Pathways to Collaboration


Pathways to Collaboration is a joint initiative of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Province of British Columbia, and the First Nations Summit with funding from the Indigenous Business & Investment Council (IBIC). The project aims to showcase the growing number of successful economic development collaborations and partnerships between First Nations and local governments, while highlighting lessons learned and key steps to success. 

The pathways to collaboration communities take are unique, reflecting the context of the communities involved, and involve different activities. Common pathway activities include protocol and communications agreements; servicing agreements and shared infrastructure projects; collaborative land use planning and development projects; joint economic development initiatives; and shared tourism projects. Like signposts along a pathway, these pathway activities are identified in the case study series. 

Pathways to Collaboration Case Studies:

'Namgis First Nation - The Village of Alert Bay

Stz'uminus First Nation - Town of Ladysmith

Lil'wat Nation - The Village of Pemberton

Northern St'at'imc - District of Lillooet - Squamish Lillooet Regional District

Shuswap First Nation - The District of Invermere

Tla-o-qui-aht - YUUŁUʔIŁʔATH - District of Ucluelet - District of Tofino

Tla'amin Nation - City of Powell River - qathet Regional District

Okanagan Indian Band - City of Vernon

Fort Nelson First Nation - Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Katzie First Nation - The City of Pitt Meadows

Squamish Nation - The District of Squamish

Snuneymuxw First Nation - City of Nanaimo

NsTq, Tsilhqqt'in, and Southern Carrier - Cariboo Rd


Kitselas First Nation - City of Terrace