A couple weeks ago, members of the CVRD board had a C2C (Council to Council) meeting with Lake Cowichan FN Council. We talked about what each of us was up to as well as possible ways that we could collaborate.
We also talked about our values as councils which we all saw were very similar values such as: environment, transparency and youth.
As it stands right now, the CVRD doesn’t have a policy or system in place for First nation relationships. So historically, its been a free for all ad-hoc system that hasn’t worked very well or at all. Our Chief Administration Officer (CAO), Brian, has identified this as a policy that we need to work on in this term. I couldn’t agree more.
This was a first step in that direction with Lake Cowichan Tribes. Each nation will have different ways to address these relationships but one by one, I hope that we can work on it. While many first nations don’t sit at the CVRD table, we HAVE to work together to move forward in this valley and these protocols are a step in the right direction.