Fixed Link Public Consultation Begins

The provincial government has begun the public consultation phase of its study with regards to a potential Fixed Link between the Sunshine Coast and the mainland. I wanted to make sure that all Roberts Creekers were aware of this opportunity to have input into the early consideration of a project that would have a very significant impact on our community and our coast. Here are the 4 routes that are being studied.

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There are three ways that you can learn more and have your voice heard on this topic…two open houses, an online survey opportunity, or a mail-in feedback form.

Wednesday, October 26, 4-8 PM, Seaside Center in Sechelt

Thursday, October 27th, 10AM-2PM, Gibsons Garden Hotel (beside the Gibsons Pool)

Online resources, including the context for the study, copies of the display materials, and links to the online survey or hard copy feedback forms can be found here: gov.bc.ca.sunshinecoastfixedlink The deadline for online submissions is November 8th.

Recently, Local Governments from around Howe Sound heard from MLA Jordan Sturdy, who, along with Ministry  of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, is overseeing the study by engineering consulting firm R.F. Binnie. He pointed out that “this is not a go/no go kind of a study” but rather a “fact finding mission” and that if it came to the consideration of moving forwards on a specific project, a different process would be involved.

My feedback to MLA Sturdy has included the observation that the word “rural” appears in our Official Community Plan a total of 44 times.  Mr. Study is quite familiar with Roberts Creek, as he is the son of the late Walter Sturdy, who ran the General Store for years. 

The study’s report is expected to be released sometime before the end of the year. 

Community Links for Creekers “New” and “Old”

Thanks to Jane, her team, and the RCCA for putting on a great event tonight

I put together a collection of links for the event, to help newcomers and others connect to some of the fabulous community organizations and resources that help make this great place what it is. Many of them are available elsewhere on this site, but here’s the list for your clicking and bookmarking pleasure:

Roberts Creek Official Community Planhttp://www.scrd.ca/Roberts-Creek – This OCP document was updated in 2012 in a process involving over 3500 hours of volunteer time and broad public consultation. It is a “high level” planning document that provides direction to Local Government. The Vision Statement and Goals of the plan are about the quickest 2 page introduction to the Creek that you’ll find on paper! The History section provides some temporal context to this place, and the 130 pages that follow those sections lay out the community’s vision around things like parks, transportation networks, waste management, water, agriculture and the like.

There is an elected OCP Committee (unique in BC!) that advises the Director, the SCRD and other organizations on the implementation of the plan. Their minutes are available on the Community Association website below. Their chair can be reached though the SCRD Director.

Roberts Creek Community Association: www.robertscreekcommunity.ca – Our fabulous RCCA runs the Hall, the Library, organizes local events and implements their Executive’s Board’s Strategic Plan in a number of other ways.

Library Reading Room – information about this great volunteer-run resource is available through RCCA website above

Roberts Creek Volunteer Fire Departmentwww.robertscreekfire.ca – info on backyard burning bylaws, summer fire bans, local conditions…

Roberts Creek Legion #219 www.robertscreeklegion.ca – one of the Creek’s social hubs. A great place to meet friends, catch some music and connect with our diverse community. Membership is easy and open to all.

Coast Cultural Alliance www.suncoastarts.com – a non-profit culture and heritage society on the coast who keep a calendar of upcoming events and opportunities and offers an weekly e-newsletter that keeps. Send an email to artsinfo@suncoastarts.com with “sign me up” in the subject line.

One Strawwww.onestraw.ca – This long-standing local society connects and empowers Sunshine Coast residents with the goal of food sovereignty, community resilience, and a thriving natural environment. Sign up for their Growing Coastal newsletter.

Roberts Creek Directory of Everythingwww.robertscreekdirectory.ca – this great resource contains over 135 listings of local businesses, organizations and more. A hardcopy went into mailboxes in September, and is available downtown, but there is an online directory as well.

Sunshine Coast Regional District: – http://www.scrd.ca – explore this site to find resources and information with regards to your Local Government. Below are some highlights that might interest newcomers or others:

SCRD Good Neighbour Guidelines booklet –   http://www.scrd.ca/files/File/Administration/News/2016-Good%20Neighbour%20Guidelines-for%20web.pdf – a combination of common sense, plain language, bylaw interpretation, and direction as to where to find further information with regards to things like building construction , noise, pets, water use, emergency preparedness and other areas of SCRD jurisdiction.

An animated YouTube video that explains the SCRD’s role in 3 minutes: The SCRD in 3

A monthly SCRD newsletter can be subscribed to here: www.scrd.ca/Newsletter-Signup

A local RC Advisory Planning Commission advises the SCRD and the Director with regards to Land Use Planning items referred to it by the Planning Department. The chair can be contacted through the SCRD Planning Department.

Facebook – many of the sites above contain links to Facebook pages with current updates.

How do you like your newsletter?

Roberts Creek is a community that works hard to stay connected. For a number of years, along with the “Gumboot Connection” column, posters on bulletin boards, and our local newspaper, the Boot Tales Community Callendar and newsletter would provide a hard copy update as to Creek events, and include an SCRD update from the Director.

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Clearly, we are in a new age of information. Boot Tales is no longer publishing, which means that costs of a hard copy Director’s mailout have increased, as have the time demands of online communication (like this news blog).

October’s newsletter went, as always, to the 1200 out of 1600 RC households that don’t have a  “junk mail” ban on their mailboxes, and was posted on the RCCA’s glass covered bulletin board beside the General Store. It was blue this month. In it, I have asked for feedback about how people like to receive their SCRD news, and I am doing the same here.

More and more is being recognized about the some of the negative impacts of an unbalanced approach to screen time, and I am not about to wrap up a local “institution” without hearing from folks. Suggestions of a hybrid approach have been made.  My experience with Facebook has been that  the “tyranny of the urgent” (a phrase I heard the other day) does not lend itself easily to the processes, pace and long view that public governance requires. I much prefer a good chat on a Saturday morning at the Gumboot Cafe.

Drop me a line at robertscreekmark@gmail.com or via the contact link on this site with your thoughts if you feel strongly, and perhaps once you’ve had a look at the newsletter attached below, get outside for some fresh air and eye contact!

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“Cutblock A87125”

Once again, Provincial Forest Policy has led to confrontation in the woods above our community. If you are new to Roberts Creek, you should know that you have come to a place that has a history of discourse, determination, and sometimes direct action when it comes to forestry issues.a87125

Our Roberts Creek Official Community Plan identifies “Cutblock A87125” as part of a 1500 hectare  zone for protection of its ecological and recreational values. It might be considered a “green belt” for the Creek. It was on this basis that the Regional District Board this spring passed a motion of opposition to logging within the area, and contacted Ministry of Forests and BC Timber Sales staff to request a deferral of the contract awarding of the block.  The previous Board worked hard to establish a communications protocol with BCTS.

Unfortunately, the legislative framework that we operate under places 5-year Harvest Plans above Community Plans.  The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is the organization that allows Municipalities and Regional Districts to petition the Provincial Government with one voice. A quick scan reveals 14 UBCM Resolutions with regards to local input into forestry over the last 5 years, and several more on the floor at this year’s upcoming convention in Victoria.  The response of the current provincial government to those resolutions had been disappointing, to say the least, and can be accessed by following the link above.

This is not a case of environment vs economy. When the BC Chamber of Commerce passes Motions in favour of protecting old growth forest for the economic benefit of communities,  while reinforcing the importance of the forest industry to those same communities then the issue is more complex than that. There is no doubt that local business owners and others in this industry would benefit from a business model that involves more certainty and fewer injunctions. Social license through community consultation can form part of that model.

A recent UBCM Economic Development Committee survey of local governments indicated that 85% of local government respondents experienced inadequate community consultation on forestry decisions. The Report that accompanies the survey can be found here , makes for excellent reading, and will form the basis for a pre-UBCM conference workshop that I’ll be attending later this month in Victoria.

The SCRD Board is committed to local input on local resource issues. First Nations are fundamental participants in land use decisions, and one of the Board’s strategic goals involves establishing a protocol agreement with the Skwxwu7mesh Nation on whose traditional territory A87125, and indeed half of what we call Roberts Creek, sits.

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As SCRD Director, it is my role is to advance the initiatives above in the interest of the community, and to advocate for change in the legislation that currently sets us up for conflict. In the meantime, may peace prevail on the mountain, whether it is your workplace, your play place, your heart place, or your habitat.

 

It’s a Backcountry Cleanup Party!

Hope to see you there, starting out at RC school, this Saturday. Here is an opportunity to roll up our sleeves and care for the beautiful natural space that makes our home place what it is.  Pre-registration is preferred, to help right-size lunch preparations and to make for an efficient start to the day, but not necessary. Contact info is at the bottom of this poster:

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Illegal dumping can be reported using the Provincial “Report All Poachers and Polluters” line at 1-877-952-7277 or via this link:   http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/form.htm

 

Why I support deepening the Chapman Lake access channel.

Chapman Access

Up to this point I have avoided writing more that a few paragraphs at a time on the topic of Water in Bootales, Newsletters or on this Blog. Partly, that’s because a “full” treatment of the topic would need to be extremely lengthy and could never actually manage to capture a full treatment of the topic. Partly, its because there are so many entry points to the conversation, let alone different perspectives around each entry point. Addressing constituents’ perspectives in person in a way that acknowledges where they were coming from has allowed for constructive discourse, has proven to be fruitful with local advisory committees, across kitchen tables, or at the Gumboot on Saturday mornings. Scanning further down this Blog will reveal some of the updates around Water that I have posted over the last 18 months.

Perhaps the time has come to lay it out in a bit more detail.

On September 3rd 2015, after a summer of drought, the SCRD Infrastructure Services Committee set the course for moving in the direction of deepening the access channel to Chapman Lake. This meeting, because of the level of public interest, was recorded and broadcast on YouTube. It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRsIN57sMOU My comments run for about 10 minutes at 34:00.

The Project received consideration again, at Budget time in February and March, as funds were approved for moving forwards. It should be noted that the Board is proceeding with 3 major budget projects in the area of Water Infrastructure…Water Meter Installation, Chapman Access Channel Deepening, and a 2-year Study of Potential Aquifer Sources.

As different aspects of the channel deepening project (First Nations consultation, ecological study, public engagement, engineering, financial) come forwards at different times, there will be further community engagement. Currently, Board discussions around the funding models of the project have resulted in an Alternate Approval Process to enable 30 year funding, which would tie the financing of the project to those who would benefit from it over its life cycle, and provide a net savings in today’s dollars to current taxpayers. Should the AAP fail the Board will have options around 5 year funding of the project (at a higher cost to taxpayers), a financing referendum, or other options.

As the funding aspects have renewed the public discussion around the project, I expect to be asked about the project as a whole and my rationale for supporting it. Much of the rationale is laid out in my comments during the September 3rd meeting (link above), and the writing that follows.

It should be reinforced that the following is not the view of the Board as a whole, just one of its members.

The Short version…

            Any increase in Water Infrastructure is going to have an ecological footprint associated with it. I believe that in the long run, the deepening of the access channel to Chapman Lake will have a smaller ecological impact than the long term implications of not doing so. Admittedly, these impacts would likely take place outside of a Provincial Park, but they would still have a significantly larger ecological footprint than occasionally drawing down the level of an existing lake.

The Longer version…

          Other than conservation and leak detection, which clearly form part of the path forwards, I have a hard time thinking of a less impactful way of accessing more treated water in times of need than a gravity-fed system that benefits from an existing ecosystem service (lake water storage), and maximizes existing treatment and distribution infrastructure.

The immediate challenge of our situation of course stems from the twin drivers of Growth (Population x Consumption) and Climate Change. I attended a workshop the other that where the speaker presented the metaphor that if Climate Change were a shark, then water would be its teeth.

            We are currently relying on a dam that was built to its current height in 1978.       Many committed community members worked very hard to establish Tetrahedron Provincial Park that in 1995. That designation has served an important function in protecting the headwaters of the Chapman Community Watershed and the Park’s other ecosystem services. The Park’s 1997 Management plan makes mention early and in several places of the need to anticipate future population growth in the management of the Chapman watershed within the Park. Not having been there at the time, I am conscious that these observations are presented out of context.

The Plan also speaks of an advisory committee, the need for impact assessments, public process, and potentially a different regulatory designation to authorize the SCRD to managed the watersheds within the Park, some of which happened, and some of which didn’t. These observations are made only to point out that the day when discussion of the need to increase the supply drawn from Chapman Lake was anticipated at the time of the establishment of the Park. Climate Change has brought it to fruition earlier than anticipated.

The Park Management Plan can be found here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/planning/mgmtplns/tetrahed/tetra_mp.pdf?v=1467348911256

I do have some concern with some of the discussion about aquifers as alternate sources, as though they were a silver bullet solution that will have little ecological impact. The impact of aquifer drawdown is difficult to quantify on the surrounding ecosystem.    As the link between surfacewater and groundwater is only slowly being better understood, we must still proceed with caution and humility around elements that we cannot see or measure as effectively as surface water.

            The Board is committed to meaningful consultation with the shishalh First Nation. There are appropriate avenues for that consultation. I would caution that it is not appropriate for those of us in the “settler” community to insert the Nation’s leadership into discussions on this issue on anything but the Nation’s own terms. This personal opinion is rooted in the need to reconcile our shared history, and stems from the Nation’s own Strategic Land Use Plan.  That plan designates the Chapman Creek Watershed as a Conservation Area and Lower Chapman Creek as a Cultural Emphasis Area. http://www.shishalh.com/docuploads/forms-and-applications/A-Strategic-Land-Use-Plan-for-the-sh–sh–lh-Nation-1416417270-1.pdf The shishálh were the first people to build water infrastructure, a flume, in the watershed.

            I also want to dispel any notion that this is a Board that takes “the environment” for granted. We will be bringing a resolution to the floor at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in September that asks for other local governments’ support in holding the Province accountable to all 32 Recommendations of its Climate Leadership Team. It is a Board that has been quick to pick up the phone and advocate with the Ministry of Forests around BCTS harvesting plans. It is a Board committed to working with First Nations to protect the natural capital on the Sunshine Coast. It is a Board that has voted in favour of funding increased Public Transit service, been strong advocates of alternate transportation, and is looking forward to public engagement around turning Organic “garbage” into resources in the fall.

On the morning of June 9th, we met with the engineering consultants on the channel deepening project for the first time, with a full house in the public audience. That afternoon the Board passed a previous committee resolution for a staff report on the application of an Eco-Assets strategy within the context its existing Strategic Plan. There were no public and 2 media members in the audience. Nothing was reported. These are offered not as “sour grapes”, or in a quest for a “pat on the back” but tangible examples that this Board takes the “Environmental Lens” laid out in its Strategic Plan very seriously.

One of my motivations for enhancing emergency supply capacity came when the Board felt that it could not support local food production in the context of Stage 4 Water Restrictions. A further concern is fire protection during the dry season. Has Climate Change accelerated our coastal water challenges to the point that we need to implement what amounts to a medium-term solution? I believe so. And if we are going to access more lake water, let us implement an engineered, well planned, long lasting and gravity fed system rather than a helicopter, a syphon, a pump, and staff camping out beside the lake.

The significant long term decisions around increasing our treatment capacity will be the drivers for future community discussions around water sources. Diversification of sources will make us more resilient. So will adaptation in our ways. Clearly, water conservation is a large part of the picture.

            I have the utmost respect for the perspective, efforts, undertakings of the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association on the Coast.   Provincial Parks are a foundational part of the puzzle in our ability to protect the living skin of the planet that forms our life support system. Provincial Parks are sacred to many, “churches” to some. Voting for this project is not a decision I take lightly at all. It’s a vote that stems from the belief that, as one Roberts Creek resident said to me the other day, “…it’s all a park!”

Even in churches, sometimes the pews are unbolted and moved so folks can sleep there in times of need.

 

           Want to go deeper on this topic? Wondering about my views on other aspects of the Water issue? Just can’t get enough of my writing style? The post following this one is entitled A Vision for a conservation-based and resilient water system and lays out how I see a path forwards that balances our use of water with with coastal carrying capacity.

 

 

 

 

A Vision for a conservation-based and resilient water system.

It should be noted that the below is not the view of the Regional Board, just one of its members. All of it is clearly subject to the decisions of the day, and is by no means a “program” or a policy document. Rather it is intended to communicate the vision that drives my votes at the Board table. Much of it aligns with elements of the SCRD’s 2013 Comprehensive Regional Water Plan. Some of it doesn’t. I may or may not be at the table when those votes are held. My role now is to interpret and represent the current needs of the community, with an eye the future, through the lens of the value set that elected me.

The vision below built upon the premise that long-term decisions around increasing water treatment capacity, further increasing supply, diversifying sources and distribution infrastructure will be expensive and ecologically impactful. As such, conservation is the most effective means of procuring “new “ water, but at the same time in the medium-term we do require further supply in times of drought or other climate change driven emergency such as fire.

            The steps listed below in bold emerge in chronological order, but there is clearly overlap, and no imperative to wait for the completion of one to begin another, however there are some limiting factors that include:

-financial impact on taxpayer and financial sustainability of water function within SCRD

-staff capacity to manage concurrent major projects while maintaining current service levels

-extensive legislative and regulatory processes that determine the timing of different aspects

-public support for and response to various stages as they are proposed or implemented

(Brackets like this include a reference to estimated time frames) The italics link the steps to some components of Resilience Theory. Resilience is sometimes defined as an ability to adapt to changing circumstances ie. Climate Change and Growth (Population x Consumption)

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1. Act on a personal/household level to reflect our understanding of our bioregion’s changing relationship with water (done by many, summer 2015 and previously)

-summertime and year-round residential conservation methods applied

-commercial / agricultural conservation approaches

Resilience Components: Adaptation, Living within Limits, Shared Learning, Self-Activation, Redundancy, Decentralization, Inclusive Participation

 

2. Install water meters in Rural Areas and District of Sechelt (Rural Areas completion targeted 2017, Sechelt est. 2020? Grant dependent)

– provide data to householders and SCRD to inform conservation measures

– financially motivate those who haven’t changed behavior to do so

-identify leaks that will provide for more effective use of the water previously drawn, treated, transported and paid for.

Resilience Components:, Mutual Understanding, Shared learning, self-organization, managed connectivity,

 

3. Deepen Chapman Lake access channel to increase engineered access to natural storage capacity (Est. completion late 2017)

– once completed, a gravity fed system eliminates need for quickly flying in pumps, fuel, and staff in times of drought or emergency such as low creek levels endangering salmon, wildfire or earthquake

–delays/eliminates need to build and/or purchase land for concrete/plastic and energy intensive reservoir

-access only used and has ecological impact when required

–uses existing ecosystem service assets rather than creating human-built systems

Resilience Components: Adaptation (of Prov Park paradigm) Flexibility, Redundancy, Managed Connectivity

 

4. Research alternate source, likely aquifer, options (2 year Study recently approved, est, completion 2019, will lead to further feasibility study, impact assessment, community engagement, project proposals, etc. rough but realistic estimate of new source “tap ready” for Regional System…8 years at earliest?)

-build on existing knowledge and plans

-location of source fundamental to treatment capacity and storage decisions

-ideally close to areas of greatest population growth, and outside of Chapman System

Resilience Components: decentralization, flexibility, redundancy,

 

5. Set a water meter rate structure that is conservation-based, and socially equitable. (approx.. 1-year post completion Rural Area installation, est .2019?)

-research and apply best practices, incorporate Pender Harbour and Rural Area Data,

-specialized consultant to facilitate public process

Resilience Components: Inclusive Participation, Feedback Response, Managed Connectivity,

 

While concurrently….

– continuing to manage demand via education, Drought Management Plan (Stages 1-4) implementation, Water Bylaw enforcement , growth management (eg. OCP’s, WE Envision Smart Growth Land Use Principles) add effective rebate programs at appropriate times, amend building practices and policies within scope of SCRD

– and building capacity for a local Water Governance or Advisory Entity (eg. water board) that involves First Nations, Water Purveyors (SCRD), Local Stakeholders(SCCA), Provincial and Federal  ministry staff (VCH, MNFLRO,DFO), Watershed Landowners & Permit Holders, academic expertise and staff support. (Opportunities for the above currently emerging in new Provincial Water Sustainability Act legislation)

Resilience Components: Decentralization, Inclusive Participation, Shared Learning, Diversity, Mutual Understanding, Self- Organization, Managed Connectivity,

A Local Water Entity (above) along with source location, local growth patterns, environmental conditions, emerging best practices, traditional ecological knowledge, new technology, water meter data analysis and other factors would inform long term-decisions around further treatment capacity, location and source development.

June 22: Water, Meters and Community

 

 

A big shout out to the Roberts Creek Community Association. Not only do they manage the Hall, support the Library, run fun events like Creek Days and Earth Day, but they have the foresight to develop a strategic plan to guide their efforts between now and 2020. Its available here: RCCA Strat Plan .

They also hold bi-monthly General Meetings, and they sometimes have a theme. Their Wednesday, June 22nd (7PM, RC Hall) meeting will focus on Water and provide opportunity to hear from two guests.

7-7:30 RCCA General Meeting – Come and get updated on the goings on of your community association!

7:30-7:45 (or so)  Water Metering –   The Sunshine Coast Regional District is moving forward with Water Metering and installations will occur at all Roberts Creek properties on Regional Water in the next year. Join the RCCA for a Q&A with Raphael Shay, Sustainability & Education Coordinator with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, for a discussion about metering.

7:45 or 8:00 onwards  Water…want to broaden the discussion? What’s your entry point to the topic? After getting your water meter questions answered, stick around and chat about any of the following, (or anything else water-related) with Roberts Creek SCRD Director Mark Lebbell…Climate Change, Global Water Issues, Canadian Consumption Patterns, BC’s Legislative Context, South-Coast Drought, Sunshine Coast Topography, First Nations Rights and Title, Watershed Protection, Treatment Plant Capacity Issues, Conservation/Demand Management, Supply Issues, Chapman Lake Access Deepening Project, Water Storage, Source Diversification, Growth Patterns, Salmon Enhancement, Food Growing, Fire Protection, Water Rates, Social Justice, Governance, Resilience…

Hope you can make it!

 

 

 

 

 

What will the May 19th “Community Dialogue” look like?!?!

On Thursday May 19th, from 6:45-8:30 or so at Roberts Creek Hall, with the support of Senior SCRD Staff, I will be hosting a “Community Dialogue” event. You might have seen an ad in the paper, a poster, a Facebook post, or caught mention in a newsletter.  This is the first time the SCRD is using this technique as part of a new approach to public engagement. Roberts Creek has a long history of public participation and I hope you can make it out. Here’s some of what you can expect:

6:45 Doors open, registration

7:00 Brief welcome and introductions to the SCRD context, Senior Staff, and their roles (this will help you know who to “go to” for what issue)

7:20 or so, Head to different dialogue tables, based on your interests, concerns or curiosity.

8:30 or so, Wrap up

      The objectives of the evening include…  providing an opportunity for the community to ask questions and clarify issues • expanding the base of community voices • sharing SCRD services, roles and responsibilities • identifying common issues • uncovering innovative ideas  • sustaining ongoing community discussion  • creating space for engagement not directly connected to imminent decisions  • being proactive in terms of two way communication • creating relationships within the community

Here are some regional services that might get touched on, depending on participants’ interests… Water • Chapman Expansion Project • Water Metering • Watershed Protection • Source Diversification • Transit Services • Bikeways/Walkways • SCRD Parks •Solid Waste Plan • Recycling • Organics • Recreation and Culture Services •  Fire Protection • Emergency Services • Community Development • Housing Issues • SCRD Advocacy • SCRD Public Participation and Engagement Models •  the SCRD Strategic Plan • 5 Year Integrated Work Plans • 2016 Budget…

     “Dialogue” is an unfolding process of transforming and deepening understanding of others and ourselves through listening, sharing and questioning. For many people it is a new experience to disagree with others but still to be heard and accepted. Dialogue is a process involving active listening as well as sharing and talking. It implies accepting and respecting the views of others and trying to understand where they are coming from. Dialogue deepens understanding of our own, and each others’ positions, often leading to shared understanding and an enhancement of our ability to make informed decisions.

If you’re reading this and you’re not from Roberts Creek, there will be a similar event in your area in the next few weeks…check the paper or SCRD website for location and timing. If you are from the Creek, remember you can also always catch me for some coffee-fueled Dialogue about any of the above Saturday mornings at the Gumboot.

 

 

Local Reconciliation in Action

Sunshine Coast Truth & Reconciliation Circles

Formed by a diverse group of Sunshine Coasters in response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in reaction to local events, and in a spirit of learning and moving forwards together in community Sunshine Coast Truth and Reconciliation Circles have begun to sit.

The group has run several events and workshops to date, and participant feedback has been excellent.  If you are looking to take another step in your personal journey of understanding around this issue of fundamental local relevance, consider joining me on Saturday, May 7th the event described below:

 

 A New Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples “BLANKET EXERCISE”

 We are calling Sunshine Coast residents to learn and develop together, to engage in education and dialogue, to explore concepts and perceptions which were used to justify Colonial sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and land, and to reform our attitudes, practices, and prejudices which may be hindering a Path towards reconciliation and relationships of respect and understanding into our shared future.

ALL WELCOME!  (Space limited to 50 persons)

Venue for all Circles compliments of Living Faith Lutheran, 4607 Whitaker
(at Hwy 101 in Davis Bay)

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016
9:00am ~ 5:00pm
In Peace & Friendship ~ A New Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples BLANKET EXERCISE

“The Blanket Exercise is an enormously popular & successful teaching tool that uses participatory popular education methodology to raise awareness & understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada. Since its creation in 1996 as a creative, innovative, & interactive way to educate Indigenous & non-Indigenous Peoples about the major themes & recommendations of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, The Blanket Exercise has been conducted hundreds of times with thousands of peoples of all ages & from all backgrounds.” KAIROS 2010

SPONSORED by ST HILDA’S & ST BART’S ANGLICAN CHURCHES, ST JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH, LIVING FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH & ANONYMOUS CONTRIBUTORS

Please bring something to share for a lunch meal together.
PARTICIPATION IS BY DONATION

For more info & RSVP: Nancy Denham @ 604-740-6400, or denham4951@gmail.com