Mission and Values
Greenways Land Trust is a registered charity and conservation organization that works to enhance the community through the creation and management of greenways networks, based on principles of stream and land stewardship. We act as an umbrella organization that works together with local stewardship groups, community organizations and local governments. Greenways supports projects that work towards achieving our three program initiatives: Natural Areas Conservation, Community Outreach and the Stewardship Resource Centre. Additionally, we support the activities of streamkeepers and stewards.
Our mission is to restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community.
Operating since 1996, Greenways continues to support volunteers, initiate projects and foster partnerships that work towards our goals and mission.
Greenways Land Trust acknowledges the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nations on whose traditional territory our work is based: the Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai and Kwiakah First Nations. We also acknowledge our Coast Salish neighbours, the Xwemalhkwu and K’omoks Nations, who have close connections to these lands. As the Food Hub for the Strathcona District, we also have the privilege of working on Nuu-chah-nulth territories. We strive to continue to promote dialogue and increase collaboration with the Nations on whose lands we work.
Our mission is to restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community. Environmental health and community health are intrinsically connected; therefore, it is important that we remain critical of the colonial culture and policies that we work within and how they perpetuate continued inequities and power imbalances.
Colonialism has displaced Indigenous peoples from their traditional territories to the detriment of both the people and the land, and its legacy in our society is ongoing.
First Nations on this coast have been stewards of the land since time immemorial. As we work to be good stewards, we remain mindful that we still have much to learn from their leadership and that we must continually create space at the table for Indigenous voices to be heard.