The following outlines how we support communities. To read the full Columbia Basin Management Plan strategic priorities document, click here.
From 2016 to 2020 we will focus our efforts on the following priorities (listed in alphabetical order). While the priorities are broad, ambitious and long term, we are taking specific, concrete steps toward addressing each one: view the listings below for our activities and progress to date.
In addition, we will continue to respond to emerging issues in the region and to pursue our existing work in social, economic, environment and youth initiatives.
Arts, Culture and Heritage
Early Childhood and Childhood Development
First Nations Relationships
Recreation and Physical Activity
Renewable and Alternative Energy
Our Support Methods
To respond to Basin priorities, we consider the needs of the situation, the participants involved and how we can be most effective. In general, we use and combine four broad methods of support:
|Basin Culture||Cultivate a sense of Basin culture, belonging, connectedness and identity.|
|Diversity||Honour the diversity of needs and perspectives in the Basin.|
|Ownership||Foster residents’ ownership of the Trust and share the history of the Trust with residents.|
|Empowerment||Help communities identify and take action on local priorities.|
|Community Engagement||Encourage community dialogue by regularly engaging with residents and communities to seek input and understand priorities.|
|Capacity Building||Help Basin residents, organizations and communities strengthen their knowledge, skills and capacities.|
|Collaboration||Encourage collaboration and partnerships and promote activities that are integrated and provide multiple benefits in a range of values.|
|Adaptability||Use a variety of innovative approaches to meet the unique needs of Basin residents and communities, and remain flexible and open to emerging priorities.|
|Accountability||Reflect best practices in Trust business operations and monitor and measure the impact of our activities and operations.|
|Flexibility||Be strategic and responsive in our approaches to supporting communities.|
|Stewardship||Responsibly manage the assets of the Trust and use investment revenue to deliver benefits within the Basin.|
In 2015 we finished a year of engaging with Basin residents. This process helped us reflect on our activities and growth to date and decide how to best support residents and communities. We also reviewed existing community plans from around the Basin and our own sector strategic plans, plus spoke to advisory groups. All these sources helped us renew our Columbia Basin Management Plan strategic priorities for 2016 to 2020.