Around the Salish Sea - March 2011

Wed. Mar. 16/11
Salish Sea
Mark Kiemele

Partnerships, cooperation and cultural heritage were on the menu for a community-to-community (C2C) province-wide forum that was hosted by the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Municipalities on March 1 in Vancouver.

The C2C forum program has held more than 300 forums since it began in 1999, thanks to funding from the provincial Ministry of Community & Rural Development and Indian and Northern Affairs. To qualify for funding, a C2C Forum must include dialogue between neighbouring First Nation and local government elected officials.

Chief Doug White of Snuneymuxw helped open and close the meeting between the top elected officials from nations, towns and cities in BC. He appeared in his role as one of the five-member Summit Task Group, which is the political executive of the Summit.

He is one of three leaders from Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council nations who sit on the Task Group. The others are Leah George-Wilson from Tsleil-Waututh and Ray Harris from Stz’uminus. The others include Grand Chief Edward John of Tl’azt’en Nation and Dan Smith of the Campbell River Indian Band.


Another Supply Chain course started at Tsawwassen First Nation’s Gateway Training Centre on March 14.

The centre has been a busy place with skills assessments taking place. Angeline Splockton was recently hired to assist TFN members and their partners to complete forms necessary for training courses.

Anyone interested in the wide range of jobs that are coming available can find out more when a Supply Chain Career Fair is held on March 28 at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event is sponsored by training providers VanAsep.

Information will be available about careers in trucking, railways, marine transport, warehousing and many other areas of the supply chain sector.

More info from: Gateway Training Centre call 604-948-2181 or visit their website at


Tsawwassen members have been hearing about their nation’s plans for spending and income for the next ten years.

Meetings were held to present TFN’s Financial Management Model in Vernon, Lummi and the nation’s own recreation centre. There were also discussions about potential options for distribution of money. Voters will be voting on various options in May.


As Gordon Campbell left his job as premier of BC, he was interviewed by Macleans magazine. The man (who once took the Nisga’a Treaty to court) said that one of his biggest regrets was failing to see the passage of a key piece of legislation.

“One thing we’re going to regret in years to come is that we weren’t able to pass the Recognition and Reconciliation Act in spring 2009. It would have made a huge difference to First Nations people and the province, and would have laid the groundwork for future reconciliation and economic development.

“Everyone got a little freaked out—both First Nations and non-First Nations alike. It was too big a step. It would have identified, in law, Aboriginal rights as an important part of what we do in the province, moving forward. We have a similar act with the Haida—a groundbreaking framework for social and economic development. This would have provided the framework for the entire province.”