Community-to-Community (C2C) Forums (2008- Ongoing)

The Union of BC Municipalities provides funding for Community-to-Community (C2C) Forums to help First Nations and local governments connect and build stronger relationships. For a guide to the C2C program, click here.

Since 2007 the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations have been participating in C2C events with partners from all over the region to discuss issues like Treaty negotiations, aboriginal rights & title, traditional protocol, communications, shared services and infrastructure, and strategic action.

In November, 2007 and September, 2008 there were regional C2C forums held at the Seven Hills Golf Course, jointly hosted by the Regional District of Mt. Waddington and the Winalagalis Treaty Group. To see newsletters about that C2C forum, click here for the 2007 forum and here for the 2008 forum.

In March, 2010 at the BC Rural Summit, held in Port Hardy, eleven First Nations and local governments within the Regional District of Mt. Waddington gathered to sign the North Island Regional Protocol Agreement (NIRPA) which "respects all of our differences, recognizes historical and aboriginal rights and speaks to the need for our communities to work together to find success in our common needs, and the inique opportunity provided by our differences." Click here to access a copy of the NIRPA online and read more about it. This protocol is one of many positive outcomes of the C2C forums.

In March, 2011 another C2C forum was held at the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Elders Centre, with presentations on topics from emergency planning to the regional health network to Treaty negotiations. The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw School sent down a group to do some traditional singing and dancing. Here is a picture of Bev Parnham, mayor of Port Hardy, dancing with Liz Cadwallader.

The most recent C2C forums were held in February and March of 2012, where Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw staff and councillors met with staff and councillors from the District of Port Hardy and Kwakiutl Nations to discuss communications between our communities, projects we could work on together, our Municipal Type Service Agreements (MTSAs) on water, sewer, and fire protection, and many other topics. 

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