“The customers love the whole thing. They’re intrigued by our stories and our language. We always want to educate visitors to our territories, teaching them about our past and what we look forward to.”

Gaining a competitive edge through free business-coaching

“I’ve worked in this industry for more than 30 years. This is the first time I feel like I am building something that will outlive me, and I needed Coach Kat’s help to realize this.”

Ahousaht-led effort fosters collaboration among 14 nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) First

“The priority is on reacquiring a way of life where our members never worry about where healthy food comes from.” – wickaninnish (Cliff Atleo), Ahousaht Elder.
Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations

New marina facility attracts private investment and business growth in Comox

“We view this move as an opportunity to grow our operations,” says Coltart. “and I wouldn’t discourage competition at all. With multiple operators, you get a buzz happening. People talking about marine tourism in Comox is a win for everyone.”
Comox Valley

Rural advisors for Tahsis and Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation focus on eco-tourism

“There are very few First Nation-led tourism businesses in the territory,” says Gauthier, “so we focused on developing partnerships with existing businesses. We want to help build their capacity. By creating packages, we can make it easier for visitors to experience this beautiful region.”
Nootka Region
Image courtesy of Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation/Explore Nootka

About Island Coastal Economic Trust

We strategically invest in inclusive economic development, diversification, and innovation in partnership with communities across Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and island and inlets from the Salish Sea to Cape Caution.

Learn about how we empower communities and our regional impact in our latest Impact Report. 

$64 million

invested in communities

$337.5 million

total investment impact


permanent jobs created