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Charter for Sustainability


A pivotal document in the history of the Fraser Basin Council, and the touchstone for our work today, is the Charter for Sustainability.

The Charter is a good-faith agreement signed in 1997 by a number of leaders and citizens in the Fraser Basin who believed that collaborative action is the way to a more sustainable future. The Charter was drafted by FBC’s predecessor, the Fraser Basin Management Board, and set a framework for start-up of the Fraser Basin Council.

A Definition of Sustainability

The Charter defines sustainability this way:

“Living and managing activities in a way that balances social, economic, environmental and institutional considerations to meet our needs and those of future generations.”

A Vision for the Basin, and Beyond

The Charter also crystallizes a vision of the Fraser Basin as a place where “social well-being is supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.” Today FBC continues to support that vision across the Basin and BC.

The Charter speaks to the importance of people in all walks of life understanding sustainability, caring for ecosystems, strengthening their communities and improving decision-making at all levels. There is also recognition, under Principle 11, that Aboriginal rights and titles now being defined should be reconciled in a fair and just manner.

The Charter expresses a commitment to shared values. These shape the way we do our work within FBC and how we help others work together. These values are to: understand and respect the opinions of others, accept others as peers, value balance over extreme positions, take action based on consensus, and create trust among people.

Take a look: Charter for Sustainability: PDF | Flip Book PDF | Charter Extract: Vision and Principles

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:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

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

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.