First Nations Partners

A Vision for the Corridor
A way to prosperity

First Nations ChiefIf it weren’t for the vision and commitment of the Island’s First Nations peoples there would be no future for our Corridor.

The Island Corridor Foundation is a partnership between local Governments and First Nations along the E&N railway land.

It came about through the vision of the Cowichan Tribes, Mayors and Councilors from Vancouver Island communities and railway enthusiasts who did not want to see the corridor divided and sold off in parcels to private interests, to be lost forever to the people of the Island.

Because the Corridor serves 13 First Nations territories, it is an essential part of community and business development plans in Aboriginal communities on the Island.

The plentiful natural environment that gave birth to the rich cultural traditions of the Coastal Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw people has created abundant opportunities for new cultural industries and tourism.

Improved rail service for freight, passenger and excursion travel and for commuter service will stimulate the growth and development of First Nations’ businesses and communities across the Island.

The 13 First Nations of the ICF are:

Chemainus First Nation
Comox First Nation
Cowichan Tribes
Esquimalt Nation
Hupacasath First Nation
Halalt First Nation
Lake Cowichan First Nation
Malahat First Nation
Qualicum First Nation
Snaw-Naw-As First Nation
Snuneymuxw First Nation
Songhees Nation
Tseshaht First Nation