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Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal Relations

Chief Gibby Jacob (Squamish Nation), Tamara Davidson (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), Councillor Chris Lewis (Squamish Nation) and Marion Robinson (FBC) at the 2011 Province-Wide Community to Community Forum in North Vancouver, hosted by the Union of BC Municipalities and First Nations Summit.

First Nations and FBC

First Nations are among the signatories to the Charter for Sustainability and have participated on the Fraser Basin Council board since the Council was established in 1997.

Eight Aboriginal Directors from across the Fraser Basin sit on the board with local, provincial and federal government representatives, and with representatives from the private sector and civil society.

FBC recognizes First Nations as an order of government, and understands that a just and fair acknowledgement and reconciliation of Aboriginal rights and title is a foundation for long-term sustainable relationships. Principle 11 of the Charter for Sustainability says this:

We recognize that Aboriginal nations within the Fraser Basin assert Aboriginal rights and title. These rights and title now being defined must be acknowledged and reconciled in a just and fair manner.

FBC hosts a Suxwtxtem Committee, which gives strategic advice to the Board of Directors on improving Aboriginal/Non-Aboriginal relationships and advancing the aim of Principle 11. Suxwtxtem is an Okanagan word that means to sustain the diversity of species and habitat in perpetuity for future generations. It speaks to the longstanding commitment of First Nations to sustainability.

First Nations Engagement

FBC’s partnership programs have emphasized meaningful engagement with First Nations. These include, for example, Smart Planning for Communities, Remote Community Implementation (clean energy solutions), and Fraser Salmon and Watersheds.

In the regions, FBC works on a variety of partnership projects. We have, for example, facilitated First Nations meetings on economic development planning (Fraser Valley and Thompson), hosted Aboriginal economic development forums (Cariboo) and coordinated Aboriginal youth projects on watersheds and air quality (Upper Fraser).

Building Relationships

When it comes to building strong, respectful relations between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people, leaders play an important role.

Community to Community (C2C) Forums are a joint initiative of the Union of BC Municipalities and First Nations Summit. In a forum, First Nations and local governments meet to discuss common goals and opportunities for joint action. On several occasions, FBC staff have been asked to facilitate the forums or host other similar dialogues — an opportunity we welcome.

We also sometimes work with regional and municipal governments to help develop a better understanding of First Nations and good working relationships.

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