Camp Fircom on Gambier Island/Cha7elkwnech will be the location for the next Howe Sound Community Forum taking place on April 26th. The Gambier Island Local Area Trustees are hosting this gathering of elected officials, First Nations, representatives of non-profit organizations, and locals attending as observers. Participants will travel by water taxi to the island for a day of dialogue, presentations, and sharing information in the spirit of cooperation based on the mutual values agreed upon in the Principles of Cooperation.
The program includes updates from the previous forum held May 8, 2018 hosted by the Squamish Lillooet Regional District at the Furry Creek Golf club.
The day begins with a gathering with the Squamish Nation members at the new Welcome Pole. Presentations will focus on updates of initiatives resulting from previous forums that include a report from the Ocean Watch Task Force and progress on the Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Marine Reference Guide. The Howe Sound Cumulative Effects Assessment reports will be shared, a project the Forum has been following since 2014. Islands Trust hosts will share information about the Trust and their advocacy efforts under their Preserve and Protect mandate.
There will be time for a walk around this special part of Gambier Island and to learn more about the social value camp programs and services.