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Instagram Live // Reciprocity w/Nikki Laes

2022-01-17T15:04:01-08:00

If you haven’t heard the news, Victoria City Council is currently considering a proposal to make an important step towards real recognition of the Indigenous lands our City calls home. Through a new Reconciliation Grant, the City would allocate 10% of new assessed revenue to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, whose lands and waters make our City what it is.

We’ve been hard at work getting residents of Victoria to write letters to the Times Colonist and Victoria’s Mayor and Council expressing support. As part of this, we were lucky enough to sit down with Nikki Laes (if you don’t know Nikki, check her out here: https://www.instagram.com/nikkilaes/?hl=en) for a live interview explaining the City’s proposal and how it connects to Reciprocity.

 

Instagram Live // Reciprocity w/Nikki Laes2022-01-17T15:04:01-08:00

Social Post: Private Property on the South Island

2021-12-07T11:18:27-08:00

🧐 Did you know the South Island is unique in BC because it is almost entirely private property? There is very little crown land because it was given away as part of early coal and railway development.

Land values on the South Island have more than doubled over the last 25 years. South Island landowners benefit from the privatization that started with colonial land grants made to the railways to support development on Indigenous lands.

Privatization of Indigenous lands and the creation of residential schools are part of the same colonial system. That system was paid for by our tax dollars and implemented by the governments we elected.

What can we do to decolonize our backyards? To take a quietly revolutionary step, visit reciprocitytrusts.ca (link in bio)

#decolonizeyourbackyard #reciprocitytrusts #settlerstakeaction

Social Post: Private Property on the South Island2021-12-07T11:18:27-08:00

APTN News: B.C. non-for-profit Reciprocity Trusts seeks to decolonize backyards

2021-12-06T09:06:21-08:00

APTN featured us on their news at 5pm. Listen to Sarah Reid talk all about Reciprocity!

“Reciprocity Trusts is a not-for profit in British Columbia that encourages people to pay “rent” for the land that they occupy. We spoke with Reciprocity Trusts program director Sarah Reid to discuss the idea behind this new initiative.”

APTN News: B.C. non-for-profit Reciprocity Trusts seeks to decolonize backyards2021-12-06T09:06:21-08:00

Daily Hive: BC’s getting a new way to recognize land by paying “rent” to Indigenous communities

2021-12-07T10:58:17-08:00
Thanks to Daily Hive Vancouver for this great piece!
“Following Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the conversation around decolonization continues across the country. An organization in BC is taking it one step further by proposing reciprocity payments as a way to continue to decolonize. It’s almost like paying rent to the Indigenous communities, whose land settlers are living and working on.” writes Sarah Anderson.
Take a look here:
Daily Hive: BC’s getting a new way to recognize land by paying “rent” to Indigenous communities2021-12-07T10:58:17-08:00

Vice News: New Program Lets Settler Canadians Pay ‘Rent’ to Indigenous Communities

2021-12-07T11:32:28-08:00
Our thanks to VICE for covering Reciprocity Trusts!
“A nonprofit agency set up the program encouraging average homeowners to pay about $400 annually to First Nations on whose territory they live or work.”
Take a peak at the article here:
Vice News: New Program Lets Settler Canadians Pay ‘Rent’ to Indigenous Communities2021-12-07T11:32:28-08:00

CTV News: Reconciliation project asks B.C. residents to pay ‘rent’ to live on traditional First Nations lands

2021-12-07T10:55:48-08:00

We’ve just recently been featured on CTV Vancouver Island. They’ve also done a follow-up article here:

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/reconciliation-project-asks-b-c-residents-to-pay-rent-to-live-on-traditional-first-nations-lands-1.5611586?fbclid=IwAR02tSWfwNsC50EYm7M3217lyp7fwPcmPtUH1fqYc2J3Kv1owBebKG2-Y2Y

CTV News: Reconciliation project asks B.C. residents to pay ‘rent’ to live on traditional First Nations lands2021-12-07T10:55:48-08:00