Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization
EcoPlan worked with the Tla’amin First Nation and the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) to identify opportunities for coordinating land use planning between the two governments, for potential Treaty Settlement Lands Tla’amin had identified as part of their treaty negotiations. The project resulted in 21 recommendations that were adopted by PRRD and Tla’amin to include in their current land use plans as well as in any future land use plans for the region. Work included significant outreach and engagement with PRRD residents and Tla’amin First Nation members, and was recognized by both parties as an important trust and relationship building process. The project also resolved one of the most contentious land issues– the recognition of a fee simple property owned by the Nation as a Treaty Settlement Land parcel — and helped move Tla’amin closer to a treaty-in-principle.