Located on the shore of Vancouver Island a short drive south of Nanaimo, the Town of Ladysmith and Stz’uminus First Nation have built a strong and resilient relationship. The two governments now work together and have collaborated on a range of projects which began with signing of the Community Accord in 2007.
This initial step grew from a difficult community debate on Town boundary expansion and a proposal for waterfront development. The original 2007 Community Accord provided a foundation and directions for the two Councils to meet regularly, review and work together on initiatives of mutual benefit and concern. A successful step, this Accord was then renewed and updated in 2012 with the Naut’Sa Mawt Accord, which means “working together” in the local Hul’qumi’num language. This foundational agreement that has provided the framework for further agreements and many joint initiatives in the community and its purpose has remained unchanged since it was first developed:
- To formally recognize and understand the common interests and goals of the two communities so that a strong framework is in place for community leaders to pursue, in partnership, initiatives and opportunities that serve greater good.