Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments
In 2012, EcoPlan helped support two new Treaty First Nations of the Maa-nulth Treaty — Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government — join the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) on Vancouver Island’s west coast. An undertaking with no precedents, EcoPlan worked with the parties through a structured decision process to identify and prioritize potential services areas the Treaty First Nations may participate in, and helped develop an innovative service cost apportionment model to support the uptake of two mandatory service areas – general government and regional hospital district – required by the Treaty. As part of the work, EcoPlan produced a series of information products to support the process, including a regional planning toolkit and resource guide to help Treaty First Nations, regional districts, and local governments improve regional planning, collaboration and service delivery as treaties are implemented across BC. Treaty First Nations represent a new order of government in the province. Collaboration and coordinated planning between Treaty First Nations and other local governments present opportunities to expand and improve regional level planning and service delivery, and advance regional sustainability planning efforts.