B&A’s Planning and Engagement teams worked with ʔakisq’nuk First Nation to complete a new Land Use Plan for their 8,500 acre land base that is home to over 300 community members. Situated in the Columbia Valley in southeastern British Columbia, this community is located in an area of unparallelled natural beauty. The project included a review of historical planning efforts, land development areas, infrastructure analysis, site tours and culturally-guided engagement techniques and practices. Community engagement was a strong component of the project, which included a youth internship to conduct extensive home visits directly with band members as well as community visioning workshops with band members.
The Land Use Plan was adopted by Band Council Resolution in December 2018 and creates a guiding document that balances economic opportunity, ecological conservation, and a housing strategy that has been shaped by the knowledge held by community members, and reflects the long-term vision that will support future generations of this vibrant community.