Explains the purpose and structure of this Land Use Plan. It also provides basic (but important) background information.
Provides a brief history of our people and our Territory. This section is very important as it provides the historical setting through which our Nation evolved from time immemorial until today.
This Land Use Plan is supported and implemented by a series on supporting plans, policies and regulations. These include – but are not limited to:
Comprehensive Community Plan
This is an overarching and holistic plan that will outline our vision for the future. If Quatsino First Nation decides to prepare a Comprehensive Community Plan in the future, it will set higher level directions for the community that are complementary with this document.
Economic Development Plan
Quatsino First Nation intends on preparing an Economic Development Plan that will outline priority community economic development initiatives and developments. Those developments will be consistent with the approach outlined in this document.
Community Energy Plan
Quatsino First Nation is in the process of preparing a community energy plan that will identify community projects aimed at reducing energy consumption and increasing self-sufficiency. It will also identify large-scale projects throughout our Territory that Quatsino could develop to create employment opportunities and generate new sources of revenue. Those developments will be consistent with the policies outlined in this document.
This document provides direction on where housing can and cannot be located on our reserves, but it does not address how housing will be administered or allocated. A separate document containing housing policies is currently being prepared.
Infrastructure and Capital Plans
Quatsino First Nation regularly develops capital plans and submits funding applications for community infrastructure projects. This land use plan provides direction on where those infrastructure projects will occur and provides some guidance in terms of the level of service to be provided.
Quatsino First Nation intends on establishing a “land code” that contains a series of regulatory laws for its reserve lands (zoning, animal control, unsightly premises… etc.). Those laws will be consistent with this plan. They will establish clearly enforceable rules on matters at a level detail that is beyond the scope of this land use plan (e.g. establishing specific setback distances for buildings).
Area Specific Plans
At times this plan will be implemented through other detailed plans that are specific to certain areas. Some examples include – but are not limited to:
- Neighbourhood and subdivision plans for new developments on our reserve lands;
- Plans for Special Management Areas (see Section 4.2);
- A cedar strategy guiding the management of stands within our Territory;
- A marine use plan for all waters within our Territory.
These plans will provide specific direction on matters at a level of detail that is beyond the scope of this plan.
Traditional Use Studies
The Quatsino Tribes have been studied by anthropologists and ethnologists since the late 1800’s and many works have been published over the years. Quatsino First Nation has also commissioned several studies of its own. The information obtained through this research and those initiatives has been incorporated into this land use plan. This land use plan will continue to be updated as new studies are conducted, and new information becomes available.
Cultural Heritage Resources Policy
This document outlines specific policies on how to deal with cultural and heritage resources on the land.
Quatsino First Nation Consultation Accommodation Policy
This policy outlines the minimum expectations for Crown and proponent consultation and accommodation in our Territory.
The Planning Process
This document has been driven by a grassroots movement and is intended to reflect the collective vision of our people. It has been in process for many years and represents the culmination of numerous community engagements. Over a three-year period (from 2016 to 2020) our Lands and Resources Department organized numerous field trips with members on the land and hosted 38 community meetings to present information and discuss the contents of this document. Most of the meetings were held in our main community; however, several took place in Vancouver and Campbell River. At meetings members filled out surveys, marked up maps and provided direction using live polling (a.k.a. “clickers”). At several events, members were asked to write their ideas on sticky notes. The sticky notes were posted on the gym wall and grouped into themes. This proved to be a huge success. Sticky notes were left on the wall and our members continued to add their ideas long after the meetings were finished. Our leadership and staff also operated with an “open door” policy and encouraged members to visit informally to discuss their ideas. Many members presented their ideas to Chief and Council.
A Living Document…
This is intended to be a “living document”. It will be continuously reviewed and updated and evolve as new information becomes available and when new priorities emerge and need to be clarified.