered in a good way.

The Fraser Basin Council stands with Indigenous communities in this time of pain and recognizes the need for a time of healing. We acknowledge the right to self-determination of Indigenous people to shape their own future and we support the full realization of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We believe there is hope for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to work together as friends, neighbours, families, communities and nations. There is, however, a journey ahead that will be painful and one that calls for deep, meaningful and lasting change.

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The Fraser Basin Council notes the tremendous importance of support services at this time, such as those of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society. This organization is available to help with counselling services and is also a place to consider providing a donation.

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Youth Sustainability Leaders - Join Us!

We are looking for youth participants for Year 3 of Co-Creating a Sustainable BC!

Calling all youth aged 16-30 with a passion for climate action, sustainability, and community! Are you proud of where you live and have ideas on how to improve your community? Are you interested in connecting with and learning from other youth living in other regions of BC?

Join our Co-Creating a Sustainable BC initiative!

Share your ideas; deepen your knowledge on climate action, impacts, and solutions; build your networks with sustainability professionals; and collaborate on projects that address community challenges. Applications are now OPEN on our FBC youth website.
 

 

 

 

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

Emotive:
www.emotivebc.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

FBC Youth:
fbcyouthprogram.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca 

Salmon-Safe BC
www.salmonsafe.ca

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351
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