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The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, healthy, prosperous, independent First Nations within BC.
What makes a Nation?
Is it a people of common geography, culture, history, ethnicity and language? Is a Nation defined by its sovereignty - the right to self-rule? These are ways the modern world describes the concept of a Nation. As First Peoples of this land, our ancient wisdom tells us that our Nations include all of these qualities, and more.
We do not define our Nations, they define us. They are who we are as a people — whether we are Coast Salish, Haida, Nisga’a, Kaska, Secwepemc — or any other great First Nation in BC. Our Nationhood is deeply rooted in our past — thousands of years of heritage, tradition, ancestral law, language and culture. It is grounded in a place — the lands, waters,
mountains, animals and other natural features of our territory. It is manifest in the present — the way we are adapting and transforming within a modern context. And it is how we see our futures — our collective values, goals and aspirations. Most of all, Nations are made up of people — communities, clans and families — and we must reconnect within
our Nations in order to prosper. Increased capacity, access to education for all Aboriginal peoples, revived languages and cultures, engagement of our youth and elders, and thriving economies — these are tools that can help strengthen our Nations and ensure they flourish well into the future.
Building Strong First Nations Annual Report 2007–2008
Strategic Plan 2008–2011
About the Artist Andrew Drexel (Enpaauk) is a young artist from the Nlakapamux Nation. His painting style mixes graffiti style with Coast Salish design creating figurative and abstract images that speak to resistance and renewal. His beginnings as a graffiti artist is central to his style and since his switch from walls to canvas three years ago he has brought this energy from the streets into his paintings. His work was featured in Kamloops Art Gallery’s exhibition Shazam earlier this year. His work is also featured at the Native Winds Gallery in Honolulu and has been published in Blood Lines Magazine. “My work relates my spiritual path; my journey. I express the inspiration lovingly given to me through teachings and stories from my elders and mentors. My work embodies the powerful visions that I have been given through these teachings. I am grateful. My work is a modern expression embodying the symbolic abstract inspired by my home: Coast Salish Territory.”
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About the Artist Chris Paul is a Native Artist, born on the west coast of Canada. He is a member of the Tsartlip First Nations whose home lands are near Victoria, British Columbia. His is a culture rich in stories and traditions. Chris’ prints have been featured in the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” and the movie “The Last Mimsy”. Recently Chris has produced large-scale glass installations for the Pier and Gulf Islands buildings. Chris has always been involved with art. He formalized his interest by taking a course in Native art at ‘Ksan Art School. Subsequently he apprenticed with Roy Henry Vickers, a world-famous Native artist following the tradition of northwest coast heritage. Chris derives his inspiration from two main sources; an in-depth understanding of the heritage and traditions of his people, and events in his daily life, such as the births of his children. This combination gives his work traditional style yet also makes it relevant to today’s audience. His use of strong, modern colours gives his prints global appeal. His bold designs and clean lines have lent themselves well to expression in wood and, more recently, glass. In his words, “I already have more ideas than I can ever realize in a lifetime."
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NRT Strategic Plan 2009 – 2012
NRT Print Materials 2007/8/9
Building Strong First Nations
Education $2.85 million went to education support in 2008/09. NRT Education initiatives support scholastic opportunities for First Nation students at all levels, from Kindergarten through to post-graduate work. In addition, we help post-secondary students acquire work skills and experience in their chosen fields of study through employment subsidy initiatives with First Nation communities. Scholarship: NRT scholarships, introduced in 2007, provide funding support for First Nation students pursuing degrees at the Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate levels. Last year, $643,000 helped more than 80 post-secondary students pursue their educational goals. new!
Bursaries: Last year, we added Bursary Awards for students pursuing trades. In 2008/09, 60 students were awarded a $2,000 bursary. New Paths for Education: We partnered with the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to support learning opportunities in math, science and reading for K-12 students. The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of First Nation students graduating high school.
NRTâ€™s contribution of over $700,000 was used to purchase books, science equipment and other learning materials, and to support tutoring, teacher training, science fairs, and related activities. Employment Subsidies: This funding initiative builds capacity in two ways: it assists First Nation communities and organizations in hiring a student for the summer, and it helps First Nation students gain experience in their field of study. Last year, we approved in excess of $460,000 in grants so that 75 students could get summer jobs with a BC First Nation community.
Language Teacher Certification: The Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program aims to increase the number of certified Aboriginal language teachers within First Nations communities. We partnered with FNESC on this initiative again in 2008/09, contributing more than $550,000 in funding to support DSTC work in 10 First Nation communities.
More than a set of words, phrases and grammatical rules, even more than a means of communicating thoughts and ideas, each language is a tangible thread to a culture. Embedded in a language are the core values, history, beliefs and unique ways of being of the people who speak it. Without the words, phrases, and gestures of our languages, how will we pass on our stories to our children? How will we teach them our ancestral laws?
Strengthening BC First Nations Annual Report 2008 â€“ 2009
NRT Annual Reports 2009/ 10
In mid October of 2009, we hit the road – literally – visiting million went to capacity initiatives in 2009/10 First Nation people in their territories in a series$1.7 of Regional FirstRupert; Nation communities need tools, resources, Policy Development: We supported First Nation Engagement Meetings. From Prince George to Prince and knowledge for self-governance and prosperity. organizations with a provincial mandate in their Cranbrook to Campbell River, NRT visited 10 regionsNRT’s governance capacity support helps build efforts to develop policies that will benefit all BC First Nations. Here, we supported eight capacity at the community, regional and provincial organizations for a total of $233,500 in funds. levels. throughout the Province. In total, more than 240 people attended a meeting and more than 400 completed surveys. Web Portal: In partnership with the First Nations Direct Support: We provided $1,028,150 in direct Technology Council (FNTC), we developed the First support to communities for their unique capacityWe heard from First Nation people from all regions of the Nations in BC Web Portal. The portal houses building needs. Support was available in two capacity-related tools and resources for BC First streams: grants of up to $25,000 were available for province. Nations under one umbrella. We contributed individual community projects, and grants of up to $50,000 were available for collaborating groups of three communities. A total of 40 projects were supported.
$237,990 toward development of the web portal, which was launched in February 2010.
NRT Annual Report 2009–2010
Five weeks. 10 cities. 240+ attendees. 400+ surveys
NRT Annual Report 2009–2010
The purpose of the meetings was twofold: first, we wanted to share our progress over the past three years – what we have done since NRT’s inception and the first series of Engagement Meetings in 2006. NRT CEO Cliff Fregin gave a comprehensive presentation about the activities of NRT and General Manager Chanze Gamble followed up with an overview of the five Best Practice studies commissioned by NRT in 2009. Second, we wanted to hear from you – First Nation leaders and community members – about where we should go next. We asked about your capacitybuilding priorities, and how NRT should spend and manage the fund. The morning presentations were followed by an open discussion with
NRT Annual Report 2009–2010
Strengthening BC First Nations Annual Report 2009 – 2010
participants, and then time was given for all to complete a survey. The results of the surveys and feedback from the meetings was compiled in a final report, which was sent to all communities in early 2010 and is now available on the NRT website. Overall feedback was very positive. First Nation leaders and citizens who participated expressed a high level of support for NRT’s existing direction, including our five strategic priorities and the current strategy for managing the Fund. We thank all who participated, and we encourage you to continue to share your feedback and keep us informed of your priorities so we can meet your capacity building needs in the coming years.
TEAM 2010 board of directors
Kathryn Teneese, chair
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Michael Bonshor, vice chair
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Gloria Morgan until november 2010
white rock, bc v4b 2p7
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Leona Sparrow until november 2010
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Hugh Braker joined december 2010
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Cliﬀ Fregin, ceo
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Chanze Gamble, general manager Lana Plante. project officer
BC First Nations Equity Fund
Miranda Stirling, project officer legal council Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP 3000 royal centre, po box 11130 1055 west georgia street vancouver, bc v6e 3r3
in 2009, nrt partnered with the All Nations
energy initiatives, Barr Creek was a great fit, and
Trust Company and the Nuu-chah-nulth Econom-
became BCFNEF’s first funded project in April 2010.
ic Development Corporation to create the BC First
With five years under its belt, the project has
Nations’ Equity Fund (BCFNEF). Each partner contributed $1.667 million, creating a seed fund of $5 million with plans to eventually grow the fund to $50 million. The BCFNEF helps fill a financing gap by making aﬀordable equity – in the form of low interest loans – available to First
LANGUAGE & C U LT U R E
$1.5 MILLION ALLOCATED TO INVESTING IN FIRST NATIONS INviable BC |economic Nations looking toWAS participate in LANGUAGE & CULTURE INITIATIVES development opportunities.
When the fund became available in early 2010, the community of Ehattesaht on Northern Vancouver
nrt continues to partner with the First Peoples Heritage, Language and Culture Council (the First Peoples’ Council) for the delivery of initiatives designed to revive and protect First Nation languages and cultural traditions. In 2010-2011, we supported eight distinct initiatives.
“The whole focus of this energy project is to produce sustainable power. It’s got zero emissions and it’s good for the environment — while creating energy. That’s something that Aboriginal people support fully.” Ron Arcos – Business Development Oﬃcer, NEDC 10
Island was poised and ready to take advantage
already been through a number of regulatory and environmental approvals as well as consultations. A year of construction is now underway and the plant is expected to begin operations in November 2011. Once complete, the project will sell electricity to BC Hydro, flowing directly into their powerlines from the plant. It is expected to produce enough electricity to feed about 3,000 – 4,000 homes.
Ehattesaht Tribe, who will be 20% owners, will realize a number of economic benefits. The
pre-school language nests: This initiative
plant will of course create revenue from the sale
Last year, NRT funds totaling $200,000 reached
provides pre-school age children with a full
of power, and a number of jobs will be created in
nine projects in 31 communities; two resources
immersion experience for at least 15 hours per
the community. And with the first project success-
were also developed.
of it. For about five years, the Ehattesaht Tribe
had been working with Vancouver-based Synex
International to develop the Barr Creek Project,
fully underway, the BCFNEF will be looking for in a school environment. NRT supported six a 4.5 week megawatt hydro electric plant located on other viable initiatives from First Nations language with aand totalZeballos. of $100,000 Barr Creek, midnest wayinitiatives between Tahsis around the province. With in thefunding. BCFNEF’s initial focus on alternative
arts administrator and cultural manager internships: This initiative builds communities’ capacity to manage arts and culture by supporting
language and culture camps: This program
firstvoices: FirstVoices is a suite of web-based
the professional development of arts administra-
supports communities so they can oﬀer language
tools and services designed to support First
tors through mentorships or internships. We con-
and cultural immersion camps for participants of
Nation people to archive and learn about their
tributed $75,000 to five internships in five diﬀerent
all ages. NRT contributed $100,000 in funding
languages and cultures. We provided $150,000
communities. Additional projects were supported
supporting six camps and impacting
in support to FirstVoices, allowing 13 communi-
through a contribution from the BC Arts Council.
ties to develop online language lessons for the FirstVoices Language Tutor.
sharing traditional arts across generations:
language authorities and language plans: This initiative supports collaboration among
bc language initiative: The BC Language
transmission of the broad range of knowledge
communities that share the same language
Initiative supports First Nation communities and
and skills based in traditional art practices. We pro-
so they can build tools, create plans and work
organizations in their eﬀorts to revitalize languag-
vided $75,000 in support of seven projects in seven
together on language revitalization. NRT provided
es through documentation, language classes,
diﬀerent communities. Additional projects were
$150,000 funding five projects and impacting
immersion programs, material and curriculum
development and promotion.
This program supports the inter-generational
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supported through a contribution from the BC Arts Council. language teacher certification: The Developmental Standard Term Certificate (DSTC) program aims to increase the number of certified Aboriginal language teachers within First Nation communities. We continued to partner with FNESC on this initiative, contributing $500,000 in funding to support 13 DSTC projects.
2010–2011 annual report |
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES |
INVESTING IN FIRST NATIONS IN BC
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Entrepreneur Equity Matching Initiative NEW IN 2010
in november of 2010, nrt co-hosted the Young
urged delegates to keep learning and make the
Entrepreneurs Symposium with the Dreamcatcher
most of every experience. Mr. Wong’s message
Foundation. The event brought 120 young
was certainly taken to heart by the YES attendees.
Aboriginal entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-
Speakers and delegates alike had a great time,
be together for three exciting days of challenges,
and everyone walked away with new and valuable
networking, inspiration and fun, all intended to
connections and knowledge. NRT is currently
help them develop critical business skills they will
working on a BC YES event scheduled for
need for the future.
November 30, 2011.
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2010 Young Entrepreneurs Symposium ( YES )
At YES, the 120 delegates were organized into
NRT EQUITY MATCHING INITIATIVE
teams and over three days competed on a APRIL 1, 2010 - MARCH 31, 2011
number of challenges, including creating a
the entrepreneur equity matching initiative
Businesses supported included everything from
(eemi) supports new or expanding First Nation
hair salons to construction contractors; tech-
mercial for Tim Hortons. Teams were judged by
businesses in BC by providing equity-matching
nology consulting firms to trucking fleets. The
of In addition to the at a closing gala CFDC ceremony.
company name and logo, and producing a coma panel of ‘experts,’ and awards were presented
funds of up to $5,000. NRT partnered with five
common denominator is that they must pursue
BC Aboriginal Capital Corporations (ACCs) and
a viable business opportunity, with confirmed
one Community Futures Development Corpora-
equity and collateral and a sound business plan.
and make valuable connections.
tion (CFDC) to roll out the fund. The ACC’s and
They must also be First Nation owned but not
The 18 panel speakers included successful execu-
CFDC, who have existing processes and infra-
necessarily located on reserve. In 2010, support
tives, young leaders, women in business and
structure to manage equity loans, administer
went to 61 on and 41 oﬀ reserve businesses.
celebrities. Keynote speakers were Rick Hansen,
NRT funds on our behalf; this means that all of
Building on the success of 2010, in 2011 —
the support allocated under this initiative goes
about the obstacles he has overcome in his life,
2012 the EEMI will be expanded to include First
Sean Wise of Dragon’s Den, who gave advice on
directly to the businesses being supported.
Nation communities so they may apply for
pitching business ideas, and Milton Wong, who
In its first year, the response to the EEMI was
matching equity for viable, community-
extremely positive and the results are impressive.
owned business opportunities.
challenges, the program included presentations, panel discussions, and opportunities to network 15
the ‘Man In Motion,’ who spoke passionately
Three exciting days of challenges, networking, inspiration and fun, all intended to help them develop critical business skills they will need for the future.
Rick Hansen, CEO, Rick Hansen Leadership Group
With just over $485,000 in equity, NRT supported 36 new and 66 existing First Nation businesses. The Equity Matching Initiative assisted First Nation businesses to leverage funds to the tune
of almost $6.7 million.
2010 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SYMPOSIUM (YES) |
In 2010-2011, NRT continued to focus program support in five key areas: Education, Language & Culture, Elders & Youth, Governance Capacity, and Economic Development. $6.2 million was spent on strategic initiatives.
ENTREPRENEUR EQUITY MATCHING INITIATIVE |
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E D U C AT I O N
$1.7 MILLION WENT TO EDUCATION SUPPORT.
$1.8 MILLION WENT TO CAPACITY INITIATIVES.
first nation communities need tools,
all First Nations in BC. Here, we supported six
resources, and knowledge for self-governance and
organizations with a total of $277,000 in funds.
prosperity. NRT’s governance capacity support helps build capacity at the community, regional
web portal: In 2009-2010, we partnered with the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) to
nrt education initiatives support first
post-secondary employment incentive: This
and provincial levels.
nation students from Kindergarten through
funding initiative builds capacity in two ways: it
post-graduate levels. We also help post-secondary
assists First Nation communities and organiza-
direct support: Direct support funding assists
portal houses capacity-related tools and resourc-
students acquire work skills and experience in
tions in hiring a post-secondary student for the
communities to meet their unique capacity-build-
es for BC First Nations under one umbrella. In
their chosen fields of study through employment
summer, and it helps First Nation students gain
ing needs. Support is available in two streams:
2010-2011, we contributed an additional $151,480
experience in their field of study. We provided
grants of up to $25,000 for individual community
to continue to develop and populate the portal.
scholarship and bursaries: NRT scholarships
$445,000 in grants so that 70 students could get
create the First Nations in BC Web Portal. The
projects, and grants of up to $50,000 for collaborating groups of three communities. We provided
provide funding support for First Nation students
pursuing degrees at the Undergraduate, Masters,
new paths for education: We continued to partner
and Doctorate levels. Bursaries help students
with the First Nations Education Steering Com-
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mittee (FNESC) to deliver the New Paths initia-
policy development: This initiative supports
grants helped 136 post-secondary students work
tive, supporting learning opportunities in math,
towards a degree, diploma or certificate.
science and reading for K-12 students. The goal
chief joe mathias scholarship: In addition to NRT
of this initiative is to increase the number of First
scholarships and bursaries, we partnered once
$973,760 in Direct Support funding for a total of
grant writer support: This program provides funding for grant writer positions employed by First Nations governments and organization within the Northern Development Initiative Trust region. We provided $261,500 in funds.
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