Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) recently directed Nation staff, Nch’ḵaỷ̓ Development Corporation and Hiy̓ám̓ Housing to create development strategies for 4 priority Nation lands.
This will allow for the Nation to assess their lands and create development plans that meet the Nation’s social, environmental, cultural, economic and political goals.
Economic development of the Nation’s assets is not just about today. It is about tomorrow — creating sustainable and shared prosperity for future generations.
Community engagement will be central to the Land Development Strategies’ success. The Nation and Nch’ḵaỷ̓ held a call-out for Community Working Group applications in May 2023. Applications are currently under review and member appointments will be announced soon.
Larger community-wide engagement events and opportunities for member interviews will be held in Fall 2023. Look for announcements of these opportunities on the Nation’s social media, weekly newsletters and e-mails.
Once complete, Úxwumixw 2050: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Generational Plan will set out long-term priorities for all of the Nation’s territory and reserve communities. It will cover all aspects of the Nation including, culture and language; prosperity as individuals and as a Nation; health and wellbeing; governance; infrastructure and housing; and our lands, water, and air. The Generational Plan is a big picture plan, that will be used to inform future more specific plans and strategies (like the Land Development Strategies).
The Land Development Strategies will produce site specific development plans for four high priority sites identified by Council. It will consider these lands’ economic opportunities in tandem with community needs and determine alignment with the Nation’s values. The resulting Strategies will identify possible land uses, development forms, community amenities and revenues that could benefit the Nation through the sites’ redevelopment.
The Nation and Nch’ḵaỷ̓ held a public Expression of Interest (EOI) for development planning and design consultants in Spring 2023. A community announcement will soon be made of the successful teams.