Community Planning allows a community to work together to chart new directions for the future. A Community Plan addresses all aspects of community life: Governance, Land, Resources, Health, Infrastructure Development, Culture, Social Issues, and the Economy. It sets out a blueprint for protecting the past, working in the present, and planning for the future. Community Planning is developed by the community, for the community.

How is Community Planning different than the Land Code?

The land code is a plan for reserve lands while the Community Plan will include visions and goals for our governance, health, Elders, Youth, and other lands, like We Wai Kai privately owned lands and treaty settlement lands. It is a bigger, more encompassing plan for our future as a community.

Why would We Wai Kai want a Community Plan?

Because a community plan is an effective tool to build a healthy and sustainable community. Community plans are used by many First Nations in BC to achieve short and long-term goals that meet the needs and dreams of each community. A good plan increases the capacity for successes in First Nations. It helps to build relationships with other governments. 

What are the benefits of a Community Plan?

A community plan helps the community to address current needs and to build upon existing strengths while preparing for the future. Community development will be driven by focused decision making and the cost-effective use of funding. Benefits of a community plan include:

  • Enables the community to define a vision for the future
  • Reinforces community values
  • Improves decision making
  • Improves communication
  • Aligns priorities with resources
  • Improves land and natural resource management
  • Creates economic opportunities
  • Builds capacity

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