British Columbia First Nations Success Stories

Whether it's developing comprehensive community plans, managing effective water and wastewater systems, launching innovative economic development projects or forging partnerships, First Nations in BC are making great strides towards improving the quality of life in their communities. We are pleased to highlight the many successes of First Nations individuals and communities around the province through the stories on this section of our site.

Community Stories: Aboriginal Successes in British Columbia

Community Stories: Aboriginal Successes in British Columbia celebrates Aboriginal culture and ingenuity in British Columbia. We are pleased to share these stories with you, and hope you enjoy reading about some of the exciting projects happening in Aboriginal communities throughout the province.

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Spirit Bear Coffee

Coffee benefits communities — and bears

Paul Biglin, co-owner of Spirit Bear Coffee, is a passionate advocate for community development. He's also passionate about good coffee. When the vision of a sustainable coffee came to Biglin, it wasn't just about perfectly roasted beans. It was also about the power of a purchase to make a difference for individuals, communities, and the environment.


Lead Facilitator Teresa Proudlove and Recruiter Jennifer Jack

For students of Okanagan Indian Band's employment program, success is tailor made

Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and Okanagan College have put considerable care and attention into ensuring its pre-employment program meets the needs of its members. They know that if individuals succeed, the community as a whole will also benefit.


Brad Tronson

Employment program leads student to a career he never could have imagined

Brad Tronson knows the value of having support when you are trying to make decisions about your career. Fortunately, he bumped into an old friend who told him about a program that could help. Even better, it was being offered right in his own community — Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB).


Stein Valley Nlakapamux School

Language and Culture at the Forefront of New Stein Valley Nlakapamux School

For the students, staff and school board of the new Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, the building symbolizes the unique culture and tradition of six local First Nations – the Nlakapmux people.


Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre: A Triumph of Architecture and First Nations Culture

When the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre was being built in the heart of Whistler's upper village in 2007, a black bear and her cub ambled through the front entrance and had a good look around. Their presence was cause not for panic, but for celebration. After all, to the mostly Squamish and Lil'wat people on-site that day, these shaggy, sharp-clawed creatures were a blessing, signifying power and good luck.



BladeRunners Gives At-risk Youth a Second Chance

In 18 cities across British Columbia, BladeRunners is helping at-risk youth pave their own way to a brighter, more prosperous future.


The Bolton Clan on Graduation Day

Students Thrive at Kitsumkalum Adult Learning Centre

For Charlotte Guno, Principal of the 'Na aksa Gila Kyew Learning Centre and Education Coordinator for the Kitsumkalum First Nation, keeping her culture and her community connected is more than a personal priority — it's one of the main reasons she started the 'Na aksa Gila Kyew Learning Centre (pronounced "Ena-axa-Gila-Geeo"), Kitsumkalum's adult education program.


Floyd Naziel standing in the new water treatment plant

Moricetown Water Treatment Operators Tap into Clear Solution

Having safe drinking water is something many of us take for granted. But for the water treatment operators in Moricetown, a small First Nations community in northwestern British Columbia, ensuring good water quality is a full-time job. It's a weighty responsibility and one that an upgraded water treatment plant has made that much easier to manage.


Chief Gordon Planes

The Sun Shines Brightly on T'Sou-ke First Nation

In a small First Nations community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, energy meters are spinning backwards.  As the sun beats down on the new solar panel installation that T'Sou-ke First Nation built, there is so much clean energy being produced that they can provide power for their entire community and sell the surplus back to BC Hydro.

Newly built housing units on the new subdivision

Ucluelet Housing Development Provides Homes and More...

When the Ucluelet First Nation decided to move ahead with a new housing development on their reserve at Itattsoo, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, they knew they were creating more than just a structure. They were providing homes, creating jobs and attracting members back to the community.


Hesquiaht First Nation Place of Learning

Hesquiaht First Nation Place of Learning: Not Just a School

The new Hesquiaht First Nation Place of Learning isn't just a school. It's a community centre, a post-disaster facility and most of all, something that community members built with their own hands, reflecting their own vision, using natural resources from their own traditional territory.


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