Yukusam Cultural Ecotourism Feasibility Analysis

Yukusam Cultural Ecotourism Feasibility Analysis Date: 2005 EcoPlan assessed the feasibility of a multi-phase eco-tourism and cultural education project for Yukusam (Hanson Island) near Alert Bay off the northeast end of Vancouver Island. The study tested the financial viability and sustainability of a cultural interpretative facility and trail network to be developed by the N’amgis […]

Yale First Nation Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan

Yale First Nation Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan Date: 2012-2014 EcoPlan worked with Colliers International and Yale First Nation, BC’s newest Treaty First Nation, to develop a Comprehensive Community Plan and supporting Land Use Plan for the Nation’s Treaty Settlement Lands and former reserve areas. Due to funding and Treaty implementation obligations, the […]

Xwísten Website

Xwísten Website Date: 2014 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to completely redesign (in form and function) their website in order to better meet communications needs with members, funders, and other stakeholders. The need for improved communications, especially with members (on and off-reserve), was identified in their 2014 Comprehensive Community Plan, and this plan is guiding the […]

Xwísten Traditional Lands StudyXwísten Human Resources Policy

Xwísten Traditional Lands Study Date: 2014-2015 Land tenure on First Nation reserves can be complicated. Without clarity of tenure, it can create community conflict and stall community development. EcoPlan worked with Xwísten (Bridge River Indian Band) to tackle this challenging issue. Through research and interviews, EcoPlan and Xwísten developed a greater understanding of family connections […]

Xwísten Human Resources Policy

Xwísten Human Resources Policy Date: 2015 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to write their human resources policy, ensuring that it was compliant with federal and provincial laws, met best practices for First Nations human resources management, and met the needs of members, staff and Council.The project sought to formalize and standardize the existing human resources practices in […]

Xwisten Highest and Best Use Study

Xwisten Highest and Best Use Study Date: 2017 EcoPlan worked with Lillooet Salish Enterprises to conduct a Highest and Best Use (HBU) study for three properties that they own in Lillooet BC, including two commercial and one multi-purpose industrial site. The study included an economic base analysis of the Lillooet area, site analysis for each of the […]

Xwísten Experiences Site Plan and Improvements

Xwísten Experiences Site Plan and Improvements Date: 2014 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to develop a master plan and promotional brochure for the Xwisten Experiences cultural tourism program.  This included site plans and phased improvements for a visitor’s centre, viewing areas, and trails.

Xwísten Comprehensive Community Plan

Xwísten Comprehensive Community Plan Date: 2012-2014 EcoPlan worked with Xwísten to develop their first Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). With extensive participation, this project was an opportunity to bring the community together through multiple Community Gatherings, youth workshops, dinners, and other activities.  Two surveys were also used to make sure on- and off-reserve members had a chance […]

Tri-Nations Environmental Initiative – Feasibility Study and Business Model

Tri-Nations Environmental Initiative – Feasibility Study and Business Model Date: 2016 EcoPlan worked with the Tri-Nations of Kitselas, Haisla and Kitsumkalum to identify the economic opportunities available to the Tri-Nations in land reclamation, restoration, and environmental monitoring, as well as the human resource skills and assets of Tri-Nation citizens required to take advantage of those opportunities […]

Treaty 7 Protected Areas Sustainable Tourism Situation Assessment

Treaty 7 Protected Areas Sustainable Tourism Situation Assessment Date: 2009-2010 EcoPlan identified sustainable and pro-poor economic opportunities within the region’s tourism sector. Beginning with a site analysis of the Nation’s Timber Limit Reserve, opportunities for forest-based nature tourism were identified and assessed according to their potential impacts on the livelihoods of local community stakeholders. With the […]

Training Strategy for Ta’an Kwäch’än Local Economic Development

Training Strategy for Ta’an Kwäch’än Local Economic Development Date: 2006-2007 EcoPlan collaborated with Beringia Planning to develop a twenty-five year strategic plan and local economic development training program for the Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. The project included an extensive labour market/human resources SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and an integrated community capacity […]

Training in Comprehensive Community Planning

Training in Comprehensive Community Planning Date: 2016-2017 EcoPlan led a 2-day training for Nokiiwin Tribal Council’s six communities in the Thunder Bay / Lake Nipigon area. This included an overview of values- based decision making, project planning, strategic planning, and community engagement in the context of developing Comprehensive Community Plans for First Nations. The training included […]

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Project- Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement (Update 2010 & 2011)

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Project- Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement (Update 2010 & 2011) Date: 2010-2011 To help facilitate the recognition of Métis Aboriginal rights, the Métis Settlements General Council (MSGC) retained EcoPlan to assist in the Métis Traditional Settlements Traditional Land Use Mapping and Oral History Project. EcoPlan led an initial pilot project […]

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Project (Implementation Phase) – Paddle Prairie, Kikino and East Prairie Métis Settlements

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Project (Implementation Phase) – Paddle Prairie, Kikino and East Prairie Métis Settlements Date: 2009-2011 EcoPlan conducted three concurrent Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping projects in the Paddle Prairie, Kikino, and East Prairie Métis Settlements. This was the first phase of work that moved beyond ‘pilot’ status and […]

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 3) – Fishing Lake and Elizabeth Métis Settlements

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 3) – Fishing Lake and Elizabeth Métis Settlements Date: 2008-2009 EcoPlan conducted a third round of pilot projects at the Fishing Lake and Elizabeth Métis settlements, refining the processes and tools used in previous pilot phases. These projects began with training and capacity building exercises, a needs assessment and […]

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 2) – Gift Lake and Peavine Métis Settlements

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 2) – Gift Lake and Peavine Métis Settlements Date: 2007-2009 EcoPlan conducted a second pilot phase of the Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping project that focused on the Gift Lake and Peavine Métis Settlements. Information was recorded on interview forms and maps that were […]

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 1) – Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement

Traditional Land Use and Historical Communities Mapping Pilot Project (Phase 1) – Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement Date: 2004-2005 To help facilitate the recognition of Métis Aboriginal rights, the Métis Settlements General Council (MSGC) retained EcoPlan to assist in the Métis Traditional Settlements Traditional Land Use Mapping and Oral History Project. EcoPlan led a an initial pilot project […]

Traditional Land Use and Environmental Impacts of Proposed CNRL Development

Traditional Land Use and Environmental Impacts of Proposed CNRL Development Date: 2016 EcoPlan was retained by Elizabeth Lake Métis Settlement (EMS) to provide a review of the community’s issues, concerns, and suggested mitigation regarding potential impacts to their traditional use areas from the developments proposed for the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area. The review built on […]

Traditional Land Use and Environmental Impacts of Proposed CNRL Development

Traditional Land Use and Environmental Impacts of Proposed CNRL Development Date: 2016 EcoPlan was retained by Elizabeth Lake Métis Settlement (EMS) to provide a review of the community’s issues, concerns, and suggested mitigation regarding potential impacts to their traditional use areas from the developments proposed for the Cold Lake Oil Sands Area. The review built on […]

Tourism Economic Opportunity and Investment Strategy Analysis

Tourism Economic Opportunity and Investment Strategy Analysis Date: 2004 EcoPlan conducted a community-based participatory analysis of economic development potentials and impacts on traditional and cultural integrity for eight indigenous communities in Northern Alberta. The project included an analysis of tourism development opportunities, forestry, oil, and gas development.

Tourism and Economic Opportunities Plan

Tourism and Economic Opportunities Plan Date: 2014-2015 This study helped Ditidaht First Nation better understand what kind of opportunities they could pursue, and what kind of tourism projects members would like to see, as the Vancouver Island First Nation works to better manage newly acquired Interim Treaty Agreement lands and explore new economic development opportunities. The project reviewed the tourism […]

TCK FN

TCK FN Date: 2007 EPI, working with Beringia Planning, undertook this planning initiative to engage TKC Citizens in the design and implementation of a local economic development (LED) strategy and system that serves the community in ways that meet the cultural, social, economic and environmental values and practices of TKC, including helping to fulfill their economic […]

The Business Case for the Coastal Guardian Watchmen (Program Evaluation)

The Business Case for the Coastal Guardian Watchmen (Program Evaluation) Date: 2016 For many years, the Coastal First Nations have been working to establish and grow on-the-land environmental stewardship programs known as Guardian Watchmen programs. These programs generate a wide range of tangible benefits for the Coastal First Nations, as they provide them with a physical […]

Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit for Northern Ontario Communities

Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit for Northern Ontario Communities Client: Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund Date: 2007 EcoPlan developed a Comprehensive Community Planning Toolkit and training program for NADF and its 89 First Nation communities. The toolkit is designed as a step-by-step resource for First Nations staff and leadership who are involved in resourcing and delivering a CCP project. […]

St’át’imc Tribal Council Comprehensive Community Planning Review

St’át’imc Tribal Council Comprehensive Community Planning Review Date: 2012 An association of ten communities located in southwestern BC close in and around Lillooet, BC, the St’át’imc Nation recently negotiated a settlement for the impacts of hydroelectric development on their traditional territories. EcoPlan was hired by the St’át’imc Trust Board through their trustee, Deloitte, to review the […]

St. Mungo Site Management Plan

St. Mungo Site Management Plan Date: 2011-2014 Having assisted Musqueam First Nation in developing a concept plan for St. Mungo interpretive centre – an important archaeological site located on the banks of the Fraser River in Delta, B.C. – EcoPlan was retained to help the Musqueam people and the Province of British Columbia describe how the […]

St. Mungo Interpretive Site Conceptual Plan

St. Mungo Interpretive Site Conceptual Plan Date: 2010-2011 EcoPlan assisted Musqueam with the development of a conceptual plan for the St. Mungo interpretive site, located on the banks of the Fraser River in Delta, BC. Positioned as the waterfront terminus of an extensive trail system that extends north from Burns bog, the site will have a […]

SEAS Program Evaluation

SEAS Program Evaluation Date: 2017+ EPI is currently working with TNC Canada and several Coastal First Nations (Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais and Nuxalk) to evaluate the impact of a youth program known as the SEAS program – Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards. This program operates in several communities and is specifically tailored to meet each community’s priorities, needs and […]

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments

Regional Planning Toolkit for Treaty First Nations & Local Governments Date: 2012 In 2012, EcoPlan helped support two new Treaty First Nations of the Maa-nulth Treaty — Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government — join the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) on Vancouver Island’s west coast. An undertaking with no precedents, EcoPlan worked with the parties through […]

Regional Economic Partnership Initiative

Regional Economic Partnership Initiative Date: 2016+ EcoPlan is currently working with the SLRD, District of Lillooet, SLRD Area A and B, and the six Northern St’at’imc communities on the development of a regional economic collaboration model. This project will bring together the stakeholder governments at the leadership level to find ways to align their work on […]

Proposal and Grant Writing Support

Proposal and Grant Writing Support Date: 2000-present EcoPlan has helped a large number of different organizations, First Nations, and foundations with writing proposals and grants. Where appropriate, we focus on capacity building so that internal staff can gain the skills required to write proposals themselves over time. The groups with which we’ve worked have had high […]

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization

Powell River Regional District/Tla’amin First Nation Regional Land Use Harmonization Date: 2008 EcoPlan worked with the Tla’amin First Nation and the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) to identify opportunities for coordinating land use planning between the two governments, for potential Treaty Settlement Lands Tla’amin had identified as part of their treaty negotiations. The project resulted […]

Powley

Powley Date: 2005-2016 EPI worked with the Metis Settlements of Alberta for over 10 years to gather evidence for their efforts to assert Aboriginal Rights and meet the tests established by this landmark 2003 Supreme Court Decision. The work conducted resulted in an agreement between the Province of Alberta and the Metis Settlements.

Peavine Métis Settlement Non-market Value Analysis

Peavine Métis Settlement Non-market Value Analysis Date: 2000-2002 The Peavine Métis Settlement commissioned EcoPlan to conduct a value analysis to determine a comprehensive dollar-based measure of compensation for non-market losses resulting from the construction and operation of the South Heart Reservoir. EcoPlan conducted interviews with Settlement members to explore the current and historical issues surrounding […]

Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement Non-market Value Analysis

Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement Non-market Value Analysis Date: 1998-2000 The Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement commissioned EcoPlan to conduct a value analysis in order to determine net compensatory losses resulting from surface disturbances caused by ongoing petroleum development activity on the Settlement. Petroleum resources have been exploited on the Settlement since the 1950s and have proceeded […]

Okanagan Indian Band Council Planning Session

Okanagan Indian Band Council Planning Session Date: 2012 In October of 2013, the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) Chief and Council, along with the Executive Director, participated in a two-day strategic planning and governance session, supported by facilitator William Trousdale of EcoPlan. The primary purpose of these meetings was to develop the 2013 Council Strategic Plan […]

Musqueam Staff Retreat

Musqueam Staff Retreat Date: 2008 EcoPlan supported a Staff Retreat that focused on Strategic Planning and Organizational Planning in the Musqueam community. This retreat built on a previous staff planning retreat which focused on developing the 2008 departmental work plans and visions. The workshop, which emphasized Musqueam organizational development, was designed as an interactive group […]

Musqueam Self-Governance Public Engagement

Musqueam Self-Governance Public Engagement Date: 2010-2011 EcoPlan was retained by Musqueam to assist with public engagement efforts around their self-governance initiatives. Musqueam is entering into bilateral negotiations with the federal government in order to formulate a self-governance framework that will determine a new relationship between the Nation and Canada. Key issues include Musqueam jurisdiction over […]

Musqueam Chief, Council, and Economic Development Retreat

Musqueam Chief, Council, and Economic Development Retreat Date: 2009 EcoPlan facilitated a retreat for the Musqueam Chief and Council, which focused on developing an effective Musqueam economic development governance structure. This governance structure has helped improve transparency, economic efficiency and boost revenue generation.

Musqueam 2010 Council Retreat

Musqueam 2010 Council Retreat Date: 2010 EcoPlan conducted a retreat for the Musqueam Council to address governance issues. During the retreat, EcoPlan facilitated effective discussion between Council members and helped develop a strategic plan for Council and for the Economic Development branch of the Musqueam government.

Mt. Currie Active Transportation Plan

Mt. Currie Active Transportation Plan Date: 2009 EcoPlan worked with a multi-stakeholder community group representing Elders, senior staff and community workers to develop an Active Transportation Strategy for the community of Mt. Currie in southwestern BC. The project included a structured decision-making process in which the stakeholder group identified and ranked community health and mobility […]

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation

Monitoring and Evaluation for Regional Growth Strategy Implementation Date: 2012 Working with the Regional District of North Okanagan on their M&E Strategy, EcoPlan created a best practice example for all Regional Districts of a successful RGS-specific M&E program – one that is participatory, has learning as a core objective, and that actively engages community members […]

Euchelon Social and Environmental Assessment (SEA) Review

Euchelon Social and Environmental Assessment (SEA) Review Client: First Nations Fisheries Council Date: 2015 On behalf of the First Nations fisheries council, EcoPlan conducted a technical review of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) report “A Socio- Economic Analysis of the Potential Impacts of Adding Two Endangered Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) Designatable Units to Schedule […]

Business Case for Coastal Guardian Watchmen Programs

Business Case for Coastal Guardian Watchmen Programs Client: Coastal Stewardship Network, TNC Canada Date: 2016 For many years, the Coastal First Nations have been working to establish and grow on-the-land environmental stewardship programs known as Guardian Watchmen programs. These programs generate a wide range of tangible benefits for the Coastal First Nations, as they provide […]

Inuit Sustainable Livelihood: The Professional Hunter

Inuit Sustainable Livelihood: The Professional Hunter Client: Ilisaqsivik Society Date: 2017 For many years there have been efforts in Nunavut to develop ‘hunter support programs’. These programs have taken various approaches to provide resources (equipment, fuel, supplies, etc.) to hunters in order to support their activities and recognize their role in ensuring communities have access to […]

Marpole Archeological Site Management Plan Review

Marpole Archeological Site Management Plan Review Date: 2011 EcoPlan provided a review and analysis of the “Marpole Archeological Site (DHRS 0001) Management Plan – A Proposal”, a document that provides the history of a valuable archeological midden located in Vancouver, BC.  Determining that the document was mistitled and was not a management plan, EcoPlan recommended […]