Kanaka Bar Indian Band: Towards Self-Sufficiency, Vibrancy, and Sustainability
The Kanaka Bar Indian Band, a First Nations community in British Columbia, Canada, had realized impressive economic development in the decades since the 1970s. This progress included development of a profitable hydroelectric system backed by strong community governance and the introduction of a five-year community economic development plan. In 2017, the community was executing the plan with some successes and some challenges. As the band council and community members looked to the coming years of the plan and beyond, they wished to continue making progress towards their community vision of self-sufficiency, vibrancy, and sustainability. As they reflected on their successes, took stock of the community's resources, and assessed its challenges, they asked themselves whether the plan needed to evolve. Which of the community's resources could it use to achieve its vision in a way that addressed the challenges at the time and remained consistent with the traditional community values? Stefanie Beninger is affiliated with Simon Fraser University.