Since 2000, elected representatives of communities around Howe Sound come together in the spirit of cooperation as defined in the Howe Sound Community Forum Principles for Cooperation 2002. The Forums are convened in the spring and fall with communities taking turns hosting.
The coordination of these Forums is a service members of our Society provide in order to enable a consensus building dialogue on the issues facing the Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Region. Programs for each forum are developed with the hosting community representatives. A history of each Forum and links to past presentations can be found here on the Future of Howe Sound Society website.
In April 2019, the Gambier Island Local Trust Committee hosted the forum at Camp Fircom on Gambier Island. The Fall 2019 forum taking place October 25th is being hosted by the District of Squamish and will be held at the Cheakamus Centre in Paradise Valley north of Squamish.
Over the years the Forum members have struck task forces to address specific issues. In 2017 the Ocean Watch Task Force was created to:
Identify which actions in the Howe Sound Ocean Watch Action Plan are within the mandate and reach of member communities.
Focus on the identifying selected actions by Local Governments for implementation and
highlight potential actions that include policy integration and collaboration between
member Local governments and First Nations;
Contribute information on what action local governments and Squamish Nation are already undertaking toward the goals.
Recommend a process through which the selected actions get done.
Members of our Society sit on this task force in an advisory capacity. To follow the activities of the task force, minutes are available here.
For more information contact Ruth Simons at Howesoundcommunityforum@gmail.com.