We envision strong relationships with First Nations based on trust and mutual respect, partnerships and working together on shared goals. We are committed to respectfully and appropriately engaging those First Nations communities in regional strategies, decision-making and shared interests.

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The capital region spans the Territories of approximately 20 First Nations, of which 11 have Reserve lands and 9 have settlement populations made up of 4,142 members.

The First Nations Relations Service supports the CRD and its Board to build strong and enduring relationships with neighbouring First Nations governments. We are committed to respectfully and appropriately engaging those First Nations communities in regional strategies, decision-making and shared interests.

The CRD conducts its business within the traditional territories of over 20 First Nations, including Songhees, Xwsepsum (Esquimalt), W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin), SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout), W̱SIKEM (Tseycum), MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat), Sc'ianew (Beecher Bay), T’Sou-ke, Pacheedaht and Pune’laxutth’ (Penelekut). All of whom have a long standing relationship with the land and waters from time immemorial that continues to this day. 

Anticipated initiatives, staffing, timing and service level requirements for the year ahead are outlined each year in the First Nations Relations Community Need Summary.

Key activities related to our commitment to First Nations relations are outlined in the following plans and strategies:

  • The First Nations Task Force Final Report recommends actions and next steps for the CRD’s path towards a more inclusive governance model for the region. Underpinning the report is a Statement of Reconciliation, which guides the organization’s initiatives at the Board, leadership and staff level.
  • The CRD Board Priorities confirm the CRD’s vision, mission and mandate and set the long-term strategic direction for the CRD in order to respond to community needs.
  • The CRD Corporate Plan outlines how the CRD will respond to community needs and deliver on the CRD Board Priorities, ongoing service commitments and approved plans over four years.

The First Nations Committee provides support to the Board in building strong government-to-government relationships with First Nations, and to provides advice and direction to the Board on matters that directly or indirectly affect those relationships.