In 1953, sixty two years ago, was the first time the Klahoose First Nation had an elected chief and council. The ballots were cast and the results were in. Since that day the Klahoose First Nation has had elected leadership trailblazing through the changes over the past sixty two years. On February 10, 2015 the Klahoose First Nation reached out to its community in Squirrel Cove to create a Comprehensive Community Plan (CCP). In order to make this plan work there is a requirement from all members of the nation. It doesn’t matter where you live, or where you call home, but if all ages were heavily included in the creation of this plan the better it would serve our future generations. It can sometimes feel like the term “future generations” gets tossed around a lot, but the CCP is something that will be for today’s generation all the way through 5 and 6 generations from now. There has been so much change in the Klahoose community over the past sixty two years, but what is going to happen in the next sixty two years? And the next sixty two years after that? It is scary to think about the unknown future in such caliber, but it is a realistic thing that Klahoose should be thinking about. When the next generations are leading the nation, there shall be the CCP to look at, and we need your help to create it. So it would be in the best interest of everyone to contribute, and put forward their ideas and knowledge.
The elders of today have seen some things that future generations will never see. Their knowledge is one of the last roots on the Toba Inlet mountainside holding onto language, traditions, beliefs, and almost everything Klahoose culture constitutes of. The “Technology Generation” has created the First Voices app and it is beautiful, but not everything can be learned off of a smart phone. The Klahoose First Nation needs to act now. We cannot let this kind of information get away from us, not now, not again. The accomplishments over the past hundred to two hundred years have had breakthrough moments, and instrumental milestones to the Klahoose First Nation. The Comprehensive Community Plan would be a great place to display the achievements so that the future generations can look at it and see what kind of possibilities there are, and what kind of things that can be accomplished. Not only does this Comprehensive Community Plan have to do with Klahoose governance, this is an opportunity to act as an ambassador for your nation and where you wish to be when the future unfolds itself before our eyes. There is a place the Klahoose First Nation is trying to get to. Everyone takes a different path, and travels at different speeds, but eventually we need to meet at the same place. Where would that be? And what kinds of measures would be needed to accomplish those goals?
The Comprehensive Community Plan can be seen as a way to travel through the years of elected leadership, and keep the band focused on the values that the community wants to see. There are a lot of Klahoose members who are spread out over the land, and might feel as though they are not included in all the happenings of the band, but the intuition of those who are not in the vicinity are in need to voice their ideas, and possibly create a guideline for the next generation; this is the only way that the Comprehensive Community Plan is going to work. This way all the members can stick together. It is about building connections, and keeping us together.
The team developing the CCP will be taking their workshop presentation on the road and it is your chance to have your say. The first stop is at the Town Centre Inn in Powell River on February 16, 2015, 4:30pm- 7:30pm.
The next date is February 18, 2015 at the Discovery Inn in Campbell River; 4:30pm-7:30pm.
The last workshop is on February 19, 2015 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre: 1607 East Hastings Street; 4:30pm-7:30pm. (Unfortunately, the Vancouver workshop has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstance.)
We would love to see you there. Thank you.
For further details: http://klahoose.org/klahoose-ccp-team-presents-3-community-workshops/