The West Coast location of Canada’s first IPCA Innovation Centre is appropriate considering the many decades of trailblazing undertaken by First Nations in British Columbia, starting with the Haida and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in the early 1980s. Furthermore, former co-chairs of the Pathway to Canada Target 1’s National Steering Committee (Nadine Spence) and Indigenous Circle of Experts (Eli Enns) are both from Nuu’chah’nulth territory (all along the west coast of Vancouver Island), and reside there today. Many First Nations and universities on Vancouver Island are keen to support and get involved in the Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre, Vancouver Island University is working alongside the IISAAK OLAM Foundation to develop an undergraduate IPCA Planning Certificate, the University of Victoria’s Civil Engineering faculty is stepping in, along with the University for Peace in Costa Rica and others.

Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre