Victoria Sustainable Infrastructure for BC First Nations Workshop

November 26th - 28th, 2014

First Nations play a significant role in managing their own community’s infrastructure assets.  Building on the successful Asset Management Awareness Workshop held in this area in 2011, there is an opportunity to incorporate lessons learned, success stories, and progress made by First Nations to date.


Over the past three years, approximately 50 communities across the BC Region have participated in interactive workshops regarding asset management.  Participants have been extremely pleased with these workshops expressing this as an opportunity to share thoughts across communities and disciplines, to talk within community teams about local assets, and to learn about practical tools.  Recognizing the limited funds available for future capital and operations and maintenance needs, these workshops highlighted approaches for maximizing the use of available funds.


This new workshop will introduce an Asset Management Roadmap to assist communities to implement asset management practices. Implementing asset management practices may seem like a very daunting task to a community just starting on the asset management journey. However, when you begin this journey, you will soon realize that many of the ideas, concepts, and data collection tasks may already be a part of your daily operations and culture. The roadmap has been designed to lead you through the steps of implementing basic level asset management practices.


Urban Systems Ltd. will facilitate this workshop in partnership with AANDC.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will allow participants to:


  • understand the value of sustainable infrastructure management as it relates to quality of life and the future of the community,

  • become aware of the foundational concepts of asset management as outlined in the asset management roadmap,

  • understand the realities of funding and other potential challenges to sustainable infrastructure management and know the first steps in addressing them,

  • understand the information provided in the ACRS reports that they will be receiving and will learn how to interpret the report and understand what actions they are responsible for taking,

  • understand their role in asset management,

  • assess their community’s readiness for asset management, and identify two next steps for their community toward implementation, and

  • continue to learn about the perceptions of sustainable infrastructure management and the challenges that First Nations face.


Workshop Schedule

Day 1 (8:30am – 4:00pm)

The Foundations


We will discuss what sustainable infrastructure management is, why it is important, and how it relates to the quality of life in the community.  We will work through a Sustainable Infrastructure Roadmap, so that participants gain an awareness and basic understanding of the core concepts and techniques of Asset Management.


Day 2 (8:30am – 4:00pm)

The Realities


Through interactive discussion and exercises, we will explore the realities and barriers that First Nations face in Asset Management: the realities of costs, funding sources, affordability, staffing, leadership, teamwork, and community priorities.  Solutions will be discussed and success stories will be shared.


Day 3 (8:30am – 2:00pm)

Where to Next?


Participants will be guided through a self-assessment of their community’s readiness for Asset Management.  From this assessment, they will identify actions and next steps that are tailored to their situation and strengths, and identify what resources are needed to get started.



The Coast Victoria Harbourside

Room: The Fairfield Room

146 Kingston Street

Telephone:  (250) 360-1211


Breakfast and Registration : 8:30 AM
Lunch Provided

Workshop closing: 4:00 PM


Who should attend?

Up to three (3) representatives from your community are invited to attend, and we encourage each community to send a team from across disciplines/departments. This workshop will be directly relevant to Administrators, Engineering, Public Works, and Finance professionals as well as Band Council Members. This workshop may also be of interest to a youth representative in your community who could help raise community awareness about sustainable infrastructure management.



working with Governments, organizations, businesses and First Nations across Canada. 

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council (NmTC) is a non-profit society established in 1983 that supports its member nations in realizing their efforts towards self-reliance, self-governance, connection to culture, and quality of life now and for future generations.


NmTC generates own-source revenues through its activities, and the activities of Naut'sa mawt Resources Group (NRG) by providing products and services to private and public sectors across Canada. Revenues enable NmTC to expand  resources available to member Nations and support Indigenous communities throughout Canada

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council

Naut'sa mawt Resources Group


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