The Nanwakolas member First Nations were given the responsibility of caring for the Aweenak'ola - "the land we are on" - by the Creator. Since time immemorial, these First Nations have lived within and on their traditional territories and, as instructed by their Numayms, have cared for the Aweenak'ola in such a manner that people, their different societies, their forms of governance, and culture continue to be sustained. The pasa, which represents the social structure and governance system of each of these First Nations, also demonstrates the strong ties that each of the Numayms had to Mother Earth and the will to share the riches and powers of Mother Earth with all peoples.
Through the land use planning and related government-to-government discussions, the Nanwakolas member First Nations seek to develop lasting solutions that reinforce and enhance their governance, economy, cultural well- being, health, and care for the Aweenak'ola.
The Nanwakolas member First Nations have had a government-to-government relationship with the province of BC in respect of strategic land use planning since 1996 when the member First Nations, through a prior association of tribal councils, entered in an agreement to participate in the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan process. This participation ultimately led to the signing of the Land Use Planning Agreement-in-Principle (the "AIP) in March 2006 which confirmed a number of understandings between the parties and included a commitment for further government-to-government work in respect of strategic land use planning within the Southern Central Coast area - which the Nanwakolas Council has coordinated and led the implementation of, in partnership with the member First Nations.
Chief among the commitments contained in the AIP was the implementation of ecosystem-based management within the south Central Coast area, and the designation and co-management of conservancies.
The AIP implementation work has been undertaken within the Nanwakolas Land and Resource Forum, a government-to-government forum with technical, managerial and political levels, that is tasked with the implementation of the AIP and addressing other land and resources issues raised by the parties. Overtime, the discussions have broadened beyond the AIP and have resulted in the creation of the Nanwakolas Council Referrals Office and the pursuit various regional economic development initiatives.
For further information on the land use planning activities of the Nanwakolas Council please contact our Campbell River office.