Sustainable Economic Development & Fiscal Relations Strategy

Phase II of BCAFN's Regional Sessions will Commence January 2017

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After the success of Phase One of BCAFN’s Regional Economic Development Sessions, we are one step closer to a First Nations Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Economic Development and Reconciliation. Phase Two will take place in the Fall of 2016. Planning for Phase Two is underway and details will become available in the coming weeks.

Click Here for more information on Phase One of the BCAFN Regional Economic Development Sessions.


Chief Gottfriedson’s vision begins by understanding that First Nations people are proud, progressive and innovative.  They will continue to exercise Aboriginal Title and Treaty rights through the assertion of inherent laws and jurisdiction. 

In pursuit of this vision, BC First Nations are working towards safeguarding the land, air and water while ensuring participation for First Nations communities and individuals in the socio-economic fabric of their territories. 


The Regional Economic Development Sessions allow for leadership and expert involvement in developing regionally based economic strategic documents as the foundation for a larger provincial framework that encourages and enhances the economic investment and progress in First Nation territories.

The first round of Regional Sessions took place in Spring 2016, and visited (5) regions: Fraser Salish Region (Chilliwack), Vancouver Coastal Region (North Vancouver), Interior Region (Enderby), Vancouver Island (Parksville), and Northern Region (Prince George). In order to better align with available data sets, Phase 2 will visit (8) regions.

The complete findings of the two Phases of Regional Sessions will be wound up into a Regional Action Plan (RAP) on Sustainable Economic Development. The results of the second round of Regional Sessions shall be presented at the BCAFN Southern Summit to be held in October 2016.




• Traditional territories shall be respected at all times;

• Every effort will be made to hold the Regional Meetings on-reserves and permission will be sought from the territory holders prior to finalizing arrangements;

• No honorariums shall be paid to Regional Meeting attendees; and

• Travel expenses shall be administered through the BCAFN office

Phase II — Regional Sessions on Sustainable Economic Development

(Agenda, Time, Venues TBD)

January 9th — Cranbrook
?aq̓am Admin Office, Boardroom, 7470 Mission Road, Cranbrook, BC

January 23rd — Tsawwassen
Rec Centre, Tsawwassen Admin Office, 1926 Tsawwassen Drive N., Tsawwassen, BC

January 25th — Fort St. John
Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Road, Fort St. John, BC

January 30th — Moricetown (Smithers)
Moricetown Multiplex, #3-205 Beaver Road, Smithers, BC

February 3rd — Williams Lake
Cariboo Friendship Society, 99 South Third Avenue, Williams Lake, BC

February 6th — Osoyoos
Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, 1000 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, BC – To Be Confirmed

February 9th — Haida Gwaii
Skidegate Community Centre, 102 Front Street, Skidegate BC

February 14th — North Saanich
Pauquachin Hall, 9010 W Stanch Rd, Saanich, BC