A new path forward…

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After 2 years of countless community conversations, meetings, focus groups, survey responses the 2018 Cortes Island Economic Action has launched!

During this time our community broke new ground in starting an island-wide conversation, resulting in an action-oriented roadmap and springboard designed to help guide us on the path to greater community economic development.  The LEAP report represents the hopes, dreams and desires of many that call Cortes home.

Cortes is the island of the T’oq qaymexw / People of T’oq.  It is within the traditional territory of the ƛohos (Klahoose), Tla’Amin, and Xwemalhkwu (Homalco) First Nations.

All truly visionary economic planning must be developed within a framework of reconciliation.  Economic Reconciliation nurtures relationship building and share prosperity, ensuring opportunities for all peoples to achieve their full potential.  It is our hope that this LEAP report will be an important step in furthering Economic Reconciliation on Cortes Island.

We sincerely thank our dedicated and talented Local Economic Action Plan (LEAP) steering committee who committed over a year to this process: Adam Schick (Chair), members Noba Anderson, Bill Dougan, Colin Funk, Eric Hargrave, Dan Hilton, Mary Lavelle, Mark Lombard, Heather McKenzie, Dave Nikleva, Fred Savage, Georgina Silby, Terri Storey, Romina Wendell, and Coordinator, Helen Hall. Much appreciation goes out to our report consultants for guiding us through key parts of this process: Daniel Arbour Consulting from Hornby Island, Dan Wilson and Cheeying Ho of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, Phil Cox of PlanNet Limited, and Brittany Baxter (design and layout). To the citizens of Cortes Island: thank you for all the time and interest you shared to actively engage in this important and timely island initiative.

We also extend sincere gratitude to our funders, Island Community Economic Trust and the Strathcona Regional District, as well as to CIBATA members for their continued support and vision.