planning our future with u

Since the Trust was founded by Basin residents in 1995, we’ve focused our efforts based on input from the people. So much has changed since then, and so much is continuing to change. One thing remains the same, we are so fortunate to live, work and play in this special place, the Columbia Basin.

This year, we are writing a new plan for our collective future, but this won’t happen without you. Over the next several months, we are listening to you and celebrating the opportunities for the future through our community engagement process, called Our Trust, Our Future.

Let’s have a conversation! We want to talk to you about the futureabout the kind of place you want to live in, work in and grow old in.

This is your future; we can’t write it without u.

what does with u mean

Come out to an open house and/or community meeting, attend a Zoom meeting, fill out our online survey or workbook. There will also be opportunities to review initial ideas at one of three larger regional community events (symposia) later this spring. (Registration for the symposia will open in the Spring.)

2023

January 16, 2023

Welcome to the Our Trust, Our Future community engagement website. We are excited about the year ahead! Get to know us and learn more about this process by looking around this website.

Sign up for our newsletter

Stay informed on what is happening throughout this community engagement by signing up to the Our Trust, Our Future newsletter.

Sign up here

March 13, 2023 – Registration opens for zoom meetings

During the one hour Zoom meeting we will explore your individual and collective vision for your community and the Basin.

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 13

Order a book from the Trust

Half a century ago, the lives of people in the Columbia Basin changed forever when a series of dams altered their homes and landscapes. Columbia Basin Trust: A Story of People, Power and A Region United is the story of how they took their power back.

ORDER A FREE BOOK

Get to know us! Watch: Forming the Trust

The idea. The dream. No one could have imagined all that was possible. Learn how the Trust came to be and hear from some of our founding directors.

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community conversations

Save the date for an open house and community meeting

Join us in person in a community near you. We’ll be travelling around the region to host open houses and discussions. Here, you’ll have a chance to share what matters to you in your community and around the region.

Participate online

Join us for online conversations & surveys. You’ll be able to provide your input online in several ways, such as Zoom meetings, online surveys and a workbook.

attend a symposia

For more than two decades, Basin residents have been connecting with each other at larger community events, called Symposia to discuss common interests. This year, the Trust will host three one-and-a-half-day Symposia to share what we’ve heard from you during the Our Trust, Our Future engagement process and continue to seek your feedback. Plus, together we’ll celebrate the Columbia Basin region through food, music, art and entertainment.

*registration opens in the Spring 2023

look how far we’ve come together

Columbia Basin Trust works together with people, organizations and communities to support their efforts to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being, now and for future generations The following graphic highlights some of the positive results seen across the region since 2015, including benefits like grants, capital investments and new commercial loans and real estate, and supported nearly 16,000 projects.

look how far we’ve come together

Columbia Basin Trust works together with people, organizations and communities to support their efforts to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being, now and for future generations The following graphic highlights some of the positive results seen across the region since 2015, including benefits like grants, capital investments and new commercial loans and real estate, and supported nearly 16,000 projects.

resources

Supporting people and communities in the Columbia Basin.

accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, barrier-free and accessible events. Contact us at 1.800.505.8998 or future@ourtrust.org if you have accessibility needs or concerns. 

Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. 

 

sustainability

The Trust is dedicated to the well-being of the Basin, so the role we take on as hosts of Basin events is important to us. To demonstrate and uphold this commitment, we aim to do the following:

 

  • Purchase supplies for the events locally.
  • Support local food producers and use local ingredients where possible and encourage our caterers to do so as well.
  • Keep food waste to a minimum and donate leftovers where possible.
  • Minimize the use of single-use plastics and disposables.
  • Plan wisely and limit the amount of paper printed for events.
  • Provide information electronically and allow participants to provide input digitally to eliminate the need for travel.
  • Encourage carpooling among staff and attendees.
contact us

Have a question, comment or accessibility consideration? Email future@ourtrust.org.

To obtain the latest information about Our Trust, Our Future, sign up for our email updates.

#BasinFuture

☀️ Are you looking to hire full-time high school or post-secondary students during the school summer break??

😍 Our Summer Works Wage Subsidy program opens next week! 

Click the 🔗 in our bio to learn more.
🚗 Drive through the #ColumbiaBasin and there’s a good chance you’ll come across some of Jason Jones’s work. 

🌲 As a landscape architect and owner of LARCH Landscape Architecture + Authentic Mountain Design, Jones can check off past and current projects like the Nakusp downtown revitalization, Golden’s downtown plaza and the Slocan waterfront redevelopment.

📈 Jones founded LARCH Landscape Architecture in Golden in 2016. As his reputation grew, however, he “was getting spread a little bit too thin,” he says.

🤝 That’s where our support came in. Jones was able to further strengthen his team by adding intern Elizabeth Lyle, funded in part through our Career Internship Program.

🔗 Read the full story at our link-in-bio or ourtrust.org/stories. 

🌳 @larch_landscape_architecture
📸 @elnina.productions

#BasinStories #basinlife #FutureBasin
🔮 We want to talk to you about the future of the #ColumbiaBasin — about the kind of place you want to live in, work in and grow old in.

✏️ This year, we are writing a new plan for our collective future, but this won’t happen without you.

🔗 Get ready to share what's important to you and save the date for your community meeting at our link-in-bio or ourtrust.org/future/.

#FutureBasin #basinlife #BasinStories #Community
📖 From January 22 to 29, we are celebrating Family Literacy Week! 

❤️ Through grants and initiatives, the Trust has supported communities across the Basin to help raise awareness about the importance of engaging in literacy-related activities. 

👪 Keep your eyes on our story as we share what Basin organizations are doing to celebrate Family Literacy Week!

#MakeItCount #family #literacy #FamilyLiteracyWeek #basinlife #ColumbiaBasin #reading #communituy #nonprofit  #FLW2023 #libraries #ChildrensLiteracy #reading
🗻Like walking through a painting.

📸@maddylouu

#basinlife #ColumbiaBasin #mountains #GoldenBC #Purcells #outdooractivity #nature #backcountry #winterplayground #adventure
📣 Fairmont and area residents, join us next Friday, January 27 at 4 pm for our Board of Directors meeting. The meeting is being held at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

❓ Come ask questions and learn about local projects in your community and the Basin.

💻 Learn more about our Board by following the link in our bio.

#ColumbiaBasin #basinlife #community #Kootenay #EastKootenays
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