Building relationships is community making

based on mutual respect. 

Building relationships is about engaging with organizations, individuals and the Land.  It is your opportunity to learn about the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in your community.

“Reconciliation is a constant conversation.”   Justice Murray Sinclair.

When you start looking, the opportunities for Engagement and Building Relationships are many.

Building Relationships

Some helpful resources to guide your learning in "Building Relationships"
Visit fish hatcheries and spawning sites

Healthy fish populations are very important for native communities. Participate in hatchery activities and visit places to view spawning salmon.  These can provide opportunities to engage with individuals interested in healthy fish populations and contact with local Indigenous people is likely.

Discover Land-based Learning

UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems has an exciting list of projects and opportunities entitled Indigenous Research Partnerships.

Find opportunities close to home searching for “land based learning, indigenous"

Participate in important events

Find out what's happening near you on June 21st and September 30th. Attend a PowWow, a one to three day event where Indigenous people gather and welcome the wider community. Participate in the Nisga’a New Year celebration - Hobiyee - held in Vancouver. Check out the The Talking Stick Festival, a celebration of Indigenous arts and artists. See this calendar:

Find your local Friendship Centre

Did you know there are 25 Indigenous Friendship Centres in BC?  Find out what programs they have for the community. The BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres provides descriptions of services and a list of the Centres in British Columbia: